Who doesn’t love food and re-discovering the great restaurants and bars in this vibrant city? The girls at ABCey Events have compiled a list of some oldies but goodies here in the SF! If you have been to these places, go back and check them out again – you never know if you might wander into a hidden secret room or experience a new menu!
1. Izakaya Yuzuki (598 Guerrero Street): If you have ever lived here in San Francisco, chances are you have heard of Izakaya Yuzuki, one of the top Japanese restaurants. With the welcoming of their brand new chef, Kentaro Ikuta, this is a must stop destination to see what new delights Ikuta has to offer. What better place to bring friends for a great night out?!
2. nopa (560 Divisadero): Looking for organic food with a twist? Look no farther than nopa, a high-end organic restaurant that serves seasonal foods- so the menu is always changing! Not only is this the place to go out for late night dinner and drinks, but also think about bringing a work event here as the community feel is just what you need!
3. Lazy Bear (Cesar Chavez Street): Now, this place is really cool- they only serve dinner to the public about three weekends per month and getting reservations can be crazy but worth it! Unfortunately, Lazy Bear is completely booked for the month of June, but go their website and be the first to know when they open up again. Arguably, the most unique feature of this restaurant is that they never have the same dish served another night. The menu is always changing, so if you really want to impress friends and coworkers, snag a reservation to Lazy Bear!
4. Bourbon and Branch (501 Jones Street): Taking you all the way back to the 1920’s when Prohibition was in full swing, Bourbon and Branch resembles a fine speakeasy and a place where you can truly feel transported in time. This is the epitome of a San Francisco treasure. Step out of the same-old-same-old and venture into Bourbon and Branch and have a night to remember!
5. Dalva (3121 16th Street): This is not your run-of-the-mill bar. Walk to the back room, or to the “hideout” and experience cocktails that will blow your mind! This is a place to bring old friends and meet new ones. This bar is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a casual outing with friends or family, so definitely be sure to stop by and check it out!
Will you be venturing out and re-trying these restaurants? Are you excited for new chefs and places to retreat after work to relax and enjoy food? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter!
At ABCey Events, we live this town – we know this town. The 49 square miles of San Francisco offers a prolific market for shops, parks, restuarants, bars, and more! We know each block, each view, each hidden secret spot and pride ourselves on our knowledge of what’s cool, new, and innovative. With the summer months ahead of us, there is no reason not to branch out and experience new cuisine in the city we love so very much! Consider these top five picks for places to wine & dine or host your next get together with friends & family!
1. Dirty Habit & Bar (12 4th Street): This edgy, sultry bar-centric restaurant is a new hideaway in San Francisco’s Hotel Palomar for those seeking an innovative & sociable drinking and dining atmosphere. The menu is comprised of many shareable, seasonal items that can be enjoyed on the fully heated outdoor patio. Yes, SF another outdoor patio has arrived!
2. The Commissary (101 Montgomery Street – Presidio): The Commissary, the new project from Traci des Jardins (Jardiniére, Mijita, Public House) is a brand new restaurant located in the heart of the Presidio and features Spanish-influenced California cuisine. Driven by sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, the restaurant offers a mercantile with artisan goods, from batched jam to local cheeses. The restaurant is also equipped with large windows in which guests can look out onto the Main Post Lawn while enjoying a bottle of wine. This location is a unique setting for date night or catching up with friends!
3. Chino (3198 16th Street): The team behind Tacolicious has advanced beyond Mexican food with the opening of Chino, a new Chinese restaurant. The menu spans cultures, drawing in Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and American influences and similar to Tacolicious, this restaurant offers a fun, casual party vibe. The menu of this quirky-cool asian restaurant includes pot stickers, pork buns, three kinds of fried rice, and plenty of noodle options. Nothing on the menu is over $11, making it the perfect spot for a quick snack & drink at the bar or for groups to share a bunch of different plates!
4. Bartlett Hall (242 O’Farrell Street): Located in Union Square, complete with a brewery in the back and a large bar behind the front lounge, Bartlett Hall prides itself on quality, comfort, and craft. This restaurant and bar captures the essence of San Francisco in the form of food, drink, and good times, where guests can sip barrel-aged cocktails, house-brewed beers, and enjoy exclusively crafted bites from lunch to late night (open till 2am!). The menu features approachable, elevated tavern fare with items such as a butter burger and black garlic prawns. Bartlett Hall seems like the ultimate casual eatery to grab a drink & a bite to eat after a long day of shopping in Union Square!
5. Gaspar Brasserie (185 Sutter Street): This French restaurant is reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie with modern mid-20th century flair. There is an intimate bar and banquettes downstairs, as well as a dining room and a long bar upstairs. Located in the Financial District, Gaspar is an exciting complement to the bustling area while offering a dynamic shift in the city’s landscape of restaurants. Gaspar’s cuisine includes popular entrees such as wild king salmon and a stripped bass & scallop duo. With it’s location near the Montgomery BART stop, this restaurant is a prime meet-up location for a workday lunch or an evening rendezvous!