On the edge of USF’s lower campus is Bistro Gambrinus, an Eastern European restaurant and bar, serving American classics and modern Russian and German cuisine. The casual, European bistro takes reservations if the party is five or more people, otherwise, feel free to walk right in to be seated. The bar was named after Gambrinus, the patron of beer, brewing, and joviality. Needless to say, the restaurant, named after this European hero, offers a wide range of draft and bottled beers.
Bistro Gambrinus, 1813 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 221 7777
The Pig And Whistle Bar And Restaurant
For a pub atmosphere around USF, look no further than The Pig and Whistle Bar and Restaurant located behind the Lone Mountain campus on Geary Street. Since 1991, this little joint has been serving delicious pub food and a variety of draft beers all in a comfortable setting with soccer playing on the televisions. The British pub’s menu includes classic English dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and Cornish pasties. If that’s not enough to get you to the front door, the Pig and Whistle hosts a trivia night on Wednesdays with great deals.
Velo Rouge Café
The local café near USF is Velo Rouge Café, only two blocks away from lower campus. Breakfast is served at Velo Rouge until 4:30pm, so stop by for one of their delicious breakfast burritos. The café also offers a cozy atmosphere for coffee or sandwiches during lunch. It’s also the perfect rest stop for bicyclists or bicycle enthusiasts because of the café’s fun décor and seating.
Velo Rouge Café, 798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 752 7799
Papalote Mexican Grill
Papalote Mexican Grill is the go-to Mexican taqueria in the Lone Mountain and NOPA districts, which includes USF students just down the block. The food is filled with fat-free ingredients, and Papalote also makes an infamous salsa which customers can purchase with chips or even by the jar.
Papalote Mexican Grill, 1777 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 776 0106
Barrel Head Brewhouse
Located next door to Papalote Mexican Grill is Barrel Head Brewhouse. With a modern industrial setting, the Barrel Head Brewhouse is a cool new space to grab some food, a cocktail, or choose from over 40 beers they offer on tap, including their own house brews. Enjoy some of the tasty comfort foods served in the two-story bar such as salads, sandwiches, burgers, and other large plates. Brunch is also available on both Saturday and Sunday, when customers can enjoy bottomless mimosas.
Barrel Head Brewhouse, 1785 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 416 6989
Hong Kong Lounge II
Hong Kong Lounge II is named as such because it is literally the second Hong Kong Lounge restaurant in the Richmond District. Serving classic dim sum and traditional Chinese small plates, entrees, and noodle dishes, Hong Kong Lounge II is the best restaurant for Asian cuisine around USF. The restaurant makes an excellent causal atmosphere to meet up with a group of friends or family for lunch.
Hong Kong Lounge II, 3300 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 668 8802
Open only for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, Chapeau! is an elegant French bistro that serves classic French menu items and delectable wines in an intimate and comfortable setting. In fact, the setting is so inviting that the chef will often come out to greet his customers. Although Chapeau! is upscale, the restaurant still has a more casual atmosphere, providing customers with a fine-dining experience while also feeling at ease with their loved ones across the table.
Chapeau!, 126 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 387 0408
For a great price on tasty Middle Eastern cuisine, try Jannah, located on the edge of NOPA. Even though the interior is decorated exquisitely with linen table cloths and a painted sky ceiling, items on the menu are still excellently priced. Jannah also serves both popular and new Middle Eastern dishes such as kuzi and falafel pizza.
Jannah, 1775 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 567 4400
Hurry up and get to Burma Superstar as soon as it opens (5pm for dinner), because the line starts early to get into this Burmese restaurant. If you live in the area and don’t want to rush, just order some food for pick up. If not, enjoy the simple setting inside Burma Superstar with an extensive menu that includes salads, soups, meat and seafood dishes, noodles and rice dishes, and more. Burma Superstar opened in San Francisco in 1992 and, due to its overwhelming success, two more locations were opened in the Bay Area.
Burma Superstar, 309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 387 2147
Green Chile Kitchen
Green Chile Kitchen is a New Mexican restaurant with dishes such as green chilli stew, tamales, breakfast burritos, pies, gluten-free options, and more. The green chilli flavor is of high importance in New Mexico and is considered to be a superfood to some, it contains more vitamin C than citrus fruit and is ready for picking before the red chilli. Green Chile Kitchen incorporates this delicious flavor in many of their menu items.
Green Chile Kitchen, 1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 440 9412