Coqueta, which means “flirt” in Spanish, is the perfect word to describe the ambiance and imaginative food stylings of this up-and-coming SF favorite. The restaurant sits on San Francisco’s Embarcadero with a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge. Focusing on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and beyond, the menu at Coqueta features Chef Chiarello’s interpretations of traditional Spanish cuisine and highlights the bounty of fresh, local ingredients from the Bay Area—land and sea. For pork lovers, the pluma is not to be missed. Grab a plate of the padron-roasted peppers and wood-grilled octopus to compliment. And beware—the drinks are just as fun, and potent, as the dishes. The Barca Gintonic is a refreshing pairing for the loads of tapas you’ll be guzzling. For the ultimate experience, we recommend a seat at the bar with a view of the water, and ordering whatever the chef recommends—just be sure to save room for the manchego cheesecake dessert. After you’ve taken on a full food coma, walk-off the meal with a stroll down Embarcadero for a few memorable views of the bay. If you're really up for the adventure, rent a kayak at Pier 40 City Kayak to paddle under the Bay Bridge and gaze back at the city skyline.