Warm, bustling Liaison has a thick French accent the oxblood leather banquettes and country cookery knickknacks on the walls seem like they were ripped from the heart of a Parisian bistro. Chef Todd Kniess shows off his fondness for age-old favorites like beef bourguignon and cream-braised sole stuffed with crab, but gives other Frog-friendly dishes, such as quail stuffed with black-truffle risotto, a fresher Californian spin.
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash
Extra Info: Full bar available. Uses 75 percent organic vegetables, sustainably caught or raised fish; Thimmakka-certified green restaurant.