Dining and Cuisine

The Best of San Francisco Restaurants

Once outside the airport, there are many excellent choices for enjoying a meal.  San Francisco has hundreds of restaurants to enjoy.  Here is a list of some of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco for your dining pleasure!  Check out their websites and phone for a reservation.  You can’t go wrong by going with the best!

Restaurants at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

Eat at San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf!


Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop – this is one of San Francisco’s favorite places to enjoy ice cream.  It’s totally worth the wait to experience some out-of-this-world ice cream flavors.  You’ll be glad you stopped by – try the salted caramel.  I can’t get enough!

 Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – fabulous pizza worth waiting for.  Have a drink and enjoy some of the best pizzas ever!

House of Prime Rib – A fun experience for people who like a serious prime rib dinner.  Not the cheapest place, but they deliver a good meal for around $50.00 per person.  Drinks are extra.  It’s a noisy place, but fun and the staff provides friendly service.

Caffe Baonecci – Wonderful Italian food and pizza.  A not to be missed experience!  Try the caprese salad.  It’s my favorite!

Sanraku Japanese Restaurant – Wonderful Japanese food and sushi.  If you like to experience fine dining Japanese style, this is your place.

Chapeau! – A small and intimate French restaurant with a friendly staff and a great chef.  No wonder this place is so busy!

Frascati – Italian / American food in a small and intimate restaurant.  Call for reservations, as this is a very popular place.

Boulevard – Good service and wonderfully presented food.  Boulevard is a popular place to be.  Pricey but worth it!

Stella Pastry and Cafe – Good coffee and pastry.  Canolli and Italian cookies, along with tiramisu.  So good and fresh!

Mama’s on Washington Square – Great American food breakfasts that are worth the wait.  Go and have a fabulous breakfast or sandwich and salad!


San Francisco Restaurants Recommended By Family and Friends

The following is a list of some of the restaurants we recommend that you visit while exploring San Francisco.  Not necessarily the most popular, the fanciest or highest-rated (although many of them are), these are restaurants that have been recommended by our family, friends and readers.  As new recommendations come in, we will update the list and provide descriptions. Enjoy!

Fine dining at Fisherman's Wharf

Alioto’s #8 and Fishermen’s Grotto #9 at Fisherman’s Wharf


House of Prime Rib
I don’t go to fancy restaurants like the House of Prime Rib often.  In this case, it was for my birthday.  I enjoyed the meal immensely and got to order a fabulous dinner.  The service was quite good and a good time was had by all.  For a special occasion, The House of Prime Rib is a very good choice.
Steve W., Novato, CA
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Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf
Seafood, steak and pasta.  Don’t miss Scoma’s when you’re exploring Fisherman’s Wharf!
Mike P., Antioch, CA
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Ton Kiang
For fans of dim sum and seafood, Ton Kiang restaurant is a favorite.  They are also set up for banquets.  Check their website for more info!
Jane L., Napa, CA
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La Vie Vietnamese Restaurant
A favorite of family and friends.  Seafood restaurant located on Geary Blvd.
Kevin N., San Leandro, CA
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Oola is an interesting and slightly quirky restaurant with an inventive menu and comfortable feel.  Great for a family gathering or a night out with friends. 
Wendy C., Redwood Shores, CA
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Share Your Favorite San Francisco Restaurant!

If you have a favorite restaurant in San Francisco, please share it.  Tell us the name, the location and why you like it.  We’ll share the best submissions on this page.  Your input is important to us and will help your fellow travelers enjoy the best that San Francisco has to offer.  Thanks for taking the time to write!


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