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The Best Filipino Restaurants in San Francisco

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V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi
Northern California Writer
Updated: 27 June 2017

Filipino fare is in the middle of a renaissance. This Asian food with Spanish influences is a fresh discovery in the culinary sea of tried-and-true Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines. Filipinos are the second largest population of Asians in the United States, and the largest in California, so it’s only natural that Pinoy cuisine should enter the spotlight. So, where can you try out Filipino food in San Francisco? Check out the following eateries offering your food fix from the Philippines.

 

Manila Bowl

Located at the Twitter headquarters on Market Street, Manila Bowl allows you to craft your perfect Filipino bowl. Rice or healthier options, such as salad and quinoa, serve as the base. The culinary team then adds traditional Filipino food, such as chicken adobo or lechon porchetta, along with unlimited toppings and sauce on the side. Vegetarian options, such as veggie lumpia or tofu inasal, are also available.

Palabok Tuesday @manilabowl #manilabowl #manilabowlsf #marketsf #twitterbuilding #sf #bowllife

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat :
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$$
Tselogs

Tselogs, which has three locations in the Bay Area (SF, Daly City, and Colma), wants to bring Filipino comfort food to the mainstream. Some of these dishes include pancit bihon (rice noodles stir fried with meat and vegetables), maja blanca (coconut pudding) pie, and, of course, lumpia Shanghai.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Budget
$
AJ’s BBQ and Cafe

Right across the street from the Balboa BART station is this casual eatery. AJ’s serves traditional Filipino food such as adobo, lumpia, and pinakbet (mixed vegetables, sometimes with pork, steamed or cooked in fish or shrimp sauce), but it also has an American menu with classic items such as cheeseburgers, bagels, and popcorn chicken.

I'll be taking one of everything you got. @ajsbbqandcafe #eatlocal #supportlocal #filipinofoodmovement @katreyes03

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat :
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$
Kusina Ni Tess

Casual eatery Kusina Ni Tess (Tess’ Kitchen) serves authentic Filipino food from the town of Bulacan. They aim to make food reminiscent of home cooking by Lola (grandma), with dishes such as squid adobo, pork lumpia, and chicken with coconut milk.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat :
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Budget
$
Pampanguena Cuisine

Calling itself the “home of Filipino barbecue and sisig,” Pampanguena Cuisine has a menu that doesn’t disappoint, in terms of variety. There are a ton of options, from lechon kawali (crispy, deep-fried pork) and kare-kare (a traditional oxtail stew in a peanut-based sauce) to ginata-ang hipon (shrimp with coconut milk, jalapeño, and spinach).

Also had Sisig Baboy - Marinated and Grilled Pork topped with Jalepeno and Onion @pampcuisinesf #sanfrancisco #filipino #sisig

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Tue - Thu :
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun :
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Budget
$$
FOB Kitchen

This Filipino kitchen in The Mission, run by first-generation Filipino Americans, is bringing Pinoy classics to the Gashead Tavern five days a week. Nosh on some longanisa (house-made sweet garlic pork sausage, served with garlic rice and a sunny-side-up egg) or a plate of daing (fried whole Idaho red trout marinated in garlic and vinegar).

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed - Fri :
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat :
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun :
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Budget
$$
Superstar Restaurant

Superstar may not be the most glamorous of establishments, but what it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in good, inexpensive Filipino food. Meals are priced from $3.50 to $5.99, with sides as little as 50 cents.

Hole in the wall goodness #bansilog #filipinobreakfast #superstarrestaurant #excelsior

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Budget
$
Señor Sisig

This Filipino fusion food truck makes its way around the Bay Area, serving an updated version of sisig, using pork shoulder, chicken, or tofu. The culinary team uses it to make a variety of portable options, including tacos, burritos, salads, fries, and nachos. It’s like the lovechild of a Filipino eatery and a taqueria.

Opening Hours
Mon - Tue :
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue :
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed :
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu :
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri :
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Budget
$
Malasa

If you’re craving Filipino food on the weekends, head over to Malasa at Crawstation. The pop-up serves traditional Pinoy breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and it has a 4.5-star rating on Yelp. After all, malasa does mean “tasty” in Tagalog.

Opening Hours
Sat - Sun :
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Budget
$$
JT Restaurant

Don’t expect glamorous décor at JT, but do expect delicious food. The SoMa locale serves a mean chicken adobo, as well as a tasty sinigang (Filipino soup or stew).

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Budget
$