With so many restaurants to choose from, it’s not so much being spoiled for choice – as drowning in options! So let us throw you a delicious lifeline, with a whirlwind culinary guide to the best places to eat in San Francisco. Eating out in the Bay really is like having the world on your plate. So here’s a quick taste of where you can go.
Best Italian in town? Quite a claim maybe, given the stiff competition, but sit yourself down at Tony’s at North Beach and get ready for a taste sensation like no other. Dive into their marinara sauce – it’s so good you could eat it with a spoon. Pasta dishes aside, they’re quite likely up there for best pizza in San Francisco too.
1570 Stockton St.
2) La Taqueria
With such a thriving Mexican food scene happening with San Francisco restaurants you’d be mad to miss out on the delicious tacos being served up at La Taqueria on 25th street. Don’t bother going anywhere else – they really are that good. It’s easy to see what makes this place a leading contender for one of the best places to eat in the city.
2889 Mission St.
3) 4505 Burgers and BBQ
If you love meat cooked just how you like it, check out 4505 Burgers and BBQ. These guys are mad for great quality – nothing else will do. So get stuck into classic favorites such as our Best Damn Cheeseburger or maybe a smoked whole chicken and slow-roasted brisket. There’s something for everyone here, even vegetarians will be more than satisfied!
4) Anchor Oyster Bar
You’re in the city by the Bay, so it makes sense to try some delicious seafood while you’re here. There are some top places to eat down by the water, but if you’re happy to venture a bit further out, you’ll come across one of the best – Anchor Oyster Bar. Small, locally owned, serving fish and seafood that’s always glistening fresh. Dive into their famous clam chowder and you’ll never look back.
579 Castro St.
5) Yank Sing
Guess where the largest Chinatown is outside of China? That’s right, San Francisco. So if you don’t want to miss out on some delicious food and a menu as long as the Great Wall of China itself, make sure you get a table at the award-winning Yank Sing. Steamed, baked, grilled, stir-fried or deep-fried. Contemporary and traditional dim sum dishes are their specialty in this dumpling heaven.
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St.
Tel: 1 415-431-3990
6) The Chairman
Street food is so hip right now it positively sizzles. And in a city as trendy as San Francisco you can be sure there’s plenty of food trucks to choose from. The Chairman heads the table, scoring top marks for its amazing selection of steamed and baked buns inspired by the original spicy street food of Asia. And they get extra bonus points for their awesome name and logo combination. If you miss their unmissable truck you can also find them at 670 Larkin Street. If you’re greedy to try some other street food in town, stop by Soma Streetfood Park as well.
670 Larkin Street.
7) Old Bus Tavern
The popularity of craft beer continues to rise in the US, so it’s worth discovering what all the fuss is about in the right kind of pub. You can combine great food with an amazing selection of authentic, scrumptious brews at Old Bus Tavern. It bills itself as a neighbourhood brewpub in the heart of Bernal Heights. What more could you ask for, apart from another round of the good stuff?
3193 Mission St.
8) La Victoria Bakery and Craftsman and Wolves
You can’t end a proper meal without cake. So while you’re in town, finish your culinary tour with a flourish. Some of the best bakeries can be found in San Francisco. But don’t stop at just one. For a taste of traditional neighbourhood baking pop into La Victoria Bakery. Or for patisserie with more bite, Craftsman and Wolves should hit the sweet spot.
La Victoria: 2937 24th Street.
Craftsman and Wolves: 746 Valencia Street.