The ambiance at Garibaldi’s is elegant but inviting, an uplifting home away from home for the legions of devoted locals who create a convivial atmosphere in this Italian restaurant, one of the friendliest places to eat in San Francisco. On the menu is a wide range of Cali-Mediterranean dishes, such as wild morel mushroom and fava bean risotto, fennel and black pepper crusted ahi tuna salad, and pan-seared scallops. Wash it down with any of the extensive list of wines by the glass. Bustling any night of the week with casually well-dressed locals who all seem to go way back, Garibaldi’s makes you wish you lived around the corner. Come early for a drink at the small bar. Sophisticated yet comfortable, lively yet intimate, Garibaldi’s has a New York vibe and is a favourite hangout of the stylish Pacific Heights set. Ask for a table in the front room, preferably by the window, and order the chicken Milanese.