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Where to Get Takeout in Bayview-Hunters Point

Excellent restaurants, several breweries, and strong community vibes can be found in this SF neighborhood

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It’s impossible to ignore the incredible feeling of community in Bayview-Hunters Point. A respite from triple-digit tasting menus and precious cocktail bars, this is a neighborhood where warehouses are being turned into breweries and distilleries adorned with murals from local artists; restaurants — at least during pre-pandemic times — are community centers playing host to regular gatherings and events; and businesses work together to create one of the most unique, dynamic neighborhoods in San Francisco.

Whether you’re a regular to the neighborhood or have yet to venture south of Dogpatch, here are the top spots to get you into the Bayview groove — with a focus, of course, on places that are currently open for takeout and delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Laguna

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3906 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 401-9420
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The Bayview’s taqueria of choice thanks in no small part to the dedication of Renato “Ray” Guerrero, who channels his heart and soul into recipes for carnitas and an enviable horchata. Online orders are still open for no-frills, tasty takeout.

2. Sunday Gather

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4100 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 206-1771
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Formerly known as Huli Huli, this spot originally became a staple in the community thanks to their close work with Project Bayview — many of the employees lived upstairs in the Project’s men’s and women’s homes. Despite rebranding, it’s still got food coma-inducing classic Hawaiian rice plates and SPAM musubi for takeout and delivery. But the menu has added on milk tea buns and mochi muffins, and is currently guest starring bubble tea from Boba Guys.

3. All Good Pizza

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1605 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 933-9384
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Centered around a brick pizza oven housed in a shipping container, All Good Pizza is easily one of the best under-the-radar spots for outdoor eating and drinking. Right now, the Neapolitan-style pies topped with local vegetables and meats are all available for takeout, and as soon as outdoor dining opens up, the picnic tables are wide open in their succulent-filled beer garden.

4. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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1195 Evans Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 642-3371
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Having risen from the figurative ashes, Speakeasy’s reopened brewery was a welcome phoenix in the Bayview beer scene. The tap room has currently got six-packs and kegs to go, available for pickup mid-week.

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5. Tato

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4608 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 948-0974
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This hip, comfortable Bayview spot also came from Kristin Houk, a local booster and owner of nearby All Good Pizza. She’s based menu items, like chicken tinga tostadas and mango coconut shrimp ceviche, off recipes she learned from her son’s grandmother, a chef in Mexico City. Tato — a nickname for her son — boasts a full, inviting bar for margaritas and more, and the overall effort is to showcase produce from the neighborhood through vendors like Veritable Vegetable and Evergood Fine Foods meat. Fortunately, the tacos and margaritas are still available for both takeout and delivery.

6. Radio Africa Kitchen

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4800 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 826-9660
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The passion project of Ethiopian-born chef Eskender Aseged, Radio Africa seamlessly blends North African, Mediterranean, and Ethiopian flavors on a regularly changing menu that’s become a staple in Bayview’s culinary landscape. Aseged began Radio Africa as a catering operation and pop-up while while working with culinary greats like Joyce Goldstein and Daniel Humm until opening his Bayview brick-and-mortar in 2012. Instead of his usual Community Tuesdays, which feature a prix fixe menu and musicians and artists from the neighborhood, he’s now open for takeout on Tuesdays, so regulars can still get saffron prawns and lamb couscous.

7. Old Skool Cafe & Catering

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1429 Mendell St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-8531
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This youth-run supper club has won accolades for its efforts in training and employing at-risk kids in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods since opening in 2012. The praise is well-deserved, not least because the cafe is home to a menu of truly excellent “global soul food” (think fried chicken and ribs alongside Tongan-style ceviche and peanut butter stew). The live music performances are on hold, and fans are missing the transportive ‘40s jazz-style space — servers usually weave among red leather booths in zoot suit-style outfits. But for now, Old Skool is still rocking curbside pickup.

Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

8. Yvonne's Southern Sweets

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2302, 5128 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 368-7900
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What SF native Yvonne Hines started with pralines now includes cakes, cobblers, and sweets for all occasions. The self-taught baker opened her shop in 2003, and she’s grown popular for confections like cookies, 7-up cake (yup, incorporating the soda), and Southern classics like sweet potato and pecan pie. At the moment, she’s got a curbside pickup, with a changing weekly menu.

9. Frisco Fried

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5176 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-1517
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Frisco Fried may well make the best fried chicken in San Francisco, thanks to a shatter-crisp crust and succulent, juicy meat. But don’t let the chicken prevent you from trying the other goodies at this Bayview staple — fried fish, oysters, and prawns are well worth sampling, as is the chef’s special caramelized garlic butter crab, with a side of collard greens. Call in to pick up, or get delivery through a few different apps.

10. Craftsman and Wolves Den

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1598 Yosemite Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 423-3337
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Craftsman And Wolves’ Bayview location has all of the magic of the Valencia Street original — innovative pastries, Rebels Within — plus major upgrades in the form of lunch and brunch. Order online for pickup on weekday mornings, or get delivery through Caviar.

11. Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue

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1465 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 648-8881
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The first rule of Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue is that you don’t talk about Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you do have to play it right to sample Bill Lee’s magnificent barbecue ribs, brisket, and pork, available from a to-go window carved into a, right, warehouse. Rule one: Clear a weekday afternoon; they’re only open Monday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, for takeout or delivery. Rule two: Order ahead, because they will run out. Rule three: Always say yes to the jalapeño bacon mac ‘n’ cheese.  Rule four: Make time for a nap. It’s well worth it.

Brisket, hotlinks, pork ribs
Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue/Yelp

12. Laughing Monk Brewing

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1439 Egbert Ave a
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 890-5970
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This lively brewery and tap room is usually a favorite hangout for chill vibes, memorable events (beer yoga! Drag queen bingo!), and really excellent beer. Laughing Monk features a creative mix of American and Belgian beer styles laced with plenty of California flavors; the Belgian-style Bayview Gold is a golden ale brewed with chamomile from Bayview community gardens. Order online for pickup and delivery.

1. La Laguna

3906 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

The Bayview’s taqueria of choice thanks in no small part to the dedication of Renato “Ray” Guerrero, who channels his heart and soul into recipes for carnitas and an enviable horchata. Online orders are still open for no-frills, tasty takeout.

3906 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

2. Sunday Gather

4100 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Formerly known as Huli Huli, this spot originally became a staple in the community thanks to their close work with Project Bayview — many of the employees lived upstairs in the Project’s men’s and women’s homes. Despite rebranding, it’s still got food coma-inducing classic Hawaiian rice plates and SPAM musubi for takeout and delivery. But the menu has added on milk tea buns and mochi muffins, and is currently guest starring bubble tea from Boba Guys.

4100 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

3. All Good Pizza

1605 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Centered around a brick pizza oven housed in a shipping container, All Good Pizza is easily one of the best under-the-radar spots for outdoor eating and drinking. Right now, the Neapolitan-style pies topped with local vegetables and meats are all available for takeout, and as soon as outdoor dining opens up, the picnic tables are wide open in their succulent-filled beer garden.

1605 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

4. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

1195 Evans Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Brian Stechschulte

Having risen from the figurative ashes, Speakeasy’s reopened brewery was a welcome phoenix in the Bayview beer scene. The tap room has currently got six-packs and kegs to go, available for pickup mid-week.

1195 Evans Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

5. Tato

4608 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

This hip, comfortable Bayview spot also came from Kristin Houk, a local booster and owner of nearby All Good Pizza. She’s based menu items, like chicken tinga tostadas and mango coconut shrimp ceviche, off recipes she learned from her son’s grandmother, a chef in Mexico City. Tato — a nickname for her son — boasts a full, inviting bar for margaritas and more, and the overall effort is to showcase produce from the neighborhood through vendors like Veritable Vegetable and Evergood Fine Foods meat. Fortunately, the tacos and margaritas are still available for both takeout and delivery.

4608 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

6. Radio Africa Kitchen

4800 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

The passion project of Ethiopian-born chef Eskender Aseged, Radio Africa seamlessly blends North African, Mediterranean, and Ethiopian flavors on a regularly changing menu that’s become a staple in Bayview’s culinary landscape. Aseged began Radio Africa as a catering operation and pop-up while while working with culinary greats like Joyce Goldstein and Daniel Humm until opening his Bayview brick-and-mortar in 2012. Instead of his usual Community Tuesdays, which feature a prix fixe menu and musicians and artists from the neighborhood, he’s now open for takeout on Tuesdays, so regulars can still get saffron prawns and lamb couscous.

4800 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

7. Old Skool Cafe & Catering

1429 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

This youth-run supper club has won accolades for its efforts in training and employing at-risk kids in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods since opening in 2012. The praise is well-deserved, not least because the cafe is home to a menu of truly excellent “global soul food” (think fried chicken and ribs alongside Tongan-style ceviche and peanut butter stew). The live music performances are on hold, and fans are missing the transportive ‘40s jazz-style space — servers usually weave among red leather booths in zoot suit-style outfits. But for now, Old Skool is still rocking curbside pickup.

1429 Mendell St
San Francisco, CA 94124

8. Yvonne's Southern Sweets

2302, 5128 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

What SF native Yvonne Hines started with pralines now includes cakes, cobblers, and sweets for all occasions. The self-taught baker opened her shop in 2003, and she’s grown popular for confections like cookies, 7-up cake (yup, incorporating the soda), and Southern classics like sweet potato and pecan pie. At the moment, she’s got a curbside pickup, with a changing weekly menu.

2302, 5128 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

9. Frisco Fried

5176 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Frisco Fried may well make the best fried chicken in San Francisco, thanks to a shatter-crisp crust and succulent, juicy meat. But don’t let the chicken prevent you from trying the other goodies at this Bayview staple — fried fish, oysters, and prawns are well worth sampling, as is the chef’s special caramelized garlic butter crab, with a side of collard greens. Call in to pick up, or get delivery through a few different apps.

5176 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

10. Craftsman and Wolves Den

1598 Yosemite Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Craftsman And Wolves’ Bayview location has all of the magic of the Valencia Street original — innovative pastries, Rebels Within — plus major upgrades in the form of lunch and brunch. Order online for pickup on weekday mornings, or get delivery through Caviar.

1598 Yosemite Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

11. Smokin' Warehouse Barbecue

1465 Carroll Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Brisket, hotlinks, pork ribs
Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue/Yelp

The first rule of Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue is that you don’t talk about Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you do have to play it right to sample Bill Lee’s magnificent barbecue ribs, brisket, and pork, available from a to-go window carved into a, right, warehouse. Rule one: Clear a weekday afternoon; they’re only open Monday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, for takeout or delivery. Rule two: Order ahead, because they will run out. Rule three: Always say yes to the jalapeño bacon mac ‘n’ cheese.  Rule four: Make time for a nap. It’s well worth it.

1465 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124

12. Laughing Monk Brewing

1439 Egbert Ave a, San Francisco, CA 94124

This lively brewery and tap room is usually a favorite hangout for chill vibes, memorable events (beer yoga! Drag queen bingo!), and really excellent beer. Laughing Monk features a creative mix of American and Belgian beer styles laced with plenty of California flavors; the Belgian-style Bayview Gold is a golden ale brewed with chamomile from Bayview community gardens. Order online for pickup and delivery.

1439 Egbert Ave a
San Francisco, CA 94124

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