What are the best restaurants for a business lunch in San Francisco?

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Kimberley Lovato

In culinary savvy San Francisco,  business and lunch go together like a fork and knife, and there's no shortage of places to sign the deal during the midday repast. Naturally, many business lunch spots center around the city's financial district, and here are just a sampling to add to your agenda.

Wayfare Tavern is just one of chef Tyler Florence's palace of good food and since openig two years ago has become popular with the suit and tie crowd and features comfort food faves like fried chicken and mac and cheese.

Get out of the boardroom and head to the water where EPIC Roasthouse affords epic views of the Bay Bridge (and the recent Bay Lights installation). There is a canopy covered deck when the weather is warm and the kitchen centers around fine cuts of meat cooked expertly on the grill.

Someone told me of the financial district favorite Perbacco, “So many deals are closed there during lunch, you’d think they we serving them on the menu!”  Luckily, it’s quality Italian they dish out, including mouthwatering hand-made pasta. 

Hakkasan may be new to San Francisco's dining scene (December 2012) but it's poised to become an old favorite, thanks to its equisite decor and soaring arched windows that peek onto Market and Geary streets. The refined Chinese menu and the private dining rooms make this a top spot for handshake lunches.

Also pretty young  to the power lunch crowd but definitely one of the cool kids is Bluestem Brasserie The airy two-storey dining room with outdoor 2nd floor seating is worth signing the deal for. As is the fresh and locally sourced ingredients featured on Chef Francis Hogan's new brasserie styel menu. Steak frites have never tasted so good!  

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