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.
European-style deli meets Japanese cuisine in Delica rf1 at the San Francisco Ferry Building.
Chef Melissa Perello spent her twenties collecting accolades at esteemed San Francisco restaurants like Fifth Floor and Charles Nob Hill.
Chefs Michael Black and Daniel Dunham contributed to the Hayes Valley revival by opening this now-acclaimed sushi restaurant in 2006.
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.
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 popular hiking destination despite the cold wind off the nearby bay.
Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge, a Michelin Star recipient, serves Mediterranean-inspired, New American cuisine in the Union Square neighborhood.
A bustling open kitchen filled with copper cookware and a single communal table serves as the centerpiece of this tiny restaurant, housed inside the Ferry Building Marketplace. Outside, a few additional tables are set up along the waterfront, providing panoramic views of the Bay Bridge.
Also known as Kevin's Noodle House, this family-owned restaurant serves an extensive menu of authentic, affordable Vietnamese fare. At this Outer Sunset branch—one of five regional locations—the no-frills space is simply decorated with small tables, tiled floors, and sparse white walls.
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 Shack.
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.
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).