715 Bush St., corner Mason St., tel. (415) 421-3154
Located in the basement of the Cornell Hotel de France is one of San Francisco's most original and least known dining rooms, the Jeanne d'Arc. The French-inspired cuisine is delicious.
501 Geary St., corner Taylor St., tel. (415) 292-0101
You get the full meaning of the Grand Cafe's name once you walk through the door. The dining room is set in a former ballroom, which has preserved the breathtaking columns that support its extremely high ceilings. The menu offers a variety of dishes such as chicken fricassee, vegetable stew and crispy pizza.
450 Post St., between Mason St. and Powell St., tel. (415) 956-6969
As soon as you step inside the fascinating Farallon, you'll quickly forget your preconceived idea of tacky sea decors. Diners get to enjoy deliciously fresh fish and seafood in the restaurant's fabulous dining room, which was designed by Pat Kuleto.
648 Bush St., corner Powell St., tel. (415) 989-7154
Another of San Francisco's prized gourmet establishments, Masa's has enjoyed an excellent reputation over the years. The restaurant's sampling menu lets you dig into a great selection of dishes, and the desserts are an absolute must.
133 Steuart St., tel. (415) 896-5600
Those who wish to experience the delights of Asian cuisine should head to an inescapable stop on the city's gourmet circuit, Shanghai 1930.
916 Kearny St., tel. (415) 291-1700
Owned by renowned film director and producer Francis Ford Coppola, Cafe Zoetrope is at once a café, a restaurant, a wine bar and a boutique.
2100 Van Ness, corner Pacific Ave., tel. (415) 673-1888
Red meat lovers will appreciate Harris' generous portions of tender, juicy steak. The refined decor, unpretentious service and jazz music playing in the background create the perfect setting for a delicious meal.
Pier 43 1/2, tel. (415) 362-7733
Ideally located near the water, the Franciscan is a refreshing addition to the ultra-touristy atmosphere of Fisherman's Wharf. The extensive though rather predictable menu focuses on fish and seafood.
Fort Mason Center, Building A, tel. (415) 771 6222
For over 30 years now, Greens has redefined the quality standards of vegetarian cuisine by offering an imaginative, mouth-watering, healthy menu that is replete with subtle flavours.
300 Grove St., corner Franklin St., tel. (415) 861-5555
Renowned chef Traci Des Jardins' restaurant has its cast of loyal regulars who flock to Jardinière to enjoy California-style French cuisine under an imposing, arched ceiling. The wine list admirably complements the menu.
901 Cole St., corner Carl St., tel. (415) 566-3063
Eos is without a doubt the best restaurant in the Upper Haight area. Its chef cooks up delicious, creative food that combines Asian and Mediterranean flavours. If you can't get a table, grab a seat at the restaurant's adjoining wine bar while you wait.
233 Fillmore St., between Haight St. and Waller St., tel. (415) 626-1628
Indian Oven is located in a Victorian residence whose dining room features a few paintings that are reminiscent of India. The menu offers delicious dishes such as tandoori chicken, fish masala and curried lamb.
400 Waller St., corner Fillmore St., tel. (415) 431-2526
Year after year, the Thep Phanom's Thai restaurant is showered with praise by the city's food critics and foodies. The lovely, painted-wood trim creates a cozy, pleasant ambiance.
315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, tel. (415) 726-5125
Pasta Moon's specialty is Italian food, and this is without a doubt one of the city's best eateries. The restaurant also offers a catering service and bakes its own bread.