San Francisco restaurants have a lot more going on than sourdough bread bowls. The City by the Bay has more than 20 restaurants sporting Michelin stars and has become renowned for its Asian cuisine and hyper-fresh seafood. In Chinatown, spicy bowls of mapo tofu call diners’ names, while nearby Japantown serves up of the best sushi in San Francisco. Concentrated along the waterfront as well as sprinkled throughout the city are seafood restaurants, which is where you’ll want to go for another San Franciscan specialty: cioppino, an Italian seafood stew. But if you want just one restaurant to get that true California experience, then you’ll have to head to Zuni Café, which feels as fresh today as it did when it opened in 1979—and don’t forget to order its famous chicken with bread salad.

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