Restaurant Recommendations for JavaOne
By Tori Wieldt on Sep 30, 2011
If you are thinking about where to eat while you are at JavaOne in San Francisco, you can use OpenTable to make reservations (from the JavaOne homepage, just select Network > OpenTable). Since it lists over 600 restaurants, we'd thought we'd give you some of our personal favorites.
Close to JavaOne
Old Siam is right around the corner on Ellis street, and a good spot to eat Thai food. It's not fancy, but the food is good and pretty cheap. Mango sticky rice is a great dessert. Farallon: has light fixtures that look like jelly fish, and is a great seafood restaurant. Kinda pricey, but great food and dream-like underwater ambiance. They advertise a happy hour of six oysters for six dollars (4:30 - 7:00 daily). Colibiri has award-winning Mexican food and a huge tequila selection. Great bar. Reservations suggested.
Financial District & The Ferry Building
There are some great restaurants nearer downtown (go towards the Ferry Building at the end of Market street). Tadich Grill has an old-world feel, with waiters in white jackets. They have the best cioppino in town. Hog Island Oyster Co, in the Ferry Building, serves up fresh, local oysters and Manila clams raised at their farm on Tomales Bay, just north of San Francisco. The Slanted Door, Great dockside location in the Ferry Bldg. Nice ambiance and amazing Vietnamese cuisine. If the weather is nice, you can have a true SF experience by heading down to the Java House for a burger and beer. Right by the Bay Bridge, it offers outside benches where you get a great view of the Bay. A very popular spot right now is Waterbar. The two-story high fishtanks prove this place is all about fresh seafood, and it has a great view of the Bay Bridge. $1 oyster happy hour (11:30-6:00pm everyday).
Scoma's: Yes, it's on Fisherman's Wharf, but don't hold that against this seafood mecca. I usually take family and out-of-town guests and they haven't been disappointed. They don't take reservations, so get there early. Complimentary valet parking, if that applies. There is also the,Pier 23 Cafe, a pleasantly funky dockside hang-out with excellent bar food.
In the Mission, there's El Toro Taqueria, very casual, but great burritos. Rosamunde Sausage Grill has turned sausages upscale, with sausage and beer pairings (it's right by the 24th street Bart station). Also, Monk's Kettle has with a great selection of beers. In the Castro, I can recommend Tangerine, with its fine Pacific Rim cuisine. Love the spicy corn fritters appetizer. Starbelly is a neighborhood café serving "California comfort food."
Or, just grab some bread made with Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis, cheese, sausage, come into the Mason Street Tent, and watch the SF parade go by.