San Francisco Restaurant Guide

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Top SF spots to indulge your inner foodie.

Here is a list of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, broken down by neighborhood.

My all-time favorites from the list are Trestle, O-Toro Sushi, Beretta, Udupi Palace, Pacific Catch, Okoze Sushi, Foreign Cinema, Marlowe and Jardiniere, my go-to place for pre opera and ballet dinner.

Hayes Valley

Jardiniere $$$ – Chef Traci Des Jardins’ restaurant serves Californian-French cuisine in a romantic, art deco space.

Souvla $ – Hip haunt featuring roasted meat sandwiches & salads, plus Greek yogurt, beer & wine.

A Mano $$ – Buzzy neighborhood spot offering housemade pasta, pizza & Italian wine in spacious environs.

Lers Ros Thai $$ – Refined Thai specialties (including some exotic meats) in a modern setting with stone accents.

O-Toro Sushi $$ – Inventive fusion menu of Japanese tapas, sushi & specialty dishes with a California twist.

Zuni Cafe $$$ – Bustling, bi-level bistro serving famous roast chicken & other seasonal wood-fired eats.


The Mission

20 Spot $$$ – Cozy spot in an old record store serves local brews, an extensive wine menu & modern American fare.

Beretta $$$ – Handcrafted pizzas, small bites & unique cocktails keep this trendy spot hopping.

Foreign Cinema $$$ – Californian-Mediterranean fare (& a popular brunch) in an outdoor space screening films.

Al’s Place $$$ – Relaxed, modern New American restaurant for an inventive take on seafood & vegetable dishes.

Flour + Water $$$ – Handcrafted Italian grub, including pasta & wood-fired pizza, served in a casual, rustic space.

Tuba $$ – Family-owned nook with a colorful, old-world atmosphere & traditional Turkish & Mediterranean bites.

Udupi Palace $ – Specializing in dosas & uttapams, this Indian eatery serves vegetarian fare in a basic setting.


SoMa

1601 $$$ – Sri Lankan flavors & French culinary techniques define the menu at this upscale, minimalist spot.

Marlowe $$$ – Stylish & lively option serving Californian comfort food in a hip & sprawling space.

Cockscomb $$$ – Upscale California fare served in a buzzy, 2-floor space with an open kitchen & farm-animal decor.

Trou Normand $$$ – Go-to eatery & lounge with marble bar serving New American bites, cocktails & namesake brandys.

Zero Zero $$ – Wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas & other Italian standards at a swanky eatery with a lively bar scene.

HRD $ – Bright, casual daytime eatery offering fast fusion fare with global influences from Korea to Mexico.

International Smokehouse $$$ – Michael Mina & Ayesha Curry are behind this globally minded outpost for grilled meats & cocktails.


The Marina

A16 $$$ – Bustling Italian eatery dispensing Neapolitan pizza, housemade pasta & more from an open kitchen.

Tacolicious $$ – Tacos, small plates & tequila drinks are on offer at this popular local chain’s Marina outpost.

Delarosa $$ – Bustling, modern eatery offering Roman pizzas, antipasti, creative cocktails & communal tables.

Pacific Catch $$ – Relaxed Marina chain outpost dishing out seafood inspired by flavors from the Pacific Rim.

Naked Fish $$ – Sleek Japanese restaurant with a long sushi menu, including some modern twists on classic rolls.

Causwells $$ – European-inspired bistro serves up American cuisine amid a quartzite bar & stained concrete floors.


Russian Hill

Stones Throw $$$ – Cheery, contemporary restaurant & bar with seasonal New American cuisine, craft beers & rare wines.

Union Larder $$ – Stylish setting for wine, cheese & charcuterie also offers beer & wine by the bottle.

Elephant Sushi $$ – Traditional & modern maki, sashimi & cooked Japanese small plates in a space with a spare aesthetic.

Okoze Sushi $$$ – Many kinds of sushi plus Japanese dishes like dumplings are served in a simple, wood-accented room.

Leopold’s $$ – Austrian fare & European beer amid Alpine-lodge decor & an Oktoberfest feel.


North Beach

15 Romolo $$ – Back-alley oasis teaming drinks, bar bites & a cocktail brunch with a jukebox & a sultry vibe.

Don Pisto’s $$ – Lively exposed-brick setting for Mexican specialties & drinks plus a popular Sunday brunch.

Trestle $$ – New American restaurant offering 3-course fixed-price meals in a quaint space with modern flair.

Tony’s Napoletana $$ – Bustling Italian eatery with varied pizza options from coal-fired to Roman-style, plus beer on tap.

La Trappe $$ – A short gastropub menu & a long beer list, including many Belgian varieties, served in a cozy space.

Tosca Cafe $$$ – Lively bar & eatery featuring Italian fare, cocktails & wine in a revamped, yet old-school setting.