Thu, Jan 10, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Restaurant Roundup

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Ramen at Rockridge's newly opened Ramen Shop.
Jenny Oh/KQED
Ramen at Rockridge's newly opened Ramen Shop.

From grass-fed shaking beef to locally sourced golden chanterelles to salt-roasted pear sorbet, San Francisco has long been a hub of dining innovation. What new restaurants or old standbys are your favorites? We get the latest from dining critics on the best cuisine and dining trends in the Bay Area.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Carolyn Jung, dining blogger at; former food writer and editor for the San Jose Mercury News
  • Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco editor for
  • Michael Bauer, executive food and wine editor for The San Francisco Chronicle; member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee

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Map of Recommended Restaurants

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Restaurants Recommended by Food Critics and Bloggers

San Francisco



Benu (chef Corey Lee)

Park Tavern


Bar Tartine


Sandbox Bakery (opened by former chef at Slanted Door)

Deli Board




Craftsman and Wolves

Lai Hong Lounge in Chinatown (branch of Kong Kong Lounge)

M.Y. China in Westfield Mall



Charles Phan's Hard Water (not yet opened)

East Bay

Miss Ollie's in Oakland

Flora Restaurant and Bar in Oakland

Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar in Oakland

Duende in Oakland

Cosecha in Oakland

Ippuku in Berkeley (chef Christian Geideman)

Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley

Beauty's Bagel Shop in Oakland

Authentic Bagel Company in Oakland

Bartavelle Coffee and Wine Bar in Berkeley

Chez Panisse in Berkeley

Slow Hand BBQ in Pleasant Hill

Comal in Berkeley (former chef at Delfina's)

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in Oakland

Gather in Berkeley

Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley

A16 (currently in San Francisco. Set to open another location in the East Bay)

Peninsula and South Bay

Chez TJ in Mountain View

Alexander's Steakhouse in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

The Sea in Palo Alto

Attic in San Mateo

Manresa in Los Gatos

All Spice in San Mateo

North Bay

Mill Valley Beerworks in Mill Valley

Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael (founding owner of member Grateful Dead)

The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur

Picco in Larkspur

Restaurants Recommended by Callers

San Francisco

Halu in the Inner Richmond


Arang Korean Restaurant

Ayulta in the Mission


El Nopalito

Original Joe's Italian

The Slanted Door

Zuni Café

Goat Hill Pizza

East Bay

Hot Basil Café in Concord

The Compass Star in Martinez

Artisan Bistro in Lafayette

Taqueria El Farolito in Oakland

La Costa in Oakland

Fentons Creamery in Oakland

Champa Garden in Oakland

Disco Volante in Oakland

Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland

Peninsula and South Bay

31st Union in San Mateo

CasCal in Mountain View

Buda Thai in Mountain View

Heavenly Cafe in Scotts Valley

North Bay

Yanni's Sausage Grill of Penngrove

Rosso Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar (good gluten-free crust)

Hole in the Wall Restaurant in Sebastopol

The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa

Backyard in Forestville

The Thomas and Fagiani's Bar at The Thomas in Napa

Goose and Gander in Saint Helena

Scopa in Healdsburg

Spoonbar in Healdsburg


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