Cafe in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cafe Asia

Rest those museum legs on the sunny outdoor balcony and let your tastebuds do the trekking across Asia. Light lunchers may make do with dim sum while hungry art aficionados will prefer spicy pork bahn mi or Japanese…
Deli in North Beach & Chinatown


Grab a number and a crusty roll, and when your number rolls around, wise-cracking deli staff in paper hats will stuff it with translucent sheets of prosciutto di Parma, milky buffalo mozzarella, tender marinated art…
Cafe in North Beach & Chinatown

Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

A boho North Beach holdout on Washington Square Park, Mario's gave up smoking in the 1970s and turned to piping-hot panini. By now, generations of artistic movements have been fueled by Mario's oven-baked onion foca…
Deli in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Real Food

This organic grocery's deli is packed with housemade foods, including respectable sushi, roasted-eggplant-and-tomato salad, free-range herb-turkey sandwiches and organic gingerbread. On sunny days, grab a patio seat…
Cafe in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Crown & Crumpet

In this cafe inside New People, designer style and rosy cheer usher tea time into the 21st century: girlfriends rehash hot dates over scones with strawberries and tea, and dads and daughters clink porcelain cups aft…
Cafe in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Bread & Cocoa

Local, artisanal ingredients add zing to sandwiches, such as roast-chicken panini with pesto, and tangy Humboldt Fog cheese with prosciutto, organic tomato and arugula. For $8 to $12.50 they're not huge, but their …
Deli in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Cheese Plus

Foodies, rejoice: here's one deli where they won't blink if you request aged, drunken chèvre instead of provolone on your sandwich. The specialty is classic grilled cheese, made with artisan fromage du jour, but for…
Cafe in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

Warming Hut

Wetsuited windsurfers and Crissy Field kite-fliers recharge with fair-trade coffee, organic pastries and hot dogs at the Warming Hut, while browsing field guides and sampling honey from Presidio honeybees. Ingenious…
Cafe in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Emporio Rulli

Artisanal Italian pastries, powerful espresso and prosciutto sandwiches at outdoor tables in Union Square.
Cafe in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa


Dietary constraints are no barrier to tasty, fast French fare here. Quiches and cookies are gluten-free, split pea soup is vegetarian, salads are organic and vegan, and coffee is fair trade. If you're juicing, try a…