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The Shota is one of the more expensive omakase spots in the city, but it’s absolutely worth the high price of admission.
Amarena is a small Italian spot in Russian Hill that’s great for dropping into on a weeknight for some solid pasta.
La Trappe is a bar in North Beach with the best beer selection in the neighborhood.
San Tung is a Chinese restaurant in the Sunset with great chicken wings, but the entire menu is worth trying out.
Ayala is a seafood spot in Union Square serving some excellent twists on classic dishes.
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
Noosh is a Mediterranean place in Lower Pac Heights that feels like you’re taking a short vacation out of SF.
Verjus is a wine bar and bottle shop in the Financial District perfect for an after-work date and drinks before dinner.
The Mill in Nopa is the place you keep hearing about with the fancy toast, and it’s worth paying for, especially to hang out here a little longer.
Emporium Arcade Bar in Nopa has every game imaginable, and is a great spot to come hang out with a group for a casual celebration.
Cow Marlowe is Cow Hollow spot that’s great for last-minute group dinners or a late-night burger.
Tadich Grill in the Financial District is a classic San Francisco steak and seafood spot that you should go to at least once.
Getting a burger at Gott’s Roadside is one of the best reasons to go to the Ferry Building.
Amelie in Nob Hill is a neighborhood spot with well-priced wine and French and Italian small plates.
FOB Kitchen is a casual Filipino place in Oakland where you should go for a solid weeknight dinner.