San Francisco

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.

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 endeavor in Hayes Valley.

Located near the Embarcadero beside its more casual sister restaurant Barbecco, this high-end eatery offers fresh, authentic fare inspired by the Piemonte and Liguria regions of Italy.

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 Kuleto.

Serpentine, housed inside an old warehouse in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood, is a unique fusion of past and present. The restaurant combines its industrial, warehouse foundations with decorative accents like mirrors and vases full of flowers.

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 is the fish taco; the fish is lightly fried, with a crispy outside and moist inside.

Beer lovers congregate at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery in the Upper Haight neighborhood. Brewmaster-owner Dave McLean produces artisan ales in the seven-barrel brewery beneath the pub. His creations include Kalifornia Kölsch, and a variety of European beers are also available.

Millennium is a rare, high-end vegetarian restaurant, located just west of Union Square. Designer Charles deLisle captured Millennium’s eco-friendly approach by crafting chandeliers from paper sacks and curtains from plastic bags.

If you’re in the mood for suckling pig or Japanese sea bass, chef Louis Maldonado, formerly of French Laundry, has just joined the 58-seat Café Majestic at the legendary Hotel Majestic, in Lower Pacific Heights.

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.