Meritage at the Claremont has only been open since 2009, but it’s already earned a stellar reputation that’s on par with the historical Claremont resort it resides in. Welcoming hotel guests and locals alike, one of the biggest draws to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is its breathtaking view of San Francisco and the bay — snag a table by the windows if you can. The food and wine selection outshine even the twinkling lights on the area’s famous bridges. With new chef Scott Quinn at the helm, the seasonal, farm-to-table menu gets a refresh. Every item is offered in a small and large portion and is paired with a complementary wine from the bar’s extensive list. Not in the mood for a full meal? Sidle up to the mahogany bar and grab something on the Sips and Bites menu in the restaurant’s lounge, where a pianist tinkles the ivories Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.