Near the Presidio, San Francisco's idyllic national park that includes acres of green and has roots as a historic Spanish and United States military base, restaurants in Pacific and Presidio Heights are often romantic spaces in one of San Francisco's most unique neighborhoods. A standout newcomer, La Terrasse is an upscale French restaurant located within the Presidio with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Crissy Field. Sociale, a popular and romantic San Francisco restaurant, features house-made pastas and gelato. Presidio Heights restaurants are ideal spots for dinner after exploring the Presidio's majestic Legion of Honor Museum, basking on the beach under the Golden Gate Bridge or taking in spectacular views of Marin from the Presidio's exceptionally romantic Land's End lookout.
Pacific Heights Restaurants
1300 on Fillmore
1300 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.771.7100
American. A classic, lofty restaurant in Pacific Heights, 1300 on Fillmore has a stylish interior that draws on the rich cultural history of the city’s Fillmore Jazz District for inspiration. Soulful American cuisine reveals a North-meets-South approach in the kitchen, weaving together French cooking techniques, the freshest seasonal Californian ingredients and Southern roots.
2819 California St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.922.9669
French. With an unassuming name for an exceptional Pacific Heights restaurant, Annie's Bistro constantly surprises with its intimate, wine-cellar atmosphere (stocked with choice Californian wines) and sophisticated takes on Californian cuisine. This critically acclaimed San Francisco restaurant has a casually elegant attitude that makes it a favorite neighborhood dining spot for sophisticated palates.
1638 Post St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.440.4959
Fusion/Eclectic. French-California cuisine takes new form with Japanese flair at bushi-tei, a Pacific Heights restaurant where Executive Chef Seiji “Waka” Wakabayashi showcases his passion for fusion flavors and daring approach. The interior is as stylish as the fare at this Michelin-starred restaurant, seamlessly blending sophistication with modern panache. bushi-tei’s wine list impresses with selections from France, Italy and California.
1963 Sutter St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.775.7313
Californian, Pan-Asian. Creative flavor combinations and dishes starring centerpiece ingredients like “line caught” fish, organic meats and regionally farmed produce greet patrons with promises of top-notch dining at the acclaimed Café KATi in Pacific Heights. Asian spices dress up each dish with a bit of fusion flair, and a great wine list introduces many unique pairing possibilities.
2101 Sutter St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.440.4500
French. Niçoise cuisine and Italian-inspired regional specialties from the South of France make the menu at Restaurant Cassis come to life with rich flavors. This Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood restaurant features a casually elegant, bistro-style atmosphere that appeals to almost every situation, from dinner dates to business lunches, and the wine list offers a good selection of wines available by both bottle and glass.
2500 Washington St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.359.0075
French. Choquet’s seasonally inspired French bistro fare pairs well with the vintages on the approachable wine list, creating a reliable recipe for an enjoyable dining experience. At this restaurant in Pacific Heights, the petit menu is big on flavor and creativity, dishes arrive like works of art, and an attentive and unpretentious wait staff tends to diners’ needs.
DOSA on Fillmore
1700 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.441.3672
Indian. Praised by dozens of publications and winner of multiple awards, DOSA is considered one of the best Indian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seasonal, organic produce and natural, sustainably sourced meats and fish are woven into excellent preparations of Southern Indian cuisine. The interior is as stylish and complex as the vibrantly flavorful dishes.
2049 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.346.8400
Creole/Cajun/Southern. Drawing upon the cuisine of New Orleans for inspiration, Elite Café wins points for style, creativity and preparation of the freshest local, seasonal ingredients for the Southern fare. Dining is available in the lofty, art deco interior and out on the heated patio, and great wines, handmade cocktails and fresh juices support the delicious dining experience.
1915 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.775.4300
French. From the owners of Market Bar at Ferry Plaza and Bix, the eminent downtown supper club, Florio restaurant provides a good meal on happening Fillmore Street. Even though the location designates a Pacific Heights location, Florio would be at home in any neighborhood. Part French bistro, and part Italian trattoria, Florio keeps it simple serving up classic dishes like chicken liver pate, steak frites, roast chicken, spaghetti Bolognese, veal & ricotta meatballs and house made gelato. This is just the type of place Fillmore Street—and the rest of San Francisco—needs.
Fresca - Fillmore
2114 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.447.2668
Peruvian. Fresca corners a unique market with creative translations of Peruvian cuisine. Nouveaux culinary styles dress up the traditional Peruvian ingredients to bring modern flavors to ceviches, meat & poultry dishes, seafood, Peruvian soups and vibrant appetizers. The modern, relaxed interior of this popular San Francisco fusion restaurant fills in regularly with hungry crowds noshing on the creative cuisine and sipping the dangerously addicting sangria.
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria
2506 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.346.5288
Italian. A casual destination that delivers with the comforting appeal of a home-cooked Italian meal, Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is a neighborhood favorite. The Torellini al Forno and the tiramisu are among the favorites on the menu, and the wine list does nicely in a supporting role with wines representing all of the great wine-growing regions in Italy.
Long Bar and Bistro
2298 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.440.1700
American. Long Bar & Bistro is a casual neighborhood dining with a flair for the dramatic, staging a comfortable vibe in a dining room rich with dark woods, timeless color patterns and a handsome Honduran mahogany bar. A great wine list and fabulous cocktails complement the classic American cuisine.
3673 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.922.1225
Californian. One of the more romantic restaurants in San Francisco, the Magic Flute charms with dining on the heated garden patio and a Tuscan-style interior complete with picture windows, imported Florentine wrought-iron chandeliers and sponge-painted walls. The service is impeccable, and the menu of California-Italian cuisine is well scripted. The Magic Flute is a prime choice for elegant gatherings like weddings and special occasions.
OTD - Bush St.
2232 Bush St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.923.9575
Vietnamese. The Bush Street installation of OTD (“Out the Door” – a concept by Charles Phan) offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as take-out options of outstanding quality. The menu of Vietnamese cuisine impresses with creative and fresh preparations of dishes like pho and baked eggs with tomato coulis for breakfast, and dinner options like daikon rice cakes, papaya salads, grilled local sardines, claypot chicken, mesquite grilled Niman ranch pork chops, lemongrass tofu and more.
1911 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.771.7779
Italian. High-quality food with a distinctly Roman flair comes together with excellent wines and service at SPQR. This San Francisco Italian restaurant’s name is an acronym for the Latin translation of “The People and Senate of Rome,” displaying a fervent dedication to providing a fun, inviting and authentically Italian dining experience.
1865 Post St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.346.3246 x3
Californian. Modern and dramatic, Sundance Kitchen is a casually upscale Pacific Heights dining spot. The menu reveals dishes that favor locally grown, organic ingredients for the Pacific Islander-inflected Californian fare. Located near the heart of the Fillmore Street shopping district, the Fillmore Concert Hall and Yoshi’s Night Club, Sundance Kitchen is a popular choice for mid-shopping lunch, happy hour and dinner.
Presidio Heights Restaurants
Garibaldi's on Presidio
347 Presidio Ave., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.563.8841
Californian. Located in Presidio Heights, a residential neighborhood with dramatic old mansions, Garibaldi's is an upscale neighborhood restaurant and a favorite for consistently excellent fusion fare. Garibaldi's specializes in martinis at the intimate bar and well-executed Californian and Mediterranean cuisine. The selective wine list favors European wines over Californian options.
3665 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.921.3200
Italian. An exceptionally fresh Italian restaurant known for house made pastas, pastries and gelato, Sociale (pronounced “so-shee-ah-lay”) chef Tia Harrison also sources organic and sustainable ingredients for an inventive and satisfying takes on Italian cuisine. Equally impressive for wine lovers, Sociale boasts a select and rotating selection of Italian wines hand tasted and selected by the staff.
3640 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.931.5100
American. Casual and stylish, Spruce offers a classic San Francisco dining experience. This Presidio Heights restaurant specializes in creative American seasonal cuisine, with a menu highlighting fresh ingredients from local farms and ranchers. The extensive, well rounded wine list offers exquisite pairing opportunities.