Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this pizzeria offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Access the Internet free of charge via Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria's complimentary wifi.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria does not take reservations, so plan accordingly.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria.
Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria.
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While high-priced, the Italian food at Ninos Ristorante and Pizzeria is well worth every penny!
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For the latest in Italian dining, Locanda Positano offers a fresh (five-star) take on the familiar marinara and meatballs.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Locanda Positano.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Locanda Positano's complimentary wifi.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Locanda Positano offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Locanda Positano cater for you.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Convenient street parking is easy to find outside Locanda Positano.
Travel by bike to Locanda Positano and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Expect your bill at Locanda Positano to come in at around $30 per person.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
So if you're looking for classic Italian cooking in an upbeat, trendy atmosphere, be sure to check out Locanda Positano.
Locanda Positano's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to Locanda Positano and indulge in a classic Italian dish.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Speederia Pizzaria — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
The menu at Speederia Pizzaria is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Parents, bring your kids along to this pizzeria, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Sit outside at Speederia Pizzaria and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Lines can get long with no reservations, so be sure to plan for an early arrival.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Speederia Pizzaria's low-key style is the perfect match.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
In addition to street parking, there is a lot right around the corner, so finding a space shouldn't be an issue for drivers dining at the pizzeria.
Commute by bike to Speederia Pizzaria and find easy bike parking.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Speederia Pizzaria, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Sneakers Pub and Grill is a casual Tex-Mex restaurant that serves up tasty eats.
The menu at Sneakers Pub and Grill is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Wifi is on the house at Sneakers Pub and Grill, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Skip long waits and head to Sneakers Pub and Grill with your large group for easy seating.
Reservations are not accepted at Sneakers Pub and Grill, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Sneakers Pub and Grill — attire is casual.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Can't get enough of Sneakers Pub and Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The restaurant is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Sneakers Pub and Grill offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
Next time you're craving some down-home Tex-Mex, eat your heart out at Sneakers Pub and Grill.
When it comes to Tex Mex, Sneakers Pub and Grill serves up some of the best eats in town. Come see what the buzz is all about.
The Three Faces of The Refuge
Owner Matt Levin demonstrates his love of Europe in many ways, but it’s chiefly through The Refuge’s pastrami, where Levin saw intersection between Jewish and French traditions. With help from wife and co-owner Melanie Roth and Executive Chef Michael Greuel, Levin created a pastrami inspired by European-style delicatessens, such as Langer’s in Los Angeles and Katz’s in New York. The chefs start with a custom-trimmed section of beef navel, carefully season and smoke it until the meat reaches a buttery tenderness, and then carve it and pile it high on toasted rye bread.
After the pastrami, Levin’s Euro-centric affections are next best expressed through The Refuge’s selection of Belgian beers, with roughly 20 offered on draft at any given time. Selections from breweries such as La Trappe, St. Bernardus, and Kerkom make regular appearances. You can also opt for a Belgian-style beer from a regional microbrewery.
The Refuge’s penchant for gourmet meats continues with its hamburgers. Chefs grind a blend of certified natural Angus beef every day, and then grill each 8-ounce patty to a medium-well doneness. Try the pastrami burger to sample both of the restaurant’s house-favorite meats on one bun.
Everything from the apps to the entrees is infused with five-star Thai goodness at Siamese Kitchen.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Siamese Kitchen has you covered on both fronts.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Siamese Kitchen.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Siamese Kitchen, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Siamese Kitchen will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the restaurant makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
The restaurant is located near a free parking lot, making it a prime parking spot for diners.
Siamese Kitchen is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Siamese Kitchen's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
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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.