I'm a huge fan of dining out solo--you can order whatever you want, and you don't have to share, either. Here are some dining counters and bars where you'll have an excellent culinary experience, and some fun, too.
This place consistently rocks. Some of the best grilled octopus and lamb in town. Taramosalata and pita is a killer app. If you see the goat stew on the menu, pounce on it! You can thank me later.
Love dining at the bar here. Fab cocktails and of course a killer wine list. Ask to order the grilled cheese amuse x 3 like my friend did for the tastiest grilled cheese sandwich bite ever. Cheese course and desserts rock.
I don't think I could possibly love this restaurant any more than I already do. Fabulously flavor-forward cuisine by Nick Balla with Eastern European influences, and the occasional hint of Japan. Don't miss the langos appetizer, and come for lunch: excellent sandwiches (like the katsu).
One of the best spots for late-night dining in town. Top-notch cocktails, wicked wine list, and I love the long bar and communal table (perfect for solo diners). Pork chop, flatbread, and the burger are all local favorites. Brunch is one of the city's best. FRENCH TOAST. Yes, it's that good.
Chef Matthew Accarrino is one of our city's most talented chefs. His salads, burrata plate, and pastas are top notch. He's also making his own chocolate-caramels. Love getting turned on to new wines here. Bar seats are my fave.
Home of one of the best damn cocktails in SF: the Cherry Bounce. Love the entire crew here, and bless the kitchen that stays open until 12am nightly. Always something tasty to try, including their wicked pot pie.
I love how earnest and dedicated the team is here. The progressive cuisine is sophisticated but at a very budget-friendly price point. Never miss their sea urchin dish! Interesting wines, too. Good date spot.
Love the housemade kimchee, the beef tongue is a can't-miss, and no one else is doing okonomiyaki in a stone pot like this! So delicious.
One of SF's most exciting restaurants to open in 2012, with a creative Cali menu that changes daily, balancing elevated technique with rustic appeal and big flavors. Wine list rocks. The menu is great to share. Two words: sardine chips.