Who Is the Tablehopper?


At the bar at Nopa. Photo: Mariah Tiffany.

My name is Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) Gagliardi (the second “g” is silent, the only quiet thing about me), and I’m a restaurant columnist and freelance food writer based in San Francisco. I’m known by many as a “culinary concierge” because I am just too damned good at dining and going out; I have been adventuring throughout the City far and wide like a culinary swashbuckler since 1994. I launched the 15-year-old tablehopper newsletter in February of 2006, a groundbreaking column that has become any San Francisco insider’s cheat sheet on where to eat and what’s happening in our vibrant culinary scene.

My first book was released in 2010, The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion by Ten Speed Press. I also created a late-night dining app, Tablehopper’s Top Late-Night Eats in SF.

I wrote the restaurants section for the Louis Vuitton City Guide 2017: San Francisco and 2013, wrote and edited the restaurants section in the Fodor’s San Francisco 2012 and 2013 guidebooks, contributed to the BlackBook List: San Francisco 2006 guidebook, and wrote Where Magazine’s “Hot Tips-Dining” column each month of 2004; I got my start writing restaurant and nightlife reviews for Citysearch.com.

I have written features for Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, LA Times Magazine, American Way, Entrepreneur, Nob Hill Gazette, San Francisco magazine, Travel Weekly, and more. I wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian called “Tablehopping” (2013-2014), was the contributing food editor for 7x7 magazine in 2012, the Regional Managing Editor for Northern California for Gayot.com (2006-2008), and wrote monthly tips and guides for Citysearch (2012-2013).

Online outlets include Time Out New York and Time Out National, Robb Vices, San Francisco Travel, and Visit Oakland. I also wrote a weekly column for KQED’s Bay Area Bites called Table Talk from 2018-2019, and would submit a monthly trend report about West Coast dining to FoodSpark (part of William Reed, behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants).

In 2014, I appeared on KRON4 every other weekend with my “tablehopper hot list” segment (you can watch some past segments here), and I wrote and voiced a weekly segment on KGO 810AM called You Gotta Eat This (2012-2013), and was the San Francisco host of the Hungry In… series on YouTube’s Hungry channel.

In response to the pandemic, I launched a podcast, On the Fly with tablehopper, featuring interviews with San Francisco Bay Area chefs, restaurateurs, and other members of the hospitality industry—from the big names to the tiny neighborhood joints—as they struggle to adapt and survive.

Take a look at some of my past writing clips on my freelance writing page.

Since I’m always out and about, I get countless calls and emails from my friends and colleagues, asking, “Hey, what new place should I take my hairstylist to on Saturday?” (That depends; has your stylist ever made you cry?) Or, “Where should I go for a cocktail on a first date?” And then there’s the one I hear the most after I tell someone I’m a food writer, “What’s your favorite place?” (Well, that entirely depends on the occasion.)

Since those questions keep coming, you can find answers in my biweekly newsletter (the tablehopper), with my tip please service, and my book, The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco: Find the Right Spot for Every Occasion, which sadly is a bit out of date, but if you still have a copy of it, there’s a lot that is still relevant in there!

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