Winner: Perennial favorite Gary Danko (which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year) won big again with surveyors, but there was some movement just below. The fine-dining Italian Acquerello inched up to the second-place spot, followed by the tiny Japanese omakase favorite Kiss Seafood.
Breakthrough Kid: The Sardinian-inspired La Ciccia infiltrated the top five this year with a score of 27, suggesting that the secret is out on this off-the-beaten-path osteria. Luckily for devoted locals, next month the owners are slated to open La Nebbia, an enoteca and lasagneria spin-off, a few doors down, which should help accommodate the overflow.
Biggest Jumps: The newly relocated Saison climbed higher on the list. KEIKO à Nob Hill, which was too new to qualify in the 2013 edition, notched a spot, as did the long-running bistro Chapeau!. Notably absent, however, is Canteen, Dennis Leary’s cult Californian that he shuttered at the end of August as he prepares to open two new ventures.
(See overall Bay Area winners)