Open until 1.30am, reliable and cheap Mexican fare.
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Lines can be really long, aim to get there early (before 10 am for breakfast) as no reservations. Open 8am-8pm. The neighborhood can seem a bit sketchy. Try the beignets and grits.
Oldest Chinese restaurant – over 100 years old. Don’t expect to be speaking much English.
($) Fast Food, Burgers
Famous fast food chain found mostly on the West Coast.
Try the tea leaf salad. No reservations so get there early – this place has a line every night.
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
($$) American (Breakfast, Brunch)
Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Open 7.30am. The line is really long – aim to get there before it opens.
Great Eastern Restaurant
($$) Chinese (Dim Sum)
Good value Chinese restaurant in Chinatown for dim sum. Obama and other celebrities have eaten here.
Off the Grid
($$) Food Trucks (multiple cuisines)
Friday evening at Fort Mason and Sunday afternoon in the Presidio. If you are around on these days this is a must-try!
Our favorite family-run Italian restaurant in North Beach.
Great value sushi bar in the Financial District. Make reservations. The menu changes daily.
Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya
($$) Japanese, Vegan
One of the best vegetarian/vegan options in the city, incredible flavors.
More upmarket Mexican compared to the taquerias – good for sit down dinner and drinks. Try the mole.
They do brunch as well. There are other branches but the one on Fillmore is best. Try the sampler.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
($$) Pizza, Italian
World-famous pizzeria in North Beach. Expect a one-hour or more wait but worth it if you’re craving pizza.
Hog Island Oyster Co.
($$) Seafood, Oyster Bar
Can get $1 oysters for happy hour on weekdays (5-6.30pm), and good for clam chowders. Good view of the water.
Try the spicy chicken wings. Inside Parc 55 Hotel. Affordable for a 1 Michelin star restaurant.
($$) Mexican, Vegan
An excellent vegan option if you’re wanting Mexican. Try the pozole.
($$) Vegetarian, Vegan
Closed Mondays. Close early for dinner (8pm). Spiritually-centric vibe.
State Bird Provisions
Extremely small number of reservations available. Be prepared to wait for a long time (1 hour+) if you don’t have a booking – get there before it opens.
($$$) Burgers, American, Seafood
Try the meatless Impossible Burger. Closed Sundays.
Great ambiance for dinner. If you’re feeling adventurous try the pig ears/pig tails. Solid selection of wines.
($$$) Greek, Mediterranean
Lunch only on weekdays. Make sure to get a reservation. Classy vibe. The private rooms downstairs are nice. Try the lamb chops.
($$$) Modern American, Steak & Seafood
Old school – been around for over 165 years. California’s oldest restaurant.
House of Prime Rib
($$$) Steakhouse, American
If you’re craving a juicy steak this is your place. Make a reservation – they are busy all the time!
Sweets & Desserts
Ice Cream & Frozen Yoghurt
Delicious ice creams in the Mission. Our favorites are the honey lavender and salted caramel. Prepare for a long line even on a cold day.
Craftsman & Wolves
Quaint little bakery in the Mission with a hipster ambiance and delicious pastries.
Tartine Bakery & Cafe
A San Francisco institution. Always long lines – expect a 20-30 min wait at least to get inside.
Desserts, Chocolatier, Gelato
Possibly the best desserts in the city!
Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace
Chocolatier, Desserts, Ice Cream
Widely popular historic chocolatier near Fisherman’s Wharf. Free samples!
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
Relatively new ice creamery with unusual flavors. Our favorite is the secret breakfast.
Coffee & Tea
Historic cafe in North Beach and the first espresso bar in the city.
Incredible coffee but service can be a bit slow when it’s busy.
A really fun environment in SoMa to sit in for a coffee. You’ll hear plenty of startup pitches.
Réveille Coffee Co.
Hipster cafe in North Beach with excellent coffee.
Samovar Tea Lounge
Great selection of teas and tea sets (tea pairing with wholesome food ranging from England, Russia, Morocco, India, and Asia).
Andytown Coffee Roasters
Try their famous snowy plover (espresso, brown sugar syrup, soda water, topped with homemade whipped cream).
Cute tea shop in the Financial District.
Lovejoy’s Tea Room
Renowned for their high tea service, located in Noe Valley.
Bars & Lounges
Bars & Lounges
Be transported back to the 50’s at this historic bar that played host to Jack Kerouac and the Beatniks.
Top of the Mark
Located on the 19th floor of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel with 360-degree views of the city. Get there early for sunset if you want a window seat.
Mon-Fri, $3 off wines by the glass and draft beers; Sat-Sun, half-off bottles over $70. No hard liquor.
The Hidden Vine
Cozy bar, good wine selections, have a bocce ball area outside.
Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Great cocktails and fun atmosphere. A live band plays on a floating stage, complete with rain and thunder.
Cocktail Bar, Oysters
Happy hour: $1 shucked-to-order oysters and 20% off bottles of wine.
It has been named one of the best bars in the country! Great mixology and vibrant atmosphere in this sprawling venue.