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Restaurants in Hayes Valley

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Hayes Valley restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Hayes Valley restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Hayes Valley to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Hayes Valley restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Hayes Valley.

  • Absinthe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located within walking distance of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, this Hayes Valley brasserie is ideal for pre-show Frenc... More
  • Bar Jules

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Bar Jules, a brightly colored, neighborhood café in Hayes Valley, serves a new menu daily, written on the café’s signature blackboard. Dishes are c... More
  • Blue Bottle Coffee Co. Kiosk

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Long lines are the norm at this tiny, cash-only outpost of Blue Bottle Coffee, located down a quiet alleyway in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Name... More
  • Citizen Cake

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Local icon Elizabeth Falkner has reopened Citizen Cake in the Pacific Heights. The fire-engine red store front gives way to a sparse interior with ... More
  • Essencia

    Spago-trained Anne Gingrass serves traditional Peruvian basics for her new 12-table restaurant. More
  • Zuni Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    With its name on the flap of a maize-yellow awning and planters and small tables in front of its plate-glass windows, Zuni Café on Market Street in... More

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