The most diverse neighborhood in San Francisco not surprisingly also has the most eclectic dining scene. Surrounded by nightlife and bustling activity, Mission dining is both comfortable and hip with ultra-chic (but approachable) restaurants like Foreign Cinema and late-night taquerias filled with the sound of ranchero music. Standouts in the Mission and Bernal Heights areas are hard to pare down because of the variety, but for the sake of an overview, Medjool is the spot for Mediterranean tapas and the best roof bar in the area (with views of downtown), Blue Plate, is the place for inventive American cuisine served on a patio dripping with night-blooming jasmine and the sound of fountains. Delfina is the place for a deep wine list and thoughtful Italian fusion cuisine (plus wood-fired pizzas for taking away to snack on in Dolores Park) while Limón is the spot for Peruvian fare.
3198 16th St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.621.2211
Tapas/Small Plates. A small, bustling corner restaurant in San Francisco's Mission district, Mission Andalu offers a menu that features an eclectic array of classic small-plate tapas. Located right in the nightlife hipster hub of the Mission, Andalu’s food compliments perfectly its hip surroundings. San Franciscans can come here looking start the night out right or just sit back with friends and enjoy the cosmopolitan fare.
2931 16th St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.701.8466
Italian. A Mission District restaurant boating a breezy, modern San Francisco style with a dash of European flair. The rustic Italian cuisine and attractive setting has garnered local and national acclaim, and the San Francisco Chronicle has named this restaurant among the best restaurants in San Francisco. Additionally, Bon Appetit has called Bar Bambino one of the top 10 wine bars in the nation.
561 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.487.1600
Contemporary American. Hailed as one of San Francisco Magazine’s “Top 10 Best Restaurants”, Bar Tartine boasts a chic atmosphere and delicious food. Dark rich woods, and long dim sconces warm the room, creating a glow from within. Bar Tartine is sure to impress with their contemporary American food, inspired by the flavors of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal.
Blowfish Sushi to Die For
2170 Bryant St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.285.3848
Sushi. This hip and modern restaurant boasts some of the best Japanese delicacies in San Francisco. Their contemporary take on Japanese cuisine is equivalent to art in food form. Come here to enjoy the young, spirited vibe, jazzy music, and savory crab, eels, and fishes that create the enjoyable dishes at Blowfish Sushi to Die For.
3218 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.282.6777
Contemporary American. The blue walls and fragrant flowers blooming in the garden make Blue Plate a serene, and relaxing place to spend an evening. Here the cuisine is classic American food enlivened with a Mediterranean twist. Blue Plate is committed to using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and the choicest meats to serve their customers. The excellent fare and pleasant atmosphere make this a choice destination for impressing a date.
2351 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.282.1813
Latin American. Charanga Restaurant is a hip dining spot in the Mission/Bernal Heights neighborhood. The interior is modern and artistic with deep walnut colored floors, exposed brick walls, pops of color and unique artwork. The cuisine, described as Pan-Latin, encompasses the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, along with a few Asian influences for a truly innovative twist.
1710 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.551.2632
Contemporary American. One of the hottest new restaurants in the Mission, CODA is a jazz supper club with some of the best jazz music in the Bay Area six nights a week. The menu is a creative listing of New American cuisine dolled up with Mediterranean influences. The well-scripted wine list accompanies the cuisine perfectly.
280 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.552.5200
American. A dimly lit interior with dark wood tables creates a warm ambiance for an enjoyable evening out at this San Francisco dining spot. Conduit serves a contemporary fusion of American dishes inspired by the flavors of France and Italy. A 125-item long wine list and delicious exotic dishes make Conduit a great spot for a date or casual meeting.
DOSA on Valencia
995 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.642.3672
South Indian. Warm russet walls and dim lighting create an exotic feel befitting of this San Francisco Indian restaurant. DOSA on Valencia offers a creative rendition of traditional Indian food within a romantic atmosphere. As the only South Indian restaurant in San Francisco, DOSA on Valencia maintains a truly unique dining experience.
3560 18th St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.565.0360
Italian. With a corner view and tall windows, Farina claims a décor that is simple but elegant. The decorum maintains a perfect balance of the old and new, with white tiles, old marble, and wood furniture. Their chef, Paolo Laboa, researches each and every ingredient to ensure his customers consume only the most authentic Italian dishes available. A pleasurable experience is guaranteed with the freshly homemade pastas, specialty cocktails and Pigato wine.
Flour + Water
2401 Harrison St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.826.7000
Italian. Simple, authentic Italian cuisine is the name of the game at Flour + Water. The name implies the simplicity of the ingredients themselves and the restaurant’s mission to adhere to the pure approach of true Italian cuisine. Pastas are house made, pizzas are wood-fired and meats are house cured at this warm, welcoming San Francisco Italian restaurant.
2534 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.648.7600
Californian. A spot of artsy urban chic in the Mission District, Foreign Cinema is an industrial space with exposed brick walls and high iron-beam ceilings, perfect for projecting the night's foreign film. With fresh oysters from the Oyster Bar and an international menu of approachable new favorites, Foreign Cinema is one of San Francisco's most beloved restaurants. The adjoining Laszlo Bar is a hip spot for a Brazilian caipirinha.
1101 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.401.8959
French. Garcon successfully emulates an old world bistro you would find in historic France. Private lounges and a casual and friendly atmosphere create the perfect setting for intimate conversation. Whether indulging in their renowned French onion soup or one of their delicious vegetarian dishes, Garcon is one San Francisco French hotspot that is sure to please.
1001 Guerrero St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.643.4333
French. The cool, calm atmosphere at La Provence is reminiscent of the south of France. Seafood, poultry, game, and fresh produce dominate their menu, and the extensive wine list offers many complementary pairing options. Their elegant patio outdoor dining is the perfect place to be with a group of close friends, or a great spot to take a date.
694 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.553.8584
American. Popular with locals, Luna Park is a hip San Francisco restaurant not to be missed. The French-inspired American food, with Asian accents added just for good measure, creates a mouthwatering menu of fare available for reasonable prices. A comfort food favorite, Luna Park also has a lively bar scene.
3316 17th St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.863.3061
American. Maverick is a chic and modern place to enjoy delicious American dishes. With soundproofed walls, Maverick is sure to be a serene dining experience. Come to Mavericks for a fantastic brunch and a bubbly mimosa. Come for dinner or just a glass of wine off the enchanting American/European wine list. Cool, calm, and collected, diners will want to make Maverick’s a weekly experience.
2522 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.550.9055
Tapas/Small Plates. Medjool is just one of the restaurants helping to revitalize up and coming hotspot, the Mission District. A swank and sexy bar gives way to a crowded dining room handing out Italian, French, Spanish, Moroccan, Tunisian and Middle Eastern small plates to share with companions. Options range from a Middle Eastern mezze plate featuring hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabbouleh; to the Tunisian tombo tuna with egg briouats. A separate cafe menu serves food all day long. You can come to the Medjool restaurant for an espresso and an omelette in the morning or a panini at lunch.
Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.861.0198
Californian. Start the morning right with a visit to Mission Beach Café. Grab a Blue Bottle Coffee and one of Alan Carter's lavish morning pastries and desserts for a great kickoff, then maybe come for lunch or dinner to enjoy the classic Californian cuisine, or perhaps just a glass of wine from the California-only wine list. The modern design and scrumptious food creates the perfect environment for any meal.
830 Cortland Ave., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.282.8812
Tapas/Small Plates. This dynamic restaurant is one San Franciscan dining experience that is truly unique. This eclectic San Francisco tapas restaurant provides its customers with the surprising tastes of Peruvian fusion cuisine. Artful ambiance and the fresh traditional spices of Peru are sure to keep each and every customer coming back for more.
842 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.282.8283
Californian. Range restaurant seems to have it all—cool, stylish interior, great prices and a superb, ever-changing menu. The menu features seasonal contemporary cuisine, with appetizers such as marinated fennel with roasted peaches, chevre and raw albacore, watermelon, avocado and Hawaiian salt. Entrées include halibut with braised artichokes, almonds, and cooked egg tartar sauce. A selection of eclectic wines and specialty cocktails flow from the striking bar.
3481 18th St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.503.0650
Mexican. This is a small, home style Mexican eatery is the perfect place to enjoy some truly authentic Mexican cuisine in San Francisco. The design at Regalito Rosticeria is meant to encourage community and close conversation. The warm environment, fresh ingredients, and savory flavors of Mexico make Regalito Rosticeria a truly authentic experience.
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.828.7990
Contemporary American. Modern and elegant, Saison is a sophisticated yet casual San Francisco restaurant specializing in contemporary American cuisine. Local small farms, ranches and fisheries provide the abundance of fresh ingredients that the skilled chefs turn into rustic, simple dishes like citrus soup, Monterey Bay abalone with coastal lettuces, and Paine Farm squab with beetroot, huckleberries and hibiscus.
2501 Mariposa St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.241.9390
Contemporary American. Slow Club has all the appeal of a warm, stylish and casual neighborhood restaurant. This Mission dining spot boasts a daily changing menu of Californian dishes crafted from ingredients sourced at local farms and ranches. The full bar supplies diners with excellent wines, beers and innovative cocktails to pair with their meals.
2331 Mission St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.956.5528
Italian. Wild boar pappardell, marinara pizza or pork chops with Gorgonzola are only a few of the dishes to be found at this San Francisco Italian gem. Specchio provides a warm atmosphere and authentic Italian food for its customers. Enjoy a glass of Chianti while watching old Fellini films on the widescreens overhead.
1058 Valencia St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.643.5000
Californian. Inspired by that classic American fast food utensil, the spork, Spork restaurant in San Francisco provides a fun, casual and quirky atmosphere in which to enjoy some truly delicious foods. Specializing in high-end renditions of fast-food favorites backed by varietal wines and eclectic beers, Spork is a fresh new way to enjoy guilty pleasures like pull-apart rolls with whipped honey butter, griddled calamari with ginger slaw, in-side-out burgers and griddled Kobe steaks.
1000 Guerrero St., San Francisco CA 94110; Tel. 415.641.9955
Vietnamese. Tao Café offers some of the top rated Vietnamese cuisine in San Francisco. The menu offers an array of creative dishes, some prepared traditionally, some prepared with French techniques and some revisited to introduce innovative twists. This stylish dining spot is styled after a colonial villa in Saigon, and guests are encouraged to linger in the stylish space enjoying both Old and New World wines from the extensive list.
Tokyo Go Go
3174 16th St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.864.2288
Sushi. Sixties pop meets Sino-America cuisine at this showy sushi den in the Mission. The top-quality sake flows a bit freely, so keep your wits about you, if only to remember that excellent miso'd sea bass. Come here to enjoy the best in traditional Japanese sushi and creative dishes like white tuna escabeche, Tokyo garlic shrimp, tempura sweet onion rings, and grilled Hokkaido scallops with citrus soy butter sauce & avocado salad.