Russian Hill is one of the more expensive neighborhoods of San Francisco
, but there are still some very affordable restaurants. From Spanish tapas to fancy Vietnamese food, the neighborhood has it all. Combine that with an excellent view over the city and a cozy atmosphere with our guide to the best, affordable restaurants in Russian Hill.
If you want to feel like you’re in Spain without leaving San Francisco then Zarzuela is the place to go. There’s tapas, sangria and paella, authentic Spanish atmosphere and you’ll return home a little drunk on Spanish hospitality. The food is affordable since the plates are meant to be shared; they have imported cured Serrano ham, but it’s the seafood paella that steals the show.
Zarzuela, 2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 346 0800
Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
Bar, Restaurant, Austrian, $$$
Leopold’s is a Bavarian style bar/restaurant. Waiters and waitresses wear raditional outfits and you can order a two-liter ‘boot’ draft beer. On those warm spring and summer evenings, you can also sit outside.
Leopold’s, 2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 474 2000
Everybody loves pizza, especially the pizza at Za. There are daily specials as well as classics, and vegetarian options too. This is an ideal venue for a quick, cheap, quality bite to eat. They also offer delivery in the Russian Hill and North Beach area.
Za, 1919 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 771 3100
Restaurant, Mediterranean, American, $$$
Frascati serves Mediterranean food with a Californian touch. The dishes are beautifully plated with strong, robust flavors and an excellent wine list complements the food. Their menu changes with the season to make sure you get the freshest, seasonal ingredients.
Frascati, 1901 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA, USA,+1 415 928 1406
The Italian HomeMade Company
Deli, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Head to Curry Leaf for great Indian and Pakistani food. The place is ‘Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB)’ and must-try dishes include the masala chai. It is self service but efficient and a perfect spot for a casual dinner. Complex flavors, huge servings and great food quality is what makes Curry Leaf grand. The palak paneer and samosas are delicious.
Curry Leaf, 943 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 440 4293