Haute 5: Best Lobster in San Francisco

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Lobster is the king of the crustaceans.  The sweet meat became highly prized in the mid-twentieth century with New Yorkers and Bostonians finally developing a taste.  Whether simply roasted or poached in butter, each one of these restaurants in the Bay area utilize local, fresh produce to highlight the flavors and textures of lobster and  present an atmosphere and provide service worthy of such a delicacy.

1 La Folie

La Folie is as classic French as it gets with crisp white linens, fine silverware and a jewel box-like setting with beautiful red velvet banquettes.   The classic French preparations of lobster always includes butter poaching.  Slowly cooking it in refined butter make the lobster melting tender and so succulent that it’s worth every calorie.  Depending on the season, chef Roland Passot either pairs the butter poached lobster tail with fresh pea puree or perhaps  truffles in the fall.  Brother George heads the wine direction and ensures for a perfect pairing from one of the hundreds of bottles they have on hand.

2316 Polk Street

2 Gary Danko

A stalwart best of the best, Gary Danko offers diners the option to create a their own lobster fantasy dining experience with 3 courses being $69 and 4 course costing $87.  While things will change a little to reflect whatever produce is at the height of harvest, start with a lobster salad with lime-cilantro remoulade, Risotto with chunks of lobster, follow with the coconut thai lobster curry and finish with the roasted Maine lobster with potato puree.   Each bite is executed with perfection and the service is always impeccable and approachable.   Want to know who the lobster purveyor is?  Any questions can be fielded by the experienced servers.

800 N. Point St.

3 Farallon

With a prime spot in Union Square and a fantastic jellyfish lantern themed lounge, Farallon is an upscale restaurant that stresses proper lobster preparations.  The rich wood trimmed banquet booths and lush old world décor set a decadent tone for the dining experience.  Whether it be the chilled ½ pound Maine lobster with a contrastingly creamy avocado sauce starter or the lobster tomato bisque or the classic broiled lobster with a champagne beurre fondue, each dish is executed to highlight the freshness of the lobster.

450 Post Street

4 Thermidor

The atmosphere of Thermidor matches the retro offerings of its menu: sexy 1960’s mod with exposed filament lighting and warm copper trimmings.   Impeccable service will whisk you away to a begone era where dining was a snazzy affair.  With a menu packed with lobster’s greatest hits like a miniature lobster rolls on a house made brioche to the signature special, lobster thermidor, this place mixes fresh seafood with smashingly tasty cocktails like the Blood and Sand or the Florey and Ross.   On a balmy night, enjoy these offerings at the outdoor seating and feel tucked away from the cityscape inside Mint Plaza.

8 Mint Plz

5 Woodhouse Fish Company

Nothing gets more American than the split top-Maine Lobster roll served here at Woodhouse.  There are two different locations but both serve what can be called the best lobsta-roll in all of San Francisco.  It has large chunks of lobster tail mixed with a light and creamy sauce and all stuffed inside a perfectly toasted and buttered roll.   The décor is simple Americana, with colonial style chairs and stools and typical campy plastic marlin and giant squid hanging on a wall.  While the service and décor aren’t anything fancy, the food is top notch and worth a walk through the simple life.

1915 Filmore Street
2073 Market Street

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