Vietnamese. One of San Francisco's best restaurants, the beautiful Ana Mandara arguably serves San Francisco's best Vietnamese food in a modern and exotic setting. Lush silks, orchids and dark woods permeate the scene while the menu takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine to a gourmet level. The award-winning wine list features standouts from all over the globe.
Don Johnson and Cheech Marin turn restaurateurs, opening their Vietnamese plantation in Ghirardelli Square. Cuisine: Haute Vietnamese. Sweet blue crab soup and wokked pluffs of beef tenderloin with pepper cress are both utter successes, though the mere thought of the caramelized Mekong Delta Basa (a bit like sea bass) with a pungent lemon-chili-fish sauce glaze makes us wet our pants, it's so good. Neighborhood: Not too much tour bus mania after sundown; Ana Mandara is close enough to the Aquatic Park to feel more a part of Fort Mason than of the Wharf and G. Square. Executive Chef: Khai Duong