Pop over to Cybelle's Pizza for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Cybelle's Pizza will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Cybelle's Pizza for catering.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Cybelle's Pizza.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Cybelle's Pizza serves three meals a day.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Cybelle's Pizza.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Cybelle's Pizza.
Treat yourself to good food and drink at Summer Kitchen Bake Shop in Berkeley.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Summer Kitchen Bake Shop patrons come in casual attire.
Bring the Summer Kitchen Bake Shop's great food to your place.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
For quick and easy parking near Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, park on the street.
For those who travel by bike, Summer Kitchen Bake Shop offers bike racks for diners.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Summer Kitchen Bake Shop.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Head to China Garlic Restaurant in Piedmont and take a culinary trip to the Far East, where fine Chinese cuisine is readily available.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at China Garlic Restaurant.
Don't sacrifice comfort for style — China Garlic Restaurant's dress code is business casual, so guests can look and feel great.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near China Garlic Restaurant.
Hitting the mid-range mark, China Garlic Restaurant s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
So if you're a fan of great food, be sure to swing by China Garlic Restaurant for some of the tastiest Chinese in town.
Sorabot Korean Barbeque in Piedmont is a restaurant that features a delightful menu. The great quality, set in a nice atmosphere, will make you a regular.
If you need food provided for a local event, take advantage of its catering options.
To sum everything up, Sorabot Korean Barbeque is a tasty choice when you're in the mood for Asian cuisine and want to break away from the typical Chinese or Japanese fare.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Accent Edibles in Piedmont.
Accent Edibles is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Forget circling the block, Accent Edibles has plenty of nearby parking options.
You can save your money and eat out at Accent Edibles. It's all cheaper than $15 here, folks.
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, is widely regarded as one of the country's most iconic luxury hotels. And it's no wonder, considering the historical, castle-like structure gives way to breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and skyline and boasts numerous fine-dining options and a peaceful spa oasis, where the pampering begins long before your appointment.
Visits begin with a pre-spa hydrotherapy ritual: a series of water-based treatments intended to relax both mind and body. It begins with a soak in the spa's saline whirlpool as you gaze out onto the Bay, followed by a refreshing deluge shower. Next is a respite in the eucalyptus steam room, and the session concludes with a shower beneath 10 shower heads. Only then are you ready to partake in one of Claremont Club & Spa's many indulgent offerings:
Tibetan Sound Massage: With the goal of deeply relaxing clients and providing a sense of well-being, the 75-minute massage incorporates the soothing, ringing tones of ancient Tibetan bowls.
Pure Relief Facial: Those with rosacea and hyperpigmentation benefit most from this organic facial, which employs chamomile, oatmeal, and calendula extracts to soothe inflamed skin.
Lavender Essence: Massage therapists first exfoliate the body with a refreshing scrub that features lavender-infused minerals, and then pamper guests with a lavender-oil massage.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: An acupuncturist employs the ancient healing art to improve the tone of facial muscles while promoting overall wellness.
Blueberry Bliss Papaya Pedicure: Equally fragrant and nourishing, the pedicure begins with a papaya sugar scrub, followed by a blueberry foot mask that's packed with peptides to leave feet soft and smooth.
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.