Keeping a resolution can be hard to do, but don’t fret, AF&Co. is here to help. With our list of restaurants in the City and beyond serving healthy, fulfilling meals you can eat out and still be on track to a better you in 2014. Check out the below and make a reservation today!
Alioto’s Restaurant | San Francisco - Kick-off the new year with fresh fish and fantastic views at Alioto’s on Pier 8. Visit the restaurant located on historic Fisherman’s Wharf and indulge in their Sliced Avocado Salad with bay shrimp ($11.75) or a fresh fish entree such as the Grill Broiled Salmon Filet served with seasonal vegetables and a starch of the day ($25.75). Make a reservation online or call 415.673.0183 to get your omega-3′s and healthy fish oils!
Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco – Chef Francis Hogan’s seasonal American menu has dishes like Stuffed Spiced Kabocha Squash with Apple Fennel, Root Vegetables, Housemade Paneer, Ginger Glazed Dino Kale, Pecans and Pomegranate ($19) – it’s like juicing but without all the work! Also on the menu is an Arugula & Red Mustard Greens Salad with Compressed Apples, Roasted Grape Vinaigrette, Pepato Cheese and Spiced Walnuts ($12) to satisfy the stomachs of those with resolutions to eat healthier in the New Year. But don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone if you get a dessert, either.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar | San Francisco – Executive Chef Mat Schuster brings authentic Spanish cuisine to life at his delicious tapas restaurant in the Castro District of San Francisco. One of his healthy dishes is the Pimentos de Piquillo – Roasted Mild Spanish Red Peppers Stuffed with Sauteed Greens, Shallots and Goat Cheese in Tomato and Red Pepper sauce. But who are we kidding… the calories you save will be made up in another glass of wine!
E&O Asian Kitchen | San Francisco – Located near vibrant Union Square , modern Asian restaurant E&O Asian Kitchen is proud to offer healthy dishes year round, including an entire menu dedicated to gluten free items such as Chef Sharon Nahm’s Prawn Salad. The fresh salad packs a crunch and tremendous flavor with Gulf white prawns, cucumber, Asian fruits, cashews, onions, fresh chilies, Thai basil, mint, cilantro, lemon oil and a little sea salt. Sound delicious? For reservations and more information please visit their website here.
Hi Lo BBQ | San Francisco – Hi Lo’s Northern California BBQ has a number of resolution-worthy menu items from Chef Robin Song. Start off by skipping the Beef Tendon Crisps and opt for a crunchy assortment of housemade cauliflower, kohlrabi and sunchoke B&B Pickles ($5), then opt for the Octopus with Forbidden Rice, aji amarillo and radish ($14) with a side of the Cous Cous with currants, preserved lemon, cilantro ($7) and Chantenay Carrots with Medjool date, hazelnut ($8). And get the brisket by the pound to take home for Sunday’s game.
La Urbana | San Francisco – Located on the Divisadero Corridor this restaurant brings cutting-edge design with creative Mexican cooking and cocktails to San Francisco. This spot has dishes that will satisfy your Mexican food craving without adding extra layers to your waistline. To start, enjoy the Ceviche de Pescado using fresh market fish, avocado, oranges and mesquite. Another customer favorite, the Pulpo a la Gallega with grilled octopus, pimenton and tetragonia spinach will leave your taste buds and stomach utterly satisfied. You’ve been good this far, right? Treat yourself to one of their incredible desserts and truly head home happy.
M.Y. China | San Francisco – With locations at Westfield San Francisco Centre and Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, M.Y. China is proud to offer a resolution-friendly salad of Mixed Greens with Papaya and Grilled Shrimp. This light yet filling dish is healthy, but not lacking flavor – made with mango and birds eye chiles it has just the right amount of sweet and spicy. For reservations and more information, please visit the website here. If you have not been out to M.Y. China’s Graton location yet, then you are missing a gorgeous casino!
Serpentine | San Francisco – Executive Chef Deepak Kaul is serving up a delicious roasted Kabocha Squash Salad with arugula, frisee, smoke paprika, ricotta salata and pepitas with a lime and maple vinaigrette dressing. The cozy Dogpatch hotspot has a handful of healthy options as we welcome in 2014, like the Stalker cocktail which features Tub gin, celery juice, lemon and cucumber! Why don’t they make juice cleanses like that??
Slow Club | San Francisco – Located in the Mission, Executive Chef Matt Paul has a healthy Stuffed Acorn Squash with quinoa, king tumpets, golden raisins, spinach, ricotta salata, saba and toasted almonds – the perfect way to round out your day of soaking up vitamin D at Dolores Park. With 13 different cocktails on the menu, there are enough options to keep you busy. Try the Bees Knees made with gin, honey, lemon and celery bitters, served up. Drink enough of them and you might be able to get a serving of vegetables out of it!
Copita Tequileria y Comida | Sausalito – The modern Mexican restaurant and tequila bar in Sausalito serves 100% gluten-free brunch, lunch, and dinner options by Maestra de Cocina Joanne Weir and Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera. Treat yourself for all of your hard work towards your 2014 resolutions and indulge in a little Mexican flavor with gluten-free Chicken Tinga tacos ($9/$17), Young Goat Birria ($19), Pomegranate Ceviche ($14), and so much more! Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.331.7400.
Poggio Trattoria | Sausalito – Enjoy Italian with a fresh take in 2014. Executive Chef Benjamin Balesteri has created an array of delicious salads and seafood including Dentice Seared Red Snapper with lentils and castelvetrano olive tapenade ($28), or a Mela Pink Lady Apple Salad with arugula, goat cheese and candied walnuts ($11). It doesn’t stop there! To guarantee a good year, order the Barbabietole Roasted Beets with dolce gorgonzola crema, watercress and pistachio ($12). Make your reservation online or call 415.332.7771.
Hopscotch | Oakland - This upscale diner concept, located in the heart of Uptown Oakland, has become the dining gem in the theater district. Rising Star Chef Kyle Itani knows how to create Japanese riffs on American classics, and his current seasonal salads are a perfect example. His starter Sunchoke & Pomegranate Salad incorporates little gems, chrysanthemum and a light sherry vinaigrette ($8). Want something a little more? Order this one as a main dish: Roasted Stripe Bass Salad with avocado and special sesame vinaigrette ($14). These healthy dishes are the perfect way to start off your year!
The Park Bistro & Bar | Lafayette – Diablo Magazine’s Best New Chef 2013, Adam Carpenter spent his year tasting his way through dish after dish in order to perfect his menu at the new Park Bistro & Bar at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. In addition to his hearty American dishes, Carpenter also added a wonderful selection of salads celebrating Northern California’s bountiful produce. One of his favorites is the Heirloom Baby Beets Salad comprised of slow cooked baby beets, grapefruit, frisee, arugula, goat cheese and hazelnuts ($11). For reservations and more information please visit them online.
Picán Restaurant | Oakland – Located in Oakland’s bustling Uptown District, Picán is home to traditional Southern cuisine with a twist of sensibility. For lunch, Sophina Uong has created a few lighter options such as the gluten-free Harvest Vegetable Quinoa with Brussels sprouts, scallions, pomegranate seeds and a lemon tahini dressing for $13. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For reservations and the full menu please visit them online.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards | Livermore – Located in the heart of Livermore’s Wine Country, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards pulls the freshest ingredients from the ½ acre garden directly behind the restaurant. Executive Chef Matt Greco is featuring an amazing roasted black grouper with celery root puree, shaved brussels sprouts, black truffle and winter herb salad. The restaurant is located amidst stunning views of the golf course, and also has a 1/2 acre organic farm that supplies the produce. Make a reservation online here.
Schooners Coastal Kitchen | Monterey – Nestled in the beautiful four-star Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, this sustainable seafood restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean has an abundance of healthy favorites on their menu created by Executive Chef James Waller. To help guests stick to their healthy resolutions, Waller offers a Grilled Arctic Char with kale and a side of Citrus Salad ($26), Grilled Swordfish with broken olive Tapenade ($28), Baby Beets & Little Gems with basil oil and goat cheese ($8), and Spinach & Arugula Salad with warm grilled Portobello, egg and mushrooms ($8). Guests can make their reservations online here.