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Restaurants and Dining Guide for Where to Eat in San Francisco

Restaurants in San Francisco California

Dining in San Francisco can be a wonderful way to get to know the City a little better. All the historic influences that have formed this city's multicultural background are excellently reflected in the chocolates that Italian immigrant, Ghirarhdelli made famous. It can be seen in the "dim sum" restaurants that can be found in Chinatown, as well as in other parts of the city, offering small wicker steam baskets of vegetables, meat dishes, dumplings and dessert.

It is impossible to find a definitive list of all the wonderful eateries and locales that can be found about the city but there are recommendations that can be made so that you can visit a variety of excellent eateries around the city. Dishes like the clam chowder bread bowl from Boudin's or a Dungress Crab from Fisherman's Wharf are also part of the gastronomic scenery of this city so rest assured that there will always be a wide range to choose from. Enjoy the intense ethnic diversity of this City by the Bay.

Remember, it is important that you call ahead and see if you need reservations. Some restaurants are cozy and the reduced space means less area for dining. If you are traveling with children, check ahead of time to see if they can accommodate. San Francisco has excellent infrastructure so you can pretty much get anywhere by bus.

Castro

Restaurants in San Francisco California

The famous Castro has a series of good restaurants that range from elegant and dressy to diners that serve comfort food. Come and enjoy your walk around the area and explore the options among old Victorian houses.

  • 2223 Restaurant (New American)
  • Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar (Sushi)
  • Anchor Oyster Bar (Seafood)
  • Barracuda Japanese Restaurant (Japanese/Sushi Bar)
  • Blue (American)
  • Catch (American/Seafood/Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Chow (American)
  • Cote Sud (French)
  • Eureka Restaurant-Lounge (New American)
  • House of Chen (Chinese)
  • Ike's Place (Sandwiches)
  • Kasa Indian Eatery (Indian)
  • L'ardoise Bistro (French)
  • La Mediterranee (Greek/Mediterranean)
  • Poesia (Italian)
  • The Sausage Factory (Italian)
  • Sumi Sushi (Asian Fusion/Sushi)
  • Tangerine (Breakfast/Brunch/Asian Fusion)
  • Thailand Restaurant (Thai)
  • Woodhouse Fish Company (Seafood/Fish & Chips)
  • Zadin (Vietnamese/Gluten-Free)

Embarcadero/ North Beach/ Telegraph Hill/ Financial District

Restaurants in San Francisco California

These four areas are located right next to each other, with the Embarcadero running right along the San Francisco waterfront, offering a brilliant view of the Bay. North Beach and Telegraph Hill sit parallel to the Embarcadero, away from the Bay, and the Financial District is south of the area. In the Embarcadero, try the Ferry Building for an array of food choices. North Beach has a variety of Italian restaurants.

  • Albona Ristorante Istriano (Italian)
  • B44 (Spanish/Basque)
  • Bix (American)
  • Butterfly (Asian Fusion)
  • Coi (New American)
  • Danilo Bakery (Italian)
  • Delica rf-1 (Japanese/Deli)
  • E' Tutto Qua (Italian)
  • Firenze By Night (Italian)
  • Fog City Diner (American)
  • Hog Island Oyster Company (Seafood)
  • The House (Asian Fusion/American)
  • Kokkari (Greek/Mediterranean)
  • La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (Latin American/Seafood)
  • Petite Deli (Sandwiches)
  • Piperade (Spanish/Basque)
  • Plouf (Seafood/French)
  • Primavera (Mexican/Food Stand)
  • Slanted Door (Vietnamese)
  • Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant (Italian)
  • Tommaso Ristorante Italiano (Italian)
  • Trattoria Contadina (Italian)

Fisherman's Wharf

Restaurants in San Francisco California

This traditional area of San Francisco is frequented for its view of the Bay and the different entertainment options which range from boating trips to Alcatraz Island to getting chocolate from Ghirardelli's Square. The cuisine of choice in this area is seafood so try typical San Franciscan fare such as the Dungeness crab or a clam chowder bread bowl. These options range from casual chain restaurant to haute cuisine with multiple-course meals.

  • Anna Madara (Vietnamese/Asian Fusion)
  • Boudin's Sourdough Bakery & Cafe (Bakery/Deli)
  • Butterfly (Asian Fusion)
  • Capurro's (Seafood)
  • Cioppino's (Italian/Seafood)
  • Crab House at Pier 39 (Seafood)
  • Darren's Cafe (Vietnamese/Brunch/Breakfast)
  • Forbe's Island (Seafood/New American)
  • Gary Danko (American)
  • Mood Thai Sushi & More (Thai/Sushi/Japanese)
  • Nick's Lighthouse (Seafood)
  • Pier Market Seafood Restaurant (Seafood)
  • Scoma's Restaurant (Seafood)
  • Tarantino's Restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf (Seafood)

Haight-Ashbury

Restaurants in San Francisco California

The famous haunt of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix during the 60s, the Haight-Ashbury is now famous for its shops, restaurants, quaint Victorian houses but most of all, for the musical legacy that was born in this area. Take a look around, shop and eat excellent food, which can run from Ethiopian to brunch-styled eateries.

  • The Alembic (Bar/American)
  • Cha Cha Cha (Latin American Fusion)
  • The Citrus Club (Asian Fusion)
  • Kan Zaman (Middle Eastern/Belly Dancers)
  • Magnolia Pub & Brewery (Pub Food/Bar/Brunch)
  • Massawa Restaurant (Ethiopian)
  • Ploy II (Thai)
  • Pork Store Cafe (Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Rosamunde Sausage and Grill (Sausage Sandwich)
  • Siam Lotus Thai Cuisine (Thai)
  • Squat & Gobble Cafe II (Breakfast/American/Crepes)

Inner Richmond

Restaurants in San Francisco California

The Presidio is one of first areas that was developed in San Francisco and now has a golf course, museums and scenic routes. The Inner Richmond is south of this area and there are a variety of good restaurants in this location that give a different view of San Francisco. Public transportation from downtown can be found to these areas so if you are willing to be adventurous, this is an excellent option.

  • Bella Trattoria (Italian)
  • La Bergerie Restaurant (French)
  • Brother's Restaurant (Korean)
  • Burma SuperStar (Burmese)
  • Katia's Russian Tea Room (Russian)
  • King of Thai Noodle House (Thai)
  • Le Soleil Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine (Vietnamese)
  • Mandalay (Burmese)
  • Okina Sushi (Japanese)
  • Singapore Malaysian Restaurant (Malaysian)
  • Tawan's Thai Food (Thai)
  • Thai Time Restaurant (Thai)
  • Troya (Turkish)
  • Wooden Charcoal Barbecue House (Korean)

Inner Sunset

The Inner Sunset is near Golden Gate Park and offers a variety of restaurants that are simple, casual and normally small. You can enjoy a variety of different food choices, with the majority being Asian food. Public transportation can be found to these areas so if you like trying restaurants off the beaten path, these are excellent choices.

  • Art's Cafe (Breakfast/Brunch/Diner)
  • Darla's Restaurant (Burgers/Breakfast/Brunch/American)
  • Dragonfly Restaurant (Vietnamese)
  • Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian)
  • Kiki Japanese Restaurant (Japanese)
  • Koo (Japanese)
  • Lavash (Middle Eastern/Persian/Iranian)
  • Marnee Thai (Thai)
  • New Eritrea Restaurant Bar
  • New Ganges Restaurant (Indian)
  • Park Chow (American/Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Pomelo on Judah (Asian Fusion)
  • San Tung Chinese Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Tasty Curry (Indian, Pakistani)
  • Villa Romana Pizzeria and Restaurant (Italian/Pizza)

Japatown/ Pacific Heights

Restaurants in San Francisco California

While you're in Japantown, seeing the sights and exploring the variety of shops in the main mall, there are excellent food options in and around the area. Most are Japanese but you can also find different options that normally range through the Asian. You can find a variety of restaurants ranging from pricey to casual. Wander over to Pacific Heights, which is only a few blocks from Japantown and take advantage of the selection of restaurants there as well.

  • Bushi-Tei (Asian Fusion/French/American)
  • Doobu (Korean)
  • Dosa on Fillmore (Indian)
  • Fresca (Tapa Bar)
  • Izumiya (Japanese)
  • Jitlada Thai Cuisine (Thai)
  • Kappa Japanese Restaurant (Japanese)
  • Kiss Seafood (Japanese)
  • Korea House (Korean)
  • New Korea House (Korean)
  • Quince (Italian)
  • Seoul Garden (Korean)
  • Tataki (Sushi)
  • Toraya Japanese Restaurant (Japanese)
  • Wayo Sushi (Sushi)

Nob Hill/ Tenderloin/ Civic Center

Tucked between Chinatown and Market Street, this area is in the downtown area of San Francisco and offers a variety of food options, everything from fine dining to the casual. Take a break from sightseeing and see another side of San Francisco.

  • 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar (New American/Wine Bar)
  • Acquerello (Italian)
  • Amarena (Italian)
  • The Big 4 Restaurant (New American)
  • Boroburdur (Indonesian)
  • Cafe Claude (French)
  • Canteen (New American)
  • The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton (New American)
  • Farmerbrown (American)
  • Golden Era Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegetarian/Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai)
  • Harris' Restaurant (Steakhouse)
  • Hunan Homes Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Indonesia Restaurant (Indonesian)
  • Lahore Karahi (Indian/Pakistani)
  • Little Delhi (Indian)
  • Millennium (Vegeterian/Vegan)
  • Pagolac (Vietnamese)
  • Pearl's Deluxe Burgers (Burgers)
  • R & G Lounge (Chinese)
  • Ristorante Milano (Italian)
  • Saha (Middle Eastern/Vegetarian/Vegan)
  • Sai Jai Thai Restaurant (Thai)
  • Sukhi's Authentic Indian Cuisine (Indian)
  • Sultan (Indian)
  • Uncle Vito's Pizza (Pizza)
  • Venticello Ristorante (Italian)

Outer Richmond

The Outer Richmond is located between the coast and the Presidio. There are a variety of restaurants up and down the area. One of the main attractions in the area is the Cliff House, in the northwestern corner of San Francisco, which has a phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean. The following restaurants are found all throughout the area and are not necessarily on the coast.

  • Aziza (Mediterranean)
  • Chapeau! (French)
  • El Mansour (Moroccan)
  • Gaspare's Pizza House and Italian Restaurant (Pizza/Italian)
  • House of Bagels (Bagels to Go)
  • India Clay Oven (Indian)
  • KL Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Lucky Fortune Seafood Restaurant (Chinese/Dim Sum)
  • Mescolanza (Italian)
  • Old Shanghai Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Oyaji Restaurant (Japanese/Sushi)
  • Pho Garden (Vietnamese)
  • Shimo (Japanese)
  • Sutro's at the Cliff House (American)
  • Tiziano (Italian)
  • Um Ma Son (Korean)

South of Market (SOMA)

Restaurants in San Francisco California

If you're looking for something in the downtown area and upscale, you've got a whole array of restaurants to choose from in SOMA. All have their signature dishes as well as a bit of a wait so reserve ahead of time and enjoy fine San Francisco dining.

  • Ame (Japanese Fusion)
  • Bacar (American)
  • Basil Thai Restaurant & Bar (Thai)
  • Le Charm French Bistro (French)
  • Chez Papa Resto (French)
  • Espetus Churrascaria (Brazilian)
  • Fifth Floor Restaurant (French)
  • Fringale (French)
  • Oola Restaurant & Bar (American)
  • Pazzia Restaurant & Pizzeria (Italian)
  • Restaurant Clementine (French)
  • Roy's (Hawaiian Fusion)
  • Seasons Restaurant (Steakhouse)
  • Town Hall (American)
  • Zare at Fly Trap (Haute Cuisine)

Union Square

Restaurants in San Francisco California

The Union Square area offers excellent fine dining options. If you are looking for haute cuisine, this selection fits the bill. Come and shop at Macys, Neiman Marcus or Saks, located around or near Union Square, and then have a bite to eat at any of these restaurants.

  • Amber India (Indian)
  • Cafe Claude (French)
  • Campton Place Restaurant (New American)
  • Chez Papa Resto (French)
  • Colibri Mexican Bistro (Mexican)
  • Farallon (Seafood)
  • Fifth Floor Lounge (French/Lounge)
  • Gitane (French/Spanish/Basque)
  • Jeanne D'arc (French)
  • Kuleto's Italian Restaurant (Italian)
  • Masa's (French)
  • Postrio (New American)
  • Sultan (Indian)

Western Addition/NOPA

This area is tucked right between Golden Gate Park and Van Ness Avenue. Haight Ashbury is nearby and it is a very centrally located part of San Francisco. Here you can find restaurants that are casual and offer interesting dining experiences. Check out the variety of food you can find here and enjoy.

  • 1300 on Fillmore (Soul Food/French)
  • Bamboo Village (Indonesian)
  • Green Chile Kitchen (Tex Mex)
  • Herbivore (Vegetarian)
  • Hukilau (Hawaiian)
  • Indigo (American)
  • Little Star Pizza (Italian)
  • NOPA (American)
  • Opaque - Dining in the Dark
  • The Pig & Whistle (Bar Food)
  • Poleng Lounge (Asian Fusion)
  • Saffron Grill (Indian)
  • Sheba Lounge (Ethiopian)
  • Tony's Cable Car (Burgers)
  • Ziryab (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern)

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