Delivery services have made ordering food at home easier than ever in San Francisco, even though they can be ethically dicey. During the coronavirus crisis, with so many Bay Area folks hunkered down at home and practicing social distancing, restaurant delivery — whether it’s done in-house or via an app — has been a boon for diners who still wanted to support local restaurants even if they couldn’t safely eat out. But now, even though the city is reopening for indoor dining, let’s face it, delivery is here to stay — busy people love the convenience of a chicken salad (and garlic fries) on a Tuesday night. Here for your consideration, then, are San Francisco’s great delivery options, spanning all of the most obvious cuisines (pizza, Chinese, Mexican, etc.) with a few surprises mixed in.Read More
20 Restaurants That Nail Delivery in San Francisco
The best pizza, tacos, and noodles that come straight to you
1. The Italian Homemade Company
Choose a pasta and a sauce and hit the button for delivery to achieve ultimate Italian comfort in the comfort of your own home. Now with locations in North Beach, Cow Hollow, Hayes Valley, and Berkeley, this local chain also has superb lasagna, piadinis, salads, and desserts — all of which travel particularly well.
2. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Think pizza in San Francisco, and Tony's immediately comes to mind. Even when dining in is an option, it’s a good idea to skip the epic lines and order the myriad styles of pies, calzones, pasta, and more home for your convenience.
This neighborhood bistro does comfort food right, like the braised short rib, Brussels, and spaghettoni, but the burgers are the star. The Americana features your favorite melted cheese and house sauce, but instead of fries, spring for the shoestring onions. Delivery via Tock, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.
4. Buster's Cheese Steak
Perhaps the only spot in SF that really gets Philadelphia cheesesteak culture in all of its unfussy, best-after-midnight, unapologetically artery-clogging glory — and, beyond that, it’s a great comfort food delivery option. While you a slightly gussied up version if you request it, the basic Philly cheesesteak has everything you need: the grilled onions, the heaping pile of meat, and your cheese of choice (Whiz is the correct answer).
5. Hing Lung Company
This Cantonese barbecue shop’s crackly-skinned roast pig and succulent, honey-brushed char siu make for some of most luxurious bites in the whole city. For most of Hing Lung’s existence, delivery was never an option, but to add another revenue stream, co-owner Eric Cheung finally signed onto Uber Eats and DoorDash under the moniker “Go Duck Yourself.” Old school Cantonese comfort food is the name of the game here: superlative roast duck and other barbecue meats, served either on their own or as part of a rice plate.
6. De Afghanan Kabob House
Order delivery from the SF location of the Bay Area’s most widely acclaimed Afghan restaurant if you’re in the mood for its impeccably grilled kebabs, served over “brown” rice (actually white rice soaked deliciously in meat juices) with a side of zippy green hot sauce, and its assortment of crisp-edged bolani (stuffed flatbreads).
7. Mandalay Restaurant
One of San Francisco’s oldest and most well regarded Burmese restaurants, Mandalay also offers its full menu for delivery. The restaurant’s colorful, crunchy Burmese salads — including what’s probably the best fermented tea leaf salad in the city — are great to-go options, as are the intensely flavorful soups and noodle dishes.
8. Turtle Tower Restaurant
Beef pho is not the best food for delivery, what with the raw beef and all. But Turtle Tower is particularly well known for its chicken pho, so take advantage when you need a big, hot bowl of the stuff — available for delivery from the restaurant’s original Larkin Street and Outer Richmond locations.
Mamahuhu features Michelin-starred chef Brandon Jew’s on classic Chinese-American takeout dishes like sweet and sour chicken — available for delivery, too. Marvel, then, at how crispy that chicken stays, even after traveling all the way to your home, and how difficult it is to stop eating the fiery mushroom-based mapo tofu. Get a couple of orders of jade fried rice to soak up the delicious sauces.
10. Square Pie Guys (Multiple Locations)
Detroit-style pies have become a point of obsession in the Bay Area for folks who like their pizzas extra-thick and extra-crunchy. Square Pie Guys’s crispy-edged, rectangular pizzas topped with classic pepperoni or elaborate combinations have always been prepared with takeout or delivery in mind, making them perfect for the pandemic era.
11. Souvla (Multiple Locations)
Fast-casual Greek mini-chain Souvla has long excelled at takeout friendly food, with favorites like lamb salads, chicken wraps, Greek fries with harissa dip, and Greek frozen yogurt with baklava crumbles. The full menu, from fry-topped salads to mineral-crisp wines, is also available for delivery from all locations.
12. 4505 Burgers & BBQ
4505's essential burger and top-notch sandwiches are technically available for delivery, but it's best to stick with the barbecue plates for this one. Meats and sides travel well, and can be ordered in varying quantities for as many people as you need to feed. Pro tip: For the best experience, ask for the fatty cut of the brisket.
13. RT Rotisserie
San Francisco, CA 94102
This rotisserie-focused spinoff of Rich Table from chef/owners Sarah and Evan Rich normally has seating for diners who order their chicken, pork, or roasted cauliflower at the counter with plans to linger (though for now this option is suspended) — but it's also aimed squarely at the growing delivery market (now to Peninsula customers, too, via a new Redwood City virtual kitchen). It is offering a full menu of their rotisserie items plain or in sandwich form, plus salads and even chicken soup.
Two-year old Inner Sunset Korean spot Um.ma made a name for itself during the pandemic era of takeout and delivery with dishes like the “rockin’ roe” (a thick layer of multi-colored roe over black rice) or the KFC (Korean fried chicken wings). It’s still cranking out delicious tofu soups and seafood pancakes for delivery on all the third-party apps.
15. Lers Ros Thai
San Francisco, CA 94103
Thai curries and noodles travel especially well, and Lers Ros is the city's standard-bearer for delivery Thai. Beyond the Mission store, there are Hayes Valley and Tenderloin locations, too.
16. Hawker Fare
James Syhabout might be better known for his two-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Commis, but his casual Lao Isaan spot in the Mission is where it’s at if your looking for for bold, fish sauce-forward delivery fare. Much of the menu travels well, but highlights include the khao mun gai (poached chicken over rice), Isaan pork sausage, and blistered green beans.
17. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
Farmhouse Kitchen, the hip Thai eatery with locations in Menlo Park, the Mission District, and Oakland, offers a vast menu of noodle soups, red and green curries, rice paper rolls, and house specialties like Thai southern-style fried chicken served with roti and a yellow curry dipping sauce and braised short ribs in panang curry with blue rice, all available for delivery.
Toyose, an Outer Sunset spot located inside a converted garage, is just as well known for its excellent Korean food (its kimchi pancake is particularly beloved) as it is for its long wait times. These days, it offers fast and efficient takeout (call 415-731-0232) and delivery via a couple of apps. If you get the pancake, ask for extra “special sauce” — the container they use is a little tiny, so you’ll definitely need two.
19. La Espiga De Oro
San Francisco, CA 94110
One of the Mission’s great, somewhat less widely heralded burrito joints, La Espiga De Oro is a great pick if you want a couple of breakfast burritos delivered first thing in the morning, or a juicy carne asada burrito, which comes with the tortilla nicely griddled on the outside. Not in the mood for a burrito? Give one of the pupusas a try.
20. Kaisen Don
Delivery sushi can be touch and go, but Kaisen Don, a relative newcomer out in Ingleside, is a great option. You can get big trays trays of rolls here, if you’ve got a large family to feed, but the restaurant’s main point of distinction is its wide selection of chirashi bowls — various assortments of sliced fish served over rice, in the perfect portion for the solo at-home sushi eater.