Where to Eat in Union Square
Union Square is at the very heart of downtown San Francisco. Home to a number of landmarks and dozens of shops and restaurants, Union Square is a frequent destination for visitors to the Golden City. It is also home to many of the best and most diverse culinary options in all of San Francisco. That's why you'll frequently see locals dining in Union Square, unlike other major cities (New Yorkers in Times Square, for instance). If you're planning to visit San Francisco soon, take a look at our curated list of diverse dining establishments located in Union Square.
Union Square Restaurants
398 Brasserie (398 Geary St.)
If you're hungry for some French cuisine, 398 Brasserie is a fantastic option. Despite being located right in the heart of Union Square, you'll feel like you've been transported into Paris -- at least for the duration of your meal. The 398 Brasserie combines classic French food and style with a modern, chic decor. If you are having trouble choosing a plate, we strongly recommend the duck leg confit and filet mignon, both of which are standouts on an excellent menu.
Bartlett Hall (242 O'Farrell St.)
Virtually everyone in San Francisco knows Bartlett Hall. Located right in the heart of Union Square, this upscale but not stuffy venue features delicious food and constant sports entertainment on their numerous televisions. If you aren't sure what to get, we recommend the Bartlett Burger, a delicious sandwich complete with caramelized onions, garlic chive aioli, and several other delicious ingredients you have to taste to believe. Their lounge area is also filled with overstuffed chairs, where you can hang out while watching the game or waiting for your table.
Del Popolo (855 Bush St.)
Del Popolo is one of the more popular pizza places in San Francisco, and many locals stop by on a regular basis to enjoy their unique artisan-style creations. For those who want a more traditional pizza, they have several to choose from as well. If you're in the mood for pizza, Del Popolo is the place in Union Square to visit.
E&O Kitchen and Bar (314 Sutter St.)
A neighborhood institution that's always reliable, E&O Kitchen and Bar serves Asian dishes with bold and exciting flavors. Now open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as take-out, E&O offers everything from raw bar selections to dumplings, noodles to satay, and even specialty burgers. With Executive Chef Sharon Nahm in the kitchen and Ace Chon behind the bar, patrons are in excellent hands. Don't miss their happy hour, Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Gaspar Brasserie (185 Sutter St.)
Gaspar is an elegant yet refreshingly laid-back French restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Union Square. While their dinners are great, many locals swear by the incredible and authentic French desserts. Even if you have dinner plans somewhere else, we recommend trying out one of Gaspar's famous treats, such as the Le Fraisier pour deux.
Kin Khao (55 Cyril Magnin St.)
Kin Khao is one of the crown jewels of Union Square. This popular Thai restaurant has earned a Michelin star, and if you ask San Franciscans, they'll emphatically tell you that Kin Khao has earned it. While they have a robust list of traditional Thai dishes, the chef at Kin Khao isn't afraid to experiment. The menu is loaded with innovative fusion dishes as well.
Le Colonial (20 Cosmo Pl.)
Le Colonial is the place to go for Southeast Asian fare in Union Square. From the tuna carpaccio to the scallops, everything on this menu is fresh and authentic. If you aren't sure what to order, speak with the waiter or waitress, as they are more than happy to suggest many of delicious items for you to try.
Tratto (501 Geary St.)
Tratto is a simple and casual family-style Italian joint. If you're in the mood for a freshly-made pizza and some Italian soda, try Trattos for lunch. Trattos is a simple restaurant and is great if you're looking to eat quick and move on to the next activity. www.tratto-sf.com
This is just a small sampling of the many delicious restaurants in Union Square. We strongly recommend that you walk around the neighborhood and see which restaurant calls out to you -- you won't be disappointed.