in the Mission District
The SF Mission District contains everybody's favorite form of diversity: a wide variety of cuisines for reasonable prices, in fact no Bay Area City or SF neighborhood has more Zagat rated eateries (58). We are also well appreciated for our theatres and nightspots. This is also a foodie zone with some of the best dining experiences in one of the greatest restaurant Cities the world has ever produced. A subject viewed with much anticipation as the first ever Michelin restaurant guide is prepared for 2007 publication. We gave up trying to pare this list to 100, it tops 130 with another 10+ listed for historic reasons or singular reviews.
Hipsters Seize the Day"
The rise of the
well funded San Francisco based start up with a better model for
user generated content, has much to say about Mission eateries.
We wish them much success in taking on behemoth citysearch as they
ramp up from their impressive beginnings hereabouts. We liked how
they chose to be photographed on 16th St just a few steps from the
birthplace of the bay area in their
sfgate feature [19JUN2006]
|Valencia & 16th St || ||PARKING(within 2 blocks)|
Alhamra Indian/Pakistanis 3083 16th Street (at Valencia) (415) 621-3935 delivery Unassuming but good Pakistanis cuisine. Try the pakora (vegetable fritters). and fresh naan bread stuffed with onion and potato Try the Chicken Boti Tikka it's great. There is a really neat mural on the wall that has about a million stories to make up. An important note: you can bring your own beverage
3091 16th St (at Valencia), (415) 431-4232 Salvadorean
means papusas are on the menu W
refuge from Valencia's freak show finds Latino families (and a handful of
gringos) enjoying El Salvador's savory, straightforward fare, along with
standard Mexican menu items
food is inexpensive, the portions large, and the employees nice &
(Spanish) 3120 16th (btwn Valencia & Guerrero) 415-431-4089 rarely
will there be a wait if your trying to catch a show nearby
Sangria, Tortilla De Patata and
Patatas bravas and Grilled Calamari they just go in perfect harmony with the
cool settings of Picaro in the Middle of Mission.
Andalu 3198 16th St (@Guerrero) (415 621-2211 Eclectic Latino and Asian combinations. Tapas Z $$ ...CitySearch multiple winner ..."after eating at Andalu I feel like celebrating." -- Michael Bauer [top 100 sfgate] Valet Parking
Elephant Bleu Vietnamese 3232 16th St. (at Guerrero), S.F. (415) 553-6062. Takeout available. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight. No Credit or Reservations Elephant Bleu is a star among the other Asian offerings in the Mission...best Vietnamese food in the city for sure...Thuy is always quick with the tea and appetizers. It's like having my own Vietnamese mom
Il Cantuccio($) 3228 16th Street San Francisco,CA94103 cantucciosf.com (415) 861-3899 all about fresh pasta. Three kinds of remarkable housemade ravioli are offered: spinach, pumpkin, and crab--all are delicious CitySearch 2003 Audience Winner charming, intimate, has a wonderful menu, good wines...the homemade gnocci and ravioli are a must... One of the nicest wait staff in the city as well!"
Window "southeast asia cuisine" thewindowrestaurant.com 211 valenica street, [btwn Dubuce & 14th St] 415 626 7750 sfCityEats review Jan06 the new neighborhood gem. before it was pretty routine chinese food, but now it's kind of pan-asian, offering spring rolls, pad thai, and vietnamese crepes along with an updated chinese menu
Pizza Pie Italian
260 Valencia St. $$ (between 14th and Duboce)
[since 1985] Pizza doesn’t get any better than this...
Pauline’s famous for her great organic salads and desserts, including
been pleasing the hard to please gourmet pizza people
longer than anyone else in the Mission. G!!
Top 100 Restaurants 2006
MI LINDO Yucatan
401 valencia street
Ramblas Tapas Bar Spanish Tapas 557
Valencia St. (bet. 16th & 17th Sts.) 415-565-0207
Sister restaurant of the Thirsty Beer micro-brewery in SOMA ramblas-happy-hour by sfcityeats.blogspot.com
sangria (sooo tasty, with lots of good fruits in it! melon and
pineapple, in addition to the usual sour apples and oranges...a fun
place to gather and celebrate...Perfect if you want to feel hip and
Sunflower. Vietnamese 506 Valencia (at 16th St.), S.F. (415) 626-5023. Daily, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. two different locations on the same block with same kitchen B an appeal all its own, a comfortable blend of tropical authenticity and California modishness, along with a solid, reasonably priced menu of dishes (P.R. Nov.'98) a whole variety of sauces to dip your things into...enjoy the spring rolls, you will love the Viet crepe, and the lemon grass tofu is amazing...service I receive here is always fabulous...reasonable
Limon (Peruvian) 524 Valencia St. (near 16th Street) limon-sf.com 415-252-0918 Excellent seviche and other seafood dishes. Martin Castillo moved to this much larger location in 2005 and continues to pack the place with pleased patrons. Top 100 Restaurants 2006 $$$ enjoyed the ceviche, papas a la huancaina, tartara de atun, lomo saltado and lucuma ice cream.
We Be Sushi Japanese 538 Valencia Street (415) 565-0749 Good selection of vegetarian sushi options and appetizers. Better ambience than you'd expect for such reasonable prices
Puerto Alegre Mexican 546 Valencia (at 16th St), (415)626-2922 W "Cheap, Strong, Kickin' Margaritas + Shrimp and Avocado Quesadilla = Perfect ...the food was massive, cheap and delicious ....place is turning so f**king hipster I can't even tell you
yum yum house
581 Valencia street
[nr 17th St.] 415 861 8698
sf cityEats review Aug05
lunch specials are quite the deal (about
5-6$)...relieved to discover a Chinese restaurant in my neighborhood
that didn't also serve hamburgers and/or doughnuts ...A very excellent
little Chinese place in the mission
Walzwerk German 381 South Van Ness (at 15th St), 551-7181 BG!!W evoke East Germany at this friendly, cozy, minimalist spot. The main courses are cozy and filling. Marinated beef ($14.50) has that lovely rich mix of sweet, sour and savory that makes Eastern European food so distinctive. Amanda Berne for sfgate April-2005
Woodward's Garden (new American) 1700 Mission St (at Duboce) woodwardsgarden.com 415-621-7122 "wonderful for a romantic meal" presided over by dutiful service"Z $$$ menu is simple but inventive, and the staff knows how to recommend a wine to match with your meal.
Eclectic / Int'l,
Specialties: Small Plates 1710 Mission St.
17th to 19th & West of Mission to Dolores
18th & Guerrero
Yamo Thai Kitchen Burmese 3406 18th St.(between Mission and Valencia) (415) 553-8911 3rd & latest incarnation of Yamo is *not* a Thai restaurant at all, it's Burmese Prices are low ($5.25), which is appropriate for a tiny hole in the wall like this, but still appreciated. The new owners (Burmese ladies + daughter) are friendly and helpful,
Balompie Cafe Salvadoran 3349 18th Street (at So.Van Ness) Papusas are a stand-out here with a large variety of ingredients. They make them to order and grill instead of fry them... Order a side of plantains and sour cream, and one of their delicious aguas frescas, sit back and watch the futbol game and loosen your belt
Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant 2154 Mission St (415) 864-1888 "Best sushi in the Mission. The decor is pretty spartan, but the fish is excellent. Very consistent in quality, a good place for experimenting with new flavors. My only quibble is that the rolls are a bit too big to comfortably eat in a single bite.
Palacio Latino. Guatemalan and Salvadoran 2240 Mission (at 18th St.), S.F. (415) 626-4879. to 8:30 p.m. Credit B sept-98 DL
Little Baobab 3388 19th Street [at Mission] (415) 643-3558 $ SW B Nicely presented smallish portions of real good food, friendly service, and excellent atmosphere... "you'll love their cheap, stiff drinks which are unlike any I've had elsewhere ...Fun restaurant and sometimes good food. I found the service to be so-so while the meat can be on the dry side. The appetizers were great and so was the seafood."
Dolores Park Cafe
501 Dolores St @ 18th
doloresparkcafe.org (415) 621-2936
A clean, welcoming coffeehouse and lunch spot with big windows and outdoor dining area offering pretty views of Dolores Park and Mission High. Mural on the front dates from days when Debra Santana ran the place for many years
3639 18th St.
since 1940 its been run by Sam Mogannam's family. Large
assortment of ready to eat foods expertly prepared. Take your delicacies
to nearby Dolores Park
Pizzeria Delfina 3611 18th St.(Guerrero St.) 415-437-6800
Platanos (Central and South American) 298 Guerrero (@18th St) Potpouri menu of dishes from throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas. Ceviche, chile relleno, and plantains to name a few. W $$ Valet Parking
Tartine Bakery (French Bakery/Cafe) 600 Guerrero (at 18th) 415-487-2600 sweet and savory baked good" "done to perfection" "not enough seats and "slow moving line" Z ... "the best bakery-cafe in the Bay Area. Since they opened it in June 2002, husband-and-wife team Chad Roberson and Elisabeth Prueitt have set new standards ---Top 100 Restaurants 2006
|Mission - NorthEast||Reviewers || |||
Izakaya 1779 Folsom St.
(14th St.) nihon-sf.com 415-552-4400
"I felt like I walked onto one of the sets of Charlie's Angels (Diaz / Liu / Barrymore generation), but in a very intimate, highly stylized, non-cheeseball sort of way....the rolls are artistically presented and bite size, requiring no heimlich maneuvers nor storing a la hamster cheeks. They're the perfect balance of crunch and gooey-ness. I don't presume to know the first thing about whiskey/whisky, but the lychee mermaid was delicious Irene S.
14th St Cross Street: Folsom Street
Slow Club eclectic and tapas-heavy, 2501 Mariposa, (at Hampshire) (415) 241-9390 [since 1991] WSC Top 100 Restaurants 2006 It would be easier to find this place if the reviewers would not call this location Potrero Hill or Soma.
Circolo Asian,Nuevo Latino 500 Florida St.(Mariposa St.) circolosf.com 415-553-8560 full bar, open late, catering, good for groups, private rooms. Excellent food in a dramatic space. Easy parking near Theatre Artaud
2814 19th St(between Bryant and Harrison)
universalcafe.net (415) 821-4608 SCW
|Market St & 101 between Dolores & So. Van Ness|
Sushi Zone Japanese 1815 Market Street (415) 621-1114 atmosphere is relaxed, and the room is ridiculously small...."I think I have to knock a star off all my other sushi reviews after eating at Sushi Zone...expect to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours
Yum Gourmet Grocery Store Italian 1750 Market Street (415) 626-9866 more like a gourmet food museum than a grocery store
1815 Market St.
One of the Mission's great bargain bites moved on in June 0f 2006 when Saigon Saigon at Valencia & 22nd shut down. Here's where we keep tabs on this
& 16th || Northwest
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17 to 21st ||Valencia & 22nd ||24th
St ||24th & Mission BART || Mid-Market
Bernal Heights also 94110 ||bernal/Mission ||Bernal/Cortland ||Bayshore ||Noteworthy ||Reviewers
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