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The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to dine in San Francisco, both international gourmet and good american choices.
Our team to SF is experienced travelers, mature but very young of mind.

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me." sang Tony Bennett in 1962 as an intro to the birth of the "flower power", the Hippies on Haight-Ashbury in 1967, where the focus rather was "sex, drugs and rock n' roll". It's not surprising that it all started in San Francisco, a unique and breathtaking metropolis, easy life, gay and lesbian friendly, clean air, and beautiful parks and sunny beaches.

San Francisco measure only 50 square miles, but justly ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, classic cable cars, dynamic diversity, a beautiful waterfront, a soaring crimson bridge, and unique neighborhoods which are treasures of its own, the “City by the Bay” truly has it all. Trend-defining cuisine ranging from gourmet-starred dining to outrageous food trucks; world-renowned symphony, ballet, theater, and opera; plus almost boundless outdoor adventures, San Francisco justifiably stands out as one of the ultimate must-sees on any traveler’s wish list. Come and discover the variety of sites, shops, and restaurants that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity.

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Restaurants:
Atelier Crenn In Atelier Crenn the interior is surprisingly simple and casual, very clean décor, neutral and soft lighting and sealed concrete floors, but it's all about artistic food, and French wine.

In her atelier Chef Dominique Crenn and her team are presenting their culinary art-dishes, all great art-work, beautiful presented, inviting and exciting, bathed in bubbles or atop pristine logs, but an earnest love for and dedication to the essence of rustic virgin ingredients.

You choose between a Signature Courses menu and the Chef's Grand Tasting Menu, not a traditional list of dishes, the menu is a seasonally inspired poem. It's all so emotinal beautiful and fresh. Probably the only real foodstudio in America.

3127 Fillmore Street
Restaurant Gary Danko Far downhill the Hyde Street, one of San Francisco’s trendiest districts, one of America’s most talented chefs Gary Danko offers an intimate, inviting atmosphere, with modern paintings in his modern but elegant restaurant.

The cuisine is modern but classic, using the best French techniques, based on fresh produce in the season, such as sea scallops served with asparagus-pea purée in the spring and butternut squash and caramelized apples in the winter.

This is the ultimate fine dining. Try the Kendall Farms crème fraiche and Black Sea Osetra caviar.

800 North Point at Hyde Street
The Franciscan Crab Restaurant Located on the historic Fisherman's Wharf, with unforgettable views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, San Francisco's spectacular skyline and Alcatraz.

The Franciscan Crab Restaurant, recently remodeled, high ceilings and twenty foot windows, has been a long standing part of San Francisco seafood dining, offers seafood favorites as Dungeness Crab, Crispy Crabcakes, Seafood Antipasto, fresh oysters, and steamed mussels, also freshly made burrata and salumi.

Pier 43 ½, Fisherman's Wharf
Cliff House The Cliff House, a part of the Sutro Historic Landscape District, restored in 2004, has magnificent views of Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks.

This Bistro Restaurant offers a casual dining experience featuring classic San Francisco fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Warm fresh popovers, the Crab Louis and the Clam Chowder are just a few of the local favourites created by Chef Kevin Weber. From seafood omelettes to the half-pound cheeseburger to the macadamia nut crusted halibut, we think there is something to please everyone and the generous servings will satisfy even the heartiest appetite.

We recommend the Cliff House Clam Chowder.

1090 Point Lobos
Wayfare A new authentic American restaurant, downtown in Sacramento Street, designed as a classic SF Tavern, or an Edwardian men's club, where anything goes from black-tie to blue jeans, casual but elegant.

Chef Tyler Florence presents his passion for high quality contemporary American cuisine, ranging from classic cuisine to rustic delicacies. A short but delicious menu presents entrées like chicken, sea bass and steak.

Try the Organic Fried Chicken with buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp herbs and lemon.

558 Sacramento Street
Pinocchio On one of the most bustling corners in North Beach, in the chic Venetian interior, Trattoria Pinocchio offers the ultimate taste of Italy.

Chef Giovanni Zocca and his family welcome you to homemade pastas, pizza's, filet mignon, veal, seafood and cioppino, specialty Italian desserts prepared in their open exhibition kitchen, superb wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley, signature cocktails and coffees.

The best pasta and pizza restaurant in San Francisco?

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