Wayfare might have the best bread basket in the city - it involves free popovers that are a revelation. The old-school Financial District spot is one of the only SF restaurants with a “celebrity” (aka has a Food Network show) chef, and it’s a great place for special occasions or client lunches or dinners that you’ll be expensing. This is comfort food done right - think fried chicken, deviled eggs, and mac and cheese. Wear stretchy pants.
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Local Edition on the line between Soma and the Financial District is a newspaper themed bar. They have a long spirits list and make great cocktails.
Bix is an old-school American place down an alley in Jackson Square that feels like an old teamster clubhouse.
The Golden West
The Golden West is a window in the FiDi serving a short menu of sandwiches for lunch.
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Quinn’s Lighthouse in Oakland serves cocktails, seafood, and burgers in an over 100-year-old lighthouse overlooking the water.
Tosca Cafe has been around forever, serving food and their boozy house “cappuccinos” in a dark, loud space.
Berkeley’s Chez Panisse is famous for starting the whole "farm-to-table" movement, and it's still doing an incredible prix fixe menu.
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Leo’s Oyster Bar
Leo’s Oyster Bar involves pricey, but tasty seafood in an ’80s power yacht come to life. Obviously it’s in the Financial District.
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