SF 30 Under 30: The Restaurants and Bars

Where to find our culinary rock stars
October 29, 2014
by Patty Lee

You've gotten to know this year's crop of SF 30 Under 30 rock stars—now we'll help you seek them out all over the Bay Area. Scan through the handy map below to find the honorees' restaurants and bars, and check out the Zagat ratings and reviews in the slide show to learn more about each. Don't forget to Tweet and Instagram your meals, dishes and drinks all this week using the hashtag #SF30under30. We're also giving away freebies all over town!

Atelier Crenn

Food: 27
Decor: 24
Service: 26
Cost: $143

"The prettiest food" you may ever eat also "tastes amazing" say those "blown away" by this Marina culinary atelier, where "works of art" blending French cuisine and "molecular gastronomy" are "elegantly presented" on "unusual plates"; "personalized" service in the upscale-minimalist space can include a tableside visit from chef Dominique Crenn herself, and despite "expensive" tabs for "spartan" tasting menu portions, it's deemed a "brilliant dining experience."

3127 Fillmore St; 415-440-0460

Drake's Brewing Company

Open since 1989, this San Leandro brewery specializes in West Coast-style ales. Find them at the on-site taproom, which has outdoor seating, snacks from local food trucks and kegs to-go.

1933 Davis Street, Building 177, San Leandro; 510-568-2739

Cellarmaker Brewing Company

From a team with roots at City Beer, Samuel Adams and Marin Brewing, this SoMa brewpub serves wallet-friendly house beers along with sandwiches delivered from the popular deli 1058 Hoagie; a garage door lets in fresh air and natural light, and exposed brick, polished concrete, rustic wood and a walnut bar put a contemporary accent on the industrial tasting room, which features a wall of windows overlooking the brewing tanks.

1150 Howard St; 415-863-3940


Food: 24
Decor: 19
Service: 22
Cost: $41

Renowned for its market-driven, Cal-American "comfort food", including the "fabled burger", this "tiny", "bustling" SoMa bistro "not far from the ballpark" is a "favorite" of the "young, hip crowd" from lunch to late-night; it gets "insanely loud and cramped" at the communal tables, but "upbeat" staffers, "good vibes" and urban-casual decor "make you feel like you're in Manhattan" (in a good way).

500 Brannan St; 415-777-1413


A long bar, counter seating and communal tables provide plenty of seating at this Mission gathering spot that pours cocktails (including plenty of mezcal), craft brews and on-top wine, and serves a carefully curated menu of upscale American small bites, cheese and charcuterie. Floor-to-ceiling windows, splashy murals and artsy fixtures add a modern aesthetic to the expansive, minimalist space.

3174 16th St; 415-400-4748

The Coachman

Slanted Door’s Charles Phan puts his own stamp on British fare at this moderately priced SoMa bistro, serving a dinner menu with modern interpretations of traditional favorites (think Yorkshire pudding with prime rib) and a well-heeled cocktail list. The contemporary space in the SoMa Grand building boasts a wall with 76 glowing honey panels, a 30-ft. cypress bar and contemporary slate and neutral tones throughout, plus bar, banquette and table seating.

Foreign Cinema

Food: 24
Decor: 25
Service: 23
Cost: $49

"Still packing them in", this "ultrahip" "Mission mecca" offers "inventive" Cal-Med fare in a "beautiful" courtyard where you can "enjoy the stars, both above and foreign" in films projected on the wall; despite the "gimmick", it "doesn't disappoint", whether for "strong cocktails" alfresco or dining "by the fire" inside, and the "cool" setting and "super" service make the experience "even more memorable"; P.S. "don't miss" brunch with "gourmet Pop Tarts."

2534 Mission St; 415-648-7600


Food: 23
Decor: 22
Service: 22

“Young, upscale” Missionites congregate at this “dark” and “trendy lounge”, where “strong”, “communist”-themed cocktails and a “cool vibe” keep comrades “going back for more”; you can order apps from “one of the best restaurants in town” (“Foreign Cinema, next door”) until 9 PM, but after that it gets “crowded” as DJs start spinning “loud” tracks.

2526 Mission St; 415-401-0810


Food: 25
Decor: 20
Service: 19
Cost: $30

Helping to revitalize the Outer Sunset “one plate at a time”, this expanded spot “out by the beach” racks up “long lines” for ingredient-driven New American dishes (for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch) and farm-to-glass cocktails; a new chef carries over the “fabulous” "warm" “homemade breads”, and “quaint” “driftwood decor” provides solace from the “cold outside”, while additional bar tables and seating ease traditionally long wait times.

4001 Judah St; 415-661-6140

Hella Vegan Eats

Run by Sylvee Danger Esquivel and Tiffany Esquivel, this beloved food truck hawks whimsical and sustainable vegan comfort food on both sides of the bay, where they're winning over hardfast carnivores with dishes like the Lusty Lovers Taco and Doughnut Burger.

Hillside Supper Club

After using the space as a pop-up, two of the folks behind the former Bernal Supper Club have dropped anchor in this Victorian Bernal Heights storefront where they're serving up Italian-influenced, seasonal American eats at moderate prices; large arched windows overlook Precita Park, and the updated interior features mason jar light fixtures and a zinc-topped bar stocked with sustainable wines and craft beers.

300 Precita Ave; 415-285-6005


Food: 27
Decor: 24
Service: 28
Cost: $168

"Fine dining at its edgy finest" is how devotees describe this "knock-your-socks-off" SoMa New American, where Corey Lee blends "French technique and Asian flavors" into "rock-star dishes" (stuffed Hokkaido sea cucumber, anyone?); though you may need an "expense account" to pay, "amazing" service ("the wine tasting alone is incredible") in a "Zen-like" space makes for an "outstanding culinary experience"; P.S. "go all the way" with the prix fixe menu, the only option Friday–Saturday, though à la carte is also available Tuesday–Thursday.

22 Hawthorne St; 415-685-4860


Food: 26
Decor: 23
Service: 24
Cost: $48

"Sublime", "ingredient-driven" Californian dishes, an "outstanding" bar and "personal" service in a "well-laid-out" bi-level space ("it's hypnotizing watching" the action "in the kitchen below") add up to a "stellar dining experience" at this "happening" Western Addition "winner"; what's more, it's "open late" and "not overpriced", so even if it "oozes hipster", it's a "top pick" for many.

560 Divisadero St; 415-864-8643

4505 Meats

Food: 26
Decor: 16
Service: 21
Cost: $15

Butcher-in-chief Ryan Farr's Ferry Building "meat lover's mecca" and new large Mission outpost deliver the likes of "bacon-studded hot dogs" and "addictive" chicharrones that satisfy "anything a carnivore is craving"; there's "no seating" and tabs are relatively high, but "service is great" – just "come early to avoid the crowds"; P.S. the Ferry Building branch, which also offers "killer" burgers, is open Thursdays and Saturdays only, until 2 PM, while the butcher shop is closed Tuesdays.

1909 Mission St; 415-525-4239

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Food: 26
Decor: 18
Service: 20
Cost: $29

"It's hard to find a better pie" than those among the "great variety" of "award-winning" pizzas (Neapolitan-style, "Sicilian, Californian, Roman" even "gluten-free") that famed chef-owner Tony Gemignani tosses and cooks to a crisp in seven types of ovens at his "lively" "North Beach gem"; tabs are "somewhat pricey", but the "excellent wine list" and "friendly" servers help soothe after a "brutal" wait for a table.

1570 Stockton St; 415-835-9888

Ad Hoc

Food: 26
Decor: 21
Service: 25
Cost: $68

"This is how family-style was meant to be" declare devotees of Thomas Keller's "informal" yet "wow"-inducing Yountville American, where an "efficient" staff serves "large" portions of "locally sourced, simply prepared" dinner and Sunday brunch classics including "famous" buttermilk-brined fried chicken (also on alternating Mondays and Thursday–Saturday at seasonal neighbor Addendum); though the set menu offers "no choices", it's "usually so good you won't care" and can focus instead on the "in-depth" wine list; P.S. closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

6476 Washington St, Yountville; 707-944-2487


Food: 25
Decor: 15
Service: 18
Cost: $22

For "easy access" to gourmet "picnic" fare, fans of chef Thomas Keller head to Ad Hoc's seasonal adjacent outdoor area to "dine by the garden" on boxed takeout from a brief, lunch-only American menu offering either "to-die-for" "crunchy fried chicken" or "tender, delicious barbecue" plus "yummy" side dishes; though limited seating might leave some "eating in their cars", most find the experience "wonderful on a warm day"; P.S. open from early spring to late fall for lunch, Thursday–Saturday only.

6476 Washington St, Yountville; 707-944-1565


Food: 27
Decor: 26
Service: 27
Cost: $228

Daniel Patterson's "adventurous", "exquisitely prepared" tasting menus are a "journey worth taking" assert fans of this North Beach Californian-French, where "seasonal" ingredients stand out in a "magical" "mélange of flavors and techniques"; service is "impeccable" while the "minimal" space is an "oasis of calm", and though it may be "outrageously expensive", many recommend it for a "special occasion" or just to "have your food mind blown."

373 Broadway; 415-393-9000

Tartine Bakery

Food: 27
Decor: 15
Service: 16
Cost: $16

It's not just a "corner bakery" – "it's a real experience" swears the carb-craving crowd "flocking" at all hours to this unmarked "Mission mecca" known for its "amazing" pastries, "massive" tartine sandwiches and the "best croissants ever", along with country bread so sought-after ("reserve three days in advance or line up at 5 PM") the loaves "should be FDA regulated"; it's all served with "coffee in a bowl" and "a slice of oh-so-San Francisco attitude", and though seating is "sparse", the "precious" goods are deemed well "worth the calories" and "insane waits."

600 Guerrero St; 415-487-2600

Four Barrel Coffee

One of San Francisco’s biggest names in coffee is now pouring its responsibly sourced blends in a small space off San Bruno Avenue in the Portola neighborhood. The cozy community gathering spot has a few stools and an industrial edge, topped off by a ceiling covered in circles of recycled redwood.

2 Burrows St; 415-896-4289


Food: 27
Decor: 26
Service: 27
Cost: $169

"Exciting, unexpected and flawless" is how devotees describe the "special experience" at chef-owner David Kinch's Los Gatos New American, where "sublime", "inventive" tasting menus are inspired and sourced from its own biodynamic gardens; the "hours"-long meals served in the "sophisticated" dining room are elevated by "wonderful" wines and service that's like "precision choreography", and though it's all "horribly expensive", there's a lounge menu too; P.S. closed temporarily due to a fire.

20 Village Ln, Los Gatos; 408-354-4330

Sons & Daughters

Food: 26
Decor: 21
Service: 23
Cost: $137

The "brilliant" young chefs behind this "tiny" Nob Hill "gem" have "foodies" "purring with delight" over their New American "tasting menus" enlivened with "a dash of molecular gastronomy" and game-changing "wine pairings"; it's all "a bit precious" and prices have crept up while "portions" remain "microscopic", but the savvy staff is disarmingly "playful" and the open kitchen adds to the experience.

708 Bush St; 415-391-8311

The Restaurant at Meadowood

Food: 27
Decor: 27
Service: 27
Cost: $293

"Unforgettable" is how fans describe the "singular experience" of dining at this special-occasion standout in St. Helena's Meadowood resort, where Christopher Kostow's "innovative", bespoke Californian tasting menus are paired with native wines and enhanced by "amazing presentations" and service to match, plus "serene" views overlooking croquet fields and fairways; the initiated swear it's worth the "stratospheric prices" to "experience at least once"; P.S. the bar lounge serves a more affordable three-course menu.

900 Meadowood Ln, Deer Park; 707-967-1205


Food: 22
Decor: 23
Service: 22
Cost: $64

Oenophiles happily "jump aboard" Michael Mina's "swank" SoMa bistro done up like a "European train station" where the drama of the "revolving" "timetable board" advertising bottle "bargains" "nearly eclipses" the "solid", "high-ticket" New French fare; it's aces for a "client lunch" and "happy hour" is a "scream" (as in "loud") when the "beautiful people" and "tech" titans crowd in, but the vino, chosen with prowess by Rajat Parr and crew, is what really "makes it special"; P.S. the Food score may not reflect the arrival of a new chef.

301 Mission St; 415-543-7474

Lazy Bear

A popular underground pop-up goes brick-and-mortar with this modern Mission neighborhood cafe serving a set menu of New American fare in a communal, dinner-party style during two nightly seatings. Expect a packed house in this sleek space where midcentury furnishings complement vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, slab-wood tables and plenty of upscale touches. P.S. Book in advance; this pricey pick is extremely popular.

3416 19th St; 415-874-9921

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