Des Moines Restaurants
1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA 94111
For over a decade the Slanted Door has been one of the most sought after dining experiences in San Francisco. Executive Chef Charles Phan blends his passion for Vietnamese cooking with top quality ingredients, showcasing the abundance of produce and ecologically farmed fish, game, and poultry sourced by local farms. Many of his recipes are inspired by his mother’s cooking, along with ideas he has picked up from his travels to Vietnam. If you are looking for irresistible food and a lively atmosphere, the Slanted Door may become your new favorite.
800 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Dinner at Gary Danko is as titillating as a night at the opera, from the dramatic 69 page wine list, to the choreographed service of the staff, to the series of complex acts that come streaming from the kitchen and the carefully calibrated intermissions between them. Gary Danko’s combination of artfully crafted food and service turns a meal into an event. World-class Executive Chef Gary Danko uses his classic training to reinvent French, Mediterranean and regional-American cuisine, and the numerous awards he has won reflect the quality of his food, placing him at the forefront of America’s best chefs.
580 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
$$$ Special Offer
Quietly tucked within the Hotel California, at the edge of San Francisco’s infamous Tenderloin district, Millennium presents a unique marriage of socially-conscious vegan food and the exacting standards of fine dining. Chef Eric Tucker brings to life a wide range of exceptional vegetarian dishes, relying on the natural vibrancy of his produce and a gift for innovation to make each morsel complete—in spite of a total absence of meat. A small but robust wine list, focusing on organic and biodynamic options, rounds out the mission of sustainability. Millennium is an ideal choice for vegetarian diners looking for something more, or …
545 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Centrally located on Post Street just off of Union Square, Postrio is the sort of restaurant San Francisco is famous for. Innovative food that draws from a myriad of cultures, a wine list that has both breadth and depth, a well-designed interior adorned with the works of famous local artists, and an atmosphere at once refined and relaxed makes Postrio one of the finest restaurants in the Bay. Priced reasonably enough for regular fine dining, the restaurant also offers standout dishes to turn any occasion into a special one.
252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
$$$$ Top 10
With its white marble stairs, towering Roman-style columns, and expansive dining room, Michael Mina is a monument to gastronomy. Its décor, awash in a subdued mauves, brown leathers, and soft creams, manages to be highly modern and chic, while still evoking a timeless, stately elegance. Chef de Cuisine Chris L’Hommedieu, who has had extensive experience working under Executive Chef Michael Mina in the past, expertly executes Mina’s New American culinary vision, presenting decadent prix-fixe menus showcasing fresh ingredients, culinary creativity, and epicurean artistry at its finest. Michael Mina’s namesake restaurant delivers a decadently pleasurable culinary romp in a calmingly demur …
230 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
As Executive Chef and Owner Staffan Terje says, "You don’t choose who you fall in love with." To that same affect, diners may not have a choice but to swoon over the elegant experience a visit to Perbacco promises. A romantic ambiance is achieved through the restaurant’s showcase of exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and opulent accents of marble. Chef Terje’s menu delights the palate just as the décor treats the eyes, and presents a truly authentic selection of Italian dishes. For example, the Coniglio Al Civet, or Devil’s Gulch Rabbit, is rich and rustic in a spiced red wine …
1754 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
In need of a short vacation, romantic rendezvous, or a hip hang out? Head over to Amelie Le Bar a Vin on San Francisco’s Polk Street. This wine bar has a wine list that is 125 bottles strong and representative of a trip around the world. Their list also changes regularly in an effort to keep things fresh and exciting, however, they still hold on to a grouping of favorites. Amelie serves contemporary French cuisine along with an inventive list of cocktails and beers. The bar’s atmosphere is buzzing with the city’s energy while retaining that “neighborhood bar” feeling since …
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
When gazing in awe down at the plate before them, many diners at Luce are tempted to ask, “Does art imitate food, or is my meal multitasking as a masterpiece?” The answer to both questions might just be, “yes.” Patrons’ appetites and imaginations are stimulated by Chef Dominique Crenn’s artful constructs that marry the best aspects of local, regional, and international, ingredients to create thoughtful and flavorful dishes. The highly refined and modern décor only contributes to the dining experience, and encourages visitors to make the connection between the orb-like lamps and the Chocolate “Egg,” with hot coco and cookies.
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
$$$ Special Offer
In its new space on Divisadero at Grove, Bar Crudo is a bustling restaurant reminiscent of a hip loft. The focus of the sparse and well-chosen menu is raw fish infused with creative sauces and garnishes with not a grain of sushi rice in sight. There are a few well-executed cooked fish and seafood dishes as well. If you hunger for thick steaks and mounds of buttered carbohydrates, Bar Crudo is not for you. If your dreams, however, are of Butterfish accented with Meyer lemon tapenade or Arctic Char with a drop of horse radish cream, don’t let its overwhelming …
816 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Set in an old transformed warehouse in SoMa, just a mere block from the Moscone Convention Center, Restaurant Lulu evokes the feeling of being in Provence while still staying true to its urban cityscape. Most notably recognized for its wine selection, this French eatery boasts a selection of 500 bottles and over 70 wines by the glass from all around the world, and a slew of awards from Wine Spectator. The seasonal Provençal menu is served family-style on rustic blond wood tables, the bold flavors of the food the ideal complement to the colorful and contemporary space it occupies.
231 South Ellsworth Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
If you’re looking for a night complete with adventure, significance, simplicity, and balance search no further than San Francisco’s 231 Ellsworth. Located in downtown San Mateo and just minutes south of SFO airport, 231 Ellsworth provides an intimate dining experience that resonates throughout the restaurant’s décor, atmosphere, and contemporary American cuisine. Infused with global inspiration, Chef Isaac Miller creates unique menus in which sometimes unexpected ingredients converge in harmony. The restaurant tends to use locally grown produce and offers a prix fixe tasting menu nightly with optional wine pairings and a choice of a 3, 5, or 7-course dining experience. …
901 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Eos of Cole Valley prides itself on its unique variety of California and Asian-Fusion dishes. With a dark interior filled with décor from both sides of the Pacific, it would appear that the food is not the only fusion in this dual cultured restaurant. Named after the goddess of the dawn in Greek mythology, Eos presents itself not only as a restaurant, but also as a wine bar with a worldly and varied list of fine wines. Only the freshest ingredients from local farms are allowed in the dishes that Eos serves to its hungry customers. With such a fresh …
648 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Masa’s has mastered elegant simplicity. Executive chef Gregory Short continues the Masa tradition of exquisitely prepared and well-paired contemporary French dishes presented in a select assortment of tasting menus. Masa’s menu is trimmed of excess fat, leaving only the most succulent and high quality of dishes organized into overwhelmingly indulgent six and nine-course dinners. Like its pared-down menu, Masa’s décor exudes a confident and precise minimalism. Dark chocolate walls contrast with stark white tablecloths, while vases filled with pink and white roses and black and white toile chairs add notes of pastoral charm. The overall effect suggests Masa’s is a …
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705
Note: This restaurant is no longer open! Jordan’s at the Claremont Hotel and Spa exudes an air of quiet elegance and tranquil beauty. Whether enjoying a languid Sunday brunch on the patio or an intimate evening with the twinkling Bay Area skyline for a backdrop, Jordan’s diners are treated to a comfortable and distinguished experience. Executive Chef Thomas Hanson and Chef de Cuisine Hafid Chakri have created a memorable menu of epicurean delights with a fresh and distinctive Californian influence. Their inclusion of a separate vegetarian menu among their dining offerings adds to Jordan’s detail-oriented and inclusive atmosphere, ensuring an …
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
An evening at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton is an invitation for indulgence. While sipping a glass of wine personally recommended by Dining Room sommelier Stephane Lacroix, diners are lulled into a satisfied stupor by the dulcet tones of the live harpist. Chef Ron Siegel’s exquisite and innovative menu supports this pampering ambiance. Noted for his Iron Chef victory, Chef Siegel expertly blends classic French influences with distinctly Japanese ingredients to create dishes that are exciting and utterly extravagant. Amidst the bustle of San Francisco city life, the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton is a welcome respite, a delightfully …
325 Sharon Park Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025
This venue is no longer open.