Absinthe

Hayes Valley

Occupying a busy corner in chic Hayes Valley, Absinthe is a favorite with the see-and-be-seen brunch crowd. The menu is brasserie-inspired--serving classics like...

  • Café or Bistro
  • French

Citizen's Band

SoMa

Offering a contemporary take on classic American diner fare, Citizen's Band is a popular corner spot in SoMa celebrated for their mac and cheese and fried chicken....

  • Casual
  • American

Zuni Cafe

Hayes Valley

Chef Judy Rodgers has made Zuni Cafe into one of the most respected restaurants in San Francisco, and in many ways it represents the best of the city's culinary...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American

Burma Superstar

Richmond

Since the Burma Superstar opened it 1992 in "the other chinatown," it has added locations in Alameda and Oakland. If you haven't tried Burmese, San Francisco is the...

  • Casual
  • Asian fusion
  • 5
  • 1

Cafe Flore

Castro

More famous for its people-watching than for its food--though that's good too--Cafe Flore is a fixture of the Castro. Their sunny patio is brunch central, where you...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American
  • 5
  • 1

Cliff House Bistro

Sea Cliff

The dining room at Cliff House Bistro--located inside the larger Cliff House complex--takes full advantage of its enviable location with massive floor-to-ceiling...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American
  • 5
  • 1

Delfina

Mission

Long a dining destination in the Mission, Delfina is a neighborhood trattoria that does Northern Italian cuisine very well. Try the grilled calamari, any of the...

  • Casual
  • Italian
  • 5
  • 1

Dolores Park Cafe

Mission

Located right across the street from gay-centric Dolores Park, the Dolores Park Cafe serves a menu of American classics in a large, sunny dining room with huge...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American
  • 5
  • 1

Florio Bar & Cafe

Pacific Heights

A cute and very European corner bistro in Pacific Heights, Florio Bar & Café opened in 1998 and has remained a neighborhood standby for an after work bar scene...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Italian
  • 5
  • 1

Great Eastern

Chinatown

A classic Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown, the dining room at Great Eastern is guaranteed to be crowded with both local celebrities and off-shift workers from...

  • Casual
  • Chinese
  • 5
  • 1

Nopa

Western Addition

Nopa is a trendy spot, good for small parties, creative cocktails and organic California fare from an open kitchen including a raved-about wood-fired burger.

  • Café or Bistro
  • American
  • 5
  • 1

AsiaSF

SoMa

The draw at AsiaSF is not necessarily the food--though they do a good job of serving small-plate Asian fusion--but the performers, a troupe of drag queens who strut...

  • Theme
  • Asian fusion
  • 4
  • 1

Ame

SoMa

Just off the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel, curious diners will find a fusion menu by Chef Hiro Sone blending Japan, America, France, and Italy. The crowd can be a...

  • Fine Dining
  • Asian fusion

Anchor Oyster Bar

Castro

The nautical-themed dining room at Anchor Oyster Bar, with its stainless-steel tables, gleaming white tile, and whirring ceiling fans, provides a crisp backdrop to...

  • Seafood
  • American

Benu

SoMa

At new-ish restaurant Benu, Chef-owner Corey Lee--who spent years as chef de cuisine at French Laundry--wows eager patrons with his three Michelin-starred menu of...

  • Fine Dining
  • American

Cat Cora's Kitchen

Airport

Iron Chef and TV personality Cat Cora opened her New American tapas and cocktail lounge near Gate 55 in Terminal 2 of the San Francisco airport. Ingredients are...

  • Café or Bistro
  • Tapas Bar

Chile Pies

The Castro

A sliver of a bakery with a bustling lunch counter, Chile Pies in the Castro sells Mexican-influenced pies both savory and sweet. The famed green chilies of New...

  • Casual
  • Mexican

Chow

The Castro

The perfect restaurant for wallet-conscious diners with a big appetite, Chow serves old standbys like hamburgers and spaghetti meatballs in a festive diner...

  • Casual
  • American

Commonwealth

Mission

A symphony of farm-to-table and foraged ingredients, Chef Jason Fox has created some of the most imaginative dining in the area; no small feat in a city like San...

  • Market
  • American

Farallon

Union Square

With one of the best raw bars in San Francisco, run by award-winning chef Mark Franz, Farallon is a hot spot for local seafood-lovers and tourists alike. The dining...

  • Seafood
  • Local Cuisine

Frances

The Castro

Chef-owner Melissa Perello runs things to a high standard at Frances, her hit restaurant in the Castro where the dining room is small, and guaranteed to be packed...

  • Fine Dining
  • French

Hollywood Cafe

North Beach

Walls decorated with head shots bring the "Hollywood" to Hollywood Cafe, but the menu is decidedly down-to-earth, offering standard diner fare for breakfast like...

  • Casual
  • American

Indian Oven

The Haight

Specializing in northern Indian fare like classic tandoori grilled meats and curry spiced vegetables, Indian Oven enjoys a city-wide popularity. Though this means...

  • Family style
  • Indian

Juhu Beach Club

Oakland

Juhu Beach Club by Chef Preeti Mistry features raved-about Indian street food and cuisine, as well as a super friendly staff and fun atmosphere. Look for the big...

  • Casual
  • Indian

L'Ardoise

Castro

A romantic French bistro with a compact, dimly-lit dining room, L'Ardoise is a favorite with neighborhood Francophiles, who appreciate the mastery that goes into...

  • Café or Bistro
  • French

L'Osteria del Forno

North Beach

An affordable family-owned trattoria in North Beach, L'Osteria del Forno serves a simple menu of baked pastas, roasted meats, pizza and focaccia sandwiches in a...

  • Family style
  • Italian

La Mediterranee

Castro

A relaxed family-friendly setting and amiable service have kept La Mediterranee at the top of the list of Castro restaurants for years. The menu is unpretentious...

  • Family style
  • Mediterranean

La Taqueria

Mission

For over 30 years La Taqueria in the Mission has been something of an institution with local foodies, who praise the "traditional" burritos--this means no rice to...

  • Casual
  • Mexican

Lers Ros

Tenderloin

This hole-in-the-wall family Thai joint in the Tenderloin serves spicy classics like papaya salad and duck larb from an extensive menu. It's proved so popular that...

  • Casual
  • Thai

Marlowe

SoMa

Crowded with guests eager to sample chef Jennifer Puccio's famous burgers, Marlowe is one of SoMa's most popular foodie destinations. The dining room--clean and...

  • Café or Bistro
  • American