San Francisco’s east side is slept on, full stop. The Bayview and Hunter’s Point sometimes don’t get their shine. The neighborhoods were once known as Butchertown, and during World War II the Navy’s use of the area’s shipyards contaminated the ground with radiation. That history is honored today by many of the businesses working to keep the Bayview lively and vibrant. Old Skool Cafe has held it down for a decade, fixing locals up with jobs in a swanky jazz club. Gumbo Social is a newcomer to the neighborhood, bringing a second-line band down Third Street upon moving in. There’s something for everyone in this historic area, so long as one is willing to peel back the layers and get to the neighborhood’s delicious core.Read More
14 Destination Restaurants in Bayview and Hunter’s Point
Excellent restaurants, breweries, and strong community vibes can be found in this neighborhood
The Southeast Community Center is a sprawling nexus for all kinds of neighborhood events, including San Francisco’s newest farmers market. Hungry Cafe, from Mohamed Ali Abdelmeguid, is tucked right inside, serving pastries, berry tartines, and Egyptian delights such as stewed okra bamia.
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This is 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. Folks pull through for the carne asada tacos, too, and Ray’s top-tier friendly and welcoming service.
All Good Pizza
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. The Neapolitan-style pies topped with local vegetables and meats are perfect for outdoor dining with picnic tables wide open in their succulent-filled beer garden.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Having risen from the figurative ashes, Speakeasy’s reopened brewery was a welcome phoenix in the Bayview beer scene. The taproom is a haven for sports games and a wide range of draft brew.
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. It also makes an effort to showcase produce from the neighborhood through vendors like Veritable Vegetable and Evergood Fine Foods meat.
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Tallio's Coffee & Tea
This coffee shop at 4732 Third Street brings specialty coffee to the Bayview in a big way, not that Butchertown Coffee and Bloomstock should be knocked. Owner Olton Rensch came to San Francisco in 1989 from Suriname, spending years working toward a business that could teach Black people in the city fancy coffee skills so their community could enjoy those same delicate pour-overs as any other neighborhood.
Radio Africa Kitchen
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 working with culinary greats like Joyce Goldstein and Daniel Humm until opening his Bayview restaurant in 2012.
Old Skool Cafe & Catering
This youth-run supper club has won accolades for its efforts in training and employing under-resourced 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. Live music performances are back, with servers usually weaving among red leather booths in zoot suit-style outfits.
Yvonne's Southern Sweets
What San Francisco legend 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-Ip cake (yup, incorporating the soda), and Southern classics like sweet potato and pecan pie.
Dontaye Ball is a farmers market mainstay in the city, especially in the Outer Sunset, and his new shop on Third Street even brought out Mayor London Breed for its opening. With customizable gumbo bowls and various po’ boys to choose from, Gumbo Social is a big time crowd pleaser.
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Craftsman and Wolves Den
Craftsman And Wolves’ Bayview location has all of the magic of the Valencia Street original — including innovative pastries such as the Rebel Within — plus major upgrades in the form of lunch and brunch. There are plenty of options, such as the Cubano, that are available only at the Bayview location.
What's The Scoop
With more than 40 flavors, What’s the Scoop, the neighborhood’s only ice cream shop, opened in November 2022 from music lover Anthony Womack. The parlor carries E-40’s Goon With The Spoon ice cream brand, but Womack also makes his own creations including a Frank Ocean nod called Channel Oreo.
This Cali-Mex outfit comes from husband and wife duo Kim Truong and Jorge Islas. A mainstay at Anchor Brewing until its closure in summer 2023, the roast duck tacos and caviar tostadas are now available in the Bayview as a permanent fixture for the first time as of August 2023.
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Laughing Monk Brewing
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.