San Francisco Restaurants

Eat with native San Franciscans; our list of the best places to eat in San Francisco. Our top picks: Foreign Cinema, Scoma's and Fleur De Lys.
  • The best restaurant in San Francisco: Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

    2534 Mission St
    M-F 6PM-2AM, Sa-Su 11AM-2AM. Dinner and a movie. The Laszlo Bar. A little splurgy and quite fine. Reservations recommended.
    Mission
  • Scoma's

    Scoma's

    Pier 47
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Su 11:30AM-10:30PM, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The Bar is open daily 30 minutes prior to lunch service. $20 and up. Overlooking the bay and Alcatraz, and nestled among the fishing boats on Pier 47, this restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike for its fresh seafood.
    North Beach
  • Fleur De Lys

    Fleur De Lys

    777 Sutter St
    M-Th 6PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM. $72-$170. This windowless Michelin Star restaurant is one of the finest formal French restaurants in the US and it frequently wins awards. The service is excellent and the food exceptional. They have a "prix-fixe" menu and over 700 wines to choose from.
    Downtown
  • Betelnut

    Betelnut

    2030 Union St
    Su-Th 11:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-midnight. $22-$55. "Pejiu Wu" means side street beer house. Along with oversized mugs of Asian beer you will find Pan-Asian authentic regional dishes. The food here tends to be quite hot. With its authentic style cuisine, it has become a Cow Hollow establishment. Look out for the long lines though and the staff can sometimes be a bit unfriendly.
    Marina
  • Frequent Flyers

    Frequent Flyers

    Pier 39
    Su-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM. $10 per session. This is an exciting bungee/trampoline combination, suitable for all ages, which allows you to experiment with the dare-devil acrobat inside of you. It's possible to reach heights of up to 20 feet in the air.
    North Beach
  • Fog City Diner

    Fog City Diner

    1300 Battery St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 10:30AM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-10PM. $10-$20. Looking like a long shiny aluminum trailer from the outside, the famous Fog City Diner (it's the one from the old Visa ad) serves high-end all-American food. As it's so close to Fisherman’s Wharf, it is popular with both tourists and locals.
    North Beach
  • Jardiniere

    Jardiniere

    300 Grove St
    Dinner: Su-W 5PM-10:30PM, Th-Sa 5PM-11:30PM, hours are extended to accommodate neighborhood performances. $50-$150. French food in American style, quite pricey, great decor, appetizers, deserts, mixed reviews on entrees. They have both an "à la carte" and a "prix-fixe" menu.
    Downtown
  • Suppenküche

    Suppenküche

    525 Laguna St
    M-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10PM. For casual German food and service, beer -- of course -- served at shared tables.
    Western Addition
  • Alembic

    Alembic

    1725 Haight St
    Styling itself a 'Whiskey Bar', the Alembic is a place to have classic cocktails as well as original creations. The house Manhattan, made with Rye Whiskey, is phenomenal.
    Haight-Ashbury
  • One Market

    One Market

    1 Market St
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner: M-Sa 5:30PM-9PM. Organic food dishes.
    Financial District
  • Anchor Brewing Company

    Anchor Brewing Company

    1705 Mariposa St
    Tours by reservation only.
    Potrero Hill
  • DNA Lounge

    DNA Lounge

    375 11th St
    There is usually a cover between $3 and $25 (for the bands). The DNA Lounge is a 2-story club which often caters to the geekier "digerati" crowd. One of the founders is Jamie Zawinski, a former Netscape superstar and Internet nabob. Events feature themed electronica dance nights (Industrial, Techno, Trance, etc.) and live bands.
    Mission
  • Bottom of the Hill

    Bottom of the Hill

    1233 17th St
    Sa-Th 8:30PM-2AM, F 4PM-2AM. Chosen by Rolling Stone magazine (RS 813) as "the best place to hear live music in San Francisco", the Bottom of the Hill presents some of the finest original artists, seven nights a week. It has a full bar and a kitchen and also features a nice patio area to escape the crowd and have a smoke.
    Potrero Hill
  • Bimbo's 365 Club

    Bimbo's 365 Club

    1025 Columbus Ave
    Box office: M-F 10AM-4PM, Club hours: Vary. Bimbo's is an glamorous upscale event venue and nightclub that holds up to 700 people. It has three bars, a dance floor and stage. Robin Williams does his act here quite regularly.
    North Beach
  • Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

    Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

    398 Hayes St
    Tu-W 11:30AM-midnight, Th-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-10PM. Restyles the rustic foods of southern France into sleek urban classics. Wonderful (expensive) cocktails based on 100-year old recipes. Not the cheapest place in town, but affordable and the quality of the food is an excellent value. A pretty, white-tablecloth setting and excellent service make this a lovely lunch spot. Avoid weekend evenings before 8PM, when crowds from the nearby theater district can mean a wait. And they now serve absinthe.
    Downtown
  • Incanto

    Incanto

    1550 Church St
    Su-Mo 5:30PM-9:30PM, W-Sa 5:30PM-10PM. Eclectic Italian food (often involving offal) from iconoclastic chef Chris Cosentino, with an extensive and varied selection of Italian wines.
    Bernal Heights
  • A16

    A16

    2355 Chestnut St
    Dinner: Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM Lunch: W-F 11:30AM-2:30PM. $15-$30. This is part wine bar part restaurant; they serve simple Italian favorites (pizza, pastas, salumi) from the Campania region of Italy. They also have traditional wood-burning ovens to perfect your pizza.
    Marina
  • Crab House at Pier 39

    Crab House at Pier 39

    Pier 39, Second Level, West Side
    Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. $18-$60. Voted "Best Crab in San Francisco" and famous for it's "Killer Crab" — 2 pounds of Dungeness Crab! Comes with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    Downtown
  • Greens Restaurant

    Greens Restaurant

    Building A, Fort Mason Center
    M 5:30PM-9PM, Tu-Sa noon-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9PM, Su 10:30AM-2PM, 5:30PM-9PM. $16-$23. Located in Fort Mason, Greens organic vegetarian restaurant is a firm favorite among veggies and the health conscious. They have fresh, tasty international food that appeases all appetites (except for carnivorous ones of course!). Over the years it has become a bit of a local institution as its views over the water are hard to beat.
    Marina
  • Kuleto's

    Kuleto's

    221 Powell St
    Breakfast M-F 7AM-10:30AM, Sa-Su 8AM-10:30AM, Lunch/Dinner Su-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. $10-$25.
    Downtown
  • Aziza

    Aziza

    5800 Geary Blvd
    Unique Moroccan cuisine made with local organic ingredients. Reservations recommended.
    Outer Richmond
  • The Brazen Head

    The Brazen Head

    3166 Buchanan St
    Bar Hours: 4PM-2AM Dinner: 5PM-1AM. $18-$30. Serving wholesome American cuisine including their signature dish "Certified Angus Beef NY Pepper Steak" — this restaurant is a very well kept local secret.
    Marina
  • Boboquivari's

    Boboquivari's

    1450 Lombard St
    Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM. $30-$65. Popular steakhouse in the Marina, Bobo's is a "surf-n-turfers" dream. The menu boasts excellent steaks (porterhouse, fillet mignon, New York bone-in) combined with mussels, shrimp, lobster, and Dungeness crab... yummy! Bobo's is a colorful, if upscale restaurant, that is very popular and almost always busy.
    Marina
  • Thanh Long

    Thanh Long

    4101 Judah St
    Su, Tu-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-11PM. $10-$25. Vietnamese restaurant featuring roasted crab. Dinner only.
    Outer Sunset
  • Sutro Baths

    Sutro Baths

    Point Lobos Ave & Merrie WayGolden Gate National Recreation Area
    The Cliff House, a well known landmark at the extreme western end of the park, provides both semi-casual and a more formal eating and drinking place [1]. Next door is the remnants of the Sutro Baths, once a massive public bath house which once held multiple swimming pools, now stone ruins that make for some fun exploration. Just off shore is Seal Rock, home to a population of sea lions. Above the Cliff House, just to the east and across the street, is Sutro Heights Park, the former grounds of the estate of Adolph Sutro, who built the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. Today the mansion is gone, but the beautifully landscaped grounds remain, with Romanesque statuary and splendid views over the coastline and down to Golden Gate Park.
    Seacliff
  • Liberty Cafe

    Liberty Cafe

    410 Cortland Ave
    Cafe: Tu-Th 11:30AM-3PM and 5:30PM-9:30PM, F 11:30AM-3PM and 5:30PM-10PM, Sa 10AM-2PM and 5:30PM-10PM, Su 10AM-2PM and 5:30PM-9:30PM. Bakery: Tu-Su 7:30AM-2PM. This is one of those places that would be perfect for a business lunch, a dinner with visiting family or any other time you want relaxed elegance. The reviews about its pot pies are quite true. They're better than your mother used to make. There's a tiny narrow walkway to a back courtyard and cottage that's a bakery for your baguettes, cafe au lait, warm raspberry bran muffins and brioches by day, and a wine bar by night.
    Bernal Heights
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