Best Pizza in SF: 8 of My Favorite Places to Grab a Slice or an Entire Pie

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 2, 2023

Discover the places where you will find the best pizza in SF. My list includes options for every budget. I've also added in a few places where you can casually grab a slice or enjoy a sit-down experience to savor an entire pie.

Many of the best options are in North Beach. However, you will also find some great pizza places in the Mission, the Castro, and Pacific Heights.

Pizza in San Francisco

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1. Golden Boy Pizza

Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach

Golden Boy Pizza is a long-standing pizza restaurant in the North Beach District. It's one of my favorite places to grab a slice, and sometimes a beer, for lunch or a quick dinner. They serve pizza by the slice or you can order an entire pie.

The slices are thick, so you can usually get away with just one slice a person.

Their specialty is the garlic clam pizza, although I usually steer toward the pepperoni or veggie pesto slices. They have a quick customer turnover, so you can always find a place to sit.

You will often find a small line, but not to worry as their ordering station is right inside the front door.

Make sure to order first before heading inside to find a seat.

Average Price: Slices are $3.50 to $4.50, full pizzas are $12.00 to $30.00 each

Address: 542 Green Street 

District: North Beach

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North Beach Walking Tour: You can also sample pizza and other fun Italian treats on this great North Beach Food Walking Tour. Learn more about it on Viator.

2. Little Star Pizza

Little Star Pizza SF

Little Star Pizza is always on the top of my list when I want to head out for pizza. Their menu features both deep dish and thin-crust options. You can either order one of their preplanned pizzas or create your own.

Their deep-dish pizza is incredible and VERY filling. Because of that very reason, I often order their Pesto Chicken or White Pie thin-crust pizzas.

Unlike most pizzerias, their pizza crusts are made out of cornmeal and have a very distinct flavor. There is also a gluten-free option and a Detroit-style option, made in a square pan with cheesy edges and a fluffy crust.

Average Price: Pizzas range from around $24 for a small to $35 for a large

Mission District Location: 400 Valencia Street

3. Pizzeria Delfina

Pizzeria Delfina is a very popular pizza place with the locals. They offer two locations: one in the Mission District and one in Pacific Heights. The key to their success is the basic, fresh ingredients they use to make their food consistently delicious.

They offer traditional pizzas such as four cheese and margherita, as well as more creative options such as broccoli raab and clam pie. In addition to their incredible pizzas, they have a small dinner menu of salads and pasta, as well as a great selection of drinks.

Average Price: Pizzas are $16 to $25 each

Mission District Location: 3621 18th Street (currently takeout and delivery only)

Pacific Heights Location: 2406 California Street

4. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Pizza Oven at Tony's

Tony's Pizza Napoletana is the creation of Tony Gemignani, an 13-time winner of the World Pizza Championship in Italy. He was the first American to win this award. Their kitchen houses seven different types of pizza ovens, so they pretty much have any type of pizza you could ever imagine.

Last time I was there, I was able to try their limited-quantity "sausage and stout" pizza, a wood-fired Napoletana pizza with a unique dough handmade with Guinness beer. It was a little pricey, but it was amazing.

If you are a pizza connoisseur or just want that chance to try a pizza that is different from anything else you've ever tried, then stop by Tony's for lunch or dinner.

Average Price: $18 to $45 a pizza, depending on the style (most serve 2-4 people)

Address: 1570 Stockton Street

District: North Beach (Little Italy)

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5. Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar

Another place for the best pizza in SF is Il Casaro Pizzeria. They first opened in San Francisco's Italian district in 2014 and were so popular they added another location in the Castro in 2019.

"Il Casaro" means cheese maker, and these people take their ingredients seriously. They make their thin-crust pizzas Napolitan style with caputo flour and San Marzano tomatoes imported from Naples. 

Equally as impressive as the piping hot pies from their wood-fired oven is their mozzarella bar with varieties ranging from fior di latte to burrata.

Average Price: $16 to $20 per pizza

North Beach Location: 348 Columbus Ave 

Castro District Location: 235 Church Street

6. Long Bridge Pizza

The thriving Dogpatch district is where you will find the next places on my list for the best pizza in SF. Long Bridge Pizza is a laid back spot where you order the pizza at the register and then take a seat. Don't forget to order a pint of craft beer on tap from one of the local breweries. 

At Long Bridge, they specialize in a thin-crust sourdough pizza that combines flavors from East Coast, Italian, and San Franciscan styles. On Mondays, they feature Detroit-style square pizzas whose special mozzarella and cheddar blends crisps nicely into the edges.

Average Price: $14 to $32 per pizza

Address: 2347 3rd Street

District: Dogpatch

7. Patxi's Pizza

Looking for pizza with a modern twist? Or having trouble choosing between Indian, Mexican, BBQ, and pizza? Turn to Patxi's famously creative deep dish pies: Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Fajita, or BBQ Combo.

If that sounds like a bit much, then you can always opt for one of their equally tasty classic thin-crust pizzas, salads, or piadinas.

Average Price: $12 to $36 each

Hayes Valley: 511 Hayes Street

8. Delarosa

Delarosa Outdoors SF

This Roman-style pizzeria is a great casual spot open all day every day for communal-style dining with dozens of stools lined up along the long bar and table.

Their thin-crust pizza goes great with their specialty cocktails and hits the spot for happy hour, lunch, or dinner. Additionally, you can order pizza with other small plates, craft beer, and Italian and California wines. 

Average Price: $16 to $24 each

SOMA/Downtown Location: 37 Yerba Buena Lane

Marina District Location: 2175 Chestnut Street

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