After living in San Francisco for more than 9 months and being a total foodie, there are definitely some restaurants and cafes I can recommend visiting. What I most like about San Francisco is its diversity of food. No matter what cuisine you’re looking for, chances are pretty good that you find great options in San Francisco. Let’s get started with the first part of this guide which features my favorite restaurants!
Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar
Il Casaro is by far my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco. Located in the Italian district of North Beach, this cozy restaurant offers authentic Napolitan pizza and has a great selection of imported wines. After trying to find a good and authentic Italian pizza for over 9 months, this place is the only one that offers a truly traditional Italian dining experience. My top 3 favorite pizzas at Il Casaro are Bufalina, Il Casaro, and Calzone. Each pizza costs around $15-$18, which matches typical San Francisco dining prices. For more information, make sure to check them out here.
Italian Homemade Company
Italian Homemade Company is the perfect counterpart of Il Casaro. Whereas Il Casaro is famous for its Napolitan pizzas, Italian Homemade Company is my favorite place to go for authentic Italian pasta. Since the restaurant itself is very small, it can get crowded and noisy during peak hours. Because of that I recommend going there to grab a quick lunch or dinner. They have two locations in San Francisco and one in Berkeley, so make sure to check them out here.
Mourad is a truly fine dining experience in the downtown of San Francisco. With its modern and fancy setting, it offers a great dining experience with Moroccan and Californian inspired dishes. Dining at Mourad can get quite pricey in the evening and a reservation is definitely required. Nevertheless, you will never forget a visit to this restaurant because of its outstanding food quality and customer service. If you want to visit Mourad on a smaller budget, make sure to visit them during lunch time. Although the menu selection is smaller compared to the dinner menu, the prices tend to be lower than in the evening. Get more information about Mourad here.
La Mar Cebichería Peruana
I’ve only been to La Mar once but the outstanding quality of food makes me think about it now and then. Located at the Embacadero waterfront, La Mar offers a great choice of Peruvian seafood dishes in a contemporary and stylish environment. Besides that, you have the option to grab a drink at their separate bar or enjoy great views of the bay on their outside patio. A dining experience at La Mar can get pricey if you pair it with wine; however, the atmosphere and the great selection of food make it worth it! For more information about La Mar click here.
I went to Chubby Noodle the first time two months before I had to leave San Francisco. After that, I’ve been there four more times because their steamed pork buns and their shrimp pad thai are so amazing. Chubby Noodle has two locations in San Francisco and offers great Asian fusion cuisine and a large selection of Japanese sake in a lively environment. As the restaurant is quite small, be prepared to wait a while before being seated or make a reservation in advance to your visit. To get more information about delicious noodles and sake click here.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Fogo de Chão is a paradise for meat lovers! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, ignore this part and check out the other delicious restaurants featured in this blog review. Located in the SOMA district, Fogo de Chão offers a traditional Brazilian churrasco experience where so called Gauchos come to your table frequently and offer different kinds of meat cuts, including beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and sausages. Fogo de Chão offers a fixed-price experience where customers follow an all you can eat principle with the different meat cuts and a full salad and appetizer buffet. For more information, make sure to check them out here.
If you like this San Francisco Restaurant Guide, make sure to check out Part II and III which features more restaurants and my favorite cafés in the city. Also, let me know about your favorite dining places to go!