Whether for business or pleasure, if you are staying in San Francisco you must check out one (or all) of these luxury hotel dining option. We took taste, atmosphere, and service into account in picking San Francisco’s top dining destinations.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco - Parallel 37
Flavorful, aromatic foods define this locally inspired cuisine at the bright and social Parallel 37. Head Chef Michael Rotondo created a globally inspired menu using strictly local San Francisco foods. The name actually comes about because all of the seafood comes fresh from the 37th latitude line where the San Francisco restaurant is located. I ordered the highly recommended chicken liver mousse with micro greens, which wonderfully complimented my main Dungeness crab green tomato and Thai basil linguini entre. The crab claw meet truly tasted freshly caught. After eating, we sipped a Pineapple Express and sat in the beautifully designed hotel lounge that bustling with professionals visiting on business. From the design, food, and impeccable service, to the menu’s selections, this sophisticated restaurant is highly recommended.
The Fairmont San Francisco - Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Known for their deadly cocktails served in every tropical fruit imaginable, the decadent Fairmont San Francisco cuts loose in this tiki extravaganza of a restaurant. As I walked in the door my first inclination was this is where all bachelorette parties should start. Most of the hotel goers and locals in the room seemed to be sipping away their worries and enjoying great conversation. Be warned—the Hurricane Bar is true to its name. Not only does the bar downpour into the central pond at various times in the evening, but drinks like the Bora Bora Horror, Singapore Sling and the Lava Bowl all pack a serious punch. Transformed from the Fairmont’s indoor pool in 1945, the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is a San Francisco one-of-a-kind, complete with a floating stage! This is a must drink, must see. In fact, this Fourth of July the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar are a Beach Party!
Hotel Palomar - Fifth Floor
The sleek and dim atmosphere of Fifth Floor enables the casual cocktail-er or quiet conversationalist to settle in and relax. While diners conversed over eclectic music, we took our seats and looked out over to the courtyard fountain outside. The fine dining menu at Fifth Floor is the work of Head Chef Bazirgan. ‘Chef Baz’ selects only local ingredients at the Ferry Building Marketplace, creating seasonal dishes like the citrus flavored asparagus salad and lamb tartare to start. I had, and suggest you try, the ricotta ravioli and chocolate mousse. Also, check out the latest creations by Bar Manager Brian Means. His original bitters like the Red Dawn and Pink Elephant certainly stand out. Upon exiting, the Director of Pet Relations, Maverick, will escort you away with a friendly lick. Also, If you want to know more about Chef Baz’ cooking process look into The Palomar’s Being Baz Special. Or, talk to the chef on his morning shopping trip to The Ferry Building, learn about local farmers, and get a tour of The Ferry Building.
Prescott Hotel - Postrio
At first glance, The Prescott Hotel’s restaurant Postrio has a casual lunch feel, and is a great place for a business lunch. Try their specialty brick oven pizza or a fresh tossed salad. As you are escorted to your table, the restaurant opens up into a two story dining space complete with a grand staircase. Perfect for events or dinner, we tried Postrio out for brunch, grabbing fluffy frittata omelets and chicken sausages. The hotel also has a unique private dining space featuring glass blown pieces by the world-renowned, master glassblower Dale Chihuly. The aptly named Chihuly room is a must see, as is the view from the Mendocino Suite. This 1100 square foot room has two fire places, vintage-chic bathrooms, and a personal entertaining patio.