The menu at San Francisco’s Quince restaurant manages to be at once true to Chef Michael Tusk’s unique culinary vision as well as to the classic techniques and ingredients of Italian cuisine. Whether its the exquisite Beet Risotto pictured above, a multi-tiered lasagna featuring Four Story Hill Farm sweetbreads layered amid thinly shaved white truffles, or a dazzling dessert-tray featuring a selection of finely wrought pastry conceits and confections, a meal here is more than likely to be memorable for years.

The service too, ranks among the best you’ll find anywhere on the West Coast and the  world-class wine program is designed to highlight a menu fashioned from the finest local organic California produce as well as both local and imported farmhouse meats and cheeses. Consistency is perhaps the mark of a truly great restaurant, and Quince has remained at the very top of its game since the day it first opened back in 2003.