Elegance is the currency of this cutting-edge two Michelin star restaurant, helmed by rising star Daniel Patterson. Intelligent, meticulous, and sensitive, chef Patterson is one of the most exciting new forces on the international gastronomy scene. Coi has radicalised Californian cuisine by harvesting wild, local ingredients with interesting flavors and applying either novel and creative or classically French techniques—but in either case with extreme finesse—to illuminate these flavors further. Simultaneously conceptual and humble, the exquisite eleven-course menu offers dishes which often draw upon only three or four ingredients, usually locally sourced seasonal vegetables. With an unassuming location on a street corner in San Francisco’s North Beach district, Coi’s dining space is minimalist yet given an inviting warmth with dark woods and unified earthy, textured furnishings. An excellent wine list and a highly knowledgeable service team enhance the Coi experience. At its end, be sure to try their classic desserts given a modern twist, each made under Patterson’s philosophy of shedding new light on the familiar.