With thousands of restaurants across the city of San Francisco, choosing where to eat can be difficult. To begin with, San Francisco is known for their thriving dining scene and diverse culinary offerings. From brand-new Italian restaurants to some of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco, our list can potentially lead you to your next favorite meal. Take a look at these restaurants that are essential to visit while traveling in San Francisco!
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Outerlands first opened its doors in 2009, only a few blocks away from the ocean. The restaurant started small, with a reputation built on their bread, and its subtle glorification of the beach culture. Outerlands is dedicated to supporting the environment by utilizing sustainable local resources at every opportunity. Their commitment to sustainability is reflected in their relationships with local organic farms, ranches, and specialty food purveyors.
At Souvla, we live by our motto to “make it nice and be nice.”
Souvla is a fast-fine Greek restaurant that was created from the casual souvlaki restaurants found throughout Greece. The first Souvla opened its doors in April 2014 in Hayes Valley, and its second in the NoPa neighborhood in June 2016. This concept for this restaurant was inspired by the casual souvlaki restaurants found throughout Greece. Souvla is scheduled to open its fourth location in the Marina. The new restaurant will resemble the original space in Hayes Valley, with indoor and outdoor seating.
What made us, we make every day.
Tartine opened its doors for the very first time in 2002 and the line quickly formed outside of their bakery. Tartine began with the mission of bringing bread with an old-soul into the lives of their friends and family in California. The bakers use wood-fired brick ovens to create rustic, elegant pastries using many of the techniques they had learned abroad. Almost twenty years after opening Tartine Bakery, much has changed, but the quality remains. Tartine currently has locations in San Francisco and Seol with a scheduled opening of a new location in Los Angeles.
We are a community gathering place.
Cassava is a neighborhood restaurant located on Balboa St at 36th Ave in the Outer Richmond district of San Francisco. They opened their doors for the very first time on Marth 5th, 2012. Their cuisine is best described as “Modern California cooking” as the executive chef, Kristoffer Toliao, incorporates fresh ingredients from land and sea from the most dedicated purveyors in the Bay Area. Toliao found his ideal location on the quaint Balboa Street in the Outer Richmond in 2011 and opened Cassava with his wife. Since the restaurant’s opening, Toliao has been recognized as one of the up and coming chefs in San Francisco by diverse media outlets including The San Francisco Chronicle, Opentable, and more.
An acronym for Senatus Populusque Romanus, SPQR translates to “The People and Senate of Rome” and was the emblem of the Roman Empire.
SPQR first opened its doors in 2007 on Fillmore Street in San Francisco with an inspiration from the Italian cuisine and wine. In the kitchen, Matthew takes full advantage of the variety of ingredients that California has to offer. SPQR does an amazing job in offering the best dishes by direct sourcing, producing, and at times creating their own ingredients. The result is an intensely personal cuisine that is both technically polished and soulful.
RICH TABLE is a place with no dress code, where the food speaks for itself.
Rich Table first opened its doors in August of 2012 in San Francisco and is the culinary vision of Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich. With over three decades of combined experience in San Francisco and New York high-end restaurants, the team brings a wealth of talent, knowledge of quality foods and wine. Although their restaurant is much more casual than any of the places where they trained, their food reflects the background and history of their work. A large portion of the menu features bar-friendly bites and snacks. Rich Table has an assortment of California’s wine on tap and an assortment of glasses and bottles sorted by price. You can find Rich Table in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.
Pizza for the people.
Del Popolo launched a mobile pizzeria in May of 2012, creating a Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a glass-enclosed shipping container on a Freightliner truck. In November 2015, Del Popolo opened their brick-and-mortar restaurant, featuring the same naturally-leavened, wood-fired pizza that their customers have obsessed over since 2012, along with market-driven antipasti and a curated list of wine and beer.
On a mission to liberate her beloved Thai cuisine from the tyranny of peanut sauce.
Kin Khao first opened its doors in 2014 at the Parc 55 hotel by Pim Techamuanvivit . Kin Khao serves delicious Thai food that stays true to its origin, made with seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meats and seafood. The name of the restaurant comes from the Thai words Kin= eat and Khao=rice. The overriding element for Kin Khao’s potential success is Techamuanvivit, who, through the menu, shares memories of her native land.
Petit Crenn reaches deep into the soul of France.
Dominique Crenn opened Petit Crenn first opened its doors in Hayes Valley in August of 2015 by renowned chef, Dominique Crenn. Petit Crenn is a casual, dinner party-style restaurant with a daily-changing menu. The food that is offered at Crenn is a reflection of Crenn’s upbringing in Northern France. The ensuing vegetable and seafood dishes entwine French classics with pristine NorCal ingredients and inspiration, such as escargots in mushroom broth or gnocchi à la Parisienne with black trumpet mushrooms and black walnuts. Make sure to make a reservation in advance since this restaurant has a 40 guest maximum.
Mister Jiu’s Is a Love Letter to America’s Oldest Chinatown.
Mister Jiu’s first opened its doors in April 2016 and is located in the heart of Chinatown. After a decade of cooking around the globe, from Bologna to Shanghai to restaurants all over the Bay Area, Brandon found the greatest inspiration in his hometown of San Francisco. Chef Brandon Jew has translated his Chinese-American heritage and San Francisco upbringing into a fresh take on the cuisine, in a modern setting. The five-course, $69-per-person meal has a family-style setting and whether you’re dining with one other person or as a party of six, you have five dishes total to share.