This swanky little watering hole and eatery is a lone rose in the rough-and-tumble bramble of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. While it’s increasingly common to stumble upon swell galleries and boutiques in a neighborhood undergoing a slow cultural and commercial renaissance, these options are still scarce enough to render them diamond-in-the-rough treasures. Housed within the Phoenix Hotel, Chambers Eat + Drink is a study in classy understatement.
With a seasonal farmers’ market-driven kitchen inflected with Mediterranean and Japanese influences, Chef Trevor Ogden whips up yummy bar eats—wild mushroom and black truffle dip served with waffle chips, anyone? A robust, full-meal menu exists with a wide, mouth-watering swath of surf, turf and plenty of vegetarian options to boot.