2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Chef Jesikah Stolaroff brings the feeling of home together with local ingredients and refined technique to create food that fills the heart. She specializes in thoughtful, New American cuisine with a nod toward her family’s Italian roots, joined by unforgettable, innovative desserts. A native of Santa Cruz, Jesikah got her start as a teenager making incredible cakes for birthdays and weddings, before moving north to hone her craft. She studied both the science and the art of food, with degrees in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley and Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Jesikah cut her …
1 Davenport Ave, Davenport, CA 95017
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Delicious and affordable California coastal cuisine featuring fresh ingredients from neighboring organic farms is the hallmark of our kitchen. Just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz.
198 Junipero Serra Blvd., Stanford, CA 94301
$ Recommended New Editor's Pick
Coupa Cafe opened at the Stanford Golf Course on May 1, 2013. Located in the foothills above the Stanford University Campus and housed in a 1930’s Bakewell & Brown building, Coupa Cafe offers extensive menus featuring Coupa Specialties such as the Coupa Burger, Crepes, Tequeños and Venezuelan Pabellon. The menus also offer delicious Paninis, Salads, Pasta, Venezuelan Arepas, Quesadillas, Tacos, and a great selection of Beer, Wine and Cocktails.
1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$$$ Recommended New
At Avanti Restaurant, we have been committed to the local food culture since 2019. We serve you organic vegetables, sustainable seafood, pasture-raised meats and poultry, organic milk, butter and eggs, locally roasted coffee, and house-made desserts. We have a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and a variety of spirits.
1 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Entering Boulevard’s doors is like stepping inside of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. With its elegant mosaics, stylized wood accents, and softly glowing atmosphere, designer Pat Kuleto has captured the romance of the iconic Parisian bistro, elevating the historic building to the heights of its period artistry. Chef Nancy Oake’s culinary creations are themselves works of art. Each French-influenced dish is like a sculpture, consisting of layered components in a delicate balance of color and flavor that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. Dripping with Belle Époque glamour and the flowery beauty of Art Nouveau, …
447 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306
$$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Pastis, restaurant and wine bar, is your little piece of France located at 447 California Avenue in Palo Alto. Discover an amazing French cuisine in an authentic bistro ambiance. Enthusiastic service, charming decoration, outdoor seating… you’ll definitely be coming back!
9520 Main Street, Upper Lake, CA 95485
First opened in the 1880s when Upper Lake, California was a stagecoach stop, the now historic saloon became a popular watering hole until being torn down during prohibition. Rebuilt to match a 1870s-era back bar recycled from a pub in Pennsylvania, the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant’s expansive black walnut bar and dining tables were built on-site by local craftsmen from a 100+year-old tree harvested from the property. Old-growth redwood wainscoting found hidden behind layers of paint and wallpaper during the hotel’s renovation, was rescued and reused in the saloon. The authentic look and feel of the Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant’s …
620 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Robert Lindsey of the New York Times said: "My current favorite restaurant is the Old Bath House, a nicely restored old structure on Lovers Point overlooking the ocean in Pacific Grove. Aside from seafood, its specialties are French and European cuisine based on the experience of my three visits. I believe it is superb and a good value. There is a good selection of California wine at fair prices. Reservations are recommended."
1122 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559
COLE'S CHOP HOUSE is a "Classic American Steak House" located in historic downtown Napa. The menu features 21 day dry-aged prime steaks, Certified Angus Beef, formula fed veal, New Zealand lamb and fresh seafood. An extensive wine list emphasizing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the area's finest producers enhances the dining experience.
1345 Railroad Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574
Our restaurant is also a reflection of who we are -- our heritages, our travels, our memories, and our tastes. Each of Hiro's dishes contain traces of his Japanese ancestry and classical French and Italian training.
One California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599
A traditional foundation along with a hearty dash of creativity and passion makes this adventurous chef an exciting addition to The Restaurant at Domaine Chandon. Now planted among the vines in one of the valley's most established fine dining restaurants, he pushes his passions to new heights with exceptional regional and seasonally influenced cuisine and exciting wine pairings.
5th Street, Carmel, CA 93921
Welcome to Casanova, a culinary experience that echoes the South of France & Northern Italy in the center of Carmel, California. Our style and ambiance is matched by a standard of excellence in food and service that has brought us worldwide acclaim. The hand dug Wine Cellar has received numerous awards for its outstanding selection of wines from all over the world.
Carmel-By-The-Sea Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921
The 49-seat restaurant offers a menu highly influenced by the bounty of the local land and sea. Bouchée Wine Merchants features fine wines and spirits, ports and sherries from California, the United States, Europe and the world, as well as speciality wine gift items.
1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
$$$$$ Top 10
Housed in a former chapel, Acquerello is simply heavenly. The stunning pitched roof and calm, peaceful setting offer a cheerful and elegant setting, but it is the service and cuisine that keep guests returning. Chef Suzette Gresham offers tantalizing renditions of modern Italian cuisine, with vibrant, creative dishes such as wide ranch egg pappradelle with moist duck ragu, beet tortelloni filled with spinach and beet greens in gorgonzola cream sauce, and pancetta wrapped diver scallops over wilted Swiss chard. Co-owner Giancarlo Paterlini oversees an impressive wine program, graciously complimenting everything that comes out of the kitchen. Prix fixe menus allow …
2100 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Harris’ restaurant is an unabashed haven for carnivores. Meat is the star of the simple, unpretentious menu that emphasizes quality aged, corn-fed beef served in a variety of thick, juicy cuts. With deep, semi-circular, leather booths, warm amber lighting, and large hunting murals, Harris’ décor suggests the inviting, and somewhat exclusive, atmosphere of a traditional and stately hunting club. Diners who hold off for the end of the week to indulge their red meat cravings are treated to live jazz from the Susan Chen trio. A crisp, dry martini, a sizzling steak, and a warm, lush environment make Harris’ a …
689 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
$$$$ Top 10
Located a few streets away from the busy Union Square area, Ame provides a relaxing and elegant getaway and a delectable dining experience. Ame is decorated in a chic and intimate Asian style, with a signature red table that seats eight. Ame offers a New American cuisine that is widely influenced by Japanese creations. The menu provides raw treatments from the sashimi bar as well as various appetizers and entrée plates. Creative dishes like Tai Snapper Sashimi “Kombu Jime” with seaweed, crab and cucumber sauce come from the Sashimi bar. For an appealing main course, Grilled Veal T-bone Steak on …
777 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
$$$$ Top 10
Fleur de Lys presents guests with sophisticated French cuisine in a romantic and intimate setting. The restaurant gives off a dramatic atmosphere with dim lighting, large vases full of flowers, and their trademark fabric ceiling tent. The menu offers creatively crafted dishes like the Duo of Veal Tenderloin and Braised Veal Shank “Parmentier,” which is scented with juniper berry and orange essence. Guests can choose to create a three-, four-, or five course meal with or without wine pairings. Chef/ Owner Hubert Keller is an award-winning chef who was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef as a guest judge in 2006.
161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Ozumo is nestled into the heart of San Francisco’s Embarcadero District. This restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine in a serene and sophisticated environment. Guests can choose to to sit in a variety of rooms that each offer a unique dining experience and ambience. The Robata Grill features unique small plates of a variety of meat and vegetables that are cooked over traditional robata charcoal grills. For private dining, Ozumo offers sake tasting in their exclusive, glass-enclosed Sake Tasting Room. Those seeking a more traditional and exotic experience than the golden hued main dining room can be seated on zabuton cusions …
340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Centrally located in the buzzing business district of San Francisco’s Union Square, Campton Place provides the opportunity for a quick business lunch, cocktails, or a 5 course sit-down tasting dinner. The restaurant serves a great deal of upscale fare like Caviar, rare wines, and delectable desserts with blown sugar accents as well as scrumptious main courses. Head Chef Srijith uniquely adds a Mediterranean flare to his California cuisine by infusing balance into each dish that is made from fresh locally grown ingredients. Campton Place is surely a winemaker’s and wine lover’s destination as the restaurant’s wine list boasts some of …