★ Postrio UNION SQUARE
CALIFORNIA Celebrity chef
Wolfgang Puck's creation remains
a delightful, and lovely, place to
dine. 545 Post St. (in the Prescott
Hotel, between Taylor & Mason sts.)
y 415/776-7825. Entrees $16-$27.
AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Lunch & dinner
daily. Bus 2, 3, 4. Map p 96.
★ = Puccini and Pinetti
UNION SQUARE ITALIAN Kids
design their own pizzas, while par-
ents order classics like eggplant
parmigiana. 129 Ellis St. (at Cyril
Magnin St., between Mason & Powell
sts.) y 415/392-5500. Entrees $12-
$16 lunch, $14-$20 dinner. AE, DC,
DISC, MC, V. Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner
daily. BART/Muni: Powell St. Cable
car: Powell lines. Map p 96.
★★ Quince PACIFIC HEIGHTS
ITALIAN Refined, seasonally
changing dishes in a discreet,
elegant setting keep the reserva-
tions booked. 1701 Octavia St.
(at Bush St.) y 415/775-8500.
Entrees $16-$27. AE, MC, V. Dinner
daily. Bus: 2, 3, 4. Map p 94.
★ = R & G Lounge CHINATOWN
CHINESE SF's best Chinatown
restaurant, but it helps to know what
to order. The salt-and-pepper crab is
the signature dish. If they have live
prawns in the tank, try them split in
half with minced garlic. I also recom-
mend the filet mignon beef with snow
peas and XO sauce, and Fu King fried
rice (a risotto-ish starch). Try to sit
upstairs. 631 Kearny St. (at Commer-
cial St.) y 415/982-7877. Entrees
$10-$50. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Lunch &
dinner daily. Bus: 15, 30. Map p 96.
★ Restaurant LuLu SOMA
excellent roasted meats and sea-
sonal items like prawn risotto with
summer squash in a busy, multilevel
space. 816 Folsom St. (between 4th
& 5th sts.) y 415/495-5775. Entrees
$15-$30. AE, DC, MC, V. Lunch & din-
ner daily. Bus: 30, 45. Map p 94.
★ RNM HAIGHT AMERICAN A hip
jewel amid modest Haight surround-
ings serving small and large plates
of American fare with a European
twist. 598 Haight St. (at Steiner St.)
y 415/551-7900. Entrees $12-$24.
MC, V. Dinner Tues-Sat. Bus: 6, 7, 22,
66, 71. Map p 94.
★ Rose Pistola NORTH BEACH
ITALIAN Come for the always-tasty
antipasti and the bustling scene. The
A transformed 1910 warehouse houses the bustling & modern Restaurant Lulu.