Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in The Castro & Noe Valley

Poesia

An all-Italian staff flirts with diners at this unpretentious 2nd-floor bistro with a sunny yellow interior and comfy banquettes good for lingering long after a hearty dinner. Expect dishes you don't typically see a…
Top Choice Californian in The Castro & Noe Valley

Frances

Chef-owner Melissa Perello earned a Michelin star for fine dining, then ditched downtown to start this market-inspired neighborhood bistro. Daily menus showcase bright, seasonal flavors and luxurious textures: cloud…
Californian in The Castro & Noe Valley

Starbelly

The seasonal small plates at always-busy Starbelly include standout salumi, market-fresh salads, scrumptious pâté, roasted mussels with house-made sausage and thin-crusted pizzas. The barn-like rooms get loud; sit o…
Street Food in The Castro & Noe Valley

Myriad

When you're between meals and out of ideas to satisfy your pack of picky eaters, the Myriad is mighty handy. Inside the chilly warehouse storefront, rainbow-colored kiosks cover the spectrum from coffee to cocktails…
American in The Castro & Noe Valley

Finn Town Tavern

Owned by TV chef Ryan Scott, Finn Town reimagines classic American dishes – duck-confit pot pies, oysters Rockefeller, iceberg wedge with Stilton and dates – with big flavors and handsome presentation. The room nods…
French in The Castro & Noe Valley

L'Ardoise

For date night with an all-local crowd, this storefront neighborhood charmer on a leafy side street is perfectly placed for some strolling hand-in-hand after dining on classic French-bistro fare, including perfect s…
Middle Eastern in The Castro & Noe Valley

La Méditerranée

Zesty, lemon-laced Lebanese fare at friendly prices makes La Méd the Castro's meet-up spot. Chicken kebabs on rice pilaf are pleasingly plump; the kibbe harmoniously blends pine nuts, ground lamb and cracked wheat; …
Seafood in The Castro & Noe Valley

Anchor Oyster Bar

Since its founding in 1977, Anchor's formula has been simple: seafood classics, like local oysters, crab cakes, Boston clam chowder and copious salads. The nautical-themed room seats just 24 at stainless-steel table…
Thai in The Castro & Noe Valley

Thai House Express

Of the many Castro Thai joints, this one's best for quality. And at lunch, good-value rice plates cost just $8 to $10. All hard surfaces makes it loud at peak times, but between lunch and dinner, when other restaura…
Bakery in The Castro & Noe Valley

Lovejoy's Tea Room

All the chintz you'd expect from an English tearoom but with a San Francisco crowd: curators talk video-installation art over Lapsang souchong, scones and clotted cream, while dual dads take their daughters and doll…