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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Boulevard

Recommended by: Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop)

Located in the historic Audiffred Building on the beautiful Embarcadero waterfront, this culinary classic has captured the hearts of San Franciscans. The French-influenced American menu comes to life with the space’s stunning Belle Epoque-style décor. Spot-on service, atmosphere, food, and views—Boulevard will provide any tourist or local with the perfect night out in the city.  [...]

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Gitane

Recommended by: Molly Sims (Model)

Low lighting and a richly decorated dining area give this Iberian-inspired restaurant a romantic, seductive ambiance.  The lively, ground floor bar is perfect for sampling some of the unique cocktails and inventive small plates. The quieter, upstairs dining room offers more plates with heft, featuring an expansive a la carte and testing menu. www.gitanerestaurant.com

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Le Central

Recommended by: Tony Abou-Ghanim (Mixologist)

No occasion necessary to indulge in the French bistro fare that this authentic brasserie has perfected after nearly four decades in business. Le Central’s guests of rave about the cassoulet, but mixologist Tony Abou-Ghanim says he’d go for their escargot and Chicken Pommes Frites on his ideal food day. Make a Reservation. www.lecentralbistro.com

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Perbacco

 Recommended by: Chris Cosentino (Winner, Top Chef Masters)

Perbacco provides a fresh San Franciscan spin on Northern Italian dishes from the Piemonte region.  In a sleek, urban space, the ristorante makes some of the city’s best pastas, celebrating the essence of the food and wine culture of Italy. Make a Reservation. www.perbaccosf.com

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R&G Lounge

Recommended by: Peter Som (Designer)

If you’re not ordering the salt and pepper crab at R&G Lounge, you’re not doing it right. The locally popular Cantonese restaurant’s signature dish is alive in a tank when you sit down at your table, and is perfectly battered and fried just about an hour later. The massive restaurant spans three floors, and is always packed with [...]

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Tadich Grill

Recommended by: Marc Forgione (Winner, The Next Iron Chef)

What began as a coffee stand during the California Gold Rush, Tadich Grill is now an energetic seafood restaurant, although they’ve kept the original mahogany bar from 1849. Staying true to a no-nonsense charm, the historic eatery turns out classic West Coast seafood specialties accompanied by big plates of the city’s signature sourdough bread. www.tadichgrill.com

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The Slanted Door

Recommended by: Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Jane Larkworthy (Beauty Director, W Magazine), Stephanie March (Actress), Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Jody Williams (Chef/Owner, Buvette), Jonathan Groff (Actor), Joy Williams (Musician, Actor)

At this waterfront eatery, chef Charles Phan has created a menu of fresh and flavorful Vietnamese dishes.  The Slanted Door’s patrons enjoy the picturesque views and cuisine that adds a contemporary spin to the Vietnamese classics. Make a Reservation. www.slanteddoor.com

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Yank Sing Financial District

Recommended by: Christophe Hille (Director of Operations, Northern Spy Food Co.), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Roberto and Giselle Deiaco (Chef/Owners, East 12th Osteria), John Cho (Actor), Peter Som (Designer)

This classic, refined Chinese restaurant has been open from three generations and boasts the best dim sum in SF. Yank Sing’s trolleys display a pristine array of both traditional and modern dim sum that keeps their seats filled at brunch/lunchtime every day of the week. “If you want dim sum, I will steer you away [...]