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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

press reviews

Bay Area's best new restaurants of 2008
by Michael Bauer
San Francisco Chronicle

 It took until early this month for the experts to tell us that we've been in a recession for the entire year. We may have all felt it, but restaurants are like the economists - someone forgot to tell them, and places kept opening.

In fact, 2008 was a very good year for restaurants. I awarded 13 restaurants three stars for food, only one fewer than in 2007. I thought maybe I was going soft in the star department, but return visits to many of these places have shown they remain consistently good.

The East Bay, after several years of lackluster openings, continues to have something to crow about. Three places - two in Oakland and one in Berkeley - made my list of the year's Top 10 new restaurants. In addition, Sausalito has a restaurant on the list, the first since Poggio in 2004.

There are six San Francisco places on the list, with most being gentler on the wallet than in previous years.

As is often the case, there has been a flurry of openings in the past couple of months. Because I visit each place three times, the reviews haven't come out yet and the restaurants couldn't be considered for this list. But early next year, look for reviews of Michael Chiarello's Bottega, Sean O'Brien's Zinnia and the new branches of Pizzeria Delfina and Dosa.

Here's my list of the Top 10 restaurants reviewed in 2008, in order of when the reviews were published. For the full reviews and 360-degree views of the interiors, see the links with this story on sfgate.com/food.


I never thought a restaurant attached to a jazz club would make waves in the dining scene, but chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio has turned this into one of the most exciting modern Japanese restaurants in the city, housed in an impressive lofty space. While the jazz is a draw for some, you can eat in the dining room or upstairs in the bar and never know there's a performance going on next door.

Kamio offers pristine sashimi flown in from a famed purveyor in Japan, smoky cedar paper-wrapped vegetables and beautifully grilled robata steak. While he respects tradition, like his contemporaries in Japan he's not averse to experimenting with new combinations.

1330 Fillmore St. (near Eddy), San Francisco; (415) 655-5600 or sf.yoshis.com/sf/restaurant. Dinner nightly.

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