Hayes Valley is one of the nicest parts of San Francisco, bustling with beautiful art and independent shops. It is also home to some of the best restaurants in San Francisco. From carnival-themed restaurants to delicious burgers next to motels, check out some of the best places to eat in Hayes Valley.
Souvla |© Kassie Borreson
Restaurant, Greek, $$$
There is nothing better than a good burger and fries. Rickybobby is the best place to get a big, juicy burger with some tasty fries. The simplicity of their restaurant gives the feeling of a backyard barbecue. Be sure to order the bacon burger and pork fries. Heads up though, they are closed Sundays and Mondays.
400 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 963 1713
Waffle Burger | © Ruocaled/Flickr
Restaurant, American, $$$
On the outside, Straw looks like just another restaurant in Hayes Valley, but it’s anything but ordinary when you walk inside. The first thing you’ll notice is that on the wall it says, ‘Cotton Candy Clouds, Moonshine Nights, Ferris Wheel Nights.’ This carnival-themed restaurant has the one of the most creative menus in San Francisco. From waffle burgers to crackerjack shrimp, prepare to be impressed with their genius menu.
203 Octavia Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 431 3663
Pastrami Sandwich | © wEnDy/Flickr
Sandwich Shop, Fast Food
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? Lunchpad offers a variety of sandwiches, all of which have unique names. The most popular sandwich is The Turkey Drizzle, stuffed with turkey, bacon, swiss, pesto, and so much more. Every sandwich comes with chips and pickles. If you’re not feeling like a sandwich, they offer to make all their sandwiches into salads.
581 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 522 6647
Zuni Cafe | © DaseInDesign/Flickr
Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
Save this place for a Saturday night date. It’s expensive but also high-class. We’re talking full bar, piano player, and white cloth with wine on the table. The environment alone is worth the money, including the stunning zinc bar but thankfully the food is delicious as well. Zuni Cafe offers a wide range of entrees and desserts, the most popular being the roasted chicken, which can easily be shared by two people. They are closed on Mondays, plan accordingly.
1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 552 2522
Biergarten | © Tim Riley/Flickr
Pub, Restaurant, German, $$$
If you’re ever in Hayes Valley and it’s a beautiful day out, chances are you’re not going to want to be seated inside. Biergarten is where to head on a beautiful day. Located right next to Patricia’s Green, this German-themed pub is all patio. This place is known for their beer, but they still offer plenty of food. Some of their most popular items are the pretzels and pork belly sliders. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you’re going on the weekend, get there early because their seating is limited.
424 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 252 9289
Burger | © Christina Kadluba/Flickr
Yes, this place is attached to a motel, but looks can be deceiving. The inside doesn’t offer much of a welcoming environment, and there are around 10 tables. But we’re looking for a place to get some amazing food, not a place to sit down and look at silverware. Double Decker is a hole in the wall that has one of the best burgers in San Francisco. If you’re looking for an incredible burger without having to break the bank, this is the place for you. Swing by for their happy hour, which is Monday through Friday 3-6 pm.
465 Grove St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 552 8042
Patxi’s Chicago Pizza | © Kennejima/ flickr
Restaurant, American, $$$
Stacks is the best place to go if breakfast is the goal. They open at 7 am but tend to get busy quickly, especially on the weekends. They offer free coffee for those who have to wait. What to order? Definitely the Banana Macadamia Nut & Coconut Pancakes, they’re made to perfection and will have anyone licking their plate for every last morsel. They also have good Bloody Marys with a bacon garnish. This restaurant provides a high-class ambiance while also making you feel like you’re eating a nice home-cooked meal.
501 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 241 9011
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
CALA opened three months ago and is already a huge hit in Hayes Valley. This high-end Mexican restaurant enhances every dish with outstanding presentation. The most popular items on the menu are the trout tostada, sopes and sweet potatoes. This restaurant is a little expensive, but when you’re craving quality Mexican food, money ceases to be a factor.
149 Fell St, San Francisco, CA, USA (415) 660-7701