Contigo continues to flourish as a meeting spot among Noe Valley residents, and you'll want to bring some of your favorite people along to linger in this Iberian charmer's warm and bustling dining room. Sustainability is a watchword here: the design incorporates recycled materials and each dish reflects the season's best ingredients. Although not as inspired as it once was, the food is still consistently good, and tempts with caramelized coca (flatbread) with garlicky txistorra, pickled shallots, figs, and Manchego. Simple yet tasty offerings go on to feature slices of levain topped with smashed peas and roasted porcinis. Finally, the pork-lamb-jamón meatballs in a tomato-sherry sauce are among the best albondigas you'll find in town.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors