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The Best Restaurants In San Francisco's Civic Center

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Updated: 9 February 2017
After a day of exploring City Hall and the rest of Downtown San Francisco, you might find yourself hungry in the Civic Center neighborhood. Satisfy your palate at one of our favorite restaurants. Featuring everything from sushi to soul food, this bustling neighborhood is sure to meet your needs.
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Elephant Sushi

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.

Elephant Sushi Golden Gate, 380 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

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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.

Fine & Rare, 555 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

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Elmira Rosticceria

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.

Elmira Rosticceria, 154 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA

Mac n cheese, porchetta sammie, Brussels sprouts. #Snack #ElmiraRosticceria #SFeats #MacNCheese

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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.

Corridor Restaurant & Cafe, 100 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA

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Soul Groove

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.

Soul Groove, 422 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

Good music, good food, and good waffle sandwiches. #SoulGrooveSF #Eat24

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Ananda Fuara

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.

Ananda Fuara, 1298 Market St, San Francisco, CA

Breaded vegan chicken nuggets served with homemade BBQ sauce.

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