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San Francisco - Restaurants

 San Francisco Bay Area is our home, so on this topic we do know what we are talking about.  Here is a list of restaurants in our area from various reputable sources.  Out personal recommendations are bold.  Our very very favorite restaurants are in green bold.

The 7x7 list. This 100-best places list is not ours, but since there are so many in the listwe heartly agree with we decided to include it here. Late nite dining. Places were chefs go after work - not McDonalds.








East Bay

South Peninsula North Peninsula, San Francisco

SF, Opera house

SF, oriental


Sam's Chowder House, Hwy 1, N of Half Moon Bay, 650-712-0245.  Started business 2006.  Instant success. Great food, great bar, fantastic harbor views from every seat in bar, restaurant, and patios.


Rogue Chefs, 730 Main St., Half Moon Bay.  Reserve a seat at the chef's table for conversation with Chef Kevin Koebel and close watch on the kitchen.  (Chef's table recommended only for couples; seating arrangement makes it difficult for larger party to socialize.)


East Bay

Breakfast: Cafe 817 (Oakland), Tacubaya (Berkeley)

Pizza & Banjo players every Thursday night: Porky's Pizza Palace,1221 Manor Blvd., San Leandro, 510-357-4323

Trattoria La Siciliana, 2993 College Ave., Berkeley.  A small 2-story Italian trattoria.  Friendly and fun.


Breakfast pizza: Oliveto's
5655 College Ave., Oakland, 510-547-5356, www.oliveto.com

Chicago deep dish: Zachary's, 5801 College Ave., Oakland, 510-655-3365

Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, 510-652-4888, pizzaiolo.us 

Pizza Olympics champion Tony Gemignani's place:  Pyzano's Pizzeria, 3835 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, 510-881-8878

A dive, a hole in the wall, home of the thin crust, Susan and Peter's favorite.  Arinell Pizza 2109 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, (510) 841-4035  (Tested and passed 3/2007 - This is the bestby-the-slice in Berkeley)


San Francisco

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar 398 Hayes at Gough 551-1590 (graze after the show)

Canto de Brazil 44 Franklin @ Page

Stelline, 429 Gough St, 626-4292 - great Italian, moderate priced.  (We tried and tested it 10/00.)

  • Portrero Hill's "18th and Connecticut"

On and near this cross street are four exceptionally nice neighborhood restaurants. Baraka [***] on 288 Connecticut is "Terrific. Aperto (Italian), Chez Maman (French), and Chez Papa (French). Papa is most deservingly listed in Michelin. Goat Hill Pizza looks promising (but we haven't tried it yet). Farley's up the block on 1315 18th is a great place for coffee/wine & live music before going to any of these restaurants. Also nearby Bloom's Saloon is on our to do list.

  • Castro

Zadin, 4019 18th St, Castro district.  A wonderful neighborhood restaurant, off-beat, off the main drag.  Our best new find 2007.

A Bon Port. 476 Castro, 415-558-0893. Zee place for Belgian waffles.

Backroads recommendation: Yuet Lee

Saigon Saigon 1132 Valencia @ 22nd St 415-206-9635. Very Good (1/98).


BKK Cheap, no atmosphere, but good Thai. Do the Pad Thai. 1022 bush , btw Jones and Leavenworth, 441-8150. Lunch M-F, Dinner 5-10 daily

House of Nanking 919 Kearny St 421-1429... best food this side of China & CHEAP

Minh-Tri: Vietnamese 534 Irving St SF 566-5335.  We discovered it in 2000 - great food and friendly.

Ton Kiang, top dim sum

Midor Musch Sushi and Sake Lounge, 465 Grove, 415-503-1377, in the Best Western. Do an hour sit in the Sake lounge before being seated for dinner. VERY VERY MELLOOOOOOOW place.  Closed Sun-Mon.


  • NOPA district (Fulton & Divisadero)

Tsuami Sushi and Sake bar, on Fulton, just off Divisadero.  A friendly (and $$$) tour & tasting of Sake.

Ziryab.  528 Divisadero. Wonderful Middle Eastern.  Some less typical Middle Eastern items on the menu.  Especially good: filet mignon.

Little Start Pizza, 846 Divisadero. (Our 1st visit was 1/08 after a 26 Stairways hike.)  A Pizza Restaurante specializing in Chicago thin and traditional corn flour crusted deep dish.  The establishment is loved by the locals.  Get there early (like opening time at 5 PM) or be ready to wait for a table.  Cash only.



Da Flora Ostaria Venexiana, 701 Columbus. San Francisco's North Beach.   Dinners.  Italian.  Lovely dining room.


Aperto, 1424 18th St, 415-252-1625.  Exceptional, friendly, neighborhood restaurant. Always busy busy.  No reservations, but priority seating if you call ahead.   Parking is easy in this area.

Another lovely Italian establishment: Osteria Cucina Toscana, 3277 Sacramento St., San Francisco (on street corner).  Owner/chef is from Luca, Tuscany.  A corner window table is wonderful for watching the neighborhood and a bit less sound volume.


Sociale Caffe & Wine Bar [$$,***] is NOT AT ALL A CAFFE.  This is a fancy top notch restaurant, with neighborhood charm and loyal following.   There is also a small and warm wine bar.   3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco (down an alley way).  Superbly friendly and efficient staff.  Outdoor seating with heaters would be less noisy than indoors.  Midweek sampler plate.


Tres Agaves [$$, **] on 130 Townsend is a true Mexican kitchen (don't go there for a plate of tacos & beans).  There are 100 bottles of tequila on the wall.  A tequila tasting at the bar is a great experience for a start and for mucho $$$.  The food is actually quite moderate and reasonable $$.


South Peninsula

Sushi-2-2-train, Saratoga.  Sing along with the chef Thursday-Friday-Saturday evenings


Mid Peninsula

Fuki-Sushi, 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; Super sushi, but not cheap. Introduced here by Jack and Shula.  650-494-9383


Joy Restaurant, 1495 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City (in shopping mall strip adjacent to SM bridge and waterfront).  Wonderful neighborhood oriental restaurant that Susan and Peter introduced us to.  650-345-1762


2007 R. Abileah

Last updated February 27, 2008