Union Square Restaurants

Top Restaurants in San Francisco's Union Square

There are hundreds of Union Square restaurants. You can find a wide selection of options from fine dining at places such as Michael Mina to more casual places such as the Thirsty Bear.

Below you will find some of my favorites. Each has a great menu, a decent wine list and several other things that make me want to come back for more.

First Crush Restaurant and Wine Bar

Address: 101 Cyril Magnin Street
Cuisine: New American
Prices: $$$

First Crush is a great option for those looking for Union Square Restaurants. This restaurant features Californian food and has a great wine menu.

It's another small restaurant, so I'd highly recommend making a reservation if you plan on arriving anytime after 7pm. The best way to book a table is through Open Table.

They have a great selection on their menu from an amazing Coq au Vin to a very yummy Kobe beef burger. I'd also recommend starting with their beet salad or the Maine lobster mac and cheese.

First Crush is located on the corner of Cyril Magnin and Ellis Streets. They are open for dinner seven nights a week.

Farmer Brown

Address: 25 Mason Street
Cuisine: New American
Prices: $$

Farmer Brown is one of my favorite Union Square restaurants. It's located on Mason and Market Streets near many of the theaters in San Francisco.

Farmer Brown serves southern comfort food and there are a number of great options on the menu. They also have a number of great mixed drinks with a fun twist. They support local farmers for most of their food. It's always fresh and mostly organic.

I'd highly recommend trying the fried okra, the fried chicken or the macaroni and cheese. All of the food is amazing, but these are some of my favorites.

Don't forget to leave room for dessert too. My favorite is their red velvet cake.

Farmer Brown is open for dinner and on the weekends for brunch. I'd highly recommend making a reservation on Open Table, otherwise you may have to wait up to an hour or more for a table.

There is parking right next to the restaurant on Mason Street. If you tell them you are eating at Farmer Brown, you will receive a parking discount. It's also an easy walk from Union Square or a quick cab ride from anywhere in the city.

Thirsty Bear

Address: 661 Howard Street
Cuisine: Small Plates
Prices: $$

The Thirsty Bear is another one of the great Union Square restaurants. It's located a few blocks off Union Square, but is a quick walk away.

The Thirsty Bear is both a brewery and restaurant. They have a number of great beers and I love their vanilla beer which is usually available only part of the year.

It's a Spanish restaurant that mainly features small plates. They serve mainly organic food and have a number of great options to choose from.

The Thirsty Bear is an easy walk from Union Square or a quick cab ride from anywhere in the city. You can also park in one of a number of different public lots within just a few blocks of the restaurant.

It's usually pretty busy, so I'd also recommend making a reservation if you plan on staying for dinner.

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Other great restaurants in this district:

  • Michael Mina: This high end restaurant is one of the best in San Francisco. They serve contemporary seafood and American dishes with fresh seasonal products and produce. Address: 252 California St. (between Front and Battery)

  • Scala's Bistro: This is a great place for Italian food in this neighborhood. Here you will find a mix of rustic and fresh, Italian and Californian cuisines. The good is great, the servers are attentive and it's overall a great place for a nice dinner. Address: 432 Powell Street

  • Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen: With 18 beers on tap and American comfort food on the menu, you can't go wrong at Jaspers. This Union Square restaurant is new to the scene and worth a visit. Address: 401 Taylor Street

  • Cafe Claude: If you are looking for a little bit of Paris in Union Square, then head over to Cafe Claude. Their French cuisine is amazing and it's a great place to stop for either lunch or dinner. It's also tucked away on a little lane, which adds to the ambiance. Address: 7 Claude Lane

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