Downtown, San Francisco Restaurants

Part of our San Francisco restaurant guide; our list of the best places to eat in Downtown. Our top picks: Fleur De Lys, Jardiniere and Kuleto's.
  • The best restaurant in Downtown San Francisco: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ZUNI Café

    ZUNI Café

    1658 Market St
    Zuni Cafe is a restaurant in San Francisco, California. Named after the Zuni tribe, it was established in 1979 by Billy West, and with chef Judy Rodgers. It is located on Market Street in San Francisco. Rogers was with Zuni as chef and co-owner since it was founded in 1987. Gilbert Pilgram joined Zuni Café as a co-owner in 2006."
    Downtown
  • Starbucks

    1390 Market St
    M-F 5AM-8:30PM, Sa-Su 6AM-8:30PM. Ubiquitous Starbucks set just behind the Civic Center Plaza, so another convenient place to enjoy a coffee pre or post performance.
    Downtown
  • Soluna Cafe and Lounge

    272 McAllister St
    M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10PM. Just a stones throw from the performing arts buildings, it's a great place to grab a cappuccino just before the overture.
    Downtown
  • Edinburgh Castle Pub

    Edinburgh Castle Pub

    950 Geary St
    Expatriates from the British Isles are often to be found at this Scottish pub, which on Thursdays through Saturdays becomes a hipster mecca. The interior is warm and shadowy, a comfortable place of dark wood and golden lantern light, and the beer selection is good; you can get pints of Belhaven or Newcastle as well as the ubiquitous Guinness, and it's all available by the pitcher. The Edinburgh Castle also has a relationship with a local fish and chips fryer, so you can order from their menu and have it delivered to you at the pub. The jukebox is well stocked with punk rock, Irish folk/rock, and American roots music, and live bands also play regularly (which can unfortunately make it impossible to carry on a conversation). A trivia contest is held on Tuesday nights. And on Burns Night (January 25th), the Edinburgh Castle is the place to be, with ribald poetry readings, music, and a public haggis.
    Downtown
  • Breakfast M-F 7AM-10AM, Sa-Su 7AM-11AM, Dinner daily 5:30PM-10PM. $13-$35. In the Huntington Hotel.
    Downtown
  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

    Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

    398 Hayes St
    With its lively, informal décor evocative of turn-of-the-century France, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood romances locals and visitors alike.
    Downtown
  • Daffodil

    Daffodil

    665 Bush St
    Serving seasonal, organic cuisine with wines from around the world.
    Downtown
  • Millennium

    Millennium

    580 Geary St
    Millennium’s cuisine is influenced by the flavors and styles of many cultures. We are dedicated to the essential earthly concepts of organic food production, including sustainable agriculture, supporting small local farms, as well as composting & recycling. We cook with only the freshest, organically grown produce and are proud to state that our restaurant is completely free of genetically modified foods. We believe that a gourmet dining experience can be created out of vegan, healthy, and environmentally friendly foods. Most importantly, we are dedicated to providing a deliciously memorable dining experience for every guest who walks through our doors. Enjoy!
    Downtown
  • Lefty O'Doul's

    Lefty O'Doul's

    333 Geary St
    Less than a block from Union Square, just up Geary, this is considered to be a "dive bar" in the area, although for true dives, one needs to continue further up Geary and in to the Tenderloin. Well known for their Bloody Mary and history, it's a decent place to stop in for a drink, although the crowd will most definitely not be locals.
    Downtown
  • Espetus

    Espetus

    1686 Market St
    Authentic Brazilian Steak House serving 12-14 different types of meat Rodizio style.
    Downtown
  • Puccini & Pinetti

    Puccini & Pinetti

    129 Ellis Street
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Popular Italian restaurant.
    Downtown
  • Owl Tree

    Owl Tree

    601 Post St
    A small, quiet upscale bar that's great for conversation and relaxation after a long day of wandering around San Francisco. What used to be a dive bar with walls adorned with tacky owl memorabilia, is now another upscale watering hole in the 'Loin, where cocktails have replaced draft beers as the drink of preference. There's still a mosaic owl on the outside though.
    Downtown
  • Farallon

    Farallon

    450 Post St
    An underwater fantasy. Sustainable seafood. Smart wine list. 5 star service. Now celebrating our 15th year as the premier dining destination in SF. Join us.
    Downtown
  • Grand Cafe Brasserie and Bar

    Grand Cafe Brasserie and Bar

    501 Geary St
    micalizzi@grandcafe-sf.com. Breakfast: M-F 7AM-10:30AM, Brunch: Sa-Su 8AM-2:30PM Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Dinner: Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM. $30-$100. With 30-foot high ceilings supported by pillars, sunken tables, sculptures, and artwork adorning the walls, it's not hard to see that this place was once an elegant ballroom. Today it's an elegant dining room where they serve excellent French cuisine.
    Downtown
  • McQuade's Celtic Chutneys

    McQuade's Celtic Chutneys

    537 Jones St
    noon-midnight daily. $5-$8. Affordable and excellent selection of authentic Indian food. Speedy service and filling portions, and free Chai tea for all customers. A recent addition and a neighborhood favorite.
    Downtown
  • Hooker's Sweet Treats

    Hooker's Sweet Treats

    442 Hyde St
    M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Great spot to pick up handmade chocolate caramels, bread pudding, and coffee from local roaster, Sightglass. Very cute interior decorated in an antique style and owned by a Louisiana native.
    Downtown
  • Hi-Lo Club

    Hi-Lo Club

    1423 Polk Street
    Mon-Sat 4PM-2AM. A new venture by veterans of the Tenderloin bar scene. Nice, craft cocktails, signature house creations, and an impressive beer menu are set in a swanky new/old interior that intentionally has no TV.
    Downtown
  • Scala's Bistro

    Scala's Bistro

    432 Powell St
    A city classic since it opened in 1995, Scala's Bistro offers diners a San Francisco experience, with views of passing cable cars as they ascend to Nob Hill. Scala's serves rustic Italian fare prepared with seasonal and house-made ingredients.
    Downtown
  • Tradition

    Tradition

    441 Jones St
    A dive bar (originally the 441) which was bought and renovated by the same people who own Bourbon & Branch. Featuring house made alcohols and unique mixes, while not cheap, it's a unique experience in a classy wood paneled environment.
    Downtown
  • Daily Grill

    Daily Grill

    347 Geary St
    Welcome to the Official Daily Grill Facebook Fan Page. For Great American food...Think Daily.
    Downtown
  • Jebena

    Jebena

    990 Polk St
    Nicely decorated modern spot along the Polk corridor with good coffee and tea selections.
    Downtown
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