Best Bay Area Dining Options
Our San Francisco area City Guide will be sharing plenty of "best of's" each month. But, we're kicking it off with some diverse dining and drinking recommendations.
If you're looking for the best pasta, Chinese food, or you just want to kick back at a beer bar, then you've come to the right place. We've got expert recommendations that won't disappoint. So, read on, and take some notes because here are some of the best San Francisco Bay Area dining options.
15 of SF’s Best Pasta Destinations
San Francisco is brimming with excellent pasta, from pristine versions in the California-Italian canon to red sauce Italian and beyond. Almost every restaurant in town has at least one pasta dish on the menu, meshing Northern California ingredients like Dungeness crab, uni, and more. Generally, the high quality of these pastas speak for themselves; without further delay, these are some of the best places to find pasta in San Francisco from North to South.
Sorrel isn’t strictly a pasta restaurant, but it’s deeply rooted in the California-Mediterranean genre. The daily changing menu includes beautiful pasta specimens like tagliatelle with beef ragu and rutabaga, cappellacci with kabocha squash, black garlic, and hazelnuts, and rigatoni alla carbonara, served in a hip environment.
5 great SF Bay Area Chinese restaurants to try
Whether you’re a Szechuan prawn devotee or a Mongolian beef lover, the Bay Area’s Chinese restaurants offer a wealth of delicious possibilities for every palate. Here are five tasty choices to try in San Jose, Walnut Creek and San Francisco, too.
Edna Ray, San Jose
Chinese food lovers mourned when the 54-year-old Edna Ray restaurant closed two years ago. Now the niece of the original owners has reopened the place, with family blessings all around, and she’s brought back not only the name, but the beloved menu — including classics such as honey walnut prawns, wor wonton soup, lemon chicken and Mongolian beef — and artwork from its previous Lincoln Avenue home.
Details: Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. 1890 W. San Carlos St., San Jose; 408-293-3149.
The Best Beer Bars in San Francisco
When it comes to places to drink beer, SF has a lot of quality bars and a lot of great breweries. But not every SF beer bar can be the BEST beer bar -- objectively, unequivocally, and backed by a very specific and highly guarded algorithm. Yes, a bar might have a friendly staff, delicious food, and an inviting space, but to be one of the best beer bars in SF, there’s really only one requirement: an exceptional beer list with a mix of craft beers you’ve never tried before (maybe never even heard of before), as well as a few classic favorites.
The place to go when you want to drink beer and shop for it at the same time
This beer bar/bottle shop has 26 beers on tap (plus a few wines), hundreds of harder-to-find bottles and cans to buy and take home or enjoy at one of the indoor or outdoor tables (though there is a corkage fee), and a pretty extensive food menu with options ranging from cheese and charcuterie to deviled eggs to double cheeseburger. The prices can feel a little high, but this is the kind of place you to go try new beers that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere, and there’s a premium for that kind of content. Plus, they almost always have Pliny the Elder.
The 10 Best Beer Week Events in San Francisco
The 11th annual SF Beer Week is nearly here, with hundreds of tap takeovers, beer fests, pairing dinners, and other events taking place all over the Bay Area from February 1 to 10. Sifting through the official events guide can quickly overwhelm, so we’re here to recommend 10 cool events in SF as you plot your beer intake. And don’t miss these beer week events in the East Bay, either.
Landmark Bike Tour with Fort Point
Details: Take a ride with the Fort Point Brewery team and fans to the many SF landmarks that make up the designs for their cans and inspiration for their beer. It’s a 12-mile guided ride, with the SF Bike Coalition staff in tow. Start at the Dutch Windmill, head to Coit Tower, and stop at historic Fort Point (below the Golden Gate Bridge). Ends at Fort Point’s Ferry Building tap room, where they buy the first round.
Details: Starts at the Dutch Windmill, 1691 JFK Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $10 ticket, comes with a Fort Point growler and fill, benefits the SF Bike Coalition.