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.
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 know it.
This Ferry Building stalwart purveys its triple-S specialties—soups, salads and sandwiches—to a crowd of financial district salarymen (and women) and hungry tourists. The menu skews Italian with California-fresh local ingredients.
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 Market) neighborhood. While the food truck’s location changes, the menu of barbecued meats and other Korean dishes remains steady.
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 Top Chef, competitor on Iron Chef America, and guest on the Martha Stewart show, she now runs two restaurants in the city.
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 focus is on large portions of fresh, reasonably priced seafood cooked with Asian flavor and local ingredients.
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 — the traditional Vietnamese sub sandwich.
This Mission District pizzeria offers regular and communal seating in a relaxed space designed in a minimalist palette of off-white, gray, black, and dark wood.
Run by celebrated chef Charles Phan (formerly of the Slanted Door), the Academy Café is a casual, cafeteria-style eatery located in Golden Gate Park’s California Academy of Sciences.
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 and his team.
Founded by Shoichi Imanaka, whose family owned restaurants in Kyoto and Osaka, Isobune still uses those old family recipes at its Japantown location.
The first thing diners notice about Dottie’s True Blue Café in the Tenderloin district is the line down the block - an indication that locals in the know feel it’s worth the wait.
The buttermilk fried chicken is a bestseller at Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal’s Town Hall. Along with Doug Washington, the brothers operate in the Meco building, where ship engines were once built, in the SoMa District.