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Chaya Brasserie

Restaurants & cafés

A southern California transplant (where it was once a be-seen destination among celebs), this large and bustling restaurant offers an extensive menu of...

132 the Embarcadero

Chez Panisse

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This is where chef/owner Alice Waters created California cuisine more than 35 years ago. Her modest, wood-framed restaurant still reigns supreme, serving...

1517 Shattuck Avenue
Major venue


Restaurants & cafés

Chow furthers its reputation by serving hugely popular, well-priced, straight-ahead American fare. The menu ranges widely from roast chicken and burgers to...

215 Church Street

Citizen Cake

Restaurants & cafés

Quite possibly the trendiest place for dessert in town, this recently remodelled café sells gorgeous sweet things to a crowd of well-dressed and...

399 Grove Street

Cliff House

Attractions, Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

After a fire in 1894, a magnificent, eight-storey Victorian turreted palace replaced the original 1860s house on this site. However, only a year after...

1090 Point Lobos Avenue

Coco 500

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

This SoMa restaurant is a reinvention of sorts for its popular proprietor, Loretta Keller, whose penchant for Parisian hospitality has given way to a small...

500 Brannan Street

Colibrí Mexican Bistro

Restaurants & cafés

In the heart of Theatre District, this unpretentious tucked-away restaurant serves delicious and atypical Mexican fare. Dishes are presented tapas-style,...

438 Geary Street

Cortez Restaurant & Bar

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

This stylish restaurant seems an anomaly on an unseemly stretch of Geary Street. The room is modern and energetic, filled with well-dressed patrons eager to...

550 Geary Street

De Young Museum

Attractions, Museums, Restaurants & cafés

The most prominent feature of this controversial new future-primitive building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is the massive tower that emerges from the...

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive


Restaurants & cafés

Chef/owner Craig Stoll favours simplicity over whimsy, and tradition over fashion. Yet his food is never ordinary: fresh pasta, fish and braised meats all...

3621 18th Street


Restaurants & cafés

This casual, fun restaurant serves specialities from Central and South America in a lively neighbourhood setting. The theme is small plates meant for...

1815 Market Street

Dining Room

Restaurants & cafés

The Dining Room has a global reputation and a waitstaff-to-diner ratio of almost 1:1. It's opulent without being over the top, although it can feel a little...

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street

Dottie's True Blue Café

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

Be prepared to wait a little to be seated for your breakfast: maybe huevos rancheros, perhaps pancakes, possibly a funky omelette or huge scramble of cheese...

522 Jones Street


Restaurants & cafés

Many locals agree that this is the best sushi in town - and so there's often a wait for a table. Put your name on the list and get a drink at the bar with a...

1283 9th Avenue


Restaurants & cafés

This stylish, neighbourly corner restaurant is famed for its weekend brunch. The wait can be long, but it's worth it. Favourites include the chicken hash...

500 Presidio Avenue