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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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Maven

Recommended by: Molly Sims (Model)

This elevated, small plates bar inventively pairs creative cocktails with little delectable dishes. Woodsy chic décor fills the space, and a living wall, mounted behind the redwood bar top, acts as the room’s anchor piece. Dimly lit candles scattered across the tables complete the organically, seductive atmosphere. www.maven-sf.com

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Nopa

Recommended by: Grace Nguyen (Chef, Asian Box), Jonathan Waxman (Chef/Owner, Barbuto), Justine Ezarik (iJustine), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef)

In a city like San Francisco, Nopa deserves an award just for serving dinner until 1 a.m. seven days a week. The simple recipes leave the high quality ingredients in the spotlight, and their straightforward philosophy is met with much praise. Nopa calls itself a San Francisco gathering place, and it sure has gathered quite a following. [...]

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State Bird Provisions

Recommended by: Chris Cosentino (Winner, Top Chef Masters), Michael Chiarello (Chef/Owner, Bottega), Andrea Cavaliere (Chef, Soho House), Jose Garces (Iron Chef), Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Jody Williams (Chef/Owner, Buvette), Matt Bean (Editor, Entertainment Weekly), Peter Som (Designer)

What began as a recipe for serving quail, State Bird Provisions has evolved into an award-winning yet relaxed restaurant that pairs local bounty with exotic spices, served dim-sum style.  It’s a “recent favorite” of Andrea Cavaliere, the chef who oversees every Soho House in the US and calls their signature quail dish “perfection”.  Michael Chiarello [...]

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Tommy’s Joynt

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

This San Francisco hallmark has changed little since its opening in 1947; The food is no-frills, the portions are huge, and the prices are cheap. From braised oxtails to buffalo stew to their very popular pastrami sandwich, Tommy’s will take you back in time just as you start to plan your next visit. www.tommysjoynt.com