Restaurants in San Francisco

Amanda Marsalis

1300 on Fillmore pays homage to southern fare and an integral part of the city's past. Located in the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, a revitalized... Read More

Ryan Farr has become the latest "it" chef (and artisan butcher) to San Francisco's starstruck gourmands. And while his crunchy, porcine chicharrones are... Read More

Shelley Lindgren, co-owner of this southern-Italian favorite (named for the highway that runs through Naples), has built a wine list that practically... Read More

Chef Ryan Pollnow brings traditional Basque fare, like patatas bravas while going (way) beyond the predictable tapas palate. Expect inventive plates... Read More

Located within walking distance of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, this Hayes Valley brasserie is ideal for pre-show French... Read More

Run by celebrated chef Charles Phan (formerly of the Slanted Door), the Academy Café is a casual, cafeteria-style eatery located in Golden Gate... Read More

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... Read More

Though it may sound like a diner, this new Mission District hot spot makes anything but greasy spoon dishes. Vegetables and fresh local seafood are the... Read More

This one-star Michelin restaurant from chef/owners Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani is located on the ground floor of the St. Regis Hotel on corner of Third... Read More

Located on the second floor of the upscale Hotel Nikko, Anzu has the typical hotel restaurant atmosphere: white tablecloths paired with neutral-colored... Read More

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,... Read More

Only in San Francisco would you find a Moroccan restaurant that touts the sustainable pedigree of its ingredients: the lamb and beef (grass-fed, of... Read More

Bar Jules, a brightly colored, neighborhood café in Hayes Valley, serves a new menu daily, written on the café’s signature... Read More

This Mission District pizzeria offers regular and communal seating in a relaxed space designed in a minimalist palette of off-white, gray, black, and... Read More

Doug "Bix" Biederbeck founded this restaurant in 1988, and incorporated his love for jazz, art and hospitality into this 100-seat restaurant on Jackson... Read More

What could be better than waking up to the startlingly fragrant coffee made from freshly roasted single-origin beans? This airy, industrial-chic place... Read More

The baristas pull organic, single-origin, shade-grown espresso at Blue Bottle's Ferry Building café and coffee counter. The main café is... Read More

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. Named... Read More

Sister restaurant to nearby Piperade, this tiny tapas bar is located in Jackson Square just a few blocks from the Embarcadero. Behind a light-green and... Read More

A bustling open kitchen filled with copper cookware and a single communal table serves as the centerpiece of this tiny restaurant, housed inside the... Read More

Boulevard makes its home in the late 19th-century Audiffred Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. This symmetrical, red-brick structure... Read More

Chef-owner Brenda Buenviaje calls on her New Orleans roots to create refined, Creole-influenced fare at her namesake French soul food restaurant. The... Read More

Bun Mee’s fusion Vietnamese sandwiches are light enough for lunch but filling enough for dinner. Don’t miss the Belly Bun, piled high with... Read More

The Burger: Burger Joint is a retro, ‘50s-style indie chain with five locations in the Bay Area. In keeping with the righteous NoCal foodie... Read More

This Burmese/Chinese hole-in-the-wall inspires such cultish devotion that regulars—including both value-conscious college students and ethnic-food... Read More

Cafe Flore’s street-facing patio is one of the Castro’s very best places for brunch in the sunshine. Their house-made oat berries with... Read More

San Francisco’s Café Gratitude was founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart after Terces read a book about live foods (foods that have not... Read More

The Campton Place Restaurant, located in the Taj Campton Hotel off Union Square, is a fine dining establishment serving Mediterranean and California... Read More

Comfort food is taken to new heights at this retro-hip diner, run by wunderkind chef Dennis Leary in the neighborhood known as the TenderNob (where... Read More

The owners of Chez Papa Bistrot in Potrero Hill look to recreate their family dinners in Southern France with simple, classic French dishes. Red walls... Read More

The high wooden gates at Chez Spencer in SoMa give way to a garden full of herbs, flowers, and olive trees and a heated courtyard filled with fairy... Read More

The décor at this spunky new restaurant is reminiscent of an Asian night market, with sneakers dangling from string lights. Dishes such as xiaolongbao ... Read More

Chow Church in the Castro neighborhood is a casual gathering place for the budget-minded. The setting is relaxed and bright with green walls, wood... Read More

Opened in 2004, Circolo is a multi-level restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Bamboo and metallic curtains separate the main... Read More

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 an... Read More

This two-floor restaurant in SoMa by chef Chris Cosentino of Top Chef Masters fame pairs masculine décor with re-envisioned farmhouse-inspired fare... Read More

In the SoMa District a few blocks from San Francisco Bay, where Brannan Street meets 4th, is a 1906 structure with a façade of wood panels with... Read More

Coi's chef (and F&W Best New Chef 1997) Daniel Patterson combines his passions for local ingredients and avant-garde experimentation. With these... Read More

Imagination is no limitation for baker William Werner, who is known for his crafty interpretations of traditional pastries. Such is the case with the... Read More

These chocolatiers roast and grind small batches of single-origin cocoa beans in their on-site factory, transforming it into the myriad of chocolaty... Read More

At first glance, Delfina might not look like one of San Francisco’s top restaurants: the zinc tables are linen-less, the waiters are heavily... Read More

European-style deli meets Japanese cuisine in Delica rf1 at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Occupying a cavernous space fitted with a single long... Read More

The second location of this popular South Indian spot is great for a date night—especially when paired with a show at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema... Read More

The first thing diners notice about Dottie’s True Blue Café in the Tenderloin district is the line down the block - an indication that... Read More

Dynamo Donut & Coffee serves an array of handmade cake-like donuts at its highly trafficked counter, prominently located on 24th Street, one of the... Read More

The booths are the best way to enjoy Elite’s California Cajun cuisine. They’re only remaining element of the original space built in 1922,... Read More

With 29 years of experience under his belt, chef Jan Birnbaum opened Epic Roasthouse in 2008 along with co-owner and acclaimed restaurant architect Pat... Read More

In the same building as Hotel Metropolis on Mason Street, farmerbrown is where chef-owner Jay Foster creates Southern cuisine using organic and... Read More

Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge, a Michelin Star recipient, serves Mediterranean-inspired, New American cuisine in the Union Square neighborhood. Chef... Read More

First Crush opened its doors in 1989 and specializes in a seasonally changing menu of Contemporary American cuisine. Located in the Theater District, it... Read More

In 1986, Alsace-native Hubert Keller, after years of mentorship from culinary masters like Paul Bocuse, became executive chef and partner in this... Read More

Set in a restored, Mission-district Victorian house, Flour + Water focuses chef Thomas McNaughton's energy on regionally authentic Italian pasta and... Read More

Better than stale popcorn, the Foreign Cinema in the Mission serves up a full oyster bar and California/Mediterranean-influenced dishes with the movie.... Read More

Chef Melissa Perello spent her twenties collecting accolades at esteemed San Francisco restaurants like Fifth Floor and Charles Nob Hill. Within the... Read More

The Chef: Rick Bayless is often credited with introducing Americans to more refined south-of-the-border cooking at his Chicago restaurants Frontera... Read More

Dim sum fanatics often gravitate to the Richmond neighborhood, but this Cantonese spot lures them back to Chinatown. Go for cilantro-spiked shrimp... Read More

One of the country’s first and most renowned vegetarian restaurants, Greens opened in San Francisco in 1979. The waterfront restaurant, housed in... Read More

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

The SoMa district is home to Heaven's Dog, whose name symbolizes great success in China. The restaurant specializes in Chinese cooking and pre... Read More

Chef-owner Matt Straus turns out simple, yet delicious, seasonal dishes at this intimate restaurant. But for a real treat, ask for the off-menu burger... Read More

Since 1983, Hog Island Oyster Company has built a reputation for harvesting oysters from Tomales Bay in adjacent Marin County. This small eatery,... Read More

The long queue at Humphry Slocombe has a silver lining: waiting leaves more time for mulling over what to order at this Mission district hotspot. Should... Read More

This throwback ice cream shop and soda fountain offers both original Prohibition-era recipes and upgrades with old ingredients. “The World’s... Read More

This Ferry Building stalwart purveys its triple-S specialties—soups, salads and sandwiches—to a crowd of financial district salarymen (and... Read More

Founded by Mark Pastore and his wife, Nonna, after an inspiring trip to Florence, Incanto serves handcrafted Italian cuisine in San Francisco's Noe... Read More

Founded by Shoichi Imanaka, whose family owned restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka, Isobune still uses those old family recipes at its Japantown location.... Read More

The more casual portion of chef Traci des Jardins’ eponymous Hayes Valley restaurant is situated to the left as soon as guests walk through the... Read More

Chef Traci Des Jardins honed her culinary talents most notably under the direction of Joachim Splichal in Los Angeles before moving forward on her own... Read More

It doesn't get prettier than the outdoor seats at La Mar, right on the water’s edge on the Embarcadero, with a view of the boats and the bay. This... Read More

La Trappe Café, located in the North Beach neighborhood, is part Belgian restaurant and part speakeasy-inspired bar. The upper level restaurant... Read More

On the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre in Union Square, Lark Creek Steak is an American steakhouse cuisine from chef Ismael Macias... Read More

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... Read More

Le Colonial evokes the atmosphere of French colonial Vietnam through a pressed-tin ceiling, rattan furniture, shuttered windows and an inner courtyard... Read More

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

Limon serves up Peruvian cuisine to diners in the Mission district. Chef-owner Martin Castillo works in an open kitchen and is well known for his... Read More

Beer lovers congregate at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the Upper Haight neighborhood. Brewmaster-owner Dave McLean produces artisan ales in the... Read More

MarketBar serves up field-, ranch-, and ocean-fresh cuisine from its unbeatable location on the Embarcadero side of the Ferry Building, which opened in... Read More

With over 25 years of service, Masa's near Union Square exudes Old World elegance, from the toile print fabric on plush chairs to the red silk... Read More

Top Chef Masters-contender Traci des Jardins serves up Mexican street food at Mijita, located in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. A popular dish... Read More

Millennium is a rare, high-end vegetarian restaurant, located just west of Union Square. Designer Charles deLisle captured Millennium’s eco... Read More

Located in the artistic SoMa district, Mixt Greens is a casual, eco-friendly eatery housed in a high-ceilinged space with light wood accents. Part of a... Read More

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

This wildly popular dining venue at the new California Academy of Sciences, in Golden Gate Park (sister restaurant to the neighboring Academy Café... Read More

Opened by the chef-owner of Michelin-starred Aziza, this is one of downtown San Francisco’s new dining destinations. Diners are in for a treat at Mourad... Read More

Naked Fish in Marina breaks with the typical Japanese restaurant both in decor and cuisine. Techno music and a plasma TV vie for each diner's attention... Read More

Named in homage to the neighborhood's beatnik past, this North Beach lunch counter serves up a short but inventive menu that changes by the day. Soups... Read More

The Nectar Wine Lounge in Marina serves up ambrosia for the soul—with 800 bottles to choose from. Back-lit honeycomb wine racks give way to red... Read More

After working up an appetite wandering around the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, tourists may end up at the New England-inspired Nettie's Crab... Read More

Cost alone makes the Nob Hill Café an attractive option in the otherwise wallet stretching neighborhood. For less than $15 a plate, customers can... Read More

The izakaya Nombe—its name translates, roughly, to “drunkard”—serves haute Japanese pub food (grilled shishito peppers with... Read More

Located near Alamo Square inside a simple building with a tile roof, Nopa is a favorite after-work hangout of Bay Area chefs. The interior has ... Read More

An obsessive focus on provenance marks Haight-Ashbury's "green Mexican" restaurant. Tortillas aren't just house-made: The organic masa... Read More

The sequel to the Castro’s most beloved restaurant, Frances, is just around the corner, on the outskirts of the Mission. Expect elevated California fare... Read More

At Orson in the city’s SOMA neighborhood, chef Elizabeth Falkner is often recongized by more than just locals; a judge on Bravo network’s... Read More

The third location in Charles Phan's Out The Door enterprise (the original was a spin-off of his much-loved Slanted Door), OTD Bush Street offers... Read More

The large, red-framed front windows of Pacific Catch in the Marina open up to wood floors, burnt-orange walls, and bright blue mosaic accents. Here the... Read More

Pasta Pomodoro in Laurel Village is the perfect family restaurant: authentic Italian food, quick service, and reasonable prices. While the stainless... Read More

An 880-seat banquet hall installed in the same Chinatown complex as the Asian Cultural Center and Library, Peony prepares Hong Kong-style dishes as well... Read More

Located near the Embarcadero beside its more casual sister restaurant Barbecco, this high-end eatery offers fresh, authentic fare inspired by the... Read More

Also known as Kevin's Noodle House, this family-owned restaurant serves an extensive menu of authentic, affordable Vietnamese fare. At this Outer Sunset... Read More

Named after the traditional dish of sautéed tomatoes and green bell peppers from the Basque region, this restaurant is a blend of country cuisine... Read More

The view from the Mission District is echoed inside Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street with a mural by Andre Karpov, sweeping from bridge to bridge. Above... Read More

Located on Belden Place, a small alleyway lined with European-style cafés, this seafood bistro is renowned for its fresh oysters and mussels. The... Read More

Locals have been standing in line for Pork Store’s delicious diner-style breakfasts since the 1970’s. The hash browns (the second most... Read More

After divorcing Wolfgang Puck in 2009, this New American restaurant in the downtown Prescott hotel shifted its focus to the 50-seat, Art Nouveau... Read More

Housed in a 1903 military barrack, the Presidio Social Club restaurant combines original furnishings, such as stainless-steel medicine cabinets now used... Read More

Local chefs and tamale devotees line up early before Primavera's red umbrella at this Saturday-only stand in the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. The... Read More

A series of shipping containers offering Ritual Roasters’ coffee, Smitten ice cream, Avedano’s meat, and Suppenküche’s beer have... Read More

Back in 2003, it took clever maneuvering—partitions, flattering lighting, butter-yellow walls, a Murano-glass chandelier—to make this... Read More

R & G Lounge in the heart of Chinatown is known for its Cantonese-style food, but its signature dish is the salt and pepper Dungeness crab. Plucked... Read More

Located in the Mission District, Range serves contemporary American and Californian cuisine crafted by executive chef Phil West and... Read More

Since 1999, James Beard Award winner Gary Danko’s restaurant has been a San Francisco institution. Serving contemporary American cuisine, the... Read More

Located in the Mission District, the key to finding this coffeehouse is its signature red flag with a white outline of a tilted coffee cup and a white... Read More

Urban wine bar and restaurant RN74 takes its name from "Route Nationale 74," the main highway in the Burgundy wine region of France. Chef Jason Berthold... Read More

Roli Roti has a meaty heritage like few other food trucks. Butcher Otto Odermatt and his wife Maria imparted the necessary knowledge (and recipes) for... Read More

A Tenderloin neighborhood hole in the wall with dirt-cheap prices, Saigon Sandwich is a popular San Francisco spot for made-to-order bahn mi &mdash... Read More

The Salt House, located inside a 1930’s printing press warehouse, serves contemporary American cuisine to an eclectic crowd of locals, passersby,... Read More

Chefs Michael Black and Daniel Dunham contributed to the Hayes Valley revival by opening this now-acclaimed sushi restaurant in 2006. Formerly... Read More

Each day, Julia Yoon tweets the location of her Korean grill on wheels—though this roving restaurant is often somewhere in the SoMa (South of... Read More

Serpentine, housed inside an old warehouse in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood, is a unique fusion of past and present. The restaurant combines... Read More

They say the third time’s the charm, and so it is for the third branch of this top-notch local temple to neo-Vietnamese cuisine. The location is... Read More

Located on California Street at Divisadero, the Solstice Restaurant & Lounge beckons diners with its name lit up in the window and a sun emblem.... Read More

A16’s sister restaurant, SPQR, opened in September 2007 and serves—as you might guess from its name, which refers to the seat of government... Read More

Neighborhood swells wash down grilled bavette steak and sinful duck fat–fried potatoes with big-ticket Cabs with prerecession abandon at this... Read More

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... Read More

Make a beeline for the back display cases and order Stella’s signature sacripantina, a hard-to-find Genoese specialty. The rum-soaked sponge cake,... Read More

In business since 1912, this Nob Hill neighborhood joint is essentially a seafood diner. Just over a dozen can squeeze onto the stools of its old school... Read More

The Alembic Bar is renowned for mixologist Daniel Hyatt’s cocktail program, but executive chef Ted Fleury also delivers adventurous snacks like... Read More

History buffs, listen up: Housed in a former 19th century army mess hall, The Commissary offers California cuisine infused with Spanish influences that... Read More

This second act from the team behind State Bird Provisions is one of San Francisco’s hottest tables, so book ahead. Family-style dishes like black rice... Read More

Don’t worry if you draw near to The Sentinel and there’s a line, it generally moves quickly and your turn to order will be up before you... Read More

Richmond-based Tommy's Mexican has been luring diners and tequila aficionados since it opened in 1965. Co-owner Julio Bermejo does not take tequila... Read More

Die-hard dim sum fans consistently rank Ton Kiang among the top restaurants in the Bay Area. A little off the beaten path in the Richmond area (between... Read More

The buttermilk fried chicken is a bestseller at Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal’s Town Hall. Along with Doug Washington, the brothers operate in the... Read More

Enjoy blue-agave tequilas and Mexican cuisine at Tres on Townsend Street in the SoMa District. Its brick façade features a trio of agave plants... Read More

You can't beat $35 3-course prix fixes are served in a sleek and stylish dining room, strategically positioned near Jackson Square’s burgeoning... Read More

It’s not the blink-or-you’ll-miss storefront with flimsy plastic tables and chairs that impress at this Mission District take-out joint, It... Read More

This izakaya on Webster Street in the Marina/Cow Hollow district serves sushi and Japanese cuisine with a focus on organic, sustainable ingredients and... Read More

Located at the north tip of the Presidio National Park, Crissy Field offers one of the city’s best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a... Read More

Located at the south end of Rincon Park on Embarcadero, this two-story restaurant, designed as an oceanic brasserie, has 19-foot... Read More

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... Read More

During the week, Yank Sing is a popular Rincon Center lunch spot with servers making dim sum cart rounds amidst packed tables. On weekend evenings,... Read More

Located in the Western Addition, this Japanese restaurant and jazz club is an offshoot of the Oakland original, which hosted such celebrated musicians... Read More

Yoshi's combines an intimate jazz club with an immense Japanese restaurant: Pat Metheny meets bluefin toro roulade. Read More

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... Read More

In the SoMa District near the James Lick Skyway, Zuppa serves Italian cuisine by chef-owner Joseph Manzare, who has worked in Italy and with Wolfgang... Read More

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