The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.4% over last year.
More inventory means more options. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, explained this is good news for the housing market – especially for those looking to buy:
“This rise in single-family housing construction will help tame home price growth, and the increase in multifamily units should continue to help slow rent growth.”
More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:
With an increase in competition, the seller may not enjoy these same benefits. As Chief Economist Nela Richardson, added:
“Because existing home inventory has been so low for so long, new construction is taking a larger share of the market…Builders meet the buyers and see the demand firsthand.”
If you are considering selling your house, you’ll want to beat this new competition to market to ensure you get the most attention for your listing and the best price.
If you’re a beer aficionado looking for things to do in San Francisco, brewery hopping should top your list. From stalwarts to upstarts, the City by the Bay is known for its proliferation of excellent craft breweries, taprooms, and gastropubs (you could consider this list a roster of equally good places to eat in San Francisco). With countless brick-and-mortars, as well as annual events like SF Beer Week, San Francisco has truly evolved into a beer-lover’s paradise.
Known for their funky cans and creative brews, like Hell or High Watermelon, 21st Amendment is a fun place to visit in person. Located just two blocks from AT&T Park in SoMa, the brewery also serves yummy food (including brunch until 2 p.m. on weekends). Take the 10 Muni bus from downtown and get off at Second and Brannan Streets.
A San Francisco icon, Anchor Brewing is one brewery you absolutely must visit while in the city. Make a reservation to tour the main brewery in Potrero Hill, or stop by Anchor Public Taps (no reservation required) just across the street and sample their iconic Anchor Steam Beer. The 19 Muni bus goes right to the brewery. Get off at Mariposa and De Haro Streets and you’re there!
Love Hazy IPAs? We got you boo. 😘 Our 24th St @almanacsftaproom has a rotating collection of small batch, East & West Coast-Style IPAs on tap. Always fresh, always rotating, these aroma bombs are brewed to be enjoyed on our patio, paired with a burger or put into a Fresh Beer Growler to enjoy at home. Our hoppiest offerings on tap right now (don’t worry, there are 10 more taps of sour!): ICHIBIER – Dry-hopped Blonde Ale with Rice & Yuzu Citrus, 5.3% Motueka Pub Ale – Pub Ale Dry-Hopped with Motueka Hops, 4.2% TIKI IPA – Hazy IPA w/ Pineapple, Mango, Coconut & Rum Oak Spirals, 5.1% Practical Taxidermy – Unfiltered IPA with Huell Melon & Citra hops, 6.9% Reddish IPA, Unfiltered Red IPA with Galaxy & Citra Hops, 6.8%
Located in the hopping Mission District, Almanac has a bent for farm-to-table food and drink. In addition to unique beers such as Strawberry & Basil or Lavender & Honey Brett Saison, they also feature a seasonal menu of tasty, locally sourced eats. You can enjoy a barrel-aged brew year-round in their sunny beer garden. It’s easily accessible by BART (24th Street stop) or Muni (9, 48 or 33 bus lines).
Located in Bernal Heights, Barebottle is like your favorite neighborhood hangout. Games such as ping pong and corn hole fill up the cavernous warehouse space, and food trucks often pull up out front. Join Barebottle for a daily brewery tour if you’re curious about how things work, and then order up a Salted Mangolicious New England-style IPA. (Bonus points if you make the slog up to the top of the hill at Bernal Heights park afterward.) The 24 bus is the best option for public transit.
This NoPa brewpub offers over 40 beers on tap, including their own in-house creations. There’s a malty winter Scotch ale, a pine-flavored IPA, and a red ale that has hints of caramel and orange, among many others. Barrel Head is also proud of its signature brewtails, which have clever names like Tiger’s Blood and Keller Bee. The 5 Muni bus will get you right there. Hop off at Masonic Street.
This cavernous space just off Union Square has its own microbrewery in house. The brews on tap change weekly, which means you’re guaranteed something different every time you visit. Good thing the food is so delicious; you won’t feel guilty about returning! Take the 38 Muni bus or BART to Powell Street and you’ll be close by.
The taproom is open daily at Black Hammer, which is not far from AT&T Park, making it a perfect pitstop for pre-game beers. This artisan operation is small-scale, so the offerings change all the time. At press time, the Sparkle Pony (a Belgian blonde ale), Bock Party (traditional bock beer), and Daft Funk (a Brett strong ale) were on tap. Why not take the 47 Muni bus to Fourth and Bryant Streets and see what they’re pouring today?
We just added our latest batch of Lost Wisdom to the big beer board. We keg conditioned this round of our solera saison since September 20, 2017 and it’s tasting so good. Grass, cedar and lemon notes from the yeast, brett and hops play wonderfully with the light acidity and dry, crisp crackery malt flavor. This is a very crushable saison that reminds us of lemon water infused with a touch of black tea. Delightful! SORRY NO GROWLERS 6.0% ABV 7 IBUs
Known for small-batch, experimental brews, Cellarmaker always has something inventive in the works. Although they usually keep at least a few hoppy beers on tap, you’ll find everything from Double Mad Nibs Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout to Babooshka Ya-Ya Baltic Porter scrawled on the slatted chalkboard. Conveniently close to Civic Center, Cellarmaker is accessible via BART (Civic Center station) or the F line streetcar.
Although the brewery itself is housed in a historic building in the Presidio, near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Fort Point taproom is conveniently located in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. Try their widely distributed park wheat beer or opt for something a little more unique, like the Manzanita, a smoked altbier brewed with charred manzanita. Almost all roads lead to The Ferry Building, so you’ll have no trouble getting there.
Off the beaten path in the Bayview, Laughing Monk offers up great brews and a packed calendar of events, including Yoga & Beer and weekly Trivia Nights. With a bent toward Belgian brews, Laughing Monk also offers a strong American IPA and a delightful milk stout. Oh, and did we mention they frequently host food trucks on the premises? Take the K/T Muni light rail to Gillman and Paul Avenues to get there.
We’ve got a brand new beer on tap at @magnoliapub for ya: Born Cross-Eyed! We brewed this 8.5% Strong Ale with Maris Otter, Wheat and Crystal malt, as well as CTZ, Simcoe and Cascade hops, creating a great blend of English and American ingredients. The beer packs some really nice grapefruit, pine and malt notes, and finishes very clean. Safe to say, we’re pretty excited about this one 😎 Come by the pub this weekend and give it a try! #MagnoliaBrewing #MangoliaPub #sfbeer #drinksfbeer #sanfrancisco #craftbeer #haightashbury #strongale
Founded in 1997 at Haight and Masonic, Magnolia is a bastion of the San Francisco craft beer scene. The extensive menu still includes their very first beer, the Blue Bell Bitter. Inspired by British gastropubs, the original location puts a distinctively San Francisco spin on the traditional pub experience. Meanwhile, Smokestack, their newer location in the Dogpatch, is barbecue oriented, with a focus on regional specialties from across the United States. The 7 Muni bus is convenient getting to Haight Street. For Smokestack, take the K/T Muni light rail to 23rd Street.
Tucked away off of Folsom Street in the Mission, Southern Pacific is a sprawling brew pub in a converted warehouse that looks like it could have housed some of the locomotives that chugged along the famous railroad of the same name. Their taps change daily, but our favorites are their California Blonde and traditional Hefeweizen. Taking the 14 or 49 Muni bus lines to Mission and 20th Streets is your best bet for public transit.
Recently remodeled, this prohibition-themed joint is hidden away in Hunters Point. Try their famous Big Daddy IPA or, if you’re feeling bold, the Double Daddy Imperial IPA. Speakeasy is a bit of trek from most public transit options, but it’s worth a visit. Taking a ride service such as Lyft is your best bet.
If you find yourself in the Outer Sunset for a day at Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, or Ocean Beach, do yourself a favor and stop by Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company. Grab a Foggy Lager, a nod to classic San Francisco weather, and kick back with plate of Blistered Shishito Peppers or other pub fare in this cozy brewery. You can take the Muni light rail N line to 25th Avenue to get there.
In San Francisco’s busy SoMa, you can find the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), The Moscone Center, and this excellent brewery. ThirstyBear serves up purely organic brews, which range in flavor and style from fruity sours to dark porters, as well as delicious Spanish-inspired cuisine. It’s also a massive space, perfect for bringing a big group or arranging a private party. Take BART to the New Montgomery Street station and you’re just a few short blocks away.
This might be the most isolated place in San Francisco to find great beer, but we promise it’s worth the journey. Located on Treasure Island, Woods Island Club is a beachy paradise in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Their pilsners, IPAs, and herbal ales all pair well with a cool breeze and the towering views of San Francisco’s skyline and the Bay Bridge. Using a ride share like Lyft is your best bet for getting here in a timely fashion.
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This weekend has plenty of things to do for free and on the cheap. From the Holi Festivals in Fremont and San Jose, to the 167th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in San Francisco. The events below will help you fill your calendar with fun!
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According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year.
Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals; for anyone looking to buy a home in 2018, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!
The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state. (The refunds received for the 2017 tax year should continue to reflect these numbers as the new tax code will go into effect for 2018 tax filings.)
Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all allow for down payments as low as 3%, with Veterans Affairs Loans allowing many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.
The map below shows what percentage of a 3% down payment is covered by the average tax refund by taking into account the median price of homes sold by state.
The darker the blue, the closer your tax refund gets you to homeownership! For those in Alabama looking to purchase their first homes, their tax refund could potentially get them 69% closer to that dream!
Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task. But the more you know about what’s required, the more prepared you can be to make the best decision for you and your family! This tax season, your refund could be your key to homeownership!
You might already know about Presidio Picnic, held on Sundays from spring to fall, featuring international food trucks in partnership with Off the Grid. Though Presidio Picnic is on hiatus until March 18, 2018, the Main Parade Ground’s lawn on the Presidio’s Main Post is always a favorite spot to gather with fellow park-lovers or lay out a blanket with your small gathering of friends. The Presidio also features other sites that are perfect locations for picnicking in the park—some with views, some near beaches, and some ideal for observing nature. Here are six perfect locations for a picnic in the Presidio.
Immigrant Point provides beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, and (on clear days) Point Reyes National Seashore. The overlook has tables and limited parking, so it’s a wonderful spot for a little break before heading off on an adventure along the Immigrant Point Connector Trail toward the Battery to Bluffs Trail, or on to Baker Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Learn more about Immigrant Point here.
El Polin Spring
Located in the heart of the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow Watershed, El Polin Spring can be accessed off the Ecology Trail and is not far from Julius Kahn Playground. This is a wonderful place to learn about nature, as well as the lives of some of the Presidio’s earliest residents. There are picnic tables, barbecues and restrooms here, making it a nice place to gather with family and friends. Bring binoculars! Thanks to a decade-long restoration project, you can enjoy bird watching at El Polin Spring. It’s also a great place to explore the Presidio’s native plant communities. Learn more about El Polin Spring here.
Pershing Square is located in the heart of the park, across the street from the Presidio Officers’ Club, the park’s museum and cultural center. Spend the morning exploring the club’s fascinating exhibits and then unpack your picnic beneath the big flag pole. If you didn’t bring your lunch, check out the menus at Arguello restaurant (inside the Presidio Officers’ Club) or from the Palms Cafe. This is also the perfect spot from which to take in the view of San Francisco Bay. Learn more about Pershing Square here.
Baker Beach is one of the most epic beaches in the Bay Area. Here, you’ll find a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Locals come here to bask in the (occasional) sun, build sandcastles, and enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean. If you arrive early, you might be able to snag a BBQ grill and a table in the picnic area located up above the beach. Learn more about Baker Beach here.
If you’re spending time at Crissy Field, kite surfing, playing in the sand or biking along the Golden Gate Promenade, East Beach is a great place to stop for a picnic. Here, you’ll find restrooms, picnic tables and grills. You’ll also be steps away from fantastic birdwatching at nearby Crissy March, and be in the perfect place to experience one of the park’s most beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about Crissy Field and East Beach here.
West Bluff Picnic Area
If you’re at the other end of Crissy Field, the spot for al fresco dining is the West Bluff Picnic Area. You’ll find views of the Golden Gate Bridge on one side, Alcatraz straight ahead, and the San Francisco skyline on the other. If you’re visiting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center or Fort Point National Historic Site with the kids, this is where you can stop and take a break. West Bluff has all the amenities you’ll need, including BBQ pits, picnic tables and restrooms. The Warming Hut is also within arm’s reach for any additional picnic treats and a fortifying cup of coffee. Learn more about West Bluff Picnic Area here.
Don’t worry if you forgot any of your picnic gear at home. Drop into the Presidio Visitor Center (open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., except major holidays) to pick up a folding cooler, blanket, collapsible wine glass or reusable utensils.
The Presidio is easily accessible via the free PresidiGo Shuttle from the Embarcadero or San Francisco’s Muni system. For more information on activities, dining, and recreation in the Presidio, please visit the Presidio online at. Presidio.gov.
There has been tremendous volatility in certain markets over the last few weeks (for example, the stock and currency markets). When this happens, some tend to lump all of their investments together and create an almost ‘Armageddon’ scenario where everything loses value quickly and dramatically. Real estate is an investment that can get caught up in this hysteria. Does the concern about the current housing market have merit?
Financial advisors have been warning us for months that the stock market was ripe for a “correction.”
Experts have been questioning the value of alternative currencies for over a year.
In contrast, here are the opinions of three major players in the residential housing market:
“It’s premature to worry about a housing bubble. The typical warning signs – excessive debt levels, poor quality loans, exponentially increasing home prices, rising vacancy rates and/or poor affordability compared to the past, and a high number of internet searches on house flipping – are not present.”
“My thoughts on many recent discussions of ‘housing bubble’ – the bar for a housing bubble is higher than just prices being above some fundamental value. There must be widespread behavior change as well such as higher levels of fraud and speculation.”
“US home prices are on track for a 5% nominal gain for the 4th consecutive year, returning national prices to their highest level since 2007. The growth has been driven by historically low mortgage rates and unemployment plus solid population and personal income growth rates…a meaningful correction should only be triggered by an unexpected economic shock.”
Speculation has driven certain markets over the last year. However, it has not been speculation, but instead people’s desire for homeownership, that has driven the real estate market.
From Joe’s Special to abalone, sand dabs, and sourdough bread, San Francisco has always been at the forefront of food trends in the country. The eclectic food scene of the city, coupled with its breathtaking views, guarantees more than a few Instgrammable opportunities. If you are looking for those picture-perfect opportunities to give your friends and followers some serious FOMO, here is a list of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in San Francisco.
This Cuban place is, arguably, what started the trend of Instagrammable restaurants in San Francisco. Media Noche’s kitschy interiors have attracted travelers from as far as Japan and China. The dramatic floral tiles here, custom-made, are regularly tagged in Instagram posts. Don’t miss the banana wallpaper in the bathrooms and the pink flamingo mural. Their Cuban sandwiches are delicious, too.
This champagne bar on Laguna Street is built for Instagram. From the giant mural of a champagne bottle on the exterior to comfort food that is served with slogans such as “Hello, old friend,” this cozy eatery offers plenty of Instagram-worthy opportunities. You can’t come here and miss a photo with a “chambong” — a champagne bong that has its own Instagram page.
Bellota has its ham wall — a glass wall that lets you see into the temperature-controlled ham room where $50,000 worth of premium ham are stored at any given time. While the ham wall at Bellota is a favorite among Instagrammers, the lamps at the bar are a perfect Instagram accessory. You can adjust their intensity to get the perfect shot. You can even tilt them or anchor your phone on the lamps’ necks to take that perfect food selfie.
Let’s bring the focus back to food. If you are craving some baked goodness, Tartine Manufactory is where you should go. The bakery’s food photographs perfectly. There is ample lighting, the food is served on white plates, and the industrial decor makes for an interesting backdrop. When it’s finally your turn to order after standing in line for quite a bit, it does call for an Instagram celebration.
Straw is a Hayes Valley joint that has been featured on The Food Network and The Travel Channel as much for its lip-smacking comfort food as for its tilt-a-whirl booths. To up your Instagram game, order their signature Ringmaster Donut Burger. With the melting cheese, the strips of bacon and the giant buns, it will be hard to go wrong with your Instagram story here. www.strawsf.com
Going bar-hopping in San Francisco? Don’t miss Whitechapel, serving more than 400 different kinds of gin. The place has interiors inspired by the London Tube, which makes for an interesting backdrop for your food photos. The gin is obviously the Instagram hero here, although their burgers look pretty decent, too. www.whitechapelsf.com
Skip the black-and-white filter when you Instagram here. A small shop with limited flavors, Over The Moon has built an Instagram reputation based on its pretty ice cream sandwiches that taste just as good as they look. Order the Cookie Monster, stick your tongue out (as it turns blue), and take those crazy selfies that make it look as if you are having all the fun in the world.
Love donuts? Even if you don’t, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to eat at this San Francisco staple, which has been around since 1960. Order a giant donut for yourself and take Bob’s challenge. Chances are you will fail, but you will get more than a few Instagram-worthy shots as you try.
Sourdough isn’t the only kind of bread special to San Francisco. There is Dutch Crunch, too. There are plenty of spots around San Francisco that use the crunchy bread to create some delicious sandwiches. Central Station Deli is arguably the best of the lot. The humble eatery makes some seriously delicious sandwiches that look plenty good even with no Instagram filters. Their Triple Cheese Melt is a case in point. www.centralstationdeli.com
This hipster cafe in Hayes Valley makes the list for its inventiveness. Dedicated to tea, it has intriguing concoctions such as Muscat Oolong and milk tea Hong-Kong style, which has people lining up. Its pretty tumblers, together with the cool quotient, definitely make it an Instagram-worthy cafe in San Francisco.
It is the birthplace of the cruffin, a cross between a croissant and a muffin. Baked with a different flavor everyday, cruffins are made in limited number at this bakery. About 180 are made on a weekend, and 150 on weekdays. if you want to get your hands on one, you need to be in line before 9 a.m. when the bakery opens. Before you dig in, don’t forget to take a selfie in front of the bakery’s neon sign that reads, “I got baked in San Francisco”.
Foreign Cinema has been around since 1999, and it has been repeatedly voted one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. The Instagram quotient? The red carpet at the entrance and the movie accents throughout the restaurant, in addition to the great food. Their fried chicken deserves a special mention. They screen movies, too. Check the restaurant’s screening schedule to plan a visit in advance and grab a seat in the courtyard. www.foreigncinema.com
Contrada is your friendly neighborhood restaurant serving pasta and pizza, with a gorgeous outdoor deck that overlooks a lush wine garden. The greenery and the expansive space, together with Contrada’s warm decor, is perfect for your Instagram game. www.contradasf.com
If you’re looking for the wildest ice cream in San Francisco, head to the Mission and visit Roll Up Creamery & Cafe. Besides serving the unique, Thai-style rolled ice cream, the Roll Up gang has taken things to the next level, with toppings that range from fresh fruit to cotton candy. What’s more, you can order your creamy creation in a waffle-cone taco!
Have you ever had a tacro? It’s a cross between a taco and a croissant—and it’s delicious! You can find this crusty culinary creation every day at 11 a.m. at the Ferry Building.
Just like our clocks this weekend in the majority of the country, the housing market will soon “spring forward!” Similar to tension in a spring, the lack of inventory available for sale in the market right now is what is holding back the market.
Many potential sellers believe that waiting until Spring is in their best interest, and traditionally they would have been right.
Buyer demand has seasonality to it, which usually falls off in the winter months, especially in areas of the country impacted by arctic temperatures and conditions.
Demand for housing has remained strong as mortgage rates have remained near historic lows. Even with the recent increase in rates, buyers are still able to lock in an affordable monthly payment. Many more buyers are jumping off the fence and into the market to secure a lower rate.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates sellers listed their homes in 2017 all fell in April, May, or June.
Those who act quickly and list now could benefit greatly from additional exposure to buyers prior to a flood of more competition coming to market in the next few months.
If you are planning on selling your home in 2018, meet with a local real estate professional to evaluate the opportunities in your market.
Did you come to San Francisco just to eat? Don’t be embarrassed; this is what San Francisco is famous for! If you’re here to treat yourself, you might get overloaded by the options. Not to worry; we’ve gone ahead and picked out the must-eats in San Francisco at a number of famous and unique places to eat all throughout the city’s wonderful, diverse neighborhoods. Enjoy these iconic San Francisco eats!
One of San Francisco’s most visited neighborhoods, Fisherman’s Wharf is your best bet for finding three classic San Francisco delicacies: sourdough bread, Dungeness crab, and cioppino.
The massive Boudin Bakery at Fisherman’s Wharf lets you see the scrumptious sourdough bread as it’s being made, and offers a variety of ways to enjoy it.
The Liguria Bakery on Stockton Street offers a taste of the old country with its handmade focaccia, baked fresh daily.
We recommend trying Tosca Cafe’s cappuccino, which has a bit more to it than your average brew: Marie Duffau Bas Armagnac, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dandelion Chocolate Ganache, and organic milk.
Dutch Crunch BBQ Pork Buns
When visiting award-winning Mr. Jui’s, these incredible appetizers are a must.
Salt and Pepper Crab
This is a popular dish in the neighborhood, but nobody does it better than R&G Lounge.
If you want to see the origins of an American Chinese food staple, you can visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company!
San Francisco’s busy downtown is home to a wide variety of dining experiences, from grab-and-go storefronts to a Michelin star-winning restaurant.
Secret Breakfast Ice Cream
San Francisco loves its ice cream. No flavor put the obsession on the map more squarely than this concoction from local maker Humphry Slocombe, which blends bourbon ice cream and corn flakes. It has to be tasted to be believed.
You’d never expect to find one of the city’s best restaurants at its ferry terminal, but San Francisco is all about the unpredictable. At The Slanted Door, one of San Francisco’s most honored eateries, diners are treated to exceptional Vietnamese cuisine. Our go-to dish is the cellophane noodles, with green onion, sesame, and Dungeness crab.
The Financial District also offers chic, contemporary dining at places like Wayfare Tavern as well as the classic, no-frills professionalism of local legend Tadich Grill. There’s great bayside dining at elegant eateries such as La Mar, Waterbar, and EPIC Steak, each with their own spectacular view of the Bay Bridge. And if getting things super-fresh is your style, head to The Ferry Building on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for its enormous farmers’ market.
You can shop ’til you drop in Union Square. Why not refuel with some of these exceptional dishes in the neighborhood?
Curried Shrimp Naan
At Taj Campton Place, you’ll find excellent Indian cuisine with a strong California influence. Our favorite is the curried shrimp naan. Fun fact: this restaurant has been awarded 10 Michelin stars in the past eight years!
French Onion Soup
Cafe Claude is tucked away on tiny Claude Lane, a spot that would be easy to miss in the hustle and bustle of Union Square. What shouldn’t be missed, though, is their awesome French onion soup. This bistro, which regularly features live music, feels like a tiny piece of Paris in San Francisco.
At Le Colonial, where French and Vietnamese cuisine combine to amaze your senses, we can’t get enough of the crispy, chili-glazed brussel sprouts, served with portabello mushrooms, carrot chips, and nuoc cham.
This rapidly evolving neighborhood is home to a little bit of everything, from historic theaters to major tech company offices. It also has a terrific variety of food you absolutely have to try.
Perhaps you’ve heard about this bakery sensation. Visit Mr. Holmes Bakehouse on Larkin Street for your chance to sample their signature cruffin, which regularly has people waiting in line before they open.
No one creates these Vietnamese sandwiches better than Saigon Sandwich, also on Larkin Street. Whether you get yours with roast chicken, roast pork, or meatballs, you won’t be disappointed.
We’re a long way from New Orleans, but the beignets at Brenda’s French Soul Food on Polk Street taste like they came straight from the French Quarter.
Out with a big group? The best way to sample the most of the menu at Bellota is to select from their shared tapas plates. You can’t go wrong no matter what you pick. Roasted beets, crispy cod, and poached prawns are just some of the delicious options.
Delarosa has 10 terrific pizzas on the menu, but our favorite item is their tremendous meatballs served in spicy marina sauce.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has more than just priceless art within its walls. It also has In Situ, an outstanding restaurant that compiles its menu from almost as many different places as the museum does its art collection. Among an always changing list, the wasabi lobster, served with mango jelly, Thai vinaigrette, and wasabi marshmallow, is our current favorite.
Among the many great things to come from this neighborhood is the fabled Mission-style burrito: overstuffed with beans, rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and the meat of your choosing. It’s a must-have for visitors, and there are plenty of places that compete for the title of best burrito in the Mission. La Taqueria, El Farolito, and Papalote are just a few of them.
Whether you go for brunch or dinner, oysters are always abundant at Foreign Cinema. This one-of-a-kind restaurant serves up exceptional cuisine while showcasing classic and rare films along its exterior patio wall.
Going out to some of the bars and clubs in San Francisco’s LGBT neighborhood? Then you’ll want some quick, easy eats before or after your evening adventures.
Hot Cookie may be small, but its creations certainly aren’t! These monster cookies, available in a variety of flavors, are a must when visiting the Castro.
One of the best by-the-slice options in the city is Marcello’s, located right across the street from the historic Castro Theater and steps from the Castro Muni stop. They have a variety of toppings and are open until 1 a.m.
Jam-packed with some of the city’s major cultural institutions and hottest venues—the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and SFJAZZ, to name but a few—Civic Center/Hayes Valley has plenty of options for a pre-show meal and a post-show drink.
Hear us out! At Rich Table, the family style menu has options for the cautious diner (spaghetti, roasted cauliflower) as well as choices for the more adventurous. For our money, the most unique thing on the menu are the sardine chips, which we can report are great.
Soft Garlic Pretzels
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar takes its cues from French and Northern Italian cuisine. While you might expect to find great pretzels at a German beer hall, we promise these classic twists, served with Vermont cheddar Mornay, are the best.
At Cala, an excellent Mexican restaurant on Fell Street, a number of their cocktails have this smoky liquor as their primary ingredient. Whether you try the classic margarita or something more creative, you won’t be disappointed.
The mussels at Chez Maman West on Gough Street are unstopably good. When we say that, we mean you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from ordering more!
The home of hippie-dom still has its free-loving style, as well as some more recent, tasty additions.
At Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, you can choose from adouille, English banger, currywurst, or beer bratwurst—or you can have all four, by ordering the full sausage board with sauerkraut and stone ground mustard.
At Cha Cha Cha, in the thick of the Haight and just a few blocks from Golden Gate Park, diners must sample the Cubano Clasico Sandwich on the lunch menu. It’s a big, meaty, drippy delight.
As much as Haight-Ashbury, Fillmore has its own storied music history. Everyone from Duke Ellington to The Doors has played venues along the main drag of this neighborhood. Now it’s as well known for its top-notch dining as much as anything else.
Don’t laugh. You haven’t had toast until you’ve been to Jane, on Fillmore Street, and had their toasted walnut and fig bread, topped with fresh Jersey ricotta, honey and hazelnuts. What a decadent way to do breakfast!
State Bird Provisions is one of the most well-regarded restaurants in the city. There’s always a bit of surprise to the dining experience there. For one thing, its simple storefront is easy to walk past on busy Fillmore Street. For another, the menu frequently changes. If luck is on your side, you’ll find the pork ribs served with black beans and black garlic on the menu. We say, go for it!
San Francisco’s Japantown is one of the few remaining such enclaves in the U.S. Visit this neighborhood for its history, its culture, and its great food!
Put yourself in the hands of a skilled sushi chef for a superlative meal at Kiss Seafood. The space is tiny (and quiet), so you’ll need a reservation; but you’ll be rewarded with an elegant, subtle, and highly personal meal.
Ever wonder what satisfies a sweet tooth halfway around the world? You can find out by purchasing authentic Japanese treats at a number of stores in the Japan Center on Post Street. Visit Nijiya Market or Daiso or Ichiban Kan—or all three—for plenty of sweets inside this large neighborhood mall.
There is a drink and a location to suit every style in Nob Hill. Looking for kitschy fun? Party in the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel, with its tiki torches and simulated tropical storms. Want breathtaking elegance? Head to Top of the Markin the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, with its dramatic views and fabled history. Trying to capture the spirit of the titans who shaped the city? Visit the Big 4 in the Scarlet Huntington Hotel.
One of San Francisco’s signature steakhouses, The House of Prime Rib on Van Ness Avenue offers top quality beef, cut to your liking.
The north end of the city slopes down from the majestic tip of Pacific Heights to the Marina, a neighborhood full of great dining best traveled on foot.
Strawberry Almond Cake
You might think that a restaurant dedicated to vegetarian cuisine wouldn’t have much in the dessert department. You’d be wrong. This fully vegan delight at Greens Restaurant simply can’t be missed.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos
There’s a little bit of everything in these neighborhoods, which is why you can find this Caribbean twist on typical tacos at Palm House on Union Street.
We know, pizza has appeared on this list a few times already. What makes the pizza at A16 so special is the incredible wood-fired oven that heats them up. Whatever toppings you choose (and there are many), you can’t go wrong.
This expansive neighborhood west of Arguello Street stretches all the way to the sea. Maybe that’s why it’s so full of great places to eat.
Not satisfied with the downtown options? Out here, you have your pick of the litter. Hong Kong Lounge, Ton Kiang, and Shanghai Dumpling King are just a few excellent options.
B Star and Burma Superstar are serving up some exceptional Burmese food, from a 22-ingredient rainbow salad to sesame beef to okra tofu.
Head to the end of the road and visit the famous Cliff House for a ramos fizz. This unusual cocktail—made with gin, lemon and lime juices, heavy cream, and egg whites—may have been created in New Orleans, but it’s been perfected here in San Francisco.
Heaping sandwiches on sourdough bread served at Devil’s Teeth Baking Company are a challenge worth accepting.
The dry-fried wings at San Tung are legendary. They’re always on the menu (except for Wednesdays, when the restaurant is closed).
Andytown Coffee Roasters makes their own delicious blends inspired by the sights, sounds, and flavors of the neighborhood.
If you want some great seafood without the hassle of Fisherman’s Wharf, head for the Bayview on the city’s south side.
Two of our favorite spots in the neighborhood both have plenty of history. The Old Clam House has been shucking and selling since 1861, and Radio Africa was one of the founders of San Francisco’s storied restaurant pop-up trend. Both offer excellent cuisine. The Old Clam House is a bit more predictable, while Radio Africa changes their menu every month. All the more reason to make multiple visits!
Want to have a drink in the middle of San Francisco Bay? Head across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, the next neighborhood about to boom in San Francisco.
The one-of-a-kind views of San Francisco’s skyline at Wood’s Island Club are best enjoyed with one of their original brews. The size of the establishment is matched by its wide variety of beers, ranging from IPAs to pilsners to saisons.