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San Francisco Restaurant Guide

List of my all-time favorite restaurants in San Francisco, broken down by neighborhood. I’ve been more than once to all of these and absolutely recommend them all.

 
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Hayes Valley is a haven for haute couture, with trendy fashion boutiques, SoHo-style art galleries, top-notch restaurants and hip nightspots.
— SF Gate

Hayes Valley

Jardiniere / $$$

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


Absinthe / $$$

Upscale, Parisian-style brasserie & bar serving French-Mediterranean cuisine & creative cocktails.


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.


A Mano / $$

Buzzy neighborhood spot offering housemade pasta, pizza & Italian wine in spacious environs.


Suppenkunche / $$

Authentic German fare like pretzels & schnitzels plus imported beers served in a glass boot.


Souvla / $$

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


The Mission

Beretta / $$$

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


Pizzeria Delfina / $$$

Relaxed urban pizza joint with some al fresco tables & an Italian wine selection.


Rintaro / $$$

Japanese izakaya serving traditional menus in a hip, buzzy space decked in exposed woods.


Tuba / $$

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

Foreign Cinema / $$$

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


20 Spot / $$$

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


Stonemill Matcha $$

Matcha-based beverages & light Japanese bites served in a relaxed, minimalist space.


Udupi Palace / $

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

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The Mission is one of the most culturally and historically rich neighborhoods in the city with some of the best things to do in San Francisco.
— Time Out
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Once a light industrial and warehouse district, SoMa became a tech hub of San Francisco and popular location with many hip bars, nightclubs lining its streets.

SoMa

Mourad / $$$$

Moroccan fine dining with a California twist & extensive wine options in a swanky, modern setting.


Cockscomb / $$$

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


Belotta / $$$

Refined Spanish bistro with wood-fired mains, paella, tapas & regional wines in rustic-chic digs.


Zero Zero / $$

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

MArlowe / $$$

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


Trou Normand / $$$

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


Local Kitchen and Wine MErchant / $$

Chic American restaurant known for its wood-fired pizzas, with an attached wine store.


HRD / $

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


North Beach

Trestle / $$

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


La Trappe / $$

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


Don Pistos / $$

Lively exposed-brick setting for Mexican specialties & drinks plus a popular Sunday brunch.


Tommaso’s / $$

Family-run institution (since 1935) firing up thin-crust pizzas in its original wood-burning oven.

Tosca Cafe / $$$

One of the original establishments in North Beach. Italian fare & cocktails in a revamped, yet old-school setting.


Tony’s Napoletana / $$

Bustling Italian eatery with varied pizza options from coal-fired to Roman-style, plus beer on tap.


Nico

Intimate space reminiscent of a contemporary Parisian bistro, with highly seasonal menu.


Cafe Jacqueline / $$$$

Sweet & savory soufflés are the focus of the menu at this cozy, SF favorite French eatery for over 35 years.

North Beach is best known for its Italian roots and also as home to the Beat movement. Find sidewalk cafes, popular restaurants and plenty of bars
— SF Gate
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Historic brown-shingle houses, sweeping views and botanical treasures comprise Russian Hill, San Francisco’s country getaway.
— SF Travel

Russian Hill

Okoze Sushi / $$$

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


Allegro Romano / $$

Tiny trattoria with traditional Roman fare & a hideaway setting overseen by a hands-on chef-owner.


Leopold’s / $$

Austrian fare & European beer amid Alpine-lodge decor & an Oktoberfest feel.


1760 / $$$

Approachable, modern, ingredient-driven cuisine in a casual atmosphere, popular with locals diners.

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.


Berber / $$$

North African Dinner-and-a-Show Restaurant, with excellent cocktails, beautiful interior and great food.


Seven Hills / $$$

Lively Italian eatery serving farm-to-table Roman fare with an inventive twist in a candlelit space.


Fillmore

Avery / $$$

Elevated East Asian prix fixe menus by Benu & Saison vets, plus sake & wine, in chic surrounds.


Palmer’s tavern / $$

Cool bar & eatery serving classic cocktails & American fare in a retro setting with leather booths.


chouquet’s / $$

Sleek, modern bistro with sidewalk seating, supplying French staples like steak, mussels & escargot.


State bird provisions / $$$

Urban-rustic storefront setting for a changing menu of American small plates served dim-sum style.

Jane on Fillmore / $$

Upscale, light-filled cafe brewing fair-trade coffee & whipping up home made baked goods.


La mediterranee / $$

Middle Eastern-Mediterranean spot pairing meze platters & prime people-watching via sidewalk seats.


Pizzeria Delfina

Neapolitan-style pizzas plus seasonal antipasti, salads & Italian wines in modern digs.


Sweet Maple / $$

Local spot for homemade morning/lunch fare like signature brown-sugar-glazed “millionaire’s bacon.”

A buzzing neighborhood, filled with stores, restaurants and a big history as the largest jazz scene on the west coast of the United States.
— Make Stories