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Notes on restaurants I’ve been to and want to try. I liked, were just ok, I didn’t like. Also see other lists.

To try:

Rasa (Burlingame)

Topolo Bambo (Chicago)

A list in Sonoma…

August 1 Five (Van Ness, SF)

Skool (SOMA, SF)

Rosso (Santa Rosa)

Izakaya Rintaro (SOMA)

Kinjo Sushi (SF)

Glen Ellen Star (Sonoma, CA)

House Of Prime Rib (Nob Hill, SF)

Naschmarkt (Campbell, CA)

Mosu (Fillmore, SF)

Damon Baehrel (upstate New York)

Akiko (Financial District, SF)

The Ramp (Dogpatch, SF)


The Modern (Manhattan, NY)

Yoshizumi (San Mateo)

Swan Oyster Depot (Russian Hill, SF)

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack (Mission, SF)

Scoma’s (Fisherman’s Wharf, SF)

Marianne’s (bar; SOMA, SF)

7 Mile House (bar; Brisbane, SF)

Club Twenty-One (bar; Tenderloin, SF)

Vesuvio (bar; North Beach, SF)

Camino (Oakland)

Harris’ Steakhouse (get the porterhouse!) (SF)

Rich Table (Hayes Valley, SF)

Sukiyabashi Jiro (Tokyo, Japan)

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London, UK)

Capo’s (North Beach, SF)

Peter Luger (Brooklyn, NY)

Atera (Tribeca, NY)

Chef’s Table (Brooklyn, NY)

Char No. 4 (Brooklyn, NY)

Essex (Manhattan, NY)

Baume (Palo Alto)

Eleven Madison Park (NY)

Commonwealth (Mission, SF)

One Market (Embarcadero, SF)

Cotogna (Financial District, SF)

Zarzuela (Russian Hill, SF)

Dopo (Oakland)

Sawa (Sunnyvale)

Criolla (Castro, SF) closed! :(

Village Pub (Woodside)

French Laundry (Yountville)

Murray Circle (Sausalito)

La Toque (Napa)

Osteria Stellina (Pt. Reyes)

Farmhouse (Forestville)

Terra (St. Helena)

Cafe Jacqueline (North Beach, SF)

Sea Salt (Oakland)

Town (San Carlos)

Kaygetsu (Menlo Park)

Cafe Gibraltar (Half Moon Bay)

Madera (Menlo Park)

Vero (Palo Alto)

Quattro (Palo Alto)

California Cafe (Palo Alto)

Plumed Horse (Saratoga)

Trevese (Los Gatos)

Arcadia (San Jose)

Los Cubanos (San Jose)

Been to:


Girl and the Goat



Cockscomb (SOMA, SF)

Maru Ya (Mission, SF)

K-Paul’s (New Orleans)

Cochon (New Orleans)

Bayona (New Orleans)

Commanders Palace (New Orleans)


Tasty ‘n Alder (Portland)

Mister Jiu’s (Chinatown, SF)

Magnolia Smokestack (Dogpatch, SF)

3rd Cousin (Bernal Heights, SF)

Beso Bistronomia (Haight, SF)

Agenzen (Ichizen) (Millbrae, CA)

In Situ (SOMA, SF)

Baby Blues BBQ (Bernal Heights, SF)



Ichi (Mission, SF)

LV Mar (Redwood City, CA)

Saru (Noe Valley, SF)

Local (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

The Bunnery (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Gary Danko (Pacific Heghts, SF)

Californios (Mission, SF)

Stones Throw (Russian Hill, SF)

Gather (Oakland, CA)

Boxing Room (Hayes Valley, SF)

Gló (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Sjávargrillið (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Íslenski barinn (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Marlowe (SOMA, SF)


Ad Hoc (Yountville)

Lazy Bear



Pabu (Financial District, SF)

Ananda Fuara



Bobo’s (Marina, SF)

Bistro Aix


Alta (Civic Center, SF)

The Cavalier

Super Duper Burger (NY, SF)

Hops & Hominy (Union Square, SF)

Kinfolk (Bernal Heights, SF)

Baker & Banker (Japantown, SF)


Sushi Ran

Mikkeller (Civic Center, SF)

Hakkasan (Downtown, SF)

Atelier Crenn (Cow Hollow, SF)

Corner Store

Moosse Cafe

Mendocino Hotel




Koi Palace

Basil Canteen

54 Mint


Cafe Claude (Union Square, SF)

State Bird Provisions (Fillmore, SF)

Abbott’s Cellar (Mission, SF)

Frances (Castro, SF)

Perilla (Manhattan, NY)

Vinegar Hill House (Brooklyn, NY)

WD~50 (Manhattan, NY)

The Little Owl (Manhattan, NY)

Sushi Sam’s (San Mateo, CA)

Farmer Brown (Civic Center, SF)

Campton Place (Financial District, SF)

2G Japanese Brasserie (Civic Center, SF)

Masa’s (SF)

Pomelo (SF)

Incanto (SF)

Elite Cafe (SF)

Sociale (SF)

Chapeau! (SF)

Thermidor (SF)

Saison (SF)

Bar Jules (SF)

Piperade (SF)

Hyde Street Bistro (SF)

Brenda’s (SF)

Gitane (SF)

Sons & Daughters (SF)

Bar Bambino (SF)

Isa (SF)

Neoteca (SF)

Gialina (SF)

Applewood (Marin)

Stevenswood (Marin)

Lafitte (SF)

Benu (SF)

La Folie (SF)

Walzwerk (SF)

Triptych (SF)

Luna Park (SF)

Prospect (SF)

Twenty Five Lusk (SF)

Loló (SF)

Chez Papa Resto (SF)

Guy Savoy (Las Vegas)

Nopalito (SF)

Slow Club

Zuni Cafe (SF)

Coi (SF)

Ironside (SF)

Swell (SF)

Absinthe (SF)


L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Paris)

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris)

L’Alcazar (Paris)

Pierre Gagnaire (Paris)

Les Quinze Nits (Barcelona)

Abac (Barcelona)

Cinc Sentits (Barcelona)

Taller de Tapas (Barcelona)

Fifth Floor (SF)

Wexler’s (SF)

RN74 (SF)

Moss Beach Distillery (SF)

Bar Crudo (SF)

Herbivore (SF)

Amber (SF)

Manka’s Inverness (Marin)

Cyrus (closed, Healdsburg)

Redd (Yountville)

Martini House (closed, St. Helena)

Auberge du Soleil (Napa)

Meadowood (Napa)

Tra Vigne (Napa)

Pelican Inn (Marin)

Aqua (closed, SF)

Delfina (SF)

Mexico DF (SF)

Fleur de Lys (SF)

Tigelleria (San Jose)

Espetus (SF)

Betelnut (SF)

Street (SF)

21st Amendment (SF)

Firefly (SF)

Blue Plate (SF)

Salt House (SF)

Beretta (SF)

Indigo (SF)

Aziza (SF)

Local (SF)

Spruce (SF)

Farallon (SF)

Town Hall (SF)

Citizen Cake (SF)

CreoLa (San Carlos) /

Ozumo (SF)

Michael Mina (SF)

Manresa (Los Gatos)

Cosmopolitan (SF)

La Foret (San Jose)

Aureole (Las Vegas)

Alex (closed, Las Vegas)

Town’s End

La Bodeguita del Medio (Palo Alto)

Palo Alto Sol (Palo Alto)

Mantra (Palo Alto)

Zibibbo (Palo Alto)

Spago (closed, Palo Alto)

Chez TJ (Mountain View) /

Cascal (Mountain View)

Fuki Sushi (Palo Alto)

Flea St. Cafe (Menlo Park)

Calafia (Palo Alto)

Junnoon (Palo Alto)

Osteria (Palo Alto)

Bistro Maxine (Palo Alto)

Evvia (Palo Alto)

Shokolaat (Palo Alto)

Joya (Palo Alto)

Reposado (Palo Alto)

Madison & 5th (closed, Palo Alto)

Spalti (Palo Alto)

La Strada (Palo Alto)

Bella Luna (Palo Alto)

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  1. What an extensive list! Can’t wait to slowly try as many as you have, especially at the higher end. I’ve made a similar one for myself and organize it by region and neighborhoods, makes it a little easier to find a restaurant on the fly. Haha I see you have daemon bahrel on your list. Based on your tastes, I have a feeling you’ll think Naschmarkt is okay.

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