Top 20 Best Places to Eat in San Francisco
Since Moving to San Francisco, I have developed a love for Seafood (especially oysters.) I also enjoy French cuisine and small plates. In my three years of SF living, I have got to experience some of the best food the city has to offer, and now I shall share my list with you!
Breakfast & Brunch
1. Monsieur Benjamin – Oysters, mimosas, and scrambled eggs, enough said! I love to go here for brunch and dinner. Located in the heart of Hayes Valley, is one of my favorite fancy French restaurants.
2. Mission Rock Resort – Like I said before I am a big seafood lover and oyster fanatic. I usually get a dozen oysters and calamari. It’s near the UCSF hospital right off of 3rd street.
3. Suppenküche – If you like to drink your beer by the boot this is a place to check out. It’s a German-style restaurant in Hayes Valley.
4. Brickhouse Cafe – who loves brunch? Me again! Lots of different options and just a good spot to have your breakfast/brunch and mimosas.
5. Just For You Cafe – When I want a nice simple breakfast, I go here. It’s close to my home in the Bayview. The owner of the restaurant is friendly, and you can customize your order which is awesome because I don’t always want my food in massive proportions.
6. Frisco Fried – If you like fried chicken and waffles, this is the spot! The Bayview’s heart and soul go into this food.
A Quick Bite
7. Arlequin Cafe – This cafe surveys the most bomb breakfast burrito I have ever tasted! They are huge so I would recommend splitting it with a friend.
8. Wesburger ‘N’ More – So I hardly ever eat hamburgers, but when I do, it’s a Wesburger. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s not like any ordinary burger I have had before. All I have to say is try it!
9. Taqueria Dos Amigos – Best burritos I have found. I recently discovered this place through working around the SOMA neighborhood. It’s good affordable food to go. I like to get the baby burritos or the shrimp tacos!
9. Sushirito – it’s sushi in a burrito form, like wow!
10. Cala -I went here for Valentines Day with my boyfriend, Paul. They have the best food, taste wise, that I have come across out of all the restaurants in San Francisco. They have a lot of different options and SMALL PLATES, which I love. We ordered the Rockfish a la talla, Mussels over toast with carnitas and shaved egg, and Kampachi Ceviche with kohlrabi and sorrel. It was more than enough for the two of us, but we ate everything, it was so delicious!
1 1. Anchor Oyster Bar – I had oysters for the first time here! It was also where Paul took me on our first date. It is a small seafood restaurant with five-star food on the Castro stripe.
12. Absinthe – This place is one of my staple restaurants in Hayes Valley. They have a great coke baby greens salad and seafood ceviche. Their cocktail menu is also on point if you’re just looking to grab a drink.
13. The Boxing Room – They have fried alligator!!!! I don’t know of any other places serving fried alligator in SF. They also have a bunch of different options for small plates.
14. Moshi-Moshi – My favorite sushi place. I will warn you; it is expensive. Located in-between the Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhood. They have a full bar and an extensive selection of quality sushi.
15. Tadich Grill – One of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco. They are a higher end seafood joint. You can get more exotic seafood like swordfish, and they have a ton of different options.
16. Amelie’s – oh man, when it’s girls night out this is the spot to be! It’s a modern French wine and cheese bar on Polk Street. They have a whole menu full of wine to choose from and tons of different cheese and meat options served with a whole bag of bread, yum!
17. The Sea Star – This is a straight-up bar but, they recently added cheese plates to the menu, so I think it qualifies. The service here is top notch, and the cheese plate is like a whole meal’s worth of food.
18. Smitten Ice Cream – This trendy ice cream shop is in Hayes Valley next to the park. The ice cream is to die for, and it’s made right in front of you!
19. Hot Cookie – Sort of a touristy cookie joint. They are famous for their dick shaped cookies. While I don’t get those, I do enjoy a hot snickerdoodle!
20. Bob’s Donuts – Very similar to a donut shop in my hometown in Indiana, I recommend going there at 1 am and getting the donuts fresh out of the oven!
Obviously, this list is compiled of places I like and it is just my opinion, there are still so many great places I haven’t been to in San Francisco so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment below. Thanks!