Visit Finnegan's Marin and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Finnegan's Marin's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Finnegan's Marin caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Warm weather brings out Finnegan's Marin's highly coveted patio seating.
Wifi access is totally free at Finnegan's Marin, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Between the music and the crowds, Finnegan's Marin's noise levels can be intense.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Finnegan's Marin's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Finnegan's Marin.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Finnegan's Marin is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Finnegan's Marin also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Finnegan's Marin.
Finnegan's Marin serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Finnegan's Marin.
Finnegan's Marin does not disappoint with some of the best British pub food in Novato.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at Rancho Nicasio.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Rancho Nicasio.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Just around the workday bend are Rancho Nicasio's happy hour food and drink bargains.
At Rancho Nicasio, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
On warmer days, take advantage of Rancho Nicasio's outdoor seating.
Show off your moves after your meal
—Rancho Nicasio welcomes dancing and live bands.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
The dress code at Rancho Nicasio is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
For the tastes of Rancho Nicasio from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Going out can be expensive. That's why we have our own free parking lot, so you spend your money on more fun things.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Meals at Rancho Nicasio are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
If you're more of an evening diner, you're in luck. Though all three meals are served, the restaurant's dinner menu will blow you away.
The friendly staff at Rancho Nicasio are ready and waiting to cook and serve your favorite American meal.
Make your way over to Rancho Nicasio and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Rancho Nicasio today.
If you're leaning towards Mexican, swing by Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants for a mellow meal.
Eat healthy and feel better with Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants' low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants offers an affordable happy hour.
At Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants' beautiful outdoor seating area.
If you're hitting Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants on a weeknight, it's best to make a reservation since the place can really fill up.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Call Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants for catering if you have a big event coming up.
At Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants time and time again.
Short on cash? No problem. Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants happily accepts all major credit cards.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants.
Chevy's Fresh Mex Restaurants certainly will have you begging for more Mexican cuisine, even after ordering your second plate!
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Maya Palenque Restaurant, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Maya Palenque Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Cheers to the weekend! Maya Palenque Restaurant is serving up the fun!
On warmer days, take advantage of Maya Palenque Restaurant's outdoor seating.
Maya Palenque Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Maya Palenque Restaurant is a dog-friendly establishment, so bring your pup along.
Maya Palenque Restaurant's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Maya Palenque Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Make use of the ample parking options near Maya Palenque Restaurant, including street, valet and garage.
Maya Palenque Restaurant s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Maya Palenque Restaurant time and time again.
So head to Maya Palenque Restaurant, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
So come on over to Maya Palenque Restaurant to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
Maya Palenque Restaurant certainly will have you begging for more Mexican cuisine, even after ordering your second plate!
Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, Las Guitarras Restaurant Mexican restaurant is quick and casual.
Las Guitarras Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Las Guitarras Restaurant with their charming outdoor seating.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Las Guitarras Restaurant for a group meal.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Las Guitarras Restaurant's business casual code.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Las Guitarras Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Las Guitarras Restaurant's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Meals at Las Guitarras Restaurant are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Las Guitarras Restaurant has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
For great Mexican food in a casual setting, look no further than Las Guitarras Restaurant.
Las Guitarras Restaurant provides diners with a unique Mexican dining experience, so head on over today and enjoy some great eats.
Boca Pizzeria's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Boca Pizzeria, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this pizzeria, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Boca Pizzeria to grab a spot on the patio.
At Boca Pizzeria, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Take it nice and easy at Boca Pizzeria, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
This pizzeria offers carryout for your convenience.
At Boca Pizzeria, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Boca Pizzeria is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Your tab at Boca Pizzeria will generally run you about $30 per person.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Boca Pizzeria since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Boca Pizzeria is at the top of the list.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Boca Pizzeria's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Boca Pizzeria has to offer.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Boca Pizzeria and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
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.