My husband loves a good steak and one of the best places to go in San Francisco is Bobo’s. This awarding winning steakhouse has been voted the “Number One Best Steakhouse in San Francisco 2015” by the Bay Area A-List and was also featured in the USA Today “Top 10 Steakhouses of USA in 2015.” Located on the famous Lombard Street in the heart of the city, the restaurant is famous for not just its award-winning steak but fresh crab too. San Francisco is renowned for its crab and Bobo’s does it the best. They buy only fresh Dungeness crab straight from the Pacific and it’s got to weigh over two pounds for those meaty legs! The crab is then roasted and drizzled with their crab butter sauce. I am a sea-food lover and my favorite starter dish is the yellowtail carpaccio with diced chillies and olive oil ponzu sauce. Of course, you can’t beat a good steak, the juiciest steaks to me are always a bone-in fillet; pricey but worth it! Unlike other steak houses that age their meats for the usual 21 days, Bobo’s Prime are aged for 4-6 weeks to get that melt in your mouth like butter flavour. Make sure to make a reservation, which you can do on their website, weeks in advance as this is an incredibly popular place.
THE BUENA VISTA
The Buena Vista is famous for its award-winning Irish Coffees. They won the SB50 for San Francisco’s World Famous Irish coffee. They are conveniently located just to the left of the Powell-Hyde Cable Car’s last stop in Fisherman’s Wharf, making it a great way to fit in San Francisco’s famous cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf while enjoying a pick me up drink. The cafe has a vibrant atmosphere and is a popular night spot for locals and tourists.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is well known all over the world as a must-visit area of the city and its food is out of this world. A favorite Cantonese restaurant is the R&G Lounge, which was recommended to us by a hotel receptionist. We were staying in The City for a night and we were told it was the best Cantonese restaurant in town. It certainly lived up to those expectations and we continued eating there for years to come. They offer two types of dining environments; a casual downstairs atmosphere and an elegant upstairs banquet room. It has been around for years and built quite the reputation throughout the whole Bay Area winning several awards that the restaurant says is due to the freshness of their ingredients. You must try their two famous dishes the live crab with salt and pepper and the R&G special beef. It’s also a good idea to make a reservation a few days before dining.
THE TONGA ROOM
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar is located at the Fairmont Hotel, where we enjoy staying, or just popping in to visit when in the city. The Tonga Room, founded in 1945, was one of the first Tiki bars in the United States. They are famous for their tropical décor, Asian cuisine and they also have a band that sings from a floating barge in the center of a lagoon. They offer fabulous cocktails with the atmosphere to match.
FRANCISCAN CRAB RESTAURANT
Out of all of the restaurants to eat at in Fisherman’s Wharf, the Franciscan Crab Restaurant has been the place to go since 1967. Not only is the food superb, the view is out of this world, with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco Skyline, Alcatraz and all of Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll almost be too distracted to eat! But once you’ve taken in the view some of the favourites are their Dungeness crab, crispy crab cakes, seafood antipasto, fresh oysters, and steamed mussels.
Last, but certainly not least, Scoma’s is a must try, located just across the Bay in the beautiful town of Sausalito. It’s such a beautiful fun town to visit, and makes you feel like you are on vacation. We sometimes drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, but I highly recommend taking the ferry, which is the fastest way of transport, and allows you to enjoy the views. Scoma’s is a waterfront restaurant which floats out onto the bay, a perfect venue for a romantic lunch or dinner. They offer the freshest of seafood with the restaurant’s Sicilian roots shining through. There is something for everyone, even if you are not a seafood lover.