Meals & Deals at October 2015 ULI San Francisco

We polled our network of real estate industry executives – friends, clients, colleagues – on a topic near and dear to every San Franciscan: where to eat. Those attending the ULI conference in San Francisco – the real estate industry movers and shakers – need to eat, too. For doing deals. For networking, and just for fun. So here we give you what some of our real estate friends had to say about where to eat in The City, and where to eat if you get to stay for a weekend getaway.

George Marcus, Honoree at the ULI Gala Dinner, Marcus & Millichap, Philanthropist, and Restaurateur

San Francisco: Boulevard or Jardiniere

Hamid Moghadam – CEO of ProLogis

San Francisco: Kokkari, Slanted Door and the Zuni Café for in town

Weekend Getaway: Redd, in Napa.

Mike Covarrubias – CEO of TMG Partners

San Francisco: Picking “San Francisco” is, of course, impossible. My three: Boulevard. Great views, perfect food and fun atmosphere. Slanted Door. Ferry Building, unique food, fun. Bix. 30 years and counting. Best atmosphere. On alley. Best Martinis. SF classic. And a hundred more.

Weekend Getaway: Farmstead in St Helena. It’s perfect.

Jeff Smith, Board Chair of ULI San Francisco District Council and CFO of Sack Properties

San Francisco: Boulevard, La Folie, Marlowe, Cockscomb, and Park Tavern. If carnivorous – House of Prime Rib.

Weekend Getaway: In Half Moon Bay, go to Navio or Pasta Moon. If you go to Napa, don’t miss Bottega, Redd, or Terra.

Bill Whitlow – Partner of Terra Search

San Francisco: Waterbar or Epic Steakhouse for water views and good food. Both restaurants by Pat Kuleto. Stinking Rose for unique San Francisco garlic classic! Jardiniere for a bite before or after the symphony or opera. Kin Khao for gourmet Thai straight from the street food of Thailand.  It’s a small restaurant inside the Parc 55 hotel. It will surprise and delight! Pabu for the latest Japanese inspired restaurant by Michael Mina. Quince for the foodies. Michael Tusk’s chef tasting menu is a must.

Weekend Getaway: Go to Napa and eat anything by Thomas Keller. If you can’t get into French Laundry, don’t fret! Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery will have goodies. Ad Hoc will also appease the Keller foodie. And, if you go to Palo Alto and Silicon Valley, Joya for Spanish tapas, a good sangria and even better people watching! Nola for Cajun specialties and a hurricane that will kick you back to New Orleans! Reposado Restaurant for Mexican with a flair.

Carl Shannon, Senior Managing Director and Bay Area Regional Director, Tishman Speyer

San Francisco: Prospect or Quince

Weekend Getaway: Casanova in Carmel. Farm Shop in Larkspur.

Stephanie Pearson – Partner of Terra Search:

San Francisco: Eliza’s (Chinese) outside Financial District, Perbacco, Nico, and Chiaroscuro.

Weekend Getaway: Zazu, Sebastopol. Le Garage, Sausalito. Poggio, Sausalito. Farm House Inn, Sonoma County

Alan Greenwald – Partner of Terra Search:

San Francisco: Greens, Quince, Chiaroscuro, State Bird Provisions (

Weekend Getaway: Santa Cruz area: Cafe Cruz. In Carmel: Casanova.

Elliot Stein, Executive Director, ULI San Francisco

San Francisco: Epic Roasthouse for very good food in a fantastic setting at the base of the Bay Bridge. For a quick, less expensive experience, have a drink and appetizers in the 2nd floor bar, also with great bay and bridge views. And don’t miss Perbacco for the top-notch Italian food. Great for a business lunch. Don’t miss the risotto.

Weekend Getaway: Mustards in the Napa Valley. This place is rock solid, serves excellent American fare including fish, steaks, great hamburgers and a memorable ahi tuna sandwich.  Boasts an unbelievably extensive wine list including about 50 pages of Napa and Sonoma wines. Mustards never disappoints.

Ron Zeff – CEO of Carmel Partners

San Francisco: Cotogna for the best Italian in San Francisco.

Weekend Getaway: Splurge and visit the legendary French Laundry in Yountville.

Connie Moore, ULI Fall Meeting Sponsorship Committee Chair

San Francisco: AQ (short for As Quoted). Amazingly fresh! It’s always new. Wayfare Tavern for amazing fried chicken and deviled eggs. Michael Mina (only if you want quiet and are willing to pay for it!). Kokkari, this is “the” real estate hangout in San Francisco. Not to mention it’s owned by one of our ICONs for the Fall Meeting! La Mar. If you like ceviche, you will love this. Amazing Peruvian food. E&O Trading Company, easy walk from the convention center. Fun for groups with plenty of plates to share. Yank Sing (the one on Stevenson Alley), an easy walk from the convention center. Go for the Dim Sum lunch. The egg custard is the BEST so don’t fill up on the main course.

Weekend Getaway: Cliff House. Take the drive out to the Ocean and have breakfast at the Cliff House (amazing pop overs!).  Great views!

Mike Jameson, Principal, Prudential Mortgage Capital and ULI Fall Meeting Host Committee Cochair

San Francisco: Venticello on Nob Hill. Wonderful Italian food with a great ambiance. Big Four for Nob Hill Old School dining. Sodini’s for casual Italian in North Beach. And, of course, Harris’ Steakhouse.

Weekend Getaway: Lunch at Auberge du Soleil in Napa. Eat on the deck (of course). Casanova in Carmel. Ahwanhee Dining Room in Yosemite Valley. And Cavallo Point Bar or Dining Room in Sausalito.

Matt Slepin – Managing Partner of Terra Search:

San Francisco: The go-to standard for real estate folks is George Marcus’ Kokkari, but impossible to get reservations. We love Sons and Daughters and Coi for innovative prix fixe, La Mar on the waterfront, Credo owned by our friend Clint Reilly, and Locanda in the Mission.

Weekend Getaway: If you can get away, we love The Fig Cafe and Aventine both in Glen Ellen in Sonoma County.

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