Where to get the deal done over the most important meal of the day.
Diners come "dressed up and ready to part with big bucks" at this "first-class" Cal-Indian with "top" service in the Taj Campton Place off Union Square, where chef Srijith Gopinathan's "beautifully presented" "haute" tasting menus (plus "spot-on" wine pairings) create a "blissful" experience; if the "elegant" dining room seems a bit too "formal", there's also a bistro menu at the adjacent bar.
"Another winner from the Marlowe team", this British brasserie in SoMa's Hotel Zetta offers "first-rate" gastropub fare reimagined with some "Californian twists" (don’t miss the "destination" fish ’n’ chips); designed to recall an "inviting" private club, the "pleasantly rustic" space includes a number of dining alcoves, and Marianne's, the private back room, is a magnet for the "tech" elite.
Whether as a "respite from shopping", for "dinner before the theater" or "anytime dining", this Union Square–area Italian in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel supplies a "wonderful", French-accented menu to a surprisingly "not-touristy" clientele; sure, it’s a bit "pricey", but payoffs include a "convenient location" with a "charming" dining room.
Right on the Embarcadero with a "spectacular view" of the Bay Bridge, this "upscale" farm-to-table Italian inside the Hotel Vitale earns kudos for its "consistently good" dishes; look for a "vibrant happy-hour scene" when "well-dressed" law, financial and consulting types mingle on the "lovely" heated patio.
Hidden away on the fifth floor of the Four Seasons with panoramic views of Market Street and SoMa, this bar-centric Californian (replacing Seasons) is a "surprisingly casual" perch for an "enjoyable repast" of "excellent" steaks and farm-to-table small plates, paired with local wines and craft cocktails; whether you dine at low-slung tables in the lobby lounge or in the main dining room, the service is "outstanding."
This FiDi brasserie in the Loews Regency offers a Californian menu of small plates and entrees including pastas, steaks and a raw bar; the casual space that replaced Silks is decidedly more toned down with a neutral palette and has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the plaza outside, plus a bar specializing in gin and tonics.