Best Restaurants in Cow Hollow/Marina

Local Love
March 3, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated restaurants in Cow Hollow. 

Atelier Crenn
French · Cow Hollow · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.8

Dominique Crenn "stretches the boundaries" of French cooking at this Cow Hollow "treat" , where the "spectacular" tasting menu and "elegantly orchestrated" service are like "a piece of performance art" that makes foodies "swear they’ve died and gone to culinary heaven" ; with only a "low-key, natural" setting and a chef-penned poem to introduce the "enchanted evening" , it’s a "memorable" way "to be surprised at every course" – even at "once-in-a-lifetime" prices.
Zushi Puzzle
Japanese · Marina District · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.2

Some of the "most unique and uniquely prepared seafood in the city" – including "killer" sushi, sashimi and hand rolls – "beckons" fans to this "funky little" Japanese joint in the Marina; granted, it lacks "the decor of some of the hipper" spots, but if your budget can withstand it, "sit at the bar" overseen by the "fantastic" Roger Chong and "ask for the chef recommendations" "you won’t be disappointed."
Pizza · Marina District · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

"Always buzzing" , these "happening" Italians earn "brownie points" for their "affordable" menu of "scrumptious" small plates plus "super-thin" Roman pizzas; the "communal-table" setup earns mixed responses (either "fun or awkward, depending on the company" ), but the "creative" cocktails and "late-night" hours are fine as is.
Greens Restaurant
Vegetarian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"You can taste the Zen" marvel fans of this Marina "vegetarian institution" that transforms "fresh-from-the-garden" organic produce (some from its own Green Gulch Farm) into "outrageously good" , elegantly plated meals that even "satisfy the pickiest meat eaters" ; an "innovative" wine list and "friendly" service in a "serene" setting with "polished wood" and "magnificent" "views overlooking the Golden Gate" seal its status a "consistent winner."
Italian · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Generous portions" of "innovative" Italian eats are "made with love" at this "cozy" Cow Hollow trattoria, where "hospitable" waiters are "happy to explain every dish" ; the tables might be "too close together" , but it's still "homey enough to be your neighborhood hangout" , and the three-course early-bird prix fixe is a "great" deal.
Mediterranean · Cow Hollow · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Regulars "order a lot of small plates to share" at this Cow Hollow Mediterranean where chef Mark Gordon "keeps whipping up delectable new dishes" with "organic and seasonal" leanings; prices can be "fairly high" , but a "romantic interior" and "incredible servers" are part of the package.
A 16
Italian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

For a "Bay area version of the cuisine of Southern Italy" , check out these "refined" "hot spots" in the Marina and Rockridge, praised for their "stellar" , "eclectic" wine lists and "fab" wood-fired pizzas, among other "thoughtfully conceived and prepared" plates; "informed" (if sometimes "perfunctory" ) service, "sleek" surroundings and "fun people-watching" are all part of the "sophisticated" package, but be aware that "pricey" tabs and "off-putting noise" also come with the territory.