San Francisco

Restaurants in San Francisco

Delightfully cheeky décor (aquamarine walls, graffiti, tropical oilcloths) and Asian-inspired street food draws crowds for their Thai brunch and festive cocktails.

In 2010 two friends sought to fill the void of a city without notable Jewish restaurants and have since redefined the classic Jewish deli for San Franciscans.

The chocolatiers behind the Mission’s Dandelion Chocolate roast and grind small batches of single-origin cocoa beans in their on-site factory, then transform it into the myriad of chocolaty treats that line the front counter.

Small plates are served dim-sum style at this popular eatery (read: book a table ahead of time). An array of small bites crafted by the James Beard Award-winning chefs like guinea hen dumpling with herbs are paraded through the dining room on carts.

History is one of the key ingredients at The Commissary. Housed in a former 19th century army mess hall in the Presidio, it offers California cuisine infused with Spanish influences that reaches back to the state’s past.

Dinner at Lazy Bear is more of a supper club than a night out at your typical restaurant. A lottery reservation system can score you a seat at a communal table in the famed Mission spot, with its lumberjack décor thing going on.

This new sleek bistro offers sophisticated dining in a modern, casual, and warm setting. Traditional French dishes abound for brunch and dinner, but with local California ingredients.

The locally-sourced menu highlights classic Jewish dishes with modern twists—and a few not-so-Kosher treats—ideal for sharing with new friends at the bar. Try the smoked pork trotter, served with frisée, pickled mushrooms, and a runny egg.

This Mission restaurant brings a dose of the country to the city, with many ingredients coming from small local farms just over the Golden Gate Bridge, for dishes like chilled golden beet soup with mussels and pistachio. The wine list is equally impressive.

Imagination is no limitation for baker William Werner, who is known for his crafty interpretations of traditional pastries. Such is the case with the peach verbena twinkie, cashew curry cookie, and signature egg-filled muffin.

The décor at this spunky new restaurant is reminiscent of an Asian night market, with sneakers dangling from string lights. Dishes such as xiaolongbao (pork soup dumplings) pair nicely with the adventurous drink menu featuring slushy boba cocktails.

This two-floor restaurant in SoMa pairs masculine décor with re-envisioned farmhouse-inspired fare you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in San Francisco. Expect cornish game hen, bacon chop with charred peaches, and dandelion greens and beef heart tartare.

Culinary worlds collide amid the festive booths inside Liholiho Yacht Club. The chef merges influences and ingredients from Hawaiian, Indian, and Chinese traditions.

The sequel to the Castro’s most beloved restaurant, Frances, is just around the corner, on the outskirts of the Mission. Here, elevated California fare is served in an elegant but nonchalant setting, like chilled squid ink noodles with lemon oil and saffron tonnarelli with tomato confit.

$35 3-course prix fixes are served in a sleek and stylish dining room, strategically positioned near Jackson Square’s burgeoning nightlife microhood.