Editors Fave Foodie Picks | San Francisco

By Shivana Maharaj
May 16, 2016

City Style and Living Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay lobster roll pasta

Delicious lunch fare at The Conservatory at The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay/ K&S Media

City Style and Living San Francisco Amorino Gelato

Delicious, creamy and beautiful gelato/ K&S Media

Along the Way: Beautiful dessert, a historic restaurant in Union Square and a masterful lunch in Half Moon Bay


This gelato not only looks beautiful (who could resist the flower?), but the flavours are on point – our faves: hazelnut, and pistacho. The friendly staff crafting the petals one by one makes the experience one to remember; Amorino Gelato.


City Style and Living San Francisco Johns Grill

The upstairs bar at Johns Grill / K&S Media

City Style and Living San Francisco Johns Grill Grilled Lamb

The classic steakhouse offers quick service, and classic fare / K&S Media

A classic never goes out of style. Opened since 1908, dinner at historic seafood and steakhouse Johns Grill in San Francisco’s Union Square is a must. Hosting presidents and states people it was associated with the novel, The Maltese Falcon. The oak paneling throughout the restaurant adds warmth to the multi-storey building. Order the classic jumbo prawn cocktail, followed by the Maine lobster ravioli (a favourite on this trip) and a bowl of delicious cioppino studded with tons of fresh seafood. Pictured here, the upstairs bar; Johns Grill.


City Style and Living San Francisco Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton

‘Homegrown’ cocktail and Spanish shrimp from Alvin Dela Cruz/ K&S Media

With a million dollar view of the Pacific ocean and Half Moon Bay golf links, it would be easy to spend hours here. With an incredible ‘homegrown cocktail’ menu and wine list, we settle for the modern mint julep to pair with a new dish from Executive Chef Alvin Dela Cruz – Spanish shrimp, fried quinoa, chili sauce and parsnip puree with a hint of truffle oil followed by a light seafood cioppino and lobster roll. Don’t leave without ordering the carrot cake and cookie box to go; Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.

Want more San Francisco?  Get more from CSL’s road trip in California.  This original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.