Restaurants

Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

In Situ

The landmark gallery of modern cuisine attached to SFMOMA also showcases avant-garde masterpieces – but these ones you'll lick clean. Chef Corey Lee collaborates with star chefs worldwide, scrupulously recreating th…
Top Choice Californian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Benu

SF has pioneered Asian fusion cuisine for 150 years, but the pan-Pacific innovation chef-owner Corey Lee brings to the plate is gasp-inducing: foie-gras soup dumplings – what?! Dungeness crab and truffle custard pac…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cotogna

Chef-owner Michael Tusk racks up James Beard Awards for a quintessentially Italian culinary balancing act: he strikes ideal proportions among a few pristine flavors in rustic pastas, wood-fired pizzas and salt-crust…
Top Choice Bakery in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Tout Sweet

Mango with Thai chili or peanut butter and jelly? Choosing your favorite California-French macaron isn't easy at Tout Sweet, where Top Chef Just Desserts champion Yigit Pura keeps outdoing his own inventions – he's …
Top Choice Hawaiian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Liholiho Yacht Club

Who needs yachts to be happy? Aloha abounds over Liholiho's pucker-up-tart cocktails and gleefully creative Calwaiian/Hawafornian dishes – surefire mood enhancers include spicy beef-tongue bao, duck-liver mousse wit…
Top Choice Sushi in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Kusakabe

Trust chef Mitsunori Kusakabe's omakase (tasting menu). Sit at the counter while the chef adds a herbal hint to fatty tuna with the inside of a shiso leaf. After you devour the menu – mostly with your hands, 'to rel…
Top Choice Market in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The pride and joy of SF foodies, the Ferry Building market showcases 50 to 100 prime purveyors of California-grown organic produce, pasture-raised meats and gourmet prepared foods at accessible prices. On Saturdays,…
Top Choice American in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

farm:table

A ray of sunshine in the concrete heart of the city, this plucky little storefront showcases seasonal California organics in just-baked breakfasts and farmstead-fresh lunches. Check the menu on Twitter (@farmtable) …
Nepali in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Red Chilli

Mt Everest is for amateurs – gourmet adventurers brave the Tenderloin's mean streets for Red Chilli's bargain butter chicken, Kathmandu rolls (naan wraps) and pickle-spice lamb achar. Can't decide? Get rice-plate co…
Market in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Heart of the City Farmers Market

Bringing farm freshness to the city's concrete-paved center since 1981, this nonprofit, farmer-operated market is on a mission to provide local, affordable, healthy food to low-income inner-city communities. Seasona…