This place doesn't feel touristy like most of the 'authentic Italian' restaurants in North Beach. While I'm not an Italian or an Italy expert, I've traveled a bit through Italy and I wouldn't call the place authentic.
The food was just ok for the price. The ambiance might be nice for a date as another reviewer suggested.
What really bugged me was that they served over priced by the glass wine in cups! This burns me the most. When I pay $8.00 a glass I don't really expect to be blown away by the wine, but I do at least expect to be able to taste it. Call me snobby, but I don't think tiny little cups really should be used for wine consumption. This isn't 'authentic' either. Nowhere in Italy had the audacity to serve wine in crappy cup. And if they did, it certainly wasn't $8.00 a glass.
I probably wouldn't go back because of the wine thing (and the tiny prison cell bathroom) but the food's not bad. It's not great either.
I was really excited to go to this upscale Spanish place because I heard good things. Spanish cuisine and ingredients aren't as hot as they were a few years ago (when Chorizo, Manchego, and quince paste were everywhere).
The wine list was Spanish but pretty bad. I wasn't impressed with the food, ambiance, or service.
Everything was kind of overpriced for the quality.
I wouldn't go back.
This place has really delicious food. I got the Karahi Chicken and it was not only adequately spicy, but really flavorful and satisfying. The naan is delicious as well.
I can't say much for the ambiance, service, or speed of food, but I can say it's made up for in taste and cheapness.
The owner is pretty much the only cook.
This place is totally worth it if you have the time.
Note: the water is nasty tap water, so beware.
This is the little cafe next to McDonald's.
I go here pretty regularly because it's pretty much the only decent coffee and morning pastry place other than Starbucks. The Starbucks right behind the Bill Graham Civic is often much busier than this place.
The coffee is ok and the pastries are pretty good.
They also do some nice pannini for lunch.
This is the quintessential fancy restaurant.
The food is impeccable, the wine list is nearly unrivaled, and the service is world-class.
I can't say anything bad about Donovan's. It's a great restaurant in every way.
Perfect for business dinners or romantic nights out.
I really love the concept and execution of Greens. I think the whole Zen collective vegetarian thing is fun and totally Bay Area.
Everything I've had there has been pretty delicious. Nothing has been super ground breaking or cutting edge but it was still inventive, seasonal, and delicious. It's vegetarian, but it's not health food. People often are appalled at the idea of no meat but they should definitely give Greens a try. It's vegetarian but it's satisfying.
The location is great and offers some beautiful views of the bay.
The wine list is well selected and while California centric offers some interesting and off-beat stuff (not just your overpriced, big name, fruit-bomb Napa cab fests).
They also have a great to-go lunch which I highly recommend.
Ruby Skye is one of a handful of clubs that get really big electronic and DJ acts on a fairly regular basis.
I've seen a bunch of DJs here including Mark Farina and the Crystal Method. It's pretty medium sized with not much seating other than in the VIP areas. The VIP is so-so. The balcony view is pretty cool since the space used to be an old theater. The VIP service was pretty spotty, but that's clubbing for you.
The sound system is pretty good and of course loud.
I pretty much only go for the music so I can't really rate it in terms of other clubbing goals but I can say it's not as much of a 'meat market' as some place like 1015. The kinds of acts coming through kind of give you an idea of what kinds of people come here. It's mostly house and techno which means it's not a hip-hop 'in da club' venue nor is it usually a candy-glowstick raver affair.
All in all it's not a bad place that gets pretty big acts. There's no sort of bouncer type exclusivity BS so that's nice. If you don't look homeless and have money they'll let you in.
We went here for Teppanyaki a little before Christmas.
The place was really busy. We were seated pretty promptly. There was some miscommunication or malfunction with the actual teppan table which resulted in us waiting 30 minutes for the table to heat up.
They were out of fresh garlic and had to use garlic power instead which was a bit lame.
Otherwise the food was pretty good for teppan. I had the hot and spicy chicken which wasn't really that spicy. It's basically teriyaki chicken with more sauce and tiny bit of sriracha and mayonnaise.
The beers on tap are ginormous and cheap! $4.00 for premium domestic beer in a 24 ounce glass. Awesome.
Tip: Don't get tricked by ordering a teppan 'dinner'. Get the "a la carte". This basically just means you don't get a tiny shrimp appetizer and some lame frozen yogurt at the end. Save the few dollars for sure.
I think this place used to be called "East West Cuisine".
Really, Submarina (no this is not affiliated withe Submarina chain) is my favorite sandwich shop.
They have soft, large, and delicious bread that no one else has. The sandwiches are monsterously good. While the super deluxe 'Big Kahuna' is a favorite, I really just like the simple stuff. Everything is really basic but fresh and superb.
I have not been able to find another sandwich place like this. It's family owned and operated which is cool.
I've been to Katsu on numerous occasions for the teppan table. It definitely has all the flair and fun of the prototypical Bennihana experience (complete with flaming onion volcano!)
I really like their salad that comes with the teppan table. It's all gingery and organge flavored. I haven't been able to find it or replicate it at home.