San Francisco is famous for many things: breath-taking coastal views, majestic skylines, and rich cultural diversity. It is also a highly sought after destination for design, architecture, and culinary art. There really is no other place that satisfies the appetites of both designers and foodies quite like the city by the bay. It is almost impossible to choose just one or two—or even a few—establishments to regard as the best eateries in San Francisco because of the sheer number of options available. However, we managed to narrow down 4 of the many aesthetically pleasing and hunger satisfying locales for you to feast your eyes on.
1. Local Mission Eatery
Not too long ago, California Home and Design Magazine voted Local Mission Eatery as the Best Designed Restaurant in San Francisco—and rightfully so. This gem, designed by Atelier KS is located in a one-hundred-year-old building in the Mission District. The warm, contemporary space features window frames and a large communal table, which were re-purposed from the Douglas fir that were part of the original building. The wall that runs along the left side of the restaurant is adorned with a quirky wooden tile installation, while brick and concrete can be found throughout the restaurant floor, giving it a minimalistic modern vibe.
2. 1300 on Fillmore
You won’t have any trouble finding this establishment since it is named exactly after its street address. 1300 On Fillmore is located in a historic part of the city where famous musicians, such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, flocked to during the height of the jazz era. McCartan, a New York design firm, designed the space after the area’s history, giving it a luxurious and sophisticated lounge feel with its high ceilings and use of dark wood. Inside, you will find a wall of backlit framed black and white photographs acting as the space’s main centerpiece. Customers relax on upholstered leather and fabric chairs and couches throughout. Being inside 1300 on Fillmore successfully fuses the past, present, and future and is a must-see for music lovers.
3. 25 Lusk
25 Lusk should’ve been named 25 Lust, given the sexy atmosphere that radiates from the restaurant’s design, which landed on Architectural Digest’s Best Design List. Architects from Cass Calder Smith (who were also recently awarded the 2013 CH+D Award Winner for Commercial Design) went for an ironic modern design, using masculine brown tones, distressed walls, historic brick and timber mixed with glossy white surfaces and stainless steel. Grey stone tiles can also be seen throughout the two levels of this high-end and timeless space.
4. Bar Agricole
Bar Agricole, located in the SOMA District, is another award-winning culinary destination. The massive 4,000 square feet warehouse was converted to an open, airy restaurant space that includes both an interior and exterior dining room. Designer, Aidlin Darling aimed to match the restaurant’s sustainable menu by locally sourcing and fabricating materials, such as chairs made from Napa Valley vineyard white oak barrels and contemporary concrete benches designed nearby in Oakland. Large twisting glass sculptures made from Pyrex cylinders are suspended from the ceiling, delivering light into the restaurant from the roof’s skylights. These and many other sustainable design efforts made Bar Agricole LEED Gold Certified.
In San Francisco, you don’t have to stop sightseeing when hunger calls because the local restaurants are a sight to see themselves. Designers, design enthusiasts, and foodies alike travel to this coastal city filled with establishments that seamlessly fuse both architecture and culinary art. And, if these spaces inspire your artistic senses and stimulate your appetite for design, take a short drive to one of All Natural Stone’s Bay Area locations to get your fix of fine tile and stone slabs.
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