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December 4, 2020

Where to Enjoy Outdoor Dining in San Francisco Right Now

NOTE: As of December 6th at 10:00 PM, outdoor dining in San Francisco is temporarily suspended through January 4, 2021. Delivery and takeout are still available. Please consider supporting local restaurants this way during the holidays.

Now that San Francisco restaurants have resumed outdoor dining service, we can't wait to get back to our favorite places for great food. Don't worry about the fall 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.

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? 

Civic Center/Hayes Valley

a Mano (450 Hayes St.)

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

Chez Maman West (401 Gough St.)

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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