Being a passionate foodie I can really geek out on the who’s who in “Chef Land”. From the celebrity chefs on television to the real life cookbook writers and restaurateurs of the world, there are so many crazy talented people in food. One of said people is Michael Chiarello. You would totally recognize him..he’s been on the Food Network but is also famous for his Italian-infused California style cuisine featured at his restaurant in Napa called Bottega. I haven’t been (yet) but I know people who have and sing it’s praises as one of the best meals of their life. I have however been to his newer Spanish tapas restaurant on Pier 5 on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco called Coqueta, and I am going to go on record and tell you it is a guaranteed good meal, a great experience, a must try. From the jaw dropping interior full of unique artistic embelishments to the fun tapas approach to food, Coqueta is just lovely and I can not wait to go back. My girlfriend and I did a heavy apps happy hour/early dinner but agreed it would be really fun to dine as a group since the paella serves a small army and is a must try. Full disclosure, we did have a few dishes we didn’t love (pictures not included below) but 1) we are super critical of our food/annoying foodies so take our opinion with a grain of salt and 2) the majority of our picks were fantastic and made me forget whatever I didn’t love. I can’t wait for our next out of town visitors so I can go back and experience it again, you have my word, it is not one to miss.
Pier 5, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111