Tablehopping in SF

Tasty Advice from a San Francisco Foodie

food.jpgMarcia "the tablehopper" Gagliardi writes a popular weekly e-column, tablehopper, about the SF dining scene (and more). You can subscribe for free and get it in your inbox every Tuesday. She also writes for San Francisco magazine, Travel + Leisure, and the Foodie 411 blog for the SFCVB. Thanks Marcia for hopping onto our blog and serving up some mouth-watering suggestions for Oracle OpenWorld attendees.

Nothing like having a local food writer fill you in on some of the top places to eat, right? Since I am known as the tablehopper, I have all kinds of options for you, and most are located pretty close to Moscone. Be sure to click on the links below for in-depth reviews of each place, and tips on what to order and where to sit.

First, the two big-buzz waterfront spots you might to check out, even just for drinks, are Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar, the latest duo to open from Pat Kuleto. Sure, they're each a bit rough on the wallet, but the New Orleans-inspired fare at Epic is full of personality, while Waterbar has an array of seafood for those seeking finned food. And about that view...

Craving seafood, but want a bit more of an intimate or funky vibe? Bar Crudo is a local fave near Union Square and has a cool/edgy New York feeling, while Anchor & Hope is a casual place tucked away in a SoMa alley—great wine list and raw bar.

One of my top ten Italian restaurants is Perbacco, a chic place that is downtown, and focused on Piemontese cuisine, with top-notch house-made salumi, and sublime pastas.

Looking for something to inspire your taste buds? The groundbreaking food at Orson pushes the envelope (don't worry, there are some pizzas as well, made with top-notch ingredients), and a gorg bar where you can try fantastic cocktails (or comfortably dine by yourself!).

G'day mate! Ever been to Australia? Take a quick jaunt to San Francisco's only Australian restaurant, South food + wine bar. This urban outpost is just right for some barramundi and/or a glass of wine from the Barossa.

No trip to SF is complete without some killer cocktails—we have a big craft cocktail scene here, so be sure to visit places close to Union Square like Cantina, a Latin art bar, or Bourbon & Branch, a speakeasy-esque bar where you reserve a table ahead of time (don't let the sketchy neighborhood scare you).

Just in case you are looking for more ideas, take a look at my listing of recently opened restaurants in the "fresh meat" section on tablehopper, or you can email me for complimentary restaurant recommendations with my tip please service.

Buon appetito! And be sure to tell any of these places the tablehopper sent ya!

Marcia Gagliardi


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