Move over, Mission District. Divisadero is quickly becoming this city's new dinner ‘hood darling, and Barvale is the perfect place to start your tour. If you’re worried about not having a reservation, don’t. Once you see the lively scene flowing inside, you’ll realize that this tapas house saves half their tables for walk-ins. The menu toys with fun riffs on traditional Spanish tapas and bite-sized pintxos-all of them matched to terrific sangria and cocktails. Try the smoky chorizo and manchego before indulging in the petite but hugely delicious paella, laced with a creamy aïoli, charred lemon, prawns, mussels and clams. Service moves quickly but attentively, and weekend brunch offers a handful of egg dishes as well as-you guessed it-tapas.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors