Shanghai 1930 (133 Steuart St., 415/896-5600, www.shanghai1930.com, Mon.–Thurs. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 5:30–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 5:30–11 p.m., $16–35) evokes the bygone elegance of Shanghai in the early 1900s. Classic American-Chinese restaurant styling meets San Francisco elegance in a dining room decorated with Asian antiques and Oriental rugs.
Even if you’re new to serious Chinese food, you’ll enjoy the choice of dim sum baskets, upscale entrées, and tasty hot appetizers. The American twist comes in the evening, when local jazz combos play live music for diners six nights a week.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition