Washington DC Chowhound visiting San Francisco for the first time for 4 days
Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Me and my girlfriend will be staying in downtown SF near Yahoo's office in early July for a 4 day weekend and are looking for hip / trendy / cool venues. Its a little broad request I know, but with such little time we would love to experience as many of SF's culinary offerings as possible...
*Day trips: Little Italy/ China Town Where & What Dish is recommended?
Do a search, there are a ton of threads like this, but... for your purposes, dinner I would reccomend:
A16 and Slanted Door (top choices), Delfina, Range, nopa. Aziza, Fringale and Chapeau! would also be good, but not necessarily hip/trendy/cool.
What sort of nightlife are you looking for? One of my favorite spots is California Wine Merchants (also known as California wine Star) on Chestnut in the Marina -- it is a CA wine bar.
Without a doubt for dinner- Gary Danko (if you can get in).
As far as day trips- definitely visit Alcatraz and check out the sea lion on the peir. Also renting a car and doing a little winery hopping is a good time (recommend Sonoma/Russian River Vally over Napa).
And if you're a sports fan, going to a Giant's game is a great time.
If you go to Chinatown mnake sure you go to a place with dim sum and go with that.
For brunch, it's not upscale and there's a line, but I recommend Dottie's True Blue Café. Worth the wait in my opinion. Town's End is also excellent for brunch. For dinner, all these options below are great. I'll second the Golden Gate Bakery res, but get there early before the egg custards are all sold out.
North Beach (little Italy), I really like Firenze by Night for dinner. It's on the border between Chinatown and North Beach and a little kitsch and unassuming, but the food is great. For drinks Tosca is classic.