Ace Wasabi is a fun izakaya with plenty of good sushi and plenty of non-sushi for pickier eaters. Start with the fried chicken and lobster gyoza before diving into the ridiculously named rolls. Spoiler alert: the Victoria’s Secret Roll isn’t just seaweed infused with air - the crab/tuna/jalapeno combo is worth a try. It’s the kind of place where sake bombs are practically compulsory.
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Rose’s Cafe in Cow Hollow has great granola, pastries and an excellent breakfast pizza. Hit it in the morning for an outdoor breakfast.
Lucca’s Delicatessen in the Marina is a great no-frills spot whose sandwiches will help you win the picnic olympics.
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Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
Nojo is a great example of our favorite type of restaurant: excellent food and easy to get into.
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A fairly corporate Financial District Japanese spot that's perfectly suited to dinner with your boss.
Dumpling Time in the Design District is a fun stop for dim sum and sake with a group of friends.
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