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The Top 10 Places To Eat In North Beach, San Francisco
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The Top 10 Places To Eat In North Beach, San Francisco

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Updated: 24 November 2016
If you’re looking for restaurants and brunch places in San Francisco, look no further than North Beach. A San Francisco neighborhood rich with history, you’ll find an abundance of different dining choices that will satisfy your appetite and make for amazing experiences as well. Here are just 10 of the many great places to eat in North Beach.
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The House

At The House, located on Grant Street, you’ll be greeted by a comfortable atmosphere and meal at this restaurant that specializes in Asian-fusion dishes. For a main entrée you can choose from the many dishes included on the menu, including: deep-fried salmon rolls, warm wasabi noodles, or even some oysters on the half shell. For dessert, one of The House’s specialties is the coconut crème brûlée which will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. To top it off, The House specializes in wonderful teas including jasmine pearl and even green rice flower tea.

The House, 1230 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 (415) 986 8612

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North Beach Restaurant

North Beach Restaurant serves Tuscan-style Italian meals for the whole family to enjoy. As an appetizer you can enjoy one of their house specialties, their renowned cured prosciutto and melon. For your main, there are several house specials to choose from including their spaghetti carbonara, chicken al mattone, and even a filet of lamb all bruno with barolo sauce. For dessert, enjoy some homemade cannoli.

North Beach Restaurant, 1512 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 392 1700

Sushi On North Beach

If you’re in the mood for Japanese food be sure to try Sushi on North Beach, a beautiful restaurant specializing in small-plate eating. Some entrées you can choose from include chewan sushi (steamed egg with seafood), beef tongues, and even rice cake sushi. Additional dinner options include noodles and curries.

Sushi On North Beach, 745 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 788 8050

Pizzelle di North Beach

For a casual dining experience in North Beach look no further than this restaurant specializing in pizza and pasta takeout. What truly sets apart Pizzelli di North Beach are its specialty pizzas, both affordable and delicious, including their Pizzelle Special Pizza (sausage, salami, and pesto). Other options include chicken marsala, Philly cheesesteaks, and even pasta frutti di mare, a salmon and calamari dish served with fresh pasta.

Pizzelle di North Beach, 314 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 398-3555

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Don Pisto’s

Don Pisto’s specializes in Mexican cuisine and drinks as well as brunch-style meals. For everyday dining a couple of the best options include pork tamales and their charcoal-grilled ribeye. For brunch, there is brioche French toast, bottomless mimosa cocktails, breakfast burritos, as well as mushroom and serrano chile omelets.

Don Pisto’s, 510 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 395 0939

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Original Joe’s

Originally opened in 1937 by Tony Rodin, this North Beach staple has grown significantly from just being a 14-stool, counter-type family restaurant into one of the most prominent restaurants in the neighborhood. Original Joe’s has been family-owned for three generations, waiters serve patrons dressed in tuxedos, and it is truly a blend of Italian and American cuisine. Some house specialties include eggplant parmigiana, baked lasagna, and grilled calf’s liver with bacon and onions.

Original Joe’s, 601 Union St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 775 4877

Trattoria Contadina

Trattoria Contadina is an Italian restaurant that provides a really well-rounded dining experience with their focus on traditional Italian dishes. These include gnocchi, meatballs, pastas, and caprese. As entrées, their salvatore (chicken ravioli) and their agnollo (lamb chops with rosemary and potatoes) are recommended for their home-style appeal. Finally, finish off the meal with a Spumoni or a Mocha Fango, an Oreo cookie crust stuffed with layers of mocha chocolate chip gelato and fudge.

Trattoria Contadina, 1800 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 982 5728

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Firenze By Night

Firenze By Night is a dinner-only, traditional Italian restaurant serving delicious pasta, fish and meat options for a perfect night out. For your appetizer there are several different options including a funghi ripieni con salsiccia, which are mushrooms stuffed with sausages. Possible entrées include cannelloni biagio (crêpes stuffed with chicken and prosciutto) or their award-winning gnocchi firenze.

Firenze By Night, 1429 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 392 8485

Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood Restaurant

Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood Restaurant is owned by acclaimed chef Gigi Fiorucci, a longtime San Francisco restaurant owner. From 1967 to 1973 he owned the Montclair Restaurant on Green Street and the Double Play Bar and Restaurant located near the old location for Seal’s Stadium. Today, Sotto Mare serves appetizers like Benita’s Beccala, clam steamers, and crab cocktails. Some popular entrées include: risotto with seafood, linguine with manila clams, as well as fettuccine with bay scallops.

Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood Restaurant, 552 Green St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 (415) 398 3181

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This combination bar and restaurant is filled with good food and is great for either Sunday brunch or everyday dining. Along with Tupelo’s delicious food options there are also big screen TVs for watching big games as well as live music in a fun and casual atmosphere. For evening meals with a party one can go with some great house specialties including their tupelo chicken wings, their fried okra, or even their blackened catfish platter. For weekend hangouts there are also a BBQ pork benedict, shrimp and grits, and many more options.

Tupelo, 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 (415) 981 9177