Now that the cold temperatures have kicked in, nothing beats winter chills more than a delicious bowl of hot soup. Chefs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are inviting diners to heat up with their winter soups that are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. We’ve gathered five haute spots where you can cozy up for a steamy bowl of warmth and comfort and take cover for the rest of the winter season.
1 Cafe Claude
Warm up with a classic French onion soup at this downtown San Francisco mainstay. Available at lunch and dinner, the Soupe a L’Oignon bubbles over with emmental cheese and is finished with crispy baguette croutons. Savory with hints of sweetness and touch of smoke, the popular soup is perfect with a glass of wine and live jazz on a cold winter evening in San Francisco. Photo: Aubrie Pick
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
2 398 Restaurant and Bar
Union Square's newest addition, 398, offers a Euro-American-inspired menu executed by executive chef Sam Fechheimer. His take on a winter soup includes a bowl of silky Lobster Bisque. Made with perfect proportions of broth and cream, and served with a buttery, housemade breadstick, this ultimate bisque is a flavorful way to warm up on a winter's day.
398 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102
Located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco Gaspar features approachable brasserie fare from Executive Chef Chris Jones including Soupe au Pistou. The Provincial soup is lite and brothy filled with seasonal vegetables and a housemade pistou to be added in just before serving – the perfect way to start dinner or enjoy on its own at lunch. Photo: Aubrie Pick
185 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
4 The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Savor the comforting flavors of the winter season with The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards’ Winter Squash Soup. Located in the heart of Livermore Valley’s wine country, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards incorporates locally sourced squash from Baia Nicchia Farm, browned butter, pistachio, a splash of bourbon and lemon into this creamy winter soup. It is served with a touch of Olivina olive oil and topped with toasted, crushed pistachio. Photo: Courtesy Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550
5 Copita Tequileria y Comida
This modern Mexican restaurant located in the heart of downtown Sausalito, CA is the perfect spot just across the bridge to visit during these cold winter months. Maestra de Cocina/Co-Owner, Joanne Weir, and Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera are serving a Goat Birria, a stew made with braised local goat, ancho chile adobo, sesame & chile de arbol salsa, avocado, cilantro and red onion, served with house made tortillas, in addition to their Chicken Tortilla Soup with roasted chicken, zucchini, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese and tortilla strips. An added bonus: tThe entire menu is 100% gluten-free. Photo credit: Chuck Miller
739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965