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The 20 Finest Eating places In San Francisco

A standard range of restaurants, ranging from impeccable seafood restaurants to elegant Michelin-starred restaurants, make San Francisco a culinary powerhouse. Whether you are craving an innovative dish made with seasonal ingredients, a golden crust Italian focaccia, an authentic Chinese roast duck, or the crispest chicken wings ever, you are sure to find it at Golden Gate City.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in San Francisco that make the city a world-renowned foodie paradise.

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Best restaurants in San Francisco:

Little Lucca specialty sandwich shop

Often referred to as one of San Francisco’s culinary landmarks, Little Lucca has been attracting locals and visitors alike since 1980. Their hearty sandwiches are made with a crunchy and crunchy Dutch crunchy bread, homemade garlic sauce, and filled with a variety of lips – delicious ingredients that range from juicy fried chicken to roast beef and provolone cheese.

Gigi’s Sotto Mare oysters & seafood

The famous Cioppino at Gigi's Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood in San Francisco.

Run by the Azzolino family, Sotto Mare specializes in authentic Italian food and is a place where friends, neighbors and travelers can meet over the freshest seafood and amazing wines in San Francisco. The current highlight is their classic crab cioppino, also known as “The Best Damn Crab Cioppino,” but they also make an excellent creamy, hot bowl of clam chowder.

Swan Oyster Depot

Creamy New England Clam Chowder topped with oyster crackers

With a privileged location between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, San Francisco has no shortage of great seafood restaurants. But Swan Oyster Depot has to be the best. Head to this delicious eatery, which was one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite eateries in town, for its Sicilian-style sashimi, New England clam chowder and freshly caught oysters served with a spicy Thai chili sauce. You will come across a line, but it will be worth it.

Dumpling specialist

Chinese dumplings in a bamboo steamer box.

Take your taste buds on a trip around the world by paying a visit to the Dumpling Specialist. This small, casual restaurant has been praised for its delicate dumplings, fried Sheng Jian bao buns, chili oil-dipped wontons, and rich beef noodle soup.

Liguria bakery

A person cuts a foccacia bread in a restaurant.

After wandering the charming streets of North Beach, a vibrant neighborhood that is home to a large community of people from Northern Italy, head to Liguria Bakery for a handmade spring onion, rosemary, and pizza focaccia – the best in town.

Taqueria El Farolito

Person holding giant Mexican burrito cut in half.

Don’t miss the chance to sample the neighborhood’s delicious range of taquerias and Mexican restaurants as you explore the colorful streets of the bustling Mission District. One of the best is undoubtedly the Taqueria El Farolito, famous for its juicy Carne Asada Super Burrito, and the Super Shrimp & Meat Burrito with beans, avocado, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Perfect to take away or to eat.


A pasta dish from the Cotogna restaurant in San Francisco, California.

Located in historic Jackson Square in San Francisco, the Cotogna attracts gourmets with its interpretation of some of the typical Italian dishes. The menu includes everything from fried zucchini with ramp mayonnaise, burrata with sugar snap peas, pappardelle with slowly cooked pork leg ragout, and chard with pine nuts and currants.


Beautifully prepared meal from the Quince Restaurant in San Francisco, California.

Chic to the max, Quince demonstrates Chef Michael Tusk’s unique skills in creating dishes infected with seasonal and local ingredients. This three-star Michelin restaurant has a tasting menu that changes every evening and is inspired by the flavors of Northern California and West Marin County in particular.

La Taqueria San Francisco

A person pours a creamy sauce onto a taco.

Also in the historic Mission District, Taqueria San Francisco draws crowds for its soulful Mexican staples. Your homemade burritos can be filled with meat of your choice, from carne asada (steak) to pork grill, and topped with delicious ingredients like rice, beans, coriander, sour cream, cheese and avocado. Also try the enchiladas and super meat nachos.

Park tavern

Hamburger, fries and salad from Park Tavern restaurant in San Francisco, California.

The Park Tavern, calling itself the “Upscale American Tavern,” is a top choice for those craving a hearty comfort meal. The restaurant has an airy terrace where you can dine al fresco and try the typical cocktails with delicious starters – try the smoked devil’s egg with bacon, pickled jalapeño and chives – and the classic “Marlowe” burgers with caramelized onions, cheddar , Bacon, horseradish aioli & french fries.

China Live

Chinese food at China Live restaurant in San Francisco, California.

In the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown is China Live, a restaurant that conveys the complex flavors of Asia. Their delicious, diverse menu features some unique and irresistible dishes, such as Singapore-style chicken wings, chopped Peking goat salad, butter-garlic noodles and their best-seller: the famous Sheng Jian Bao-fried pork dumplings – hot and juicy on the top Within.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

A freshly baked cinnamon bun from Devil's Teeth Baking Company, San Francisco, California.

The best way to start the day in San Francisco? By enjoying the soothing breakfast rolls at Devil’s Teeth Baking Company. Considered the best in town, these fluffy buttermilk biscuits are filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and apple wood smoked bacon on our homemade buttermilk biscuit. In addition to the regular sandwiches, there is also the special version that comes with Pepper Jack Cheese, avocado and our famous and their famous lemon and garlic aioli. Combine it with a “Cafe au lait” and you are good to go!

The bird

Hand holds a fried chicken sandwich at Bird Restaurant in San Francisco, California.

You can’t go wrong with The Bird’s Roast Chicken Sandwich. Served on a fresh bun baked every morning in Richmond, California, the roast chicken is coated in a tangy Berbere spice mix and topped with homemade crunchy apple salad, mayo, and cucumber. Perfect for lunch or as an afternoon snack!


Beautifully crafted sushi from Robin in San Francisco, California.

A well-spent day in San Francisco can be rounded off with a delicious dinner at Robin, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hayes Valley’s, which has been praised for its sushi-heavy menu. There, guests are offered a carefully personalized omakase experience, a form of Japanese cuisine in which the head sushi chef curates the menu and prepares each dish with seasonal and fine ingredients.

Tony’s Napoletana Pizza

A golden crust pizza topped with parmesan and herbs at Tony's Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco, California.

San Francisco offers a variety of major restaurants from a range of cuisines. After indulging your taste buds with Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican flavors, head to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana for an unbeatable Italian dinner. This award-winning restaurant is famous for its wood-fired pizza made with authentic ingredients imported directly from Italy. Your margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella fior di latte is a must.

Bi-Rite Dairy

Ice cream cone melts outdoors in summer.

Curb your sugar cravings by paying a visit to the Bi-Rite Creamery, known for their artisanal ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients and buffalo milk. Their creamy and rich ice creams come in a variety of delicious flavors, such as toasted banana, cookies and cream, peach cobbler and the best seller: salted caramel!


Eggs Benedict at Zazie in San Francisco, California.

Zazie has everything you could want from an excellent brunch place: Eggs Benedict on English muffins with lemon hollandaise, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, various sandwiches, creamy omelettes and over 10 types of mimosa!

La Ciccia

Pasta dish with grated cheese.

Located on the edge of the Noe Valley, Ciccia takes you on a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. After feasting on delicious burrata starters with rocket and marinated white anchovies, be sure to try their famous pasta Longa a su Nieddu (fresh fettucine seafood, citrus peel squid ink) or the pasta Cruzza cun Arrizonis (artisanal fusilli sea urchin tomato grated tuna).

Bac Lieu

Vietnamese pho dish.

Ever wanted to try tempting Vietnamese dishes that go beyond the staple phở and fresh spring rolls? Then Back Liêu is the place for you. This family-run restaurant serves tempting dishes such as bánh hỏi, a woven rice noodle sheet served with a variety of meats and fresh vegetables, and Mì tỏi gà quay chao, garlic noodles with seasoned chicken.

Tartine Bakery

Freshly baked pan au jambon from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, California.

As soon as you get near the Tartine Bakery, you will be mesmerized by the fresh smell of croissants and baked morning rolls. As the ultimate hotspot for foodies craving a carbohydrate overdose in San Francisco, the bakery offers a delicious selection of pastries, from pain au chocolate to buttermilk scones with candied orange peel and seasonal fruit muffins.

Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco’s restaurants:

What should you definitely eat in San Francisco?

Some of the staples in San Francisco are the Dutch crunch bread from Little Lucca, the Irish coffee from the Buena Vista Cafe, the clam soup from the Swan Oyster Depot, and the caldo verde from the Grubstake, to name a few.

What is the most famous restaurant in San Francisco?

Iconic San Francisco restaurants include Little Luca, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Sotto Mare, the Golden Gate Bakery, Liguria Bakery, and Boudin Bakery.

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