At Bell’s, approachable French bistro-inspired fare is served in a gorgeous, tin-crowned dining room and fountain-adorned courtyard. Together with chef Sarah Williams, Daisy and Greg Ryan (both alums of Thomas Keller’s Per Se) are winning over diners with dishes like sardines and saltines, salmon rillettes, and rotisserie chicken. But even more than the food, which deliciously infuses tradition with fresh energy, Bell’s charms with its warmth, and feels—very much—like being welcomed into someone’s home.
With three dining areas, a kids’ nook, a dreamy garden, and a menu that highlights chef Drew Terp’s chops, Pico—recently named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Restaurants list—is both down-to-earth and out-of-this-world. Sophisticated dishes like the thinly sliced and seared Japanese beef tataki are spot-on, while the humble mushroom salad is perfection and the bacon praline is meltaway porky sweetness at its Platonic ideal. Owners Will Henry and Kali Kopley also operate the onsite Lumen tasting room, and host Friday blind tastings, Sunday burger nights, and yoga-and-wine events in the adjacent spaces.
At Babi’s Beer Emporium, aficionados can sample six different brews on tap and geek out over the ciders and sours in the extensive bottle collection. Casa Dumetz’s tasting room also shares the space, where winemaker Sonja Magdevski pours rose, viognier, grenache, syrah, mourvedre, and her Feminist Party blend. Whatever you’re drinking, soak it up with tacos—braised pork belly or tempura avocado on handmade corn tortillas—from the Valle Fresh counter in Babi’s.