Well, this is just a ridiculous list to put together, what with all the James Beard Award winners, Top Chefcontestants, and wildly creative and innovative culinary masters that call San Francisco home. And no matter what you’re craving, whether it’s authentic dim sum, comforting pasta, or a gut-bursting burrito, you’ll likely find a place that will satisfy your every need. But these 10 spots — a combination of local favorites, gastronomic hotspots, and city classics — may just be some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.
Elegant yet cozy, this is the spot to take your date, your parents, your friends, or just yourself. It’s simple, organic, rustic California comfort food. The brunch is an absolute must.
2. Slanted Door
This acclaimed restaurant in the Ferry Building overlooks the Bay, but you’ll most likely be head-deep in raw oysters and the carefully crafted modern Vietnamese dishes. (Tip: Can’t get a reservation? Get a taste of their goods at Out the Door).
This Mission hotspot boasts a James Beard award-winning chef (co-owner Craig Stoll), who does Northern Italian staples justice with homemade pastas, Tartine bread, and oh-so tender meats. Their pizzeria locations should also go on your must-do list.
4. La Taqueria
One of the more economical choices on this list, here is where you can get yourself a real-deal Mission burrito, and maybe hear some live music to boot.
5. Yank Sing
Another James Beard Award winner, this local favorite will feed you (arguably) the best traditional dim sum this side of the Pacific.
6. Foreign Cinema
Catch a classic flick, shuck some fresh oysters, and delight in inventive California cuisine. And, yes, organic pop tarts!
A Hayes Valley classic, around since 1979 (it actually started as a Mexican joint!), this elegant spot has settled into its role as a trendsetter in American comfort food. The whole roast chicken with bread salad is the thing to get here.
8. House of Prime Rib
This is strictly for the devout carnivores out there: Get your meat carved table-side with some Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach. Beware: You’ll be rolling out of this place, which has been stuffing bellies since the 1940s.
Balance out all that meat with some of the most innovative seasonal vegetarian dishes at this harbor-side institution.
10. State Bird Provisions
You’ll need to reserve a table well in advance at this hot Fillmore spot (another James Beard winner) to get a taste of their “adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American” cuisine. Yes, all those adjectives are totally accurate.
Now, we’ve surely missed more than a few mouthwatering greats. Let us know what you think are the best restaurants in San Francisco, so we can get ourselves a rezy stat.
Source : onlyinyourstate.com