From sensational seafood to classic Latin fare, these new restaurants will tantalize your tastebuds this season.
Perfect pies at the new Flour Water on Columbus Avenue in North Beach
FLOUR + WATER PIZZERIA
With the opening of Flour + Water Pizzeria, North Beach has officially become the city’s best neighborhood for pizza. The team behind the Mission’s beloved Flour + Water built the entire eatery around a custom-designed dough room and imported an electric oven that cooks the pies to quick perfection. “We take the production of the dough seriously,” co-chef Thomas McNaughton says of the three-day fermentation process. “But we don’t take ourselves or the atmosphere too seriously.” 532 Columbus Ave., 415.529.1617, fwpizzeria.com
Room with a view
Latin cuisine is on the menu at Barrio, a bustling eatery with an outdoor patio and stunning views of the Bay. At the Ghirardelli Square restaurant, devour carne asada with poblanos and blue corn tortillas, enchiladas cochinita pibil (wildly flavorful braised pork), and crispy sopes filled with guacamole and butter-poached Dungeness crab. Chef and co-owner Tim Milejovich says, “The goal is always making the people who try your food smile, feel a sense of nostalgia and have a great time whether dining alone or with a group.” 900 North Point, Ste. J101, 415.741.2000, barriosf.com
Yountville welcomes The Restaurant at North Block.
THE RESTAURANT AT NORTH BLOCK
The Restaurant at North Block, open daily for brunch, happy hour, dinner and late-night dining, is a welcome addition to Yountville’s culinary scene. Seasonality is a focus of the food and cocktail menu, and everything from the seafood platter to the muff uletta sandwich is thoughtful and scrumptious. “We prioritize live-fire and open-hearth cooking techniques that transform the farmed, fished and foraged ingredients on the menu while preserving their peak freshness,” chef Juan Cabrera says. “Our goal is to provide deliciously good and fantastically presented food.” 6757 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.8080, northblockhotel.com/dining
Creative bites and fun cocktails define Yountville.
Art deco energy abounds at The Harlequin, a new nightlife destination off ering a glamorous and lively setting for fun evenings. “Bars are the original social network, and now more than ever, we need places where we can come together IRL and enjoy the company of our friends, family and peers,” owner Phil Chen says. Grab a tropical-inspired passionfruit cocktail or a spiritforward gin concoction. Pair it with crisped tofu puffs, ginger teriyaki sauce, or roasted bone marrow with chimichurri. Pro tip: Ask for a shot of sherry to do a luge through the empty bone! 68 4th St. (at Market), 415.488.5950, harlequinsf.com
Eastern Mediterranean fare at Dalida
The Presidio is home to a beautiful new Eastern Mediterranean hot spot, Dalida. With its proximity to the ocean, seafood is on the menu but chef-owners Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz excel at everything from vegetables to kebabs. “Recognizing that we are both a destination and a neighborhood restaurant, we built a diverse menu,” says Laura. “You can come to have roast chicken and Eastern Mediterranean pasta, but you can also enjoy a chef’s choice menu with caviar.” They also have a great Champagne program and cocktails inspired by the sea and Istanbul. 101 Montgomery St., Ste. 100, San Francisco, CA, 94129, 415.237.1999, dalidasf.com
Photography by: KRISTEN LOKE; COURTESY OF BARRIO; NICOLA PARISI; KELLY PULEIO; MAREN CARUSO