San Francisco Food Favorites

As a resident of San Francisco Bay Area for many years, I’ve tried a decent amount of restaurants. Over time, to facilitate sharing with friends and remembering my favorites, I compiled the list into a Google Doc spreadsheet. Below is the consolidation of my favorite restaurants / bars / etc. with cuisine, price, neighborhood, and some notes. I tried to order it loosely by most recommended at the top, but I would love to go back to any of these. I unfortunately did not include my least favorites list. FYI most of these places are very vegetarian friendly, unless otherwise noted. Yelp is a critical resource as well. Looking forward to doing the same thing in Boston. Enjoy!


aziza mediterranean $$$ outer richmond must try basteeya, recommend chef’s tasting
benu american $$$$ soma most unique tasting menu in sf, japanese influence
kokkari mediterranean $$$$ fidi amazing lamb, good veg options
tataki sushi $$$ russian hill veg sushi menu
sushi zone sushi $$ duboce triangle mango sea bass, not veg friendly
zero zero italian $$$ soma must try bruschetta, make your own sundaes
saha mediterranean $$$ union sq amazing orange duck, veg friendly
burma superstar burmese $$$ inner richmond must get: rainbow salad, samosa soup, superstar noodles, nan pia dok
kiss seafood sushi $$$$ japantown omakase (pre-fixe), not veg friendly
gary danko french $$$$ north beach best french in sf, veg tasting menu
1300 on fillmore southern $$$ fillmore best fried chicken, veg friendly, awesome drinks
perbacco italian $$$ fidi seafood
chez papa bistrot french $$ potrero semoule, veg ratatoille, lamb, trout
skool seafood $$$ potrero squid ink pasta is a must
beretta italian $$ mission
fino italian $$$ union sq best traditional italian restaurant
frascati french $$$ russian hill
le charm french $$$ soma
the house asian fusion $$ north beach
patxis pizza $$ (multiple) best deep dish
little star pizza $$ (multiple) second best deep dish
zushi puzzle sushi $$ marina
koh samui thai $$$ soma pumpkin curry
millenium veg $$$ union sq
mandalay burmese $$ inner richmond
koo sushi $$$ inner richmond
helmand afghani $$ russian hill pumpkin app dish
so korean $ soma
poesia italian $$ castro
amber indian $$$ soma
firefly new american $$$ noe valley fried chicken
source vegetarian $$ potrero hill best veggie burger, truffle mac and cheese, amazing fries
pizzeta 211 pizza $$ outer richmond great pizza
tommaso italian $$$ north beach
specchio italian $$ mission
cafe claude italian $$$ fidi
local italian $$ soma sunday night all you can eat pizza
cafe altano italian $$$ russian hill
delfina italian $$$ mission crowded
radius american $$$ soma good lunch cafe as well


ike’s place messy $$ castro try: name of girl i’m dating, we’re just friends
deli board messy $$ soma
m&l deli-style $$ mission
the sentinel regular $$ soma
cafe algiers deli-style $ soma spicy turkey w/ avocado


mitchell’s ice cream $ mission chocolate caramel crackle, grasshopper pie
anthony’s cookies $$ mission chocolate chip, cookies and cream
goody goodies cookies $$ mission chocolate chip cookie
tartine baked goods $$ mission almond croissant
mr and mrs miscellaneous ice cream $ dogpatch
bi-rite creamery ice cream $$ mission eclectic flavors
humphry slocombe ice cream $ mission
bob’s donuts donuts $ russian hill apple fritter made fresh late night
dynamo donuts $ potrero hill


philz coffee $$ multiple tesora is std, 49er
blue bottle coffee $$ multiple
sightglass coffee $$ soma
ritual coffee coffee $$ mission

Breakfast / Brunch

mama’s $$ north beach long line
butler and chef $$$ soma good french, eggs benedict
zazie $$ cole valley
mission beach café $$$ mission
yank sing $$$$ soma veg friendly dim sum
savor $$ nob hill
foreign cinema $$$ mission
la boulangerie $$ multiple
pomelo $$$ multiple


toronado $ haight good beer selection, next to rosamunde (sausages)
rickhouse $$$ fidi speakeasy
bourbon and branch $$$ union sq speakeasy
monk’s kettle $$ mission good beer, crowded
21st amendment $$ soma decent happy hour spot
elixir $ mission speakeasy
83 proof $$ soma speakeasy, great later in evening (my favorite bar)
burritt room $$ union sq speakeasy
pedro’s cantina $$ soma solid sports bar


zero zero $ soma  see above
golden boy $ north beach
tony’s $ north beach
little star $$ mission
pizetta 211 $ outer richmond
arizmendi $ multiple
patxi $$ multiple  delivers
pauline’s $$ mission
delfina $$ mission
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