Upscale casual near the Hotel Vitale
My wife and I are getting away from the kids, and we'll be in SF on Friday/Saturday March 14/15. We are staying at the Hotel Vitale on the Embaradero near the Ferry Building, and if we can walk to a cool place all the better! We like upscale casual (entrees $15-30), brewpub-type, innovative American menus. While we like a loud restaurant full of buzzing patrons, we're not so thrilled with having to scream over a band or DJ while we eat. Any suggestions for two parents looking to unwind? Thanks!
There is a brew-pub within walking distance: Gordon Biersch, but you can do far better food-wise. My favorites in the area include:
(more formal) Boulevard, Ozumo,
(more casual) Slanted Door, Globe, Piperade, and Kokkari.
Other places to check out include Sens, Cosmopolitian, Perbacco, and One Market.
21st Amendment's a nice brewpub but at last report the food was pretty average.
Thirsty Bear is a brewpub with Spanish tapas.
SF Brewing Co. in North Beach is nice. I'm not sure they have food.
Magnolia Pub has the best beer and good food but it's a schlep (though there's a bus that will take you right there).
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Thirsty Bear Brewing Co
661 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105
San Francisco Brewing Co
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
San Francisco brewpubs, by and large, seem hard pressed to come up with outstanding brews, especially since the 20 Tank Brewery er, tanked. It's not a brewpub per se, but the Rogue Ales Public House in North Beach is the southernmost outpost of the great Oregon microbrewery and features about 15 of the Rogue Ales on tap plus others in bottles, as well as some very tasty food including Kobe burgers and fish and chips.
Rogue Ales Public House
673 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133
re: Xiao Yang
You'll LOVE the hotel Vitale. Absolutely gorgeous. I stayed there not too long ago and really enjoyed it. The restaurant/bar there was pretty good too.
You'll be really close to the Ferry building, which is just fantastic. It's sort of an indoor, upscale farmer's market with some fun restaurants too. There's also a lovely patisserie, Asian teahouse, wine tasting, and a great sushi place there, . One is a great seafood place too and, another is a trendy sort of burger joint that is very casual and quite good.
For the brew pubs, I also recommend Slanted Door and Perbacco and Town Hall.
If the beer-food combo is important, I would consider BARTing to 19th Street in Oakland and going to Luka's. Great Belgian beer list with fantastic food to match. It would be short BART trip.