Best Celebrity-Owned Spots in San Francisco

Star Power
March 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

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.

Michael Mina
New American · Downtown · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Everything at this place is first-class" say fans of Michael Mina's "vibrant" Downtown New American, known for its "sumptuous" cuisine (notably the "memorable" prix fixe dinners), "outstanding" service and "unbelievably elegant yet comfortable" surroundings; given the "pricey" tariffs, many save it for "celebrating" , but it's also "fun to eat at the bar" for a less "formal" meal.
Hayes Street Grill
Seafood · Hayes Valley · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

A "go-to" near the Civic Center, this seafood "institution" earns praise for "perfectly prepared, responsibly caught" fish served by "attentive" staffers who make sure you’ll "always be on time for the curtain" ; it’s somewhat "expensive" and the "decor could be improved" , but the overall feel is "reminiscent of gentler, classier" times.
Wayfare Tavern
American · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

"Genius" popovers and "amazing" fried chicken are menu highlights at this "creative comfort-food" spot in the FiDi via chef Tyler Florence; "charismatic" servers and a "super-cool" atmosphere compensate for "pricey" tabs and "loud" acoustics, but overall it stays "hopping" for a reason.
Balboa Cafe
Bar · Cow Hollow · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

From "socialites and politicos" to "frat boys and sorority gals" , everyone comes to these "reliable" , "comfortable" American hangouts to "meet friends for a drink and a burger or a steak" ; because there's "almost always a full house" of "colorful" "regulars" , table service "varies" , but you can count on "friendly barkeeps."
Cafe Zoetrope
Cafe · Chinatown · $$
Food 3.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 3.6

"Don't be surprised" if you see owner Francis Ford Coppola himself "relaxing at one of the outdoor tables" of this "cute" North Beach--FIDi-Chinatown border Italian where you can order one of the filmmaker's wines to accompany midpriced dishes such as "wonderful pizza" , "delicious" pastas and "dreamy" desserts; a "friendly" staff completes the "delightful" picture.
Petit Crenn
French · Hayes Valley · $$$$

Chef Dominique Crenn has "a real gem" with this Hayes Valley bistro, a "refreshing" , more affordable offshoot of Atelier Crenn furnishing "wonderful" French cooking (inspired by the food of her home in Brittany) via à la carte menus and two nightly seatings for prix fixe meals that feature family-inspired preparations of seafood and vegetables; the open-kitchen space sports a modern look and a vibe that’s "not too pretentious."