Over-the-top tasting menus are en vogue. Here are our top experiences.

Chef Quentin Garcia and the Rainbird team
Courtesy of Rainbird
Chef Quentin Garcia and the Rainbird team

Experiential dining spaces and over-the-top tasting menus are en vogue. We don’t just want to share food with our friends; we want to commune with strangers amid a dining experience that ignites all of our senses. Here are some favorites.

Manresa

Manresa

Marc Fiorito

Three Michelin stars signify the culinary innovation of chef David Kinch’s Los Gatos restaurant, which is celebrating its 20th year creating whimsical plates in partnership with local purveyors.

Nisei Restaurant 

Nisei Restaurant

Brianna Danner

San Francisco chef David Yoshimura’s new twist on Japanese cuisine stars in dishes such as dorayaki with banana, crème fraîche, and white sturgeon caviar, with wine pairings. 

Rainbird

Rainbird restaurant

Aubrie Pick

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New in Merced, the restaurant’s five-course experimental menus feature veggie-focused bites like white onion macaron and thyme-basted halibut.

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