Hayes Street Grill
Patricia Unterman opened Hayes Street Grill in the late ’70s, establishing one of the top places to eat in San Francisco at the beginning of the local food revolution, and it has been a mainstay of the San Francisco foodie scene ever since. Easy, reliable, and comfortably worn in, Hayes Street Grill is the grandfather of the restaurant scene. Expect fresh seafood prepared simply to let the natural flavours shine through, delicious pastas and expertly grilled meats. Browse the shop-laden streets of Hayes Valley until you feel your appetite bite, then head to the Grill to refuel. Since it is frequently a destination of the pre-symphony or opera crowd, it’s worth calling ahead to reserve a table. Traditional and low-key, it’s nevertheless a destination restaurant fit for special nights. Lunch is worth the trip as much as dinner.