Liholiho Yacht Club
In lower Nob Hill, this playful restaurant has been hot since the moment it opened its doors. Chef Ravi Kapur's Hawaiian meets California menu is like no other in San Francisco
, and features such strange, but surprisingly tasty concoctions like Spam fried rice with corn and bay shrimp or fried oyster and beef carpaccio with Thousand Island dressing. There is also a good selection of cheeky tropical style cocktails to sample – try the Ginger Grand or Tropicalia. Note that to get a table here, you'll need to book at least three weeks out, but the bar has open seating including a communal table and front room booths. You'll still likely wait close to an hour to snag one, but it's all part of the experience.