Nancy Oakes

Arguably one of San Francisco’s most popular eateries, Boulevard is known for its elegant hospitality and delicious French-influenced menu. Owner and Executive Chef Nancy Oakes is also a Bay Area legend due to the fact that she is a self-taught chef with three restaurants under her belt and numerous accolades, including the 2001 James Beard Award for “Best Chef in California.”

Where were you born ?
Beverly, Massachusetts
How long in San francisco:
26 years in San Francisco and 20 years in North Berkeley
Pacific Heights for 26 years
Favorite Restaurant:
This question is like Sophie’s Choice!
Best Sushi:
Sebo in Hayes Valley
Best Ethnic Food:
PPQ Dungeness Island
Best Italian:
Best place for late night dining:
Best dessert:
The Lumberjack Cake at Frances
Best place for a romantic date:
Depends on the age!
Best Sunday brunch:
Foreign Cinema
Hautest Club/Lounge:
I don’t go out often, but The Razz Room is great for music. For a bar, try the Bloodhound.
Best place for a power business meeting:
The private dining room at Quince
All-around favorite spot in San francisco:
Grab a cup of coffee at Café Rulli on Union Square way before the stores open, and sit outside.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Hotel Vitale is in a great location, but Club Level at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is nice!
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Nancy Boy and Propeller in Hayes Valley
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Shreve & Co. is very San Francisco
Best Spa:
The Spa at the Huntington Hotel
Favorite Charity Event:
Meals on Wheels!
Favorite Cultural Event:
I live for the dragon in the Chinese New Year’s Day Parade
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Asian Art Museum
Best Aspect of San francisco:
It’s San Francisco…need I say more?
Best Steakhouse:
House of Prime Rib—I know it’s not steak, but it’s my favorite!
Best Pizza:
Delfina Pizzeria
Best Lunch:
Well, I have a Boulevard bias, but on a sunny day I pick up something from Il Cane Rosso and sit by the Bay.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
YMCA Embarcadero is a great location with great community support.
Best Massage:
Suchada for traditional Thai massage. It works when you really need to change your day.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Superior Limo & Sedan Service
Best Museum/Exhibit:
I like small museums, so I watch out for special exhibits at The Legion of Honor, such as the amazing Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique show.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Simply walk up the back steps of Telegraph Hill
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