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San Francisco Best Value Restaurants


In the mood for some good food, but can't afford the high prices (let alone the valet parking fees!) at many of San Francisco's hippest spots? Our database of the best value restaurants in the Bay Area features excellent establishments that serve up delectable dishes at an affordable price. Whether you're planning an elegant evening out or are simply hankering for a hamburger, our list is filled with great inexpensive dining ideas.



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SAN FRANCISCO CITY

A la Turca Turkish
13/20
869 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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This Turkish restaurant's appeal lies in its authentic food. More...

Ace Wasabi's Rock-n-Roll Sushi Japanese
12/20
3339 Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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The menu offers classic nigiri sushi as well as a fun list of rolls. More...

Alamo Square Seafood Grill Seafood
13/20
803 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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This small neighborhood spot is a good place for a reasonably priced seafood dinner with a French twist. More...

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Sandwiches
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, San Francisco, CA 1 South Park Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Young SoMa start-up employees stand in line for gourmet grilled cheese. More...

Aziza Moroccan
15/20
Dining Room at Aziza, San Francisco, CA 5800 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Slow and romantic California-inspired Moroccan cuisine. More...

Bill's Place Diner
Quick Bite
2315 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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No swanky digs and small plates here. Devoted locals come for the straightforward, homemade diner fare and honest, small-town conviviality. More...

Blue Plate American
13/20
Dining Room at Blue Plate, San Francisco, CA 3218 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Quirky and funky restaurant serving American fare with a focus on seasonal and organic ingredients. More...

Bocadillos Tapas
14/20
Dining Room at Bocadillos, San Francisco, CA 710 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Chef-author Gerald Hirigoyen's Jackson Square charmer serves up satisfying, innovative tapas. More...

Brickhouse Cafe American
12/20
426 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

A SoMa staple with solid saloon fare and wacky décor. More...

The Brixton California
14/20
2140 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Lively, upscale neighborhood spot offering a good happy hour, late-night menus and creative cocktails. More...

The Cavalier British
14/20
Dining Room at The Cavalier, San Francisco, CA Hotel Zetta San Francisco
360 Jessie St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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High-end British brasserie from the folks who brought Marlowe and Park Tavern to San Francisco. More...

Cheung Hing Chinese
13/20
2339 Noriega St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Hong Kong-style barbecue---eat in or take out. More...

Chow American
13/20
215 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Chow is a beloved spot known for affordable comfort food and some eclectic dishes as well. More...

Citizen's Band American
14/20
Dining Room at Citizen 1198 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Innovative "fine diner" cuisine in a hip setting makes for entertaining eating and people watching. More...

Club Waziema Ethiopian
12/20
543 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Quirky Ethiopian restaurant that doubles as a fun, lively neighborhood bar. More...

Cocotte French
13/20
1521 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Rustic French fare in a warmly welcoming space. More...

Cotogna Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Cotogna, San Francisco, CA 490 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Lively urban trattoria operated by the same team behind high-end sibling Quince. More...

Cupola Pizzeria Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cupola Pizzeria, San Francisco, CA Westfield San Francisco Centre, 4th Floor
845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Cupola Pizzeria serves fresh Italian fare under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre. More...

Curry Up Now Indian
Quick Bite
659 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Curry Up Now brings its Northern Indian street food to San Francisco. More...

Delancey Street Restaurant American
11/20
600 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
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The moderately priced food is traditional American fare highlighted by ethnic and regional specialties. More...

DeLessio Market & Bakery American
Quick Bite
1695 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A dreamy café with serious pastries and an eye-popping deli case. More...

Doobu Korean
13/20
1723 Buchanan St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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This cozy Korean barbecue and tofu spot offers comfort food like your grandma from Seoul used to make. More...

Dosa Indian
14/20
Dining Room at Dosa, San Francisco, CA 995 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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An exclusively Southern Indian restaurant, Dosa offers a refreshing casual dining experience. More...

Dosa on Fillmore Indian
14/20
Dining Room at Dosa on Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 1700 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Anjan and Emily Mitra’s South Indian gem of a restaurant is a hit on Fillmore. More...

El Farolito Mexican
Quick Bite
2777 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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El Farolito serves huge burritos, overstuffed quesadillas and tacos late into the night. More...

El Metate Mexican
Quick Bite
2406 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

An unheralded Mission District taqueria with fresh flavors as bright as its yellow exterior. More...

Eliza's Chinese
13/20
2877 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94116
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Eliza's updates Hunan and Mandarin cuisine with a California twist but manages not to lose any of the hot, sweet or pungent flavors. More...

Ella's American
13/20
500 Presidio Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Ella's promises neoclassical American cooking and delivers the goods---think meatloaf and chicken potpie---but the real draw is the popular weekend brunch. More...

Fly American
12/20
762 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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A darkened room lit by flickering candles barely holds the throng of trendy young things on busy nights. More...

Fondue Cowboy Fondue
14/20
1052 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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SoMa restaurant offering both cheese and chocolate fondues, plus salads and charcuterie, too. More...

4505 Burgers & BBQ Barbecue
Quick Bite
Dining Room at 4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco, CA 705 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Follow your nose to this barbecue bonanza. More...

Gialina Italian
13/20
2842 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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The pizza-tossing pride of Glen Park, a family-friendly village sliced in half by I-280. More...

Giordano Bros. Sandwiches
Quick Bite
303 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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"All-in-One" sandwich made famous by Pittsburgh's Primanti Brothers features grilled meat, cheese, french fries and coleslaw together on fresh-baked bread. More...

Green Chile Kitchen New Mexican
Quick Bite
1801 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Organic salads, rotisserie chicken and burritos are offered at this casual eatery. More...

Happy Garden Restaurant Chinese
12/20
815 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Expect a vast, inexpensive menu filled with Chinese-American classics, fresh dim sum and daily specials. More...

Hog Island Oyster Co. Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Hog Island Oyster Co., San Francisco, CA Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

The San Francisco Ferry Building provides a serene, second home for this celebrated, sustainable oyster company from Tomales Bay. More...

The House Fusion
12/20
1230 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Tightly packed room serves reliable Asian-inspired dishes to the Italian-weary. More...

Il Cane Rosso Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco, CA San Francisco Ferry Building
One Ferry Building #41
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Hearty Southern Italian counter fare at the Ferry Building. More...

Isa French
13/20
Dining Room at Isa, San Francisco, CA 3324 Steiner St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Enjoy Isa's French-style tapas menu on the roomy, bi-leveled back patio. More...

Jeanne d'Arc French
13/20
Dining Room at Jeanne d Cornell Hotel de France
715 Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Affordable prix-fixe dinner menu offered in a romantic dining room that transports guests to a charming fifteenth-century hideaway. More...

La Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at La Taqueria, San Francisco, CA 2889 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Some would argue these are the best tacos in town, and the burritos are famously made without rice. More...

LaLola Bar de Tapas Spanish
13/20
1358 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Charming neighborhood restaurant serving Spanish tapas. More...

LarkCreekSteak Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at LarkCreekSteak, San Francisco, CA Westfield San Francisco Centre
845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

This stylish enclave from Bradley Ogden and Michael Dellar gives a Northern California makeover to the traditional, upscale steak restaurant. More...

The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant Mexican
Quick Bite
292 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Divisadero taqueria’s devotion to organic, sustainable ingredients means upgraded quality and farm-fresh flavor with plenty of heat. More...

Little Star Pizza Pizza
14/20
846 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Gourmet pizzeria packs in a hip neighborhood crowd with decadent deep dish and thin crust pies. More...

Little Star Pizza Pizza
13/20
400 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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The Mission crowd frequents this gourmet pizza joint, beloved for its deep dish and thin crust pies. More...

Local Kitchen California
13/20
330 First St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Thanks to generous happy hour specials, good cooking, attentive service and a crowd-pleasing menu, locals help keep Local packed. More...

Local Mission Eatery California
13/20
3111 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Eat local at this Mission joint offering California fare. More...

Lucky Dogs Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
2211 Filbert St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Indulgent hot dogs in a heartwarmingly humble setting. More...

Luna Park American
13/20
Dining Room at Luna Park, San Francisco, CA 694 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Fun, flavorful comfort food in a hip, cocktail-driven restaurant on Valencia. More...

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery Brewpub
13/20
1398 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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After a renovation, this Haight Street classic has a different look and an updated gastropub menu. More...

Mandalay Burmese
13/20
4344 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Our favorite dishes include the Mandalay prawns and the chicken in garlic sauce. More...

Manivanh Thai Thai
12/20
2732 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Hidden gem deep in the Mission serving up tasty Thai in a homey environment. More...

Mijita Mexican
Quick Bite
Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Traci Des Jardins has taken her love of sustainability and the recipes of her grandmother and melded them into a gourmet cocina Mexicana. More...

Mission Chinese Food Chinese
13/20
Dining Room at Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco, CA 2234 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Be prepared to stand in line at this hip Mission restaurant-within-a-restaurant offering Sichuan-inspired Chinese fare. More...

Mo's Gourmet Burgers American
Quick Bite
1322 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Burgers prepared over a revolving coal-fired grill, shakes and root beer floats in North Beach. More...

The Monk's Kettle American
13/20
Dining Room at The Monk 3141 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A Mission tavern with sophisticated pub fare --- and one of the best beer selections in the city. More...

Mums Home of Shabu-Shabu Japanese
12/20
Hotel Tomo
1800 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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All-you-can-eat (and drink) shabu-shabu dining in Japantown attracts a mostly young crowd out for a good time. More...

Nick's Crispy Tacos Mexican
Quick Bite
Harry Denton's Rouge
1500 Broadway St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Funky Russian Hill spot inside Rouge nightclub makes quite possibly the best taco in town. More...

Nob Hill Grille California
13/20
Dining Room at Nob Hill Grille, San Francisco, CA 969 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Relaxed and affordable sophistication --- a good spot for a date. More...

Nopa California
14/20
Dining Room at Nopa, San Francisco, CA 560 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Nopa boasts first-rate cocktails, unique wines, and a vibrant Mediterranean-influenced menu. More...

Nopalito Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Nopalito, San Francisco, CA 306 Broderick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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This colorful Mexican kitchenette serves elegant and exciting south-of-the-border fare. More...

Osha Thai Noodle Cafe Thai
12/20
819 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Trendy and hip Thai restaurant with Westernized touches on the menu. More...

Pacific Catch California
13/20
2027 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Pacific Catch finds its niche with sparkling fresh seafood served up in casual, healthy dishes that span the Pacific Rim from Mexico to Asia. More...

Pakwan Indian
Quick Bite
3182 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Inexpensive and rather tasty Pakistani food draws serious crowds to this no-frills restaurant. More...

Pancho Villa Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
3071 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A local favorite for tacos and burritos, which also means a long line but it moves quickly. More...

Papalote Mexican Grill Mexican
13/20
3409 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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At Papalote the meat is grilled to order, vegetarian options abound, and the smoky red salsa is addictive. More...

Park Chow American
12/20
1240 Ninth Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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American comfort food rules at this homey Inner Sunset restaurant that's an easy walk from the de Young Museum. More...

Pauline's Pizza Pizza
12/20
Dining Room at Pauline 260 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Putting California on the map for pizza, this pizzeria offers veggies and artisan cheeses on a crisp and flavorful crust. More...

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers Burgers
Quick Bite
708 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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A wide range of clever toppings turns Kobe beef, buffalo and other patties into huge, juicy burgers that you'll talk about after consuming. More...

Piattini Italian
13/20
2331 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

An Italian take on tapas adds additional flavor to the Mission. More...

Piccino Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Piccino, San Francisco, CA 1001 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Calculatedly rustic neighborhood hub draws local crowds for its thin-crusted pizzas. More...

Pizzetta 211 Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Pizzetta 211, San Francisco, CA 211 23rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Thin-crust pizza devotees from around the city make a special trip to this 23rd Avenue eatery. More...

Pluto's Hofbrau
Quick Bite
627 Irving St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Casual neighborhood joint known for its made-to-order salads and hofbrau hot plates. More...

Poc-Chuc Mexican
13/20
2886 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Soulful Mayan food on a quiet stretch of 16th Street. More...

Pomelo International
12/20
1793 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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Friendly neighborhood eatery serving globe-hopping noodle dishes. More...

Le P'tit Laurent French
14/20
Dining Room at Le P 699 Chenery St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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Le P’tit Laurent offers well-prepared, old-fashioned French cooking. More...

Ragazza Pizza
13/20
311 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Neighborhood artisan pizzeria draws long lines every night of the week. More...

Roam Artisan Burgers Burgers
Quick Bite
1785 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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High standards don't make this place stuffy; family-friendly Roam is fun right down to its salvaged-wood furnishings, house-made pickles, and rice bran oil fried fries. More...

Roostertail California
13/20
1963 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Cozy neighborhood restaurant offering casual fare such as spit-roasted chickens, with subtly Southern inflections. More...

Rosamunde Sausage Grill Sausages
12/20
545 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Some of the tastiest sausages in the city, and how convenient: a bar serving notable beers is right next door. More...

Saigon Sandwich Sandwiches
Quick Bite
560 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Bargain-priced, freshly-made Vietnamese sandwiches in the Tenderloin. More...

Shalimar Indian
11/20
532 Jones St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Soul satisfying Indian food in the Tenderloin. More...

Slow Club American
14/20
Dining Room at Slow Club, San Francisco, CA 2501 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Slow Club has maintained a devoted following, never wavering from delivering a well-done meal. More...

South Park Cafe French
14/20
108 S. Park St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Charming and authentic French bistro with a friendly environment that is popular for lunch and romantic for dinner. More...

SPQR Italian
14/20
Dining Room at SPQR, San Francisco, CA 1911 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Menu | Photo
Pacific Heights osteria from the team at A16 highlights the food and wine of Rome. More...

Starbelly California
14/20
Dining Room at Starbelly, San Francisco, CA 3583 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Comforting California small plates, pizza and beer in a stylish setting. More...

Straw American
14/20
Dining Room at Straw, San Francisco, CA 203 Octavia St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Comfort food served with a touch of class and a carnival theme. More...

Swan Oyster Depot Seafood
13/20
1517 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Visit this San Francisco landmark for simple seafood done right. More...

Tacolicious Mexican
12/20
741 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Can this Mission District outpost of a Marina favorite compete with the city's most authentic taquerias? More...

Tacolicious Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Tacolicious, San Francisco, CA 2031 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Neighborhood hot-spot serving up tacos and tequila and other no-frills Mexican cuisine in a hip, happening location. More...

1300 on Fillmore Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at 1300 on Fillmore , San Francisco, CA Fillmore Heritage Center
1300 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Slow soul food and balanced cocktails mark this stylish dish of a restaurant and lounge, evoking 1940s jazz glamour. More...

Truly Mediterranean Middle Eastern
Quick Bite
3109 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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This no-frills Middle Eastern-Mediterranean take-out spot is known for its shwarmas and filling falafels. More...

Tuba Turkish
13/20
Dining Room at Tuba, San Francisco, CA 1007 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Tasty, affordable Turkish fare in charming Guerrero Street digs. More...

Umami Burger Burgers
12/20
Dining Room at Umami Burger, San Francisco, CA 2184 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Menu | Video
Burger chain with a hip, lively atmosphere, where chef Adam Fleischman's team makes nearly every ingredient in-house. More...

Utopia Cafe Chinese
13/20
139 Waverly Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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This spot tucked away in an alley and catering mostly to Chinatown residents remains one of the city's best kept secrets. More...

Vega Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Vega, San Francisco, CA 419 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Bernal Heights restaurant serving authentic Italian without the fuss. More...

Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine Pizza
Quick Bite
3489 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Inexpensive Indian restaurant known for its unusual pizza topped with curry, tandoori chicken, green onion and spinach. More...

Zero Zero Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Zero Zero, San Francisco, CA 826 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
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This SoMa pizza place sets a high bar that even extends to desserts. More...

MARIN COUNTY

Boca Pizzeria Pizza
13/20
Pacheco Shopping Center
454 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
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Authentically Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian dishes in a sleekly modern space with a large, adjacent outdoor dining patio. More...

Brick & Bottle American
No Rating
Dining Room at Brick & Bottle, Corte Madera, CA 55 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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Bustling and clubby, this large restaurant has become a hip destination for cocktails, pizzas, and California and American cuisine. More...

Fish. Seafood
Quick Bite
350 Harbor Dr.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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This dockside Sausalito restaurant serves sustainable seafood in all its forms, from fish ‘n’ chips to pristine raw oysters. More...

Gira Polli Italian
12/20
590 E. Blithedale Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Herb- and citrus-perfumed chickens turn on 18 spits resulting in a perfect bird with golden, crispy skin and moist, tender meat. More...

Joe's Taco Lounge & Salsaria Mexican
Quick Bite
382 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Joe’s combines basic taqueria dishes with zany California style for cheap, fun and not-too-caloric dining. More...

Le Garage Bistro French
13/20
Dining Room at Le Garage Bistro, Sausalito, CA 85 Liberty Ship Way, Ste. 109
Sausalito, CA 94965
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Le Garage’s setting on the Sausalito waterfront, with palm trees and dozens of boats, makes it feel like a hangout in the South of France. More...

Pizzeria Picco Pizza
Quick Bite
316 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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One of Marin’s hottest “Neapolitan-inspired” pizza spots, Pizzeria Picco specializes in extra-thin crusts topped with often organic ingredients. More...

Table Cafe California
Quick Bite
1167 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Table Café is a charming little place that offers imaginative dishes fusing California, Asian and Indian flavors. More...

Toast American
13/20
Hamilton Marketplace
5800 Nave Dr.
Novato, CA 94949
Menu
Simply from a design standpoint, Toast Novato (there's a smaller, funkier Toast in Mill Valley) may be one of Marin’s most whimsical restaurants. More...

EAST BAY

Au Coquelet Café
Quick Bite
2000 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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A prime all-day hangout and late-night spot with a diverse crowd of students and business folk. More...

Bacheesos Mediterranean
13/20
2650 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Exotic, authentic Mediterranean fare --- including a bustling buffet --- at good prices. More...

Bakesale Betty Bakery
Quick Bite
5098 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Famous for its fried chicken sandwiches, this bakery also sells cookies, brownies and scones made from the best ingredients. More...

Bowl'd Korean
14/20
1479 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 94706
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Authentic Korean food made and served with Westerners in mind. More...

Burma Superstar Burmese
13/20
4721 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
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Enjoy shorter wait times than those in San Francisco for Burmese favorites such as rich samusa soup. More...

Cheese Board Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
1512 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Its chewy-crunchy sourdough crust topped with gourmet cheese, this pizza is an East Bay favorite. More...

Chez Panisse Cafe California
15/20
1517 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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This casual, à la carte sibling to Chez Panisse (located upstairs from the restaurant) offers fresh and memorable fare highlighting the season's best. More...

Dopo Italian
15/20
4293 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
Menu
Arrive with an appetite for clean and simple Italian flavors---pizza is the star. More...

Everett & Jones Barbeque #2 Barbecue
Quick Bite
1955 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
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This local barbecue institution dishes up some of the best ribs, chicken, barbecued beef and links this side of Memphis. More...

Grand Lake Kitchen Deli
13/20
576 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
Menu
More than a simple deli at the eastern tip of Lake Merritt. More...

Hegenburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
280 Hegenberger Rd.
Oakland, CA 94621
Menu
Hegenburgers is a great pit stop for juicy burgers, tempting barbecue, curly fries and a cola. More...

Homeroom American
13/20
400 40th St.
Oakland, CA 94609

Mac ‘n’ cheese is king at this vibrant restaurant. More...

Honor Kitchen & Cocktails American
13/20
1411 Powell St.
Emeryville, CA 94608

Good cocktails, eats and people can be found at this atmospheric enclave in Emeryville. More...

Hopscotch American
14/20
1915 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Menu
Fusionized comfort food that might be the voice of its generation. More...

Jupiter Brewpub
12/20
Dining Room at Jupiter, Berkeley, CA 2181 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Menu
Brick oven pizza and a huge beer garden elevate this downtown Berkeley brewpub. More...

Mangia Mangia Italian
13/20
755 San Pablo Ave.
Albany, CA 94706
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Sweet, romantic Mangia Mangia offers consistently good Italian fare. More...

Michel Bistro French
14/20
Dining Room at Michel Bistro, Oakland, CA 3343 Lakeshore Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
Menu
Unpretentious Provençal-style pastis bar in Oakland's Grand Lake district. More...

MUA California
13/20
Dining Room at MUA, Oakland, CA 2442A Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Menu
A stark industrial ambience offers a fascinating counterpoint to engagingly rich comfort food. More...

Oliveto Cafe Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Oliveto Cafe, Oakland, CA Rockridge Market Hall
5655 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Menu
A neighborhood café inspired by the home kitchens, bakeries and farms of Italy. More...

Pizzaiolo Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Pizzaiolo, Oakland, CA 5008 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Menu
The food-centric Temescal district is home to this standout pizza joint. More...

Pyung Chang Soft Tofu House Korean
13/20
4701 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Come here on a rainy winter night to enjoy piping hot bowls of Korean soft tofu soup and bibimbap. More...

Raphael's Shutter Cafe American
12/20
10064 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Menu
El Cerrito institution brimming with old-fashioned goodness, owned and operated by one man since 1979. More...

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe American
13/20
Dining Room at Rudy 4081 Hollis St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
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Fun, punk diner known for satisfying, down-home cuisine; co-owners include a member of Green Day. More...

The Sunny Side Cafe American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Sunny Side Cafe, Albany, CA 1499 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

Hefty portions of hearty breakfast and lunch fare, crafted with eco-sensibilities in mind. More...

Tacubaya Mexican
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1788 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
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This Mexican spot on Berkeley's bustling Fourth Street serves outstanding tacos, tamales and churros in a bright, busy space. More...

Trueburger Burgers
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Dining Room at Trueburger, Oakland, CA 146 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

A modern-classic burger restaurant with flavor as honest as its serious foodie cred. More...

Udupi Palace Indian
12/20
1901 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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The Berkeley outpost of this mini-chain serves inexpensive, vegetarian South Indian food on a busy stretch of University Avenue. More...

Uzen Japanese
14/20
5415 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618

One of the best sushi venues in the East Bay. More...

Wally's Cafe Lebanese
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3900 San Pablo Ave.
Emeryville, CA 94608
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Tucked away Mediterranean diner frequented by Pixar workers on Emeryville's brief stretch of San Pablo. More...

Zachary's Chicago Pizza Pizza
13/20
1853 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94706

Excellent Chicago-style pizza. More...

Zachary's Chicago Pizza Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Zachary 5801 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94601

Zachary's, an East Bay standout beloved by locals, serves up quality stuffed and thin crust pizza. More...

PENINSULA

31st Union California
14/20
Dining Room at 31st Union, San Mateo, CA 5 S. Ellsworth Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401

The locavore ethic dominates at this small, casual tribute to the 31st state in the Union. More...

Borrone MarketBar Italian
14/20
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

For a quick bite or a full meal, Borrone's MarketBar is a pleasant Menlo Park oasis. More...

Cafe Borrone California
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1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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A classic California café, Borrone is a locals' favorite. More...

Cool Cafe California
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Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
328 Lomita Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94305
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Enjoy a stroll through the exhibits at the Cantor Arts Center and a bite to eat at this health-conscious café. More...

Flea Street California
14/20
Dining Room at Flea Street, Menlo Park, CA 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Neighborhood spot featuring seasonal food that highlights local products. More...

Gyros Gyros Mediterranean
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498 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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A neighborly café serving gyros, Greek salads and good baklava. More...

LYFE Kitchen California
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Dining Room at LYFE Kitchen, Palo Alto, CA 167 N. Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Fresh, fast, vegan and gluten-free options help LYFE deliver on its namesake promise to "Love Your Food Everyday." More...

Palo Alto Creamery Diner
13/20
Stanford Shopping Center
660 Stanford Shopping Ctr.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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A classic diner with burgers, shakes, dessert and a whole menu more. More...

Palo Alto Pizza Co. Pizza
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2450 Park Blvd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306

A traditional/modern pizza parlor with updated custom toppings. More...

Pasta Q Italian
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326 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Italian fare at a University Avenue eatery with a quirky name. More...

Pluto's Hofbrau
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482 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Cafeteria with made-to-order salads popular with students on a budget. More...

Straits Singaporean
14/20
Dining Room at Straits, Burlingame, CA 1100 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Straits delivers a blend of Thai, Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines and one of the best mojitos on the Peninsula. More...

ZAO Noodle Bar Noodles
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261 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Popular noodle house offers affordable bowls of noodles, soups and starters from nearly every corner of Asia. More...

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