Hillside Supper Club is a New American eatery with creative, seasonal cuisine made from local ingredients and an extensive wine list. Breakfast dishes include a delicious savory bread pudding. The cozy neighborhood gem is housed inside a converted Victorian storefront and features a zinc-topped bar, mason jar light fixtures and views of Precita Park.
Wako seamlessly melds Japanese and Californian cuisines in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The striking dishes are composed of locally sourced seafood and produce, along with ingredients from select purveyors — many from Japan. The simple, unpretentious dining room features modern plank-wood decor and serves as the perfect setting in which to enjoy the restaurant’s famed seven-course dinners.
Pläj — a phonetic spelling of the word “play” — showcases Scandinavian cuisine with a kick of California flair. Chef/Owner Roberth Sundell serves up Swedish small plates — like the Foie Gras Terrine — along with traditional, heartier dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients. Diners can also enjoy Scandinavian beers and creative cocktails in the cozy space, located inside the historic Inn at the Opera.
La Urbana is a vibrant restaurant and bar serving locally informed, modern Mexican fare, such as “Tijuana” Quesadillas and mezcal-infused cocktails. Sophisticated cantina-style plates and inventive desserts are always on offer, along with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Reclaimed furniture and communal tables sit under LED signs and exposed wood beams, making the industrial space feel both rustic and contemporary.
Mourad, the eponymous restaurant of Chef Mourad Lahlou, serves California-inspired Moroccan cuisine, combining traditional ingredients and flavors with contemporary presentation and technique. Located inside a newly renovated art deco tower, Mourad features starburst chandeliers and lofty ceilings, a giant glass wine cage suspended over the sleek L-shaped bar and a lounge.
Here at the original outpost of the San Francisco cult hit, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative takes on whimsical American Chinese cuisine. The menu showcases an awesome blend of Sichuan heat and spice — including in their Chongqing Chicken Wings — served up in a casual space adorned with festive paper lanterns and a lucky red dragon.
Peruvian hot spot Mochica serves up several tasty ceviche combinations including mixed seafood with mussels, clams and shrimp, and Ahi tuna with toasted nori. Regional tapas and bold entrees — as well as approachable wines — fill out the rest of the colorful menu.