Special Occasion Restaurants
2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Chef Jesikah Stolaroff brings the feeling of home together with local ingredients and refined technique to create food that fills the heart. She specializes in thoughtful, New American cuisine with a nod toward her family’s Italian roots, joined by unforgettable, innovative desserts. A native of Santa Cruz, Jesikah got her start as a teenager making incredible cakes for birthdays and weddings, before moving north to hone her craft. She studied both the science and the art of food, with degrees in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley and Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Jesikah cut her …
1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
$$$ 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 Davenport Ave, Davenport, CA 95017
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Delicious and affordable California coastal cuisine featuring fresh ingredients from neighboring organic farms is the hallmark of our kitchen. Just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz.
330 S Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
$$ New Editor's Pick Private Room Outdoor Seating
Located in a lavishly restored historic Queen Anne Victorian, Muir’s is an extraordinary Tea Room in the English/Scottish tradition. Inspired by legendary Scottish born conservationist and tea lover, John Muir, Muir’s combines the beauty of nature with whimsical decor, a stunning cottage garden, and delicious artisan food. Using organic and fresh ingredients, our esteemed English Chef oversees our wonderful team of cooks and bakers to create plant-based savories and desserts that are unparalleled in their unique taste and presentation. Our English Farmer grows produce especially for Muir’s at his organic biodiverse Sebastopol Farm. Muir’s signature scones and sweets are baked …
1 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Entering Boulevard’s doors is like stepping inside of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. With its elegant mosaics, stylized wood accents, and softly glowing atmosphere, designer Pat Kuleto has captured the romance of the iconic Parisian bistro, elevating the historic building to the heights of its period artistry. Chef Nancy Oake’s culinary creations are themselves works of art. Each French-influenced dish is like a sculpture, consisting of layered components in a delicate balance of color and flavor that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. Dripping with Belle Époque glamour and the flowery beauty of Art Nouveau, …
542 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
$$ Recommended Editor's Pick View
A coastal and southern Mediterranean cuisine. Our menu consist of many small plates and changes almost daily with focus on local and organic ingredients. Our diverse wine list designed by our owner sommelier offers high quality wines from our local Monterey County appellation and from around the world. The shims + session cocktail program is very well recognized as solid very innovative.
1737 Post St #337, San Francisco, CA 94115
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended New Editor's Pick Private Room
In Japan, Omakase (お任せ) “entrust the chef” is a popular style of dining, where the guests entrust the chef with the meal selection. As this is a great honor, the chef in turn vows to use the freshest ingredients, masterful techniques and bursts of innovation, to create a truly memorable dining experience. Oma San Francisco Station is proud to present this simple, yet elegant way of dining to all of our guests.
5633 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Private Room
Russian restaurant with dancing and tasty food. Hermitage Banquet Hall can also accommodate a wide variety of private dining options.
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
$$$$ Top 10
Located a few streets away from the busy Union Square area, Ame provides a relaxing and elegant getaway and a delectable dining experience. Ame is decorated in a chic and intimate Asian style, with a signature red table that seats eight. Ame offers a New American cuisine that is widely influenced by Japanese creations. The menu provides raw treatments from the sashimi bar as well as various appetizers and entrée plates. Creative dishes like Tai Snapper Sashimi “Kombu Jime” with seaweed, crab and cucumber sauce come from the Sashimi bar. For an appealing main course, Grilled Veal T-bone Steak on …
777 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
$$$$ Top 10
Fleur de Lys presents guests with sophisticated French cuisine in a romantic and intimate setting. The restaurant gives off a dramatic atmosphere with dim lighting, large vases full of flowers, and their trademark fabric ceiling tent. The menu offers creatively crafted dishes like the Duo of Veal Tenderloin and Braised Veal Shank “Parmentier,” which is scented with juniper berry and orange essence. Guests can choose to create a three-, four-, or five course meal with or without wine pairings. Chef/ Owner Hubert Keller is an award-winning chef who was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef as a guest judge in 2006.
161 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
$$$$ Top 10 Recommended
Ozumo is nestled into the heart of San Francisco’s Embarcadero District. This restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine in a serene and sophisticated environment. Guests can choose to to sit in a variety of rooms that each offer a unique dining experience and ambience. The Robata Grill features unique small plates of a variety of meat and vegetables that are cooked over traditional robata charcoal grills. For private dining, Ozumo offers sake tasting in their exclusive, glass-enclosed Sake Tasting Room. Those seeking a more traditional and exotic experience than the golden hued main dining room can be seated on zabuton cusions …
340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Centrally located in the buzzing business district of San Francisco’s Union Square, Campton Place provides the opportunity for a quick business lunch, cocktails, or a 5 course sit-down tasting dinner. The restaurant serves a great deal of upscale fare like Caviar, rare wines, and delectable desserts with blown sugar accents as well as scrumptious main courses. Head Chef Srijith uniquely adds a Mediterranean flare to his California cuisine by infusing balance into each dish that is made from fresh locally grown ingredients. Campton Place is surely a winemaker’s and wine lover’s destination as the restaurant’s wine list boasts some of …
373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
$$$$$ Top 10
Although Coi’s décor exudes a soothing calm in shades of earthy minimalism, its cuisine is a jolt of culinary electricity. Chef Daniel Patterson’s tasting menus take diners on a sensuous adventure reflective of his diverse culinary background, which includes a stint at the infamous El Bulli. A meal at Coi is an exercise in the revelry of the unexpected: a starter might include the application of essential oils to the wrist, while a dessert might be couched in smoked yogurt. The result is an experience that embodies the doe-eyed wonder of childhood with the poise and refinement of haute cuisine.
3640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
$$$ Top 10 Special Offer
Simplicity is bliss: local ingredients, fresh flavors, and charming surroundings, converge to offer a truly blissful experience at Spruce. This communal watering hole encourages diners to dine, socialize, and relax, with the help of a menu that highlights the very best of contemporary American cuisine. The in-house temperature controlled curing room caters to the impressive charcuterie selection, and up to 80% of the produce used at any time may come from the restaurant’s own private farm. Savory delights include the Hot and Cold Foie Gras, the Buttered Main Lobster, and the Charred Berkshire Pork Tenderloin.
2697 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062
The Village Pub not only serves the appetite for food, but it also hopes to satisfy the entire being. Whether you’re looking to tread new ground, or you’re simply hoping to be greeted by the familiar, The Village Pub has the menu and character to keep you intrigued. Executive Chef Mark Sullivan constructs his contemporary American cuisine by drawing from classic French and Mediterranean traditions, and locally cultivated ingredients. The dinner menu highlights dishes like the Shaved Foie Gras Torchon, while the pub menu offers lighter fare – the Pork and Garlic Sausage is made in-house. The truly staggering wine …