Published on March 2, 2016

5 Hayes Valley Restaurants Locals Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near Hayes Valley? Here's a list of Hayes Valley restaurants locals and critics love.

5 Hayes Valley Restaurants Locals Love

1. Petit Crenn

Petit CrennAt Petit Crenn, Chef/Owner Dominique Crenn takes inspiration from the memories of her childhood in Brittany, France to craft classic menus. While breakfast and lunch consist of traditional French fare, the prix fixe, family-style dinner menu contains a seafood and vegetable-focused menu. Cider, wine and beer make up the beverage program — perfectly complementing the cuisine — at this simple and approachable neighborhood gem.

2. PlajPlajPlaj — 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 (along with traditional, heartier dishes) made with local, seasonal ingredients and inspired by the rustic elegance of Scandinavian fare. Diners can also enjoy Scandinavian beers and creative cocktails in the cozy space, located inside the historic Inn at the Opera.

3. Absinthe Brasserie

Absinthe BrasserieAbsinthe Brasserie & Bar serves up French and Northern Italian-inspired brasserie fare for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The Haynes Valley eatery is also home to a lively bar with classic and creative cocktails. The restaurant features decor typical of a Parisian-style brasserie, with deep red accents and mural wall art.

4. Monsieur Benjamin

Monsieur BenjaminMonsieur Benjamin is a modern restaurant inspired by Parisian bistro culture and French culinary traditions. Seafood, small and large plates, cheeses and desserts are all on offer, with wines, beers, cocktails and spirits composing the extensive drink list. Industrial-chic decor is complete with high ceilings, steel accents, giant windows and a marble-topped bar.

5. Jardiniere

JardiniereChef/Owner Traci Des Jardin serves French-California fare made from sustainable and local ingredients at Jardiniere, set in a landmark building in Hayes Valley. The pre-theater destination features a multi-course tasting menu, and handmade drinks and small bites can be enjoyed in the cocktail lounge. The vast wine list includes many international selections.

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