Power Lunches and Dinners: Where to Wine and Dine in SF

Bonuses, and even full paychecks, are so 2007--thank goodness there's still the occasional expense-able meal or some of us would have to eat every meal out of a brown bag. For wining and dining clients or schmoozing your head honcho, check out these impressive hot spots for your three-martini lunch (or dinner), and make sure to over-order so you can take home a doggie bag--not classy but totally acceptable during times like these.

Updated: September 21, 2009

Restos Built for Business

Harris Restaurant

2100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

You may not be able to enjoy a three-martini lunch at this Nob Hill steakhouse since they don't open until 5:30pm, but you should definitely indulge at dinner, especially if someone else is picking up the tab. Signature aged beef steaks are best complimented by oysters on the half shell and spinach-bacon salad, not to mention a requisite 'tini or three.

Boulevard Restaurant

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

If you're in the know (or at least know that faking it is good business sense) this Embarcadero restaurant is simply where you go. Don't be alarmed by the price tag--this is the sort of place where you start your meal with a Maine lobster and finish a couple hundred bucks poorer.

Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111

For a casual business meeting that's sure to impress, go for the chef's table at this Financial District eatery. There, you can dine on Greek classics like souvlaki, lamb chops and moussaka while discussing how to increase your profit margin.

Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This light-filled Upper Market powerhouse turns out order after order of their legendary burger at lunch, but come dinner, it's all about the roast chicken for two--designed for a date but works just as well with a business partner during an intimate tete a tete.

Town Hall

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Treating the big dogs? Head indoors at this SoMa hot spot for pricey comfort foods like focaccia French dips and meatloaf with potato puree. Treating the interns? Pick up casual barbecue like po' boys and rib racks in the courtyard and grab a seat outdoors.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

Pier 1.5, San Francisco, CA 94111

With a spacious, sunny patio literally on the bay, this is pretty much the spot to impress that visiting CEO or wavering recruit. It doesn't hurt that this Pier 1 ? resto also serves up some of the best Peruvian food--including butter-soft cebiches and colorful main dishes--in town.


161 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94111

It's fairly easy to plow through $200 for a sushi dinner at this impossibly good Japanese restaurant overlooking the Bay Bridge, but you can easily have a first-rate lunch for $20 if an expense account isn't one of your company perks. Plus, an abundance of non-raw lunch items like tonkatsu and ramen make it easy for fish-phobes to also eat with ease.


230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Historic Tadich Grill may be next door, but this classy modern Italian joint provides a much more culinarily impressive spot for talking shop. The lovely dining room and simple but top-quality cuisine make this one of the most popular power lunch places in town.

54 Mint Plz

16 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Simple, ancient-recipe Italian and jovial, authentically old world service make this SoMa spot feel more familial than fine-dining--perfect for an upscale but casual experience shared with coworkers (or dates, for that matter).