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                                                                                        MY DINING PICKS
 
                                               Ronn is a Restaurant Reviewer and Judge for the James Beard Foundation Awards
                                                                              MY RECOMMENDATIONS

           

25 Lusk
San Francisco
.    Arguably the most beautiful restaurant in SF, great bar
5A5
San Francisco
.    International steaks, beautiful ambience
Acquerello
San Francisco
.    Sophisticated Italian, intimate
Alexander’s Steak House
San Francisco
.    A+ food, but take a second mortgage to pay
Americano
    San Francisco
.    Modern, California, on the Embarcadero
Angelino
    Sausalito
.    Where Sausalito natives enjoy classic Italian dishes
Aziza
    San Francisco
.    Unique, creative Moroccan…just terrific
Benu
    San Francisco
.     True foodie gem…but be sure someone else is paying!
Bistro Central Parc
    San Francisco
.    Excellent, moderate neighborhood French
Bobo's
    San Francisco
.    A rarity: superb steaks in a relaxed, even funky, fun restaurant
Bourbon Steak
San Francisco
.    Beautiful setting but extremely expensive
Buckeye Roadhouse
Mill Valley
.    Classic American, solid fun ambience
Bunglalow 44
Mill Valley
.    A relaxed Marin find...run by the group that owns the always excellent Buckeye
Café des Amis
San Francisco
.    Beautiful restaurant, great location, ok food
Café Majestic
San Francisco
.    The new chef brings this serene dining room back to the top with appetizers like a caramelized scallops with glazed fennel, grapefruit and toasted almonds
Chaya Brasserie
San Francisco
.    California/Asian, on the Embarcadero
Chez Papa Resto
San Francisco
.    A wonderful French bistro in the revitalized Mint area.
Circa
San Francisco
.    The Marina's hottest place...excellent food and bar scene
Citizen Cake
San Francisco
.    Fun lunch/brunches, now on Fillmore Street
Clementine
San Francisco
.   Neighborhood, French, excellent value
Cliff House
San Francisco
.    Incredible view with food to match
Coco500
  San Francisco
.    Attentive service, SOMA
Commonwealth
  San Francisco
.    Superb service, creative but uneven food
Cotogna
  San Francisco
.    Excellent! Great setting with food to match
Gary Danko
  San Francisco
.    One of SF’s top three for superb albeit expensive dining
Delfina
  San Francisco
.    Creative, fresh, superb Italian dishes. Only downside is difficult parking
Dosa On Fillmore
  San Francisco
.    Beyond the soaring chandeliers, the comfy bar with intriguing cocktails there are the dosas, vadas, the tandoori and the silky bhagan bharta
Ducca
  San Francisco
.    In the Westin San Francisco Market Street...Beautiful atmosphere, creative dishes, quality fresh ingredients
Epic Roasthouse
San Francisco
.    Takes full advantage of its Waterfront/Bay Bridge location.  Excellent beef, expensive
Ernesto's
San Francisco
.    Classic neighborhood Italian, excellent value
Flora
Oakland
.    As a new neighborhood blooms in uptown Oakland, Flora delivers sturdy Cal-Mediterranean dishes.
George's
San Francisco
.    Off the beaten path Financial District, good food
House of
Prime Rib

 San Francisco
.   Best prime rib, great ambiance
Isa
 San Francisco
.    Marina, small plates, casual, fun
Jeanty at Jack's
San Francisco
.    French, wonderful food, ambience and service
Kokkari
San Francisco
.   California-Greek, beautifully furnished
La Cucina
San Francisco
.   Wonderful basic American breakfast and lunch
La Folie
San Francisco
.    Four-star French, one of SF’s top three
La Toque
Napa
.    Chef Ken Frank finally has a venue that equals his estimable talents
Leopold’s
San Francisco
.    Disappointing: no reservations and PORK schnitzel?
Luce
San Francisco
.    In the new InterContinental Hotel. Elegant atmosphere, California culinary creativity, polished service
Marlowe
San Francisco
.    A gem…fun setting, best hamburger in SF
Masa's
San Francisco
.    One of SF’s top three, expensive
Mescolanza
San Francisco
.    Richmond district light Italian, very good
Nopa
San Francisco
.    Funky neighborhood, but the freshest, truly innovative food in San Francisco...with a friendly staff and very reasonable prices  
Michael Mina
San Francisco
.    As good as his Bourbon Steak but, far more reasonable
North Beach
Restaurant

San Francisco
.    Best classic Italian
Perbacco
San Francisco
.    Has become an SF classic
Perry's
San Francisco
.    Classic Union Street American bar food plus
PlumpJack 
San Francisco
.    Small, upscale, superb and reasonable wine list
Poggio 
Sausalito
.    Sausalito's trendy hotspot...Superb food and atmosphere...Get an outside table if weather is good
Postrio
San Francisco
.    The original California cuisine Wolfgang Puck restaurant
Prospect
Tiburon
.    2010’s best new restaurant from the Boulevard group
Rooney's
Tiburon
.    Where locals enjoy fresh, tasty dishes with no pretension, just a good vibe
Shanghai 1930
San Francisco
.    Don't miss the dumplings, the Peking duck, or the cool jazz in this subterranean winner
Slanted Door
San Francisco
.    Outstanding Asian, incredible location on Waterfront
Sociale
San Francisco
.    Sacramento Street, hidden escape location
Town Hall
San Francisco
.    Trendy, California, fun, reasonable, a bit loud
Ubuntu
Napa
.    The quintessential modern vegetarian restaurant with exciting combinations
Wayfare Tavern
 San Francisco
.    Very uneven, but the best steak tartare
Waterfront
 San Francisco
.    Superb location, fresh seafood