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Liholiho Yacht Club, Del Popolo, Cala, Now on The Resy Hit List

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Hey, baby daddies! Wondering how to spend all that time off and extra moolah? It’s the Resy Hit List: San Francisco. Because you are where you eat, don’t forget to book the sitter.

1/Mister Jiu’s
2/Liholiho Yacht Club
3/Al’s Place
4/Izakaya Rintaro

5/Del Popolo
6/Cala
7/Tosca Cafe
8/Mosu
9/Octavia
10/The Progress

1/Mister Jiu’s 
Because anyone following Chef Brandon Jew’s path to a full-fledged restaurant knows this is the golden ticket. On an alley in historic Chinatown, Jew restored the space while preserving its authenticity. Lazy Susan’s abound, this is the banquet-style restaurant the nation’s OG Chinatown deserves. // Chinatown. Opening soon.

2/Liholiho Yacht Club
Because everyone wants to be a member of Chef Ravi Kapur’s club. The vibes read island breezy cocktails like Tropicalia and Coconut Telegraph, while the fare shreds on the Cali-fresh wave. Twice-cooked pineapple pork belly, Aloha. // Lower Nob Hill. (415) 440-5446.

3/Al’s Place
Because buzz buzz buzz and it’s not just the bubbles. There’s some serious black magic happening in the kitchen. Case in point, the lemon tart with roasted rhubarb and verbena ice cream. Add a Michelin star for the cherry on top. // Mission. (415) 416-6136.

4/Izakaya Rintaro
Because the bounty of the sashimi platter is practically a performance piece. Plus, Chef Sylvan Brackett doesn’t skip a beat on fresh. The wasabi is grown in Half Moon Bay and is grated for every service on Japanese sharkskin. There’s no turning back once you’ve tasted the real deal. // Mission. Book now at Izakaya Rintaro.

5/Del Popolo
Because it’s spring and the seasonal pizza from the city’s favorite dough slingers has asparagus, pecorino, and arugula pesto. Pro Tip: Ask for a topping of bottarga to make it fire. Pro Tip 2: Love the wine? Take a bottle to go. // Nob Hill. Book now at Del Popolo.

6/Cala
Because did you know their alter-ego, Tacos Cala, is serving late night on Fridays and Saturdays now? Plus, they are amping up for Tapas Cala, pre-dinner snacks and margaritas while you wait to be seated. Game changer. // Hayes Valley. Book now at Cala.

7/Tosca Cafe
Because come for the atmosphere and stay for the pork shoulder. No fuss, just delicious Italian food. Spot on cocktails makes Tosca a no-brainer. Consider this your ace in the hole for date night. // North Beach. Book now at Tosca Cafe.

8/Mosu
Because this is some next level ish. Think silky tofu wrapped around uni and topped with caviar. Chef Sung Anh’s visually minimal dishes play on the unexpected. From burdock root bark with kombu butter to daikon tuna roll with ankimo. Surreal decadence is the idea. // Western Addition. Book now at Mosu.

9/Octavia
Because Chef Melissa Perello is on a roll with two dynamite restaurants and a Michelin star on the rise. Does it get better than pappardelle tossed in a walnut and brown butter pesto? No, no it does not. Dig in. // Pacific Heights. (415) 408-7507.

10/The Progress
Because The Bird’s little sister is all grown up and ready to mingle. Prix fixe family style menu includes snacks for the table like buttermilk biscuits with apple bourbon black butter and a choice of four dishes. P.S. Don’t skip dessert. // Western Addition. (415) 673-1294.