Top 7 Bay Area Restaurants
July 15, 2019
Your choices are endless in the Bay Area. You could be hiking one moment, swimming the next, and walking home with shopping bags from premier stores the moment after that. It’s the joy of choosing to rent in Mountain View, CA or live right on the water. More importantly (for the oenophile), the is selection of wine available at any of the Bay’s exciting restaurants.
Restaurants in the Bay Area offer tastes from across the globe, verticals, and educated sommeliers that offer a recommendation so eerily close to your tastes you would swear they were psychic. For wine lovers in search of the perfect pairing and the most exquisite tastes, these seven restos are an absolute must visit.
Named after the watercolor paintings that line the walls, this former chapel offers contemporary Italian cuisine designed and prepared by chef/owner Suzette Gresham-Tognetti. You can choose between delectable pix fixe or splurge on the seasonal tasting menu. Think parmesan budino with truffle perlage and cuttlefish fregula with Ora King salmon.
If those aren’t enough to pair with a massive selection of wines, then give the cheese cart a try. Each Italian cheese is made in-house and designed to pair with specific selections from 2,000-bottle list. Yes, that’s right. Acquerello has 2,000 bottles that feature some of Italy’s finest.
From the mind of Corey Lee (The French Laundry and Per Se), Benu is this chef’s first solo venture. Soft, contemporary, and serene, the restaurant features an inner courtyard and minimalist décor with room for 48 guests. Their eighteen-course tasting menu offers everything from seasonal bites to Lee’s interpretation of modern classics. French highlights combine with Asian staples, making for a unique mix of flavors.
Benu has its own sommeliers, which means you’ll be treated to the finer wines in life from those who know what’s best. Ask them to pair anything, and they’ll give you five exceptional bottles to choose from if not more. They also have sake, sour beers, and red rice ales to choose from.
From the intrinsic carvings before you enter to the mosaic entryway and bustling bar, Boulevard is a hip place to be. This diner combines the fun of street corner feel with fine dining décor that astounds as much as it (at times) confuses. Yet, the combination works in its favor and the seasonal menu is to die for.
Every plate is cooked to order by staff who are required to have trained around the world. Chef Nancy Oakes heads the brigade, creating everything from decadent tuna tartare appetizers to grilled angus fillet mignon. All of which, of course, pairs with one of the various wines on their list.
4. Campton Place Restaurant
Renowned chefs have had the honor of cooking at this hotel restaurant, with current chef Srijith Gopinathan at the helm. The food is, as it always was, distinctively Californian and designed with a French technique. Now, Gopinathan adds a uniquely Indian twist into the mix. You can choose from two tasting menus featuring either meat or an array of vegetarian delights.
Whether you go the main lobster route or the ricotta-stuffed naan bun path, you’ll get to pair all seven delectable courses with a glass of exquisite wine hand selected by master sommelier Richard Dean (The Mark, Tavern on the Green). The menu is mostly made of whites, though there are excellent light reds as well.
5. Gary Danko
Unlike the eerie and altogether unsettling Donnie Darko, Gary Danko is a vibrant and thriving fine dining establishment located directly in San Francisco. Classy, comfortable, and delightful are the three best words to describe the experience. Modern art adorns the walls, and the menu is offered in multi-course tastings with various themes.
The three, four, and five-course tastings can all have wine paired with them for an additional cost. Both captains and sommeliers select the wines for the pairings, giving you insight into why they were chosen. With over 1,800 selections, there’s plenty to rave about and almost too much to taste. Make sure to try the ever-rare Madeira while you’re here.
6. Lazy Bear
Chef David Barzelay delivers a unique vision with Lazy Bear, which requires pre-purchased tickets to get into and has a two-and-a-half-hour seating window. The tasting menu is the only one available, which requires any notice of allergens to be given 48 hours in advance. The tables are communal, the interior chic rustic meets cabin, and the serving platform altar-like.
As odd as some of that may sound, menu items like smoked leek custard with seaweed chips and the intimate setting continue to draw customers in from all over the area. The charming staff is always more than prepared to make a recommendation from their extensive wine list, as well as their cocktail menu.
7. Michael Mina
Michael Mina is (go figure) Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District. Minimalistic designs are flaunted with high ceilings and an altogether majestic-looking bar. You’ll find a combination of Middle Eastern flavors dug deep into Egyptian roots. While you can order a la carte, the tasting menu is the way to go if you want to indulge in fine wines. They also offer a vegetarian menu.
The wine list is well-curated and considered one of the best in all of the Bay Area. Bottles range from Lebanon to Greece with special selection from Italy and even France. So, order yourself a flight along with your menu pairings and get ready to try something new.
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