Fresh fare can be found at Nick's Rockaway, where diners seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Nick's Rockaway.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Nick's Rockaway — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at Nick's Rockaway — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Nick's Rockaway offers an affordable happy hour.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Nick's Rockaway's wifi.
Dance the night away to Nick's Rockaway's live music.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Nick's Rockaway, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Nick's Rockaway.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Nick's Rockaway.
Nick's Rockaway accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Nick's Rockaway serves up all three meals.
Sushi Koko's extensive sushi menu earns top-notch ratings from its local patrons — be sure to roll on over and judge for yourself.
Looking for a restaurant that caters to those with special dietary needs? Look no further than Sushi Koko, a local eatery that serves up vegan, low-fat and gluten-free items.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this sushi spot won't disappoint.
Take the kids along too — this sushi spot is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Sushi Koko is ultra casual.
No time to sit down? No worries! This sushi spot offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Diners at Sushi Koko will love the free parking nearby.
Sushi Koko is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Meals at Sushi Koko are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
The sushi spot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Sushi Koko is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Pacifica.
Discover a delicious artistry that goes into every roll of sushi at Sushi Koko.
Head to Palm City Chinese Restaurant in Pacifica and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free selections are also on the menu at Palm City Chinese Restaurant.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Reservations are not accepted at Palm City Chinese Restaurant, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Palm City Chinese Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Can't get enough of Palm City Chinese Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Palm City Chinese Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
There's a fortune of flavor waiting for you at Palm City Chinese Restaurant, home of the best Chinese cuisine in town.
You can taste the love Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta puts in their Italian food in each item on their menu.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta when the weather is warm.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta's wifi.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta offers safe bike parking outside.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Good Fellas Pizza and Pasta.
If you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, Pacifica's The Point Pizza and Pasta serves up an Italian experience in the heart of Pacifica.
It's pizza (and pasta) time! Find an endless selection of the foods you crave, and have fun eating your way through this Italian menu.
It's always the right time to eat a delicious, healthy meal. Find one that won't disappoint at The Point Pizza and Pasta.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at The Point Pizza and Pasta and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
The dress code at The Point Pizza and Pasta is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Call The Point Pizza and Pasta for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
At The Point Pizza and Pasta, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
You'll definitely be wowed by the A+ renditions of classic Italian dishes served up at The Point Pizza and Pasta.
Find great food in a comfortable setting at Viva Italiano — pizza lovers flock to this tasty joint.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Viva Italiano has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this pizzeria.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
This pizzeria serves your food any way you like, delivered or carried-out.
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.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Viva Italiano.
Viva Italiano is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Viva Italiano.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Viva Italiano.
Feeling some delicious pasta or savory prosciutto tonight? Stop in at Viva Italiano.
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.
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.
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.