The Castro restaurants

Top Choice Californian in The Castro

Frances

Rebel chef-owner Melissa Perello earned a Michelin star for fine dining, then ditched downtown to start this market-inspired neighborhood bistro. Daily menus showcase rustic flavors and luxurious textures with impec…
Top Choice Scandinavian in The Castro

Kantine

Brunch is served with a side of hygge (cozy happiness) at Kantine. Take your pick of five to seven seasonal Scandinavian-inspired dishes – velvety bay-shrimp-egg salad, lemony pickled herring – or hearty smørrebrød …
Top Choice German in The Castro

Mauerpark

Break brot (bread) with friends, and share platters piled with wurst, salami and cheese. Raised by German immigrants in the Bay Area, Salome Buelow serves sustaining, unfussy, soulful fare: thick yogurt and nutty Em…
Top Choice Hainan in The Castro

Gai Chicken Rice

Who's got the solution to cold snaps and tentative tummies? This Gai. The tender Hainan-style poached chicken here is free-range and antibiotic-free, accompanied by jasmine or brown rice cooked in chicken broth, wit…
Palestinian in The Castro

Beit Rima

Bond over mezze inspired by chef-owner Samir Mogannam's mom, plus stints at the Bay's top Mediterranean restaurants. Hummus tahina traditionalists and root-vegetable radicals kiss and make up over Samir's classic ve…
Californian in The Castro

Starbelly

All the laid-back charm and sun-drenched flavors you'd expect from California, at totally chill prices. The Castro farmer's market is right across the street, and you can taste it in Starbelly's sustainably sourced,…
British in The Castro

Lovejoy's Tea Room

All the chintz you'd expect from an English tearoom, only with a San Francisco crowd: curators talk interactive art over Darjeeling, scones and clotted cream, while dual dads treat daughters and dolls to 'wee tea' o…
Bakery in The Castro

Thoroughbread

Pastries come with pedigree at Thoroughbread – they're creations of Michelin-starred Michel Suas, founder of the San Francisco Baking Institute. If you're unsure what to order, check the racks behind the counter – b…
Sandwiches in The Castro

Dinosaurs

Monster banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) stomp hunger with your choice of beef, lemongrass chicken, portobello, or pork with pâté on crusty French bread. For a smashing lunch, ask friendly counter folk for all the fi…
Seafood in The Castro

Anchor Oyster Bar

Since 1977, Anchor has been Castro's port of call for sustainably sourced local oysters, Dungeness crab, seafood salads, and San Francisco cioppino (seafood stew). The nautical-themed room seats 24 at stainless-stee…