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Standard Lunch Spots in San Francisco

1. Cha Cha Cha, San Francisco

Cha Cha Cha - Plates of food

Caribbean joint serving all the hearty classics: jerk chicken, ceviche, fried potatoes, and rice and beans. Patrons are just as quick to order a pitcher or two of sangria. Wholesome digs with consistent service.

2. Dragon Beaux, San Francisco

Dragon Beaux - Plates of food 1

High-quality dim sum and hotpot restaurant on Geary Boulevard. Portions are generous and each dish is brought out as soon as it is ready. Visit early for a calm dining experience - the dinner service can get a bit lively and loud.

3. Dumpling Time, San Francisco

Dumpling Time - Plates of food

Dumplings that taste like a mother's hug - hyperbole perhaps, but the sentiment reigns true. Other Asian dishes are served too. The Design District location is always busy. High-quality food and quick service - just follow the neon sign.

4. As Quoted, San Francisco

As Quoted Avocado Toast

Minimalist clean eating cafe that's perfect for people with food restrictions who still want good eats. It's a friendly spot for food for coffee or a meal. Dedicated to staying gluten-, soy-, and nut-free 🙅‍♀️.

5. Ike's Sandwiches, San Francisco

Ike's Sandwiches Stack

Not the "original" SF sandwich, but probably it's most successful. Dutch Crunch bread with their secret “Dirty Sauce” is a duo unlike any other. Now a regional chain, but try and check out their first location in the Castro.

6. Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco

Wayfare Tavern - Fried chicken

Elevated takes on classic American fare. First-timers tend to make a beeline for the celebrated fried chicken, but anything on the menu will impress. An intimate space with a pub-like aesthetic.

7. Cafe Zoetrope, San Francisco

Cafe Zoetrope - Plates of food

Cozy Italian eatery housed within the iconic Colombus Tower - a San Francisco landmark. Visit hungry and dine on pizza and pasta, or refresh with a coffee or Aperol spritz. Sit inside or beneath the streetside awning.

8. Kama Sushi, San Francisco

Kama Sushi - Plates of food

Relaxed sushi spot in Noe Valley. A more affordable option than others in the Bay Area. Offers a full menu of rolls, sashimi, donburi, and ramen. Visit during happy hour for big portions at even more reasonable prices.

9. District Six, San Francisco

District Six Outdoor

Eats, music, and sport. District Six is an alfresco events space and food truck hangout. Dining options rotate and there is a heated outdoor seating area for cold weather days. Parking is limited so take an Uber or Lyft.

10. Hog Island Oyster Company, San Francisco

Hog Island Oysters

Located in the Ferry Building, Hog Island serves fresh, sustainably harvested oysters. Tons of variety of oysters and shellfish served. You can enjoy a nice meal overlooking the Bay. Huge beer, cocktail, and wine menu.

11. House of Nanking, San Francisco

House of Nanking - Plates of food 1

An institution since being opened in the 1980s. Queues are common due to popularity, but the food comes out quickly once seated. Get a couple of plates and some beer. Expect an equal mix of tourists and Chinatown residents.

12. Radhaus, San Francisco

Radhaus - Sausages

Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in a waterfront location. Offers a huge beer list that compliments a food menu of sausages, döner, and other German staples. Enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge from inside, or dine and drink alfresco.

13. Emmy's Spaghetti Shack, San Francisco

Emmy's Spaghetti Shack Food

Casual Italian eatery with a big personality. Pasta is king here, as the name would suggest. Super down-to-earth, vibrant decor, friendly staff, and good cocktails. A popular and reliable option on Mission Street.

14. Bar Bocce, San Francisco

Bar Bocce - Food

Waterfront restaurant with stunning views across Richardson Bay. Serves woodfired pizzas but is equally as popular for alfresco drinks. Get a spot near the firepit if staying late.

15. 4505 Burgers & BBQ, San Francisco

4505 Burgers & BBQ Food

Delicious barbeque and one of the best burgers in San Francisco. High quality ingredients and classic BBQ sides, so probably not the place for a health nut. Plenty of outdoor seating and sunshine ☀️.

16. Blue Barn, San Francisco

Blue Barn - Sandwiches

With an aesthetic that fits its name, Blue Barn offers fresh food in a rustic setting. In lieu of haybales and livestock, they have sandwiches, salads, and string lights. Ideal for alfresco lunches. Has three locations throughout SF.

17. Prubechu, San Francisco

Prubechu - Plates of food

Leading the charge for Chamorro cuisine in San Francisco - the food of the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Islands and Guam. Helmed by a pair of proud Guaminian natives. Lives up to the hype. Dine inside or out.

18. Curry Leaf, San Francisco

Curry Leaf Food

Authentic Indian spot in North Beach. Good portion size for a great price. The mango lassi is to die for 🥭 and so are the samosas. As always, when in doubt, grab the chicken tikka masala and dig in.

19. Dancing Yak, San Francisco

Dancing Yak Bar

More than just a pretty face and a cute name. Great Nepalese food in a trendy spot. If you're not sure what to get, try the momos. Drinks are fun too. It can be pricey, if you want a cheaper option head to Nepal House in Noe.

20. Hawker Fare, San Francisco

Hawker Fare - Plates of food

Colorful spot offering dishes typical of Northeastern Thailand - from Hainaese-style chicken to Panang curry. Hawker's cocktails, often topped with a small orchid bloom, are also good. Tasty plates in a casual setting.