We quote Michael Bauer a lot in our posts. That shouldn’t be surprising, since he is an institution when it comes to dining in the City. He is a restaurant critic and editor at large at the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has been following the local food and wine scene for more than 28 years.
Yesterday the paper published a fabulous guide that he put together, detailing his favorites spots for an early dinner before a performance at the San Francisco Opera, Symphony, or Ballet. What’s more, these are restaurants that you can go to if you’re out late in Hayes Valley — a neighborhood that has emerged in recent years as a destination for foodies.
He provides detailed descriptions for each spot. Here are some of the restaurants he includes:
- Hayes Street Grill 320 Hayes St. (at Franklin); 415.863.5545 hayesstreetgrill.com
- Absinthe 398 Hayes St. (at Gough); 415.551.1590 absinthe.com
- Jardiniere 300 Grove St. (at Franklin); 415.861.5555 jardiniere.com
- Zuni Cafe 1658 Market St. (at Franklin); 415.552.2522 zunicafe.com
- Little Gem 400 Grove St. (at Gough); 415.914.0501 littlegem.restaurant
- Souvla 517 Hayes St.; 415.400.5458 souvlasf.com
- Rich Table 199 Gough St. (at Oak); 415.355.9085 richtablesf.com
To read the entire feature, and to see the complete list of restaurants, please click here.