Top 5 Restaurants in SF
- D. V. Diers Jan 3, 2002 09:57 AM
Looking for recommendations for the best restaurants in the greater SF area. I already know Chez Panisse and French Laundry. What else is a must-eat-at. No restrictions on cuisine or geography (but nothing too much farther than the Napa Valley).
Friends of mine, who are very much into the food scene in the Bay area, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary at Aqua, in San Francisco. Pricey, but they raved about it - over and over!
Bistro Jeanty (cant wait for Jeanty @ Jack's)
**tie between Danko & Elisabeth Daniel
**would like to see how Gras' cooking at Fifth Floor compares when he's cooking his own menu
Definitely, Masa's and Gary Danko. I'd add Martini House (in St. Helena, in the Napa valley)-- new place that's really marvellous. Haven't been to Aqua or Jardiniere in quite a while, so can't weigh in there, but they have very high-quality reputations.
I'd add another vote for Elisabeth Daniel in SF.
For sushi, my pick is Hama-Ko, also in SF. (BTW, now's a good time for sushi - cold winter = fatter fish!) I've had cuts of fish there that were simply out of this world.
for some ethnic variety
Brother's Korean BBQ
Ton Kiang for Dim Sum
R&G lounge for Chinese
Taiwan Restaurant for Taiwanese "petals of pork soup" On Sunday, they have "yam cake" on their dim sum menu. Yam flour outside, meat inside and 3 sauces.
for spending money: Fifth Floor, new, great service, don't order the tasting menu if you want to choose your own dessert (crepes suzette is an option, I think. But I don't know b/c I ordered the tasting menu and didn't get to choose)
South bay: Sent Sovi