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May 18, 2021

Where to Enjoy Outdoor Dining in San Francisco Right Now

While San Francisco restaurants have stellar indoor dining service, many of our favorite places for great food have expanded their outdoor dining capacity, giving everyone plenty of options to dine in San Francisco. More room, means less waiting, and that's always a good thing. Don't worry about our mild weather, many places are armed with heaters and blankets to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Here are some of our favorites, grouped by neighborhood, where you can enjoy some of San Francisco's legendary cuisine.

Bayview and Dogptach

All Good Pizza (1605 Jerrod Ave.)

A pizza truck turned brick oven is doling out delicious pies that's making people line up in the Bayview. Enjoy them at the covered picnic benches.

Magnolia Brewing (2505 Third St.)

This popular brewpub on the east side of the city is opening back up again. Sure, the beers are great, but wait until you meet their talented mixologists. We dare you to find a cocktail that's anything less than delicious.

The Castro

Catch (2362 Market St.)

Eat fresh local seafood and more in a comfortable, relaxed (and covered) back patio. By the way, they have a fire pit.

Fable (558 Castro St.)

Don't let the tiny storefront fool you. Fable has a delightful rear patio that is one of the best kept secrets of the Castro. Stop in for their impeccable brunch.

Poesia (4072 18th St.)

Poesia Osteria Italiana is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood. Poesia's musts are the pasta - all made fresh in-house. They work with sustainable and local ingredients when possible. Old classic recipes are served with a modern twist.

Starbelly (3583 16th St.)

If you have a big group and are looking for plenty of space, Starbelly is the place for you. Get Doc's Way Burger, an off-the-menu secret and you'll feel like you've been dining there for years.

Central Market

Charmaine's (1100 Market St.)

This stylish lounge atop the Proper Hotel is best enjoyed outdoors anyway, so why not visit now? 


Z & Y Restaurant (655 Jackson St.)

Ring in Lunar New Year at Z & Y, with great lunch and dinner specials.

Civic Center/Hayes Valley

Akna (399 Grove St.)

Akna is a Mayan-Yucatecan pop-up highlighting indigenous ingredients and traditional family recipes. Developed by longtime Absinthe Chef Eddie Arriaga and his son, Ivan Arriaga—Chef and General Manager respectively.  There is outdoor seating available under the palapa.

a Mano (450 Hayes St.)

Around the corner from popular park Patricia's Green, a Mano offers homemade pizzas and pastas.

Arbor (384 Hayes St.)

Arbor is a neighborhood restaurant featuring a variety of fast, casual, and healthful dishes. With wines on tap, and bottles from neighboring Arlequin Wine Merchant, they are focused on organic local ingredients. The menu features an array of burgers and sandwiches, big-bowl salads, and plant-based soft-serve.

Baia (300 Grove St.)

Baia serves Italian-inspired comfort food—all plant-based—served in a chic yet approachable setting. Popular dishes include the lasagna, Cacio E Pepe, and the Margherita pizza.

Baiano Pizzeria ( 100 Gough St.)

Baiano Pizzeria is a neighborhood pizzeria that is family-owned and operated. They are known for the sausage and honey pie and pesto pie.

Chez Maman West (401 Gough St.)

Stop by this tiny French bistro on this busy neighborhood corner for great eats and people-watching.

Espetus Churrascaria (1686 Market St.)

Espetus Churrascaria is an upscale churrascaria serving unlimited meat skewers, salads & side dishes for a fixed price.

The Market (1355 Market St.)

The Market is an Industrial-style food hall with cafes & counter-serve eats, plus local & organic grocery items. There is plenty of outdoor seating available.

Nojo Ramen Tavern (231 Franklin St.)

In the heart of Hayes Valley, you'll find Nojo, an artisanal noodle and small plate concept from Japan. They have brought and replicated our unique and modern Japanese recipes, such as our signature small bites, to complement our elaborately created Ramen selection, which is perfect for those chilly San Francisco nights.

Papito Hayes (425 Hayes St.)

Fresh Mexican fare and renowned sangria are available at Papito Hayes. 

Embarcadero/Financial District

Angler (132 Embarcadero)

If you can't wait to dine out again in San Francisco, why not start with one of the best restaurants in the city? Angler offers a wide range of seafood, premium wines, and a great view of the bay.

Epic Steak (369 The Embarcadero)

For a stunning view of the Bay Bridge, and a rather epic steak, here’s your spot. You’ll also find oysters, Dungeness crab cocktail, house-made charcuterie, salads and more to make a meal out of.

Gott's Roadside (1 Ferry Building)

For those craving delicious, high-quality fare in a welcoming, down-to-earth setting, Gott’s Roadside is a tried-and-true local favorite. Gott’s serves juicy cheeseburgers, hot dogs, incredible onion rings, and hand-spun shakes alongside crispy Ahi Poke tacos, fresh salads, and a renowned Ahi burger. Enjoy all of these outside the iconic Ferry Building.

Sam's Grill (374 Bush St.)

One of the oldest and most well-known San Francisco restaurants is back open for business. Enjoy their classic seafood dishes on their patio space.

Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero South)

A sister restaurant to Epic, this upscale place is known for its extensive oyster bar, outdoor patio, happy hour and menu of sustainable seafood, from grilled spot prawns to local salmon.

Wayfare Tavern (558 Sacramento St.)

Created by famed chef Tyler Florence, Wayfare Tavern offers some of the best dining in San Francisco.

The Vault (555 California St.)

Step inside The Vault Garden, an outdoor oasis in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Named San Francisco's Safest Dining by the SF Chronicle, experience the Garden for dinner and drinks in a socially responsible atmosphere.


4505 Burgers & BBQ (705 Divisadero St.)

The patio at 4505 Burgers & BBQ may seem a little unconventional (it's a converted parking lot), but that's what gives it San Francisco charm. If the patio alone won't get you there, then the mouthwatering burgers and ribs should.

Florio (1915 Fillmore St.)

This neighborhood favorite serves up decadent French and Italian dishes. Seasonal specialties also populate the menu.

Fisherman's Wharf

Boudin Bakery & Cafe (1600 Jefferson St.)

Dine alfresco in our new pop-up patio at Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy a meal in our socially safely spaced patio that features a wood fire pizza oven and a menu with a food-festival style vibe.

Cioppino's (400 Jefferson St.)

Come visit this waterfront restaurant for some of its signature, namesake dish. Seafood, pasta, and a terrific view are all on offer here.

Fog Harbor Fish House (PIER 39)

Fog Harbor Fish House offers the quintessential San Francisco waterfront dining experience with menu items including Garlic Roasted Dungeness Crab, Fish N Chips, Steaks, Cioppino, and our Award-Winning Clam Chowder. Located on the second level of PIER 39, every table offers spectacular San Francisco Bay views looking out over Alcatraz, the PIER 39 Sea Lions and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pier Market (PIER 39)

Pier Market is an authentic fish house where the locals go for the freshest seafood in the city. They serve fresh, mesquite-grilled fish and meat, Dungeness Crab, Pastas, Award Winning Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowls and Authentic Sourdough Bread. 

San Francisco Brewing Company (3150 Polk St.)

Located at famous Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Brewing Company offers beautiful outdoor space and a bevy of beers on tap.

Scoma's (Pier 47, One Al Scoma Way)

Family-owned and operated since 1965, Scoma's is offering outdoor dining from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends as part of their new brunch offering. A new Happy Hour menu, served Monday - Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., features bacon-wrapped scallops, parmesan polenta, and smoky clams on garlic toast.

Wipeout Bar & Grill (PIER 39)

Located on the PIER's lower level, Wipeout features outdoor seating, a casual atmosphere, and a menu that is definitely family-friendly.


Zazie (941 Cole St.)

Here's what you can expect at this neighborhood restaurant: a long line worth the wait, countless options for eggs benedict and a beautiful ivy covered back patio.

Marina and Pacific Heights

Palm House (2032 Union St.)

Palm House offers an approachable menu of tropical comfort food (like jerk chicken and ceviche) with a California sensibility, alongside inventive cocktails, all in a space inspired by turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. With an expanded patio, it's the perfect spot for a a boozy slushie or margarita.

Perry's on Union Street (1944 Union St.)

If you find yourself on Union Street, look for Perry's, a San Francisco institution. It's known for classic American food, personable service and a fun, bustling bar. 

Tacolicious (2250 Chestnut St.)

This large location of the popular San Francisco chain offers terrific tacos, generous margaritas, and close proximity to the Marina's great retail. Tacolicious on Valencia Street in the Mission also has outdoor seating available.


Casements (2351 Mission St.)

This new Irish pub is serving savory meat pies and clever cocktails. It had opened just before our shelter in place order began, so you can still be among the first of your friends to try it! 

El Techo de Lolinda (2518 Mission St.)

El Techo de Lolinda is the sister restaurant to the Argentine steakhouse, Lolinda, which it sits on top of. Here you can enjoy Latin street food with impeccable views of the San Francisco skyline.

Gracias Madre (2211 Mission St.)

Some of the best vegan and vegetarian dining in San Francisco can be found at Gracias Madre. Their outdoor and sidewalk seating is now waiting for you.

Zeitgeist (199 Valencia St.)

No list of San Francisco patios is complete without the inclusion of everyone's favorite biker beer garden. Get a pitcher or a Bloody Mary (if you dare).

NOPA (North of the Panhandle)/Lower Pacific Heights

Scopo Divino (2800 California St.)

Located in Lower Pac Heights in San Francisco, Scopo Divino brings you wines from around the world. The wines have been carefully curated to pair not only to their cuisine but also our atmosphere and your mood. They have delicious food too.

North Beach

Cafe Zoetrope (916 Kearny St.)

Located in the famous Sentinel Building (really, you can't miss it), Cafe Zoetrope is a perfect spot for lovers of traditional Italian food and classic cinema alike. (The owner is famed director Francis Ford Coppola.)

Original Joe's (601 Union St.)

Original Joe's has been serving San Franciscans for nearly 100 years—and now they're ready to welcome you back! Stop in for their classic Italian dishes, just around the corner from Washington Square Park.

Tony's Pizza Napoletana (1570 Stockton St.)

Tony's serves up prize-winning pizza that you can enjoy at their outside tables, which are right in the middle of all the neighborhood action.


Burma Superstar (309 Clement St.)

Located in the middle of what some people consider to be San Francisco's true Chinatown, Burma Superstar is back, serving up its famous tea leaf salad and other Burmese delicacies.

Chili House (726 Clement St.)

Celebrate the Year of the Ox at Chili House by ordering their famous tea smoked duck and Szechuan chili lamb.

Pearl 6101 (6101 California St.)

Halfway between the Presidio and Lands End is this excellent bistro, which is now taking reservations for its outdoor seating. Great seafood and colorful cocktails can be found here in abundance.

Tastebuds (600 Fifth Ave.)

Just north of Golden Gate Park lies this soul food-inspired neighborhood favorite. Their Sunday brunch offerings are some of the best you'll find in the Richmond.

Tia Margarita (300 19th Ave.)

Tia Margarita, a family-owned restaurant, established in 1963, serves classic northern Mexican fare in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Most recipes have remained constant throughout Tia Margarita’s history, such as the carne asada, while other dishes have evolved to appeal to new customers’ tastes. They are also known for their namesake, the margarita.

SoMa/Yerba Buena

ATwater Tavern (295 Terry A Francois Blvd.)

Across McCovey Cove sits ATwater Tavern, a trendy oasis in a rapidly developing corner of San Francisco. Plenty of outdoor space and large umbrellas make for a comfortable time in the sun.

The Creamery (685 Fourth St.)

This little bistro is almost too well hidden, but that just makes it all the more rewarding. Breakfast, lunch, and a full bar make it a go-to place during daylight hours.


Java Beach Cafe (1396 La Playa St.)

Tuck in here for a hearty breakfast before or after a nice, long walk along the beach.

Union Square

54 Mint Ristorante Italiano (16 Mint Plaza)

Located on a tiny alley just south of Market, this modern Italian trattoria serves up elevated Roman dishes & Italian wines. Their bread, pasta, and dessert are made fresh ever since 2009.

Jones (620 Jones St.)

This sprawling outdoor establishment is perfect for following necessary protocols. A wide beer selection and awesome wood-fired pizzas make Jones a must-visit.

Montesacro (510 Stevenson St.)

Montesacro is the first Roman Pinseria Romana to open in the US. Come for the Roman-style pizza (called "pinsa") from a brick oven, and have a glass of wine & beer.

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