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.
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
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).
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
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!
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
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!)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110
Amazing banana cream pie.
Recommended: Banana Cream Pie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
45 Rose Street, San Franciscio, California 94102
A laid back wine-only bar with great atmosphere.
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.
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
Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
A fun, hands-on science museum for all ages.
Adorable neighborhood with amazing boutique clothing and furniture shopping (or window shopping).
Recommended Stores: Acrimony, Welcome Stranger, Azalea, Rand + Statler, Plantation, Marine Layer, AETHER
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, San Francisco, CA 94110
Constantly changing street art & murals in a tiny little alley in the Mission.
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.
1096 S Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110
Imaginative and eclectic indoor minigolfing.
429 Castro Street, San Francisco, California 94114
Historic theatre in the heart of the Castro that hosts fun events. Check their calendar!
Bernal Heights Boulevard, San Francisco, California 94110
A short, leisurely hike with a stunning view of the city at the top.
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.