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Jazzing Up the Fillmore
By Sarah Sung (Jan 04, 2016)
This massive, 28,000 square-foot, multi-story restaurant/bar/jazz club -- the West Bay sister to the original Yoshi's in Oakland's Jack London Square -- debuted in November 2007 to huge hype, resulting in a mix of rave and blah reviews for its upscale Japanese menu. Having now established itself as a frontrunner among the city’s dinner-and-a-show offerings, Yoshi's has settled in as a defining force within the blossoming Fillmore Jazz District. More »
Get Wined and Dined
By Sarah Sung (Oct 25, 2013)
As the latest home to Pamela Busch, former owner of Hayes and Vine, and Tadd Cortell of The Public, it's no surprise that Cav would boast an exceptional wine list (upwards of 300 bottles) covering a broad spectrum of tastes and regions (roughly 70). But what might be a shocker is that this year-old nook of a wine bar also serves a Cal-Mediterranean-comfort food-inspired menu that might tempt you away from what could end up being a liquid-diet-kind-of-night. Cav has even been known to lure folks away from next-door Zuni and nearby Hotel Biron. More »
Under the Radar
By Sarah Sung (Oct 20, 2009)
Whether you’re looking for a bustling date spot, a place to impress your visiting family, or a quick bite at the bar, 54 Mint is where you’ll want to go. More »
Opens Second Restaurant on Union Street
By Sarah Sung (Jun 16, 2009)
This past summer, the owners of Home on Market moved into their second Home on Union Street. The Marina sister to the Castro mainstay carries on the successful comfort-food theme and adds a contemporary infusion, appropriate for its neighborhood clientele. On the same page with the infamous meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pot roast are listed lighter dishes like tuna carpaccio, mahi mahi, and a handful of salads and pastas -- creating an ideal menu for a pescetarian and meat-and-potatoes pair. More »
Uptown Charm at Oakland’s Posh New Fox Theater
By Sarah Sung (Apr 14, 2009)
Almost a two years after opening its doors down the street from the freshly renovated, eye-poppingly gorgeous Fox Theater, Flora -- the upscale California comfort food sibling to Mexican star Dona Tomas -- is buzzing stronger than ever as it serves up a long list of artisan cocktails and market-fresh California fare in a glamorous noir setting. More »
Potrero Hill’s New Spot for Raw Fish, Small Plates and Sake
By Sarah Sung (Oct 18, 2008)
On a street with French, Mediterranean, Chinese, Southeast Asian and, of course, pizza, the only cuisine that’s been missing on Potrero Hill’s 18th Street corridor is Japanese, until this year -- when Umi opened its doors. A casual, sit-down sushi spot, the restaurant is a welcome addition to an already globally cuisine-rich street. More »
Where Dinner Becomes the Show
By Sarah Sung (Aug 26, 2008)
Upon entering Elizabeth Falkner’s new theater-scale SOMA address, you feel as much "on stage" as the local celeb chef/owner herself, with her easily recognizable platinum buzz cut. Named after the prominent American film auteur Orson Welles, Orson has been luring adventurous diners since its February 2008 opening, featuring an avant-garde menu full of boundary-pushing recipes -- from peppery chocolate pizza to maple-bacon ice cream. More »
Bringing Oak Hill Farm to the Marina
By Sarah Sung (Jun 04, 2008)
The food at this rustic, diminutive salad-and-sandwich spot is direct-from-the-farm fresh (owner Sam Josi’s family owns Oak Hill Farm), and it’s all gourmet, from the greens and fixings in the salads to the sandwiches and grilled cheese panini. It only takes about five customers to make this sliver of a “barn” feel packed, but the end result is worth a bit of awkward shuffling. More »
Bringing a New Sense of Community to SOMA
By Sarah Sung (May 14, 2008)
Opening the massive front door of this wine bar/restaurant/café just might be the most difficult obstacle to the evening, but once the door's ajar (often the hostess will lend a hand), the 40-plus by-the-glass wine list, wood oven-grilled pizzas, and airy décor will make for a relaxing evening. Perhaps that's why when we visited Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant (sans reservations) for dinner on a Tuesday night, we snagged the last seats in the whole place -- two spots at the 30-foot-long, walnut-topped communal table. More »
Authentic Venetian Cicchetti Becomes a Russian Hill Staple
By Sarah Sung (Apr 23, 2008)
Like a fine wine, some restaurants get better with age, and Pesce -- a bustling, Venetian-style small plates eatery that highlights fresh seafood -- is one of those lucky few. Open since 2000, Pesce graces Polk Street with a winning combination of consistently fresh, relatively healthy cuisine and a friendly atmosphere that accommodates first dates, business meetings and casual neighborhood diners. While it's possible to walk in without a reservation, an immediate seat at one of the closely packed tables is never a guarantee. More »
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