Where to Eat In Civic Center and Hayes Valley
At the heart of the city, Civic Center and Hayes Valley boast world-renowned restaurants from fine dining to casual cafes.
Hayes Valley and Civic Center aren't just located near the center of San Francisco and the seat of government. They're also the seat of new chefs' tables, ice cream shops, and sidewalk cafes. Quietly edging up on the Mission as the place to eat, these neighborhoods showcase the best of San Francisco's diverse food scene. Hayes St., the main drag of Hayes Valley, has been nominated by Time out as one of the 33 Coolest Streets in the World. Hayes Valley and Civic center are a must visit when in San Francisco!
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Continue the romantic European feel at Absinthe, a French brasserie in the vein of a romantic Paris outpost. It's been anchoring the neighborhood well before the trend caught on. Dishes to Get: soft garlic pretzels, Coq Au Vin, French Onion Soup.LEARN MORE ABOUT ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR
You can never have too many options when it comes to drinking beer outside. Enter Biergarten, the perfect spot for a liter of beer and communal seating, which means you'll be making new friends in no time. Dishes to Get: Deviled Eggs, a bratwurst and, of course, a very large beer.LEARN MORE ABOUT BIERGARTEN
Think Paris brasserie, but on the more casual side. This is the perfect spot to start your morning with one of the best brunches in San Francisco! Dishes to Get: French Onion Soup, Moules Poulette, and smoked salmon panini.LEARN MORE ABOUT CHEZ MAMAN
Get ready to feast your eyes on some meat. At Espetus Churrascaria, you will experience the authentic flavors of Brazil and the unique service concept of Rodizio (espeto corrido - continuous service) where guests can choose from 12-14 grilled meats served tableside, as well as treat themselves to appetizers, gourmet salads, and hot side dishes.LEARN MORE ABOUT ESPETUS CHURRASCARIA
Look on the adventurous side of Hayes Valley and you'll find Ler Ros, serving refined Thai specialties and exotic meats like alligator, rockfish, quail, frog, eel and catfish. This local staple of Thai cuisine never disappoint and has a second location in Nob Hill.LEARN MORE ABOUT LES ROS
From Benu's Corey Lee comes his take on an upscale French bistro. Like Benu, you can expect attention to detail, a re-imagining of bistro fare and an excellent wine list. Dishes to Get: bone marrow, beef tartar and duck confit.LEARN MORE ABOUT MONSIEUR BENJAMIN
The newest restaurant in Hayes Valley, Nightbird is the brainchild of chef Kim Alter, formerly of Coi and Plum, the Daniel Patterson empire. Expect to be delighted by the highbrow California cuisine built around what's in season. There's also an adjacent cocktail lounge. We've never been able to say no to that. Dishes to Get: the tasting menu (because that's your only option).LEARN MORE ABOUT NIGHTBIRD
With its reclaimed-wood decor, you'll instantly feel like you've walked into a barn that feels both inviting and accessible. That's when Rich Table hits you with its approachable California cuisine. You'll want to stay a while, eating your way through absolutely everything. Dishes to Get: Porcini Doughnuts, sardine chips and Tagliatelle.LEARN MORE ABOUT RICH TABLE
Nojo Ramen Tavern
This Japanese-style pub food specialist serves comforting bowls of ramen & other nibbles in an airy atmosphere. Easily one of the best ramen spots in San Francisco, this is an ideal place for a cool SF night. Enjoy a glass of Sake, or your favorite beer or wine to complement your meal.LEARN MORE ABOUT NOJO RAMEN TAVERN