Sailor Jack’s: A User’s Guide
Waterfront Dining | Fresh Seafood | Signature Cocktails | Weekend Brunch
Sample Dinner Menu
Starter: crispy brussel sprouts with garlic aioli and lemon
Greens: seafood salad with crab, shrimp, bacon, farm egg, and buttermilk dressing
Mains: seafood spaghetti with rock shrimp and bay scallops, leeks, carrots, and tomato lobster sauce; 16-ounce angus ribeye with blue cheese butter, mashed potatoes, and broccolini
Dessert: chocolate tower cake with raspberry sauce
Where to Sit: the patio, which offers scenic waterfront views.
When to Go: Come by for happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. It includes a special menu, plus $1 off all beer and $2 off wine by the glass. On the weekends, brunch is served until 3 p.m., with dishes such as eggs benedict, corned beef hash, and chilaquiles.
While You’re Waiting
Sip on one of the “Jackatini” drinks, inspired by Sailor Jack’s namesake, author Jack London. For the beer drinkers, there are 15-plus beers.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Head to Lindsay Art Glass (109 E F Street) to explore the stunning work by artist David Lindsay, who takes inspiration from the sea and nature to create unique hand-blown glass pieces with movement and flow.
Try the tasty Chinese fare (sprinkled with five-star ratings) offered at South Villa Chinese Restaurant.
Eat healthy and feel better with South Villa Chinese Restaurant's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so South Villa Chinese Restaurant encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — South Villa Chinese Restaurant offers catering.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Park in the open lot next to South Villa Chinese Restaurant and score easy and free parking.
South Villa Chinese Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
The upscale Chinese fare at South Villa Chinese Restaurant is sure to impress. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
So take your taste buds on a delicious trip to China when you try the delicious cuisine at South Villa Chinese Restaurant.
You can taste the love Palermos puts in their Italian food in each item on their menu.
The chefs at Palermos know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Palermos.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Palermos is a great summer destination.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Treat yourself to a high-end evening at Palermos, where formal attire is the only acceptable attire.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Palermos also offers catering.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Palermos.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Palermos.
An average meal at Palermos will set you back about $30.
From pasta to paninis, Palermos has all the Italian food you love and then some.
For fast food in Benicia's Benicia neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
McDonald's is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Got kids? No problem at McDonald's! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on McDonald's' seasonally available outdoor seating.
Your large group can all sit together at McDonald's.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than McDonald's, so dress for comfort when you come.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Free parking is available right next door.
Affordable food or tasty food? McDonald's doesn't make you choose.
If you can't make it in the morning, try McDonald's for lunch or dinner.
If you are looking for a great burger, make your way over to McDonald's and browse the signature burger offerings.
Living life on the go can be stressful, but picking the right place to eat shouldn't be. Make the delicious choice with McDonald's.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Crockett's The Nantucket — this Crockett seafood spot has quite the selection.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at The Nantucket.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Comfort is prioritized at The Nantucket, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
The Nantucket prides itself in its delicious catering.
The Nantucket's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
The Nantucket offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Who's hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? The Nantucket's yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Isn't it about time you caught the freshest fish around with a dinner at The Nantucket?
Benicia's Camellia Tea Room serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more.
Camellia Tea Room is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Camellia Tea Room.
Dine out in the open during Camellia Tea Room's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Camellia Tea Room, which embraces a casual vibe.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Parking can often cost 25% of your own meal and tab. With us, it'll be 0% every time. We provide free parking to our patrons.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Next time you're in need of a quick boost of caffeine, try the tea at Camellia Tea Room.
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.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.