Best Things to Eat Before or After the Theater in San Francisco
San Francisco is home to some of the greatest performing arts institutions in America, as well as some of the most cutting edge music, theater and live performance. Whatever your artistic preference, you’ll probably want to grab a bite to eat before or after the show. That's why we’ve compiled this list of great places to eat in San Francisco for your artistic night out. We’ve included options that will fit any budget and a variety of cuisines to please any palate. As an extra help, we’ve also noted the neighborhood where each restaurant is located.
Have a Drink
For drinks before or after the show, you’ll want to visit these top locations.
Smuggler’s Cove (650 Gough St.)
If you’re looking for ambiance, this is the place. The themed bar can get a little crowded at times, but with great drinks, it’s a fun and memorable location. Best for visiting after the show. Located in Civic Center/Hayes Valley.
Bourbon and Branch (501 Jones St.)
This bar is hidden, so look for the “Anti-Saloon League” sign on the corner of the building. Reservations are highly recommended for this speakeasy, and it’s well-worth the trouble. Located between Union Square and Civic Center.
Eno Wine Bar (320 Geary St.)
This wine bar offers a good selection of wines and cheeses. Located in Union Square.
Dirty Water (1355 Market St.)
This bar and restaurant is housed in the Twitter Building with an exit to Market Street, centrally located to many venues in Central Market and Civic Center.
Whitechapel (600 Polk St.)
Whitechapel has the largest selection of gin in the U.S. and looks like it came straight from London. It's located in Civic Center.
Black Cat (400 Eddy St.)
Shareable plates, artisanal champagne, and live entertainment are on the menu at the Black Cat. Located north of Civic Center.
Snacks, Bar Foods and Quick Bites
Looking for a casual meal or prefer to just snack before the show? With these locations, you have a wide variety to choose from.
Nojo Ramen Tavern (231 Franklin St.)
The menu features small plates and artisanal noodles of the Japanese variety. Located in Hayes Valley.
Tratto (501 Geary St.)
A stylish Italian trattoria perfect for the whole family. Located between Union Square and Civic Center.
Rambler (545 Post St.)
Craft cocktails and an eclectic menu are at the Rambler, located in the Hotel Zeppelin in Union Square.
Souvla (517 Hayes St.)
Their fine-casual menu offers spit-fired meats and frozen Greek yogurts. Located in Hayes Valley.
San Franciscans can take pride in the quality and quantity of fine dining offerings in their city. Here’s a short list of upscale restaurants near San Francisco's top performance spaces. Remember to call ahead and make reservations. Each restaurant should be able to give you an estimate of service time so you can schedule your meal accordingly.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar (398 Hayes St.)
This restaurant offers an extensive wine list and menus with depth. There's enough variety to please almost any palate. Located in Hayes Valley.
Jardinière (300 Grove St.)
Upscale dining with a casual twist. Try their “impossible burger,” if you dare. Centrally located between Hayes Valley and Civic Center.
Farallon (450 Post St.)
This romantic seafood restaurant offers extensive dinner, drink and dessert menus. Located near Union Square.
Campton Place Restaurant (340 Stockton St.)
This establishment offers fine dining with Cal-Indian cuisine. Located a block from Union Square.
Bellota (888 Brannan St #110)
Bellota’s menu features Spanish and Mediterranean fare, with vegetarian options. Located in SoMa, it's furthest from most venues but worth the walk.
Cala (149 Fell St.)
This standing room-only taqueria features an ever-changing daily menu. Located in Hayes Valley.
Del Popolo (855 Bush St.)
Wood-fired pizza and a curated list of wine and beer are offered here. Located in Nob Hill.