A recent tourist to San Francisco adored newcomer Rich Table so much he visited three times over the course of an eight-day trip, and tells Chowhound he's found his new favorite restaurant of 2012.
What impressed New York hound Dave Feldman so much was the elegance of rustic dishes like brandade "bites." Instead of the usual emulsified salt cod, Chef Evan Rich (pictured) slathers trout and swordfish on house-baked fennel levain.
The food is definitely both interesting and refined, agrees wanderlust21, who gives top honors to the pastas, especially a geoduck version with a full-flavored clam sauce. And DezzerSF notes that Rich Table's cocktail program is also stellar. All four cocktails DezzerSF sampled were "seasonal, complex, and very balanced." The menu changes nightly, and service is down-to-earth. That's just fine with Dave Feldman, who asks, "What has a tablecloth ever done for me?"
Rich Table [Hayes Valley]
199 Gough Street, San Francisco
Photo of Evan and Sarah Rich from Rich Table