We get a lot of requests for SF restaurant recommendations. I could happily talk for hours about all the great places to eat in this city, and our wedding earlier this year gave me a perfect excuse to do just that with all our out-of-town guests.
So without further ado, this is the list of 10 favorites we shared with them. This list is based on extensive research. (It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.)
Known mostly for cocktails when it opened, this place has continually upped its food game and is now among the city’s best.
We’ve probably eaten here 60 times because we never get tired of the light, elegant, seasonal California cuisine presented gorgeously in a casual atmosphere. Most of the staff know us by now, so tell them we sent you.
We love this place so much we held our wedding here. It’s beautiful, unfussy food that never misses, a beautiful space, and the friendliest staff in the world—everything you could ask for in a neighborhood restaurant.
Kickass, not-so-traditional Chinese from a former pop-up turned legit. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait outside up to 90 minutes. BYOB (and pop a PBR in a paper bag while you wait). Or just order delivery—they’ll bring the food to you pretty much anywhere in the city.
Solid northern Italian in a sleek low-key atmosphere, and perhaps the best Italian wine list in the city. A bit loud for groups of more than four.
Super-fresh and Southern-inflected, this place just makes you feel welcome. Plus they serve a fried chicken that will make you weep with joy (well, it has that effect on Dan, anyways).
Nopa and Beretta
These restaurant industry staff favorites serve straightforward, well-executed food and outstanding cocktails until 1am.
Fresh, uncomplicated, ingredient-driven Mexican food near Golden Gate Park and the Divisadero corridor. Fabulous margaritas and one of the city’s best mezcal and tequila lists.
A San Francisco institution serving impeccable southern Italian pasta and pizza. Don’t miss the chocolate budino for dessert, with sea salt and olive oil.
Which SF restaurants do you love? What would be on your top 10 list? Let us know in the comments!