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You’re Not a True San Franciscan Unless You’ve Eaten at These 10 Places

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Updated: 12 November 2017
San Franciscans pride themselves on many things, one of them being the city’s restaurants. These are the classic eateries that the natives and locals swear by. If you haven’t tried at least one of these wonderfully San Franciscan restaurants, you can’t truly call yourself a San Francisco local.

State Bird Provisions

Restaurant, American, $$$
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This high-end San Francisco classic has become such a favorite that it’s not unlikely to have to wait up to a few hours to get a table. But it’s well worth it. San Franciscans love State Bird Provisions for its whimsical, upscale dishes, the urban-rustic setting, and the unique dim-sum serving style, which is when the food is served from carts and trays in small steamer baskets or on small plates. It’s originally Chinese, but locals can’t get enough of it nor can they pass up a night at State Bird Provisions.

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Sun - Thu:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Boudin Bakery and Cafe

Cafe, American, $$$
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When you think San Francisco, you think of Boudin Bakery and Cafe, serving up some of the best sourdough bread since 1849. The menu goes above and beyond just sourdough bread though. Boudin offers some of the best California bites around. There are a few locations now throughout the city, and many are filled with tourists trying to get a taste of this world-famous place. The 20th Avenue location tends to be not as busy as the other locations, although there’s still typically a line. See why San Franciscans are willing to wait in line with tourists at Boudin.

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Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Swan Oyster Depot

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Swan Oyster Depot has been providing San Francisco with outstanding seafood for over 100 years. Locals flock to this hot spot for its classic SF clam chowder, scallops, and, of course, oysters. Famed food critic Anthony Bourdain revealed Swan Oyster Depot to the world on his international show, so this quaint place is busier than ever now. Arrive early to get a seat at this old-school San Francisco eatery.
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Beretta

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Handcrafted pizzas, mouthwatering risotto, creative cocktails, and a cozy atmosphere—these qualities, along with others, are what makes Beretta one of the most popular and classic San Franciscan spots. It’s almost always packed, but its late-night hours (open until 1 a.m. every day) means that there is more time for eating delicious, high-quality food.

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Mon - Fri:
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Tommy’s Joynt

Restaurant, American, $$$
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This neighborhood spot serves up American comfort food that San Francisco natives swear by. The tasty food and vast beer selection at Tommy’s Joynt attract locals time and again. The relaxed and casual atmosphere keeps your evening simple, classic, and that much more enjoyable.

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Jardinière

Restaurant, French, $$$
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This Hayes Valley restaurant has been a SF favorite for more than 20 years. Everything about Jardinière just screams elegance, from the ambiance to the dishes and even the tablecloths. If you’re looking to embark on a San Franciscan posh evening out, make sure to grab dinner and a cocktail here.

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Sun - Thu:
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Public House

Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
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It’s not just the great food and drinks menu at Public House that makes it a San Franciscan favorite. This place is a local staple for the simple fact that the restaurant-bar sits inside the infamous AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. It’s a perfect San Francisco experience: grabbing some yummy dinner and a few drinks before heading to a Giants game. Public House slings creative cocktails, an amazing beer menu, and delicious American fare.
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Tue - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Nopa

Restaurant, American, $$$
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If you’re a San Franciscan, then you must have eaten at Nopa. This two-story eatery focuses on quality, Californian ingredients to make up deliciously crafted meals. The flavors are impeccable, American, and inspiring. Nopa is the embodiment of San Francisco dining.

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Mon - Thu:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat:
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
10:30 am - 12:00 am

La Ciccia

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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San Franciscans get their Italian fix at none other than La Ciccia. This family-run eatery is as Italian as it gets, minus the pretension. The menu is unapologetically Italian homestyle cooking. And what’s an Italian meal without wine? La Ciccia has an exceptional and unusual wine selection of which San Franciscans can’t get enough.

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Tadich Grill

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Tadich Grill is the place to go if you’re looking for a true veteran staple that San Franciscans love. Locals have been swearing by this seafood spot for over 165 years. That’s right, 165 years of old-school, mouthwatering dishes. The heritage here runs deep, as does San Francisco’s love for Tadich Grill.
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