San Francisco, USA

Restaurant Gary Danko

Perhaps it is the combination of award-winning food, an art-rich atmosphere, and impeccable service that makes Restaurant Gary Danko one of the best places to dine in a city that has, quite literally, hundreds of them. And with California as its garden, this eatery pleases even the most demanding locavores. If you're a San Francisco tourist, this place is not to be missed.

Restaurant Gary Danko has been a Fisherman’s Wharf mainstay for almost two decades now, and anyone who has dined there can tell you why– the food is incomparable. This Michelin-rated restaurant has received James Beard awards and countless others. The food is in large part locally grown and farmed. However, the menu is not light on delicacies from around the world either.

If you’re choosing an appetizer to pair with your entree, or if you are sampling from the tasting menu (not a bad idea for first-timers) be sure to try the oysters with Black Sea caviar and lettuce cream. Substantial eaters will be delighted by flavorful breast of duck with duck hash as their entree. Just as hearty, try the bison. Seafood lovers will adore the roasted Maine lobster. For a sweet treat after your meal, choose one of three desserts prepared table side. ( I am partial to the rum raisin ice cream, but then, who isn’t?) A vast array of other desserts are available too. Equally vast is the Restaurant’s list of ports and other wines to pair with them.

Speaking of wines, Restaurant Gary Danko features an extensive selection. The ones from around the world are supurb, as are the ones California vineyards in the establishment’s own backyard. If you want to walk off a few calories after your meal you are in the perfect spot to do so. Just a block away, visit Ghiradelli’s and see how their chocolate is made: