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Where to Eat in Hayes Valley

A vetted guide to outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery across Hayes Valley

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Robin

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620 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 548-2429
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Robin joins a flood of omakase sushi restaurants but stands out from the rest with adventurous twists on classic nigiri: Think potato chip nigiri with grilled ramp aioli and Ossetra caviar and seared canary rockfish, served with its liver, grapefruit ponzu, and chives. A menu of items divided into lean fish, fatty fish, not fish, dishes, and hand rolls are also available a la carte. This deeply personal restaurant of chef Adam Tortosa, is dramatic, moody, and definitely an experience, even though these days it’s takeout only — its no-substitution to-go boxes are available for pickup here.

2. BAIA

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300 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-0625
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The first weekend vegan Italian comfort spot Baia opened for takeout in the massive Hayes Valley space that once housed Jardiniere, it sold out of popular dishes like its plant-based mozzarella sticks in a flash. The restaurant is the first SF spot in plant-based empire-builder Matthew Kenney’s domain, and the first outing by SF tech/philanthropy vets Kyle and Tracy Vogt, who worked with Kenney to develop the all-vegan menu. For now, the restaurant is also home to a plant-based popup called Woodblock Sushi, which promises fishless versions of popular rolls. Order takeout from Baia here and Woodblock Sushi here, or delivery via all the usual apps.

3. Little Gem

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400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 914-0501
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This farm-driven restaurant is a very pleasant and relatively affordable option for those looking for healthy, tasty choices (every item on the menu is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and is also free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar). Outdoor dining is available during the day on weekdays, takeout can be ordered online here, and delivery is via Caviar, Doordash, or Uber Eats.

4. Birba

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458 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Opened in 2014, Birba is a small wine bar with an outsize list and winning Italian and Spanish small plates. Its lovely backyard patio is available for outdoor dining seven days a week, and if you want something to go, there’s food, bottles, and even sundries available in its online shop.

5. Monsieur Benjamin

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451 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 403-2233
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The prices aren’t cheap at this popular French bistro from chef Corey Lee (Benu) — appetizers average about $18 a piece while main courses are around $30 — but the refined, indulgent food with a modern spin has found an audience because, prior to the pandemic, this place was always packed. These days, it’s easier to get a bite of Benjamin, as its dinner menu is available to go, outdoor dining is also available on a reservation-only basis.

6. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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Long before Hayes Valley was the new “it” SF neighborhood for dining, this Parisian-inspired bar and restaurant was a popular destination for oysters, fancy drinks, and pre-theater dinners. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dining at lunch, dinner, and brunch, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

7. Arbor

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384 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-1211
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This Absinthe sister spot has a comforting menu of sandwiches, salads, and burgers (beef and veggie), all available for pickup or to enjoy in its leafy back patio.

8. a Mano

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450 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 506-7401
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Instantly-trendy a Mano — yet another venture from prolific SF restaurateur Adriano Paganini — is the spot for affordably priced but carefully prepared pasta and pizza from chef Freedom Rains, dishes like bucatini all’Amatriciana and agnolotti dal plin — small, buttery ravioli filled with roast pork, chicken, and chard. Takeout is available online here, delivery is via Doordash or Caviar, and outdoor dining is also available.

9. Doppio Zero

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395 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 624-3634
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From the crew behind the Meatball Bar, Doppio Zero is firing up Neapolitan pies with classics like margheritas to fried and stuffed Pizza Napule. Besides pizza, there are small plates like croquettes, grilled octopus, and polpettine (Neapolitan meatballs), a full menu of pastas, and larger entrees like fish soup. To go with it all is plenty of Italian wine, local beer, and a full cocktail menu. Diners may be familiar with the restaurants other two restaurants on the Peninsula; this is the third location overall. Takeout is available, order online here.

10. Nojo Ramen Tavern

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231 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 896-4587
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Unlike most of SF’s ramen restaurants, which focus on pork broth, Nojo Ramen uses rich chicken paitan broth as the base for its artisanal noodles. The small plates are also a signature for this restaurant, which has over 200 locations in Japan (the Hayes Valley restaurant is its first in the U.S.), so be sure to start with some toripan (curry seasoned ground chicken on baguette), corn on the cob, and teriyaki chicken buns. Call or walk up to order takeout, delivery is available via all the usual apps, and outdoor seating is also available.

11. Nightbird

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330 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 829-7565
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Prior to the pandemic, Kim Alter’s first solo project (“an elegant boutique restaurant”) delivered the type of whimsical culinary experience that’s become so popular in SF these days (for good reason), with a $125 tasting menu featuring layered flavors and surprising combinations intended to celebrate California’s cultures and landscapes. These days, it’s a takeout only spot, offering a no-substitution, three-course meal kit, plus cocktails and wine options, for pickup or delivery.

12. Souvla

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 400-5458
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People go wild for this fast casual Greek restaurant and its “spit-fired” meats, which you can get in a pita or on a salad. The vibe is very California, with tasty, affordable food, the fries (oh, the fries), and Greek wine or beer. Place pickup orders online here.

13. Suppenküche

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525 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-9289
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Authentic German fare, beer in a boot, and a very lively atmosphere are just three reasons why this bierhaus is as popular now as it was when it opened in 1993. These days, you’ll have to recreate that atmosphere at home, as the spot is takeout only, call or order online here, delivery is also available via Caviar.

14. Domo Sushi

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511 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-8887
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Domo’s inventive specialty rolls, like the temptation roll stuffed with shrimp tempura, unagi, avocado and crab and the spicy hulk (spicy tuna and avocado, tobiko wrapped in a cucumber sheet with ponzu), set this sushi restaurant apart. Takeout is available online, or you can call your order in. Here’s the menu.

15. RT Rotisserie

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101 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102

The food at Rich Table's fast-casual spinoff restaurant has always been available to go and for delivery, making this a reliable pick in pandemic times. Its pork belly is smoky and sweet, its chicken is brined and roasted to perfection, but the must-order items are the extremely generous RT salad and the whole head of roasted cauliflower. Order online here, delivery is via Caviar.

16. 20th Century Cafe

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198 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 621-2380
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Chances are you've seen the gorgeous layered Russian honey cake with salted honey buttercream on Instagram, perched atop gorgeous vintage plateware. 20th Century Cafe also sells lots of other Eastern European treats like housemade bagels with smoked salmon, pierogis, knish, and linzertorte, all in a pretty setting. Orders can be placed online, and walkup orders are also welcome.

17. Rich Table

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199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 355-9085
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Rich Table is everything California fare should be: inventive, approachable, locally sourced, and damn tasty. These days, its tightly edited menu is available to-go, or for outdoor dining during limited hours. Order online here.

18. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
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If there is one dish every San Franciscan must eat, it might be Zuni’s famous chicken for two that’s roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with a warm bread salad. It's a must-order that, for the first time ever, is available for takeout, as is the rest of its menu. Order online here, walk-ups are also accepted for breakfast and lunch to go.

19. The Bird

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406 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 940-2770
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A second location of The Bird has joined its SOMA sibling in the former location of Dobbs Ferry, serving a familiar menu of fried chicken sandwiches, wings, fries, and beers. For now, it’s open for pickup, with limited seating indoors and out; there are plans to expand with a large parklet, too.

20. Lazy Susan

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208 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 858-7858
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Hayes Valley is the recipient of SF’s newest Chinese takeout and delivery spot, Lazy Susan. The restaurant comes from the team behind Salt Partners (Atelier Crenn, Last Rites, and more), created as an ode to the type of Chinese food many Americans (and Chinese-Americans, including Salt Partners’ founders) grew up eating. Designed for takeout — dinner only for now — and cooked to order, the menu from chef Eric Ehler (Mister Jiu’s, Fort Point) is pared down to 25 classics, including crab rangoon, kung pao chicken, and beef and broccoli. 

Plate of General Tso’s chicken with broccoli Joseph Weaver

21. Nightburger

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330 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 829-7565
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The past year has caused many a “pivot” in how restaurants operate. In chef Kim Alter’s case, it’s resulted in taking her fine dining restaurant Nightbird to a takeout only model, and debuting Nightburger, her own fast-casual burger operation that is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Order double-patty burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, waffles fries, and other delights via Tock for pickup or delivery.

1. Robin

620 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Robin joins a flood of omakase sushi restaurants but stands out from the rest with adventurous twists on classic nigiri: Think potato chip nigiri with grilled ramp aioli and Ossetra caviar and seared canary rockfish, served with its liver, grapefruit ponzu, and chives. A menu of items divided into lean fish, fatty fish, not fish, dishes, and hand rolls are also available a la carte. This deeply personal restaurant of chef Adam Tortosa, is dramatic, moody, and definitely an experience, even though these days it’s takeout only — its no-substitution to-go boxes are available for pickup here.

620 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. BAIA

300 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The first weekend vegan Italian comfort spot Baia opened for takeout in the massive Hayes Valley space that once housed Jardiniere, it sold out of popular dishes like its plant-based mozzarella sticks in a flash. The restaurant is the first SF spot in plant-based empire-builder Matthew Kenney’s domain, and the first outing by SF tech/philanthropy vets Kyle and Tracy Vogt, who worked with Kenney to develop the all-vegan menu. For now, the restaurant is also home to a plant-based popup called Woodblock Sushi, which promises fishless versions of popular rolls. Order takeout from Baia here and Woodblock Sushi here, or delivery via all the usual apps.

300 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Little Gem

400 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This farm-driven restaurant is a very pleasant and relatively affordable option for those looking for healthy, tasty choices (every item on the menu is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and is also free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar). Outdoor dining is available during the day on weekdays, takeout can be ordered online here, and delivery is via Caviar, Doordash, or Uber Eats.

400 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Birba

458 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Opened in 2014, Birba is a small wine bar with an outsize list and winning Italian and Spanish small plates. Its lovely backyard patio is available for outdoor dining seven days a week, and if you want something to go, there’s food, bottles, and even sundries available in its online shop.

458 Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Monsieur Benjamin

451 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The prices aren’t cheap at this popular French bistro from chef Corey Lee (Benu) — appetizers average about $18 a piece while main courses are around $30 — but the refined, indulgent food with a modern spin has found an audience because, prior to the pandemic, this place was always packed. These days, it’s easier to get a bite of Benjamin, as its dinner menu is available to go, outdoor dining is also available on a reservation-only basis.

451 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Long before Hayes Valley was the new “it” SF neighborhood for dining, this Parisian-inspired bar and restaurant was a popular destination for oysters, fancy drinks, and pre-theater dinners. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dining at lunch, dinner, and brunch, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Arbor

384 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

This Absinthe sister spot has a comforting menu of sandwiches, salads, and burgers (beef and veggie), all available for pickup or to enjoy in its leafy back patio.

384 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. a Mano

450 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Instantly-trendy a Mano — yet another venture from prolific SF restaurateur Adriano Paganini — is the spot for affordably priced but carefully prepared pasta and pizza from chef Freedom Rains, dishes like bucatini all’Amatriciana and agnolotti dal plin — small, buttery ravioli filled with roast pork, chicken, and chard. Takeout is available online here, delivery is via Doordash or Caviar, and outdoor dining is also available.

450 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Doppio Zero

395 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

From the crew behind the Meatball Bar, Doppio Zero is firing up Neapolitan pies with classics like margheritas to fried and stuffed Pizza Napule. Besides pizza, there are small plates like croquettes, grilled octopus, and polpettine (Neapolitan meatballs), a full menu of pastas, and larger entrees like fish soup. To go with it all is plenty of Italian wine, local beer, and a full cocktail menu. Diners may be familiar with the restaurants other two restaurants on the Peninsula; this is the third location overall. Takeout is available, order online here.

395 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Nojo Ramen Tavern

231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Unlike most of SF’s ramen restaurants, which focus on pork broth, Nojo Ramen uses rich chicken paitan broth as the base for its artisanal noodles. The small plates are also a signature for this restaurant, which has over 200 locations in Japan (the Hayes Valley restaurant is its first in the U.S.), so be sure to start with some toripan (curry seasoned ground chicken on baguette), corn on the cob, and teriyaki chicken buns. Call or walk up to order takeout, delivery is available via all the usual apps, and outdoor seating is also available.

231 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Nightbird

330 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Prior to the pandemic, Kim Alter’s first solo project (“an elegant boutique restaurant”) delivered the type of whimsical culinary experience that’s become so popular in SF these days (for good reason), with a $125 tasting menu featuring layered flavors and surprising combinations intended to celebrate California’s cultures and landscapes. These days, it’s a takeout only spot, offering a no-substitution, three-course meal kit, plus cocktails and wine options, for pickup or delivery.

330 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. Souvla

517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

People go wild for this fast casual Greek restaurant and its “spit-fired” meats, which you can get in a pita or on a salad. The vibe is very California, with tasty, affordable food, the fries (oh, the fries), and Greek wine or beer. Place pickup orders online here.

517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Suppenküche

525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Authentic German fare, beer in a boot, and a very lively atmosphere are just three reasons why this bierhaus is as popular now as it was when it opened in 1993. These days, you’ll have to recreate that atmosphere at home, as the spot is takeout only, call or order online here, delivery is also available via Caviar.

525 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Domo Sushi

511 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Domo’s inventive specialty rolls, like the temptation roll stuffed with shrimp tempura, unagi, avocado and crab and the spicy hulk (spicy tuna and avocado, tobiko wrapped in a cucumber sheet with ponzu), set this sushi restaurant apart. Takeout is available online, or you can call your order in. Here’s the menu.

511 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. RT Rotisserie

101 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The food at Rich Table's fast-casual spinoff restaurant has always been available to go and for delivery, making this a reliable pick in pandemic times. Its pork belly is smoky and sweet, its chicken is brined and roasted to perfection, but the must-order items are the extremely generous RT salad and the whole head of roasted cauliflower. Order online here, delivery is via Caviar.

101 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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16. 20th Century Cafe

198 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Chances are you've seen the gorgeous layered Russian honey cake with salted honey buttercream on Instagram, perched atop gorgeous vintage plateware. 20th Century Cafe also sells lots of other Eastern European treats like housemade bagels with smoked salmon, pierogis, knish, and linzertorte, all in a pretty setting. Orders can be placed online, and walkup orders are also welcome.

198 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. Rich Table

199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rich Table is everything California fare should be: inventive, approachable, locally sourced, and damn tasty. These days, its tightly edited menu is available to-go, or for outdoor dining during limited hours. Order online here.

199 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

18. Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

If there is one dish every San Franciscan must eat, it might be Zuni’s famous chicken for two that’s roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with a warm bread salad. It's a must-order that, for the first time ever, is available for takeout, as is the rest of its menu. Order online here, walk-ups are also accepted for breakfast and lunch to go.

1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

19. The Bird

406 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

A second location of The Bird has joined its SOMA sibling in the former location of Dobbs Ferry, serving a familiar menu of fried chicken sandwiches, wings, fries, and beers. For now, it’s open for pickup, with limited seating indoors and out; there are plans to expand with a large parklet, too.

406 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

20. Lazy Susan

208 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Plate of General Tso’s chicken with broccoli Joseph Weaver

Hayes Valley is the recipient of SF’s newest Chinese takeout and delivery spot, Lazy Susan. The restaurant comes from the team behind Salt Partners (Atelier Crenn, Last Rites, and more), created as an ode to the type of Chinese food many Americans (and Chinese-Americans, including Salt Partners’ founders) grew up eating. Designed for takeout — dinner only for now — and cooked to order, the menu from chef Eric Ehler (Mister Jiu’s, Fort Point) is pared down to 25 classics, including crab rangoon, kung pao chicken, and beef and broccoli. 

208 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

21. Nightburger

330 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The past year has caused many a “pivot” in how restaurants operate. In chef Kim Alter’s case, it’s resulted in taking her fine dining restaurant Nightbird to a takeout only model, and debuting Nightburger, her own fast-casual burger operation that is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Order double-patty burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, waffles fries, and other delights via Tock for pickup or delivery.

330 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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