SF Food & Restaurants

“Luke and Liz Top Choices”

These are our favorites ("the best") in each category; see the neighborhood listings, below, for more details (especially the ones with *** next to the name).

San Francisco by Neighborhood

*** = especially recommended

# = places Luke & Liz intend to go at some point

Downtown (Nob Hill, Financial District, Embarcadero...)

  • Embarcadero

    • ***Peruvian/Ceviche: La Mar - Pier 1.5 on Embarcadero (north of Ferry Building), 415-397-8880, great ceviche and upscale Peruvian classics, also great Pisco cocktails, on the water

    • Dim Sum: Yank Sing - one of the fanciest (and most popular) dim sum establishments, SF Eater praises their clean flavors, especially in xiao long bao and custard tarts, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015...two locations (Rincon Center is near Embarcadero, 49 Stevenson St is near Montgomery)

    • Spanish/Tapas: Coqueta - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 (new that year), tapas & other Spanish stuff on the water, very nice

    • Prospect - 300 Spear St, popular brunch spot but also serves lunch/dinner, expensive/fancy fare near Google's SF office, rec'd by chowhounds...Luke hasn't been for brunch but dinner was good but nothing worth coming back for (especially given the prices)

    • Kokkari Estiatorio - between Embarcadero & FiDi, Cal-Greek rec'd by SF Eater, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Good Deals With A Cause: Delancy Street Restaurant - 600 Embarcadero, a ho-hum food but a neat cause: it's run by people recovering from rehab or prison; they also have pretty good prices.

    • Butterfly Restaurant - Pier 33 (1398 Embarcadero), 415-864-8999, on the waterfront, a great Vietnamese-inspired fancy place that doesn't break the bank (prix fixe options and happy hour)

  • Union Square/Powell

    • ***Thai: Kin Khao - 55 Cyril Magnin in Parc 55 hotel (near Powell BART station), opened in 2014, Thai restaurant billed by Michelin culinary guide director Michael Ellis as "the first time I've really had authentic Thai food outside of Thailand" (it won a Bib Gourmand in 2015, new that year), also good Michael Bauer review and raves from Mark Bittman; we went there in 2015 and loved it!

    • #Pizza: Del Popolo - neapolitan pizza near Union Square on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016...also a popular food truck

    • #American/California: Aliment - on Bush near Union Square, dinner only, rec'd Michelin, Eater SF

    • #Soul Food: Farmer Brown - near Powell Street, has a jazz brunch

    • #Roman Pizza: Delarosa - Roman-style (thin/crispy crust) pizza and other Italian fare, also a branch in the Marina district, communal seating, has gluten-free pizza (?)

    • ##Israeli: Sababa - 329 Kearny (also FiDi location open only for lunch at 554 Commercial) pita, hummus, Mediterranean food served with counter service. 7x7 rec's the pita-less falafel bowl for gluten-free eaters.

    • Sushi: Akiko - on Eater SF says it's the best sushi in SF in 2016

    • Japanese/Ramen: Katana-Ya - 430 Geary (@ Mason, just W of Union Square), 415-771-1280, Chasu Ramen is rec'd

    • Upscale/Haute Cuisine: Sons & Daughters - expensive place, rec'd Zagat, one Michelin star

    • American/California: Bluestem Brasserie - 1 Yerba Buena Lane near Market St, somewhat upscale, local ingredients

    • Mexican: Tropisueno - near Yerba Buena Gardens, a not-bad Mexican place

  • West of Union Square (Tenderloin/Tendernob)

    • #Liholiho Yacht Club - Hawaiian with Indian/California twists, on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

    • Breakfast/Brunch: Dotties True Blue Cafe - great breakfasts in classic setting

    • Indian: Little Delhi - 83 Eddy St, just W of Powell station, CH raves about it

  • Financial District (FiDi) / Montgomery

    • #Catalan: B44 - rec'd by several CHs

    • ?Per Diem - near Montgomery/FiDi, California-French, rec'd on Zagat, Michelin

    • ?Homage - near Montgomery/FiDi, farm-fresh/local California cuisine, not too expensive, in old Galette 88 place, rec'd on Zagat, Michelin

    • ?Moroccan: Mourad - on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016, technically SoMa

    • ?Italian: Palio d'Asti - not far from Transamerica Pyramid, Tuscan style, rec'd Zagat

    • ?Fancy/Upscale American: Wayfare Tavern - near Transamerica Pyramid/FiDi, rec'd Zagat

    • Old School San Francisco: Tadich Grill - 240 California St, 415-391-1849, closed Sun, one of the more famous places to get cioppino, as well as sand dabs, clam chowder, etc.; read Chronicle article for more info, or read this nice description on chowhound.

    • Italian: Perbacco - highly rated Italian (focusing on Piemonte) with California twist; need reservation! Just down the street from Tadich Grill. rec'd by chowhounds and SF Weekly, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Italian: Barbacco - 220 California, casual/cheaper version of Perbacco, just down the street

    • Upscale/Haute Cuisine Italian: Quince - 470 Pacific Ave, expensive/upscale/haute cuisine; inventive take on Italian, ravioli giganti della casa (big ravioli with pockets stuffed with seasonal veggies) is a favorite; was awarded a 3rd Michelin star in 2017

    • ***Italian: Cotogna - 490 Pacific (@ Montgomery), 415-775-8508, "rustic Italian", Quince's "little sister"...wonderful place between Telegraph Hill and the Financial District, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Italian: Chiaroscuro - 550 Washington St. (@ Montgomery, just N of Transamerica Pyramid), 415-362-6012, M-F 11:30-2:30, M-Th 5:30-9:30, F/Sat 5:30-10:30, Roman-style italian dishes, a bit fancy (more like French presentation); don't miss the trilogia (a mix of pasta carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe)

    • New American: Trou Normand - near Montgomery street, known for whole-animal butchery and house-made charcuterie, nice food, a bit loud in the evening (lots of matchmaking/networking at the bar!)

    • Upscale American: Michael Mina - 252 California St (@ Battery), in Financial District, one Michelin star

    • Barcha - rec'd Michelin, close to Market street between Montgomery & Embarcadero

    • Weekday Takeout: The Golden West - only open M-F 8-2, baked goods, salads and sandwiches from a renowned chef

    • Weekday Takeout: The Sentinel - 37 New Montgomery @ Stevenson, near Market, only open M-F 7:30-10:30/11:30-2:30, mostly sandwiches (same chef/owner, Dennis Leary, as The Golden West)

    • Weekday Deli: Fleur de Sel - 308 Kearny @ Bush, mostly organic ingredients, open M-F 7-7

    • Latin Fusion: La Fusion - pan-Latin American fare (e.g. they have Peruvian ceviche and Argentine empanadas)

  • Polk Street

    • #Italian: Acquarello - 1722 Sacramento (@ Van Ness), 415-567-5432, a bit expensive but highly rated, one Michelin star

    • #Nara Sushi - 1515 Polk (@ California)

    • New Orleans: Brenda's French Soul Food - 652 Polk, great Cajun food, especially popular at brunch but also great lunch/dinner...expect long lines and delicious beignets

  • Nob HIll

    • #California/French: Mason Pacific - Nob Hill, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Seven Hills - 1550 Hyde (@ Pacific - Nob Hill), 415-775-1550, ravioli uovo is raved about, we ate here and enjoyed it a great deal, they have Panorama bread (tastes almost like Tartine)

    • Fancy French: La Folie - 2316 Polk, 1 Michelin star, classic French fixed-price tasting menu, rec'd by foodies

    • Fancy French: Keiko à Nob Hill - 1 Michelin star

    • Fancy French: Masa's - 1 Michelin star

    • Upscale American: Sons & Daughters - 708 Bush St (@ Powell) in Nob Hill, 415-391-8311, one Michelin star

  • French places (a lot are near Belden Place; read this guide to various spots)

    • French/Spanish Upscale: Gitane - NE of Union Square near Belden Place

    • French: Bouche - nice, relatively casual French bistro just north of Union Square (above the Stockton tunnel), rec'd Zagat, we went here and liked it

    • ?French: Gaspar - rec'd Zagat, Michelin, same owner as Cafe Claude

    • Campton Place - 1 Michelin star

    • Boulevard - 1 Michelin star, near the Embarcadero

    • Plouf - rec'd Zagat

    • Aquitaine - southwestern French, south of Belden St, rec'd Zagat

    • Le Central - very old place specializes in cassoulet, rec'd Zagat

    • Cafe Claude - French bistro

North Beach/Chinatown

  • L'Osteria del Forno - highly rec'd by chowhounders, etc., 519 Columbus Ave, 415-982-1124, M/W/Th/Su 11:30-10, Fri/Sat 11:30-10:30, closed Tues

  • Sandwiches: Naked Lunch - chowhounds rec'd, fried chicken, foie gras, etc. sandwiches

  • Il Casaro Pizzeria - excellent Naples-style pizzas (although I slightly prefer Tony's) and other homestyle Italian dishes; I've heard mixed reviews about their pastas...also a location in Castro

  • #Reverb - (formerly Verbena) 2323 Polk, new menu is mostly fancy American favorites with some other options, rec'd by SF Eater

  • #Da Flora - Venetian food, 701 Columbus Ave, 415-981-4664, closed Mon

  • ??Albona - Istrian (combination of Italian/Croatian/Slovenian) food, rec'd Zagat

  • Italian (Mostly Neapolitan): Cafe Macaroni Sciuè Sciuè - 124 Columbus Ave (@ Jackson), 415-956-9737, 5:30-10 every day (dinner only), neapolitan experience although menu contains other Italian favorites, sometimes has squid ink pasta?

  • ***Neapolitan Pizza: Tony's Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton @ Union, North Beach) 415-835-9888 - authentic Naples pizza made by Tony Gemignani, an Italian-American who won a prize for Best Pizza in a Naples competition in 2007...limited number of margheritas made per day, closed Mon & Tues, otherwise noon-11 PM

  • Neapolitan Pizza/Food: Pulcinella Pizzeria - 641 Vallejo St, 415-829-7312, 5:30-10:30 PM Tues-Sun, also Sat/Sun lunch 12:30-3, closed Mon, Mauro, Dario, and Fabio are from naples and make real Neapolitan pizza and other Naples-style dishes...also Luigi Pucci?

  • Liguria Bakery - 1700 Stockton, known for great focaccia

  • È Tutto Qua - 270 Columbus Ave (@ Broadway), 415-989-1002, 5-11:30 PM every day except Fri & Sat open until 1 AM, specializes in Roman-style pizzas and other dishes.

  • Albona Ristorante Italiano - 545 Francisco St. (@ Mason), focuses on food from Istria, 415-441-1040, Tues-Sat 5-10, closed Mon and Sun, won chronicle's pasta-off

  • Sotto Mare Seafood Restaurant - 552 Green St (@ Jasper), 415-398-3181, 11 AM to 9:30 PM every day, just seafood, rec'd cioppino, popular on yelp

  • Ristorante Ideale - 1315 Grant Ave (@ Vallejo), 415-391-4129, M-Th 5:30-10:30, F-Sat 5:30-11, Sun 5-10, Roman cuisine including homemade pastas, rec'd by several folks

  • Steps of Rome - toursity, kitchy, perhaps not what it once was, but open late and famous for tiramisu

  • Tommasso's (old school Italian-American pizza) and Caffe Sport (old school family-style pasta, yelpers rec'd pesto) - SF Institutions but not "authentic"

  • Cantonese: R&G Lounge - while Chinatown typically has worse Chinese food than the Richmond & Sunset districts, this Cantonese institution is one of the better Chinatown restaurants. Famous for salt & pepper crab.

  • Sichuan: Z & Y - Chinatown, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 (new that year), on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

  • Upscale Cantonese: Mister Jiu's - opened in 2016 to much acclaim

  • Gelato: Gelateria Naia - 520 Columbus Ave, 415-667-9280, pretty good fruit flavors; creamy flavors are less exciting...at one point was the best in the Bay Area but now Coletta (SoMa & Mission) has stolen that crown

  • Trestle - $25 fixed price 3-course dinners (plus $10 if you want an extra pasta course)

  • Gary Danko - fancy place, 1 Michelin star

  • ?Sodini's, Panta Rei (chowhounders say it's overpriced), Vicoletto (also popular on yelp)

Hayes Valley/Civic Center (Opera/Symphony)

  • ***Upscale American: Zuni Cafe - 1658 Market (@ Franklin), 415-552-2522, a bit expensive but their roast chicken is wonderful, as are their other dishes, American with Mediterranean influences, Roast Chicken with Bread Salad is on 7x7 Magazine's Things to Try Before You Die list and Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

  • ***Macarons: Chantal Guillon - 437A Hayes St, 415-864-2400. Best we've had outside of Paris. Didn't you hear that macarons are the new cupcake?

  • ***Smitten Ice Cream - 432 Octavia (@Linden), does liquid nitrogen ice cream in their special "Kelvin" machines in front of your eyes! Their Tcho Chocolate flavor is especially creamy and tasty. smittenicecream.com, check their Twitter feed for updated flavors

  • ***Arsicault Bakery - Bon Appetit named them the best new bakery in the country in 2016, especially for their croissants; as of mid-2017 they no longer sell out by 10 AM (!). Their croissants are very light and buttery...in a pinch Luke probably prefers Tartine's frangipane croissants (which are larger, darker, and very flaky) but they're both outstanding. Also a location in Inner Richmond.

  • #Alta Ca - 1420 Market (@ 10th, 1 block from Van Ness), hotspot rec'd by SF Eater

  • French: Monsieur Benjamin - a bistro run by 3-star Michelin chef Corey Lee of Benu; 7x7 rec's the cassoulet...we went here in ~2018 and really enjoyed it; it's a little bit expensive but it's a great choice for a pre- or post-show (opera/symphony/etc.) meal

  • ##Upscale Mexican: Cala - from chef who started Contramar in Mexico City, rec'd Zagat, Michelin

  • ***Greek: Souvla - on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016 for rotisserie lamb/chicken/pork/sweet potato, as well as Greek-style frozen yogurt with baklava/olive oil/sea salt, great "fast casual" spot; also branch in Mission

  • Breton French: Petit Crenn - the chef of famed haute cuisine restaurant Atelier Crenn opened this cheaper/more casual restaurant featuring the cuisine of her native Brittany, on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016 ...we went here in 2016 and were unimpressed (pretty good food but nothing to write home about); we also got shockingly bad service (made especially painful because the chef was sitting at the next table, getting fawning attention and being served several courses before the servers even took our order)

  • #Sushi: Domo - 511 Laguna (@ Fell), won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • #Octavia - new american dishes, same chef as Frances, on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

  • French: Jardiniere - excellent, innovative twist on French cuisine, just across the street from the opera house, excellent service...but expensive: dinner for 2 can easily become ~$200. (Bargain hunters: Monday night $45 prix fixe menu)

  • French: Absinthe Brasserie & Bar - 398 Hayes (@ Gough), a bit expensive, good french onion soup and other French standbys with a California cuisine twist.

  • Lers Ros Thai - 730 Larkin (~Tendernob) and 307 Hayes (Hayes Valley), on Eater SF's 38 Essential Restaurants list, www.lersros.com ...also location in Mission District, we prefer Basil Thai (SoMa) for green curry but their red curry (which includes a duck option!) is very nice, as is their green papaya salad

  • Rich Table - 199 Gough, near Zuni Cafe, rec'd by Eater SF (esp. for sardine chips, flatbreads, and pastas), Domo - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015, we ate there and were a little under-whelmed

  • German: Suppenküche - 525 Laguna (@ Linden, near Fell/Hayes), rec'd "the boot" beer, potato pancakes, wiener schnitzel...also have a satellite beer garden near Smitten Ice Cream (see below).

  • Fish/California: Hayes St. Grill - 320 Hayes (@ Gough/Franklin, 415-863-5545) a bit expensive: goat cheese salad, creme brulee, french fries... "simple grilled fish"...we ate there and were disappointed, especially by the crème brûlée (which had clearly been sitting in a refrigerator for hours)

  • "New" American: Indigo - 687 McAllister (Franklin/Gough), a bit expensive

  • Belgian Fries/Beer: Frjtes - 581 Hayes St., 415-864-7654 (also 590 Valencia)

  • Greek/Mediterranean: Paul K - 199 Gough (@ Oak), 552-7132, lamb riblets, bottomless mimosas, duck breast

  • Vietnamese/Banh Mi: Saigon Sandwich - 560 Larkin (@ Eddy), 415-474-5698, 3 blocks N of Asian Art Museum

  • Brazilian BBQ: Espetus Churrascaria - 1686 Market (@ Gough), 415-552-8792

  • Shalimar - hole in the wall rec'd by Anurag

  • Pakwaan - hole in the wall rec'd by Anurag

  • Not sure about these:

    • Cafe Sinfonia - in Day's Inn! ("undiscovered secret...a few modest dishes well done")

    • Bodega Bistro - vietnamese/french, 607 larkin (@ Eddy/Willow)

    • Il Borgo - italian, a couple good reviews on chowhoud

    • Bistro Clovis - also french

    • Caffe delle Stelle - italian, doesn't seem popular/great?

Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow/Marina/Russian Hill

  • ***Southern Italian: A16 - 2355 Chestnut St, 415-771-2216, named after highway from Naples to Nola, so it features food of Campania/Basilicata/Puglia...also certified to make "Vera Pizza Napoletana" (not bad, although we prefer Tony's); don't miss their budino (chocolate pudding) with olive oil and sea salt, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • #Provençal (French/Italian/California): Bistro Aix - 3340 Steiner (@ Chestnut), 415-202-0100, tagliatelle with duck is apparently Patricia Unterman's favorite pasta, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • French: Chouquete's - 2500 Washington St (@ Washington), 415-359-0075, nice French place, good duck, NOT recommended by chowhounds, however.

  • Venetian/Italian: Pesce (2227 Polk @ Vallejo, Russian Hill--Venitian chicchetti)

  • Dim Sum: Hong Kong Lounge II - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 (new that year)

  • Afghan: Helmand Palace - Russian Hill, 2424 Van Ness @ Green, owned by one of Hamid Karzai's brothers!

  • Italian Deli: Lucca Delicatessen - Marina, 2120 Chestnut St (@ Steiner), 415-921-7873, "old-school" Italian deli, "Sandwich #1" is on 7x7 Magazine's Things to Try Before You Die list.

  • Atelier Crenn - 2 Michelin-star, highly rated - we went here on a special date in 2015, and agreed with friends that it's like eating "poetry on a plate"...although we were somewhat disappointed overall in the savory courses (e.g. relatively bad accommodations for gluten-free restrictions despite contacting them about it well in advance, a duck dish was cold, relatively flavorless, and without crispy duck skin) we were *blown away* by the dessert, which was probably the best we've had anywhere

  • Stones Throw - on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

  • "Healthy": Seed + Salt - a bit of a parody of a California cafe (everything is gluten free & vegetarian) but high quality

  • French Pastries: Le Marais Bakery - not bad renditions of French favorites; Luke prefers Tartine or B Patisserie for most stuff; also has branch in the Castro and in Ghiradelli Square

  • Pacific Heights/Fillmore:

    • Italian: SPQR - fancy California take on Italian food, well-deserves its 1 Michelin star

    • Upscale South Indian: Dosa - somewhat upscale South Indian food (has a tasting menu although you can also order a la carte), won Michelin Bib Gourmand

    • Seafood: Woodhouse Fish Company - branch of the popular Castro district place

    • California/Italian: Pizzeria Delfina - branch of the popular Mission place

    • Peruvian: Fresca - outpost of a popular local Peruvian chain

    • Florio

    • Spruce (1 Michelin star)

    • Breakfast/Brunch: Red Door Cafe - 1608 Bush (@ Franklin)

  • Presidio Heights:

    • - Garibaldi's

    • - Spruce

    • - Sociale - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • - Magic Flute

SoMa/Potrero Hill/Dogpatch/Bayview

  • ##Italian/California: Caputo - 100 Brannan (SoMa near water, not far from AT&T Park)

  • #Italian: Bar Agricole - 355-11th St (@ Folsom), 415-355-9400; Grubstreet rec's their spaghetti with lamb/mint/peas

  • ?Spanish: Bellota - highly rec'd by SF Eater

  • MKT Restaurant and Bar - 757 Market St (@ 3rd) in the Four Seasons, bar has late-night options until midnight

  • Una Pizza Napoletana - 210-11th St (@ Howard), 415-861-3444, W-Sat 5 PM until they run out! They take pizza very seriously, and it's pretty authentic (although Luke prefers Tony's in North Beach)

  • Pizza Nostra - also from Naples? (Giovanni Aginolfi - pizzaiolo, Potrero hill, 300 De Haro)

  • Zero Zero ("Calipolitan" California-Neapolitan) - 826 Folsom St., 415-348-8800, nice Naples-style pizza, a bit "fancy", won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • Roy's - 575 Mission St (@ 2nd), actually part of a chain started in Hawai'i but features super-fresh seafood, inspired by Asian/Hawai'ian flavors

  • Auntie April's Chicken, Waffles, and Soul Food - 4618 3rd St, great soul food, reportedly as good as the famous Roscoe's in LA

  • Juhu Beach Club - 320-11th St, pop-up restaurant with Mumbai street food, M-F 11-2:30, see 7x7 article

  • French: Chez Papa Resto - SOMA, used to be affiliated with the other Chez Papa in Potrero; a bit more upscale

  • Italian: 54 Mint - SOMA, specializes in Roman dishes, pretty good but not worth a schlep

  • Mexican: Tropisueno - fun place near the Metreon; good for large groups

  • Upscale: Benu - 22 Hawthorne (@ 3rd), 415-685-4860; one of the former French Laundry chefs runs this very upscale place, probably one of the most expensive (but also one of the best) restaurants in SF, various Asian influences; won its 3rd Michelin star in 2015

  • M. Y. China - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • 1601 Bar and Kitchen - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • #Breakfast/Southern: Farmerbrown's Little Skillet - po boys, mac and cheese, waffles, and other breakfast favorites, between Caltrain and South Park

  • #French: The Butler and The Chef Bistro

  • #French: Fringale won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • #French: Le Charm French Bistro

  • ***Basil Thai - 1175 Folsom (@ 8th), awesome thai food, especially the green curry

  • Upscale Japanese: Ame - 689 Mission St, at St. Regis hotel, one Michelin star

  • Upscale American/Tuscan/Wine: Luce - 888 Howard St, at Intercontinental hotel, one Michelin star

  • Potrero

    • ***French: Chez Maman - 1453-18th Street (@ Missouri), 415-824-7166, a smaller, more casual, slightly less expensive French place owned by the Chez Papa people...they don't take reservations and are tiny so be prepared for a wait!

    • French: Chez Papa Bistrot - 1401-18th St (@ Missouri), 415-824-8205, grown-up cousin of Chez Maman

    • Mexican: Papito - owned by the Chez Papa people.

    • ***Brunch: Plow - consistently called the best brunch in the City. Especially recommended: ricotta pancakes and eggs benedict.

  • Dogpatch

    • Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous - great ice cream place

    • La Stazione Coffee & Wine Bar (good lattes, pastries)

    • Dig Wines (wine store) - good selection of Brunello (they have Sesti and Poggio Antico!)

    • Oliver's Butchery

    • Piccino - Italian restaurant, 1001 Minnesota, 415-824-4224, T-Th 11-3/5-10, F-Sun 11-10, closed Mon

    • Neighbor Bakehouse - the Chronicle says they're SF's best croissants...you can find their stuff at Sightglass and Four Barrel coffee shops (among other places)

  • Marlowe - 500 Brannan St. (@4th), 11:30-2:30 M-F, Dinner 5:30-10 M-W, 5:30-11 Th-Sun; their Fried Chicken Sandwich is on 7x7's 100 things to eat before you die list, but don't miss their fried brussel sprouts.

  • T-Dub's on Friday's (near Hall of Justice, 15 Boardman Place, Chowhound/Yelp, yams/ribs)

  • Turtle Tower (near Hall of Justice, 501-6th St, Chowhound/Yelp, Vietnamese chicken Pho Ga)

  • Saison - 178 Townsend (between 2nd and 3rd), expensive (most expensive in the state!) but highly-rated place, 2 Michelin stars

  • Bonjour Patisserie --> 655 Townsend between 7th & 8th (former Philippe?, 7-6) French Patries: Pâtisserie Philippe - 655 Townsend (@ 7th), 415-558-8016, M-F 8-6, Sat 8-5

Mission/Lengua/Bernal Heights

Mission is organized roughly north to south, except taquerias have their own section...

  • ?Mediterranean: Tawla - 206 Valencia (@ Duboce)

  • California Pizza: Pauline's Pizza and Wine Bar - 260 Valencia, 415-552-2050, fresh pizza made with local ingredients, popular on yelp

  • Breakfast/Brunch: Mission Beach Café - 198 Guerrero (@ 14th), 415-861-0198

  • Italian: Pink Onion - nice spot for mostly-American-style pizzas (their "magic mushroom" with crimini & truffles is great) and pastas (including gluten-free pastas)

  • ##Hip Indian: Babu Ji SF - Valencia (@ 14th), branch of popular NYC spot

  • East German: Walzwerk - 381 S Van Ness (@ 15th), 5:30-10 PM, closed Mon, 415-551-7181

  • ##Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen - 401 Valencia (@ 15th), gluten-free arepas, supposedly good passionfruit

  • Greek/Mediterranean: Truly Mediterranean - 3109-16th St (@ Valencia), 415-252-7482

  • #Sushi: Maruya - 2931 16th (@ S Van Ness), omikase style, expensive (sushi moriawase *starts* at $50/person; standard omikase is $85), rec'd by SF Eater

  • Lers Ros Thai - 3189 16th (@ Valencia), also outposts in Tendernob and Hayes Valley (see above for more)

  • Mayan/Yucatan: Poc Chuc - 2886-16th St (@ Van Ness), 415-558-1583, highly rated by chowhounders for Mayan/Yucatan home cooking

  • Peruvian: Limon - 524 Valencia (@ 16th), 415-252-0918, a bit pricey, chef was at the Slanted Door, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

  • Roman Italian: Locanda - 557 Valencia (@ 16th), 415-863-6800, run by the Delfina crew, specializes in traditional Roman dishes like the quinto quarto ("fifth quarter" offal) and pastas (cacio e pepe, amatriciana, carbonara).

  • Mexican: La Oaxaqueña Bakery and Restaurant - regional cuisine (including grasshopper tacos??), 2128 Mission (@ 17th), 415-621-5446

  • Upscale Korean/American: Namu Gaji - 499 Dolores (@ 18th), 415-431-6268, rec'd by SF Eater, they call their cuisine "New Korean American", interesting fusion of flavors

  • ***Tartine Manufactory - 595 Alabama (@ 18th), features many of the same breads & pastries as the Tartine Bakery, *plus* a bunch more pastries (Luke is especially partial to the buttery/flaky gateau basque), ice cream (made from buffalo milk so it's super-creamy), and great sandwiches...plus you can reserve tables for dinner (which is mostly smaller plates of super-fresh California cuisine food). Zagat,Bon Appetit, Eater magazine has a nice "how to" guide to all the goodies they sell here

  • Japanese: Yuzuki - 598 Guerrero (@ 18th), won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 (new that year)

  • Italian: Delfina - 3621-18th (@ Guerrero) 415-552-4055...and Pizzeria next door at 3611-18th, 415-437-6800. Both are foodie havens; rec'd by Patricia Unterman, Delfina won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015. The pizza is more NYC than Italy, but still good.

  • Italian: Farina - 3560-18th (@ Guerrero), 415-565-0360, an overpriced but nice place specializing in Northern Italian (Piedmont, Liguria) food. Focaccia di recco (a light, thin foccacia with stracchino cheese) and handkerchief pasta (with a beautiful pesto sauce) are standouts. In August 2012 we experienced very inattentive service, but that may have just been our waiter. M-Th 5:30-10, F-Sun 5-10. Also has Farina Pizzeria, which has received generally bad reviews.

  • #Burmese: Yamo - 3406-18th (@ Mission), 415-553-8911

  • #Southpaw BBQ - 2170 Mission (@ 18th), 415-934-9300

  • #Upscale "Progressive" American/California: Commonwealth - 2224 Mission (@ 18th), this trendy place offers "progressive" food, with molecular gastronomy twists like liquid nitrogen

  • Mexican/Vegan: Gracias Madre - 2211 Mission (@ 18th), 415-683-1346, 11-11 every day, great Mexican food served up vegan style, and consequently more expensive/locavore/hippie/white than your standard Mexican place; run by the people behind Cafe Gratitude

  • ***Mission Chinese Food - 2234 Mission (@ 18th), 415-863-2800, self-advertised as "Americanized" Chinese food, 11-10:30, closed Wed, Ma Po Tofu is on 7x7 Magazine's Things to Try Before You Die list, also featured in NY Times.

  • Salvadoran: Balompie - 3349-18th (@ Capp), 415-648-9199, rec'd by Patricia Unterman for pupusas and more, also a branch near Bernal Heights at 3801 Mission

  • ***Tartine Café/Bakery - 600 Guerrero (@ 18th), foodies from all over the world make pilgrimages to get bread from this tiny bakery, which also features some great French-style pastries. Bread is available at 5 PM every day, but usually you have to book ≥2 days ahead to get a loaf (occasionally they'll have some left over though...).

  • Abbot's Cellar - 742 Valencia (@ 18th), tasting menu that pairs with their extensive beer selection (same owners as the popular craft beer bar The Monk's Kettle)

  • Tacolicious - 714 Valencia (@ 18th), 415-626-1344, 11:30 to mid, fancy "yuppified" tacos, also locations in Marina & Ferry Building.

  • ***Thai: Farmhouse Kitchen - 710 Florida (@ 19th), a branch of Castro Brunch hotspot Kitchen Story, reasonably-priced Thai favorites including amazing BBQ chicken (Kai Yang Som Tum), scrumptious papaya salad, and hearty tom yum soup.

  • The Vestry - 777 Valencia (@ 19th), 415-551-7306, SF eater rec's Moroccan frito misto, mussels, and flatbreads

  • Burger Joint - 807 Valencia (@ 19th), 415-824-3494, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, also a branch SOMA near Caltrain at 242 King

  • ***Lazy Bear - a splurge (dinner often costs $200 a person!) but our favorite restaurant in SF if price is no option (the only meal we thought was a better experience was a place in Italy). You sit at communal tables and get the freshest, most tasty version of "California cuisine" I've ever seen. As an example, when we sat down we got the best rolls we'd ever eaten served with house-cultured butter that was the best butter we'd ever eaten...and that's just the beginning! Two Michelin stars.

  • Senegalese: Bissap Baobab - 2323 Mission (@ 19th)

  • Senegalese: Little Baobab - 3388-19th St (@ Mission), 415-643-3558

  • ***Upscale American/California: Range - 342 Valencia (@ 19th), 415-282-8283, M-Th 6-late, F-Sun 5:30-late, great, seasonal food, Coffe-Rubbed Pork Shoulder is on 7x7 Magazine's Things to Try Before You Die list.

  • Mexican: San Jalisco (formerly Los Jarritos) - 901 S. Van Ness (@ 20th), 415-648-8383, 8 AM-10 PM every day, one of the best "sit down" Mexican restaurants, rec'd by chowhounders and Patricia Unterman

  • #Trick Dog - 3010-20th (@ Florida), SF eater rec's their beef tartare, kale salad, and headcheese tacos (and rec's for late night dining until 1:30 am)

  • ***Italian: Flour & Water - 2401 Harrison (@ 20th), California-style Italian food with lots of local, fresh ingredients; chocolate budino rec'd, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • ***Cal-Italian/Upscale California: Penny Roma - 3000 20th St (@ Alabama) in the former Central Kitchen space, delicious, fresh, seasonal, local food, including fresh-made pasta, run by the Flour & Water team, among our favorite restaurants in SF, Luke's longer review here

  • California/Local: Heirloom Cafe - 2500 Folsom (@ 21st), 415-821-2500, 5:45-10 (dinner only), closed Sun, good California-style cuisine, rec'd Michelin

  • South Indian: Udupi Palace - 1007 Valencia (@ 21st), 415-970-8000, vegetarian South Indian food, more "home style" (cheaper, not as fancy) compared to Dosa, great dosas.

  • ***Mediterranean/Wine Bar: Foreign Cinema - 2534 Mission (@ 21st), 415-648-7600, fun place which projects French films on the wall, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, a bit pricey but one of the highest-rated places in the Mission...Laszlo Bar is a nice bar in front with Soviet-era Russian decor

  • Kiji Sushi - 1009 Guerrero (@ 22nd), 415-282-0400, great sushi in a nice setting, although some come only for the udon

  • ***Upscale California: Aster - 1001 Guerrero (@ 22nd), the former site of Beast and the Hare, serves fancy California cuisine, ~$55 prix fixe is a bit pricey but one of the best meals you can get in SF.

  • Peruvian: El Perol - 2590 Mission (@ 22nd), inside the Mission Market, 415-550-8582, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

  • Spanish/Basque/Tapas: Esperpento - 3295-22nd St (@ Valencia), 415-282-8867

  • Cupcakes: Mission Minis - 3168-22nd St (@ Capp), miniature cupcakes popular on yelp

  • Turkish: Tuba - 1007 Guerrero (@ 22nd), 415-826-8822, great mix of Turkish flavors

  • Upscale Mexican: Californios - 3115-22nd St (@ S Van Ness), ~$97 tasting menu

  • Tapas/Wine Bar: Loló - 3230-22nd betw. Mission & Bartlett, Latin/Turkish influences

  • Italian/Wine Bar: Beretta - 1199 Valencia @ 23rd, 415-695-1199

  • Retro Mexican-American: Velvet Cantina - 3349-23rd (@ Bartlett), 415-648-4142, a hip take on Mexican food, known for chicken avocado enchiladas and margaritas

  • Buttermilk Southern Kitchen - 2848 23rd St (@ Bryant), southern cooking with everything homemade (even the pickles). Don't miss the creamy shrimp and grits!

  • Pan-Asian: Spice Jar - 2500 Bryant (@ 23rd), in former Local's Corner spot, nicely prepared dishes from Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai traditions, at reasonable prices. We especially liked the fries with nori (seaweed) and green curry chicken.

  • Hungarian/Sandwiches: Paprika - 3324 24th Street, new places offers sandwiches for lunch and goulash for dinner

  • Discount Gourmet: Mr. Pollo - fancy chef's tasting menu for only $20; alas, since Chef Manny left, it's gone downhill

  • ***Jewish Deli: Wise Sons - the best pastrami west of the Mississippi and delicious chopped liver

  • Pierogi: Stuffed - 2778 Mission (@ 24th), rec'd by SF Eater

  • Pizza: Rustic - 3331 24th (@ Mission), rec'd by SF Eater

  • Pal's Take Away - 3066-24th St (@ Folsom), very highly rated $10 sandwiches, made fresh from what's good in local markets, only open for lunch M-F 11-3, 415-203-4911 (used to be at 2751-24th Street but it moved in 2013)

  • ***Ritu Indian Soul Food - formerly known as Dum, this place on 24th and Folsom (right next to the original Philz Coffee) has a bunch of delicious offerings including excellent biryani. They make a great fried chicken too, but frankly we've not been disappointed with anything we've gotten here.

  • ***AL's Place - 1499 Valencia (@ 26th), veggie-friendly place that was named Bon Appétit's restaurant of the year in 2015, so get there early for a walk-in or reserve way in advance, closed Mon/Tues, dinner only

  • Middle Eastern/Mediterranean: Old Jerusalem - 2976 Mission (@ 26th), open every day, hummus, kunafa, baklava, 415-642-5958

  • ***Komaaj - North Iranian/Persian place with amazing flavors; don't miss their Pomegranate & Lamb stew (also available in vegetarian Walnut version)

  • Vietnamese: Thanh Tam II (@17th), rec'd by Yoshi, hole in wall

  • Japanese/Veggie: Cha-Ya

  • Sandwiches: Rhea's Deli

  • Aslam's Rasoi

  • Blue Fig - Yoshi wants to try, breakfast/lunch

  • Taquerias - the Mission is home to some of the best taquerias in the City, if not the state

    • El Tonayense - 3150-24th (@ Shotwell--this location now closed?), also taco trucks on Harrison at 14th, 17th, and 19th streets, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, featured on Check Please, al pastor and super burrito are popular on Yelp

    • El Farolito - 2779 Mission, near 24th St. BART (also an outpost on 24th & Alabama, and in the Excelsior district at 4817 Mission)

    • ***La Palma Mexicatessen - 2884-24th @ Florida, fresh tortillas, carnitas, tamales, potato chips, masa, chicharrones, etc. as well as other Latin products, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, 415-647-1500, M-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-5

    • Tortas Los Picudos - 2969-24th @ Alabama, tortas rec'd by Patricia Unterman and chowhounds, 415-824-4199, M-Sat 7-7:30, Sun 7-7

    • La Corneta - 2731 Mission between 23rd & 24th, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Papalote - a "gentrified" (i.e. mostly white people) but nevertheless high-quality taqueria known for its awesome burritos

    • ***La Taqueria - 25th & Mission, slightly more expensive than other taquerias but still good, very fresh; carnitas taco is on on 7x7 Magazine's Things to Try Before You Die list. After extensive research, 538 also concluded that they serve the best burritos in the US.

    • Taqueria Cancún - 2288 Mission St @ 19th (one chowhounder writes "In SF, I'd definitely do a super veggie burrito at Taqueria Cancun for an 'authentic' SF mission burrito. I think Farolito is over- rated and while La Taqueria has great carnitas, other things are lackluster.") [also near Civic Center at 1003 Market @ 6th]

    • El Toro, 11-10

    • Vallarta - 3033-24th St. (@ Harrison), 415=826-8116, popular, cheap taqueria, yelpers recommend al pastor and carne asada

    • Other Mexican Places

      • Pancho Villa - rec'd by Patricia Unterman

      • La Torta Gorda - 24th & Bryant (ingredients not usually found at SF Mexican places)

      • Metate Tacos - Bryant & 24th

      • La Primavera taco truck (or at Ferry Bulding Farmer's Market)

      • La quinta - mission 20th/21st

      • Colibri

      • Mamacita - upscale mexican in Marina, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

      • La Barca

      • El Delfin - 3066-24th St (@ Folsom), 415-643-7955, authentic mexican seafood

      • MexicoDF (http://www.mex-df.com/)

      • Taco trucks: Doña Tere (21 @ Alabama), El Tonayense (Harrison @ 14/17/19)

  • Ice Cream

    • ***Coletta Gelato - 599 Valencia (@ 17th), the best gelato we've had in the US; in August 2017 we especially liked the super-fresh strawberry; also a branch in SoMa

    • Bi-Rite Creamery - 3692 18th St (@ Dolores), 415-626-5600, Sun-Th 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, people line up around the block for their small batches of innovative flavors made from fresh ingredients; a Between Bites Frommer's article describes the store along with other Mission creameries.

    • Humphry Slocombe - 2790 Harrison (@ 24th), 12-9 every day, popular ice cream place that sells unusual "adult" flavors (often with booze)

    • Xanath - 951 Valencia (@ 21st), 415-648-8996, Sun-Th 12-10, Fri/Sat 12-11, vanilla's the star at this less-popular but high-quality ice cream shop; you can even get a free vanilla bean with a purchase!

    • Mitchell's - 688 San Jose Ave (@ Mission), 11-11 every day, 415-648-2300

    • St. Francis Fountain & Grill - 2801 24th St (@ York), 415-826-4200, M-Sat 8-10, Sun 8-9, old school diner (they bill themselves as "San Francisco's Oldest Ice Cream Parlor") which serves breakfast all day, plus diner favorites and shakes/ice cream

    • Anthony's Cookies - 1417 Valencia @ 25th, 415-655-9834, not an ice cream shop but their crispy-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside cookies go well with ice cream; don't miss their "double chocolate"!

  • La Lengua / Bernal Heights (south of the Mission)

    • ### Marlena - neighborhood place serving tasting menus, was awarded a Michelin star in 2021

    • Nicaraguan: Oye! Managua, 3385 Mission (@ 30th), 415-821-2702, daily 11-8. Nicoya favorites like platanos (plantains), gallo pinto (rice & beans) and queso frito (fried cheese). Yelpers recommend the Maria Elena platter for two, which lets you try almost everything.

    • Cambodian: Angkor Borei - 3471 Mission (@ 30th), 415-550-8417, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, rec'd by a few chowhounders, very popular on Yelp

    • #Nepalese/Himalayan: Little Nepal - 925 Cortland (@ Folsom), 415-643-3881, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Liberty Cafe - 410 Cortland, 415-695-8777, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • #Locavore - 3215 Mission (@ Valencia), 415-821-1918

    • Peruvian: Piqueos - 830 Cortland, "best restaurant on Cortland" say some chowhounds

    • Thai: Blue Star Elephant - 803 Cortland, spring rolls, pumpkin curry...some lukewarm reviews?

    • Italian: Vino Rosso - 629 Cortland, cheese plate, lasagna

    • Avendanos - famous butcher shop, also has some prepared food

    • 331 Cortland - a mix of places, such as a knife sharpener, Ichi Lucky Cat Deli (Sushi), El Porteño (empanadas)

    • #Guatemalan: San Miguel - 3263 Mission (@ 29th), 415-641-5866, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, free appetizer if you mention Yelp

    • #Upscale American/Comfort: Blue Plate - 3218 Mission (@ Valencia), 415-282-6777

    • Emmy's Spaghetti Shack - 18 Virginia Street (@ Mission), 415-206-2086, inexpensive place with old-school Italian, garlic bread, etc.

    • Ichi Sushi - 3282 Mission (@ 29th), rec'd by SF Eater

    • Indian: Spicy Bite -

    • Mexican: Pastores -

    • Indian Pizza: Zante's - 3489 Mission (@ Cortland), 415-821-3949, 11-3, 5-11 every day, free delivery

Haight Ashbury/Cole Valley/Western Addition/Japantown/NoPa

  • Zazie (Cole Valley, French) - 941 Cole Street, 415-564-5332, French-style bistro, popular brunch (in fact, no reservations allowed for weekend brunch!) but also good for lunch/dinner, very popular on Chowhound

  • #Padrecito - 901 Cole St, Mexican-inspired menu on Eater SF's "38 Essential Restaurants" list

  • ***State Bird Provisions - 1529 Fillmore (near Geary, Western Addition/Japantown), very popular, trendy place, California-fresh cuisine served dim-sum style; they take reservations online starting 60 days in advance but are frequently booked; a bunch of tables / counter space are set aside for walk-ins, though (see this Zagat article for more tips)...amazing food, if possible go in a larger group (so you can share more dishes), very accommodating for gluten-free

    • next door is The Progress, a Latin America-themed family-style restaurant by the same chef

  • Nopalito ( http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink/impulse-shopping-nopa-nopalitos-chefs-farmers-market ), more sophisticated take on Mexican classics, panhandle

  • Suppenkuche - 525 Laguna St. (@ Hayes), 415-252-9289

  • #Nopa - popular restaurant that spawned the neighborhood's name, on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016

  • Chaparral - 471 Haight St, SF eater rec's for "hearty California fare" in Kate's Kitchen space

  • Maven - 598 Haight, SF eater rec's for food as well as cocktails

Central (Castro/Noe Valley/Glen Park/Forest Hill/West Portal/Inner Sunset)

  • Italian-Californian Pizzas: Gialina Pizza - near Glen Park BART station, inventive pizzas (including nettles and figs) with a crispy, thin crust...see yelp

  • Authentic Italian: Incanto - 1550 Church St (@ Duncan), 415-641-4500, Noe Valley, excellent, authentic Italian

  • ***Sardinian Italian: La Ciccia - 291-30th St (@ Church), 415-550-8114, closed Mon, dinner only, outstanding Sardinian food focusing on seafood; squid ink and bottarga pastas are especially good. ...also check out their casual pizza bar across the street, La Nebbia.

  • Middle Eastern: Fattoush - 1361 Church (@ 26th), 415-641-0678, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

  • Asian Fusion/Brunch: Pomelo - 1793 Church (@ 30th),

  • Wine Bar/Upscale American: Noeteca - 1551 Dolores (@ Valley, between 28th & 29th)

  • Spanish/Catalan: Contigo - 1320 Castro (@ 24th), 415-285-0250, closed Mon, their Calamari is on 7x7 magazine's "100 things to eat in SF before you die", won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • Anchor Oyster Bar - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 (new in 2015)

  • Brunch/Cafe: Chloe's Cafe - 1399 Church (@ 26th) popular brunch spot

  • ***Tea: Lovejoy's Tea Room - 1351 Church (@ 25th) blast from the past tea-and-crumpets place...their scones are amazing!

  • California: Firefly - 4288-24th (@ Douglass), 415-821-7652, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

  • Upscale American: Chenery Park - Glen Park, 683 Chenery St, 415-337-8537, a bit expensive, but highly rated rec'd by Patricia Unterman

  • Turkish: Bursa Kebab - West Portal, 60 West Portal, popular on Yelp

  • Buffalo Meat: Bullshead - West Portal, burgers supposed to be good

  • Contigo - 1320 Castro (@ 24th) closed Mon, 415-285-0250

  • #Starbelly - wine bar/small plate place on Market in Castro district, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

  • ***Frances - nice, tiny restaurant, great California cuisine; reserve well in advance (they open up 2 months before...or get there early for one of the few walk-in tables or bar), 1 Michelin star

  • ***Seafood: Woodhouse Fish Company - awesome seafood at Church & Market, flaky fish & chips and very tasty crab sandwiches

  • Il Casaro Pizzeria - excellent Naples-style pizzas (although I slightly prefer Tony's) and other homestyle Italian dishes; I've heard mixed reviews about their pastas...also a location in North Beach

  • Inner Sunset

    • ***Persian: Lavash - 511 Irving (@ 6th), awesome, authentic Persian food

    • Park Chow (1238-9th Ave @ Lincoln)

    • Naan & Curry --> slipping?? (more expensive, bland...) instead: Curry Village (1386-9th at Judah)

    • New Eritrea (907 Irving @ 10th)

    • ?Marnee Thai 1243-9th Ave (@ Lincoln) - angel wings are good, 7x7 rec's the pad thai, other stuff: also 2225 Irving (@23rd)

    • Darla's Burgers (822 Irving @ 9th)

    • Ebisu/Hotei (sushi places)

    • San Tung (chinese 12th & Irving)

Richmond/Outer Sunset

  • Outer Richmond (W of Park Presidio)

    • ***Japanese/Sushi: Shimo - 2339 Clement (@ 25th), 415-752-4422, super-fresh fish, especially if you get the daily special; not too expensive, authentic neighborhood joint! --> unfortunately closed as of May 2015

    • Marla Bakery - 3619 Balboa (@ 37th), supposedly has great kouign amann, also takeout and other hot food, closed Monday, open for Breakfast/lunch most days until ~6 PM but open later for "Wood Oven Wednesday" until 8.

    • Kabuto Sushi - 5121 Geary (@ 16th), 415-752-5652, also rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Seafood: Pacific Cafe - 7000 Geary (@ 34th), 415-387-7091, nice, cozy old-school seafood place which serves free wine while you wait for your table

    • Moroccan: El Mansour - 3119 Clement St (@ 32nd), near Seacliff

    • ***Upscale Moroccan: Aziza - 5800 Geary @ 23rd, 415-751-2312, somewhat expensive (Michelin star, very fancy preparations, $95 tasting menu option) but very good food; chowhounders call it "probably the best restaurant in the Richmond" --> closed as of 2017; will likely re-open as "Amara", a Moroccan-Mexican restaurant; the same chef's Mourad downtown is a bit fancier/pricier but really nice (don't miss the basteeya!)

    • Egyptian: Al-Masri - 4031 Balboa @ 42nd, 415-876-2300, rec'd by Patricia Unterman --> closed?

    • Shabu House - 5158 Geary Blvd @ 15th, 415-933-8600, rec'd by chowhounders

    • Simple Pleasures Cafe - Balboa & 35th, nice cafe with jazz and pastries/bagels

    • Dim Sum: Shanghai Dumpling King - known for it Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings)

    • Chinese/Shanghai: Dragon House - 5344 Geary @ 17th, 415-751-6545, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Chinese/Hong Kong: Mayflower - 6255 Geary @ 27th, 415-387-8338, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Chinese: Parc Hong Kong - 5322 Geary @ 17th, 415-668-8998, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Chinese/Cantonese: Hakka - 4401 Cabrillo @ 45th, 415-876-6898, highly rec'd by chowhounds, opened in 2010

    • Chinese: Shanghai House - 3641 Balboa (@ 38th), 415-831-9288

    • French: La Terrasse - 215 Lincoln, in the Presidio, 415-922-3463.

    • Kappou Gomi - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Sichuan Home - won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • Pizzetta 211 - seasonal pizzas and a few other things, rec'd by SF Eater

  • Inner Richmond

    • ***B Patisserie - 2821 California (@ Divisadero), 415-440-1700, French pastry shop that has great stuff, especially kouign amann (Breton pastries that are like croissants stuffed with even more butter and sugar). Luke especially likes the kouign amann "ends", which is a bag full of very flaky, buttery pastry!

    • Burma SuperStar - 309 Clement (@ 4th), 415-387-2147, Burmese food highly rated by chowhounds

      • from Oct 2013 trip: tea leaf salad was delicious (try Rainbow next time?), samusa soup was nice (Luke didn't like bready samusas but flavor was nice), pumpkin pork stew was tasty, coconut rice goes with everything, rose tea is delicious and delicate, mango lassi is culturally wrong but super tasty (very intense, fresh mango flavor)

    • B Star Bar - 127 Clement (@ 2nd), 415-933-9900, Burma SuperStar's "little sister"; good reviews on chowhound and SF station.

    • #Burmese Kitchen - supposedly even better than Burma SuperStar?

    • Arsicault Bakery - Bon Appetit named them the best new bakery in the country in 2016, especially for their croissants; as of mid-2017 they no longer sell out by 10 AM (!). Their croissants are very light and buttery...in a pinch Luke probably prefers Tartine's frangipane croissants (which are larger, darker, and very flaky) but they're both outstanding. Also a location in Civic Center.

    • Burmese/Mandarin: Mandalay - 4348 California (@ 6th), 415-386-3895/6

    • French: Chapeau! - 126 Clement (@ 2nd), 415-750-9787, French place that's not too expensive, prix fixe $28 early bird meal 5-6 PM Sun-Thurs, rec'd by Patricia Unterman, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015. Used to be called Clementine.

    • BBQ/American: Q Restaurant - 225 Clement (@ 3rd), 415-752-2298, Patricia Unterman rec's the southern fried chicken, swordfish, meat loaf, and more at this popular neighborhood joint. Mac & cheese and garlic fries are popular on Yelp.

    • Sigaporean/Malaysian: Straits Cafe - 3900 Geary (@ Parker), 415-668-1783, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Russian: Katia - 600-5th Ave (@ Balboa), 415-668-9292, Patricia Unterman calls it "the best Russian restaurant in the city"

    • King of Thai Noodles - 639 Clement (@ 7th), 415-752-5198, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Chinese/Shanghai: Taiwan Restaurant - 445 Clement St (@ 6th), 415-387-1789, rec'd by Patricia Unterman

    • Bella Trattoria - 3854 Geary (@ 2nd), Italian place rec'd by some chowhounders

    • Vietnamese: Le Soleil - 133 Clement (@ 3rd), 415-668-4848, a bit expensive but rec'd by many

    • #Turkish: Troya - 349 Clement (@ 5th), nightingale's nest baklava and more rec'd by chowhounds, won Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015

    • California/Tuscan Italian: Osteria - 3277 Sacramento (@ Presidio), 415-771-5030

    • Korean: Han il Kwan (19th & Balboa, rec'd by chowhounds)

    • Korean: Brother's (4128 Geary @ 6th, rec'd by chowhounds)

    • ...for other ideas on Clement in the Inner Richmond, see this eating group or chowhound post

  • Outer Sunset

    • ***Outerlands - 4001 Judah (@ 45th), 415-661-6140, cool restaurant by the water which features Tartine-style bread (see bread, below). Yelpers say not to miss the lemon ginger apple cider. Rec'd by the New York Times.

    • ##Korean: Toyose - 3814 Noriega (@ 45th), 415-731-0232, in a repurposed garage (some people call it "The Korean Garage"), they grow their own vegetables, probably one of the most "authentic" Korean places in SF; see SF Gate review and blogpost

    • Seafood: Pisces - 3414-3416 Judah (@ 39th), 415-564-2233, Tues-Sun 4-10. Great Happy Hour deals before 5:30, as well as prix fixe specials all night long.

    • Underdog Tacos - 1634 Irving (@ 17th), popular taco place

    • Chinese/Dim Sum: South Sea Village - 1420 Irving (@ 15th), 415-665-8210

    • Crepe Temptations - 2575 Judah (@ 31st)

    • #Shaanxi/Xi'an Chinese: Terra Cotta Warrior - on Eater SF's 38 list in 2016 for spicy/sour Chinese food

    • Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant - 3132 Vicente (@ 42nd), rec'd by SF Eater

  • Dim Sum: also South Sea or Mayflower?

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