Characterized by semi-industrial spaces, newer developments and residential living that leans on the cheaper end of San Francisco real estate, the Dogpatch, Portrero Hill and Mission Bay neighborhoods keep residents happy with collection of restaurants populating unlikely corners. While many of these San Francisco restaurants favor a stylistically humble approach and ethnic fare, many others offer the creative (and often surprising) gourmet-chic cuisine that so many San Francisco foodies favor on the city’s diverse menu of eateries.
Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Restaurants
350 Rhode Island St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.216.4415
Contemporary French. The California Culinary Academy’s student-run restaurant, Careme 350 brings contemporary influences to classic French cuisine. Supervised students getting their real-world kitchen training prepare and serve the dishes that populate the daily-changing menu.
Chez Papa Bistrot
1401 18th St., San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 415.824.8205
French. Cultivating the warm, friendly and appropriately boisterous atmosphere found in bustling family-run bistros in the South of France, Chez Papa Bistro is a unique San Francisco dining spot when craving the authentic Provencal experience. Innovative interpretations of the classics of French cuisine have earned this French restaurant critical acclaim. The wine list represents California and the wine-growing regions of France with many selections available by the bottle and the glass.
1469 18th St., San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 415.355.0001
Thai. Tropical style meets San Francisco class at Lingba. This Thai restaurant favors fresh local ingredients blended with traditional spices in preparations of contemporary Thai cuisine. Tropical cocktails parallel the hanging plants, palm trees and islander theme of the décor, and DJs arrive nightly to enliven the atmosphere with hipper vibes.
Live Sushi Bar
2001 17th St., San Francisco CA 94103; Tel. 415.861.8610
Sushi. An inviting San Francisco sushi restaurant, Live Sushi Bar boasts the kind of fun and relaxed atmosphere that constitutes the best of neighborhood favorites. Imaginative sushi chefs deliver traditional favorites alongside more creative options, and the dishes are as flavorful as they are artfully presented. Aptly named, this restaurant also offers innovative live specialties like live scallop and live uni.
2495 3rd St., San Francisco CA 94107; Tel. 415.252.2000
Contemporary American. A casual, modern Dogpatch restaurant, Serpentine impresses with a well-scripted menu of contemporary American cuisine. Fresh ingredients from local purveyors are woven into dishes featuring centerpiece ingredients like roasted duck, seared sea scallops, wild boar sugo, hama hama oysters and grilled flat iron steak.
Mission Bay Restaurants
Tsunami - Mission Bay
301 King Street #B, San Francisco CA 94158; Tel. 415.284.0111
Sushi. Incorporating the culinary tastes of the Tsunami Panhandle, Tsunami Mission Bay is the perfect restaurant for a fun and hip night on the town. A funky and fresh contemporary Japanese design creates the youthful vibe that resides at Tsunami. An extensive wine list, amazing sake, and a full bar ensures that each visit will be memorable.