The Top 10 Restaurants In Lower Pacific Heights

Deviled egg at Octavia
Deviled egg at Octavia | Courtesy of Aubrie Prick Photography
Photo of Adriana Jones
9 February 2017

In an area bubbling with Michelin star winners and local favorites, it can be hard to make a decision, or to find some of the tucked away restaurants. With a variety of cuisines, this list will help you figure out the best restaurant according to your taste and wallet in San Francisco‘s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar, San Francisco
Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar, San Francisco | Courtesy of Terzo
If you’re looking for a new sushi spot, Tataki offers beautifully plated and sustainably sourced sushi that is sure to exceed your expectations. The small location can fill up quickly, but if you go early (and during happy hour) you will most likely get seated in under 15 minutes and you will also get a screaming deal on your sushi. Tataki has various options for sushi of all sorts and udon noodle soup, so it won’t be hard to find something to your liking.

Glaze Teriyaki Grill

Restaurant, Japanese
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With locations in multiple large hubs around the country, Glaze Teriyaki Grill is a great place to stop in for a quick yet delicious meal. The teriyaki bowls are made to order, which allows you to choose your protein, rice, and dressing, as well as add on extras that you desire. The atmosphere of the restaurant is always welcoming, and you can watch your food being cooked if you wish.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Courtesy of SPQR
Courtesy of SPQR | © Ed Anderson.
Named after the emblem of the Roman Empire, SPQR serves fine Italian food in a formal atmosphere. It has won a Michelin star every year since 2013 and is a highly reputable establishment, this place certainly won’t be letting you down on the food front in any way. Not only is the food amazing, but the sommelier, Shelley Lindgren, travels to Italy several times a year to find new wines to serve, so be sure to check out their list.

Woodhouse Fish

Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
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Lobster Role from Woodhouse Fish Co.
Lobster Role from Woodhouse Fish Co. | © Neil Conway/Flickr
This quaint, nautically themed restaurant serves entirely seafood menu, so if you are missing East Coast vibes and food, try Woodhouse Fish out. From crab cakes to lobster rolls and cioppino, there are a multitude of fabulous options for your meal, as well as some great dessert options. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so if you are looking to seat a larger group you may be in for a longer wait, but it’s well worth it.

Jitlada Thai

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Jitlada Thai Cuisine
Jitlada Thai Cuisine | © TheDeliciousLife/Flickr
The owner and head chef of Jitlada, Chef Pai, has built her restaurant from the ground up. She shops for all of her own ingredients and learned to cook in Thailand as a young girl, and the difference that makes in her cuisine is above and beyond. From traditional plates such as pad thai to an aptly named spicy curry dish called Evil Princess; there is plenty to delight your palate and senses at Jitlada.


Restaurant, American, $$$
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Deviled egg at Octavia
Deviled egg at Octavia | Courtesy of Aubrie Prick Photography
Head chef Melissa Perello of Octavia is committed to creating sustainable meals that evoke delectable tastes and flavors. The restaurant won its first Michelin star within a year of opening. From elegant entreés to delicious desserts, there are plenty of treasures at Octavia. Reservations can be made online, and make sure to check the website as they are closed on some holidays.


Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Pa'ina Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco
Pa'ina Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco | Courtesy of Pa'ina Poke
Not only does Pa’ina serve killer Hawaiian food, it also hosts various events including Warrior game showings as well as 25-cent wings on Wednesdays. They have a poke bar from which you can choose different dressing options for the ahi tuna they serve, and their extensive menu also features salads and entreés such as kimchee fried rice and loco moco. The restaurant also has a painting club that meets various days during the week.

Presidio Pizza Company

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Italian
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For something more casual than the typical Lower Pacific Heights restaurants, but equally appetizing, try the Presidio Pizza Company. A great place to stop in for a quick bite, this restaurant features various kinds of pizzas as well as calzones, sandwiches, and salads. They also carry various desserts, including some killer cannoli that can’t be missed, and they offer delivery too.

Bistro SF Grill

Bistro, Restaurant, European, American, $$$
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A great place to dine in San Francisco, the Bistro SF Grill carries out-of-the-ordinary items that are both wild and delicious. Their menu includes typical choices such as traditional beef burger with various condiments, but it also includes alligator burger, a boar burger, a bison burger, and a couple of vegan burger options. For those who are adventurous or seeking out a new and phenomenal burger spot, Bistro SF is the place to go.