A snazzy spot in lower Nob Hill, fairly close to UNM, Zinc captures the essence of a San Francisco neighborhood bistro with its high ceilings, hardwood floors, and white tablecloths and dark-wood straight-back café chairs. You can sample wine from the long list or listen to live music downstairs in the Cellar Bar. Consider the starter of crispy duck-confit eggrolls with curry-chile-lime dipping sauce; or the main dish of seared scallops with wild-rice–cranberry pilaf and a tarragon-crayfish beurre blanc. The kitchen uses organic ingredients whenever available. Don't miss the exceptional weekend brunch.