Haute Secrets: Todd Traina’s Guide to San Francisco

Katie and Todd Traina

Todd Traina, producer and founder of Red Rover Films, has consistently produced unique and varied independent films of all different genres, with his most recent film, Morning, receiving rave reviews when it premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In addition to film production he is also a managing partner in Mombo LLC, a successful Northern California investment company, and manages Oakville Partners LP, a real estate development company.

With such a wide range of interests, the energetic father (wife Katie made a cameo appearance in his film Morning) is someone who always has his eye out for the best that life in the Bay Area has to offer, and so we are delighted to share his list of the places he likes most in San Francisco.

Where were you born: San Francisco

How long in San Francisco: Forty years, with an 18 year stop-over in Los Angeles.

Neighborhood: Pacific Heights

Occupation: Film producer

Favorite restaurant: Elite Cafe

Best steakhouse: Bix

Best sushi: Sushi Groove

Best ethnic food: Kung Fu Taco

Best Italian: Jackson Fillmore

Best pizza: Amici’s

Best lunch: Perbacco

Best place for late night dining: Bin 23

Best dessert: Butterscotch pudding at Presidio Social Club

Best place for a romantic date: The elevators at the St. Francis Hotel

Best Sunday brunch: Cavallo Point

Hautest club and/or lounge: Le Club

Best place for a power business meeting: Bix

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Cift

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building

Best place to buy jewelry/watches: Barney’s

Best spa: Nob Hill Spa

Best gym/athletic facility: The Olympic Club

Best massage: SenSpa

Best limousine/driving services: Clovis Barbosa, XO Transportation Network

Leland Orser, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Todd Traina after premiere of Morning

Favorite charity event: San Francisco Film Society’s Awards Gala

Favorite cultural event: San Francisco International Film Festival

Favorite cultural institution: La Taqueria

Best museum/exhibit: de Young

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Sutro baths and North Beach

All-around favorite locale in San Francisco, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: The Mission

Best aspect of San Francisco: The sense of ownership and community that it inspires, and its proximity to Napa!