Top-Notch San Franciscan Restaurants Of All Cuisine Stripes - Updated 2021

best places in to eat in san francisco

There is no place quite like San Francisco. Home of Full House, and Jerry Garcia, only here will you find business men riding to work on skateboards and razor scooters pass the crowds of Chinatown. Besides being a beautiful bay city imbibed with the sea salt air of the Pacific, San Francisco also is a hub for the young techies of silicon valley. The diversity of the city, with its eclectic crowds roaming the streets of Chinatown to Little Delhi to Castro, is only matched by the diverse, high-end profile of San Francisco cuisine. And although you may have heard of how expensive San Francisco is, this guide will show you many cheap, savory restaurants in the area. Read on!

1. Lazy Bear

Dinner at Lazy Bear
Source: Photo by user Ian Kennedy used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Have you heard of a ‘communal dining experience?’ Or instead of placing a reservation for a restaurant, have you bought a ticket for one? This is what you are in store for at Lazy Bear: You start in an upstairs living room where you snack and mingle. Then everyone is ushered downstairs to the dining room and seated at a long 'communal’ table. Lazy Bear not only delivers delicious food, but also fosters a social, energetic atmosphere.

Lazy Bear

Address: 3416 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Website: Lazy Bear

2. Souvla

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

A post shared by Souvla (@souvlasf) on May 2, 2017 at 8:55am PDT

If you have a Greek tooth, especially for rotisserie roast meats, and are in San Fran, then Souvla is the restaurant for you. This hip, sleek Greek restaurant opened in San Francisco 2014. Then added another location in San Fran in 2016. And again in 2017. Souvla is immensely popular, which isn’t surprising considering that its fries have made a slew of ‘best fries’ lists. Don’t forget to try their salads topped with delectable Greek yogurt sauces.


Address: 758 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Website: Souvla

3. Yank Sing

XLB at Yank Sing
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jun Seita used under CC BY 2.0

If someone says great dim sum in San Francisco, think Yank Sing. There are two locations, one on Spear Street and another on Stevenson Street. Both are filled with large clothed tables, in a dimly lit large room, with trolleys weaving through tables. Both are splendid. Yank Sing was listed in the SF Chronicles top 100 restaurants list in 2014. If you go to San Francisco, don’t pass up a chance to try authentic dim sum.

Yank Sing

Address: 101 Spear St., San Francisco, CA & 49 Stevenson St., San Francisco, CA

Website: Yank Sing

4. Shizen

Some of our nigiri dishes.

Posted by Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya on Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Japanese food is usually slim pickings for vegetarians, but not here. Meet Shizen, the vegan sushi bar & izakaya of San Francisco. An izakaya is a casual place to eat after work, which describes Shizen aptly. The restaurant opens at 5:00pm and closes at 10:00pm. The beautifully lit wood interior is the place to go after work or if you’re in town and are a sushi lover who wants to try the vegan side of the cuisine.


Address: 370 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Facebook: Shizen

5. House of Prime Rib

The doors open at 4:30pm today! #HOPR #Repost @joanna_eats_sf with @repostapp ・・・ Dinner is served @thehouseofprimerib...

Posted by House of Prime Rib on Monday, 25 July 2016

Okay, okay, I hear you, maybe vegan food, even if it is sushi, isn’t your thing. Well, I give you a carnivore’s delight (technically you’re an omnivore but whatever), House of Prime Rib. This is an English-style restaurant that opened in the 1940s. A fact that wouldn’t surprise you if you walked into the old-school style restaurant. The food hasn’t changed that much either, it’s still all about the prime rib and martinis. This is a San Francisco landmark you do not want to miss, especially if your idea of a good meal includes a copious amount of meat.

House of Prime Rib

Address: 1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

Website: House of Prime Rib

6. Little Delhi

Order for takeout or delivery! Receive 15% off your first order over $20! Order now:...


There is really nothing quite like eating ethnic food from the nucleus of a diaspora. Little Delhi in San Francisco is one such place. From the moment you cross its threshold, you have no doubt that Little Delhi is authentic Indian food. This is the real deal for all Indian-food lovers. In this cozy Indian eatery you will find north Indian cuisine, and those hard-to-find Indian dishes along with above-par, tasty staples such as naan, tandoori chicken, and lamb rasala. And for San Francisco, it is relatively cheap as well!

Little Delhi

Address: 83 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Website: Little Delhi

7. La Ciccia

I’d wager a pretty penny that you have never had Sardinian food. Sardinia is a large Italian Island between France and Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. The cuisine is very similar to regular Italian cuisine, but your average Italian restaurant doesn’t serve octopus stew. If you are looking for a nice, small spot to sit down in and gorge on homemade spaghetti and choose from a myriad of wine selections, take a skip and a hop, and find your way to La Ciccia.

La Ciccia

Address: 291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

Website: La Ciccia

8. Swan Oyster Depot

Food reviewers don’t often call a restaurant an institution, but an exception was made for Swan Oyster Depot. Since 1912, the Swan Oyster Depot has been serving fresh fish, clam chowder, and oysters galore. It is a no frills lunch counter with friendly down to earth service. When the sea salt air drifts up your nostrils and wafts down to your belly, and seafood becomes need-food, then head to Swan Oyster Depot. The smoked salmon is recommended!

Swan Oyster Depot

Address: 1517 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Facebook: Swan Oyster Depot

To the Bay!

See, there really is no place quite like the Bay! Where else can you enjoy communal eating, Greek food, Chinese food, Japanese food, prime ribs, Indian food, Sardinian food, and seafood? Okay, maybe a few other cities. But tell me, do any of them have the bay charm too?

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Keyboard Jocking, Globe Trotting, Dostoevsky reading, and Budapest Lovin' writer set out to earn a buck and experience the world while I'm at it too.

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore San Francisco
Good things are meant to be shared!