Elephant Sushi serves up authentic Japanese cuisine in an intimate, ambient setting. The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s popular so come early to avoid waiting long for a seat. Customers rave about the build-your-own sashimi bowls, like the Spicy Trio sashimi bowl, featuring spicy tuna, spicy scallop, spicy salmon, and avocado. The restaurant’s ginger is fresh, delicious, and homemade. There are several other locations throughout the city, too, including Russian Hill and Tenderloin locations.
Fine & Rare
Fine & Rare is a clean and friendly American restaurant and wine bar offering up specialty seafood dishes. The small, rotating menu offers several meat options and a vegetarian option, in addition to a variety of sides and desserts. Some of its most acclaimed dishes include the Wild Caught Dungeness Crab, served with an heirloom tomato, snap peas, fennel, and a soft-boiled egg, and Mary’s Organic Smoked Chicken, served with applewood smoked bacon, pickled corn, an heirloom tomato, goat gouda cheese, and avocado. Fine & Rare also hosts a food truck location at San Francisco’s Off the Grid festival every Sunday in the Presidio.
Elmira Rosticceria is a friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant, taking pride in bringing ‘Italy’s old world soul to the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Civic Center.’ The menu consists of roast meats, seasonal salads, gourmet sandwiches, fresh pastas, house-made pastries, artisanal soups, and other daily specials, but the restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30AM to 3PM. For breakfast, enjoy a variety of options for quick bites or full meals, from the acai bowl to the eggs Florentine. At lunch, try the quinoa salad, the roasted eggplant salad, or one of the daily specials. Catering services are available, too.
Corridor Restaurant & Cafe
With a simple atmosphere and extraordinary service, Corridor has come to be a beloved place to eat in the Civic Center neighborhood. Corridor is host to two dining options – a restaurant and a cafe. The restaurant features two separate dining areas in the quiet mezzanine and the communal main floor and bar. Here, try the Crispy Falafel Croquettes, the English Pea Risotto, or the Meatloaf Wellington. The cafe is known for its incredible coffee, also serving morning meals and to-go lunches. We recommend you try the Chicken Artichoke Wrap, the Truffled Egg Salad, or the Corridor Savory Cruffin.
Soul Groove is a soul food restaurant serving breakfast and lunch on weekdays with a separate brunch menu on the weekend. The restaurant is famous for its Chicken Fried Soul Sandwich, a chicken and waffles sandwich with maple syrup infused into the waffles and a side of jalapeño cole slaw and spicy maple barbecue sauce. Meals can be paired with French press De La Paz coffee or a mimosa – with the option to go bottomless on the weekend – or you can mix it up with a mixture of half sweet tea and half lemonade.
Ananda Fuara is a vegetarian restaurant specializing in breakfast and brunch foods. A Sri Chinmoy divine enterprise, the restaurant stands on a foundation of spirituality, with a mission to ‘offer [its] customers delicious food that satisfies both inwardly and outwardly, combined with a peaceful atmosphere.’ For lunch, try the Neatloaf Sandwich with imitation meatloaf made from grains, eggs, ricotta cheese, and tofu, the Portabello Quesadilla, or the Roasted Vegetable Ravioli. For weekend brunch, try the Orange Blossom French Toast, the Gingerbread Pancakes, or the Teriyaki Mushroom Boca Burger.