The 15 Essential Farm-to-Table Restaurants in San Francisco

|April 10, 2018

In the Bay Area, it’s difficult to separate the farm-to-table restaurants from those that aren’t simply because the ideals of farm-to-table are more like a way of life around here. With a landscape perfectly suited for year-round growing, local farmers and fishermen eager to share their fare, and wine country situated just a short drive away, everything can be sourced from nearby.

We rounded up a handful of our favorite restaurants that represent these ideals. Our list showcases regionally-sourced wine lists, eateries with on-site gardens, and even one that sources within 100 miles of the restaurant! In short, if you’re looking for farm-to-table fare, this is an excellent place to start.

STEM Kitchen & Garden | Potrero Hill

499 Illinois St | Facebook

STEM San Francisco California farm-to-table restaurants

Photo courtesy of Arrowood Photography via STEM Kitchen & Garden

STEM goes above and beyond farm-to-table fare with their own, on-site garden. Their produce is harvested alongside humanely raised meat, certified cage-free eggs, and seafood that meets Monterey Bay Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines. Stop by to taste the Californian-Mediterranean menu for yourself and play a game of bocce ball!

The Perennial | SoMa

59 9th St | Facebook

At The Perennial, co-chefs Anthony Myint and Michael Andreatta use vegetables from their own greenhouse and from local farms — as well as seafood grown or caught sustainably, and pastured meat from ranches that prioritize ecology, animal welfare and carbon farming. The team strongly believes that climate change can be reversed through sustainable farming and they work to prove that day in and day out with a fresh and always impressive menu.

Namu Gaji | The Mission

499 Dolores St | Facebook

The Lee Brothers — Dennis, Daniel and David — have been working in the kitchen since they were children growing up in Boston. Now at their own restaurant, Namu Gaji, they showcase their experience and love for community every day. Sourcing hand grown vegetables and Asian herbs from their one-acre farm in Sunol, they produce a menu of Korean- and Asian-inspired foods, including a burger that landed them on our list of the must-try burgers in San Francisco.

Nopa | NoPa

560 Divisadero St | Facebook

This neighborhood restaurant is famous for their weekly changing menu, their thoughtful cocktails, their welcoming atmosphere complete with an open-air kitchen, and their must-try weekend brunch. Through all of these characteristics, they display their love for local. Their simple foods are made from seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors and Bay Area farmers’ markets.

flour + water | The Mission

2401 Harrison St | Facebook

flour and water San Francisco California farm-to-table restaurants

Photo courtesy of Erin Riordan via flour + water

Led by Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton, flour + water offers a menu influenced by Italian traditions and Northern Californian inspirations — and many of those NorCal inspirations are driven by local produce. Because they source from nearby farms and purveyors, their menus change daily, but you can always count on Neapolitan-style pizzas, handmade pastas and upscale but approachable dishes.

Homage | Financial District

88 Hardie Pl | Facebook

Homage San Francisco California farm-to-table restaurants

Photo courtesy of Ken Pao Photography via Homage

The team at Homage travels to the market every week to build relationships with local farmers and to handpick fresh ingredients for their menus. Using these products, they craft simple and delicious items suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner — and offer it all alongside breads baked with fresh, house-milled grain. Check out the website to see which local farm the team is paying homage to this month!

Plow | Potrero Hill

1299 18th St | Facebook

Plow’s farm-to-table nature goes far past the food menu. In 2010, they converted a vacant architect studio into this beloved eatery using contractors within the zip code and sourced materials all within the Bay Area. Now, they offer fresh, seasonal breakfast and lunch menus using timeless recipes and seasonal ingredients.

Sons & Daughters | Nob Hill

2424 Mariposa St | Facebook

This famous farm-to-table spot features just 28 sought-after seats and ever-changing prix-fixe, nine-course tasting menus. Each new menu is driven by the produce and ingredients sourced from local farmers with whom the team has built strong relationships throughout the years.

Bluestem Brasserie | SoMa

1 Yerba Buena Ln | Facebook

Bluestem Brasserie San Francisco California farm-to-table restaurants

Photo courtesy of Bluestem Brasserie

Nearly everything at Bluestem Brasserie is sourced locally, even down to the Napa and Sonoma wines. With 12 wines on tap and an even longer bottle selection, you’ll have plenty to choose from. And the food menu, driven by sustainably produced, grass-fed beef with an emphasis on whole-animal utilization, will ensure you leave satisfied.

Greens Restaurant | Marina

Fort Mason Center | Facebook

Originally opened in 1979, Greens has become a destination vegetarian restaurant garnering awards and recognition from all over the world. In addition to sourcing from local, organic farmers, the team also harvests produce from their very own Green Gulch Farm in Marin County. Led by Annie Somerville, who has been Executive Chef since 1985, their ever-changing menu features dishes that everyone will love — and the dining room offers views you’ll never forget!

Outerlands | Outer Sunset

4001 Judah St | Facebook

As a small business, Outerlands embraces the Bay Area community by supporting other small businesses, employees and community members. That commitment and, of course, the outstanding food, landed Outerlands the number one spot on our guide to Bay Area brunch.

State Bird Provisions | Fillmore

1529 Fillmore St | Facebook

State Bird Provisions San Francisco California farm-to-table restaurants

Photo courtesy of Ed Anderson via State Bird Provisions

The story of State Bird Provisions starts with a recipe for serving quail, the California state bird, and continues today with what has become one of the Bay Area’s favorite eateries. Led by Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the menu changes very frequently to reflect local, seasonal ingredients and the creativity of the team.

Saison | South Beach

178 Townsend St | Facebook

Saison offers a unique dining experience for a few reasons, but the most important is that there are no set menus. The team tailors each guest’s experience based on personal preferences and desired duration for a meal that will be one-of-a-kind every time. With techniques centered around open wood fire, they use ingredients sourced from a small group of fisherman, hunters, gatherers, ranchers and farmers.

Fish & Farm | Financial District

424 Clay St | Facebook

Fish & Farm takes the ideals of farm-to-table one step further — or closer, rather. They source nearly all of their fish, meat and produce from within a 100-mile radius. Using these approachable items like Monterey Bay seafood, housemade pasta and Berkshire pork, they craft breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes like Southern Fried Petaluma Chicken, Pan Roasted Rock Cod and Eggs Benedict Florentine.

Spruce | Presidio Heights

3640 Sacramento St | Facebook

Since opening in 2007, Spruce has served as the go-to neighborhood restaurant in Presidio Heights. Driven by local and California culture and tastes, the menu changes frequently and about 80 percent of the produce comes from SMIP Ranch, a private five-acre farm located in the hills above Woodside.

Share your favorites

In the comments below, give your favorite San Francisco farm-to-table eatery a shout-out even if it’s not on our list!

And, if you’re looking for more farm fare, check out The Ultimate Guide to 120 Bay Area Farmers’ Markets and The 20 Essential Farm-to-table Restaurants in Sonoma County.

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