8 Must-Try Chef's Tables in the Bay Area

By Tamara Palmer  |  December 2, 2013

For diners looking for a special experience, a chef's table often provides extra comfort or an extraordinary cooking view. Often, all it takes is to snag that coveted seat is advance planning: make that reservation even just a little bit early. Peruse our picks for must-try chef's tables, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

  • M.Y. China

    The chef's table at this elegant Chinese restaurant provides a bird's-eye view of all the action. Even though the chefs will hand-pull noodles just inches from your face so you can see the technique involved, you'll still think it happens by magic.

    845 Market St., San Francisco; 415-580-3001

  • Cafe Claude Marina

    Cafe Claude's new Marina location saves its most elegant space for the chef's table. Luxurious red curtains can be drawn for the ultimate in cozy privacy.

    2120 Greenwich St., San Francisco; 415-375-9550

  • Perbacco

    Up to eight guests can be seated at the chef's table, which is located next to the kitchen. The restaurant even offers the service of custom floral decorations to make an event that much more lovely.

    230 California St., San Francisco; 415-955-0663

  • One Market

    The chef's table serves a seven-course tasting menu for up to seven people. But that reservation includes more than just sitting at said table: a kitchen tour and a participatory course where diners help make a dish come together also are part of the experience.

    1 Market St., San Francisco; 415-777-5577

  • Alexander's Steakhouse

    The South Bay location of this luxe steakhouse has a chef's table in one of the kitchens. The four-top provides a truly behind-the-scenes view of the food as it is being crafted.

    10330 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino; 408-446-2222

  • Baker & Banker

    B&B's new chef's table is located next door to the restaurant, inside the former Baker & Banker Bakery (which will open in a different location next year). It's a quiet and intimate place for your important dinner party.

    1701 Octavia St., San Francisco; 415-351-2500

  • LB Steak

    The chef's table at the Menlo Park outpost of chef Roland Passot's LB Steak empire provides extra peace and quiet. This is something you might need when attempting the restaurant's mammoth 32-oz. Tomahawk steak.

    898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 650-321-8980

  • TBD

    The counterlike chef's table at this brand-new restaurant is hot. Like, really hot, since it puts you right up against TBD's custom-made hearth grill and open flames.

    1077 Mission St., San Francisco; 415-431-1826