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T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants
The Abbot's Cellar is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

1. The Abbot's Cellar

742 Valencia St (btwn 18th & 19th St), San Francisco, CA
Gastropub · Mission Dolores · 43 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This beer-centric restaurant has a mesmerizing display of glasses of every shape and size and an equally expansive menu. Pair a black lager with your grilled bison loin.

Bar Tartine is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

2. Bar Tartine

561 Valencia St (btwn 16th & 17th St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante americano · Mission District · 158 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Bar Tartine’s menu is an evolving theater for Chef Chad Robertson’s restless enthusiasms. The latest? Sweet Kamut toast grilled to a chewy crunch with bottarga, dried mushrooms, and dulse seaweed.

Benu is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

3. Benu

8.0
22 Hawthorne St (at Howard St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · SoMa · 93 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: French Laundry alum Corey Lee creates dishes reflecting both his Asian heritage and personal obsessions. A bowl of wild-salmon roe with puffed buckwheat is one of 18 courses on the $180 tasting menu.

Central Kitchen is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

4. Central Kitchen

8.3
3000 20th St (at Florida St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante americano · Mission District · 83 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Confidently unfussy California cuisine in a canopied, elegantly industrial space from Thomas McNaughton of Flour & Water.

Craftsman and Wolves is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

5. Craftsman and Wolves

8.9
746 Valencia St (btwn 18th and 19th St), San Francisco, CA
Panadería · Mission Dolores · 294 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Pastry chef William Werner distinguishes himself from the pack with croissants glazed with passion fruit and sesame seeds and semolina cake studded with candied corn nuts.

4505 Meats/Chicharrones is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

6. 4505 Meats/Chicharrones

8.1
Ferry Building (Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA
Carrito de comida · Financial District · 53 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The perfect post-breakfast snack? Their cereal bar with chicharrones—basically a Rice Krispies treat crammed with fried pork skin.

Locanda is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

7. Locanda

557 Valencia St (btwn 16th & 17th St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante italiano · Mission District · 170 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Ricotta, guanciale, and pomegranate make appearances on the menu of this bustling osteria from Mission stalwarts Delfina and Delfina Pizza.

Namu Gaji is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

8. Namu Gaji

8.3
499 Dolores St (at 18th St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante coreano · Mission Dolores · 182 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This family-run Korean spot draws crowds with its market vegetable stone pot, handmade noodles, and shave ice. The lines forming out the door rival its neighbor Bi-Rite Creamery.

Outerlands is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

9. Outerlands

8.0
4001 Judah St (at 45th Ave), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante americano · Outer Sunset · 261 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At lunch there is a little menu of simple good things: a sandwich of ripe tomatoes and roasted eggplant; bourbon-laced apple cider to guard against the sea-breeze chill.

Park Tavern is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

10. Park Tavern

8.7
1652 Stockton St (at Filbert St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · North Beach · 205 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The scene everyone wants to be a part of. Try the schnitzel with bacon-fat eggs and marinated anchovies, and a hangover-helper cocktail of Fernet Branca, ginger beer and lemon.

Pig & Pie is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

11. Pig & Pie

2962 24th St (Alabama), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante de comida reconfortante · Mission District · 43 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Stamp out the munchies with the pickled eggs as artisanal sausage makers work out of this old record store (the neon marquee still reads DISCOLANDIA).

Rich Table is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

12. Rich Table

9.0
199 Gough St (at Oak St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante de nueva cocina americana · Lower Haight · 187 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Try the chicken-liver mousse with pole beans and dill, topped with a crumbly cracker of pain de mie. Incongruously, it all works.

St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

13. St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant

1270 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA
Pub · Mission District · 48 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Owner David Lynch named this joint after the patron saint of wine and stocked the cellar with grower champagnes, cult whites from Lazio, and some funky Catalan reds—all for less than $100 a bottle.

Tacolicious is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

14. Tacolicious

8.9
741 Valencia St (btwn 18th & 19th St), San Francisco, CA
Local de tacos · Mission District · 290 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At this brightly tiled, sceney spot (and Mosto, its tequila-bar annex), you can get pitchers of margaritas made with blackberry and tarragon and tacos of succulent prickly pear and queso oaxaca.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is one of T+L’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants.

15. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

8.7
3150 24th St (at Shotwell St), San Francisco, CA
Restaurante judío · Mission District · 132 tips y reseñas

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Take a matzoh brei breather at this post-ironic Jewish deli where they brine their own pastrami and the walls are papered with fading Yiddish newsprint.