Fragrant Indian fare and five-star ratings are the name of the game at Cafe Raj.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Cafe Raj — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Cafe Raj is a prime location to dine with a group.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Cafe Raj.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Cafe Raj tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Cafe Raj to create the perfect night.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
At Cafe Raj, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Cafe Raj s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Cafe Raj welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Whether it's curry or somosas you love, it's time to try the oh-so-highly-praised Indian recipes at Cafe Raj.
So stop by Cafe Raj today and treat yourself to a dish that features the many flavors of India.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Bua Luang Thai serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
Bua Luang Thai proves that gluten-free, low-fat, vegan food can be absolutely packed with flavor.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Folks tend to dress down at Bua Luang Thai, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Sometimes you need food fast, and this restaurant totally gets it, offering both takeout and delivery.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Bua Luang Thai as well.
Street parking and valet parking options are located around the corner from Bua Luang Thai.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Bua Luang Thai is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Bua Luang Thai running under $30 per person.
If you're searching for the best of the best in Thai cuisine, Bua Luang Thai is your spot.
Your hunt for the best Thai in town is over. A no-frills vibe and sky-high ratings make Bua Luang Thai the spot to try.
Bua Luang Thai's Thai food is so quick and flavorful that you'll come back again and again.
The tastes and flavors of Thailand are waiting for you at Bua Luang Thai, so head on over today and check out the great menu.
Featuring fresh and flavorful American food, Sam's Log Cabin is a local favorite.
For fresh and healthy meal choices, dine at Sam's Log Cabin.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
At Sam's Log Cabin, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Sam's Log Cabin.
No need to ditch your furry friend when visiting Sam's Log Cabin — dogs are welcome there.
Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Sam's Log Cabin does not accept reservations.
Take it nice and easy at Sam's Log Cabin, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
You can also serve food from Sam's Log Cabin at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
At Sam's Log Cabin, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Sam's Log Cabin.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Make your way to an ATM before you make your way to the restaurant — Sam's Log Cabin is cash-only.
Reviewers heap high praise on the restaurant's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
Don't look any further, head to Sam's Log Cabin for your next American meal.
When you come to Sam's Log Cabin, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Sam's Log Cabin.
Owners Peter and Melissa Swanson make their years of food-service knowhow and commitment to locally sourced ingredients the hallmarks of Benchmark Pizzeria. Peter is a self-taught chef who has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager—most recently at Dopo in Oakland—and Melissa has played many roles in the food industry, most recently as a server at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Over their careers, the two have realized the effect that local and sustainable ingredients can have on a menu and a community, and strive to inject those principles into each dish they serve.
Every morning, Benchmark Pizzeria's chefs roll out fresh dough by hand to create their speciality—wood-fired, personal-sized pizzas in a style they dub “Neapolitan” with crusts that stay soft in the middle even as they blister on the outside. After they are left to rise, each piece of dough is stretched and sprinkled with hand-pulled mozzarella and toppings, then placed inside a wood-fired oven, which blazes at 800 degrees. With the pizzas come complementary flavors of organic salads, toasty calzones, and antipasto platters brimming with local, seasonal foods such as Reyes Point porcini mushrooms, pomegranate, and persimmon. The eatery's entire philosophy nods to local sourcing, including its use of produce from organic and biodynamic farms in the area, beers from Oakland's Dying Vines brewery, a selection of small-production wines on tap, and linen napkins from locally grown napkin bushes.
Mangia Mangia knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
Keep your diet in check at Mangia Mangia, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Mangia Mangia with their complimentary wifi.
Mangia Mangia is a great location to host a group dinner.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Keep it casual at Mangia Mangia — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
For the tastes of Mangia Mangia from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Diners at Mangia Mangia will love the simple and nearby street parking options.
Prices at Mangia Mangia are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Mangia Mangia.
Is your mouth watering yet? Time to head over to Mangia Mangia for some delicious Italian cuisine.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Meal Ticket caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Quit fat and gluten at Meal Ticket, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Meal Ticket is a great location to host a group dinner.
Dine out in the open during Meal Ticket's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Meal Ticket.
Folks tend to dress down at Meal Ticket, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
Meal Ticket prides itself in its delicious catering.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Meal Ticket.
Meals at Meal Ticket usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Credit cards are not accepted at Meal Ticket, it's cash only.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Meal Ticket and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
At Meal Ticket you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
San Francisco is a city with many different vantage points: between the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the various eclectic neighborhoods - there are so many sights to take in!
Here are 5 restaurants with stunning views and some of the best ways to see San Francsico:
#1: Greens Restaurant. Located in a converted warehouse in Fort Mason, Greens was a pioneer in establishing vegetarian cuisine in the 80s. One entire wall has floor to ceiling windows, which is perfect for enjoying spectacular views of the SF marina, Golden Gate Bridge, and the hills of Marin. Their meals, made with locally sourced produce and enhanced by wonderful wine pairings, offer an epiphany for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
#2: Top of the Mark. Built in 1939 and located at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, this bar, lounge and restaurant offers 360 degree panoramas of the San Francisco cityscape. The menu includes an intoxicating selection of 100 martinis along with wines, beers and other spirits. They also have a three course prix-fixe dinner offered with an amuse-bouche and wine pairings.
#3: Slanted Door. A modern Vietnamese restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay, located in the Ferry Building and right on the waterfront, this hot spot blends Vietnamese cooking with local SF ingredients. The wine list is Riesling-driven, and other drinks include fresh squeezed juices and hard-to-find Chinese teas. All of their meat is sourced from local farms in the SF Bay Area.
#4: Waterbar. The Waterbar gives diners amazing views of the Bay Bridge while serving up top-notch seafood. Built in 1969, it was converted from a longshoremen’s bar into the restaurant it is today. A favorite among locals, businesspeople and tourists, The Waterbar will not disappoint in its views of the waterfront!
#5: Sutro’s. Located inside the famous Cliff House, Sutro’s features stunning views of the cliffs overlooking Seal Rocks, the Pacific Ocean and Marin coastline. A stylish-casual restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows, Sutro’s menu changes seasonally and is focused on the finest organic produce, fresh seafood and local ingredients that are farmed using sustainable practices.