Nearly every restaurant has been forced into delivery because of the pandemic, even though delivery companies can be ethically dicey, but if there’s an upside, it’s that restaurants are reaching a wider audience in the city, unbound by cars sprinting to bring food to your door. Even though the city is already widely open for in-person dining, let’s face it, delivery is here to stay — busy people love the convenience of Filipino food at their door. 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
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.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
This neighborhood bistro does comfort food right, like the braised short rib and Brussels, 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 DoorDash.
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 can get 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).
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 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.
Turntable at Lord Stanley
The switch in format to pop-up host at Lord Stanley’s will mean a constantly shifting delivery menu, but that is also part of the fun of ordering food from the Russian Hill favorite: a chance to try food from a visiting, out-of-town chef. Among the concepts Turntable has hosted is Pecking House, from New York’s Eric Huang, which brought Huang’s chile fried chicken to San Francisco, with other, not-typically-available-in-San-Francisco chef collaborations to come.
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).
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.
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 take on classic Chinese-American dishes like sweet and sour chicken — and it’s 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.
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 any time.
Filipino food delivery wasn’t always as plentiful as it is today, but Uncle Tito is a standout for bringing its specific brand of Filipino-American food to San Francisco homes. Their “wing flight” offers a taste of both their garlic adobo- and tocino-flavored wings, for instance, and the bistek chistek offers Filipino bistek, Philly cheesesteak-style. They also offer a number of classic dishes, and for larger groups, don’t sleep on the baon boxes. The window for delivery is brief — Friday through Sunday, currently — but worth planning for.
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.
This rotisserie-focused spinoff of Rich Table from chef/owners Sarah and Evan Rich has seating for diners who want to order their chicken, pork, or roasted cauliflower and linger for indoor dining — but it's also aiming 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.
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.
Lers Ros Thai
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.
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.
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.
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.