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10 Restaurants You Must Visit In San Francisco (& Their Most Popular Dish)

When traveling, it is recommended to have an itinerary figured out prior to your arrival at that specific location. If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco, apart from the beautiful sightseeing you can do, you have to think of places where you can have a variety of exquisite dishes.

Needless to say, we’ve made up a list of 10 restaurants that you shouldn’t miss while your visit “The City” as well as some extraordinary dishes they serve. Make your trip to this beautiful city by dropping by any one of these restaurants - better yet, why not try them all out!

10 Fiorella

We can automatically tell after the Italian name that this restaurant is worth a visit. The original location can be found in the Richmond District and it brings to all food enthusiasts authentic Italian cuisine that also tells a beautifully crafted story: how tasty traditional food can be, especially when chefs add a modern twist to it.

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Another location is opened in Russian Hill and if you are close to either one of these two districts, make sure to try the classic Margherita Pie, with added bufala mozzarella. You will not regret it! P.S. Make sure to book a place before stopping by, as the place is generally crowded, especially on weekends!

9 Frances

If you are a fan of fine dining, this modern Californian restaurant has to be on your list! Even though it is more on the pricier side, you can enjoy American dishes that are also vegan-friendly!

We highly recommend every single dish on their menu, but if it happens to stop by around dinner time, make sure to try the Five Dot Bavette Steak, served with crème fraîche potato, charred cabbage or horseradish salsa verde. Guests have said that the food is excellent, as well as the décor and the outstanding service.

8 Kokkari Estiatorio

This restaurant is well known for its Mediterranean approach, especially for the Greek meals that they bring to the table. Needless to say, the place is like a relaxing oasis with a cozy and warm ambiance that will make you fall in love with the place and with San Francisco even more!

You will be wonderfully served by their trained waiters. If it happens to stop by, make sure to try their wood-oven roasted Plaki tomatoes alongside potatoes, onions and authentic Kalamata olives. We reassure you that you will enjoy the fine dining Greek experience and you might want to pay it a visit every time you visit San Fran!

7 L'ardoise Bistro

You’ve guessed it. We’re trying as much as possible to offer you an international cuisine so that you can choose whatever floats your boat. After all, it’s your holiday and you should eat only what you fancy.

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For example, if you’re a fan of European cuisine, this place is more than perfect for you. They serve a variety of dishes, from freshly made appetizers and entrees, such as traditional duck leg confit. This is our recommendation as it is cooked for no more than seven hours and offers a one of a kind experience to every customer that walks through their door.

6 Restaurant Gary Danko

Another one of our favorites, Restaurant Gary Danko offers a wonderful American cuisine experience and is very well known for offering such an outstanding service, from the food, staff, wine choices and décor.

Our recommendation is to try the chef’s tasting menu as well as the wine pairing because it promises to positively surprise you! With over twenty years of experience in the field, this restaurant is a Michelin rated place that is worth paying a visit and trying out anything that fancies you from the menu!

5 Hog Island Oyster Company

We are now switching it up with some seafood choices to spark up your journey to San Francisco. Our recommendation for this place are the soups, of course, but you should definitely try out the seafood stew, which is a great choice for either a late lunch or dinner, accompanied by your beloved ones.

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The only bad thing about this location is that they do not take reservations so you might not find a place if you’re a larger group but it is worth trying. Moreover, the trip to this restaurant gives you an opportunity to do some sightseeing around the city as it is located in the historic Ferry Building Marketplace.

4 Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center

If you are looking for a more affordable, on the go option, while you’re walking through this outstanding city, Off the Grid must be your go-to place! There is a variety of food trucks, where you can enjoy from lobster to barbeque and even sweet options, such as doughnuts.

You have to try the BBQ ribs as it is the most loved among visitors! When coming here, you will get the chance to feel the vibe of the city and understand more of its dynamic while enjoying soul food and great drinks!

3 The New Spot On Polk

This cool restaurant offers a variety of dishes and is very famous among both locals and tourists. When coming here, you should expect a very traditional American-type dish, that is suited for any type of day. For instance, their most popular dish is the chicken fried steak.

Both affordable and tasty, it is topped with gravy (homemade) and two eggs that can be cooked in any style you prefer. You can enjoy it next to their traditional potatoes and toast. Moreover, this place is also very famous for their burgers, so it is up to you what you chose!

2 Quince

Located on 470 Pacific Avenue, Quince is a famous French-inspired restaurant that offers a full fine dining experience. If you want to enjoy a private dinner, the restaurant offers this opportunity that has a dedicated staff and carefully picked dishes.

Customers have mentioned that this is one of the best restaurants in San Fran and have recommended to try out a meal in the dining room that consist of eight to ten courses alongside the wine pairing. The three-star Michelin star is definitely worth it!

1 Chapeau!

The French-inspired name couldn't be more suitable for this restaurant. It is considered to be in the top ten restaurants in San Francisco, being (very) popular among tourists. Although it is quite a small place, it is always crowded due to its high popularity.

The best dish you can find in this place is the cassoulet that is well known to be a traditional choice when it comes to French cuisine. If you're planning on having multiple dishes, there are options to choose out from so give it a chance and definitely pay this restaurant a visit!

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