Piperade is a Basque-influenced restaurant sitting at the bottom of Telegraph Hill. A low, hardwood roof creates the eatery’s cabin-like ambience, and the wooden sheepherder’s table at the dining room’s center adds an authentic touch. The menu is highlighted by its lamb dishes and braised veal sweetbreads with Madeira, a Monday specialty. Dinners run in the $30 to $50 range, and the $26 prix-fixe lunch special comes with soup or salad, plus the dessert of the day. Do make reservations and expect a sophisticated (read: not young) crowd, one that definitely digs the traditional menu and décor.

1015 Battery St.

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