10 Casual Restaurants In San Francisco, California

casual restaurants in san francisco
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San Francisco provides many restaurants with a laid-back atmosphere. At these fine options, you can come as you are and there is no dress code. Each of these different places also provides different kinds of cuisine to suit your palette. These different places also provide unique takes on different kinds of cuisine as well. Many of them use fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This means you’ll likely know where your food is coming from. Each of these different places have unique quirks as well. If you’re in San Francisco, you should try more than one of these options, to see what you may like. Here is a list of casual restaurants in San Francisco, California.

1. Barbacco

For lunch, try our fish of the day ? #barbaccosf

Posted by barbacco eno trattoria on Thursday, 28 February 2019

Barbacco provides a casual atmosphere for great Italian cuisine from all of Italy’s varying regions. A small trattoria located in a small town on the Ligurian coast inspired this atmosphere. Lunch starters include marinated olives, toasted almonds, bruschetta, and salumi. Lunch salads include smoked salmon salad and insalata di fragole. Pastas include rigatoni alla bolognese, fettucine, and farrotto. For dinner, appetizers include seared octopus, baby beets and strawberry salad, and burrata di stefano. Dinner main courses include pollo alla cacciatora, tagliata, and polpette. Dinner sides include fried brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, and fried polenta.


Address: 220 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Website: Barbacco

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 5:30pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)

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2. Octavia

Posted by CM Buckley on Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Octavia’s award-winning chef, Melissa Perello, is committed to providing a meal that is committed to sustainability and the use of resources straight from the Bay Area. It is named after the street it is located on and provides a comfortable environment. Octavia has an open floor plan and makes use of natural lighting. The open kitchen faces the 55-seat dining room, and showcases the building’s 19th century influence. They exclusively serve dinner, which includes a variety of dishes. Dinner items include deviled eggs, chilled squid ink noodles, duck liver mousse, Wagyu tartare, tagliatelle, king salmon, Sonoma duck breast, and their unique take on dumplings. Dessert includes toasted angel cake, blueberry tartlet, caffe roman parfait, and salted chocolate torte.


Address: 1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Website: Octavia

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10:30pm (closed on Sun)

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3. The Italian Homemade Company

Two is better than one? ?#lasagna #laregina #thequeen #ragu #bolognese #besciamella #parmigiano #carne #pasta #love...

Posted by The Italian Homemade Company North Beach on Thursday, 18 April 2019

The Italian Homemade Company provides some of the highest quality pasta in San Francisco. There are three locations throughout the city as well as in Berkeley. There are many different varieties of flatbread sandwiches, and you can choose from either piadina or cassone bread. Salads include garden, oven baked tomato, burrata, buffala, and caprese. You can also choose a variety of fresh pastas that include fettuccine, tagliatelle, pappardelle, gnocchi, vegetarian ravioli, meat ravioli, and tortellini. Sauces include bolognese, pasticciata, meatballs, marinara, pesto, white, and butter and sage. The Italian Homemade Company also has their own homemade specialties that include meat lasagna, veggie lasagna, gnocco roll, meatballs platter, and tagliere. Desserts include panna cotta, tiramisu, and crostata.

The Italian Homemade Company

Address: 716 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Website: The Italian Homemade Company

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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4. Cotogna

Wolfe Ranch Quail with @freshrunfarm Tuscan black cabbage & butternut squash, only at @cotogna_sf. • • • ? @michaeltusk #onthemenu #freshrunfarm #californiaquail #wintersquash

Posted by Cotogna on Saturday, 9 February 2019

Cotogna provides a casual atmosphere where you can enjoy rustic Italian cuisine whose menu includes meats that are either spit-roasted or grilled, wood-oven pizzas, and homemade pastas. It is located in Jackson Square, a historic area of the city. Main courses for lunch include Wolfe Ranch quail and California king salmon. Regarding dinner, the main courses include Don Watson lamb leg served with Swiss chard and lamb shoulder and roasted black cod.


Address: 490 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Website: Cotogna

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 11pm; Sun: 5pm - 9:30pm

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5. Hops & Hominy

Come try our Carbonara with house-made chitarra, braised ham hock, brown pioppini mushrooms, sprout petals, corn and finished with an egg yolk!

Posted by Hops & Hominy on Friday, 11 October 2013

Hops & Hominy provides Southern-influenced cuisine that features sustainable and organic ingredients. In addition to their food, they provide American microbrews and local wines and spirits. They attempt to bring people together through food and drink. Menu items include mac and cheese, catfish po'boy, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Hops & Hominy

Address: 1 Tillman Place, San Francisco, CA 94108

Website: Hops & Hominy

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm; Tue - Wed: 11:30am - 3pm, 4pm - 10pm; Thu - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm, 4pm - 11pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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6. Kin Khao

New on the menu: Nam tok beans. Rancho gordo Christmas Lima beans tossed 'waterfall' style. #kinkhao #yum #onthemenu

Posted by Kin Khao on Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Kin Khao’s chef and proprietor, Pim Techamuanvivit, claims to be on a mission to liberate Thai cuisine from the “tyranny of peanut sauce.” She also uses local ingredients to provide a unique take on the cuisine of her homeland. “Bites” include spiced peanuts, pickles, mushroom hor mok, and som tum papaya salad. Sides include white rice, sticky rice, and chicken broth. Main courses include kaho mun gia, ngop pla, yaowaraj noodle, and khao soi.

Kin Khao

Address: 55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Website: Kin Khao

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm

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7. Lolo

Posted by Loló on Saturday, 18 May 2019

Lolo’s cuisine is influenced by the Mexican region of Jalisco. It has an expansive dining room, an open kitchen, two bar areas, and a private dining room downstairs. It attempts to combine Mexican cuisine with modern aesthetics as well Bay Area ingredients. Dinner plates include shishito peppers, kale salad, pastel de elote, taco tropical, tuna tacon, and panko avocado taco. Brunch items include crispy chilaquiles, huevos bravos, Mexican breakfast torta, and croissant French toast.


Address: 974 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Website: Lolo

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5:30pm - 11pm; Fri: 5:30pm - 1am; Sat: 11am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 1am; Sun: 11am - 4pm

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8. Saison

destined for butter

Posted by SAISON on Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Saison brands itself as a modern American restaurant that focuses itself around wood fire cooking of season ingredients. They work directly with fishermen, hunters, gatherers, ranchers, and farmers to produce the best tasting natural food. Everything is made by hand, in-house. The kitchen and dining room share the same open space, which provides an interesting and intimate exchange between staff and guests. The menu is constantly changing, which means you will never know what you will get when you visit each time.


Address: 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Website: Saison

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (closed on Sun & Mon)

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9. Marlowe

Join us tonight for our New Year's Eve menu. Here's a peek at the beef carpaccio. We'll be closed tomorrow all day. #happynewyear

Posted by Marlowe on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Marlowe describes itself as a neighborhood bistro that that focuses on new American bistro favorites with a meat-centric menu filled with unique and flavorful twists. Regarding lunch, items include a deviled egg sandwich and a warm rock shrimp roll. Sides include brown butter brussels sprouts and smokey baked cauliflower. Regarding dinner, bites include warm deviled eggs and baked oysters. Dinner starters include creamy broccoli soup and steak tartare. Main courses for dinner include grilled pork chop and angus ribeye.


Address: 500 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94017

Website: Marlowe

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Thu - Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm; 5:30pm - 10pm

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10. Liholiho Yacht Club

Did someone say asparagus kimchi, made with @zuckermans_farm asparagus!? - Colossal asparagus katsu, pickled ginger,...

Posted by Liholiho Yacht Club on Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Liholiho Yacht Club provides Hawaiian-inspired cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Menu items include tuna poke, yellowtail sashimi, kung pao sweetbreads, and colossal asparagus katsu. If you’re craving food inspired by Hawaii, check out this place.

Liholiho Yacht Club

Address: 871 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94019

Website: Liholiho Yachut Club

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 10:30pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 11pm (closed on Sun)

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When in San Francisco, check out these interesting places

Source: Photo by user Dale Cruse used under CC BY 2.0

Each of these different places provide laid-back atmosphere where you can come as you are. They provide unique takes on variety of cuisine that includes Italian, Thai, Hawaiian, and Southern US cuisine. Check out more than one place, as you should try all these different kinds of delicious foods.

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