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.
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 and chairs enliven the small bistro, while black and white photos grace the walls.
Ryan Farr has become the latest "it" chef (and artisan butcher) to San Francisco's starstruck gourmands. And while his crunchy, porcine chicharrones are dangerously addictive, it's the wieners he pedals at the Ferry Building's Farmers Market (Fridays and Saturdays) that are truly special.
The Alembic Bar is renowned for mixologist Daniel Hyatt’s cocktail program, but executive chef Ted Fleury also delivers adventurous snacks like pickled quail eggs and jerk-spiced duck hearts.
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.
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.