San Francisco recommendations?

Hello guild somm community-

I will be driving from San Francisco to Victoria (home) in early August of this year. There are so many fun options and special spots out there, I’m hoping to get some guidance from all of you! 

 I’m specifically looking for vegetarian friendly dining options, great wine lists, and wine shops.

Thankyou!

Mara 

  • As a vegetarian living in SF, there are myriad places to eat well. Some restaurants I adore: 1760, Pearl, Tartine Manufactory, Cala, Slanted Door, Heirloom, Commonwealth, Bellota, China Live, A16, and Octavia.

  • Hi Mara! There are endless options, of course, but these are some of my favorites. You can find a list of the hot new spots anywhere, so I more or less left those out. I'm also giving East Bay suggestions as that's where I live and there's plenty to enjoy over here if you have the time! I don't eat meat, either, so all of these are veg friendly.

    SF:
    - The Morris (Mission): Paul Einbund's wine list is fantastic. Somm is .
    - La Ciccia (Noe Valley): One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Amazing Sardinian food and a great, extensive, mostly Italian wine list.
    - Zuni Café (Civic Center-ish): Classic for a reason and worth a visit if you've not been.
    - Heirloom Cafe (Mission): Great restaurant that somehow stays under the radar.
    - Montesacro (SOMA): Hidden gem, open for lunch and dinner.
    - Tartine Manufactory (Mission): Indeed very good, for any meal.
    - Verjus (Financial District): Newer spot that is actually nailing the Spanish-tapas-bar-meets-French-wine-cave thing for the Bay Area.
    - The Riddler (Hayes Valley): Fun, beautiful Champagne bar. Free popcorn!
    - High Treason (Richmond): Great wine bar.
    - Ungrafted (Dogpatch): New spot from  and . Also a bottle shop, and they do blind tastings on Mondays.

    East Bay:
    - Bartavelle (Berkeley): Tiny, casual daytime spot and one of my favorites, tucked between Acme Bread and Kermit Lynch, which is obviously worth a visit. Wine bar concept in the evenings called Bar Sardine.
    - Standard Fare (Berkeley): Casual spot for lunch. Get the sandwich salad and a pastry!
    - À Côte (Oakland): Very fun wine list (ask for  or !) and solid food.
    - A16 Rockridge (Oakland): Excellent wine list, great pizza, everything is delicious. A16 in SF is just as good, but I see Bryce already mentioned it, and I am partial to my local spot.
    - Belotti (Oakland): Cozy Italian spot with a great wine selection and handmade pasta.
    - Great China (Berkeley): Very good food and a surprisingly great wine list, whose origin you can read all about on the internet.
    - Redfield (Oakland): Cool new cidery. You could visit Rockridge Market Hall (and Paul Marcus Wines), have a drink here, then eat at Ramen Shop across the street.
    - CDP Bar (Oakland): Commis is out of my personal price range, but this super charming bar next door is not, and I don't know how it hasn't gotten more attention.  is the beverage director for both.
    - Bay Grape (Oakland): Excellent wine shop owned by  and . Blind tasting on Mondays!
    - Ordinaire (Oakland): Natural wine shop if that's your vibe.
    - Oakland Yard (Oakland): Another great wine shop. Stop by Tacos Oscar next door if you're there in the evening.