The 10 Best Restaurants In The Inner Sunset, San Francisco

Megan Busch

Although it suffers from some of the worst weather in San Francisco, many San Franciscans agree that the Inner Sunset is their favorite neighborhood. Here are 10 of the most delicious restaurants in the area.

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Restaurant, Bar, Sushi

Koo, a sushi bar in the Inner Sunset, offers a relaxed and comfortable environment and a fantastic selection of sushi and grilled Asian-fusion twists. If you love to watch the action, choose a seat at the bar and watch the chefs build your sushi creations.

Wooly Pig Café

Cafe, Asian, American

Head to the Wooly Pig Café, only a half block from Golden Gate Park, for lunch. Here, enjoy a gourmet sandwich topped with braised caramel pork belly, cold cuts, or tuna and a variety of exotic cheeses and veggies. Complement your sandwich with a cup of soup and iced coffee. For breakfast, enjoy a specialty bagel with bacon or smoked salmon, or breakfast sandwich and a chai latte.


Bakery, Restaurant, Vegetarian

Arizmendi Bakery
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This cozy Persian restaurant offers an authentic taste of Persia in the City by the Bay. Lavash dishes are authentic to the region and culture. The menu offers combination arrangements of kabobs — including Shishlik, Joojeh, Koobideh, and fresh grilled vegetables — as well as many other traditional Persian dishes. These delicious kabobs are made from high-quality organic beef, chicken, or wild-caught salmon. Head to Lavash and try something new and delicious.

Arizmendi Bakery

Bakery, Pastries

Arizmendi Bakery is a worker-owned cooperative specializing in morning pastries, artisan breads, and gourmet pizza. Pop into this bakery and grab fresh baguettes, English muffins, focaccia, a variety of croissants, muffins, and cookies, and much more. There are a variety of specialty breads that vary by day. Arizmendi also offers gourmet pizzas, made with original, thin, organic, or sourdough crusts; whole-milk mozzarella cheese; and fresh seasonal, organic vegetables. The pizza option is different each day and is offered in slices or whole pies.

Art’s Café

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, American, Korean, BBQ

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This old-school diner with counter seats serves an eclectic combination of all-day breakfasts, American lunches, and Korean BBQ. Art’s Café prides itself on offering something for everyone, from pancakes, eggs, and crispy hash browns to a Korean Bibimbap bowl.


Restaurant, Mexican

Delve into Dumplings at King of Noodles
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Nopalito refers to a slice of nopal, or cactus leaf, that is used in Mexican cooking. This Mexican venue of the same name specializes in traditional and organic dishes, made from local and sustainable ingredients. The new Nopalito location in the Inner Sunset features specialties such as Mexican spiced hot chocolate, and sandwiches on fresh-baked torta bread. There are also traditional Mexican dishes like empanadas, mole, enchiladas, and tacos.


Restaurant, Japanese, Seafood

Nabe is a modern Japanese restaurant with communal tables for sharing cook-your-own nabemono (hot-pot) meals. Options include, Berkshire pork belly in a kimchi broth and seafood with dashi broth, which can then be personalized with a variety of add-ons, like clams, tofu, spinach, and udon noodles. Stop by Nabe and enjoy a delicious hot-pot meal on one of those blustery San Francisco nights.

New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Ethiopian, Vegan, Vegetarian

Marnee Thai
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New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar is a family-run restaurant and bar in the Inner Sunset that serves authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian dishes. These include healthy, tantalizing vegetarian and 100 percent vegan options, all in family-style portions. But don’t worry, meat lovers: New Eritrea also serves beef, lamb, and chicken entrees. Stop by New Eritrea Restaurant and try something new.

Marnee Thai

Restaurant, Thai

Since 1986, Marnee Thai has shared a taste of Thai cuisine and culture with its patrons. It specializes in Central Thai cuisine, home-style recipes, and regional specialties from the North and the South. Widely recognized in San Francisco, Marnee Thai has held a spot among the top five Bay Area Thai restaurants in the San Francisco Zagat Survey for 20 years. This fantastic restaurant offers a variety of noodle and rice dishes, Thai curries, recipes from the wok and more.

Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen

Restaurant, Asian

Lime Tree Southeast Asian Kitchen is a casual, Asian-fusion restaurant featuring plates that range from a Korean-style pork sandwich to Singaporean curry noodles. Other entrees include Nasi Goreng, Beef Rending, and Mie Tek-Tek. If you’re not sure what type of Asian food to try, head to Lime Tree and try several in one place.
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