Restaurants on the cablecar line
For a romantic, only-in-SF night on the town, book a table at one of several cosy neighbourhood restaurants along the cable-car lines on Nob Hill or Russian Hill. Make reservations where possible, and leave plenty of time for transport – cable-car service can be erratic. If you’re running late, taxi there, cable home. Just make sure you board the correct line, going in the right direction. Seven HIlls (sevenhillssf.com; 1550 Hyde St) Anthony Florian studied with great chefs of California and Italy, and he’s expert at taking several seasonal ingredients and making them shine. His short, marketdriven menu features housemade pastas with elements like rabbit and house-cured pancetta. The four mains showcase quality California meats. Tables are close in the elegant little storefront, but brilliant sound-cancelling technology eliminates noise. Stellar service, too.
Stones Throw (stonesthrowsf. com; 1896 Hyde St) This New American storefront bistro has great service (staff are alums of some of SF’s top houses) and, in keeping with the latest style, no one dresses up. It’s famous for Sunday brunch – yum, those mimosas and lavender-glazed doughnuts! – but it’s great at dinner, too, when dishes include standout duckliver paté with warm pretzels, and squid-ink pasta. Alas, the room’s loud.
Union Larder (unionlarder.com; 1945 Hyde St) Part wine bar, part restaurant, Union Larder’s sexy industrial design features walls of backlit bottles rising to the ceiling and enormous vaulted windows overlooking the cable-car line. The short, diverse menu features oysters, charcuterie (some