Located in San Francisco in the infamous Jackson Square, sits the Italian restaurant Cotogna and its chef’s table. Decorated chef Michael Tusk, the 2011 ‘Best Chef-Pacific’ winner, brings his expertise of Italian food to San Francisco in an open kitchen. The chef’s table sits right outside, where you can enjoy an authentic family-style Italian meal whilst watching the expertise of Chef Tusk as he manages his kitchen flawlessly.
Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 (415) 775-8508
Where Greek food meets the Bay Area, is Kokkari. This chef’s table can accommodate up to 24 people in a beautifully decorated room, where the menu includes everything from pita to pork. Executive Chef Erik Cosselmon brings his knowledge of fresh produce to the table (both figuratively and literally), as the dishes are made with the finest and freshest ingredients available.
Kokkari, 200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 981-0983
One of the most popular chef’s tables in the city is at One Market, where full service has never been truer. Up to 7 diners can enjoy the seven-course tasting menu, all served by the chef who created them. Diners will also get a unique, behind-the-scenes look into what exactly goes on in a kitchen, and just how the magnificent dishes are created. The table itself overlooks the massively beautiful Ferry Building, the perfect way to top off the perfect dining experience.
One Market, 1Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 777-5577
Nopa’s chef counter may not be very well-known, but the experience is one-of-a-kind. With a wood fire oven, their food is primitive and sitting at the chef’s counter means overlooking the entire kitchen where all of the magic happens. It is a little more casual than the traditional chef’s table as it is bar-style, but that does not remotely take away from the excitement of overlooking the kitchen and the creation of your mouth-watering meal.
Nopa, 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 864-8643
With only a few tables in their restaurant, at M.Y. China every table is a chef’s table. You are able to see the chefs prepare every single dish right in front of your eyes, as Chef Martin Yan and his expert team bring the tastes of China right into the laps of Bay Area residents. The menu includes a nice mix of noodles, dim sum, and an assortment of meats, ensuring a dining experience that is special and, of course, utterly delicious.