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Though San Francisco is famous for its food scene, you don’t have to leave The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa to eat a great meal. Its signature restaurant Meritage at the Claremont opened in 2009. Sip on a glass of wine from the extensive but well-edited list at the mahogany bar before settling into a bay view table in the stately but cool dining room with its two-story high ceilings, white columns, green wallpaper and leopard upholstery. Chef Scott Quinn puts his own twist on the farm-to-table menu that offers small and large plates. Don’t miss the delicious Sunday brunch buffet.
The Claremont’s more casual Paragon Restaurant & Bar dishes out American brasserie-style meals made with local ingredients, such as the Berkshire pork chop with quinoa, mint, toasted pine nuts and grilled fruit relish. Specialty cocktails rival the food, too. Sit on the panoramic deck and sip on a Botanical View, concocted with gin, cucumber, lime, simple syrup and soda. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort honors its tradition of hosting famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong by playing live jazz Friday and Saturday nights.
Bayview Café is the resort’s third and most low-key dining facility. Located in the pool area, it offers quick bites and beverages while you lounge in the sun. You can also enjoy salads and sandwiches on the patio. In the evenings, which can get cool in Northern California, small fire pits are lit and s’mores kits are passed out.