Where to Eat in San Francisco
Collected by Tamara Palmer , AFAR Contributor
1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Nicole Krasinski describes the novel concept of her restaurant State Bird Provisions as “dim sum and a great hors d’oeuvre party morphed into one experience.” She and her husband, chef Stuart Brioza, prepare beautifully executed...
28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
You enter Mister Jiu's off of Waverly Place and step first into the dark and dreamy bar, a perfect place to pause for one of the restaurant's inventive cocktails. With the mood set, follow the hallway, which gives way to the light and bright...
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Chef Corey Lee’s new food project, In Situ, is less a restaurant than an archive of the world’s best dishes (current count: 24). Travel back to the 1994 opening of the French Laundry with Thomas Keller’s Liberty Duck Breast, a bowl of tiny green...
3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Named after Chef Melissa Perello’s grandmother, Frances is a neighborhood fine-dining restaurant where the focus is on simple but elegant cuisine that lets the Northern California ingredients shine. The restaurant is only open for dinner and...
871 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
In lower Nob Hill, this playful restaurant has been hot since the moment it opened its doors. Chef Ravi Kapur's Hawaiian meets California menu is like no other in San Francisco, and features such strange, but surprisingly tasty concoctions like...
470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A window looks in onto the pasta station in Quince's kitchen, and pedestrians strolling by on Pacific Avenue can gawk at the carefully folded tortellini—likely to be stuffed with suckling pig, or nettles. Those who actually gain...
499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
At Namu Gaji, you’ll find a kind of Korean cuisine that you’ve never quite encountered before: part traditional, part California fusion, and all bursting with flavor and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant was opened by three brothers—Dennis,...
373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Chef Daniel Patterson is a quiet storm. You might see him at the Ferry Building Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings (as I have), obsessing over the perfectly perfect cherries at Hamada Farms. He's always got a million things going on—he has...
199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
It was the sardine chips that sealed the deal: When Rich Table opened, these fried potato chips with sardine fillets threaded through were all the food media wanted to talk about. Salty, fishy, crispy: a flavor trifecta that won Evan and Sarah...
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
At the restaurant Nopa in San Francisco's Western Addition, the long bar and communal tables are perfect places to perch on a weeknight. Go early, order an elderflower gimlet or a sparkling, minty Old Cuban (both off-menu). Don't miss the Mission...
1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Aster, the latest from super chef Brett Cooper and business partner Dennis Patterson, pays homage to the texture of food with very positive results. These days, everyone is raving about this atmospheric Californian bistro in the Mission, and it...
428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Walk around the city and you are likely to stumble upon a food truck that dishes out some incredible grub. San Francisco residents love these modern chuck wagons, including native Carlos Muela, who opened SoMa StrEat Food Park in 2012. Its...
Ferry Building, One San Francisco Bay Trail #8, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Blueberry Boy Bait may sound like a B-side song from an alternative band, but it's actually just an ice cream flavor offered by Humphry Slocombe, a small shop in the Mission District. Owner and former pastry chef Jake Godby has made the name...
1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
If one is going to throw around the word "iconic," let's make sure it's used appropriately. As with Zuni. The awkwardly shaped restaurant—it's in a narrow storefront with wider spaces on the mezzanine—was opened in 1979 by Billy West....
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
You'll get a taste of Lousiana in Brenda's cladenstine location which lies in the heart of the Tenderloin District. Worry not, you'll see hungry brunchers congregating outside. Once in, it's all about those beignets (including a crawfish flavour!)...
309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Burma Superstar lives up to its name. Opened more than 20 years ago, the Inner Richmond restaurant has gained a following for such specialties as hand-wrapped samosas filled with meat and potatoes, chili lamb, and traditional rice salad. Known for...
8 Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Long before it was a tourist mecca filled with souvenir shops and selfie sticks, Fisherman’s Wharf was the industrial hub of San Francisco, crisscrossed by railroad tracks and home to lumberyards and a booming fishing industry. Nunzio Alioto...
515 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
This popular Mexican-food mainstay in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District is one of two places in the city that claim to have invented the Mission-style burrito (the other is El Faro): a hefty, elephant-leg-size wrap distinguished from...
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