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21 Great Places to Eat and Drink Outside in San Francisco

All the best patios, rooftops, and parklets for outdoor dining

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San Francisco may be known for its chilly summers, but outdoor dining is still the safer way to actually sit down at a restaurant these days. Restaurants across the city have embraced the challenge, and decked out their outdoor spaces during the pandemic. Check out 21 of the city's best outdoor respites, from those who were already graced with rooftops and patios, to others who got creative with parking lots and parklets. (And fear not: If the temperature drops and Karl the Fog blows in off the bay, most restaurants come prepared with heat lamps, awnings, and even blankets.)

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA
(415) 386-8439
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Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too.

2. Hook Fish Co

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4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 569-4984
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The Outer Sunset location of Hook Fish Co. has yet to reopen indoors, which is just as well because the restaurant now has a handsome wooden parklet out front for on-site outdoor dining. Order your responsibly sourced fish tacos and ceviche online or at the door and enjoy your food while you take in the ocean breeze. 

The parklet at Hook Fish Co. will more than double the restaurant’s seating Hook Fish Co.

3. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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Fiorella’s dining rooms, with Instagrammable wallpaper featuring images of Bay Area landmarks and icons, has gotten all the love, but the restaurant’s locations on Clement and the newly opened Inner Sunset outpost offer great outdoor options too. In the Richmond, the backyard garden patio is an inviting option while the Inner Sunset spot has a rooftop deck dressed up with string lights.

The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

4. um.ma

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1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-5777
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This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, but it’s actually setting out grills on those picnic tables so diners can get the full Korean barbecue experience with fire and smoke — think short ribs, rib eye, and pork belly, and all of the works.

The back patio at Um.ma set up for outdoor grilling Um.ma

5. Zazie

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941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 564-5332
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Zazie is an SF classic for brunch; it’s also a winner for its charming patio, which is desirable day and night. Lush vines climb up the walls, giving brunch a garden party vibe. Don’t worry, there are heat lamps for when the fog inevitably rolls in.

Zazie
Zazie

6. Sessions at the Presidio

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1 Letterman Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 655-9413
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Never forget that San Francisco has a national park within the seven by seven, and several lovely restaurants within that beautiful natural setting. Sessions is a gastropub with generous indoor and outdoor space, so guests can sip craft beer, dig into cheese dumplings, and breathe in the eucalyptus trees.

Sessions

7. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

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705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 231-6993
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Patio seating comprises most of the seating at Ryan Farr's popular Divis 'cue palace, where diners can enjoy their brisket and pulled pork al fresco. The full patio and outdoor dining (housed in a shipping container) offers buckets of ice cold beer. And, if the lines are thick, bring a picnic blanket and tote your provisions to the Panhandle.

4505 Burgers and BBQ

8. Starbelly

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3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 252-7500
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Starbelly’s patio is spacious, and filled with plants for an outdoors-in kind of feel. It’s also covered, which is a big plus in San Francisco’s breezy summers. It’s especially pleasant for brunch, when chilaquiles and loco moco can be enjoyed al fresco.

Starbelly Naseema Khan

9. Wildseed

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Adriano Paganini’s Cow Hollow restaurant is more than just a hip spot for a pseudo-healthy cocktail made with tea or aloe. Wildseed’s plant-based pizzas, topped with Beyond sausage and cashew mozzarella, and Impossible burger are enjoyable even for omnivores. While the dining room is chic and full of plant life, the clean white parklet is perhaps the best seat in the house — and often bustling.

The clean white, wooden parklets at Wildseed Patricia Chang

10. Anina

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482 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA

The patio is open at Anina, right in the heart of Hayes Valley, allowing patio drinkers to consume bowls of well-made cocktails, beneath the string lights. The small kitchen sometimes hosts pop-ups that provide a rotation of different snacks.

Anina’s patio Anthony Healy-London

11. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

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900 North Point St Ste B201
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 347-8888
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From the same legendary dumpling team as Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux, Palette has the good fortune to inhabit historic Ghirardelli Square. Take a seat outside on the plaza for colorful soup dumplings, scallop siu mai, and salted egg lava bao.

12. Zeitgeist

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199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 255-7505
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This grungy, come-as-you-are Mission spot offers pitchers of beers, great bloody Marys, and a warm place to bask during one of San Francisco's rare summery moments. A roomy patio filled with picnic tables is the scene.

13. Prubechu

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2224 Mission St #A
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 853-0671
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Prubechu Guamanian restaurant took over the parking lot just alongside its building, moving the Chamorro party outside in the heart of the Mission. It’s a big patio setup, perfect for the occasional pig roast. 

Outdoor seating during Prubechu’s first day of offering dine-in service Prubechu

14. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 648-7600
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An enclosed patio with strung lights and a a movie projected onto one of the walls is hard to resist. This classic SF patio is one of the best around, and its eclectic menu and great cocktail list seal the deal. Check the website for upcoming showings of classic movies.

The outdoor dining space at Foreign Cinema, sandwiched between two buildings Foreign Cinema

15. El Techo

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2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 550-6970
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Ascend to the roof of Lolinda and avoid the hectic streets of the Mission at El Techo. Simultaneously one of the best views and patios in town, this glass-enclosed perch has Mexican small plates and pitchers of refreshing cocktails galore. It's great for catching up over a pitcher or two of sangrias — just watch the stairs on the way down.

El Techno de Lolinda

16. Charmaine's

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1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(628) 895-2055
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This rooftop bar above the mid-Market Proper Hotel boasts quality drinks from the Bon Vivants of Trick Dog fame, food from resident chef Jason Fox, and stellar views courtesy of the San Francisco skyline. Pre-pandemic, it was crowded and scene-y, but now, one can actually reserve.

17. The Vault Garden

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555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 508-4675
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The Vault, like many businesses, transformed during the pandemic, going from a clubby underground lair to bursting above ground as one of the biggest outdoor dining spaces in the city — and completely taking over the plaza at the base of the Bank of America building. Cocktails, bites, and full plates are as polished as ever, thanks to the team from Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group (Trestle, Corridor), and there are fun outdoor events, like drag brunches.

18. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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Is there anything better than enjoying a plate of fresh pasta or spit-roasted meat al fresco? Well, ok, maybe. But in any case, if you’re craving California Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The parklet is one of the best in town, wrapped in warm woods and draped with lush greenery. Just remember: never skip dessert.  

The parklet at Cotogna, one of the best in San Francisco Patricia Chang

19. Waterbar Restaurant

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399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 284-9922
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Sister restaurants Waterbar and Epic Steak both have gorgeous patios on the Embarcadero with prime views of the twinkling Bay Bridge. Grab a seat in the sun when it’s out, or relax beneath the covered patio and bar area. Eating a lobster roll or steak on either patio is a power move any time of day or night.

Waterbar is hosting its seventh annual OysterFest.
Waterbar is hosting its seventh annual OysterFest.
Waterbar

20. Red's Java House

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Pier 30
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5626
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Classic San Francisco is alive and well and eating a cheeseburger served on a roll at Red’s Java House. The waterfront business has operated since the 1930s, under the name Red’s since 1955. There’s nothing fancy about the food — fish and chips are a popular order — and not much fuss about the patio, where old tables have a prime view onto the water and the Bay Bridge.

21. Mission Rock Resort

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817 Terry a Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA
(415) 701-7625
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Feast on oysters and crab Louie beneath cheerful umbrellas on this waterfront patio in Dogpatch. There’s plenty of room, plus a view of some boats and other waterfront-y stuff that you can’t find inland. It’s best at brunch, when the sun is shining in one of SF’s least foggy neighborhoods.

Mission Rock Resort

1. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA

Grab a pitcher of Riptide Red, snag a sunny spot in the grass and watch the afternoon disappear. This little oasis is a great place to relax after a romp on Ocean Beach or in Golden Gate Park. It's dog- and kid-friendly, too.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA

2. Hook Fish Co

4542 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Read Review |
The parklet at Hook Fish Co. will more than double the restaurant’s seating Hook Fish Co.

The Outer Sunset location of Hook Fish Co. has yet to reopen indoors, which is just as well because the restaurant now has a handsome wooden parklet out front for on-site outdoor dining. Order your responsibly sourced fish tacos and ceviche online or at the door and enjoy your food while you take in the ocean breeze. 

4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

3. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
The rooftop deck at Fiorella Sunset dressed up with string lights and a retractable awning Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

Fiorella’s dining rooms, with Instagrammable wallpaper featuring images of Bay Area landmarks and icons, has gotten all the love, but the restaurant’s locations on Clement and the newly opened Inner Sunset outpost offer great outdoor options too. In the Richmond, the backyard garden patio is an inviting option while the Inner Sunset spot has a rooftop deck dressed up with string lights.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. um.ma

1220 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
The back patio at Um.ma set up for outdoor grilling Um.ma

This cool Korean barbecue spot in the Sunset not only has a sweet back patio, but it’s actually setting out grills on those picnic tables so diners can get the full Korean barbecue experience with fire and smoke — think short ribs, rib eye, and pork belly, and all of the works.

1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

5. Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA
Zazie
Zazie

Zazie is an SF classic for brunch; it’s also a winner for its charming patio, which is desirable day and night. Lush vines climb up the walls, giving brunch a garden party vibe. Don’t worry, there are heat lamps for when the fog inevitably rolls in.

941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA

6. Sessions at the Presidio

1 Letterman Dr, San Francisco, CA 94129
Sessions

Never forget that San Francisco has a national park within the seven by seven, and several lovely restaurants within that beautiful natural setting. Sessions is a gastropub with generous indoor and outdoor space, so guests can sip craft beer, dig into cheese dumplings, and breathe in the eucalyptus trees.

1 Letterman Dr
San Francisco, CA 94129

7. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA
4505 Burgers and BBQ

Patio seating comprises most of the seating at Ryan Farr's popular Divis 'cue palace, where diners can enjoy their brisket and pulled pork al fresco. The full patio and outdoor dining (housed in a shipping container) offers buckets of ice cold beer. And, if the lines are thick, bring a picnic blanket and tote your provisions to the Panhandle.

705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA

8. Starbelly

3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Starbelly Naseema Khan

Starbelly’s patio is spacious, and filled with plants for an outdoors-in kind of feel. It’s also covered, which is a big plus in San Francisco’s breezy summers. It’s especially pleasant for brunch, when chilaquiles and loco moco can be enjoyed al fresco.

3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA

9. Wildseed

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
The clean white, wooden parklets at Wildseed Patricia Chang

Adriano Paganini’s Cow Hollow restaurant is more than just a hip spot for a pseudo-healthy cocktail made with tea or aloe. Wildseed’s plant-based pizzas, topped with Beyond sausage and cashew mozzarella, and Impossible burger are enjoyable even for omnivores. While the dining room is chic and full of plant life, the clean white parklet is perhaps the best seat in the house — and often bustling.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Anina

482 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA
Anina’s patio Anthony Healy-London

The patio is open at Anina, right in the heart of Hayes Valley, allowing patio drinkers to consume bowls of well-made cocktails, beneath the string lights. The small kitchen sometimes hosts pop-ups that provide a rotation of different snacks.

482 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA

11. Palette Tea House & Dim Sum 彩籠

900 North Point St Ste B201, San Francisco, CA 94109

From the same legendary dumpling team as Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux, Palette has the good fortune to inhabit historic Ghirardelli Square. Take a seat outside on the plaza for colorful soup dumplings, scallop siu mai, and salted egg lava bao.

900 North Point St Ste B201
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. Zeitgeist

199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

This grungy, come-as-you-are Mission spot offers pitchers of beers, great bloody Marys, and a warm place to bask during one of San Francisco's rare summery moments. A roomy patio filled with picnic tables is the scene.

199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA

13. Prubechu

2224 Mission St #A, San Francisco, CA 94110
Outdoor seating during Prubechu’s first day of offering dine-in service Prubechu

Prubechu Guamanian restaurant took over the parking lot just alongside its building, moving the Chamorro party outside in the heart of the Mission. It’s a big patio setup, perfect for the occasional pig roast. 

2224 Mission St #A
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
The outdoor dining space at Foreign Cinema, sandwiched between two buildings Foreign Cinema

An enclosed patio with strung lights and a a movie projected onto one of the walls is hard to resist. This classic SF patio is one of the best around, and its eclectic menu and great cocktail list seal the deal. Check the website for upcoming showings of classic movies.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

15. El Techo

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
El Techno de Lolinda

Ascend to the roof of Lolinda and avoid the hectic streets of the Mission at El Techo. Simultaneously one of the best views and patios in town, this glass-enclosed perch has Mexican small plates and pitchers of refreshing cocktails galore. It's great for catching up over a pitcher or two of sangrias — just watch the stairs on the way down.

2518 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

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16. Charmaine's

1100 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This rooftop bar above the mid-Market Proper Hotel boasts quality drinks from the Bon Vivants of Trick Dog fame, food from resident chef Jason Fox, and stellar views courtesy of the San Francisco skyline. Pre-pandemic, it was crowded and scene-y, but now, one can actually reserve.

1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. The Vault Garden

555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104

The Vault, like many businesses, transformed during the pandemic, going from a clubby underground lair to bursting above ground as one of the biggest outdoor dining spaces in the city — and completely taking over the plaza at the base of the Bank of America building. Cocktails, bites, and full plates are as polished as ever, thanks to the team from Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group (Trestle, Corridor), and there are fun outdoor events, like drag brunches.

555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

18. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
The parklet at Cotogna, one of the best in San Francisco Patricia Chang

Is there anything better than enjoying a plate of fresh pasta or spit-roasted meat al fresco? Well, ok, maybe. But in any case, if you’re craving California Italian cuisine, Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s more casual restaurant (that’s compared to the Michelin-starred Quince) is an essential option. The parklet is one of the best in town, wrapped in warm woods and draped with lush greenery. Just remember: never skip dessert.  

490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

19. Waterbar Restaurant

399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Waterbar is hosting its seventh annual OysterFest.
Waterbar is hosting its seventh annual OysterFest.
Waterbar

Sister restaurants Waterbar and Epic Steak both have gorgeous patios on the Embarcadero with prime views of the twinkling Bay Bridge. Grab a seat in the sun when it’s out, or relax beneath the covered patio and bar area. Eating a lobster roll or steak on either patio is a power move any time of day or night.

399 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

20. Red's Java House

Pier 30, San Francisco, CA 94105

Classic San Francisco is alive and well and eating a cheeseburger served on a roll at Red’s Java House. The waterfront business has operated since the 1930s, under the name Red’s since 1955. There’s nothing fancy about the food — fish and chips are a popular order — and not much fuss about the patio, where old tables have a prime view onto the water and the Bay Bridge.

Pier 30
San Francisco, CA 94105

21. Mission Rock Resort

817 Terry a Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Mission Rock Resort

Feast on oysters and crab Louie beneath cheerful umbrellas on this waterfront patio in Dogpatch. There’s plenty of room, plus a view of some boats and other waterfront-y stuff that you can’t find inland. It’s best at brunch, when the sun is shining in one of SF’s least foggy neighborhoods.

817 Terry a Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA

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