Live Like a Local: San Francisco


Over the years, we've loved sharing our Napa Valley hot spots with our loyal followers. These popular live like a local posts have featured everything from hiking trails, to best breakfasts, to blow out dinners, and many in between. Now, we're thrilled to bring you our favorite haunts in our favorite cities around the country. Known for their food & wine culture, each city has a treasure trove of extraordinary restaurants, shops, friends and family who have kindly shared their insider tips and local trending locations. This list is hot off the press, insider information, and we hope you enjoy living like a local....in San Francisco.

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San Francisco Restaurants:

EPIC Roasthouse Campton Place
EPIC Steak blends award-wining design and delicious innovative steakhouse cuisine to create a dramatic dining experience. Located on San Francisco’s scenic waterfront, EPIC features panoramic views of the Bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and the San Francisco Skyline. Chef Ulrich places an emphasis on his passion for excellence and dedicated advocacy of sustainably-sourced meat and seafood, along with organically-grown produce. The Campton Place Restaurant, Bistro & Bar has been a landmark dining destination for more than two decades. Continuing the culinary journey, the legend is rejuvenated with a new and exciting adventure by Chef Srijith who has masterfully created new menus bringing a distinctive palette to San Francisco embodying Indian inspirations with local California Cuisine & gentle Spice Route overtones.
Mourad Foreign Cinema
Mourad is a modern interpretation of a cuisine deeply rooted in the past. Their food pays homage to those roots, showcasing the rich and vibrant flavors of Morocco in new ways that harmonize with the fresh, local, artisanal ingredients, and the spirit of innovation of
Northern California.
Since 1999, Foreign Cinema remains a magical destination for local, national and international visitors as San Francisco’s most enduring dining centers. Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark’s collective visions weave food, wine, cocktails, film, and art gallery into one harmonious ambiance.
Spruce Cafe Tiramisu
The cuisine at Spruce is driven by the finest ingredients. Chef Sullivan’s personal relationship with local farmers and ranchers enhances his ability to prepare and cook for you the best food possible. Cafe Tiramisu is an attractive, modest trattoria outfitted with stylized murals of Pompeii and other Roman ruins. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district, but you will feel like you are in Rome.
Perrys House of Prime Rib
Perry’s Restaurant & Bar has been an institution on Union Street for over 45 years. It is known for its classic American food, its warm personable service and its bustling bar. The House of Prime Rib is a San Francisco Landmark. They serve well-marbled Prime Rib in the English tradition, and carve each slice at your table to your specifications. Only the finest beef available.
Explore the Traditions behind the Suppenküche, and the sensations of German food and beer from different regions of Germany, with an emphasis on Bavarian cooking.  


 San Francisco Wine & Beer Bars:

Zeitgeist Magnolia Pub
Proclaimed San Francisco's No. 1 Beer Garden, Zeitgeist offers craft beers and a spacious picnic area. Organic bar food & a long list of homebrews anchor the menu at Magnolia Pub and Brewery.
HiddernVine Vesuvio
The Hidden Vine Wine Bar started operating in the back alcove of a small hotel near Union Square and quickly earned a reputation for friendly service and an interesting wine list. The Hidden Vine’s warm ambiance and our rotating focus on a different wine region each month allowed us to build a devoted following. This world-renowned San Francisco saloon, Vesuvio, located in North Beach just across from the infamous City Lights Bookstore, was first established in 1948 and remains an historical monument to jazz, poetry, art and the good life of the Beat Generation.
Toronado Nook
Beer fans cheer this popular, down-to-earth institution, Toronado, which pours a huge range of brews on tap. Nook is the perfect spot to relax with a cup
of coffee, meet some friends for lunch, or enjoy a good glass of wine in the evening while watching the cable car run by.


Hiking, Sight Seeing & More:

Mount Sutro TouristClub
Hiking in Mount Sutro Forest is a different experience than almost anywhere else in San Francisco. It’s heavily shaded under the tall trees. Looking up at the trees, some of which are 100-200 feet high, really gives a sense of being in an old, wonderful place. On a foggy day, it may be the most beautiful place in all the city. The Tourist Club, founded in 1912, is the San Francisco branch of the worldwide Friends of Nature organization based in Vienna, Austria, whose goals are to promote nature appreciation, outdoor activities, conservation, and international friendship and understanding. Make sure to check out their twice yearly events that always sell out.
10 Mt Davidson
The Wave Organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. At 938 feet, Mt. Davidson is the highest point in San Francisco with a fantastic view. Its most noticeable feature, aside from its height, is the 103-foot concrete cross at its peak.
Crissy Field  
Today, the restored Crissy Field is a stunning place to walk or bike on a flat, hard-packed promenade with iconic views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful, and much-loved trail winds through Crissy Field between Marina Green and Fort Point.  


What other San Francisco activities and places are on your list?


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