Who Is the Tablehopper?

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Photo by Kelly Puleio.

My name is Marcia (rhymes with Garcia) Gagliardi (the second g is silent), and I’m a freelance food writer in San Francisco (although I am currently in New York!). 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. My first book was released in spring 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, and 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, Entrepreneur, Fodors.com, San Francisco magazine, Travel Weekly, Where Magazine, 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).

Recent online outlets include Time Out New York and Time Out National, Robb Vices, 7x7.com, San Francisco Travel, and Refinery 29, plus an ongoing gossip column (“The Tablehopper”) for Marina Times.

In 2014, I appeared on KRON4 every other weekend with my “tablehopper hot list” segment (you can watch some clips 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.

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 weekly 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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