An Opinion That Matters

Haute Living recently launched our newly redesigned website, which is constantly being updated with the most pertinent information about the luxury lifestyles in each of our markets. Over the course of Haute Living San Francisco’s history, we have encountered and profiled some of the city’s most notable individuals. While we are happy to share their stories with you, now we want to take it one step further. These are people who have the inside scoop about the San Francisco scene, so we thought it prudent to ask them for their opinion on the city’s best, from brunches and power lunches to dinner spots and shopping destinations. You can find a slew of these completed questionnaires on, and we will be showcasing the answers from one notable individual in each edition from here on out. For our first Platinum Guide, we asked Richard Baumert, managing director of Millennium Partners, for his thoughts on San Francisco’s hautest venues.

Where were you born: New York City

How long in San Francisco: More than three years

Neighborhood: Mill Valley

Occupation: Managing Director, Millennium Partners

Favorite restaurant: Sushi Ran

Best steakhouse: Boboquivari’s The Steak, aka Bobo’s

Best sushi: Sushi Ran

Best ethnic food: Kokkari Estiatorio

Best Italian: North Beach Restaurant, it is an institution

Best pizza: Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

Best lunch: Town Hall

Best place for late night dining: The Brazen Head

Best dessert: Beignets at EPIC Roasthouse

Best place for a romantic date: Pico in Larkspur

Best Sunday brunch: Balboa Café

Hautest club and/or lounge: RN74

Best place for a power business meeting: Four Seasons

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Four Seasons

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Wilkes Bashford

Best place to buy jewelry/watches: Shreve & Co.

Best spa: Solage Calistoga

Best gym/athletic facility: Sports Club/LA

Best massage: Solage Calistoga

Best limousine/driving services: Bauer’s IT

Favorite charity event: Black & White Ball

Favorite cultural event: Sausalito Arts Festival

Favorite cultural institution: SFMOMA

Best museum/exhibit: Contemporary Jewish Museum

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Muir Woods

All-around favorite locale in San Francisco: Crissy Field

Best aspect of San Francisco: Accessibility to great food, wine, culture, and outdoors