Extending from the beginning of Golden Gate Park to the water’s edge, the Richmond District boasts an eclectic collection of mini neighborhoods that can sate most any gastronomic craving. Ethnically diverse in the dining scene, this San Francisco foodie haven keeps even picky eaters happy with options ranging from Russian to Korean, Ethiopian to Chinese. Boutique-filled Geary and Clement streets rank among some of the area’s most popular destinations for an abundance of dining spots for post-shopping spree meals. Also, with the park across the way and beautiful architecture throughout the district, diners enjoying casual evenings can often be found taking a relaxing stroll after their meal.
Sutro's at the Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco CA 94121; Tel. 415.386.3330
American. Since 1863, the Cliff House has perched high on a rocky bluff above the Pacific Ocean at the far western edge of San Francisco. This beautiful collection of restaurants and lounges appeals to every occasion with fresh seafood, fine steaks, excellent wines, live Jazz nights and more. Famous worldwide, this restaurant attracts visitors from around the globe and is a favorite destination of the locals for outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks, the Sutro Bath ruins, Marin Headlands and the entry to the Golden Gate.
5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA 94121; Tel. 415.752.2222
Moroccan. Chef and owner Mourad Lahlou has elevated Moroccan food at Aziza from clichés of belly dancing and couscous to create one of San Francisco's most desirable dining destinations. Aziza's menu combines artisinal products and organic ingredients, intense flavors and stunning presentations with a Californian influence. Aziza's gracious service and romantic ambience presents fine dining in a warm, sexy and intimate setting.
Bella Trattoria Italiana
3854 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.221.0305
Italian. Romantic and warm with a muted yellow façade and a beautiful mural of Venice claiming one wall, Bella Trattoria Italiana is where patrons can find a true taste of Italian cuisine in San Francisco. The menu favors daily house-made pastas and creative flavor combinations that remain true to the simplistic roots of the cuisine. The wine list delivers with a wide selection of Italian wines, and the house specialty desert—the tiramisu—is not to be missed.
126 Clement St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.387.0408
French. Located in a neighborhood better known for its Asian food, Chapeau is one of San Francisco's exemplars of classic French food served in an elegant, yet immediately welcoming atmosphere. While the food is tradition based, it's far from staid. Try the Roasted Rack of Lamb, Eggplant Moussaka/ Artichoke Barigoule or Bacon Wrapped Natural Pork Tenderloin, Parsnip Puree/ Braised Green Swiss Chard to see why Chapeau is a darling of a restaurant.
India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar
2436 Clement St., San Francisco CA 94121; Tel. 415.751.0505
Indian. A beautiful San Francisco Indian restaurant, India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar evidences a clear devotion to detail in everything they offer, from the fare to the beautiful interior. White linen tablecloths contrast the saffron and chocolate hues and set a beautiful palate for the succulent, authentic Indian cuisine that arrives on copper plates. All dishes can be custom prepared, softening spices or turning up the heat to best suit any palate.
439 Balboa St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.386.8332
Asian. Namu seeks out the ingredients, philosophies and techniques of Korean and Japanese cuisine for inspiration when scripting the menu of cutting edge Pan Asian fare. This critically acclaimed restaurant favors locally sourced meats and organic produce, and offers over 30 wine and sake selections to enjoy with the creative, well-crafted dishes. Groups visiting Namu can indulge in the chef tasting menus. The renowned Michelin guide recognized this restaurant for the affordability of the excellent cuisine.
615 Balboa, San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.379.8988
Contemporary American. The Richmond is a classic neighborhood restaurant where contemporary American cuisine shines. Local purveyors supply the flavorful dishes with the freshest ingredients, and friendly prices for both the fare and the wine make it easy to enjoy an evening dining in this local hotspot. Little elegant touches like crystal stemware and china add an upscale touch to this casual San Francisco restaurant.
349 Clement St., San Francisco CA 94118; Tel. 415.379.6000
Turkish. Modern Turkish cuisine peppered with Mediterranean influences arrives like aromatic works of art at Troya. This Turkish restaurant in San Francisco strives to honor the poetically charged history of Troy with russet and honeyed color schemes, and vibrant flavors found in creative translations of the cuisine. Troya is inviting as both a neighborhood restaurant and an intimate date spot.