As a local to the San Francisco area, I’ve been able to experience the city on a personal level. There are so many hotspots and it can be difficult navigating which to try when visiting the city. Follow along below as I list The Most Iconic San Francisco Eateries To Visit.
Balboa Cafe is a local favorite that serves up the best of the classics. They are known for their famous Balboa Burger that sits on many lists as one of the best burgers in San Francisco. They also have excellent brunch options available that are worth trying yourself. 3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
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The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head Restaurant and Public House is home to some of the best dishes in the San Francisco area especially when it comes to great steaks and old-school cocktails. Serving local flavors, along with amazing drinks and food, this is definitely a local favorite. 3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA
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Kokkari has amazing Modern Greek Cuisine with fresh ingredients. The hospitality at this San Francisco gem is one of a kind, and truly is a great experience all around. 200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111
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When I think of a spot I’ve dined the most of any restaurant in the 8 years I lived in San Francisco it’s hands down Nopa. Chef/Owner Laurence Jossel is one of the funniest, kindest and most talented Chefs I know and they are amazing at everything they do. Dinner service. Brunch (which sadly post-COVID has not returned), cocktails. Burgers…. This is a MUST try for any Foodie visiting San Francisco. 560 Divisadero St, San Francisco.
Perry’s is a great spot if you’re in the mood for some good comfort food or watching a live sports game in a popular setting with a great vibe. Offering American food, and some really great beer, this is a great spot to kick back and relax and enjoy a meal amongst friends or family. 1944 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Presidio Social Club
The Presidio Social Club is a great place to stop by if you’re in the mood for fresh and locally sourced dishes in an old-school diner/ restaurant vibe (it feels as if you’re at an old dining Club in the Dirty Dancing movie). There is also bar seating, a dining room, and an extended patio for you to choose from.
JSF TIP: They also offer delicious holidays pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas which are to die for! 563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129
There is also a private dining area for those in the Presidio Social Club.
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In the heart of the financial district of San Francisco, Tadich Grill is another icon and historic San Francisco gem to experience. Tadich Grill is the oldest restaurant in California today. Established in 1849, this spot still has its old-fashioned aesthetic, along with fresh fish and great drinks. 240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy is Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Tony Gemignani is a 13-time World Pizza Champion, making his pizza’s the best in the world. This is a must-try when visiting, especially for all of pizza lovers. 1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Read more about Chef Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza in my interview below!
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Swan Oyster Depot
Arguably one of the best Seafood restaurants in San Francisco is Swan Oyster Depot. This fish market is among the iconic San Francisco eateries because of its reputation. There is always a huge line to get in, but well worth the wait. 1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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