I think you are so lucky to be going to SF in July. It is one of my favorite US cities and I go there as often as I can or I can arrange business.
Although I cannot remember a few names I will try to recommend a few of the newest finds during my last trip in November.
Globe- Not affiliated with the one in NY. Hip, cute little restaurant with a great atmosphere, terrific food and a nice crowd. I cannot remember the street
but they are all in short range of each other like Manhattan.
In the Sir Francis Drake hotel we had a WONDERFUL lunch. I cannot remember the name but it was a bight, colorful Italian restaurant. Very chic, from what we
were told by others. Delicious, Tuscan, I believe. Great wine list, terrific fish, pastas, salads. Different levels of seating and in the lobby of the hotel. It is right in Union
If your budget allows, I hightly recommend at least having drinks and perhaps fingers foods, if not dinner at the Top of the Mark. This very classy, chic restaurant/bar in
the Mark hotel (the top) is a sight not to miss. Views of the whole city, wonderful wine and champagne list. Terific finger foods, I never had dinner there. It is just a beautiful
place to sit and relax and watch the view.
Lastly, if there is anyway for you to figure out where this place is by the few clues I am about to give, dining here is quite an experience. It is an ocean themed restaurant.
Lots of blue and green and fish. You're supposed to feel like your under water and they serve hip, casual food in a lively environment. It is quite popular. There is a bar in front and a
restaurant in back. The name is something like Fish or Swim, it may be 2 words. I just threw out the managers business card last week, coincidently. I just said to myself that
"Why would I ever need it? HAHA!
Oh, and if you can get to Sausalito, there is a restaurant at the top of the hill, it is in a beautiful hotel called Alta Mura. The view is UNBELIEVABLE, the food is okay . Salads, sandwiches
etc. If you go, it is for lunch. Don't eat dinner, don't bother. It is a must see for the view, or just have drinks. I heard there is a better restaurant up the hill, maybe not as good a view but better food.
Hope I was of some help. Keep checking in, you never know when I will remember more. I try to go there often.
Have a great time.