Top 10 Things to Eat in San Francisco

Our editor reveal the best restaurants to sample 10 quintessential tastes of San Francisco.

Updated: July 05, 2004

Where to Eat


R&G Lounge

631 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108

Dig into the deep-fried salt-and-pepper crab at this Cantonese seafood palace.


Town Hall

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Skip dinner and go straight to the mom-worthy dessert of butterscotch and chocolate pot de creme at this all-American restaurant.


Tadich Grill

240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Slurp up the legendary seafood cioppino, brimming with clams, prawns, scallops, bay shrimp, whitefish and crab meat.


Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Oyster aficionados head to this foodie favorite for the city's most extensive selection of classic, French-style bivalves.


Tommaso Ristorante Italiano

1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

A chewy, thin-crust Neapolitan pizza and a throwback North Beach ambience defines this neighborhood landmark.


Hog Island Oyster Co

1 Ferry Plz, San Francisco, CA 94111

In addition to the pristine oysters, this lunch counter dishes up a downright sinful grilled cheese sandwich oozing with three kinds of cheese.


Memphis Minnies BBQ Joint

576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Slather the house-made Texas red sauce on the fall-apart-tender beef brisket at this cutesy barbecue joint.


Pancho Villa Taqueria

3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Get an all-beef taco with extra hot sauce at this longtime Mission Street favorite.


Yank Sing

49 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This dim sum palace lures in tourists and locals alike with top-notch fare and attentive staff.


Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk

315 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102


More Local Favorites


Zachary's Chicago Pizza

5801 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618


Delfina Restaurant

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110