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SF's Best Celebrity-Owned Spots

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.

  • The Slanted Door
    • Vietnamese
    • Embarcadero
    Food
    26
    Decor
    23
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $52

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

  • El Paseo
    • Steakhouse
    • Mill Valley
    Food
    24
    Decor
    26
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $67

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

  • Hayes Street Grill
    • Seafood
    • Hayes Valley
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $57

    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.

  • Blowfish Sushi
    • Japanese
    • San Jose
    Food
    21
    Decor
    21
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $43

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

  • Blowfish Sushi
    • Sushi
    • The Mission
    Food
    21
    Decor
    21
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $43

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

  • Balboa Cafe
    • American
    • Cow Hollow
    Food
    20
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $36

    Good to know: Politician Gavin Newsom is the owner.  

  • Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
    • Diner
    • Emeryville
    Food
    19
    Decor
    19
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $19

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

  • Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
    • Oakland
    Food
    19
    Decor
    19
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $19

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

  • Cafe Zoetrope
    • Cafe
    • Chinatown
    Food
    17
    Decor
    22
    Service
    16
    Cost
    $35

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

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