Dining

February 1, 2006

From amazing seafood spots to its famous Chinatown, San Francisco is a city known for its culinary creations. Every visitor can find something for his or her taste buds among these top picks.

Editor's note: The price symbols range from $ for inexpensive (less than $10) to $$$$ for very expensive (more than $25).

AMERICAN

BoulevardFor five years Boulevard has won the Zagat Survey "Most Popular Restaurant" award and has views of the Bay Bridge. Try the sauteed foie gras or butterscotch creme brulee.
Price: $$$
Specifics: 1 Mission St. (at Steuart Street);
(415) 543-6084.
Lunch weekdays, dinner daily. Full bar.
Reservations and credit cards accepted.

MeccaAn oval bar in the center dominates this warehouse-sized room ringed with tables. Loud music creates a party atmosphere. Try one of the specialty cocktails or the barbecued oysters with southern coleslaw.
Price: $$$$
Specifics: 2029 Market St.;
(415) 621-7000.
Dinner daily. Full bar.
Reservations and credit cards accepted.

Sam's Grill Opened in 1867, it has been at its current location since 1946. The menu offers classic fare and visitors should try the sweetbreads, veal porterhouse with bacon, or french pancakes with lemon.
Price: $$
Specifics: 374 Bush St. (between Montgomery and Kearny streets);
(415) 421-0594.
Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. Full bar.
Reservations and credit cards accepted.

FRENCH