Home to world-class attractions and a diverse array of cool neighbourhoods to explore, San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations in the US. It also boasts a huge variety of eateries to suit a great range of budgets and tastes. To find out where to eat in the city, we asked you about your favourite restaurants in San Francisco over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...
Pinocchio or North Beach Pizza
Alessandro Arigliano says:
PINOCCHIO OR NORTH BEACH PIZZA...
Italian cuisine is what you’ll find on the menu at Pinocchio, a trattoria owned by a Sicilian chef. At this restaurant you’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of pasta dishes, as well as regularly changing specials, signature cocktails and more. North Beach Pizzas unsurprisingly specialises in pizzas and has been doing so for over 20 years. Along with house specials, this restaurant also serves up Half ‘n Half pizzas, so you can enjoy even more of the delicious toppings on offer.
Location: Pinocchio: 401 Columbus Avenue; North Beach Pizza: 1462 Grant Avenue.
Stephan List says:
Hmm, I like this one: Cafe Sapore. They serve "Pilsener Urquell" :-)
Located in the North Beach neighbourhood, Caffe Sapore is a relaxed café which serves up a wide variety of bagels, sandwiches, salads and plenty more.
Location: 790 Lombard Street.
Valentin Chinchillah Genev says:
been there only for 3 days, but KATE'S KITCHEN really made a difference.
Kate’s Kitchen serves up a selection of reasonably priced food at the heart of San Francisco’s historic Haight Ashbury district. Big breakfasts are served all day and include French toast, hush puppies, pancakes and plenty more. Lunch is available after 11am and features hearty soups, sandwiches and salads. Take note that this is a cash only restaurant.
Location: 471 Haight Street at Fillmore.
Anchor and Hope
Damian Connor says:
Anchor and Hope without a doubt
At Anchor and Hope you’ll be treated to a wide variety of seafood dishes. These include everything from fried calamari to clam chowder and plenty more. If you’re feeling a little bit more extravagant, you can try the oysters and champagne.
Location: 83 Minna Street.
House of Prime Rib
Marek Antoži says:
House of Prime Rib. Van Ness Ave.
Taking up five different rooms, this restaurant has been serving up delicious prime rib since 1949. A variety of different prime rib dishes are available. These are carved at your table and served with a selection of sides including mashed potatoes.
Location: 1906 Van Ness Avenue.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 4.30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-10pm.
Melanie Phillips says:
Millennium restaurant: it's vegan and even though I'm not it blew me away - a fine achievement indeed!
Using organise produce where possible, this restaurant serves up an array of vegetarian dishes. These include a chef’s tasting menu comprised of 5 courses and also a 3-course fixed price menu which you can sample from Sunday to Wednesday.
Location: 580 Geary Street.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 5.30pm-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm.
Erick Felder says:
Da Flora. 701 Columbus Avenue. Awesome Awesome Awesome...
This Italian flavoured eatery serves up a selection of pasta dishes including gnocchi and plenty more. A comprehensive wine list is also available to choose from at this restaurant.
Location: 701 Columbus Avenue.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 6pm-9.30pm, closed Sun-Mon.
James Duncan says:
I'd say Tai Chi on Nob Hill. The Hunan General Tso's Chicken is INCREDIBLE.
Authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine is what you’ll find on the menu at Tai Chi, a restaurant which offers a selection of Mandarin and Hunan dishes. From won tons to noodle soup, and from sizzling shrimp to King Pao chicken, you’ll find a huge variety of dishes on offer.
Location: 2031 Polk Street.
Joel Bischoff says:
El Farolito at Mission & 24th. Nothing fancy, but I'd fly cross-country for their super carne asada burrito.
A traditional Mexican taqueria, El Farolito serves up a delicious selection of filling Mexican fare including burritos, quesadillas, nachos and plenty more. It’s particularly popular at night when it’s frequented by people leaving the surroundings bars and looking for some food.
Location: 2779 Mission Street.
Tu Lan or Shalimar
Ivan M Foong says:
Downscale: Tu Lan on 6th/Market (Vietnamese), Shalimar on Jones/O'Farrell (Indian/Pakistani).
Tu Lan serves up a selection of Vietnamese dishes at affordable prices. It should be noted that the restaurant is cash only. Authentic and affordable Indian and Pakistani food is what you’ll find on the menu at Shalimar. This includes tikka masala, palak paneer, naan bread and plenty more.
Location: Tu Lan: 8 6th Street; Shalimar: 532 Jones Street.
Ivan M Foong says:
On the Upscale tip: Zuni Cafe on Market St. - long-standing & consistently good (Regional French/Italian)
Zuni Café was first opened back in 1979 and today serves up a selection of dishes influenced by French and Italian flavours. Menus change daily with a comprehensive list of over 100 wines to choose from too.
Location: 1658 Market Street between Franklin & Gough.
Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-midnight, Sun 11am-11pm, closed Mondays.
Rebecca Serber says:
Burma Super Star
Burmese cuisine is the focus at Burma Superstar, a restaurant which offers a wide variety of dishes at affordable prices. Noodle dishes, seafood, vegetarian options and more can all be found on the restaurant’s large menu.
Location: 309 Clement Avenue between 4th & 5th Avenues.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm, Min-Thurs & Sun 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10.30pm.
Paige Michelle says:
This German restaurant serves up dinner every day and is also open for brunch on Sundays. Traditional dinners can be enjoyed here including sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and plenty more.
Location: 525 Laguna Street, Corner of Hayes and Laguna.
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-10pm, Sunday 10am-2.30pm.
Chris Parker says:
not a restaurant but if you don't go to ikes place (gourmet subs) when in san fran you have missed out
Ike’s is a hugely popular sandwich place in the Castro district. It serves up a wide variety of giant sandwiches with interesting names like ‘Tony Soprano’, ‘Fat Bastard’, ‘Green Goblin’ and many, many more. These big sandwiches also come with a bag of crisps and are served on freshly baked bread.
Location: 3506 16th Street, between Sanchez Street & Prosper Street.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-9pm.
Ace Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi
Ashley Gardner says:
You must go too ACE Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi on Steiner Street! Delicious and innovative rolls with a young hip atmosphere! Very delicious and memorable...a true must to-do while in San Francisco!! :D
The menu here includes a wide variety of sushi rolls including the California Roll, Cajun Shrimp Roll and more. You’ll also find a number of salads and cooked dishes including non-seafood options on offer too.
Location: 3339 Steiner Street, between Lombard Street & Chestnut Street.
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm.
Jessica Sheahan says:
Pacific Cafe in The Richmond!!
This seafood restaurant is pretty popular so you may sometimes have to wait in line outside during busier periods. On the menu you’ll find a great selection of all things seafood, including crab, shrimp, sole and more.
Location: 7000 Geary Boulevard.
Jenna Paseur says:
With an interior that harks back to Shanghai in the 1930s, this restaurant serves up plenty of different dishes for you to choose from. This includes dim sum, lemon chicken, kung pao prawns and lots, lots more. The restaurant also hosts live jazz performances every day except Sunday.
Location: 133 Steuart Street.
The Stinking Rose
Laura Isis Jiménez says:
The Stinking Rose is definitely one of my family's fav.
The Stinking Rose is a unique spot as it is a ‘garlic restaurant’. What this means it that most of the dishes served up here include garlic in some form. Inside the restaurant, which also hosts a miniature garlic factory, you’ll see the largest garlic braid in the world. Dishes on the menu include garlic steamed clams, garlic roasted prime rib and even garlic ice cream.
Location: 325 Columbus Avenue.
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-10pm.
Cindy Van Lieu says:
Kam's in the Avenues. It is authentic Hunan style, large portions, good price, fast service. Locals all eat there.
Kam’s has been in operation from over 35 years and serves up a selection of traditional Chinese dishes. These include sweet and sour pork, kung pao prawns, and lots more. A selection of very affordable set menus are also available.
Location: 3624 Balboa Street, between 37th & 38th Avenues..
João Martinho says:
buffalo burger at geary and 17th makes a mean burger
Large and affordable burgers, buffalo wings, sandwiches, salads, fish and chips and rice bowls are just some of the things you’ll find on the varied menu at Buffalo Burger. A selection of great value combo meals are also offered and include a drink, fries and either coleslaw or potato salad.
Location: 5317 Geary Boulevard, between 17th & 18th Avenues.
Scott D Puening says:
Many of us broke travelers don't get there much, but Gary Danko in SF is sublime!
A contemporary restaurant, Gary Danko serves up a varied selection of dishes including lamb, veal, lobster and much, much more. A tasting menu is available and the restaurant also boasts a very comprehensive collection of wines to choose from.
Location: 800 North Point at Hyde Street.
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-10pm.
Ty Caudle says:
1300 on Fillmore: Best Fried Chicken on the Planet!
Both restaurant and jazz lounge, 1300onFilmore serves up dinner every night along with brunch on Sundays. Dishes you’ll find on the menu include fried chicken, rib eye steak and catfish, with a delicious selection of desserts also offered including banana cream pie.
Location: 1300 Fillmore Street.
Steps of Rome
Lorena Burgos says:
Gary Danko is great but pricey... Steps of Rome in North Beach is awesome.
Established in 1991, the Steps of Rome trattoria and café serves up traditional Italian cuisine. Pasta dishes, veal, fish and more can all be sampled at this popular restaurant.
Location: 362 Columbus Avenue.
Fatima Rahal says:
Lori’s is a chain of diners found throughout the city. At these nostalgia-filled diners you’ll be able to sample a wide variety of dishes including burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and lots more. An all-day breakfast is also available and includes omelettes, pancakes, waffles and French toast.
Location: Various locations.
Katherine A Smith says:
I had awesome Japanese food at the Ebisu in the sunset district. Not just sushi, but excellent tonkatsu (and other stuff) and yummy desserts. Organic. Gracious staff.
At this sushi restaurant you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of speciality rolls such as the Cherry Blossom Roll, the Rainbow Roll and many more. Plenty of other sushi is also available, along with a selection of sake and wine.
Location: 9th Avenue at Irving Street.
Andrea Eder says:
for great indian food go to dosa in the mission
At Dosa you’ll find a tasty selection of Indian cuisine and a wide variety of wines. Dinner is served daily and brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. A four-course tasting menu is also offered.
Location: 995 Valencia at 21st Street.
Tracey Driver says:
Mama's on Stockton!!!
Mama’s has been in operation for around 50 years and today serves up tempting breakfasts and lunches. The breakfast menu features everything from omelettes to French toast, while the lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads and more. You’ll also find a Bake Shop at Mama’s, which serves up a mouth-watering array of cakes.
Location: 1701 Stockton Street.