In the past few years, Filipino food has gotten a lot of attention in the Bay Area thanks to a fresh fleet of Filipino-American chefs whose new pop-ups, restaurants, and food trucks express unique points of view on a cuisine that, prior to this, never quite managed to enter the mainstream in the United States. But the truth is, the Bay Area has long been a center of Filipino culture and cuisine.
Today’s Filipino food scene in San Francisco and the East Bay is an exciting mix of old and new: you’ll find everything from classic “turo turo” steam table spots to new-school fine-dining pop-ups pushing the boundaries of laing and sisig. Some of these restaurants have brought Filipino flavors to trendy neighborhoods in Oakland and SF; others have been feeding long-established Filipino communities in cities like Hayward and San Leandro for years. Of course we’d be remiss not to mention the the Daly City area, which has the highest concentration of Filipinos in the entire country. Here’s a whole separate map dedicated to the deliciousness you’ll find there.
These 12 Filipino restaurants in SF and the East Bay are a good starting point toward showing the breadth and depth of the area’s Filipino restaurant scene.
A number of Bay Area restaurants have resumed dine-in service both outdoors and, in some cases, indoors. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More