Local Favorite Recommendations for
Restaurants in San Francisco

So you know that restaurants in San Francisco have a reputation for serving excellent food, but with over 5000 places to choose from (yep, that's right), it can be hard to know where to go.

And if you stick to the downtown and Fisherman's Wharf areas (like many tourists do), you will miss out on some of the best places this city has to offer.

"Best", of course, is a relative term, but if you follow some of the recommendations in this guide, you will have the opportunity to get off the tourist-beaten track, and into locals' favorite places to eat.

Restaurants in San Francisco

1) by category:

Coffee HousesTea Houses • Dessert • Breakfast • Late Night Eateries
• High End • Cheap • Mexican • Italian • Japanese • Vietnamese • Thai
German • American • Pizza • Vegetarian • French • Seafood • Chinese
• Mediterranean


2) by neighborhood:

North Beach • Mission • Chinatown • Marina • Castro • Haight Ashbury
• Lower Haight • Hayes Valley • Nopa / Western Edition • Fillmore • SOMA
• Noe Valley • Cole Valley • Bernal Heights • Japantown • Pacific Heights
• Russian Hill • Nob Hill • Inner Richmond • Outer Richmond
• Inner Sunset • Outer Sunset

*For a quick list of recommendations, check out my Best Restaurants in San Francisco page.*

Tip: When the food is good, there's often a crowd...

A fact of eating out in San Francisco is that the great places are often really busy.

Eating out on weekends can mean especially long wait times for a table (2 hours for some!), so it’s usually good to try and book a table in advance. Some of the highly sought after restaurants sometimes require reservations weeks ahead of time.

I'm not the kind of person that enjoys waiting a long time to eat, and perhaps you aren't either. With that in mind, I’ll do my best to let you know what to expect with each place I recommend.

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