Just a tad less luxurious than Nob Hill, Russian Hill has a slower pace than it's ritzy neighbor. Affluent and residential, and bordered by busy Van Ness Avenue and the Marina, Russian Hill is known for small and intimate neighborhood restaurants with a gourmand approach. Inviting and high end restaurants like Frascati serve eclectic fusion cuisine in a chic restaurant atmosphere, while upscale gems like La Folie serve classic French fare in a neighborhood setting. The popular Sushi Groove, a hip enclave of art, cocktails and excellent sushi, keeps the Russian Hill restaurant scene young and vibrant.
1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar
1550 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.775.1550
Organic. A modern neighborhood restaurant, 1550 Hyde Café & Wine Bar is a casually elegant Russian Hill dining spot suitable for everything from dates to dinner with friends. The menu favors simple, seasonal organic cuisine crafted from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. The award-winning wine list boasts over 150 selections to choose from.
1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.567.5432
Italian. Acquerello is known for its extensive collection of Italian wines and fine dishes to match, such as sea bass carpaccio with Sicilian olive oil, lemon zest and green onion, or the ridged pasta with foie gras and black truffles. Tender pillows of Swiss chard and ricotta malfatti served with brown butter, sage and shaved Parmigiano are not to be missed. More than one critic has named Acquerllo as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country.
2162 Larkin St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.447.0441
Italian. Formerly a quiet, neighborhood Italian restaurant, Amarena is now a hip spot for happy hour cocktails and small plates of Italian style tapas. Dinner at Amarena takes traditional Italian food and updates it with an edgy, Californian flair. The interior is dramatic yet warm and intimate, the service is impeccable and the extensive wine list complements the menu expertly.
2400 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.928.5797
Italian. A charming Russian Hill Italian restaurant, Antica Trattoria exudes the casual warmth that constitutes the best of neighborhood restaurants in San Francisco. Dishes native to the small towns of Northern Italy arrive at tables with the appeal of a home-cooked meal (if a an outstanding chef were to live in your home, that is). House specialties are diverse and aromatic, and the list of deserts encourage patrons to linger after dinner, sipping coffee or wine and indulging in sweets.
2209 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.268.0140
American. American classics tapping a down-home edge arrive true to form at Bar Johnny in San Francisco. Tasty, reasonably priced plates of chicken and waffles, pork sliders, garlic truffle fries, mac & cheese with bacon, and burgers are the reason this place is frequently packed with enthusiastic patrons pairing the fare with choices from the vast beer selection. Both late night dining and bottomless mimosa Sundays further bolster the popularity of this place.
1901 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.928.1406
Mediterranean. A Russian Hill neighborhood attraction, this is a cozy, high-end Mediterranean and Californian hybrid showcases a menu of eclectic culinary creations from the mind of Executive Chef Evan Crandall. Renovations updated this neighborhood classic to give it a more modern appeal, but the service is still amazing and this Russian Hill restaurant is still full of locals.
2100 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.673.1888
Steak. Meat's meat, and a man's gotta eat. The dry-aged, well-marbled cuts of Midwestern beef at Harris' combine with a fine dining setting to define the quintessential San Francisco steakhouse experience. Fantastic martinis and an award winning wine list back the lengthy menu of upscale steakhouse favorites.
Hyde Street Bistro
1521 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.292.4415
French. A charming, classic French bistro in San Francisco, the Hyde Street Bistro consistently wins with expertly crafted French cuisine and a warm, neighborhood atmosphere. The menu highlights French favorites, ranging from escargots and caramelized onion tarts with imported blue cheese to bistro bouillabaisse and hanger steak Lyonnaise.
Hyde Street Seafood House & Raw Bar
1509 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.931.3474
Seafood, French, American. The Hyde Street Seafood House & Raw Bar embraces a new approach in the realm of San Francisco seafood restaurants. Specializing in “En Papillote” cooking, a traditional French technique of baking in parchment paper, patrons sup on refreshingly flavorful dishes prepared by placing fresh seafood, julienned vegetables, white wine and fresh herbs into parchment paper and baking to perfection.
2316 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.776.5577
French. A playful Gallic restaurant that's arguably one of the most romantic French restaurants in town, La Folie is a comfortable, elegant destination. The New French cuisine is a work of art (and with generous portions, a far cry from hoity-toity French restaurants), and the cotton candy clouds painted on sky blue walls are nothing less than buoyant. Expect the prices to match the ingenuity; a dinner for two will be at least $50 (without wine).
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
2348 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.346.1818
Thai. A popular Russian Hill Thai restaurant, Lemongrass Thai Cuisine satisfies with flavorful renditions of Thai favorites that the award-winning chef has crafted from the finest, freshest ingredients. Fragrant curries, seafood dishes, vegetarian favorites and spicy noodle soups populate the menu of this airy, comfortable and critically acclaimed Thai restaurant in San Francisco.
1896 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.674.4343
Californian. Stylish and bold, the olive-, burgundy- and gold-hued Luella welcomes patrons to sup on inspired preparations of Mediterranean-inflected Californian fare. This critically acclaimed restaurant delivers with both setting and fare, not to mention a small yet robust selection of wines to pair with the cuisine.
Pesce Seafood Bar
2227 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.928.8025
Seafood. With a name like Pesce, you'd be correct in guessing this Polk Street restaurant specializes in seafood. But you might not know it features the small plate cuisine of Venice known as cicchetti. For bigger appetites, Pesce also features a few large plates as daily specials. The elegant, wood-paneled and cream interior has a richly classic appeal, yet the atmosphere is casual enough to be a welcoming neighborhood favorite.
1448 Pacific, San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.673.2961
Italian. Praised by publications like Gourmet Magazine, Zagat and the San Francisco Chronicle, Ristorante Milano delivers a dining experience akin to what one would find in trattorias throughout Italy. The warm, simple atmosphere matches the classic Italian cuisine without missing a beat, and the wine list offers ample pairing opportunities, with fine selections from both California and Italy.
1916 Hyde St., San Francisco CA 94109; Tel. 415.440.1905
Sushi. Groove to the music of acid jazz and drum n' bass while enjoying your raw fish fix at Sushi Groove, an intimate sushi bar on Russian Hill in San Francisco. Drawing on traditional Japanese artistry and technique and blending it with a contemporary Californian touch, the chic Sushi Groove attracts a loyal, hip crowd.
Yabbie's Coastal Kitchen
2237 Polk St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.474.4088
Seafood. Seafood, seafood and more seafood favorites flood the menu at this off-the-restaurant-radar Russian Hill restaurant known for excellent fish (one of the best seafood restaurants in town, and that's not an overstatement, even for San Francisco). Yabbie’s Coastal Kitchen also features a raw bar with eight kinds of oysters available by the dozen, and a wine list meant to bring out the subtle flavors of Yabbie's pescatarian favorites.