North Beach / Fisherman’s Wharf


  • Asian Fusion – $$
  • 2 Locations: Marina and North Beach
  • Must Order:
    • Chicken Chow Mein
    • Fried Rice
  • Best For: Boozy Brunch, Casual Lunch/Dinner, Group, Fun Meal
  • Great brunch deal on the weekends: $37 for all you can eat all you can drink. The food here is really good too.
  • They take reservations for any size party for brunch, for a dinner reservation- party must be 6+
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Don Pisto’s – YAAS (8.5)

  • Fun Mexican – $$
  • Must Order:
    • Mexican Sashimi
    • Pork Chop
  • Best For: Mexican, Lunch, Dinner, Groups, Bottomless Brunch
  • Don Pisto’s is my favorite spot for a boozy brunch in San Francisco. Deal: Bottomless Sangria, Margaritas, or Aqua Fresca Mimosa’s for 90 minutes for $19. Why this place is the best? Bottomless margaritas. I have yet to find another place in San Francisco who also has bottomless margaritas. Enough said. The food is also really good. Also they are very quick about filling up your glass.They also have really good food if you want to come for dinner!
  • Make a reservation, you can walk in but there will probably be a wait. This place is best for groups of 8 or smaller. If you have a large group there is a back room and they will do a prix fix menu for you.
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  • Intimate, Traditional Italian – $$
  • Must Order:
    • Prosciutto Wrapped Pear Appetizer
  • Cozy spot in the heart of North Beach. Only open for dinner. I keep seeing this place come up regarding how good their food is, want to come here for a causal but nice dinner, looks comparable to Trattoria Contadina.
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Park Tavern

  • Nice American – $$$
  • Must Order:
    • Deviled Eggs
    • Brussels Spout Chips
    • Birthday Cake Desert
  • Best For: Nice Brunch/Dinner, Parent Dinner, Date, Groups
  • This place looks SO good. I have been trying to make it here for a while for a nice brunch one weekend. I will report back.
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  • Hole in the wall Seafood/Italian – $$
  • Must Order:
    • Seafood Risotto
    • Clam Chowder
    • Cioppino
  • Best For: Casual Lunch/Dinner, Italian, care more about food > ambiance
  • This is a family run spot, tiny restaurant, and the thought is not put into the decor, but the food itself  and the seafood here is AMAZING. Seriously probably the best seafood risotto I’ve ever had, of course I had them put a lot of Parmesan on top, but that is just because I don’t understand what Italian food is if it is not smothered in Parm. There will probably be a 30 minute wait for a table, but walk down the street and grab a drink at one of the many bars.
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  • Upscale Asian Fusion – $$$
  • Must Order:
    • Grilled Seabass
    • Fried Salmon Rolls
    • Wasabi Noodles
  • Best For: Nice Lunch/Dinner, Date, Parent Meal, Trendy
  • Make a reservation for this restaurant! This place is tiny, I wouldn’t recommend walking in. Everything is really good, the dishes are all delish. Get a few things to share!
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  • Traditional Seafood Italian – $$$
  • Must Order:
    • Lobster Bisque
    • Seafood Risotto
  • Best For: Nice Dinner, Classic Meal, On the Water, Italian, Parent Meal
  • Scoma’s has been around for a long time, it is an SF classic. It’s located right on the water down a back alley of Fisherman’s Wharf. This place is family- run, and everything from the staff, to the decor, to the traditional menu makes you feel at home.
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  • Casual, Trendy Mexican – $$
  • 3 Locations:
    • Marina, North Beach, Mission
  • Must Order:
    • QUESO (must order)
    • Tacos – all except the cod
  • Best For: Casual Lunch/Dinner, Fun Meal, No Reservations, Taco Tuesday, Mexican
  • Tacolicious is a fun spot to grab a few tacos and a margarita with some friends. Casual atmosphere- they don’t take reservations but you can call ahead to put your name on the list.
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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana – YAAAS (9.1)

  • Casual Pizza – $$
  • Must Order:
    • Margarita Pizza
    • Meatballs
  • Best For: Casual Lunch/Dinner, Pizza, Hotspot
  • Incredibly famous/popular pizza place in North Beach…and for good reason. Their most famous pizza is the Margarita, and they only make 73 pizzas a day…why you so exclusive Tony? Even if you don’t make it in time for an exclusive Margarita, the rest of their pizzas are just as amazing.
  • No reservations, so there will always be a wait – unless it’s lunch on a weekday. Bar area is open seating. Can order for pick up and they do delivery through caviar!
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  • Neighborhood Italian – $$
  • Must Order:
    • Meatballs
    • Great Cheese Plate
    • Gnocchi!!
    • Chicken Ravioli
    • Pavarotti
  • Best For: Classic Meal, Italian, Romantic Dinner, Groups
  • Trattoria Contadina is an Italian dinner for when you want some bomb pasta, but you are not trying to Instagram it. This place is a gem. Come here for amazing pasta and a relaxed ambiance, where the staff and waiters make you feel at home. Get the Gnocchi.
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