The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
Ella Lawrence is a freelance writer based out of San Francisco, California. She has written for Sunset magazine, San Francisco magazine, Time Out, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other national and international publications. Ella’s ten-year stint as a champagne-fueled, designer-jeans-wearing waitress in some of the nation’s finest restaurants has given her an expert food and wine background, which she writes about with such gusto that she received an AAN Award in 2006.
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