Mediterranean Restaurants in San Francisco: 10 Top Options in SF

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: March 4, 2024

You will love the selection of Mediterranean Restaurants in San Francisco. You will find everything from fine dining to casual spots in cozy, local districts.

It's one of my favorite cuisines, so I stop by these places frequently, especially Palmyra.

Read on to uncover a list of my 10 favorite places for Mediterranean food.

Two dishes from Mediterranean restaurants in SF

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1. Kokkari Estiatorio

Kokkari Mediterranean District

One of my favorite Mediterranean restaurants in San Francisco is Kokkari. It's a fine dining option that has the tastiest lamb chops. I'm also a huge fan of their Spanakotiropita (filo pie with spinach, feta, leeks, and dill).

I think you will also enjoy their other popular dishes including the Pacific Halibut, the Lamb Burgers, and Moussaka.

They also offer a lunch special every weekday.

Kokkari is often rated as one of the top restaurants in both San Francisco and in the US. It's a top fine dining option in SF and one I know you will love if you are a fan of Mediterranean food.

Average Price: For lunch, it’s around $30 to $55 a person. For dinner, it will be around $35 to $70 per person

Address: 200 Jackson Street

District: Financial District

2. La Mediterranee

Dish from La Mediteranee in San Francisco

At "La Med" in San Francisco, you'll be greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that feels like a home. In fact, it is family-owned and operated, and the recipes are inspired by their Lebanese and Armenian roots.

You can't beat the light and airy crispiness of their fillos, either the chicken or the spinach and feta. Their lamb kebabs over rice are also excellent.

Average Price: $16 to $25 a plate

Two locations: 2210 Fillmore Street and 288 Noe Street

DistrictPacific Heights and the Castro

3. Old Jerusalem Restaurant

Mural outside the Old Jerusalem restaurant in the Mission District

Medium priced, traditional, tasty Mediterranean cuisine is what you will find at the Old Jerusalem Restaurant. When you walk in the door, this place looks like a little hole in the wall. However, you will be blown away by the food. Their falafel sandwiches remind me of the ones I ate while visiting Jerusalem and their hummus is beyond delicious.

Make sure you leave room for dessert too as their kunefe is out of this world!

Average Price: Main dishes are $10 to $47

Address: 2966 Mission Street

District: Mission District

4. Palmyra

Honestly, I’m a little hesitant to add this option to my list as I don’t want to give away my secret, favorite Mediterranean spot in San Francisco. However, you MUST try Palmyra. This small, unpretentious place has the best falafel, hummus, and tahini in the city. For the price, it’s also such a great deal you can try several of their dishes.

Their menu is the same for lunch and dinner. You walk up to the counter, order your meal, and then grab a seat. The owner is usually there handing out water and serving your meals. He’s super friendly and I love talking to him while I eat (unless he is too busy).

They also deliver, so if you are staying nearby, it’s a great option if you decide to stay in for the night.

Average Price: Meals run from $10 to $25, they also serve a limit number of beers and local wines by the glass

Address: 700 Haight Street

District: Lower Haight

5. Souvla

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Souvla is a Greek restaurant that has exploded in popularity over the last few years. They offer fresh ingredients with tasty, but simple menu items.

They offer three meat options plus one vegetarian option on their menu. You can add each option to either a sandwich (wrap) or have it in a salad. It makes ordering really easy.

They also have a few tasty sides such as Greek Fries (they are delicious), soup, and pita bread.

They currently have five locations around San Francisco: Hayes Valley, NoPa, the Mission, the Marina, and Dogpatch.

Average Price: $15 to $17 for their main items, side dishes are $5 to $7 a piece

6. Tuba Authentic Turkish Restaurant

Of the Mediterranean restaurants in San Francisco, this one moderately priced. The delicious food is well worth it, and it really does taste authentic. In addition, you can share many items on their menu. 

For vegetarians, I really recommend the signature meze plate for a sampling of tasty, hearty dips, including spinach, eggplant, walnut, hummus, and dolmas. For meat lovers, their kebabs are especially gourmet and you will savor every bite!

Average Price: $12 for appetizer plates and salads; $28 to $42 for main dishes

Address: 1007 Guerrero Street

District: Mission District

7. Sens Restaurant

This option is a bit more up-scale, but the atmosphere makes the experience well worth it. They offer plenty of outdoor dining with beautiful views of the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building.

The Mediterranean fare here is more eclectic, drawing on the diverse cuisines within the region. You'll find innovative plates and favorites that range from lamb burgers to paella, crispy olives to grilled octopus.

Average Price: $12 to $36 per plate for lunch, $12 to $70 for dinner

Address: 4 Embarcadero Center

District: Financial District

8. Gyro King

Rather unassuming from the outside, this casual hole in the wall is a great spot for a quick and tasty Mediterranean meal in San Francisco. It's also right around the corner from the Orpheum Theater, making it convenient to grab a bite before or after a show.

The gyro wraps are an obvious choice thanks to the restaurant's name and the enticing meat spinning on the rotisseries. But they also offer some yummy plates like the homemade spinach and feta pies and fresh salads. 

Average Price: $8 to $27 per dish

Address: 25 Grove Street

District: Civic Center

9. Lavash

This cozy place will envelope you with earth tones and flowers, and the hearty aromas will transport you to an authentic Persian living room. Start with the roasted eggplant appetizer and follow it with one of their delicious meats or veggie kabobs accompanied with lavash bread and basmati rice. 

It's a bit more on the pricey end, but the value is excellent. The service here is very friendly, so settle in and enjoy selections from the wine bar with what feels like a home-cooked meal.

Average Price: $8 to $14 per item, $27 to $60 for combination plates to share

Address: 511 Irving Street 

District: Inner Sunset

10. Beit Rima

Opened in 2019, this is one of the newer Mediterranean restaurants in San Francisco, but has earned a following with the tasty "Arabic comfort food" they offer. The chef actually drew inspiration from both his father's popular burger joint, Burgermeister, and their Palestinian heritage. 

The simple menu lets you know that everything they make is fresh and done well. Try the mezze sampler for a taste of all their authentic appetizers.

Average Price: $8 to $31 per dish

Address: 138 Church Street 

District: Castro

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Mediterranean dish at La Med in the Castro

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