We make almost annual trips to SF and love farm-to-table/california-type places. We will be out in SF for a few days and then staying in San Rafael for a few days going along the coast and into wine country. We will be cooking at the rental in Hayes Valley a couple days and also going out a couple days.
I have to go back to Tartine, Blue Bottle, and our favorite burrito place, and I've never been able to make it to Bi-Rite, so that's on the list as well. And of course a trip to the Ferry Building. (Last trip we tried Delfina and NOPA). Some other places in the running for lunch/dinner/snack:
One of the Flour +Water, Central Kitchen, Salumeria team's places
Ozumo for lunch?
Zuni Cafe (because I've never been)
and just cause I like cream puffs, Pacific Puffs
Hog Island/Tomales Bay Oysters
Cowgirl Creamery Cantina in Point Reyes
Bottega in Napa for lunch?
(Loved the Girl and the Fig last time)
We prefer informal places and try to go under $100 for 2 people, since there are so many good choices. We have a bent towards seafood and stay away from heavy French, as well.
Thoughts on these places or suggestions? I assume all will need reservations, but anything that is good for walk-ins would also be nice to know.