Perhaps one of the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco, mainly for the steep slopes that tourists and locals regularly trek, Nob Hill is a haven for all kinds of cuisine. These 10 restaurants are worth the climb – or cable car ride.
Swan Oyster Depot
This Nob Hill spot is a seafood lovers dream. Open during the day only from 10.30am to 5.30pm, it frequently has a long line to get to the counter, but it’s worth the wait. From the freshest oysters to clam chowder to smoked trout and salmon, there are few places that have been serving up seafood like this since 1912. Opt for the crab fat (dip your sourdough right in!) if they have it. But be warned: it goes quickly.
Sons & Daughters
One of the most unusual – and expensive – options in Nob Hill, Sons & Daughters is heavily influenced by seasonal and locally grown food. They also pride themselves on an excellent wine program, with selections that balance and pair perfectly with the food. With an open kitchen, guests are treated to an interactive experience as they dine on a set prix fixe menu.
A classic steakhouse featuring – you guessed it – choice cuts of prime rib, this Nob Hill mainstay opened their doors more than 60 years ago, withstanding the test of restaurant time. It has a limited menu (guests can select their portion size of prime rib, and choose between classic steakhouse side options). This place is renowned for keeping it classic and consistently doing everything well. The service at House of Prime Rib is also exquisite, and guests will feel like they’re dining like Don Draper in Mad Men.
This two Michelin-star restaurant has been producing top cuisine in Nob Hill for 25 years. The tasting menu of both classic and contemporary Italian food is served in a traditional, elegant dining atmosphere. Guests are treated to the finest service as well. Though Acquerello’s prix fixe and seasonal tasting menus are expensive, the quality of cuisine and professional staff make the experience well worth it, especially for a special occasion.
From the same owners and team behind Acquerello, 1760 is a ‘modern, ingredient-driven’ restaurant featuring the best ingredients in the Bay Area in a contemporary presentation. The food is meant to be shared among the table so everyone can have a taste of the experience. The cocktail menu pairs perfectly with offerings like lobster ceviche, burrata and crispy octopus. More casual than Acquerello, 1760 is trendy but still delicious.
Situated right in the heart of Nob Hill, Venticello offers beautiful views of the Bay outside, while providing a rustic, Tuscan experience inside. A wood-burning oven produces top-notch Neapolitan-style pizzas, and everything on the menu, from bread to pasta to mozzarella, is made in-house from scratch. The classic San Francisco dish, cioppino, is one of their best dishes.
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