From a fancy, once-in-a-lifetime experience to a tried-and-true weekly favorite, there’s no wrong answer to the question. We picked the brains of a few notable locals to find out about their favorite meals in the city. Plan on a memorable meal during your stay. “I’d like to start at Bix for a martini paired with their Potato Pillows with Creme Fraiche and American Sturgeon Caviar, then move on to the House of Prime Rib for the End Cut. The secret is to order the pink peppercorn horseradish sauce. You must ask for it because it’s not listed on the menu. Top it off with champagne and a soufflé at Gary Danko.” – Ryan Scott, Chef “Zuni Cafe will always hold a very special place in my heart. Not only was I once a part of its staff, I love the food, the ambiance and the feelings I get when I dine at Zuni. It could also be the cold Tomales Bay oysters and mignonette paired with a glass of bubbly, or the perfect Caesar salad tossed with Acme bread croutons and made-to-order dressing. If not, I am certain that it’s the pile of shoestring potatoes alongside the roasted chicken, which is definitely worth the one-hour wait. And if you’re fortunate enough to be there when they are serving the pot de creme — well, then it’s been the perfect last meal. But the gateau Victoire or the espresso granita could also finish off the dinner with a bang. The ambiance will make you want to stay all night.” – Colleen Mauer, Maker “I would choose either the cassoulet or a mushroom crepe from Café Bastille! Add a double espresso (or two) and a crème brulee!” – Sean Dorsey, Choreographer “Capital Restaurant is the restaurant Chinese Americans flock to for good, down-home meals that remind us of what mom would cook at home. The food selections are reasonable and delicious. Diners come here for the comfort food, and it’s not possible for me to dine here without running into my friends. Make sure you try the salt and pepper chicken wings.” – Linda Lee, Chinatown Tour Guide “Guilio Tempesta’s Umbria restaurant at the corner of Second and Howard Streets has been a SoMa landmark since it opened.” – Rick Welts, CEO of the Golden State Warriors Find more local recommendations on our website.
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