Teppanyaki chefs twirl their knives and ignite towers of flame while cooking meals tableside inside Hana Japan Steak & Seafood. They slice new york steaks, chicken, and salmon and toss scallops onto the grill alongside chopped veggies and mounds of rice, all without ruffling their tomato-red toques. Each hibachi dinner comes with a shrimp appetizer, a bowl of soup, and a salad with organic Hana dressing imported from Japan.
Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.
Handcrafted wood beams and nautical artifacts adorn the room; outside, San Francisco Bay stretches off into the distance. It's almost enough to make you forget you're on land?and in Horatio's dining room. The waterfront restaurant describes itself as a tribute to "the romance and brilliance of the Royal Navy of some 200 years ago," and small touches, such as steering-wheel chandeliers and rustic ship's rigging, add to the space's timeless charm.
That classic atmosphere carries over into the menu as well. Here, diners find a selection of top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and pasta dishes, all featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Options include rock-salt roasted prime rib, and seafood specialties such as etouffee?a chantey-like medley of prawns, mussels, scallops, clams, and andouille sausage served over cheese grits. Bites pair with sips of California wine, or specialty cocktails crafted with house-made syrups and fresh fruit and herbs.
Since 1987, the folks at Izzy?s Steaks & Chops have been grilling up the steaks and chops that they see as an integral part of Americana, along with freshly caught local seafood that?s never frozen. All of their corn-fed Black Angus beef is humanely raised at Creekstone Farms, which is dedicated to beef free of hormones and antibiotics. The chefs transform those premium meats into their signature new york sirloin steaks, aged a minimum of 21 days, as well as cuts of slow-roasted prime rib and filet mignon medallions au poivre with pepper cream sauce. Double-cut pork gets a boost from spiced pear, and a lime-chive sauce adds tang to peppered swordfish. Each meal comes with a choice of two sides, such as creamed spinach, the chefs? signature potatoes au gratin, and french fries cut in the kitchen.
House desserts such as new york cheesecake and key-lime pie conclude meals or quiet whining choruses of sweet teeth. Wine, cocktails, and draft beers encourage diners to linger in the cozy space, and during brunch?served only at the San Francisco location?the bartenders mix up cocktails such as peach bellinis or gaelic coffee with irish whiskey.
The Van's has earned the admiration of diners and drinkers since 1947, though its historic teahouse structure dates even farther back?to 1915 when constructed to house a portion of the Japanese Exhibition at the Panama Pacific International Exposition. The restaurant's dining rooms offer panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, complemented by rich, ethnic-inspired eats and select wines. The restaurant's bar area boasts the original wallpaper from 1915, as well as historic photographs showing the Peninsula.
Eat an endless parade of succulent meats, salads, sides, and hot dishes at Espetus Churrascaria. With today's Groupon, $20 gets you $40 toward a prix fixe rodizio-style dinner (can't be used toward drinks or dessert) that ensures hunger's defeat at the hands of knife-wielding, meat-serving gauchos. The rodizio dinner costs $49.95, so you'll still need another $9.95 in addition to your $40 Groupon, but that's still 40% off some of the best meats in town.