From a celebrity chef’s take on tapas (served seaside) to wood-fired pizza in Napa, Resy’s latest Bay Area offerings are not to miss.
Image Couresty of Coqueta.
A restaurant from Sharon Ardiana (of Gialina and Ragazza fame) and Greg Hinds (formerly of Hog Island Oyster Co.), Ardiana marries Italian and Mediterranean flavors in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. On the menu, alongside mezze-style “for the table” plates served with warm pita, as well as salads that showcase local produce, pizza, and larger plates like coffee-rubbed short rib and grilled lamb chops with whipped feta. Book now at Ardiana.
Located inside Vintage Estates, one of the oldest wineries in the Napa region, Bottega is a standout restaurant from Michael Chiarello. Adhering to a strict Italy-meets-California format, ingredients are sourced locally for dishes like fresh crudo, ravioli with brown butter and sage, and braised short ribs. The wine list is comprised primarily of wines from smaller California vineyards, in addition to a handpicked selection of Italian vintages. Book now at Bottega.
Nestled in the Outer Richmond neighborhood, Cassava is a heartfelt place from owners Yuka Ioroi and chef Kris Toliao with a lot going for it: food that aims to nourish the body and soul, coffee from Ritual Roasters, wine from boutique vineyards, and creative cocktails. The hospitality is warm and the local vibe is strong: in the morning, a Japanese breakfast is offered alongside avocado toast, and, for dinner, guests can opt to partake in a $42 four-course tasting menu. Book now at Cassava.
Housed in a century-old Italian grocery store, Ciccio is a family-owned and operated restaurant featuring warm service and simple fare. The focus here is on wood-fired pizzas, but the menu extends to other classic Italian dishes as well, such as arancini, ribollita, and vitello tonnato. In traditional Napa fashion, ingredients are locally sourced from the owners’ own garden and wines hail from their vineyard, Altamura. Book now at Ciccio.
Chef Michael Chiarello’s Coqueta (which means “flirt” in Spanish) is located at Pier 5 on the the bustling San Francisco waterfront. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, the menu features Chiarello’s interpretation of traditional Spanish cuisine and highlights the bounty of fresh, local ingredients from land and sea. There are pintxos, hot and cold tapas, open-faced sandwiches, and family-style plates. Add innovative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and a waterfront view — Coqueta is an Embarcadero standby. Book now at Coqueta.
The second location of the LA-born farm-to-table gem, Farmshop Marin serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, plus midday and late-night pizza and snacks. Casual and reliable, it’s a restaurant that works for any occasion— lunchtime avocado toast, a glass of wine in the evening, or a dinnertime dry-aged ribeye for two. Book now at Farmshop Marin.
Kronnerburger is the “Oakland Burger Paradise” from chef Chris Kronner (Slow Club, Bar Tartine, and Ordinaire). Burgers are the specialty (particularly those made of dry-aged beef), yet the menu also offers a vegan “Impossible Burger”; a patty melt; and other creative (oftentimes indulgent) dishes, like roasted eggplant salad, pork rilletes, and a bone marrow plate. Book now at Kronnerburger.
Lovejoy’s Tea Room
A San Francisco staple for over 20 years, Lovejoy’s is cozy and quirky; filled with mismatched china and furniture. With its cheerful decor and hospitality, it transports you back in time to an English country tea room. Warm scones, tasty little sandwiches, and bottomless tea await you. Book now at Lovejoy’s Tea Room.
From the team behind Bar 355, Parlour serves Italian-influenced, Bay Area cuisine in a modern, rustic space with high ceilings, white walls, and accented wood. A beautiful wood-fired oven is the centerpiece of the open kitchen, while the bar offers classic and contemporary cocktails and an assortment of carefully curated spirits, wines, and beer. Changing frequently, the menu of pizzas, pastas, appetizers, and mains is deeply in tune with what’s in season. Book now at Parlour Restaurant.
Uma Casa is the only full-service Portuguese restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Telmo Faria (formerly of Tacolicious) offers a wide variety of classic and contemporary dishes from his home country. Brunch with a raw bar; refreshing and creative cocktails featuring Ports and Madeiras; and an exclusively Portuguese wine list are in the mix, too. Book now at Uma Casa.
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