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Local’s Guide to the Best Food & Drinks in SF’s Sunset Neighborhood

A Local’s Guide to the Best Food & Drinks in SF’s Sunset Neighborhood

the Sunset Neighborhood

This food and drink guide focuses on SF’s largest district, the Sunset. It’s divided by the imaginary line of 19th Ave. To the west lies outer sunset, and to the east the inner sunset.  Both sides of the neighborhood are stacked with quality eating and drinking opportunities.  Check out our absolute favorites below.

An odd neighborhood, but why we love it

Back then The Sunset was nothing more than sand dunes. Today, The Sunset is home to majority of San Francisco’s occupants, and brings suburbia to the bustling city. With its iconic homes that were mass produced post WWII, they bare resemblance to Ed Rucha’s Every Home on the Sunset Strip. Deadpan, mysterious, but once the fog clears away the neighborhood becomes bright with color with ocean in plain site.

Judah Street and 9th Avenue have long been the food meccas for the Sunset. But Taraval Street has been revamped with new shops, eateries, and bars. Slowly but surely the Sunset changes at its own pace. A reflection of of its residents who go about freely as a Californian beach town disconnected to the city it resides in.

Coffee

Hollow Coffee Shop

hollow

 1435 Irving St
Coffee Shop [  ]

In the Inner Sunset, you will find a quaint little cafe serving up Ritual Coffee. This hole-in-wall embodies slow experience coffee. Everything from homemade pastries, a menu balanced for those coffee connoisseurs, and those who love a little sugar and flavor options. Pair all of that with an upbeat staff, and you have yourself a place you can sit down for a few hours to enjoy some coffee.

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andytown

 3655 Lawton St
Coffee Shop [  ]

When you ask folks in the Bay Area about coffee in the Outer Sunset, a good chance they will say Andytown. This Irish influenced cafe roasts their own coffee, and bakes all the pastries in-house. A cup of coffee and a some soda farl with butter and jam, and you can start your day with Ocean Beach in view. Oh yeah, did I mention that there’s wifi?

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avenues

 3606 Taraval St
Coffee Shop [  ]

Another cafe residing in the Outer Sunset also houses a surf shop. This Verve Coffee serving cafe is a couple blocks walk to the ocean, and has avocado toast if you are into that.

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trouble coffee

 4033 Judah St
Coffee Shop [  ]

Staying in the Outer Sunset, this cafe is the OG. Trouble has been a staple of the Sunset for many years. This punk cafe serves up some killer cappuccinos and makes a pretty mean cinnamon sugar toast. Coffee or die.

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snowbird

 1352 9th Ave
Coffee Shop [  ]

Tucked away near the busy 9th & Irving lies Snowbird. They roast their own coffee and brought good coffee to Inner Sunset.  A classic selection of coffee and a simple case of pastries invites all to stay and enjoy a conversation, or read a book.

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home

 1222 Noriega St
cafE [  ]

Birthday cake and cookie monster lattes. Have we piqued your interest? Home brings the rainbow lattes of your Instagram feeds to life. The staff makes everyone feel welcome, and will happily explain all the sweet treats on the menu. But for you coffee connoisseurs out there, they have the classics as well. 

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Breakfast

Art’s Cafe

 747 Irving St
SF-STYLE Diner [  ]

Your new favorite diner. This family-run establishment serves classic American dishes and a few Korean classics. But if it’s your first time, be sure to get the hash brown sandwich. Think of it more like an omelette, but the hash browns replaces the eggs.

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Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

 3876 Noriega St
Bakery [  ]

Unless you come on an off day, expect a line out the door for a breakfast sandwich that is sold by the hundreds. Bacon, scrambled eggs, avocado, cheese, and homemade biscuits are tied together with an aioli. Because aioli makes everything special, right?

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Streamline

 3560 Taraval St
Café [  ]

Finding places that serve good coffee, a simple breakfast, and all without giving up an arm and a leg is hard to come by in San Francisco. Streamline does all that and serves draft beer and wines if coffee’s not cutting it.

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Howard’s Cafe

 1309 9th Ave
SF-STYLE Diner [  ]

Inner Sunset is a goldmine when it comes to diners. Howard’s is literally around the corner from Art’s and brings that old school charm with old school prices. Classic American breakfast, bottomless coffee, and a decor that’s stuck a few decades back, you couldn’t ask more from a diner.

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Sea Breeze Cafe

 3940 Judah St
Café [  ]

No frills is what you get at Sea Breeze. Along Judah in the Outer Sunset, this breakfast spot makes a great stop before or after a walk to the beach. The tofu scramble is pretty darn good.

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LUNCH

Hook Fish Co

 4542 Irving St
Seafood [  ]

San Francisco lacks when it comes to seafood eateries. Thankfully the owners Hook Fish Co came along to bring locally sourced seafood to the neighborhood. They sell and serve the catch of the day so come on in and try the poke burrito or the dungeness crab burger since it’s crab season!  

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Clancey’s Market & Deli

 3960 Irving St
sandwiches [  ]

Sandwiches can be overdressed and overpriced. Simple and cheap is easily overlooked. Clancey’s market located a block from the 41st Ave Golden Gate Park entrance is the perfect stop for bite if you’re getting hungry after navigating your way through the park. They have a lot of classic options, or you can build your own. Since it’s also a market, grab a drink and a bag of chips to go with that sandwich.

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PPQ Beef Noodle House

 1816 Irving St
Vietnamese [  ]

For most of the year the weather is cloudy and foggy in the Sunset. That means soup season is here to stay for the better part of the year. Go with the five spice chicken pho, or the five spice chicken with garlic noodles. You won’t be disappointed. 

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Judahlicious

 3906 Judah St
Vegan Cafe [  ]

Eating healthy doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Judalicious offers a wide mix of vegan entrees, smoothies, snacks, and juices to mix it up for lunch. It’s getting colder so come on in for those chili days.

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Guerra Quality Meats

490 Taraval St
Deli [  ]

If you want a good Italian sandwich and wanted to pick up some ribeye for dinner, Guerra Quality Meats has you covered. Everything from crabs, pre-marinated meats, and a small market make this spot worth the stop.

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Dinner

Outerlands

 4001 Judah St
AMERICAN [  ]

Hard to not put Outerlands for every category, but dinner seems best fit for this New American establishment. Fresh, seasonal, and thoughtful preparation define the food that comes out of the kitchen. And the drink menu is no slouch either.

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San Tung

 1031 Irving St
Chinese [  ]

The best chicken wings. Sweet, spicy, and down right crunchy. A definite must order, but be sure to try the rest of the menu, it’s just as good. 

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Toyose Late Night Korean

Toyose

 3814 Noriega St
Korean [  ]

Good food and drink past 10PM? Toyose has you covered. This Korean street food hole-in-the-wall is open until 1AM all days of the week. Night owls come get your beef kimchi fried rice fix.

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Loving Hut

 524 Irving St
Vegan Asian [  ]

Miss orange chicken? Meet orange bites, Loving Hut’s equivalent. Whatever Asian dish you thought you might never eat again, you can find its vegan counterpart here at Loving Hut.

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Kingdom of Dumpling

 1713 Taraval St
dumpling [  ]

This establishment is the definition of hole-in-the-wall. They serve all the classics like pork and cabbage fillings to lighter options like our personal favorite, chicken and corn. 

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The Pizza Place on Noriega

 3901 Noriega St
pizza [  ]

Good pizza is hard to come by in San Francisco. The Pizza Place on Noriega serves up monster sized pies with a crust full of flavor. But you can opt for a slice and a pint if you don’t want leftovers. 

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DRinks

Woods outbound

 4045 Judah St
Craft Brewery [  ]

Woods has arrived yet again. The train car style space is reminiscent of the old Outer Sunset when streetcars and cablecars were reused in the act of affordable housing. Woods provides craft beers for a modest price, and they have wine as well if you’re trying to stay classy. Oh, did I mention there’s empanada’s?

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White cap

 3608 Taraval St
Cocktail Bar [  ]

White Cap provides the Outer Sunset a more cocktail forward bar on the up and coming developments on Taraval St. With their specialty menu derivative of names of superstitions, they also sling the classics. And hey, they open at 2PM everyday. So get that night started early.

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the riptide

 3639 Taraval St
 Bar [  ]

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seven stills and hard frescos

 3645 Lawton St
Natural Wine Bar [  ]

You would have to really be looking if you know about Seven Stills and Hard Frescos. But it lies right next to Andytown on Lawton St, so it’s hard not to miss. They serve house beers, boozy agua frescas, and comfort Mexican bites.

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durty nelly’s

 2328 Irving St
Irish Pub [  ]

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pittsburgh’s pub

 4207 Judah St
Natural Wine Bar [  ]

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The Essential SF SoMa Food & Drink Guide

THE ESSENTIAL
SAN FRANCISCO FOOD & DRINK GUIDE
SoMA NEIGHBORHOOD Edition

EXPLORE THE SoMa’s BEST FOOD & DRINKS


SF’s most eclectic neighborhood is the SoMa (South of Market). The SoMa is culinarily buzzing with a diversity of exceptional food and drink spots housed in the most unique spaces you’ll experience in the city.  This SF food & drink guide is here to help you discover all the the hotspots and hidden gems from a cool local perspective.

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!

Breakfast

Rocco’s Cafe

 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.

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Vive La Tarte

 1160 Howard Street
Bakery Café [  ]

This Belgian-style bakery serves up a tasty array of pastries, quiche, and larger breakfast plates alongside great coffee in a bright, airy, industrial-cool space that’s made for hanging out.

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the Grove

 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.

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LUNCH

Dinosaurs

 18 Boardman Place
Sandwiches / Vietnamese [  ]

Bahn mi done right. This simple take-out-focused spot serves an array of substantially-sized Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, and drinks. Try our personal favorite grilled portobello bahn mi and an a Vietnamese iced coffee. 

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Pizza Squared

 885 Brannan Street
pizza[  ]

It seems like a gimmick but this pizza spot is really good and a solid choice for picking up a quick slice.

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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!

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Moya (closed)

 121 9th Street
Ethiopian [  ]

Some of the best Ethiopian food in SF served in colorful, casual space, with the nicest staff. Try the veggie sampler platter, the doro wot (spicy marinated drumsticks), and gluten free injera bread.

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Pho Hour

 1114 Bryant
Vietnamese [  ]

This is a great, cheap, no frills spot serving delicious Pho and any array of other Vietnamese classics.

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7 Mission

 150 7th Street
Chinese / Vietnamese [  ]

A cozy, very affordable Chinese spot with an attentive staff and a great menu.  Try their hot pots or their vegetable stir fry served up quick and fresh.  

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Dinner

Basil Canteen

1489 Folsom Street
Thai [  ]

A SoMa staple, this Thai spot (and there somewhat more formal sister space Basil down the street) serves up a curated selection of Bankok-inspired dishes and refreshing cocktails in a lofty two story space.  They have a great happy hour too!

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Fondue Cowboy

 1052 Folsom Street
Eclectic / Cheese [  ]

Combining two of our favorite things, cheese and spaghetti westerns, this fondue spot is a memorable choice for a cozy and indulgent meal. 

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Dumpling Time

 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.

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Rintaro

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.

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Pink Onion

64 14th Street
Italian [  ]

A great little Italian spot serving Sicilian-inspired small plates, pasta, and pizza along with a consistently-excellent selection of beer and wine on tap. 

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Skool

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.

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Ananda Fuara

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.

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Bar Agricole

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.  

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Cathead’s BBQ

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 :).

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DRinks

Cellarmaker Brewery

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.

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The Willows

 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.

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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.

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the Tempest

 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). 

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the Stud

 399 9th Street
Drag Bar [  ]

Only 50 feet from our shop! This SoMa institution is the only cooperatively-owned bar in the country and SF’s lone drag bar. Dance and drink with the finest queens in town, nightly, until this (and rest of the city) are turned into condos.

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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.

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Coffee

Vega Coffee

1246 Folsom Street
CoffEe Shop [  ]

This small but mighty cafe with a cool Vespa theme serves up great pour-over coffee and espresso and is run by some of the nicest people around. Also check out their exceedingly-cool collection of SF art, cycling, and history books.

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Sightglass Coffee

 270 7th Street
Coffee Roaster [  ]

The main roasting operation and café of one of SF’s hippest and most notable coffee roasters.  Drop in for a consistently clean, tasty 3rd-wave coffee or espresso in a beautiful warehouse space with a deco theme.

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