When the Central Freeway was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, it liberated Hayes Valley and allowed it to grow into the burgeoning neighborhood it is today — with tons of boutiques, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. You can't walk more than 10 feet in the area without stumbling onto another gem, as you'll see from this tightly packed map. The many choices, from sushi omakase counters to vegan pasta, stuffed pizza, and more, are available for takeout and delivery as well as on-site, sit-down dining.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More