Why the SomA & THIS FOOD & DRink guide are special
Once the city’s gritty hub for small manufacturing, sprawling warehouses, and leather-clad subcultures, this distinctly urban neighborhood has been irreverently reimagined. Today the SoMa is a world epicenter of tech culture, modern art, and some of SF’s finest food and drinks.
After living around and working in the SoMa for over a decade, we’ve curated a unique selection of essential favorites below that highlight the neighborhood’s unique charm and rightly contribute to SF’s legendary culinary culture. This neighborhood food and drink guide focuses on the hippest part of the neighborhood, it’s southwestern corner (nearest the Mission District), where old-school SF classics intermingle with some of the city’s most innovative and exciting new restaurants and bars. Enjoy and let us how you like them!
1131 Folsom Street
SF-STYLE Diner [ ]
A SoMa neighborhood classic. You’ll find extensive menu of solidly done breakfast favorites (and benedicts on the weekends) and bottomless coffee are served in a space exuding SF charm, history, and plenty of kitsch. Extra points for the nostalgic oldies jams playing in the background as you start your day off right.
1 Henry Adams Street
Café [ ]
A diverse and extensive menu with hearty portions and an outdoor patio make this a sunny day, al fresco fave. Located in the ‘Design District’ this is a great jumping off point for checking out some of SF’s coolest furniture and decor shops after you’ve had your fill.
Ted’s Market & Deli
1530 Howard Street
Vietnamese [ ]
It’s a surprising challenge to get a delicious, high-quality sandwich at a fair price in SF. Enter Ted’s: an extensive menu of exceedingly delicious, sizable, and affordable sandwiches served by the nicest people. Lots of vegetarian and vegan option too!
11 Divison Street
Asian [ ]
This hip spot has an extensive menu of every imaginable type of dumpling, fried, steamed, and soup, all of which are delicious. The glass-enclosed kitchen puts the art and theater of dumpling making on display too, while the steam, pops of neon, and movie playing on the projector complete the visual feast.
82 14th Street
Japanese [ ]
Probably the best Izakaya spot in SF. We love the diverse and excellent menu of Japanese favorites like sashimi, yakatori, and udon that shine with high-quality locally-sourced ingredients. The space and the design of every detail reaches near aesthetic perfection too– a true dining experience.
1725 Alameda Street
Seafood Fusion [ ]
One of our favorite places to come for seafood. An array of innovative, Japanese-inspired dishes cleverly play with local ingredients and cuisines. Some of our favorites include the Uni ‘flan’, fish ‘ribs’, and katsu fries. They also have a great brunch and heated patio for a rare SF al fresco dining experience.
1298 Market Street
Vegetarian [ ]
This long-running, old school vegetarian & vegan spot, run by what seems to be a cheerful cult, is an SF classic for a reason. Try their legendarily-delicious ‘neatloaf’ and explore the bistro-like menu which includes a number of Indian and Mexican classics, along with an array of sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads.
355 11th Street
California Seasonal [ ]
A SoMa legend where fancy cocktails & natural wine meet fresh California cuisine with a fine dining twist. The distinctive, airy space is large and never feels too crowded, even when it’s bustling. Be sure to check out their sweet outdoor patio too.
1665 Folsom Street
Barbeque [ ]
Some of the best BBQ in SF. Our favorites include their pulled pork, coca-cola smoked brisket, Marker’s Mark portobello mushrooms, and their signature biscuits (that are as big as a cat’s head). Bonus points: they were featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show (questionable taste in personal style but great at highlighting special local spots :).
1150 Howard Street
Craft Brewery [ ]
Easily the finest microbrewery in the SoMa. A rotating selection of brewed-in-house beer is consistently delicious and served up in a bright and airy space. Pro-tip: show up early before the weekday crowd gets off of work to claim a precious space at the bar.
1582 Folsom Street
Bar with Food [ ]
This classy dive, serves up a great selection of cocktails and beer along with a solid food menu (see their ‘drunken happy meal’ above for inspiration). Their diverse, multiroom space also features pool, pinball, and a bunch of bar games to keep it interesting.
Terrior NAtural Wine Bar
1116 Folsom Street
Natural Wine Bar [ ]
One of SF’s finest venues for wine. Find an exciting collection of natural & organic wine by the glass, complimented by a delicious selection of small plates. The whole place is an extensive bottle shop too so you can take your new (or old) vine discoveries home with you.
431 Natoma Street
Dive Bar with Food [ ]
The only true dive left in the SoMa, this spot has been a mainstay of bike messengers and longtime locals for decades. Start with a requisite beer & shot combo then wander over to the attached Box Kitchen for some of SF’s finest bar food (the garlic fries are a must).
City Beer Store
1148 Mission Street
Beer Bar with Food [ ]
One of a few must-visit beer venues in SF. Sporting classy new digs, this spot consistently showcases the best hop water that the Bay Area & CA have to offer. Also check out their attached shop for a dangerous selection of bottles & cans to drink in or take away. You’ve been warned.