12 Things to Eat in San Francisco Right Now
Looking for the best things to eat in San Francisco? You're in luck. From our renowned Michelin Star restaurants to tasty neighborhood bites, you'll find something for every craving. See why San Francisco is so delicious and savor every bite at these restaurants serving the city's tastiest dishes. Bon appetit!
Raw Bar Oysters and Clams at Angler (132 Embarcadero)
Prime seafood and incredible San Francisco Bay views—what more could you want from a California restaurant? Angler is the place to get both. The ever-changing menu presents a wide selection of prime seafood and meat dishes. Grab some of the raw bar oysters and clams for an appetizer (or a full meal). Angler also features intriguing dishes like antelope tartare, giant octopus, hot grilled rabbit, and California king crab.
Louie Salad at Ayala (398 Geary St.)
The fabled Melissa Perfit—you may remember her from a memorable appearance on Top Chef—delivers some of San Francisco's best California cuisine at this cutting-edge, seafood-forward restaurant. Ayala has a focus on local ingredients, unique spirits, and fine wine. The Louie Salad is one of the standouts on the creative menu. This local favorite is a tasty, savory combination of Dungeness crab, prawns, soft egg, and avocado. It's not too heavy, not too light, and the ideal option for a lunch or dinner in the city. Ayala is also a perfect spot to indulge your sweet tooth. Stick around for dessert and try the ice cream sandwich, with chocolate, cardamom, and ice cream.
Maialino al Forno at Che Fico Alimentari (834 Divisadero St.)
Che Fico Alimentari offers one of the most breathtaking dining experiences in San Francisco. This elegant Italian restaurant offers a lush interior overlooking Divisadero Street—perfect for people-watching—and the exquisite service, upscale dishes, and romantic atmosphere make it the ideal choice for a romantic night out in the city. The menu consists of artfully-prepared classic Italian dishes; one of the highlights is the "Maialino al Forno." Perfect for a dinner for two, this dish consists of Zuckerman Farms Yukon gold potato, suckling pig, and garlic confit. Pair your meal with a selection from the restaurant's exceptional wine cellar.
Garlic Bagel with Organic Cream Cheese at Daily Driver (2535 3rd St.)
There's nothing like a prime bagel to start your day, and the Daily Driver offers some of the best in San Francisco. Grown out of a family farm and creamery, this breakfast hot spot features authentic, wood-fired bagels with farm-style toppings. The garlic bagel paired with the restaurant's organic cream cheese delivers a savory taste of the city, but it's just as good with the Daily Driver's cultured butter or accompanied with house gravlax, pastrami, or bacon. Diners should also go for the excellent bagel sandwiches. Try the classic bacon, egg, and cheese, the bagel grilled cheese, or the lunch lobster roll. Pair your meal with a cup of the restaurant's Red Bay coffee.
Afternoon Chocolate Tea at Bloom Salon at Dandelion Chocolate (16th and Alabama streets)
What's a trip to San Francisco without a little something sweet? Dandelion Chocolate offers one of the coolest experiences in the city: a fascinating tour of a working chocolate factory combined with a cafe serving up sweet delights. Take the tour or sign up for one of their informative classes, then stop into their Bloom Salon for "Afternoon Chocolate Tea." This relaxing sit-down pairs small bites of sweets with a pot of hot tea or hot chocolate, featuring delicacies like a citrus macaron, chocolate soufflé, Earl Grey profiterole, and almond raspberry Napoleon. Diners can also go for the "Afternoon Ice Cream," a three-course tasting menu with items like a banana split and house-made root beer soda.
Cali Warrior Burger at Golden Gate Tap Room (449 Powell St.)
Enjoy the spicy, hearty delight that is the Cali Warrior Burger at the Golden Gate Tap Room. This lively sports bar and beer haven is the place to go in San Francisco to soak up the local sports fandom, with plenty of televisions, an enormous list of beers on tap, and plenty of pub food favorites. The Cali Warrior Burger offers a flavorful taste of California with chili Ortega, caramelized onion, jack cheese, bacon, avocado, and Habanero ranch dressing. Bold diners can even get it extra spicy.
Hawaii Meets Jersey Pizza at Jersey (145 Second St.)
Created by two brothers, the celebrated San Francisco restaurateurs Mitchell and Steven Rosenthal, Jersey is an inspired Italian restaurant on Second St. that combines New Jersey style with California cool. Inspired by the Garden State pizza places of the Rosenthals' youth, Jersey has a casual and welcoming style and creative mix of cuisine. Nothing captures the unique vibes better than the "Hawaii Meets Jersey" pie, blending East Coast style with West Coast ingredients. This pie features pineapple, mozzarella, Jersey sauce, bell peppers, onion, habanero, green peppers, and—to top it all off with authentic New Jersey flavor—the famed Taylor pork roll. Pair the selection with one of the many superb beers on draft, with selections from local favorites like Henhouse, Ghost Town, Fort Point, and New Glory.
Cochinita Pibil at Mezcalito (2323 Polk St.)
This Russian Hill neighborhood bar is an acclaimed entry into San Francisco's excellent Mexican dining scene. Stop in for an authentic Mexican meal with some true classics, like Cochinita Pibil. This dish features slow-baked pork cooked in banana leaves, seasoned with achiote spices and citrus, and served with pickled red onion, frijoles, and queso fresco. Accompany the meal with one of the server-chosen selections of mezcal or tequila, or create your own tasting flight from the restaurant's extensive list. There are also plenty of original house cocktails, like the Kitchen Sink, a mixture of bourbon, brandy, and plenty of other spirits and flavors.
Da Dao "Big Knife" Fish Noodles at M.Y. China (845 Market St., 4th Floor)
San Francisco is rightfully known for its exceptional Chinese food, and M.Y. China is one of the shining stars of the city's dining scene. Created by the celebrity chef Martin Yan (the M.Y. in M.Y. China), the restaurant offers a delightful experience for all the senses. It's a lively and fun dining atmosphere, with "noodle dancers" turning dough into delicacies in full view of customers. Those noodles are a must have on the menu; try the "Big Knife" Da Dao fish noodles, a spicy concoction with shrimp, scallops, calamari, shiitake mushrooms, enoki, jalapeno, and "XO sauce." M.Y. China also features a full menu of seafood, wok dishes, dumplings, and roasted meats.
Mesquite Grilled Teriyaki Salmon at The Pier Market Seafood Restaurant (PIER 39)
The Pier Market on PIER 39 has been a longtime favorite of locals and visitors. With its open-air dining setup overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Pier 39 sea lions, open kitchen, and welcoming atmosphere, The Pier Market is one of the top dining destinations in the city. Their trademark mesquite-grilled seafood is its defining feature, and the teriyaki salmon is a highlight. Be sure to try some of the other grilled creations, too. Other highlights include Pacific sole, ahi tuna, trout, blackened Pacific rock cod, and Alaskan halibut. Oh, and another tip: start the meal with a serving of the sourdough bread brushed with garlic butter.
Marin Coast Wild King Salmon at The Vault (555 California St.)
For a taste of upscale San Francisco, head into The Vault in the Financial District to rub shoulders with some of the city's movers and shakers and enjoy some delicious food. This stylish and ultra-cool restaurant is in a sleek, converted former bank vault. The Marin Coast wild king salmon is one of the menu's highlights, a prime California seafood dish served with summer corn, squash, shishito pepper, chanterelle, and charred aprium. Diners should also check out The Vault's raw bar, with favorites like classic shrimp cocktail and crudo. Pair your dishes with a Vault martini or local craft beer for a prime San Francisco dining experience.
Smoked Sausage and Wine at Verjus (528 Washington St.)
Verjus presents an upscale, relaxing trip to the middle of France right in the heart of San Francisco. Their smoked sausage is perfect for a revitalizing, hearty bite in the middle of the day. The menu at Verjus changes regularly, so there's a chance you might not be able to grab the smoked sausage when you're there. Don't worry, though. There are also plenty of other French favorites—like ham and cheese croquettes, duck confit, and pate—on the menu.