San Francisco restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Cala

Like discovering a long-lost twin, Cala's Mexico Norte cuisine is a revelation. San Francisco's Mexican-rancher roots are deeply honored here: silky bone-marrow salsa and fragrant heritage-corn tortillas grace a swe…
Top Choice Californian in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Rich Table

Impossible cravings begin at Rich Table, inventor of porcini doughnuts, miso-marrow-stuffed pasta and fried-chicken madeleines with caviar. Married co-chefs and owners Sarah and Evan Rich playfully riff on seasonal …
Top Choice Californian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Al's Place

The Golden State dazzles on Al's plates, featuring homegrown heirloom ingredients, pristine Pacific seafood, and grass-fed meat on the side. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures…
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 Mexican in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

La Palma Mexicatessen

Follow the applause: that's the sound of organic tortilla-making in progress at La Palma. You've found the Mission mother lode of handmade tamales, pupusas (tortilla pockets) with potato and chicharones (pork crackl…
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 Mexican in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

La Taqueria

SF's definitive burrito has no saffron rice, spinach tortilla or mango salsa – just perfectly grilled meats, slow-cooked beans and tomatillo or mesquite salsa wrapped in a flour tortilla. They're purists at James Be…
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 Pop-Up in San Francisco

Outstanding in the Field

Dinners with guest-star chefs like Alice Waters and this Bay Area–based crew pop up in the unlikeliest places – strawberry fields, sea caves, sand bars – to bring diners to the source of their food.
Top Choice Californian in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

State Bird Provisions

Even before winning back-to-back James Beard Awards, State Bird attracted lines for 5:30pm seatings not seen since the Dead played neighboring Fillmore Auditorium. The draw is a thrilling play on dim sum, wildly inv…