San Fran Restaurant Advice

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
357 posts
Helper bee

I’m from SF – but unfortunately haven’t been since I’m not vegetarian (neither is my man and he needs his meat!) 🙂

We really enjoy Foreign Cinema and State Bird Provisions – they may have some veggie options.



Post # 5
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just a heads up: no one from San Francisco calls it San Fran. Seconding Foreign Cinema, adding Mission Chinese.

Post # 6
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ryansgirl: they’ll know you’re a tourist if you call it anything other than the city or SF. Or if you use a taxi. 

Foreign Cinema, State Bird Provisions, Mission Chinese, Commonwealth, Locanda, and Gracias Madre are all excellent. 

SBP is a michelin star and nearly impossible to get into, unless you show up super early before they open and get in line. Not impossible though — a friend of mine got in after waiting 45 min. He had to eat the earliest time (5ish?) but he said it was worth it. 

Expect to wait 45-60 min anywhere good without a reservation. 

Also, remember it’s stand right and walk left on escalators and step to the side if you need to look something up. 

Post # 8
49 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

Greens Restaurant is an awesome vegetarian place. And its right on the water. A bit pricier depending on what you are used to, but a great special occasion place for us vegetarians! 




Post # 10
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ryansgirl: No problem. SF has seen explosive growth recently and the city has a tough time handling all the people in it. 

It’s kind of sad, but there’s so many people who could use some help (with BART, directions, etc.) and when they come across as tourists, there are people who won’t help — they don’t want them there, clogging the sidewalk and the BART. Also, looking like / sounding like a tourist makes you a target for pickpockets and aggressive panhandlers.  I’ve moved on BART so that I could help tourists because no one else would. They weren’t obnoxious tourists, they just were clearly tourists. 

People are mostly nice but it’s just something to be aware of, since SF is tighter than it’s been and there’s a lot of petty crime that I never saw until I traveled to and then moved to SF. 

Post # 12
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ryansgirl: It’s been in the last three years — the tech boom has led to more jobs in SF, crazy rents, construction clogging things up, etc. Add that to an improving economy, people are traveling more — conferences, pleasure, etc. 

SF is a great city — great food, culture, etc. All the stuff that makes people who live here love it also makes it attractive to tourists. So you get a lot of Get Off My Lawn and a lot of NIMBYism. 

Also map things on your phone if you’re using Uber / Lyft — you don’t want drivers to take advantage of you. If you’re traveling amongst the Embarcadero / FiDi / Soma / Union Square and the Mission, BART + walking is the fastest, cheapest way to get around. Muni is a pain. 

Also, wear closed toed shoes + layers. Dog or human is NOT a fun game to play when you’re walking around in sandals. Layers (and grays / black) will help you blend in. Tourists are easy targets because they stand out with colors, not dressed appropriately, etc. and often have their phone out. iPhone snatching is really common on escalators going in and out of transit, on the train, and on the sidewalk. Someone will push you so you’ll be startled and / or drop your phone to break your fall and they’ll grab your phone from your hands or off the ground before taking off. It’s terrible.

Keep your bags tucked tight under your arm, and carry a resuable cloth bag for purchases. There’s a city ordinance that is a $.10 paper bag tax, so the cloth bag is very common to see. Also, helps you blend in and have fun random conversations with the natives because their guards will be down. 

I hope you don’t mind the data dump! Have fun!!!

Post # 13
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ryansgirl:  We went to SF on holiday only a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Everyone was really friendly. It’s a great place.

Post # 14
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I always take my sister (she’s a veggie) to Green’s.  The view is tough to beat. I find the food kind of hit or miss though.  


Here are my favorite restuarants (and in this order):






Though those may not be especially veggie friendly


These are slightly more accessible:


Slanted Door in the Ferry Building (I didn’t use to like this place–I go a lot for work–but recently have really started to enjoy it.  The location is super fun, even for a local)


Pizzeria Delfina


The Blue Mermaid (for Clam Chowder only)



I like the others mentioned too–but they aren’t in my top ten.  🙂 

And last, but not least–if you are here over a weekend try to check out Off the Grid (Friday at Fort Mason and Sunday in the Presidio, though may only be through October — this has also been growing on me lately) and try the Chairman and Curry Up Now.  


Tips and tricks:

Absolutely get a reservation or go early and plan on getting a serious drink on at the bar while you wait

If you do ride Muni, you have to step down to the bottom step to make the doors open.  But don’t take Muni, just get an Uber.  


Have fun!  

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  SFBride1220.
Post # 15
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

PS– I’m going to follow for others’ suggestions.  I love food.  I’m working my way through the 7×7 100 best list right now but definitely always need new places to try! 

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