San Francisco is a beautiful city with an amazing selection of cuisines. You can easily get a taste of food from all over the world in the same neighborhood. No matter what style of dish you’re looking for, you can find mouth-watering options for it all over the city. For some, this can be a daunting task of choosing just exactly where to grab a bite to eat. So we created this ultimate guide of the best 15 places to eat in San Francisco.
Breakfast & Brunch
1. Brenda’s French Soul Food
If you’re looking for some amazing French-inspired soul food for breakfast or brunch, Brenda’s is a must. Get all the beignets, especially the crawfish (so perfectly moist and flavorful). Psst – it’s located in a not-so-wonderful area of the city, so you probably don’t wanna go wandering while you wait for your name to be called. And be prepared to wait. It’s popular for a reason.
652 Polk St
2. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
A fun retro-ish spot serving big helpings of American morning fare & lunch items on tables covered with old movie-star photos. Featured on the Food Network’s popular Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives! Their famous pancakes with whole wheat buttermilk, spiced with ginger and cinnamon, served with pure maple syrup sounds like the perfect way to jump-start any morning!
28 6th St
3. Mission Rock Resort
Looking for a quiet(-ish) spot with water views? This place is calling your name. With a pretty decent sized raw and oyster bar, plenty of choices of Egg Benedict’s, and a Dungeness Crab Roll, you’ll want to gather up your friends and spend the afternoon here. Warm day? Sit on the patio – you won’t regret it.
817 Terry Francois Blvd
4. Kate’s Kitchen
Hefty plates of Southern eats are the main attraction at this cash-only eatery with down-home decor. Kate’s Kitchen serves up some delicious brunch options – especially their breakfast tortilla wraps!
471 Haight St
Another French-bistro styled option that is extremely popular among the locals for their brunch. Be sure to sample their large eggs benedict menu for some mouth-watering dishes.
941 Cole St
6. Fog City Diner
Another restaurant boasting spectacular views of the Bay! Find locally inspired American cuisine here while staring out the window. Their fish will be sure to amaze, and it’s always fresh!
1300 Battery St.
7. La Taqueria
Hands down the best option for a taco in San Francisco, and that’s quite a statement! Ranked among the best burritos in the nation by Nate Silver, this is a spot you cannot miss on your San Francisco food tour. Be sure to try their tacos “el dorado” style with a crispy outer shell.
2889 Mission St
8. Hog Island Oyster Co.
If you can’t make it out to the actual Hog Island in the North Bay, their satellite restaurant in San Francisco is not a bad consolation at all. They harvest and shuck all their oysters at a farm nearby in Tomales Bay. This location is packed away in the Ferry Building right at the end of Market Street.
1 Ferry Bldg, Shop 11
9. Boudin Bakery & Cafe
If it’s your first time in San Francisco, you simply cannot leave without some chowder in a bread bowl. Basically against the law. This is usually recommended as the #1 place to get your clam chowder and bread bowl fix.
160 Jefferson Street
10. Ike’s Place
With locations all over the Bay Area, this is a local sandwich chain that has gained a ton of popularity for their great tasting deli sandwiches.
901 Polk St
Delfina focuses on simple dishes, fresh ingredients, and big flavor. That you can be sure of. Handmade pasta, high-quality ingredients, and a carefully curated wine list, are what helped Delfina rank on our Best Restaurants in San Francisco list. Super simple, but totally delicious. But please note, if you don’t try their panna cotta, you may as well not go at all!
3621 18th St
12. Yank Sing
If you’re looking to spend a special night out, Yank Sing is the place. While it’s quite pricey (be prepared to drop a few hundred dollars on dinner here), it has the absolute best dim sum options you could ask for. This is a great date night option for those looking to impress.
49 Stevenson St
13. House of Nanking
The Chinese food here is top-notch! Make sure to order the garlic noodles and sesame chicken! Hop across the street (or a few) to get Chinese Mai Tai’s at Li Po’s to end your night!.
919 Kearny St
14. PPQ Beef Noodle House
This is a great option if you’re looking to warm yourself up on a cold night with a huge bowl of delicious Pho. There can sometimes be a decent wait on weekend nights, so try to arrive early. A must-try is their curry pho dish.
1816 Irving St
15. flour + water
Small dishes, but delicious flavors. flour + water boasts a daily changing menu of house-made pasta and Neapolitan-style pizzas prepared in a wood-fired oven. A bit on the pricey side, but well worth it. Be sure to call ahead for reservations as this is a tiny spot.
2401 Harrison St