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10 Amazing Restaurants to Eat at in San Francisco

The best kind of Bay Area eats

If you’ve ever wanted to be excited by a city’s food scene beyond NYC, then San Francisco is pretty hot. Every week it seems like there is another new restaurant opening, a chef taking on a new concept or a pop up happening — with incredibly sourced local ingredients, a plethora of styles and cuisine types, and most of all, delicious dishes! 

Spending more time on the West Coast, we’ve been lucky to carve out time to explore this food loving town, and we want to share some of our favorite spots, and what we think are some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area right now. Whether it’s Asian fusion, American classics, New American, authentic Thai, Neapolitan style pizza or even classic French — truth be told, it’s all stellar. 

Click through and discover some of the 10 Amazing Restaurants To Eat At In San Francisco

Causwells

Location: Marina
What to order: Grilled Octopus, Americana Burger, Chicken and dirty rice
Why we like it: This neighborhood newbie is super cozy and their burger will blow your mind. The Americana comes with a special house sauce, pickles and crispy onions. Oh, and two char grilled patties with cheese. Hot damn.

Causwells
2346 Chestnut St,
San Francisco, CA 94123
www.causwells.com

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Central Kitchen

Location: Mission
What to order: Spaghetti with mussels, dill and uni butter
Why we like it: Ex Flour & Water alum, Chef Thomas McNaughton, serves the most incredible Northern California cuisine, without pretense. Kind of like if you went to your mom’s house and she happened to be composing dishes in a modern haute-cuisine style. Home sweet home.

Central Kitchen
3000 20th St,
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.centralkitchensf.com

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Kin Khao

Location: Downtown
What to order: Khao Soi Gai, Khao Mun Gai, Blistered Green Beans in XO Sauce, The Pork Bowl
Why we like it: Don’t let it’s somewhat strange location fool you, this authentic Thai joint pumps out the most pungent, spicy and awe inspiring Thai dishes in the city. A great wine list and chilled beers don’t hurt either.

Kin Khao
55 Cyril Magnin St,
San Francisco, CA 94102
www.kinkhao.com

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Chino

Location: Mission
What to order: XLB, Wontons in chili oil, Korean/American rice cakes, lamb cumin noodles
Why we like it: Three words for you — Xiao Long Bao. Order them as soon as you sit down and then get lots of dishes to share. Bonus here, they have an awesome selection of whiskey for a cocktail to go along with your dumplings and noodles.

Chino
3198 16th St,
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.chinosf.com

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Monsieur Benjamin

Location: Hayes Valley
What to order: Seafood platter, steak tartare, seafood sausage, steak frites
Why we like it: A newbie on the scene, this Parisian style bistro is under the helm of ex French Laundry alum, Corey Lee. Open late and offering modern twists on classic French dishes, you’ll want to stop in for oysters and cocktails or make a night of it with heartier fare.

Monsieur Benjamin
451 Gough St,
San Francisco, CA 94102
www.monsieurbenjamin.com

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Outerlands

Location: Outer Sunset
What to order: For brunch, the Dutch pancakes, smoked pork and potatoes
Why we like it: Only a few blocks from Ocean Beach, this homey wood-walled restaurant cooks up delicious brunch that some people will literally wait hours for. Get there early, grab a Bloody Mary and get ready to stuff your face with Dutch pancakes and eggs.

Outerlands
4001 Judah St,
San Francisco, CA 94122
www.outerlandssf.com

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Out The Door

Location: Pacific Heights
What to order: Dungeness crab cellophane noodles, shaking beef, Pho Ga (lunch only)
Why we like it: This sister restaurant to old favorite The Slanted Door, serves up modern Vietnamese in a chic new setting in Pac Heights. Go for lunch if you want the Pho though, as for some reason they’re off the menu at night. Crab noodles are the bomb and are available for both lunch and dinner.

Out The Door
2232 Bush St,
San Francisco, CA 94115
www.outthedoors.com

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Wako

Location: Inner Richmond
What to order: Treat yo’self with the Omakase menu
Why we like it: It’s somewhat hidden away in the growing area of Inner Richmond, and the chefs here are meticulous about the freshness and beauty of the fish they prepare. It’s gonna cost you a little stash of cash for a true Omakase experience, but it’s some of the best sushi we’ve had in a long time.

Wako
211 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
www.sushiwakosf.com

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A16

Location: Marina
What to order: House made salumi, pizzas especially the funghi and any of their delicious pasta dishes.
Why we like it: A staple in the neighborhood, this rustic Italian restaurant is consistently stellar and you’ll always want a seat at the bar in front of the pizza oven action — it’s a perfect spot to share a bottle of wine, a pizza and a couple plates of fresh made pastas.

A16
2355 Chestnut St,
San Francisco, CA 94123
www.a16sf.com

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State Bird Provisions

Location: Pacific Heights
What to order: Go with a group, so you can literally order everything on the menu — it’s that good.
Why we like it: So, there is always a wait to get in but the secret here is to go at 5pm and put your name down for a reservation later in the night. Their small plates served dim sum style are going blow the lid off any others you’ve had recently.

State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St,
San Francisco, CA 94115
www.statebirdsf.com

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