Cafe Terminus (16 California St.) - At the foot of California Street, not far from where one of the cable car lines ends, is Cafe Terminus. Their drink menu features cocktails with bases of gin, vodka, bourbon, absinthe and mezcal, as well as beers both foreign and super-local.
Gott's Roadside - For traditional American favorites, visit Gott's Roadside in the Ferry Building. Juicy burgers, scrumptious fried chicken sandwiches, and heaps of fries are sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your crew. Gott's is also known for adding Impossible Burgers to its menu. These vegetarian burgers, made entirely from plants, are so deceptively good, we challenge you to tell the difference.
Tadich Grill (240 California St.) - The oldest continually operating restaurant in California, the team at Tadich Grill figured out what worked a long time ago and has never felt the need to rock the boat. The restaurant, its menu, and its staff have been a constant in downtown San Francisco for decades. Snag a seat at their enormous bar for wine and oysters and take in the controlled chaos around you, or opt for semi-private dining in one of their cozy booths.
Wayfare Tavern (558 Sacramento St.) - There's no bad time to stop at Wayfare Tavern for a meal, but we're partial to their weekend brunch. Between the brioche French toast, chicken and waffles, and bacon-wrapped scallops, you simply can't go wrong. The brunch cocktails are similarly indulgent; just try the bacon bloody mary. This Michelin-starred restaurant created by famed chef Tyler Florence is also a popular hang-out for happy hour. Their extensive beer, wine, and cocktails lists mean you never have to have the same drink twice.
Palette Tea House (900 North Point St.) - Ghiradelli Square may be best known for its chocolate shop, but don't overlook this excellent dim sum restaurant. Authentic dishes prepared with modern ingredients populate the menu. The Palette team is especially proud of their xiao long bao sampler, their lobster dumplings, and their braised pork belly. They also have an incredible cocktail selection, curated by award-winning mixologist Carlos Yturria.
Scoma's (1965 Al Scoma Way) - Perched on the end of its own private wharf, Scoma's is a family-owned San Francisco institution. Serving up the freshest seafood, hauled in by its own crew on their own boat, Scoma's does all your favorites right: perfectly battered and fried calamari, deliciously thick clam chowder, and a towering crab louis salad, to name a few. Whether you dine outdoors or indoors, there isn't a bad seat for enjoying the panoramic views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the hills and towns of Marin County beyond.
Which hotels are near the F Line?
The F Line is convenient to many San Francisco hotels.
If you're staying near Civic Center, consider the San Francisco Proper Hotel or the BEI Hotel San Francisco.
If you're staying near Union Square, you'll have plenty of options. The Grand Hyatt and Taj Campton Place hotels are just off the square on the Stockton Street side. On the Powell Street side, the Westin St. Francis Hotel holds pride of place. There's also the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel, and many more.
If you're staying in SoMa, indulge yourself in stylish accommodations at The Four Seasons, the St. Regis, the W Hotel, and the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins.
If you're staying in the Financial District, consider the Hyatt Regency, Hotel Vitale, Le Meridien, The Harbor Court Hotel, The Palace Hotel or Hilton San Francisco Financial District.
If you're staying in Fisherman's Wharf, choose from the Argonaut Hotel, the Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, the Hotel Zephyr, and others. All offer convenience to the neighborhoods most popular attractions.