The cool kids of the Mission flock to this upscale spot, all sleek vibe and warm welcome. Set on one of the neighborhood’s grittiest stretches, the one-story brick building wears its history in the form of an old painted doughnut ad—and though frosted windows keep the environs at bay, Commonwealth cares for its own by donating a portion of profits from each night’s six-course tasting menu to charity. Everything here is offered à la carte, but most opt for the aforementioned tasting menu, for which the cheerful servers are happy to mix and match dishes. The results are as creative and ambitious as the techie-hipster clientele, with breathtakingly beautiful, Asian-influenced bites: think sea urchin under a canopy of seaweed brioche topped with tomato and watermelon pearls, or seared diver scallop in a corn-and-white miso emulsion with tarragon and fennel. Along the way, expect surprises utilizing the best seasonal produce, like tangy sudachi sorbet in a pool of sake soda, or pressed cantaloupe infused with honey and togarashi. It all pairs nicely with an intriguing, terroir-driven wine list-or if you're feeling adventurous, a nightly frozen cocktail chilled with liquid nitrogen.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors