The small, stylish Galleria Park Hotel, a favorite address of savvy business travelers, harbors this sleek but casual restaurant with the talented Michelle Mah wearing the top toque. Mah's menu is New American with contemporary French bistro touches, and all the dishes—warm seafood salad with fried artichokes, pork rillette with pickled radishes, panfried skate with lemon brown-butter sauce and haricots verts—draw on the agricultural riches of the Bay Area. The space,
with access from the street, combines a lively bar downstairs, popular with the after-work crowd, and dining on two levels upstairs. For the quietest meal, ask for a table on the mezzanine level, to avoid the chatter that can drift up from the bar below. Or, join the fun downstairs and pair your cocktail with popcorn flavored with white truffle oil and sea salt, chickpea fries, harissa-and-honey-roasted pistachios, a grass-fed beef burger on a sesame-seed bun, or steak tartare from the bar menu.