San Francisco's downtown is home to a wide variety of dining experiences, from grab-and-go storefronts to Michelin star-winning restaurants.
Secret Breakfast Ice Cream
San Francisco loves its ice cream. No flavor put the obsession on the map more squarely than this concoction from local maker Humphry Slocombe, which blends bourbon ice cream and corn flakes. It has to be tasted to be believed.
You'd never expect to find one of the city's best restaurants at its ferry terminal, but San Francisco is all about the unpredictable. At The Slanted Door, one of San Francisco's most honored eateries, diners are treated to exceptional Vietnamese cuisine. Their go-to dish is the cellophane noodles, with green onion, sesame, and Dungeness crab. The Slanted Door is reopening in early 2023.
Don't be surprised that the best dim sum in the city is outside of Chinatown. At both of Yank Sing's downtown locations, you'll find a terrific variety of delicious dim sum.
The Financial District also offers chic, contemporary dining at places like Wayfare Tavern, as well as the classic, no-frills professionalism of local legend Tadich Grill. There's great bayside dining at elegant eateries such as La Mar, Waterbar, and EPIC Steak, each with their own spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. And if getting things super-fresh is your style, head to The Ferry Building on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for its enormous farmers' market.