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Celebrity-Owned Restaurants in SF

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When a restaurant is owned by a celebrity, you never know who might walk in the door. Here's a shortlist of restaurants noted for two highlights: good food and prime stargazing potential.

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  • Vietnamese Embarcadero
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    The Slanted Door Map , San Francisco, California | 415-861-8032
    Food26 Decor23 Service22 Cost$53
     

    Good to know: Investors include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Quentin Tarantino.

  • Japanese San Jose
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    Blowfish Sushi Map 355 Santana Row, San Jose, California | 408-345-3848
    Food23 Decor20 Service18 Cost$41
     

    Good to know: Owned by Julian Lennon, musician and son of famed Beatle John Lennon.

  • Steakhouse Mill Valley
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    El Paseo Map 17 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, California | 415-388-0741
    Food23 Decor25 Service21 Cost$68
     

    Good to know: Tyler Florence and musician Sammy Hagar helm this cozy Mill Valley chophouse.

  • Seafood Hayes Valley
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    Hayes Street Grill Map 320 Hayes Street, San Francisco, California | 415-863-5545
    Food23 Decor18 Service23 Cost$51
     

    Good to know: This understated venue is co-owned by Patricia Unterman, former food critic for Examiner & SF Chronicle and founding board member of Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market.

  • Sushi The Mission
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    Blowfish Sushi To Die For Map 2170 Bryant Street, San Francisco, California | 415-285-3848
    Food23 Decor20 Service18 Cost$41
     

    Good to know: Owned by Julian Lennon, musician and son of famed Beatle John Lennon.

  • Cafe Chinatown
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    Cafe Zoetrope Map 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, California | 415-291-1700
    Food21 Decor22 Service20 Cost$35
     

    Good to know: Owned by producer/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola. His eponymous wines are also served here.

  • American Cow Hollow
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    Balboa Cafe Map 3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, California | 415-921-3944
    Food20 Decor19 Service20 Cost$36
     

    Good to know: Politician Gavin Newsom is the owner.  

  • Diner Oakland
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    Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe Map 1805 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California | 510-251-9400
    Food19 Decor18 Service18 Cost$19
     

    Good to know: Co-owned by Bay Area native & Green Day bassist Mik Dirnt.

  • Diner Emeryville
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    Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe Map 4081 Hollis Street, Emeryville, California | 510-594-1221
    Food19 Decor18 Service18 Cost$19
     

    Good to know: Co-owned by Bay Area native & Green Day bassist Mik Dirnt.

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