Which San Francisco neighborhood has the best restaurants?

This topic arose the other day at the office: Which SF neighborhood has the best restaurants? We never came up with a definitive answer to this question at work, but it’s been on my mind ever since. Last year, I sang the virtues of these twenty restaurants that all happen to be scattered all over the city. It’s hard for me to choose just one neighborhood. Could it be the Richmond district, with its great Korean and Shanghai dumplings, and the other neighborhood cheap eats that anchor it? Or is it the Marina, home to my beloved restaurant A16? As overrun as downtown is with tourists and business travelers, it’s home to some restaurants that are dear to me: Katana-ya, Town Hall, Bong Su, even — dare I say it — the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus.

I’ve thought about this long and hard, and I don’t have an answer that I can stand behind 100 percent. At long last, I am inclined to say the Mission. Despite its shady drug deals, too-cool-for-school hipster reputation, and never-ending shortage of street parking, the neighborhood is filled with a diverse selection of thriving restaurants. I appreciate the never-fail favorites like Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine and Foreign Cinema. I also welcome Spork, Dynamo Donuts, Frjtz, and all the other trendsetters that give me a chance to try something different and new.

Do you have any votes for the San Francisco neighborhood with the best restaurants? Please do chime in!

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4 Responses to “Which San Francisco neighborhood has the best restaurants?”

  1. yo yo,

    don’t forget range, conduit, bar tartine, byrite creamery, also all in the mission. i think i’d have to agree with you, though it’s true that it’s a pretty spread out scene, unlike in NYC where everything awesome seems to be in the village(s). however, we can probably rule out the sunset and those weird neighborhoods south of that, and i guess north beach too.

    i’m back in SF, btw, and always up for dinner. the blog will be back soon too. i NEED to talk to you about your gig, which is my dream gig too (well, maybe on a site that is more geared towards my gender).

  2. I too find this question hard to answer. I am inclined to say the Mission, although I admittedly haven’t eaten in as many restaurants there that I should. I think if it came to it, I would have to say the Inner Sunset based on reliability (many solid, consistently good though not mindblowing restaurants) and variety (great sushi, Vietnamese, Chinese and however you would categorize Park Chow).

  3. Oh, I would have said the Mission, hands down. I’ve been living in San Francisco for more than half of my life, and I really just have to give it up.

  4. I too find this question hard to answer. I am inclined to say the Mission, although I admittedly haven’t eaten in as many restaurants there that I should. I think if it came to it, I would have to say the Inner Sunset based on reliability (many solid, consistently good though not mindblowing restaurants) and variety (great sushi, Vietnamese, Chinese and however you would categorize Park Chow).
    +1

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