San Francisco

Whether you go to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, or further afield to Napa Valley, San Francisco is a foodie paradise. The City by the Bay is a culinary hot spot filled with various cultures and cuisines. In fact, it has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in the country — so there’s no way I’d be able to list all of the best places. The following is a list compiled from various online resources (written within the last year) and my own personal experiences.

Photo at Boudin Bakery by @food.explaura

Classic Comforts

Burritos on Mission Street

The “Mission Burrito” is local creation that became popular in the 1960s. This massive burrito begins with a large, steamed flour tortilla that is stuffed with rice, beans, and other ingredients. Some favorite locations include La Taqueria, El Farolito, and Pancho Villa Taqueria.

Chowder in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

The city’s sourdough dates back to the Gold Rush era of the 1800s. Boudin Bakery offers San Francisco’s most famous bowl, but you can find a great chowder throughout Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.

Cioppino

Another dish that originated in San Francisco, Cioppino is an Italian-American tomato broth served with a bounty of seafood. A few fan favorites are Sotto Mare, Anchor Oyster Bar, California’s oldest restaurant, Tadich Grill, and (of course) Cioppino’s.

Modern Fine Dining

Photo at Coi Restaurant by @Howard_ko

Coi

Erik Anderson is the technique-driven chef of this modern restaurant between North Beach and the Financial District. Coi offers one tasting menu daily that starts at $250. They also have an impressive wine list with optional pairings. You can visit the restaurant Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Atelier Crenn

Celebrity Chef Dominique Crenn was the first female chef to be awarded 2 Michelin stars. Her restaurant, Atelier Crenn, is also open Tuesday through Saturday but from 5 PM to 9 PM. There are only eight tables and the tastings begin at $335.

Benu

Chef Corey Lee provides a renowned 8-course tasting menu ($295 per person) at his restaurant, Benu, located in the South of Market district. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, this 3-star Michelin restaurant offers Asian cuisine utilizing sophisticated French technique.

Photo courtesy of @thebearandmonarch

So, we went from a casual bread bowl to an extravagant multi-course tasting. The best thing about San Francisco is that it has everything in between and plenty of it. If you’re looking for a more approachable experience that’s still eye-catching and local, consider our new restaurant The Bear & Monarch. Our Executive Chef Howard Ko has an impressive pedigree of fine training and if you stay at Loews Regency San Francisco, you won’t even have to leave your hotel.

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