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Best San Francisco Restaurants

A Guide to Find the Best Food in the City

What are the best San Francisco restaurants? This can be a tough question to answer since there are more than 3,500 restaurants in SF.

This section is designed as a guide to help you narrow down your options. Here you can choose a list of the top ones by neighborhood or budget.

You will also find some of the top steakhouses, the best sushi restaurants and a list of other top options by cuisine.

breakfast at buena vista

I've also included a list of my favorites throughout the city. In addition, you will find my San Francisco restaurant reviews for some of the most popular places in the city such as the nationally famous Buena Vista Cafe (the picture above is from my last visit there for brunch), House of Nanking and the Stinking Rose Restaurant in North Beach.

Recommendations by Neighborhood

Each neighborhood has a number of great restaurants. Here are a few of my favorites in the following neighborhoods:

Union Square | North Beach | Mission District

Alamo Square & NOPA | Fisherman's Wharf | Nob Hill

Best Options by Types of Cuisine

Are you looking for a specific type of restaurant? The recommendations below are for popular types of San Francisco restaurants:

Brunch | Burgers | Chinese | Clam Chowder | Dim Sum | French

Ice Cream | Irish Food | Italian | Mediterranean | Mexican | Pizza

Seafood | Steakhouses | Sushi | Thai | Vegetarian | Vegan | Waffles

Gourmet Food Trucks

sourdough clam chowder
One of the best ways to warm up on a chilly SF day is with a bowl of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin Bakery.

Other SF Restaurants

Here are a few other categories that might be helpful as you look for one of the best restaurants in San Francisco.

Fine Dining | My Overall Top Picks

Beach Chalet | Boudin Bakery | Boulette's Larder

Buena Vista Cafe | Presidio Social Club | Stinking Rose

Off the Grid: Gourmet Food Truck Dining

Food trucks are becoming more and more popular in SF and around the US. They are no longer the hot dog stands that used to be everywhere. Many of these trucks now offer gourmet delicacies from Indian Cuisine to some of the best burgers in town.

How do you find them? It's easy with Off the Grid.

Every day, Off the Grid works with local food trucks and the city to set up multi-food truck lunches and dinners. In one location, they often have anywhere from five to ten different trucks to choose from.

Most events also include live music and a few places to sit. In some locations, you can also grab a beer to enjoy with your dinner.

It's a fun way to sample some of the best food in SF and meet some locals.

Here are their current locations in SF:

  • Monday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Financial District at Vallejo and Front Streets

  • Tuesday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: UN Plaza off Market near the Asian Art Museum

  • Wednesday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Fifth and Minna in SOMA
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Vallejo and Front in the Financial District
    • Dinner from 5pm to 8pm: North Beach at Joe DiMaggio Playground

  • Thursday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: UN Plaza off Market Street near City Hall and the Asian Art Museum
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Pier 29
    • Dinner from 5pm to 8pm: Upper Haight off Stanyan and Haight Street on the eastern end of Golden Gate Park

  • Friday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Fifth and Minna in SOMA
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Civic Center Plaza
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Vallejo and Front Streets
    • Dinner from 5pm to 10pm: Fort Mason Center near Fisherman's Wharf

  • Saturday
    • Lunch from 11am to 2pm: Pier 29

Other Pages to Explore

Food Festivals: If you love food, then you must check out one of the annual food festivals. At each one, you will find delicious gourmet goodies from top San Francisco and Bay Area Chefs. In addition to food, most offer live entertainment, beverages, and the chance to mingle with other foodies.

Music Festivals: Another fun way to enjoy your time in San Francisco is at one of our yearly music festivals. You will find one-day, two-day, and three-day festivals with live music all day long. In addition, they offer yummy food from local chefs, a variety of beverages, and a day of fun with other music lovers.

Beer Festivals: You can also enjoy both beer and food at these annual beer festivals. You can sample craft beers from around the world or enjoy some of the top local favorites. It's a great way to find a few favorite brew.

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