730 Larkin St., Tenderloin
So, at three doors strong, Lers Ros is technically a chain, but don't let that stop you from giving their simple, authentic Thai food a shot. Menu items vary slightly from location to location and everything is consistently perfectly prepared and delicious. There's also a location in the Mission and Hayes Valley.
Liholiho Yacht Club
871 Sutter St., Tenderloin
The Tenderloin is kind of having a moment right now with trendy spots popping up on the regular. With its huge open kitchen, slick bar, and generally awesome vibe, Liholiho fits the bill, but it also has the seriously good food to back it up. Think fancy-ish Hawaiian food—marinated squid, Spam fried rice, fried oysters—and killer drinks. For dessert, we've heard good things about the Baked Hawaii—like a Baked Alaska but…you know, Hawaiian. Big parties should spring for the family-style Ohana Table option.