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.
Located on Belden Place, a small alleyway lined with European-style cafés, this seafood bistro is renowned for its fresh oysters and mussels.
The SoMa district is home to Heaven's Dog, whose name symbolizes great success in China. The restaurant specializes in Chinese cooking and pre-Prohibition cocktails, while the upscale cocktail lounge centers around a 30-foot cypress tree-trunk bar and serves a small plates menu.
Housed in a 1903 military barrack, the Presidio Social Club restaurant combines original furnishings, such as stainless-steel medicine cabinets now used as liquor storage, with contemporary design elements.
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.
Le Colonial evokes the atmosphere of French colonial Vietnam through a pressed-tin ceiling, rattan furniture, shuttered windows and an inner courtyard filled with tropical foliage.
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.
Fifth Floor Restaurant and Lounge, a Michelin Star recipient, serves Mediterranean-inspired, New American cuisine in the Union Square neighborhood.