San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 6pm-10pm
Step off the unassuming industrial streets of SoMa into Bar Agricole and the first thing you notice is the impressive space. The LEED-certified eco-friendly restaurant, a finalist for the 2012 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design, boasts a sweeping mobile, sleek barn wood-constructed booths, and plenty of sunlight, thanks to floor-to-celling windows and sunroofs. Impressive design aside, Chef Brandon Jew gives plenty of reason to visit; he’s a familiar face at the local farmers markets, where he picks up everything from puntarelle to different varieties of beans and radishes for his regularly changing menu. Jew also works to bring new items to market, such as veal from Strauss Family Creamery. The drinks program, helmed by Mixologist Craig Lane, focuses on classic cocktails done right and features organic products that the bar sources from local producers. This dedication, and drinks like their El Morrocco, nabbed the program their own Beard nomination for 2012’s inaugural Outstanding Bar Program.