Tucked off an alley, this soaring space doesn't look like your usual San Francisco restaurant. There's a chic downstairs lounge, with low-slung seating and a busy bar (serving tasty bar snacks, like soft pretzel bites), while the upstairs dining area has coveted booths, gleaming black-and-white surfaces, and raw-wood beams. Chef Matthew Dolan's lengthy contemporary American menu has some crowd favorites, like the tender and rich gnocchi with grilled artichoke, and mains
like perfectly cooked Louisiana prawns on spicy grits. Some dishes may stumble or have too much truffle oil in them (although some diners like it that way). The wines are very well chosen, and the lime posset for dessert is a can't miss.