Boulevard, launched by Nancy Oakes in 1993, has since been at the forefront of the San Franciscan dining scene with accolades aplenty to prove. The Embarcadero institution is a definite must visit when in the waterfront area. The historic Audiffred Building it calls home was the lone survivor in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake. American regional cuisine is inventive without being pretentious and boasts French culinary influences. Co-restaurateur Pat Kuleto is the creative force behind the exceptional design that is inspired by France's Belle Époque period of the late 1800s. The menu includes fabulous and original concoctions, with particularly excellent seafood entrees like Ahi tuna tartare and Dungeness crab fritters. Linger over dinner with a glass of wine, and bask in the lovely ambiance while indulging in a decadent dessert.

Location:  1 Mission Street

Business hours:  Mo-Fr 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Mo-Th 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Fr-Sa 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Su 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.