Even though San Francisco is a relatively small U.S. city compared to giants like New York and Los Angeles, it’s developed a great reputation for its restaurants. The tech boom and the money Google and hundreds of other companies recently poured into the city have definitely helped attract world-class chefs, and develop the food scene in San Francisco even further.
The good news is you can have great food in San Francisco whether you’re there on business and splurging with a corporate account, or trying to dine and book your San Francisco hotels on a budget. For all your foodies out there, here are six San Francisco restaurants and experiences you need to try on your visit.
The Bimini Twist
The Bimini Twist restaurant is one of the most well reviewed restaurants in San Francisco. Its menu offers a huge choice of delicious seafood at reasonable prices. Besides the to-die-for oysters that every diner raves about, the restaurant has a cozy, homely feel, greatly enhanced by Chef Don and his staff of friendly, professional waiters.
If you really want to go for a fine dining option, check out the posh Gary Danko restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf. True to the neighborhood that surrounds it, Gary Danko serves a great choice of fish and higher-end options such as foie gras, lobster, and mouthwatering risottos.
Often called one of the top five restaurants in San Francisco, Boulevard is smack dab in the middle of the Financial District, which also makes it a great favorite for business lunches and dinners. If you’ve booked one of the San Francisco hotels on Mission Street or the Embarcadero, don’t miss the chance to hop on over and enjoy one of the best meals of your life.
Tour the Food Trucks
The food truck scene in San Francisco is great for both your stomach and your wallet. You can pick from a range of amazing street side food at cheap prices. No matter what your tastes are, you can find it all here, from vegan options (Hella Vegan Eats — how California) to Mexican food (El Gallo Giro). Hop on to Roaming Hunger to check out where there’s a food cart stationed near you.
Explore Valencia Street
You can’t skip the street that Food & Wine magazine deemed the “foodie street” of California. Stop at the Mission Cheese café to pick from either a great mac & cheese, a wine and cheese appetizer, or almost any other cheese-based dish you can think of. Then, indulge your sweet tooth at Dandelion Chocolate, a gourmet chocolate factory that serves beautiful chocolate products made from cocoa beans all over the world.
Spend an Afternoon at Ferry Building Marketplace
The Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is every foodie’s dream. Head to the farmer’s market, which takes place three times every week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday), and buy all the fresh, organic food and beautiful cookware you need from the market and surrounding artisanal food vendors. The marketplace also has plenty of café and restaurants to fix your hunger after a day of shopping.
With these six foodie destinations at your fingertips, you’ll be sure to make your trip to San Francisco especially fun and delicious.
Photo by John Wolfe