I am taking my 30 yr. old cousin from DC to dinner tonight in The City. Can anyone recommend some nice restaurants, or point me to links from prior discussions. I have very little time to sort this out and the pc is a slow boat to China. And has anyone ever dined at Tatich Grill? If so, thoughts?
I am NOT a local, but I recently enjoyed two EXCELLENT (albeit expensive) meals at restaurants picked out by (knowledgeable foodie) locals when I was out there - I recommend both without hesitation.
Thank you everyone for the rapid responses. Very helpful. I sent my cousin a list compiled from everyone’s recommendations and she picked Bistro Boudain at the Wharf, which ended up being an excellent choice as the food was delicious and neither of us had been to the wharf in over 20 years, so it was a "twofer."
I decided to compile a list of restaurants based off of recommends both here and from the other SF threads, for ease of use. Thanks to sg1974, jerrycoin, ssindc, merb, anadyr, richard37075, kimkdallas, marriottmemberfromla, painedplatinum, mikiegfla, boatpi, email@example.com, IAHFLYR and many more Insiders for their input along the way. Sorry if your name got left out. Your contribution was greatly appreciated, nonetheless.
Modern reinventions of traditional Moroccan dishes, fresh, local, artisan ingredients, showcased flavorfully.
Wed – Mon 5:30pm-10pm (closed Tues)
5800 Geary Blvd, SF 94121 (@22nd Ave)
Restaurant and wine bar, serving authentic foods and Neapolitan wood fired pizza and foods from the Campania region of Italy. Rustic menu. Award winning wine list.
Open for dinner everyday, lunch served Wed-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm
2355 Chestnut Street, SF
California ingredients, flavors of Provence. Flavored, elegant, straightforward.
Serving dinner nightly. Full menu and prix fix, menu changes often.
3324 Steiner Street, SF 94123
Traditional SF cuisine and outstanding seafood offerings along with legendary sourdough bread (visit their bakery).
Lunch and dinner served, open all day everyday
160 Jefferson Street, SF 94133
Reservations accepted on open table
Waterfront seafood dining, casual.
Lunch and dinner served, open all day everyday.
Muni #10, #15, #30, #47, street car – F line, cable car
Pier 47 Al Scoma Way, SF 94133
Reservations accepted on a limited basis
McCormick and Kuleto's
Seafood and Steaks (at Ghirardelli Square), Views
Sunday brunch 11:30-4:00, open daily for lunch and dinner
900 North Point Street, SF 94109 (corner of Beach and Larkin)
Fine dining seafood specializing in Sicilian recipes.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
#8 Fisherman’s Wharf At the foot of Taylor Street (closest cross street is Jefferson).
Buena Vista Cafe
Open all day, every day, breakfast, lunch and dinner served, also popular bar/night spot.
2765 Hyde Street (@ Beach), SF 94109
FinancialDistrict/Embarcadero/Jackson Square/Telegraph Hill/North Beach
Award winning, high quality, sophistocated farm-to-table dining.
Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner Mon-Sat, Happy Hour.
1 Market Street, SF 94105
Fine dining. Gourmet, artistic, fresh, luxurious ingredients. Wine pairing. Located in the Jackson Square neighborhood.
Mon – Sat 5:30pm-10pm
470 Pacific Avenue, SF 94133 (cross streets Sansome & Montgomery)
Japanese ingredients, French influence.
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Dinner served nightly 5:30pm. Regular and tasting menus.
252 California Street, SF 94111 (between Front and Battery)
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana
Lovely trattoria, with wood fire oven, fresh pasta, dried pasta from Italy. Festa Regionale is really great. Great wine selection, fresh rustic breads and espresso in the mornings
1265 Battery Street (in Levi’s Plaza), SF 94111
Spectacular food, dramatic views, innovative dishes. Asian Fusion. Try the Kahlua Pig with Butter Lettuce Cups.
Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30am, Dinner Tues-Sun 5:00pm, Brunch Sat/Sun 11:00am, Happy Hour Tues-Fri 3-6pm
Pier 33, The Embarcadero, SF 94111
Showcasing seafood and game, features many traditional Aegean dishes, plus modernized selections using innovative techniques.
Lunch served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30pm, Dinner served nightly.
200 Jackson Street, SF 94111 (at Front)
San Francisco’s oldest, most authentic restaurant, serving essentially seafood.
Mon – Sat, open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sun.
240 California Street, SF 94111
Reservations not accepted
E Tutto Qua
located in Little Italy (heart of North Beach), authentic Italian, top quality ingredients including fresh breads, pastas from scratch hand filled, thin crust pizza.
Open every evening at 5:00pm
270 Columbus Ave, SF 94133, corner of Broadway
Hearty, flavorful and beautiful cuisine. American regional flavors with a French influence.
Lunch served Mon-Fri 11:30-2:15pm, Dinner served nightly. Bar open Fri/Sat 5pm and between lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri.
1 Mission Street, SF 94105
Tuscan styled ambience and specialties prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients.
Lunch and dinner served daily.
1512 Stockton Street, SF 94133 (in Little Italy)
Fog City Diner
Re-opened 9/23/13 for dinner only. Lunch service to begin mid-October.
Open daily from 5:30-10:30pm
1300 Battery Street, SF 94111, across from Pier 23.
Modern and authentic Chinese cuisine crafted in a modern, fine dining setting. Sister of wildly popular House of Nanking.
Mon-Fri lunch and dinner
660 Howard Street, SF 94105 (near Moscone Center)
Dining at its finest. Michelin styled. Most impressive chef. This is a restaurant difficult to describe. Perhaps worth a plane ride.
Tues – Sat seating times 5:30-8:30pm. Private dining available at all times.
22 Hawthorne Street, SF 94105
Reservations highly recommended (serious foodies only; less than 24 hour cancellation subject to steep fee)
High quality, exquisitely prepared courses.
Open Tues – Sat 6pm-10pm
178 Townsend Street, SF 94107
Reservations highly recommended. Serious foodies only. Cancellation fee is cost of meal.
$248/meal. Wine pairing $148
Mediterranean and Italian Cuisine
Breakfast daily, weekend brunch, lunch daily, dinner daily.
Heart of Downtown across from the old U.S. Mint building and steps away from Union Square.
85 5th Street, SF 94103 (at corner of Mission)
Irish Bank Pub
Authentic Irish pub/tavern, light fare, pub fare, sandwiches, burgers, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast served Sat. & Sun, 11:30am – 3pm.
10 Mark Lane, SF 94108
Nob Hill Café
Authentic, homestyled Italian food. Excellent Pastas, reasonably priced.
Lunch, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, Dinner nightly 5pm-10pm, Sat/Sun brunch 11am-3pm.
1152 Taylor Street, SF 94108 (between Sacramento & Clay)
Vegetarian. World cuisine, menu constantly evolving.
Dinner served nightly. upscale, no formal dress code.
580 Geary Street, SF 94102
Adventurous, inventive, delicious. Menu changes weekly.
1529 Fillmore Street, SF (between Geary and O’Farrell)
(closed for renovation until early Oct. 2013)
Sophistocated looks and great food.
Dinner served nightly.
842 Valencia Street, SF 94110
Flour + Water
Fine Italian dining, focus is on hand made pasta, up to 8 daily, neapolitan style wood fired pizza, dinner only, almost exclusively Italian wine, zagat – 26
Open daily 5:30pm, dinner only
2401 Harrison Street, SF 94110
Limited reservations, recommended
House of Nanking
Lunch and Dinner Daily
919 Kearney Street, SF 94133
R & G Lounge
Chinese, Testament to what China Town is all about. Wonderful menu.
631 Kearny Street, SF 94108
Four Seas Restaurant
Broad selection of Cantonese. Light and fresh. Dim Sum offered at lunchtime.
Open daily all day serving lunch and dinner.
731 Grant Avenue (@ Clay), SF 94108
WOW, great extensive list. We've had a few drinks and appetizers at Bistro Boudain and it was very good, their dinner menu looked equally as good so thanks for the tip.
You also found the diner in your list that I couldn't recall the name of, Fog City Diner.....and must try. We stumbled upon it one Sunday morning for brunch and it was so good, even fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice to mix with a nice vodka!
Thanks for sharing this information.