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Laura from London asked

Best places to eat in San Francisco?

Any type of food

one week stay

San Francisco (California)

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Matthias from Copenhagen

There is so much great food, but below is a list of my favourites in SF:

I would have pizza at Pizzeria Delfina - great pizzas, truly.

Burgers at Umami Burger - one of my top burger spots in California.

Pork chops(awesome!) or anything on the menu at Nopa - modern american deluxe, great drinks too - remember to book a table

Burritos at La Taqueria - best burritos in SF and maybe.. the whole of the US.

Steaks at Alexander's Steakhouse - pricey, but the meat is incredible.

Bread and breakfast at Tartine Bakery & Cafe - best bread in town

Coffee at The MillBlue Bottle Coffee, Sightglass or Fourbarrel Coffee - they love what they do and it tastes great...

Sushi at Ino Sushi - order the omakase and let the chef do his magic.

And finally, donuts at Dynamo Donut & Coffee - they have some crazy versions, but yumm... yumm.. and then go for a walk on 24th to get some of the calories out :)

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pizzeria Delfina (restaurant)
  2. Umami Burger (restaurant)
  3. Nopa (restaurant)
  4. La Taqueria (attraction)
  5. Alexander's Steakhouse (restaurant)
  6. Tartine Bakery & Cafe (restaurant)
  7. The Mill (restaurant)
  8. Blue Bottle Coffee (restaurant)
  9. Sightglass (restaurant)
  10. Fourbarrel Coffee (restaurant)
  11. Ino Sushi (restaurant)
  12. Dynamo Donut & Coffee (restaurant)
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answered by
John from Carlsbad (California)

Tadich Grill is said to be the oldest restaurant in California, and their dungeness crab, Cioppino, sand dabs, and sour dough bread are classic San Francisco.  No reservations are taken, you almost always have to wait for a table, and they lock the doors at 9:30 p.m. (although they serve the people in by then.  The seafood is the thing to get here, although they do serve many meat items.  Get there at 11:30 a.m. when they open and have the Crab Louis with that sour dough bread, or wait at the bar for dinner.

Although it is across the bay in Berkeley, I must mention Chez Panisse, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.  It's easily reached by BART from San Francisco.  It was opened by Alice Waters, a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, in 1971 and the upstairs Cafe was added 9 years later.  There is a no-choice set menu nightly downstairs from $65 to $100 depending on the night, but the Cafe is a la carte. I like to go for lunch or dinner in the Cafe and sit in the tree-house-like room in the front if possible.  I should point out that there are some people who don't really "get" this place.  It is all about finding the very best, freshest, sustainably-grown produce and cooking it simply, and some people think the cooking is too simple and that it is expensive for what you get.  (The most extreme example of simple is that there is always one dessert upstairs that will be described on the menu as something like "Bob's Black Mission Figs with a Frog Hollow Warren Pear," and that's just what you get: a bowl of great figs, an extraordinary whole pear and a knife to cook them with.)  Most of the food is cooked of course and it is usually amazing.  Figure you will spend $30 to $50 for the three courses at the Cafe and they add a 17% service charge automatically.   Reserve far ahead.

Boulevard is a beautiful space where chef Nancy Oakes turns out fine food in the San Francisco tradition.

Foreign Cinema is very San Francisco from the comfortable indoor and outdoor setting, to the films they show on the wall outside at night, the tattooed servers, and most importantly, the wonderful food they serve.  Open for dinner every night and brunch on weekends. 

Kokkari Estiatorio is a fine dining Greek restaurant with excellent, innovative food and very good service.  One of the more interesting restaurants in the city.

San Francisco is Italian food heaven.  Perbacco and its sister restaurant Barbacco are both great.  Perbacco is more upscale and formal, Barbacco casual and fun.  For Pizza, try the Margherita at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Acquerellois my favorite fine-dining, Italian Restaurant anywhere, and my wife and I have celebrated at least five anniversaries there.  The food, service and wine list are unsurpassed.  The setting, a former chapel, is beautiful and very romantic.  Other high-end restaurants I would recommend include the California-French Gary Danko and La Folie, which is unabashedly French.

For reasonably priced French restaurants, I like Chapeau! and Fringale Restaurant.  I also like two Basque restaurants, Piperade and it's little sister, Bocadillos.  The former is a traditional restaurant while the latter is an all-day tapas inspired place great.

Two Chinese restaurants I like are Ton Kiang out on Geary, where I have had several very good meals, and Yank Sing Restaurant where they serve only dim sum and only until late afternoon at both locations.  Both of these restaurants have nice surroundings and good service at only a little more expense than hole in the wall places.  My favorite hole in the wall is Yuet Lee for seafood, especially crab, clams, and salt and pepper calamari.  Open until 3:00 a.m., it's not for everyone.  Bring your sunglasses because the lighting and the color scheme are both very bright.

For Vietnamese, Slanted Door in the Ferry BuildingFerry Plaza Farmers Market is modern, upscale and fairly expensive with very good food drinks and view.  For an inexpensive but authentic lunch or dinner, I like Tin Vietnamese Cuisine.

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Tadich Grill (restaurant)
  2. Chez Panisse (restaurant)
  3. Boulevard (restaurant)
  4. Foreign Cinema (restaurant)
  5. Kokkari Estiatorio (restaurant)
  6. Perbacco (restaurant)
  7. Barbacco (restaurant)
  8. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
  9. Acquerello (restaurant)
  10. Gary Danko (restaurant)
  11. La Folie (restaurant)
  12. Chapeau! (restaurant)
  13. Fringale Restaurant (restaurant)
  14. Piperade (restaurant)
  15. Bocadillos (restaurant)
  16. Ton Kiang (restaurant)
  17. Yank Sing Restaurant (restaurant)
  18. Yuet Lee (restaurant)
  19. Slanted Door (restaurant)
  20. Ferry Building (attraction)
  21. Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (attraction)
  22. Tin Vietnamese Cuisine (restaurant)
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answered by
Peter from Munich

For German food try Suppenküche oder Speisekammer

The Cheesecake Factory is located at the top level of Macys at Union Square in San Francisco. You can sit outside and have a great view down at the park. I can recommend this location for lunch.

If you like it a bit "faster" you can try Lori's Diner. They have pretty good burgers.

For seafood you can try Joe's Crab Shack Fishermans Wharf. Right at the famous Fisermans Wharf in San Francisco.

If you like it a bit more exquisite, try the View Lounge at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. It's a rooftop restaurant/bar with a breathtaking view of San Francisco. I can recommend to come here for dinner and you can see the beauty of the city by night.

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Jillian from Los Angeles

For pastries, Tartine Bakery & Cafe. Grab some and walk to Dolores Park to enjoy. And if you're looking for a tasty spot in the Mission, try Mr. Pollo. The food is great and reasonably priced. Be adventurous and order the tasting menu!

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  1. Tartine Bakery & Cafe (restaurant)
  2. Dolores Park (attraction)
  3. Mr. Pollo (restaurant)
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answered by
Dana from Mountain View

Bakery/Dessert: B. PatisserieTartine bakeryBi-Rite Market (salted caramel ice cream)

Restaurants: FrancesNoPaSuppenküche (German)  .. make a reservation if possible

The Mission District has lots of great options (especially Mexican food)

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. B. Patisserie (restaurant)
  2. Tartine bakery (restaurant)
  3. Bi-Rite Market (attraction)
  4. Frances (restaurant)
  5. NoPa (neighborhood)
  6. Suppenküche (restaurant)
  7. Mission District (neighborhood)

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