The Ferry Building food court
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Restaurant Information

Local Arrangements Chair Alexandra Amati-Camperi (University of San Francisco) kindly compiled this list.  For additional information, please visit individual restaurant web sites.

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Some notes about the listings:

  • Area code 415 applies for all telephone numbers.
  • OT = reservations taken at
  • $=inexpensive, $$=moderate, $$$=high
  • Restaurants without web pages have a link to which provides restaurant information.

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Dining at the Hyatt

Eclipse Restaurant
Eclipse Restaurant
  Open breakfast, lunch and dinner. A proud supporter of local, organic farms, natural meats and sustainable fishing practices. The menu features seafood, beef and vegetarian selections with Japanese, Moroccan and Thai inspirations. $$$


In The Ferry Building (very close)

In the Ferry Building, as well as in the 4 Embarcadero towers, there are lots of places to buy good food to go or to eat on benches or by the water. This is San Francisco, stand food is what is restaurant quality elsewhere. Most of the produce is local, organic, and sustainable. Again, this is San Francisco.

Cane rosso
Cane Rosso, 391-7599, breakfast (9:00am-10:45), lunch (11:00-4:30) & dinner (5:00-9:00pm). For dinner there is a three-course meal for a set price (menu on line), very good and locally grown, also soups, salads, sandwiches. Can sit outside facing the bridge. $$ (menu)
Delica, 834-0344, M-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm, Japanese-Californian food, buy and eat outside, small sushi bar. $ (menu)
Ferry Plaza Seafood
 Ferry Plaza Seafood, 274-2561, 11am-8pm, no reservations, seafood, $$ (menu)
Gott’s, 318-3423, 10:30am-10:00pm, burgers, seafood chicken, salad etc., $ (menu)
Hog Island Oyster
Hog Island Oyster Co., 391-7117, 11:00-8:00 M-F, 11:00-6:00, lunch only, no reservations, oysters, chowders. $$ (menu)
The Market Bar
Market Bar, 434-1100, M-F, 11:30 on for lunch and dinner, Sat. and Sun. brunch begins at 9 am, open through dinner. OT. American fare, much of it fresh and organic. $$ (menu)
Mijita, 399-0314, M-Th 10-7, F-Sa 9-8, Su 9-3, reservations accepted. Mexican, $ (menu)
The Slanted Door
The Slanted Door, 861-8032, lunch & dinner, reservations recommended, Vietnamese cuisine. Family style share dishes, 7 or more people price-fixed menu. $$$ (menu)


Embarcadero Center (very close)

Barbacco Eno Trattoria
Barbacco Eno Trattoria, 955-1919, 220 California St., Lunch and dinner Thursday/Friday (until 10 pm), dinner Saturday 5:00-10:00. Italian. Casual dining with simple, tasty cuisine. $$ (menu)
Cafe Madeleine
Café Madeleine, 362-3332, 300 California St., lunch Thursday/Friday until 5:00. Sandwiches/salads. Quaint café with delicious pastries. $ (lunch menu)
Chaya Brasserie
Chaya Brasserie, 777-8688, 132 The Embarcadero, lunch and dinner. OT. French/Japanese. $$$ (menu)
Credo, 693-0360, 360 Pine St., lunch Thursday/Friday until 2:00, dinner Thursday-Saturday until 10:00. Italian. Solid cuisine and modernist décor, featuring wall-to-wall quotations and tables made entirely of scrap wood. $$$ (menu)
Diller’s Deli
Diller’s Deli, 391-5650, 348 Pine St., Delicatessen, $ (menu)
Elephant and Castle Pub
Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant, 268-3900, 424 Clay St., Open daily until midnight. British & American pub food. Comfortable, lively pub atmosphere. $$ (menu)
Fuzio Universal
Fuzio Universal Bistro, 392-7995, 1 Embarcadero Center, lunch and dinner. Asian-influenced appetizers, pizza, pasta, sandwiches. $$ (menu)
Gaylord India
Gaylord India, 397-7775, 1 Embarcadero Center, promenade level, lunch and dinner. Very good Indian food, nice wine list, reservations accepted. $$-$$$ (menu)
Georges, 956-6900, 415 Sansome St., lunch Thursday/Friday, dinner Thursday-Saturday until 10:00. Seafood. Upscale cuisine with daily raw bar; recently recommended by Zagat and Michelin. $$$ (menu)
Harrington's Bar and Grill
Harrington’s Bar and Grill, 392-7595, 245 Front St., lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday until 9:30. Irish pub food. Convivial, pub-like atmosphere. $$ (menu)
The Holding Company
The Holding Company Bar and Grill, 986-0797, 2 Embarcadero Center, lunch and dinner, reservations accepted. Soups, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, grilled chicken and steak. $$ (menu)
Irish Times
Irish Times, 217-5060, 500 Sacramento St., lunch and dinner Thursday-Sunday until 1:30 am. Irish pub food. A quintessential pub experience. $$ (menu)
Kamakura Sushi
Kamakura Sushi and Teriyaki House, 362-2222, 77 Battery St., Japanese/sushi. $$ (menu)
Osha Thai
Osha Thai, 788-6742, 4 Embarcadero Center, street level, 11:00am-11:00pm Monday-Sunday. Very good Thai food, full bar, reservations accepted.  $$ (menu)
Perbacco, 955-0603, 230 California St., lunch and dinner Thursday/Friday (until 10:00), dinner Saturday (until 10:00). Italian. Barbacco’s more upscale neighbor. $$$ (menu)
Pizza Orgasmica
Pizza Orgasmica, 834-9600, 2 Embarcadero Center at Front and Clay. Daily, 12 noon to 12 midnight.  High-end pizza and brewing company. $$ (menu)
Royal Exchange
The Royal Exchange, 956-1710, 301 Sacramento St., Lunch and dinner Thursday-Friday until 11:00. American pub-style food. Sports-bar atmosphere. $$ (menu)
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, 986-9001, 4 Embarcadero Center, street level. Lunch and dinner. Fish tacos are the featured menu item. $ (menu)
San Francisco Soup Company
San Francisco Soup Company, locations at 315 California St. and 275 Battery St., Lunch Thursday/Friday. Local soup chain. $ (menu)
Schroeder’s, 421-4778, 240 Front St., lunch and dinner Thursday (until 9:30) and Friday (until 11:00), dinner only Saturday (4:30-10:00), closed Sunday. Reservations accepted. German. An old-time beer hall with extensive menu. $$$ (menu)
Sens Restaurant
Sens Restaurant, 362-0645, 4 Embarcadero Center, promenade level, Monday-Friday lunch 11:30-2:30, dinner 5:30-closing, closed weekends for private events. Southern Mediterranean food, featuring lamb, steak, and seafood dishes, full bar, reservations accepted. $$-$$$ (menu)
Stone Korean Kitchen , 839-4070, 4 Embarcadero Center, M-Sa, lunch and dinner, reservations accepted, recommended for lunch for more than 8 people. Korean $ (menu)
Tadich Grill
Tadich Grill, 391-1849, 240 California St., lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday until 9:30. Seafood. San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, dating back to the Gold Rush days. A great traditional option. $$$ (menu)
Unicorn Pan Asian
Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine, 982-9828, 191 Pine St., lunch Thursday/Friday until 2:30, dinner Thursday-Saturday until 9:30. Asian/Vietnamese. Frequently changing menu with fresh, local ingredients. $$ (menu)
Wayfare Tavern
Wayfare Tavern, 772-9060, 558 Sacramento St., lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday until 11:00, dinner Sunday until 10:00. American. Upscale comfort food, inspired by turn-of-the-20th-century local cuisine. $$$ (menu)


Around the neighborhood, less than 2 miles away

Boulevard, 543-6084. 1 Mission St., lunch and dinner, reservations recommended. French-influenced American food, emphasis on seafood, very highly rated. $$$ (menu)
Palomino, 512-7400, 345 Spear St., lunch and dinner, reservations accepted. Salads, pizzas and flatbreads, pasta, full bar. $$ (menu)
Perry’s Embarcadero
Perry’s Embarcadero, 495-6500. 155 Steuart St. in the Hotel Griffon. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday-Friday 7:30 am–10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-10 pm. American food, fresh and reliable. $$ (menu)
Trattoria Contadina
Trattoria Contadina, 982-5728, 1800 Mason St. @ Union St. (North beach), dinner only. OT. Italian, casual Italian, cozy, charming, and noisy, a local favorite. (menu)
Wexler’s, 983-0102, 568 Sacramento St., lunch and dinner Thursday (until 10:00), Friday (until 11:00); Dinner Saturday until 11:00. American barbecue. Innovative barbecue creations and excellent cocktails; recently named a SF top 100 restaurant. $$$ (menu)
Wildflower Café
Wildflower Café, 956-4906, 411 Sansome St., New American/salad bar. One of the best salad bars around. $$ (menu)
Ziggy’s Burgers
Ziggy’s Burgers, 391-8181, 21 Drumm St., lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday until 9:30, Sunday until 5:30. Burgers, $$.


Chinatown (less than a mile)

Chef Jia’s
Chef Jia’s, 398-1626. 925 Kearny St., lunch and dinner. No reservations. Excellent and cheap Chinese food. Beware of “hot” food—they mean it. $ (menu)
Gold Mountain
Gold Mountain, 296-7733, 644 Broadway, lunch. No reservations. Chinese, big restaurant, questionable service and décor, excellent food, dim sum. $ (menu)
Great Eastern Restaurant
Great Eastern Restaurant, 986-2500, 649 Jackson St., early lunch (dim sum) and dinner. Takes reservations. One of the best places for Cantonese Hong Kong fare. $$ (menu)
Hang Ah Tea Room
Hang Ah Tea Room, 982-5686, 1 Pagoda Pl., lunch. No reservations. Perhaps the city’s oldest dim sum house, lots of choices. $ (menu)
House of Nanking
House of Nanking, 421-1429, 919 Kearny St., lunch and dinner, no reservations, the most famous Shanghai-style restaurant in the city, long lines, rough service, bargain food. $ (menu)
Hunan Homes Restaurant
Hunan Homes Restaurant, 982-2844, 622 Jackson St. lunch and dinner, takes reservations, Chinese, good food and decent service. $$ (menu)
Jay Yun
Jay Yun, 981-7438, 680 Clay St., dinner, OT, Zagat top rated, Chinese. Upscale $$$ (menu)
Lichee Garden
Lichee Garden, 397-2290, 1416 Powell St. lunch and dinner. Chinese, excellent dim sum $ (menu)
New Hong Kong Menu
New Hong Kong Menu, 391-3677, 667-669 Commercial St., lunch, Chinese. $ (menu)
Oriental Pearl
Oriental Pearl, 433-1817, 760 Clay St., lunch and dinner. Reservations. Chinese. Zagat rated. $ (menu)
R&G Lounge
R&G Lounge, 982-7877, 631 Kearny St. lunch and dinner, reservations, Michelin rated, Chinese, $$ (menu)
Yuet Lee
Yuet Lee, 982-6020, 1300 Stockton St., lunch and dinner. Zagat rated. Reservations. $ (menu)


North Beach - Italian Quarter (less than 2 miles away)


Albona, 41-1040, 545 Francisco St., Dinner only, closed Sun., accepts reservations, highly rated Istrian[sic]/Mediterranean restaurant $$$ (menu)
Capp's Corner
Capp’s Corner, 989-2589, 1600 Powell St., lunch and dinner plus bar, family style Italian food, highly rated $/$$ (dinner menu)
Fior d'Italia
Fior d’Italia, 986-1886, 601 Union St., lunch and dinner, OT, the oldest Italian restaurant in the city from 1886. $$$ (menu)
Franchino, 982-2157, 347 Columbus Ave, dinner only, excellent reviews, $$ (menu)
Il pollaio
Il pollaio, 362-7727, 555 Columbus Ave., lunch and dinner, BYOB, Italian food, $ (menu)
North Beach Restaurant
North Beach Restaurant, 392-1700, 1512 Stockton, lunch and dinner, on line reservations, the owner makes his own wine and extra-virgin olive oil, specializes in Italian seafood, Tuscan style, very pricey but worth it. $$$ (menu)
Original US Restaurant
Original U.S. [Unione Sportiva] Restaurant, 397-5200. 515 Columbus Ave., lunch home style, $ (menu)
Restorante Mona Lisa
Ristorante Mona Lisa, 989-4917, 3353 Columbus Ave., lunch and dinner, outdoor, take out, accepts reservations, boasts 65 selections of pasta and 70 risotti. $/$$ (menu)
Steps of Rome Trattoria
Steps of Rome Trattoria, 397-0435, 362 Columbus Ave., lunch and dinner, open late, online reservations or phone, $$ (menu)
Trattoria Pincchio
Trattoria Pinocchio, 392-1472, 401 Columbus Ave., lunch and dinner trattoria style, “top pasta restaurant in North Beach” (menu)


A (worthy) cab ride away


Ebisu, 566-1770, 1283 9th Ave., lunch and dinner. No reservations. Zagat rated. Very fresh fish. Sushi.  $$ (menu)
Espetus Churrascaria
Espetus Churrascaria, 552-8792, 1686 Market St., lunch and dinner, reservations welcome, Brazilian rodizio style: unlimited amazing Brazilian salads, and many different kinds of meats that come to the table on long skewers until you say enough. $$ (menu)
Farallon, 956-6969, 450 Post St., fusion seafood, dinner, OT, top rating in Zagat, excellent food $$$ (menu)
Fleur De Lys
Fleur De Lys, 673-7779, 777 Sutter St., OT, French, upscale, dressy, very delicate, refined, and good. $$$ (menu)
Kabuto, 752-5652, 5121 Geary Blvd., lunch and dinner. Reservations. Zagat rated, a hole in the wall with the most succulent fish. Sushi.  $$ (menu)
Live Sushi
Live Sushi, 861-8610, 2001 17th St., great sushi, lunch and dinner. Reservations. $$ (menu)
Max’s Opera Café
Max’s Opera Café, 771-7300, 601 Van Ness, East Coast fare with no kvetchers, huge desserts. Some of the waiters do live singing between tables. $$ (menu)
Pane e Vino
Pane e Vino, 346-2111, 1715 Union St., Italian trattoria, dinner only, Zagat rated, reservations recommended, northern Italian fare, including thin crust pizza. $$ (menu)
Yoshi’s, 655-5600, 1330 Fillmore St., 5Pm-1AM, OT, Japanese, sushi with Jazz (one of the premier live Jazz clubs in the city) $$/$$$ (menu)

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