Sizzling steaks served hot off the grill are prepared just the way you like them at Outback Steakhouse — come see what all the five-star hype is about and see if this steakhouse is right for you.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Outback Steakhouse will leave you happy and full.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Outback Steakhouse is a great location to host a group dinner.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Outback Steakhouse, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Catering from Outback Steakhouse will take your party to the next level.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Outback Steakhouse.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Outback Steakhouse s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
You don't have to be a meat-lover to enjoy this steakhouse (though it can't hurt). Come to Outback Steakhouse and see what the highly-rated menu is all about.
Outback Steakhouse serves up steaks that are filled with endless flavor notes, so head on over today and see what the buzz is all about.
Dig in to your favorite American meal at The Red Onion Original.
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.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at The Red Onion Original.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at The Red Onion Original.
Through their catering service, The Red Onion Original can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
At The Red Onion Original, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Cash is the only payment option offered at The Red Onion Original.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as The Red Onion Original serves three meals a day.
For a meal truly worth eating, the place to go is definitely The Red Onion Original who serves up the mouthwatering best food in town.
Make your way over to The Red Onion Original and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to The Red Onion Original and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
Bear Claw Bakery is the perfect place to secure your sugar fix, and with such rave reviews about the bakery, you may find yourself stocking up for winter.
Offering a wide range of cakes, cookies and other sweet treats, Bear Claw Bakery is the perfect place to indulge.
Healthy eaters will enjoy Bear Claw Bakery, a local restaurant filled with healthy eats and gluten-free options.
When the weather is nice, hurry to Bear Claw Bakery to grab a spot on the patio.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Bear Claw Bakery for easy seating.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Bear Claw Bakery is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Bear Claw Bakery prides itself in its delicious catering.
Grab this bakery's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Street and lot parking is simple near Bear Claw Bakery.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Bear Claw Bakery.
Prices are rock bottom at Bear Claw Bakery, so load up on snacks and treats.
No matter your needs, whether breads, sweets, or exotic confections, you'll be well taken care of by Bear Claw Bakery.
Just know that when you're hankering for a pastry or craving a cookie, the tastiest treats are in store at Bear Claw Bakery.
For fresh maki, Pinole's Happy Sashimi has got you covered.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Happy Sashimi.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Happy Sashimi is a great location to host a group dinner.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
Comfort is prioritized at Happy Sashimi, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Happy Sashimi will ensure that it is delicious.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Happy Sashimi offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
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 Happy Sashimi.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Happy Sashimi's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Experience authentic Japanese cuisine with a meal at Happy Sashimi.
Chinese food isn't all the same as proven by Hunan Villa five-star dishes.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Hunan Villa has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
This restaurant is great for families with kids.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Hunan Villa for a group meal.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Hunan Villa's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
You can also have Hunan Villa cater your next event.
Or, take your grub to go.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
The menu at Hunan Villa is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Hunan Villa serves three meals a day.
When you're craving Chinese fare, head on over to Hunan Villa and treat yourself to an upscale meal.
Don't miss out on delicious Chinese fare. Pay a visit to Hunan Villa today.
Serving finger-licking flavor in Pinole's Pinole neighborhood is In-N-Out Burger, a tasty burger house with all the right moves.
Grab the kids when you head to this burger joint — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at In-N-Out Burger with their charming outdoor seating.
The burger joint's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
For those in a rush, the burger joint lets you take your food to go.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to In-N-Out Burger for easy access to parking lots.
In-N-Out Burger offers safe bike parking outside.
Come to In-N-Out Burger for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at In-N-Out Burger, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Savor the delicious flavor of one of the many amazing burgers from In-N-Out Burger today.
In-N-Out Burger serves up a variety of tasty burgers. Stop by today and enjoy a casual bite to eat.
When you're craving a juicy burger, head over to In-N-Out Burger and munch on one of the highly-rated choices.
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.