The Best Lunch Spots in 33 San Francisco Neighborhoods

|January 23, 2019

We compiled Google reviews, Facebook reviews, local knowledge and countless delicious meals from 33 different neighborhoods into a San Francisco guide of epic proportions.

So, next time you’re on the hunt for lunch in the city, simply scroll to your current neighborhood in our list, click on the address, and get ready for some of our hometown’s best.

Bayview

Craftsman & Wolves

1598 Yosemite Ave | Facebook

Craftsman & Wolves is a contemporary pâtisserie and café with two locations churning out drool-worthy and Instagrammable meals like pheasant sandwiches, grain bowls and even savory lunch tarts.

Bernal Heights

Cafe St. Jorge

3438 Mission St | Facebook

Cafe St Jorge San Francisco best lunch restaurants

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This unpretentious, Portuguese-inspired café serves organic and authentic tastes alongside freshly baked pastries and outstanding coffee.

Castro

Woodhouse Fish Co.

2073 Market St | Facebook

Nestled in the northeast corner of the neighborhood with another outpost in Lower Pacific Heights, Woodhouse Fish Co. is one of the best places in the city for seafood, seasonal Dungeness crab and lobster rolls.

Chinatown

Z & Y Restaurant

655 Jackson St | Facebook

In 2008, Chef Han and his family opened Chinatown’s first Sichuan restaurant, Z&Y Restaurant. Today, that restaurant is one of the city’s best and has been recognized by Michelin Guide and visited by President Barack Obama.

Cole Valley

Zazie

941 Cole St | Facebook

This French-inspired bistro offers brunch all week, which is good because you’re going to want to come back as much as possible.

Cow Hollow

Rose’s Cafe

2298 Union St | Facebook

Italian fare created using organic local produce, fresh seafood, humanely raised meats, and free-range poultry. Rose’s artisan bakers bake a daily selection of pastries, desserts and breads. Menu highlights include: pizzas, daily soups, and house made pastas.

Dogpatch

Marcella’s Lasagneria

1099 Tennessee St | Facebook

This Dogpatch original crafts their famous lasagnas and pastas from scratch, in-house using the finest semolina flour and eggs.

Embarcadero

Hog Island Oyster Co.

One Ferry Building, #11 | Facebook

best oysters in San Francisco Hog Island Oyster Co

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Hog Island Oyster Co. hand raises and shucks every oyster, mussel and clam at their Tomales Bay farm in Marshall, then prepares the food in Bay to bar fashion inside the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Excelsior

Mama Coco’s Restaurant

4995 Mission St | Facebook

This Latin American restaurant serves some of the best, most authentic meals in the city. Be sure to check the special of the day before ordering!

Fillmore

DragonEats

520 Gough St | Facebook

From three locations in San Francisco, DragonEats serves some of the city’s best Vietnamese food at the best price, too!

Financial District

Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave | Facebook

Cotogna San Francisco best lunch restaurants

Photo courtesy of Cotogna

The daily-changing menu at Cotogna includes spit-roasted or grilled meats and fish, wood-oven pizzas and house-made pasta—all prepared in the open-air kitchen which proudly showcases their white, wood-fired brick oven.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Cafe de Casa

2701 Leavenworth St | Facebook

Lucimar Canedo came to San Francisco from Santa Rosa, Brasil, soon found a job at a Brazilian owned pizzeria, and now operates one of the city’s best Brazilian eateries in the Bay Area with her daughters.

Glen Park

Pebble’s Cafe

2852 Diamond St | Facebook

This family-owned café serves up acaí bowls, sandwiches, Brazilian-inspired treats, pastries and great coffee.

Haight-Ashbury

Parada 22

1805 Haight St | Facebook

Named after Chef Gloria Pinette’s neighborhood bus stop in her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Parada 22 offers home-style Puerto Rican cuisine.

Hayes Valley

Papito

425 Hayes St A | Facebook

Papito Hayes San Francisco best lunch restaurants

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Papito sources ingredients from local producers whenever possible, uses hormone-free, antibiotic-free, sustainable meats and seafood, and crafts some of the best organic meals in the city.

Ingleside

Beep’s Burgers

1051 Ocean Ave

Beep’s Burgers has been serving hamburgers, milkshakes, fries and more at this Ocean Avenue location since 1962.

Marina

Roma Antica

3242 Scott St | Facebook

The team at this locally-owned neighborhood eatery shares their own family tradition, steeped in Roman culture, through authentic Italian meals with modern, California flare.

Mission District

Taqueria El Farolito

2779 Mission St | Facebook

This no-frills restaurant only accepts cash, offers limited seating, and still serves some of the best Mexican food in the Mission.

Nob Hill

Chisme

882 Sutter St | Facebook

Owner Ray Shlimon and his team have brought meat, pescatarian and vegan-friendly tacos, salad bowls, churros and sides to Lower Nob Hill.

Noe Valley

Chloe’s Cafe

1399 Church St | Facebook

Chloe’s Cafe has been family owned and operated since it opened in 1987 and they serve up some of the city’s best and hardiest scrambles, tastiest pancakes, and most delicious lunches.

NoPa

Brenda’s Meat & Three

919 Divisadero St | Facebook

Brenda's Meat and Three San Francisco best lunch restaurants

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The kitchen at Brenda’s Meat & Three is run by Chef Brenda Buenviajé who grew up on the west bank of New Orleans and has brought the traditional, southern meat and three diner experience to San Francisco.

North Beach

Golden Boy Pizza

542 Green St | Facebook

The original Golden Boy Pizza was opened in North Beach in 1978 by 19-year-old Peter Sodini. Now, 40 years later, the pizzeria is operated by Peter’s sons and they’re still dishing out some of the most beloved slices in the city.

Pacific Heights

B. on the Go

2794 California St | Facebook

From the award-winning team behind b.patisserie, B. on the Go offers dine-in and carry-out options that feature slow-roasted meats, hearty vegetables and the bakery’s house-made breads.

Park Merced

Hall of Flame Burger

73 Cambon Dr | Facebook

Less than a mile from the San Francisco State University campus, Hall of Flame Burger is the neighborhood go-to for signature burgers, loaded fries and drool-worthy chicken wings.

Potrero Hill

El Sur

300 De Haro St | Facebook

El Sur San Francisco best lunch restaurants

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Inspired by Argentina and made in San Francisco, this brick and mortar restaurant comes to us from one of the city’s favorite food trucks.

Presidio

Sessions at the Presidio

1 Letterman Dr #150 | Facebook

Alongside 100 different craft beers, which include 24 on draft as well as the occasional homebrew, Sessions offers a seasonally rotating lunch menu of everything from a fried chicken sandwich to Mediterranean mussels.

Richmond District

Orson’s Belly

1737 Balboa St | Facebook

Located in Central Richmond, Orson’s Belly is film-inspired café that serves fresh and unique breakfasts and lunches during the day then turns into a vermouth bar by night!

Russian Hill

The Boys’ Deli

2222 Polk St

The Boys’ Deli is an old-school, family-run deli offering an enormous menu of deli sandwiches that are made with Boar’s Head meats, inspired by the city and crafted in creative ways.

SoMa

The Bird

115 New Montgomery St | Facebook

The Bird is a fried chicken sandwich shop that believes good food doesn’t have to cost a lot. Their chicken is always free-range, they spice it with a berbere spice blend, serve it on a fresh bun baked each morning by a local baker, and load it up with their crunchy apple slaw made in-house daily.

Sunset District

Hook Fish Co.

4542 Irving St | Facebook

The team behind this seafood eatery saw an opportunity to create positive change in the seafood we buy and consume, then brought us Hook Fish Co. Here, they serve thoughtfully sourced seafood dishes and can tell you where your fish comes from, how it was caught, and who caught it.

Tenderloin

The Pork Exchange

807 Ellis St | Facebook

This top-rated Tenderloin eatery takes sliders to the next level by infusing them with Asian inspired flavors. On the menu, you’ll find these famous sliders as well as rice plates, sides and desserts.

Union Square

La Marsa

454 Geary St | Facebook

Executive Chef and Owner Rafik Bouzidi comes from the small country of Tunisia where they blend Mediterranean and desert dwellers’ culinary traditions. Now at La Marsa, he and his team have brought that flavor, both modern and ancient, to San Francisco.

West Portal

Trattoria Da Vittorio

150 W Portal Ave | Facebook

Trattoria Da Vittorio is a local restaurant built on Italian tradition, family recipes and the coziest, warmest ideals of West Portal.

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