What are the best restaurants in San Francisco’s Nob Hill?

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Kimberley Lovato

San Francisco is a restaurant city, a food lover's fantasy, and epicurean delight, and whatever other hungry superlatives you can think of, full of neighborhoods with restuarants to suit any taste.

A place I've been frequenting for years is The Nob Hill Cafe, just down the street from Grace Cathedral. This neighborhood mainstay has served good Italian specialties like spaghetti Carbonara and pizzas, for decades and is popular with the lunch crowd mid week and Sundays. 

Nob HIll is home to some of the city's top hotels, all home to some amazing restaurants. For something more funky, head to the iconic Fairmont Hotel and The Tonga Room which has entertained guests since 1945. The festive atmosphere with live entertainment, dancing, and an occasional rain storm. makes this time-honored tropical restaurant and bar an SF landmark. 

Parallel 37 at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco is is the antithesis of stuffy hotel restaurans and is void of linen table cloths and sterling silver. Instead, diners can expect a casually elegant experience.  Chef  Chef Michael Rotondo has introduced a revamped menu since arriving in January 2013 from his post as executive chef at the iconic (and now closed) Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, which highlights locally sourced fish, meat and produced, served with care and flair.


Katie Sweeney

The next time you find yourself in San Francisco's Nob Hill area, I recommend dining at one of the following spots.

Seven Hills. This lovely restaurant serves excellent Italian cuisine at affordable prices. Although the dining room may be tiny, the food is packed with flavor. The pasta dishes are exceptional and the wine list varied. The staff, especially manager Alex, is friendly and informative.

Swan Oyster Depot. Located on Polk Street, Swan Oyster Depot is a San Francisco institution. Television host and avid foodie Anthony Bourdain has said that every time he comes to SF, he has to enjoy a meal at Swan. This popular spot is counter seating only, open during the day, and almost always has a line out front. The wide selection of amazingly fresh seafood — crab, oysters, shrimp, octopus — is worth the wait.

Parallel 37. If you're looking for something more along the lines of fine dining, head to the Ritz's restaurant, Parallel 37. It was completely remodeled at the end of 2011 and the new decor and menu are top notch. Chef Michael Rotondo creates contemporary dishes with unusual ingredients like lamb belly, veal sweetbreads, and chicken feet.

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