Restaurants in San Francisco
Restaurants in San Francisco are second-to-none; the city is renowned for its dining scene, and for good reason – it has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in North America. While the city’s fine dining scene is booming – there are countless San Francisco restaurants that will easily set you back more than $100 a person – it’s also very possible to find delicious meals at affordable price points.
San Francisco is particularly well regarded for its Asian cuisine, and locals share an intense obsession with fresh sushi and dim sum, which can be found throughout the city’s bustling Chinatown. North Beach, San Francisco’s Italian district, also enjoys a lively reputation, and pasta lovers would be amiss to skip a visit to Ristorante Ideale. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in San Francisco for Italian food, this trattoria serves handmade gnocchi and ravioli along with a list of well-priced Italian wines.
A general rule of thumb: San Francisco restaurants are typically corkage friendly, so it’s possible to visit nearby Napa wine country, and bring back a bottle or two to enjoy while dining out in the city.
MarketBar serves up field-, ranch-, and ocean-fresh cuisine from its unbeatable location on the Embarcadero side of the Ferry Building, which opened in 1898 and went on to defy two earthquakes (1906 and 1989).
Named after the traditional dish of sautéed tomatoes and green bell peppers from the Basque region, this restaurant is a blend of country cuisine from both Spain and France.
Located in the Mission District, Range serves contemporary American and Californian cuisine crafted by executive chef Phil West and his wife Cameron. Inside, the restaurant has hardwood flooring, brick-colored leather banquettes, and mirrors hanging on the cream walls.
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, marble, fish bar, so there's often a line out the door at lunch.
Doug "Bix" Biederbeck founded this restaurant in 1988, and incorporated his love for jazz, art and hospitality into this 100-seat restaurant on Jackson Square. Enter a two-story columned room, often described as a fashionable supper club or elegant speakeasy, and listen to live jazz every night.
Located at the south end of Rincon Park on Embarcadero, this two-story restaurant, designed as an oceanic brasserie, has 19-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling aquariums filled with Pacific life and panoramas of the San Francisco bay and city skyline.
1300 on Fillmore pays homage to southern fare and an integral part of the city's past.
Better than stale popcorn, the Foreign Cinema in the Mission serves up a full oyster bar and California/Mediterranean-influenced dishes with the movie. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or move to the outdoor patio with a movie screened on the high brick wall.
The izakaya Nombe—its name translates, roughly, to “drunkard”—serves haute Japanese pub food (grilled shishito peppers with bottarga; grilled skewers of chicken thigh with ume and shiso) accompanied by a great sake list.
Back in 2003, it took clever maneuvering—partitions, flattering lighting, butter-yellow walls, a Murano-glass chandelier—to make this diminutive former Victorian apothecary look so inviting.
Dynamo Donut & Coffee serves an array of handmade cake-like donuts at its highly trafficked counter, prominently located on 24th Street, one of the main drags of the Mission District.
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 front door. The room features brick walls, a full bar, wood floors, and cushioned, low-slung seating.