Super Bowl: Where to Stay and Dine in the City by the Bay — and Stadium
Check out the Chinese restaurant where Serena Williams had her cellphone swiped, or sample the $18 burger at the spot where President Obama supped with Elon Musk as L.A. heads north for the big game and seeks out Hollywood-ready hangouts.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel G (386 Geary St., from $220), a newly revamped option in Union Square (built in 1909), touts mod-meets-vintage decor and a rooftop whiskey and oyster bar. … Kids, dogs, downward dog-types, all are welcome at The Marker (501 Geary St., from $229), with bedtime books, water bowls and complimentary yoga mats. The 1910 Beaux Arts-style building for years was known as Hotel Monaco, until Destination Hotels took it over last year and revamped it with bright, striped decor and American tavern BDK Kitchen. … To escape the Union Square fray, Kimpton’s new 131-room Buchanan Hotel (formerly the Tomo, 1800 Sutter St., from $157) is smack between Japantown, the Fillmore and Lower Pac Heights — which means you can stroll from really good ramen to real-deal jazz to really expensive boutiques. ... A TED-ready mix of CEOs, artists, authors and entrepreneurs makes up the membership at private club The Battery (717 Battery St., from $645), launched by Bebo co-founders Michael and Xochi Birch, but nonmembers can book a room and sample the cocktails, card room and library, if only for a weekend.
WHERE TO EAT
Four-month-old Cala (149 Fell St.), the first U.S. restaurant from Mexico City star chef Gabriela Camara, a good friend of Alice Waters, draws a packed house (Jake Gyllenhaal was in recently) with silky trout tostadas ($16) and smoky Mezcal cocktails. … Kiwi-born hospitality queen Anna Weinberg and husband James Nicholas have created an empire in S.F. with spots that woo luminaries from Adrian Grenier to Snoop Dogg: Their latest venture, Leo's Oyster Bar (568 Sacramento St.), is helmed by chef Jennifer Puccio, who puts a modern spin on lobster Louie ($26 with the Dungeness crab). Leo's joins the wood-beamed Park Tavern (1652 Stockton St.), The Cavalier (360 Jessie St.) and Marlowe (500 Brannan St.), which recently moved to flashier digs and brought its famed burger ($16) with it. … Sample the city's other top patty for $18 at the bar at Spruce (3640 Sacramento St.), where President Obama dined in 2015 with Marc Benioff and Elon Musk. … Mission Chinese Food (2234 Mission St.) recently drew Serena Williams, who had her phone swiped while dining with Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian. … Now the MCF team (Karen Leibowitz, Anthony Myint and Chris Kiyuna) has gone eco-chic with The Perennial (59 Ninth St.), which boasts its own aquaponic greenhouse in Oakland and cocktail straws made of gluten-free wheat. … Husband-wife duo Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski made dim sum-style American food a thing with their State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St.), opened in 2013 to wild acclaim and 4:30 pm lines that haven’t let up. ...Tucked next door is their newer spot The Progress (1525 Fillmore St.), Justin Timberlake’s pick when he recently was in town, with an inventive menu of cross-cultural family-style fare: grilled Spanish octopus, smoked grits & soft farm egg ($58 fixed menu for dinner). ... David Kinch, behind Silicon Valley's only three-Michelin-starred spot, Manresa (320 Village Lane, Los Gatos), has opened casual New Orleans-style eatery The Bywater (532 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos), welcoming pop-ins for gumbo and po'boys.
WHERE TO DRINK
Hip, new one-name cocktail bars are opening in San Fran faster than a shot of handcrafted, small-batch whiskey goes down. ... Pick your poison: There’s Barbarossa (714 Montgomery St.), with a Barbary Coast vibe, deep red-leather booths and cocktails named after bandits in what used to be the Bubble Lounge. ... Harry Denton’s Starlight alum Carlos Yturria has turned the 1912 Standard Oil Co HQ into the swank, just-opened Treasury (115 Sansome St.). ... Forgery (1525 Mission St.) is run by Gavin Newsom’s PlumpJack Group (he’s a regular as is Joe Montana). It’s also steps from Uber and Twitter and enough startups to guarantee an always-hopping happy hour. ... Jazz hounds: Hit Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio (39 Fell St.).
A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.