San Francisco

San Francisco is home to many beautiful views, fantastic restaurants, and a thriving bar scene. We put together a list of some of our favorite places, mostly in the Mission and Downtown areas.

 

Restaurants

Mission Chinese Food

2234 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Modernized Szechuan food in the Mission with a kitschy atmosphere

Recommended: Mongolian Long Beans, Kung Pao Pastrami, Thrice Cooked Bacon & Rice Cakes, Broccoli Beef Brisket, Salt Cod Fried Rice

 

Omakase

665 Townsend Street, San Francisco, California 94103 

Sushi restaurant with only two options: omakase (sushi chef’s choice — $150) and even more expensive omakase ($200).

 

Hog Island Oyster Co.

1 Ferry Building Shop 11, San Francisco, California 94111 

Delicious, fresh seafood in the Ferry Building. Try to snag a table in the outdoor patio area.

Recommended: All the raw oysters, Grilled Padron Peppers, Chowder, Steamers, Mussels, Grilled Cheese

 

Trestle

531 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California 94133 

Three delicious courses for just $35, with a different and imaginative menu
each day. We highly recommend that you add the pasta course for an extra $10!

 

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

28 6th Street, San Francisco, California 94103 

Hearty soul food brunch. Feeling ambitious? Get there early (before 9am) or late (after 2pm) to avoid the lines.

Recommended: Cornbread with jalapeno jelly, Whisky Fennel Sausage Scramble, Blueberry Cornmeal Pancake

 

La Taqueria

2889 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110 

Voted Best Burrito in the country!

Recommended: Lengua Burrito, Dorado style. Dump the green sauce over everything. Agua Fresca, literally any flavor (you can do half/half, too!)

 

Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California 94111 

Delicious, upscale Greek restaurant near the Embarcadero.
Try to get reservations — walking in can prove difficult. 

Recommended: Kolokithokeftethes, Octapodaki tou Yiorgou, Arnisia Paidakia, Psari Psito

 

Hog & Rocks

3431 19th Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Crazy good cured meats and shellfish.

Recommended: All the ham and all the oysters. Also: deviled eggs and bone marrow, and old fashioneds.

 

Yamo

3406 18th St, San Francisco, California 94110 

Authentic and affordable Burmese fast food served up by some famously grumpy ladies. Sit at the tiny counter, or get your order to go and walk over to Dolores Park.

Recommended: Yamo House Noodles, Tea Salad

 

Burma Love

211 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California 94103 

Upscale Burmese restaurant from the creative force behind Burma Superstar.

Recommended: Tea Leaf Salad, Rainbow Salad, Samusa Soup, Coconut Duck Curry, Burmese Style Curry (with Catfish or Lamb), Pea Shoots

 

Mission Bowling Club

3176 17th Street, San Francisco, California 94110 

Super-hip bowling joint with awesome food. Reserve one of the 6 lanes and bowl while enjoying one of the best burgers in the city.

Recommended: Mission Burger

 

Ike’s Place

3489 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94114 

Famously delicious sandwiches. Whatever you get,
make sure you get it on their Dutch Crunch bread.

Recommended: Menage a Trois, Matt Cain, Going Home for Thanksgiving, Damon Bruce

 

Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94110 

The most famous ice cream in San Francisco.

Recommended: Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender,
Earl Gray, Creme Brulee, Balsamic Strawberry

 

Mission Pie

2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110 

Amazing banana cream pie.

Recommended: Banana Cream Pie



Hidden Bars

San Francisco loves their hidden bars and prohibition-style speakeasies.

In particular, we are a huge fan of Future Bars, a family of bars throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that seriously know how to make fantastic cocktails. We’ve marked them as such.

 

Bourbon & Branch [Future Bars]

501 Jones Street, San Francisco, California 94102

This bar is usually the first of secret bars to visit in San Francisco. Knock on the door, tell them “books”, and they’ll lead you into the Library. Or, if you want to sit at a table, you’ll need to make a reservation to get a secret password.

 

Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency [Future Bars]

505 Jones Street, San Francisco, California 94102

A speakeasy hidden inside a speakeasy, Wilson & Wilson is hidden inside Bourbon & Branch. Yes, you read that right. You’ll want to get a reservation for this place, for no more than 4 people. Amazing cocktails!

 

Local Edition [Future Bars]

691 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94105

This bar sports an old-school newspaper theme, and sometimes has a live jazz band. It’s recommended to get a reservation if you want to sit down.

 

Benjamin Cooper

398 Geary Street, San Francisco, California 94102

A hidden gem, this bar is a discreet door to the right of the obnoxious nightclub, Ruby Skye. But don’t let that fool you. The cocktails are very delicious and creative, and you can order oysters at the bar.

 

The Hideout at Dalva

3121 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94110

When you enter the bar, you’re not there yet. Yes, it’s another bar inside a bar. Go all the way to the back to enjoy this hidden bar in the Mission.

 

Bear vs Bull

2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110

Oh, hey! You don’t even have to go far to go to one of the best bars in San Francisco — Bear vs Bull is inside Alamo Drafthouse New Mission, where Clarity is being held. Check it out while you’re here.


More Cocktails

The Douglas Room

345 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

Sister bar to Benjamin Cooper, this bar has fantastic cocktails and a great bar menu that is open until 1am. Get the cheesesteak with tater tots.

 

Third Rail

628 20th Street, San Francisco, California 94107

Get high-quality spirits and cocktails, hand-cut and fresh ice, or even a shot and a beer. This bar is also known for its locally-made menu of beef jerkies, mushroom jerky, pork sticks, and chicharonnes.

 

Tradition [Future Bars]

441 Jones Street, San Franciscio, California 94102

If you’re on the reservation side of the bar, it has a great menu with different themes on each page, ranging from old school classics to festive tiki style. The non-reservation side can get pretty crowded.

 

Pagan Idol [Future Bars]

375 Bush Street, San Franciscio, California 94104

Awesome new tiki bar by Future Bars. You have to check it out if you like tiki drinks.

 

Trick Dog

3010 20th Street, San Franciscio, California 94110

This bar can get incredibly crowded, but if you get there early enough for a spot (or get a reservation) you’ll enjoy world-famous cocktails that are creative and inventive.


Wine & Beer

The Barrel Room

415 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94111

Not only one of the best wine bars in San Francisco, The Barrel Room is also an awesome restaurant, cocktail bar, wine store, and even has a hidden speakeasy bar downstairs.

 

Hotel Biron

45 Rose Street, San Franciscio, California 94102

A laid back wine-only bar with great atmosphere.

 

City Beer Store

1168 Fulsom Street, San Franciscio, California 94103

Both a retail and tasting room, City Beer Store hosts a selection of delicious beers and light snacks.

 

Monk’s Kettle

3141 16th Street, San Franciscio, California 94103

A great place to get beer and gastropub-style fare, Monk’s Kettle offers 200 rotating beers and delicious food.


To Do & See

Exploratorium

Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

A fun, hands-on science museum for all ages.

 

Hayes Valley

Adorable neighborhood with amazing boutique clothing and furniture shopping (or window shopping).

Recommended Stores: Acrimony, Welcome Stranger, Azalea, Rand + Statler, Plantation, Marine Layer, AETHER

 

Valencia Street

A fantastic stretch in the Mission for shopping and eating.

Recommended Stores: Paxton Gate, Five & Diamond, Therapy, Dandelion Chocolate, Self Edge, Harrington Galleries, Mission Bicycle, Craftsman and Wolves, Taylor Stitch, Anthony’s Cookies, Pirate Supply Store

 

Clarion Alley

Clarion Alley, San Francisco, CA 94110 

Constantly changing street art & murals in a tiny little alley in the Mission.

 

Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street (at Third), San Francisco, California 94105 

A fantastic museum that displays and showcases the movement of African people throughout time, history, and culture.

 

Urban Putt

1096 S Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110 

Imaginative and eclectic indoor minigolfing.

 

Castro Theatre

429 Castro Street, San Francisco, California 94114 

Historic theatre in the heart of the Castro that hosts fun events. Check their calendar!

 

Bernal Heights Hill

Bernal Heights Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94110 

A short, leisurely hike with a stunning view of the city at the top.

 

Alamo Drafthouse

2550 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110 

Our conference venue is fantastic. If you’re staying in San Francisco for a few extra days, check out a movie here. It’s a lot of fun.