San Francisco restaurants and shops in the Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 area

5 Restaurants in San Francisco You Should Try

Last Updated on March 15, 2023

When you talk about fine dining, the San Francisco Bay area is the place to be. Last November, Michelin, the group behind the popular high-end dining rating system, gave 3 Michelin stars to 8 restaurants in San Francisco while New York City only received 5.  This just places San Francisco at the forefront of the culinary arts race in the US. Of course, not everyone is interested in fine dining and as such, here are 5 restaurants in San Francisco you should try when visiting the Fog City.

House of Prime Rib


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House of Prime Rib is an old-school steak and chops restaurant with that same mid-century vibe.  This place is famous for its Prime Rib and a house salad that is made at the table. A simple yet fine meal for you carnivores out there.  Pair this with a nice Plymouth Gin Martini and a baked potato with sour cream, bacon, and chives, and you have the makings of a great dinner.  While the Prime Rib is the main attraction, their steaks and chops are also worth a look.

Golden Boy Pizza


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Golden Boy Pizza is in the North Beach area of San Francisco, which is filled with bars and clubs in its own right.  When the clubs close, Golden Boy Pizza is open to safe all those club-going patrons from a hangover the next day. Thick and big squares of Silician style pizza await your hungry palate. You’ll have to choose between the pepperoni, the clam & garlic or the combo (with cheese, meat, and veggies), among others. Just look for the neon hand that hangs above the restaurant with the name of this SF restaurant on it.

Turtle Tower

If you are looking for some of the best “pho” in town, look no further than Turtle Tower, a clean pho spot that will for sure give you some comfort food when you need it the most. There are multiple locations to serve you throughout the city. On a cold and rainy day, the steamy broth with ample shallots will warm your body. After the meal, have a few puffs of your favorite vape, Space Jam Andromeda, perhaps to finish off a great meal.

Yank Sing


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TAKEAWAY: San Francisco has the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia. It covers 24 square blocks and holds 35,000 residents. However, nowadays almost 25% of the SF population is of Chinese descent.

As such, Chinese food must be really good here. For “dim sum”, the Southern China-inspired tapas that are usually wheeled to you on carts, there are a bunch of restaurants to choose from. But if you are looking for a truly iconic spot, you should head over to Yank Sing where the signature “xiao long baos” will have you yearning to come back for more. The “xiao long baos” are a steamed bun with meat filling and some juice inside. Be sure to keep the juice intact in the bun before eating for maximum taste.

State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions is a fine-dining establishment that has garnered one of those Michelin stars.  A hard reservation to get, but if you do, your palate will be treated to a treasure trove of tastes. Focused around small tapa-styled plates with Northern California inspiration, this restaurant is all about their “a la carte” style.  Order as many or as little of the small plates as you would like. With the prices ranging from a high of $20 to a low of $3, your wallet and your taste buds will thank you on this culinary journey.

As you can see, the San Francisco Bay area is an excellent spot for any foodie. From delicious pizza slices or chinese street foods to Michelin star dishes, there’s plenty of restaurants in San Francisco to satisfy your taste buds.

About Skylar Rothman

Skylar is a foodie from the peninsula but loves going up to San Francisco for some food with friends. You will find her in her happy place with a burger, a brew, and a her favorite vape.

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