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Where to Eat at San Francisco International Airport [SFO]

Freshly updated for your summer travel needs

Travel season is upon us, and so we’ve consulted SFO’s culinary crew to bring you the latest intel on the airport dining scene, freshly updated as of May 2018, This guide will help steer you away from all the underwhelming and overpriced fare that gives airport food a bad rap, not that there’s much of it in SFO’s trendsetting, award-winning program. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick breakfast, a liquid lunch, or a sit-down dinner, this guide has you covered. Restaurants are organized by terminal and then by quick-service versus sit-down dining experiences, plus the four places you should target first.

SFO's Standouts

SFO

Napa Farms Market: With its sizable pizza and rotisserie selection, this Tyler Florence-backed to-go spot has plenty of satisfying hot options, but the really clutch move is to make yourself a mini-picnic with Acme bread, Cowgirl Creamery cheese, Tout Sweet pastries, and a local microbrew. Also a great place to pick up last-minute Bay Area food gifts for friends, including Napa wines. Good news, international travelers: A Napa Farms is now open in the International Terminal, too. [Terminal 2, post-security retail area, and International Terminal, post-security]

Koi Palace: The Daly City classic dim sum spot has expanded to SFO, giving you a reason to actually arrive early for your flight. There's dim sum, noodle soups, roasted chicken and duck, and more, all available in counter service form. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

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SF Giants Clubhouse: This newly-opened ode to the city’s favorite baseball team features a digital wall showing sports, news, movies, and interactive entertainment. The menu is filled with ballpark specialties like Crazy Crab sandwiches, Gilroy Garlic Fries and more, making it a pleasant place to pass the time and soak in some SF baseball culture. [Terminal 3 Boarding Area F near Gate 82]

Yankee Pier: This “updated New England seafood house” claims to fly in its seafood twice daily. Lobster, crab, and chowder all appear on the menu, as does the “All-at-Once Speedee Meal”—perfect for those dashing to make a flight. Also: Dungeness crab eggs Benedict for breakfast. [Terminal 3, near Gate 72]

Bun Mee: Inspired by Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, this local chain (there are two more in SF proper) serves fresh takes on the classic with fillings like smokey eggplant, crispy tofu, and a “sloppy bun” with red curry ground beef, house garlic mayo, shaved onion, thai basil, and jalapenos. There are also fresh spring rolls and noodles for healthy to-go options. [Terminal 3, food court at entrance to Gates 80 through 90]

International Terminal

Coming Attraction: Big news for the International Terminal this year as Tartine Manufactory plans to an expansion later this summer, along with chefs Gabriela Cámara of Cala and Pim Techamuanvivitof Kin Khao. The Manufactory-esque operation will occupy more than 3,200 square feet near boarding area A, with quick-service dining experiences from the chefs, grab-and-go options, a full bar, coffee, and a pantry of Bay Area products for purchase. Read all about it here.

Boarding Area A (Gates A1-A12)

A Quick Meal

Amoura Cafe: Mediterranean-style food, including wraps, sandwiches, beer and wine, and breakfast selections. [Near Gate A3]

Burger Joint: Niman Ranch burgers, hormone-free hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and sides. [South food court near Boarding Area A, pre-security]

Emporio Rulli: Full espresso bar, fresh-baked Italian pastries and panini. There are three locations to choose from, all pre-security. [Near Boarding Area A and Arrivals, pre-security]

Firewood Café: Thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches, and gourmet salads. This location has a full bar. [Near Gate A2]

Firewood Grill: Not to be confused with the Firewood Café, the Firewood Grill has two locations in the terminal, both specializing in panini, skewers and sandwiches. Full bar available. [Near Gate A1 and in the Main Hall, pre-security]

Gott's Roadside: The Saint Helena staple has opened an outpost serving local beers, burgers, fries, and fish tacos. [Near Gate A11]

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Pick Up Stix: Americanized Asian food like kung pao shrimp and orange chicken. [Pre-security in the food court]

Roasting Plant Coffee: Specialty coffee, pastries, grab and go wraps and salads and retail sale of coffee beans.[Main food hall court, pre-security]

Samovar Tea: Organic imported herbal teas, chai and ice teas; artisan toast, eggs and sandwiches and a selection of sweets [Main hall, pre-security]

Valencia St. Station: Comfort food, fast. [Near Gate A8]

Boarding Area G (Gates G91-G102)

A Quick Meal

1300 on Fillmore: Table service southern food, a branch of the SF restaurant, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. [Post-Secuirty near Gate G99]

24th & Mission Taco House: You might be a ways south of the famous SF intersection, but you're not far from tacos, burritos, and yes, bowls inspired by it. [Pre-security in the food court]

MumFresh: Vietnamese cuisine including pho broth bowls, bun noodle bowls and banh mi sandwiches. [Near Gate G93]

Deli-Up Café: Large deli sandwiches and salads, served with speed. Yogurt and baked goods for breakfast. [Near Gate G93]

Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo: Euro-style sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee, beer, and wine. [Near Gate G99]

Joe & The Juice: Juices, sandwiches, and coffee to fuel your trip.[Near gate G, post-security]

Koi Palace Express: The Daly City classic dim sum spot with small Chinese plates, noodle soups, roasted chicken and duck, and more. [Pre-security in the food court]

Napa Farms Market: A gourmet deli and bakery selling desserts and various prepared foods from Bay Area purveyors like Acme Bread and Cowgirl Creamery, plus Tyler Florence's rotisserie chicken, desserts and sauces from Yigit Pura's Tout Sweet Patisserie, and pizzas. [Near Gate G91]

Pick Up Stix: Asian Fusion, featuring Broccoli Beef, Orange Chicken, Chow Mein, and deep fried egg rolls [Main Hall Food Court (near Boarding Area A), Pre-Security]

Potrero Grill: American soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, and burgers, plus beer and wine. [Near boarding area G, pre-security]

Starbucks: Obviously, there's a Starbucks at the airport. You know the drill. [Main Hall, pre-security]

Sushi Machi: Japanese fare like sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and udon. [North food court near Boarding Area G, pre-security]

Tapas & Taps: California beer, wine, and cocktails plus small plates. [Pre-security in the food court]

Tomokazu: Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, noodles, and robata. [Near Gate 93]

Willow Street: Wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and salads. [North food court near Boarding Area G, pre-security]

TERMINAL 1

Boarding Area B (Gates 20-36)

A Quick Meal

Max's Eatz and Fresh Bakery: An outpost of the Bay Area deli chain, with sandwiches, salads, and the unexpected addition of BBQ. Breakfast sandwiches here are surprisingly decent. [Near Gate 23]

Willow Creek Grill: Pizza, sandwiches, salads, burgers, pasta, and breakfast items. [Near Gate 25]

A Leisurely Meal

Go Bistro: "Asian fusion" foods like beef satay skewers, spring rolls, and fried wontons, as well as a smoked unagi sandwich on a grilled roll with a side of thick-cut fries. Full bar. [Near Gate 24]

Boarding Area C (Gates 40-48)

A Quick Meal

Artisan Cafe and Bar: Freshly made sandwiches, salads, healthy snacks, chips, desserts and bottled beverages [Near Gate 42]

Dogpatch Bakehouse & Café: Espresso, breakfast options, salads, sandwiches and pastries, plus beer and wine. [Near Gate 45]

Green Beans Coffee: Coffee, espresso drinks, baked goods, sandwiches, and bagels. [Near entrance to Gates 40-48, pre-security]

Three Twins Ice Cream: This outpost of the popular Bay Area-based creamery offers organic ice cream, sweet and savory crepes, waffles, and pastries. [Near Gate 43]

TERMINAL 2

Boarding Area D (Gates 50-59)

A Quick Meal

Andalé Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, made-to-order Mexican entrees. [Near Gate 59]

Burger Joint: Niman Ranch burgers, hormone-free hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and sides. [Near Gate 58B]

Napa Farms Market: A gourmet deli and bakery selling desserts and various prepared foods from Bay Area purveyors like Acme Bread and Cowgirl Creamery, plus Tyler Florence's rotisserie chicken, desserts and sauces from Yigit Pura's Tout Sweet Patisserie, and pizzas. [Post-security retail area]

Peet's Coffee & Tea: Berkeley-based chain with coffee and tea, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and bottled beverages. Expect to pay more than you do at your neighborhood Peet's. [Near Gates 54 and 58]

The Plant Café Organic and Pinkberry: Healthy organic fare from the SF-based chain, with options like wraps and the cult-followed veggie burger. Paired with a branch of fro-yo giant Pinkberry. [Near Gate 51B]

Starbucks: The same no matter where you go. [T2 Departures Level, pre-security]

Wakaba: Japanese noodles, sushi, teriyaki, and bento boxes. Beer and sake also available. [Near Gate 55]

A Leisurely Meal

· Cat Cora: Iron Chef Cora provides a "diverse small plate menu," a raw bar, and a full cocktail bar and wine/beer list. [Near Gate 55]

· Lark Creek Grill: A full-service restaurant from the Lark Creek empire, with seafood, steak, and breakfast items. Full bar and beer and wine on tap. [Near Gate 50]

· Vino Volo: A decent wine bar with bites like olives and artisanal cheese, as well as small plates like braised pork tacos. Also the place to satisfy a flourless chocolate cake craving. [Post-security retail area]

TERMINAL 3

Boarding Area E (Gates 60-67)

A Quick Meal

Dogpatch Bakehouse & Caffé: Espresso, breakfast options, salads, sandwiches and pastries, plus beer and wine. [Near Gate 68]

Klein's Deli: Formerly located in Potrero Hill, Klein's sells coffee, cookies, made-to-order salads and sandwiches to take with you. Also serves beer and wine. [Near Gate 62]

Urban Tortilla: Made-to-order Mexican food. [Near Gate 63]

A Leisurely Meal

Mission Bar & Grill: Enjoy your layover with full bar and table service. Order steaks, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Also serves breakfast. [Near Gate 61]

Boarding Area F (Gates 68-90)

A Quick Meal

Andalé Mexican Restaurant: Fresh, made-to-order Mexican entrees. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

Amoura Cafe: Mediterranean cuisine with breakfast, sandwiches, salads and flat bread pizza. [Food court at entrance to Gates 80 through 90]

Burger King: All the Whoppers, chicken fries, nuggets and other classic American fast food you could want. [Near Gate 71]

Emporio Rulli: Full espresso bar, coffee, fresh baked Italian pastries and panini sandwiches. [Food court at entrance to Gates 80-90]

Emporio Rulli Gran Caffe: This "Italian dining bar" features soups, panini, espresso, and pastries. [Near Gate 79]

Firewood Café: Thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches, and gourmet salads. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

Fraiche: Housemade fresh and frozen yogurt from organic ingredients. [Near Gate 81]

Klein's Deli and Coffee Bar: Formerly located in Potrero Hill, Klein's sells coffee, cookies, made-to-order salads, and to-go sandwiches. Beer and wine too. [Near Gate 83]

Koi Palace: The Daly City classic dim sum spot with small Chinese plates, noodle soups, roasted chicken and duck, and more. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

Limon Rotisserie: The popular Mission restaurant serves Peruvian rotisserie chicken, with sides like yuca fries, empanadas, and breakfast bowls. [Food court at entrance to Gates 80 through 90]

Max's E.V.O.O. Café: From the same owner of Max's Restaurants with sandwiches, salads, soups and carvery entrees, plus bottled olive oil for sale. [Near Gate 70]

Peet's Coffee & Tea: Berkeley-based chain with coffee and tea, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and bottled beverages. Expect to pay more than you do at your neighborhood Peet's. [Near Gates 70, 73, 88, and in the pre-security Mezzanine Food Court]

Pie Five Pizza Co.: Traditional custom pizza that is ready in five minutes or less [Food court at entrance to Gates 80-90]

San Francisco Soup Company: Soup, salads, and sandwiches. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

Sankaku: Fast sushi, noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes, plus beer and sake. [Near Gate 71]

SF Giants Clubhouse: Watch sports, news, movies, and interactive entertainment an enjoy a menu of ballpark specialties like Crazy Crab sandwiches, Gilroy Garlic Fries and more. [Near Gate 82]

Starbucks: Where "venti" is an English word. [Arrivals level, pre-security]

Tomokazu: Japanese specialties, including sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, noodles, and robata. [Food court near entrance to Gates 80-90]

A Leisurely Meal

Gordon Biersch: American pub grub, including the popular garlic fries, and microbrewed beers. Full bar and table service. [Near Gate 74]

SF Uncork'd: Modern wine bar with craft beers and small plates. [Near Gate 85]

Union Street GastroPub: Local-leaning fare open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a large selection of local beer and wine. [Near Gate 70]

Yankee Pier: Fresh seafood, clam chowder, lobster, and crabs, including breakfast items like Dungeness crab eggs Benedict. Seafood is flown in twice daily, and the restaurant is committed to sustainable practices. Full bar and table service. [Near Gate 72]

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A Quick Meal

Marina's Cafe: Coffee, pastries, breakfast items, sandwiches and salads. [Level 4]

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