Best Restaurants in the Fillmore

There are two incredibly distinct sides of San Francisco's Fillmore Street, each offering its own unique local flavor. Go south of Geary Boulevard and you're swept into a world of new and exciting restaurants, most built to honor the Fillmore District's rich jazz history and, with that, offer live music nearly every night of the week. Go north of Geary, and the scene is buzzing with an interesting mix of brand-new shops and restaurants, many in step with the city's hottest culinary trends, as well as longtime and cherished favorites.

Updated: June 28, 2010

Restaurants in the Fillmore


Gussie's Chicken and Waffles

1521 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Chicken and waffles are what get most people here on the first try, but it's the wide selection of chicken and waffle options among other homey southern dishes that keeps them coming back.


Dosa

1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

A spin-off its popular Southern Indian restaurant in the Mission, this spacious and elegant restaurant is especially packed on the weekends when nearby movie-goers stop in for a late-night dinner or drinks.


Dino's Pizza

2101 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

This is where folks go to get the kind of pizza they remember having after baseball games as a kid or ordering in the wee hours of the night after an all-night kegger.


Fresca

2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Fresca serves up some of the best Peruvian cuisine in San Francisco. The menu can feature dishes such as the corvine: sauteed wild barramundi served with yellow chile mushroom risotto and a piquillo pepper coulis. More down-home staples include the aji de gallina, a succulent pulled chicken stew with aji amarillo cream, hunks yukon potatoes, soft-boiled eggs, walnuts and steamed rice.


Sheba Piano Lounge

1419 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Executive chef Netsanet Alemayehu and her husband Israel run this hybrid jazz club and Ethiopian restaurant that showcases some of the best local talent in the Bay Area, outstanding cuisine and an incredibly unique cocktail menu.


Elite Cafe

2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

For almost 30 years, the Elite Cafe has satisfied San Franciscans hankering for Cajun and Creole cuisine. One of the hallmarks of its design is the row of private booths that run along one wall built to resemble the private cars of a train.


Pizzeria Delfina

2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Don't let the seemingly endless line of people deter you from trying to snag a table at this outstanding thin-crust artisan pizzeria where the ingredients are as fresh as can be.


1300 On Fillmore

1300 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Drawing a mixed clientele to its sleek and lively dining room, 1300 Fillmore is an upscale eatery serving up high-brow interpretations of classic soul food dishes. Meanwhile, the roomy and cozy lounge area that hosts live jazz regularly.