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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?


Bar Tartine

Recommended by: Kimberley Hasselbrink (The Year in Food), Richard Blais (Chef, Top Chef), Daphne Oz (Host, The Chew), Molly Sims (Model), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Jody Williams (Chef/Owner, Buvette)

The beloved Mission staple serves an eclectic Northern and Eastern European-based menu which includes inventive desserts and open-faced sandwiches on their legendary breads. The food can’t be categorized but is undeniably a hit – to the extent that food blogger Kimberley Hasselbrink says she’d go for “every dish at Bar Tartine” to make up her [...]



Recommended by: Christophe Hille (Director of Operations, Northern Spy Food Co.), Michael Chiarello (Chef/Owner, Bottega), Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef), Yousef Ghalaini (Chef, FIG)

The Cal-Ital favorite that never goes out of style, Delfina channels the culinary traditions of Northern Italy in an unimposing atmosphere. The family-owned restaurant has mastered simple pastas as well as boasting other superb entrées which set the bar for SF dining.


Foreign Cinema

Recommended by: Daniel Holzman (Co-Owner, The Meatball Shop), Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice (Founders, SoulCycle), Joy Williams (Musician, Actor)

You haven’t fully experienced the historically hip vibe of the Mission until you’ve been to Foreign Cinema. The California/Mediterranean-inspired menu and mod, open space are only made better by a covered courtyard, where guests can enjoy foreign and independent film screenings during their meal. The restaurant has perfected the city’s laid-back, innovative approach to food. [...]


Gracias Madre

Recommended by: Rachel Brathen (Yoga Girl)

This vegan Mexican restaurant has become a go-to spot for everyone – even meat eaters. Located in the Mission District, Gracias Madre serves up everything from burritos and enchiladas to guacamole and butternut squash quesadillas. Margaritas, sangrias, beer and wine are just some of the accompanying drink options.

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Izakaya Rintaro

Recommended by: Andrew Mariani (Scribe Winery)

This authentic Japanese restaurant serving sushi and small plates in the heart of San Francisco is a neighborhood favorite among locals – and the perfect spot for a dinner out with friends sharing unique Japanese tapas.


Limon Rotisserie

Recommended by: Danielle Walker (Against All Grain)

This restaurant has it all: food, service and ambiance. Limon Rotisserie offers different types of Peruvian style dishes, like Yuca Fries and Empanadas. The décor, with its bright colors and Latin background music, also makes this spot a must-visit.


Little Star Pizza

Recommended by: Justine Ezarik (iJustine)

From deep dish to thin crust, Little Star elevates pizza to new heights. Their winning corn-meal crust goes great with their garlic bread, caprese salad or chicken wings – to be enjoyed while jamming to tunes on the jukebox at this lovable little pizza joint.


Pizzeria Delfina

Recommended by: Kimberley Hasselbrink (The Year in Food), Jane Larkworthy (Beauty Director, W Magazine), Stephanie March (Actress), Nate Appleman (Finalist, The Next Iron Chef)

The popping pizza place does Neapolitan inspired New York-style pies with local, seasonal ingredients. And catching the entrepreneurial fever of the Bay Area, the pizzeria has just partnered with an app that lets people live stream the length of the wait at either of their two locations.


Tartine Bakery

 Recommended by: Joe Campanale (Epicurean Management Company), Stephanie March (Actress), Katie Lee (Host, The Kitchen), Molly Sims (Model), Claus Meyer (Founder, The Meyer Group), Yousef Ghalaini (Chef, FIG)

At the always busy Tartine, baker Chad Robertson crafts artisanal loaves of country bread that have earned a cult following. Devotees of the city’s precious bakery also clamor for Tartine’s repertoire of pastries like their morning bun, to indulge in alongside a morning bowl of coffee.