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San Francisco Lyft users take the most rides to restaurants

Lyft shared some interesting insights about its users and it seems people love a rideshare when it comes to eating and drinking in the city

Virginia Gil
Erika Mailman
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Virginia Gil
Erika Mailman

Ridesharing apps are a popular mode of transportation in San Francisco, a sprawling city with so much to see and do. It's also a convenient way to hit up the city's top spots as we recently learned from data shared with us by Lyft. The information is making one thing very clear: people in San Francisco love eating out. From popular chains to local institutions to buzzy award-winners, restaurants are the top destinations for Lyft users in San Francisco. 

The data recorded includes rides taken between July 2022 and July 2023 and includes information about where Lyft users go for brunch, the destinations they're most loyal to and the places tourists frequent the most. It also doesn’t consider those who live within walking distance from the spots or those who choose to drive themselves or take public transit.

Studying the six categories of rides provides an interesting look at where people are going. Some destinations are obvious, such as Original Joe's, the top spot frequented by Lyft users and the one loyal users visited the most. This San Francisco institution has been serving classic Italian cooking to the public since 1937, beloved by tourists and locals alike.  

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you'll find the destinations that have exploded in popularity over the last year, with Mission bar Dalva ranking near the very top. This longtime favorite underwent a massive transformation, reopening with a fresh new look in January last year. Buzzy Michelin-starred restaurant Frances, known for its tough reservation and incredible Californian locavore cuisine, was just behind it in the number two spot.  

Tourists visiting San Francisco make a bee-line for Dumpling Home. The Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient that opened in 2020 continues to draw large crowds of out-of-towners, who also seem to like In & Out Burger on Jefferson Street. Nothing like an animal-style double-double after a busy day of sightseeing near Fisherman's Wharf. Am I right?

Suppose it's the weekend in San Francisco. In that case, you can find Lyft users at Sweet Maple, tucking into its trademark Millionaire's Bacon flavored with brown sugar and cayenne, or at the very Instagrammable Son and Garden. Remember, the camera always eats first.

Curious about where else people are going? Check out more of the data below.

San Francisco spots most popular with Lyft users:

San Francisco's top spots for tourists using Lyft:

  • Dumpling Home
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Buena Vista Cafe
  • Smuggler's Cove

San Francisco brunch spots most popular with Lyft users:

  • Sweet Maple
  • Son & Garden
  • Plow
  • Buena Vista Cafe
  • Alnico

San Francisco's fastest-growing destinations among Lyft users:

San Francisco's local haunts popular with Lyft users:

San Francisco's Lyft users' top spots worth traveling to:

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