The Getaway Guru’s Favorite San Francisco Eateries

Many people love San Francisco, including The Getaway Guru, and lot’s of folks know he came from the city by the bay, visits it as often as he can, and loves to eat in its myriad of great restaurants.  Here’s a list of The Guru’s favorites.

SEAFOOD:

Tadich Grill at 240 California Street is a nostalgic “old-school” seafood restaurant with high ceiling, surly waiters, but great food.  It opened in 1849 with the absolute best Cioppino (seafood stew) in the world.  Other favorites include Petrale Sole (what doesn’t taste good sauteed in herbed butter?), Sand Dabs, and Oysters Rockefeller.   No reservations.

Anchor Oyster Bar is at 579 Castro Street.  Since 1977, diners have been coming to this nautically themed eatery for fresh fish.  They are especially noted for Crab and Oysters.

Scoma’s Pier 47 is actually on Pier 1 between Fisherman’s Wharf  and Ghiradelli Square and boasts “the freshest seafood.”  Yeah, it’s a bit touristy, but pretty solid delivery of the best seafood in the Wharf area.

ITALIAN & PIZZA:

Delfina Italian  is at 3621 18th Street and it’s not your “mom and pop” spaghetti joint, but offers a modern interpretation to Italian cuisine.  Review the menu before going.  Delfina Pizzeria is next door.

Cotogna Italian at 490 Pacific Avenue is a popular, rustic-modern eatery serving wood-fired pizzas, house made pasta, and familiar and inventive Italian classics.

Tony’s Pizzeria Napoletana at 1570 Stockton Street in the heart of San Francisco’s “Little Italy” is the home of 11-time “World Pizza Champion” Tony Gemignani.  They have a large variety of pizzas, including Tony’s famous Margarita.  And, by the way, he only will cook 73 Margaritas each day!  Expect wait lines at busy times.

CHINESE:

Ton Kiang at 5821 Geary Boulevard is a bustling mainstay serving dim sum all day plus Hakka staples such as Salt-Baked Chicken at dinner.  Good seafood and one of the best dim sum restaurants.

R & G Lounge at 631 Kearny Street in Chinatown offers classic Cantonese cuisine downstairs in a basic area and more formal dining upstairs.

Mission Chinese Food, 2234 Mission Street, is nothing fancy, but a neighborhood favorite serving up good home style food.

House of Nanking, 919 Kearny St., is a local favorite serving familiar Chinese dishes in a cozy atmosphere. Lines out the door often form during busy times. Located in Chinatown.

THAI:

Marnee Thai at 2225 Irving Street south of Golden Gate Park is a small, family owned restaurant offering classic Thai cuisine.  Ask for their daily specials.

INDIAN:

Amber India, 25 Yerba Buena Lane, has a diverse, high-end menu of modern and regional Indian dishes plus a lunch buffet in a polished space.  Good variety.

COMFORT FOOD:

Max’s Opera House Café at 601 Van Ness features a “Cheesecake Factory” type menu.  The food is good, but the waiters are great.  Tell them it’s your birthday and the servers, all whom are opera singers and music students, will serenade you!

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