San Francisco's Marina district is overtly stylish, undeniably affluent and decidedly young and beautiful. On the northern edge of San Francisco, with some of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marina District knows how to party and dine well. Restaurants like Eastside West offer eclectic fusions in an intimate and upscale setting with a lively bar scene. Circa's central bar, stiff drinks and good-looking staff ensure an active bar and restaurant scene nightly. Restaurants in San Francisco’s lively Presidio mirror the style and beauty of the Marina district, and offer similarly attractive dining spots that pack in with romantic dates and well dressed crowds who know how to find a good meal in this city.
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.771.2216
Italian. A16 is a modernist San Francisco restaurant and wine bar with a paradoxically rustic edge. This San Francisco restaurant serves up dishes typical of the Campania region in Italy. Specializing in wood-fired pizza and Neapolitan delights, A16 complements its old world courses with new world elements. Preparing only the freshest, locally grown ingredients, A16’s Italian cuisine gets a California spin.
Alegrias Food from Spain
2018 Lombard, San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.929.8888
Tapas/Small Plates. Popular and unpretentious, Alegrias ("Food from Spain") would be at home tucked away on some street in Barcelona. The hot and cold tapas are extraordinary and authentic, and the wine list features some Spanish favorites. This San Francisco restaurant has a home-style feel about it that is welcoming and relaxing.
2030 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.929.8855
Pan-Asian. Long before it become commonplace, San Francisco's Betelnut was melding flavors from throughout Asia. This San Francisco restaurant continues to pack in a crowd more than a decade after it opened. The sexy bar, Asian cuisine and tantalizing pints only add to Betelnut's appeal. For a night of drinking and authentic food, Betelnut promises to satisfy.
3232 Scott St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.567.3838
Californian. BIN 38 is one of the top 5 wine bars in the Bay, specializing in a worldly selection of sparkling, white, red and dessert wines. The menu includes an equally global selection of dishes prepared with California flair. This gorgeous San Francisco restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, intimate dining areas and a sophisticated marble-topped bar. BIN 38 provides a warm ambiance for a romantic night out.
1450 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.441.8880
Steak. Boboquivari's is a stylish twist on the traditional steakhouse. With red walls, glass light fixtures and striped tablecloths, this San Francisco restaurant smacks of the exuberance of Venice while maintaining the simple elegance of its food. Featuring USDA prime steaks, Dungeness crab and delectable sides, Bobo’s has a little something for everybody. Executive Chef Andrea Froncillo, known for his unique Italian-Asian fusion, creates a menu that is both distinct and delicious.
2417 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 1.877.451.9717
Seafood. Since it opened in 2004, neighborhood locals and San Francisco visitors have bestowed a loyal and vocal “thumbs-up” to what has become the Marina's most popular seafood and late night restaurant - Cafe Maritime. Continually topping local media's "Best of" lists, Cafe Maritime is a true San Francisco insider's spot that always satisfies with amazing seafood dishes executed with perfection. Whether looking for an intimate gathering place or a casual spot to grab a drink, Café Maritime provides both class and comfort.
1809 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.409.8001
Italian. Capannina Italian restaurant is delicate in its décor and bold in its flavors. Featuring a selection of Southern Italian cuisine, this San Francisco restaurant devotes itself to delicious and authentic dishes. Customers can enjoy some ravioli with buffalo mozzarella cheese, salmon crusted with pesto or sea bass with polenta. To top it off, Capannina also features an extensive wine list with wines to complement every dish.
2001 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.351.0175
Contemporary American. Featuring fresh and local ingredients, CIRCA strives to create an exotic menu that reflects the diversity of San Francisco itself. CIRCA is both sleek and sexy, with high ceilings, sensuous lighting, comfy booth seating and a full bar. With its contemporary take on American cuisine, this San Francisco restaurant’s sharp sophistication makes it a hotspot for businessmen and trendsetters alike.
Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe & Ristorante
2300 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.923.6464
Italian. Covered in frescoes for an Italian villa vibe, Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe in San Francisco doesn't look too different from romantic street cafes that litter Northern Italy. Chef Angelino Aureliano, born and trained in Italy, crafts distinctive Italian cuisine prompting Esquire Magazine to claim in 2004 that Emporio Caffe is “the best Italian restaurant to open in the US in years."
Bldg. A, Fort Mason, San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.771.6222
Vegetarian. Vegetarians and vegans, unite! Greens Restaurant in the Marina provides colorful dishes, organic options and views of the Golden Gate. Chef Annie Somerville takes Mediterranean, Mexican and Southwestern cuisine and gives them a fresh and healthy twist. Known for the balance and color of its menu, this San Francisco restaurant also boasts of its wine collection, featuring half price wine every Monday night.
2353 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.931.7900
Japanese. Hime provides authentic Japanese cuisine in a contemporary lounge setting. Intimate seating, cutting edge décor and romantic lighting make this San Francisco restaurant a popular choice for a night on the town. Patrons can indulge in nigiri sushi, martinis and sakes or Japanese draft beer at the Buddha Bar. Hime is genuine and stylish all at once.
3324 Steiner St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.567.9588
Contemporary French. Isa specializes in contemporary French Tapas created by rising star chef Luke Sung. This charming San Francisco restaurant is located in the Marina district and provides seasonal specialties such as leek and potato soup, salmon tartare, milk fed veal and maple leaf duck breast. Isa is a charmingly elegant location for business lunches, romantic gatherings or an evening with friends.
Izzy's Steaks & Chops
3345 Steiner St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.563.0487
Steakhouse. Izzy’s serves up surf and turf, specializing in Midwestern corn-fed beef and a variety of other comfort foods. This San Francisco restaurant makes customers feel at home with its welcoming atmosphere and menu of delicious American classics. Succulent Filet Mignon, spicy Peppered Swordfish and creamy spinach soup are just a few of the favorites customer’s will discover at Izzy’s Steaks & Chops.
2400 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.440.2000
Southwestern. Jones Restaurant is one of San Francisco’s many gems. Located on the famous Lombard St., this San Francisco restaurant takes American comfort foods and gives it an innovative spin. Enjoy grilled PB&J, beer-can chicken and hearty steaks in a warm, brick and wood setting. Jones Restaurant serves up Southwestern cuisine in a distinct San Franciscan way- that’s what makes it a restaurant not to be missed.
215 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco CA 94129; Tel. 415.922.3463
French. Located in the Presidio, La Terrasse serves classic French cuisine in a romantic park setting. This San Francisco restaurant provides gorgeous views of the park and Bay as well as outstanding service and delicious food. At La Terrasse, patrons can enjoy a breakfast of pastries and espresso, a lunch or dinner of French bistro dishes or fresh brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
2031 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.346.5641
Spanish. Laiola is a neighborhood restaurant that serves Spanish cuisine with a California twist. This self-proclaimed “home away from home” is quickly becoming a favorite among local San Franciscans. With a constantly changing menu and a drink menu of over 100 wines, Laiola keeps customers coming back for more.
Left at Albuquerque
2140 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.749.6700
Mexican/Southwestern. Left at Albuquerque serves Southwestern cuisine with California attitude. This San Francisco restaurant fire-roasts its chilies for sauces, makes its own Sangria and offers over 75 different brands of tequila at the bar. With a menu that reflects the diversity of the South, Left at Albuquerque is anything but boring.
1851 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.563.4043
Italian. On trendy Union Street in San Francisco, Luisa's restaurant is a throwback to old school Italian home cooking. In a classic rough-hewn dining room with straw wrapped bottles dangling from the ceiling Luisa serves up the same old family recipes she has been preparing in restaurants since 1959. Veal and seafood are specialties at Luisa's, and pastas are homemade. During good weather, dine alfresco on the outdoor heated patio. The menu focuses on northern and central Italian cuisine.
2317 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.346.8494
Mexican/Southwestern. Featuring California fresh ingredients, Mamacita provides the type of Mexican cuisine found at beachfront cantina. This chic San Francisco restaurant offers all the old favorites—carnitas, enchiladas, carne asada—in an atmosphere that is energetic yet intimate. Mamacita lives up to its name—serving food that would make Mama proud.
Mas Sake Freestyle Sushi
2030 Lombard St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.440.1505
Sushi. Self-proclaimed "Freestyle Sushi," Mas Sake is a hip, San Francisco-influenced sushi restaurant. This Marina hot spot is known for its hip music and good-looking staff as well as for its inventive sushi. Mas Sake also hosts a full service bar providing an excellent selection of sake and cocktails. Part full-bar with an eclectic rotating DJ scene, part adventurous and stylish sushi restaurant; Mas Sake is for the young and the bold.
Mezes, A Taste of Greece
2373 Chestnut St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.409.7111
Greek. Mezes has been recognized as one of the best Greek restaurants in the Bay Area. Literally meaning “plates meant to share,” This San Francisco restaurant provides family-style favorites such as spinach pie, zucchini cakes or grilled lamb chops. Mezes blends Grecian hospitality with contemporary comfort, making it a place to be visited again and again.
Nectar Wine Lounge
3330 Steiner St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.345.1377
Californian. Nectar Wine Lounge offers over 900 wines to choose from as well as California cuisine to complement. This San Francisco hot spot is the perfect getaway for any connoisseur, providing warmth, comfort and an experience to be remembered. Whether craving some Pinot Noir, Cabernet or some Steak Tartar to enjoy it with, Nectar Wine Lounge provides it all.
Nettie’s Crab Shack
2032 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.409.0300
Seafood. Located in the Marina, Nettie’s Crab Shack devotes itself to providing the best crab ever tasted. With its casual and familial ambiance, this San Francisco restaurant is a favorite among locals and a prime choice for people looking for exquisite seafood. Dungeness crab, cioppino, grilled squid or fish and chips are some of the many favorites Nettie’s Crab Shack has to offer.
Perry's on Union Street
1944 Union St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.922.9022
American. Perry’s is known for its great service, full bar and wholesome American cuisine. A favorite for almost forty years, this San Francisco restaurant provides a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, fish and steak. On Monday nights the wine is half-price, but every day the food is delicious. Perry’s provides indoor and outdoor dining as well as banquet accommodations.
Pres a Vi
1 Letterman Dr., Building D #150, San Francisco CA 94129; Tel. 415.409.3000
Global, International. Literally meaning “captivated by wine,” Pres a Vi insists that it is captivated by food too. This San Francisco restaurant’s sophisticated ambiance heightens the vibrancy of its International cuisine. From Rainbow Trout to duck to ricotta fava bean ravioli, Pres a Vi offers an eclectic selection of dishes and the perfect wine to complement.
Presidio Social Club
563 Ruger St., San Francisco CA 94129; Tel. 415.885.1888
American. Located in the Presidio, the Presidio Social Club offers American classics, no membership necessary. With a wood burning oven and a full bar that provides cocktails, beers and wine, this San Francisco restaurant is the perfect place for a casual get-together or before dinner drinks. The Presidio Social Club offers grilled steaks and chops, oysters and crab. It is also available for private events.
3640 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.931.5100
American. Spruce is a friendly neighborhood restaurant providing classic American cuisine. This San Francisco restaurant prides itself on its sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance allowing patrons to sip champagne by the fire or enjoy an intimate dinner in the dining room. Featuring only the freshest, local ingredients Spruce is a true-to-form Californian restaurant, emanating warmth and class from every corner.
3011 Steiner St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.441.3200
Mediterranean. Terzo, meaning ‘third’ in Italian, serves food that is meant to be shared. This San Francisco restaurant provides Pan-Mediterranean cuisine and a drink menu that highlights both European and Californian wines. Reminiscent of a Sicilian café, Terzo evokes old-style familiarity and San Franciscan attitude, making it a favorite among tourists and locals alike.
3317 Steiner St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.567.9989
Vietnamese. Three Seasons is an intimate retreat from the bustling Marina district. This San Francisco restaurants provides delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a chic and romantic setting. Patrons can indulge in yellow curry chicken, shrimp pot stickers, Pho Ga or mango beef slices. The Three Seasons uses fresh, local ingredients to create a menu that reflects the variety California produce provides.
The Tipsy Pig
2231 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123; Tel. 415.292.2300
Gastro Pub. The Tipsy Pig is a gastropub that prides itself on its wide and constantly revolving beer selection. This San Francisco tavern hosts a variety of delicacies, both liquid and other. Customers can enjoy Maple Brined Pork Chops or Chicken Pot Pie complemented by Guinness, Newcastle and others. The Tipsy Pig succeeds in bringing the English Pub to America.
2909 Webster St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.346.3431
Japanese. Umami serves delicious Japanese cuisine and saves the world while doing it. This San Francisco restaurant puts sustainability at the forefront of its menu, offering organic options and sustainable seafood. Visitors can enjoy sushi, tempura and teriyaki in a contemporary setting, as well as happy hour nightly at the bar. Umami takes great pride and care in preparing its food, making it a restaurant that is not easily forgotten.
3347 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.775.1873
Sushi. Yuzu offers Japanese-French fusion that is assured to intrigue and delight customers. This San Francisco restaurant blends a wide selection of flavors, creating dishes such as spicy tuna tartare, black rice vegetable rolls and shiso salmon. Yuzu’s contemporary décor and relaxing ambiance make it the perfect venue for a romantic evening or a friendly night out.