Civic Center/Hayes Valley
ESPETUS BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE
Steaks. Pace yourself: This authentic Brazilian steakhouse offers all-you-can-eat skewers (“espetus” in Portuguese) of slowroasted beef, lamb, pork, chicken and shrimp for a fixed price. The giant salad buffet is included. L, D (daily). www.espetus.com. 1686 Market St., 415.552.8792. $$$ Map 1, A8; 710 S B St., San Mateo, 650.342.8700.
NOPA American. Named for its location North of the Panhandle, this expansive, hip restaurant serves wood-fired rustic cuisine that epitomizes the best of San Francisco’s current food scene. One of the city’s best late-night dining options, it’s also popular for its brunch, burger and pork chops. Brunch (Sa-Su), D (nightly until 1 am). www. nopasf.com. 560 Divisadero St., 415.864.8643. $$$ Map 2, H5
RICH TABLE American. Named one of the country’s top 50 new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine in 2012, this James Beard Award-nominated hot spot is owned by a husband-and-wife team who serve unfussy, market-driven food in a lively atmosphere. Must-order items include innovative snacks like sardine chips and porcini doughnuts and creative cocktails. D (daily). www.richtablesf.com. 199 Gough St., 415.355.9085. $$$ Map 2, I4 SOUVLA Greek. Located in the heart of Hayes Valley, this Greek sandwich shop is inspired by the casual neighborhood souvlaki joints found throughout Greece. The sandwiches are made with spit-roasted all-natural meats on warm pita bread with spiced yogurt sauces and fresh herb salads. The “Greek fries” are spiked with Mizithra cheese, oregano, olive oil and sea salt. www.souvlasf.com. 517 Hayes St., 415.400.5458. Map 1, A8
ZUNI CAFE Mediterranean. Three words: Get the chicken. This San Francisco institution has been in business for more than 35 years and is most famous for its cooked-to-order roast chicken for two (allow an hour), a true stand-out on the Mediterraneaninspired menu of roasted and grilled goodness. Watch the vintage street cars roll down Market Street through the floor-to-ceiling windows while you wait. Brunch (Su), L, D (daily), closed M. www. zunicafe.com. 1658 Market St., 415.552.2522. $$$ Map 1, B8