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545 Post St (between Mason and Taylor Sts).
San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 776-7825
Cuisine: Contemporary Californian
Pluses: Gorgeous and dramatic decor.
Minuses: Some of the dishes are over the top -- and a bit sweet.
Don't Miss: The salmon/caviar pizzas, available in the bar; breakfast and most dinner items.
Prices: Expensive; entrees $19.50-$29
Overview: Open Monday-Friday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday-Sunday brunch and dinner.
Dressy casual attire.
All credit cards.
Wolfgang Puck's Northern California outpost looks like a slice of LA. -- it's a great place to people watch. However, although the ambiance is influenced by Hollywood, the inventive food is rooted in San Francisco's strong Italian and Asian heritage. Chefs (and brothers) Steven and Mitchell Rosenthal have put their own spin on Puck's signature cuisine with such creations as leg of lamb with garlic potato puree and nicoise olive sauce; hamachi sashimi with wasabi oil; and the charcuterie plate is always yummy. Other standouts include Puck's version of roasted Chinese duck, served with a changing array of sauces such as pear-curry sauce. The service is smooth and professional. While everyone seems to come here for lunch or dinner, most people don't realize it's also a great downtown breakfast spot. Don't miss the oyster and pancetta omelette.