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Where to Eat and Drink in Cow Hollow

A vetted guide to the dining and drinking in the neighborhood

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Whether you live in Cow Hollow or are just dropping by, it's important to know which places to frequent and which to skip, because there are plenty of both, and the wrong decision could send you into some not-so-great food. But the right decision can do the opposite. Because sprinkled throughout the gyms and juice bars, there are some local gems good for your varied eating and drinking needs.

Whether it's a first (or 20th) date spot you need (very different places!), somewhere to go with your girl or guy friends, a spot to impress visitors or a quick dinner to go, this guide has you covered (and more). Here are Cow Hollow's best restaurants and bars.

Looking for more neighborhood guides? Check out where to eat and drink in Sausalito, Chinatown, Cole Valley, the Marina, and the Richmond, too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Terzo

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3011 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-3200
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Go with your girl friends and nosh on hummus, chicken spiedini skewers and other Mediterranean fare while sipping on wine and soaking up the good vibes.

2. Rose's Cafe

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2298 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-2200
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The food at Rose's Cafe isn't going to rock your world, but that's not why you go. It's the atmosphere you're seeking out; those perfect buzzy-but-relaxing daytime brunch vibes everyone craves come Saturday morning.

3. Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

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2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Wrecking Ball has the best coffee in the neighborhood, and the pineapple wallpaper is eminently Instagrammable. Grab an expertly-prepared latte, upload a photo and sip while you rack in the likes. (This is also a solid place to hang while waiting for a table at Rose's across the street.)

4. Bar Crenn

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3131 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-0460
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Atelier Crenn chef Dominique Crenn’s more casual (but by no means inexpensive) Parisian wine salon is meant to act as the chef’s “living room,” so get comfortable, and order Frenh wines plus very French-y classics like soup aux truffes, tarte flambée, and pate en croute. Just be prepared to pay more than you would at your friend’s living room — this one, after all, has a Michelin star.

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5. Tacko

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3115 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 796-3534
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Tacko's Cal-Mexican burritos, quesadillos, tacos and and other fresh Mex fare are still popular in the neighborhood. The counter service menu has a seafood bent, with a lobster roll and Nick's Crispy fish tacos rounding out the menu. Fair warning: this is not a Mission taco like La Taqueria, but it's high-quality, and quick. Plus, there's wine and beer, which is pretty essential to a Cow Hollow spot's success.

6. Balboa Cafe

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3199 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-3944
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This SF institution with decent food (a well-known burger is notably served on a baguette) can be many things to many people, and here are just a few:1. A place to take your parents for dinner.

2. Great for brunch and bloodies.

3. Eating a solid burger at the bar, which is easily the best of the food.

4. A cougar-catching pick-up bar any night of the week.

5. Good men-in-suits watching, also any night of the week.

6. Crowded Saturday nights with people in their late 20s and early 30s looking for well-heeled women or men with money not wearing a hoodie.

Choose which fits your needs and head at the appropriate times.

7. Cow Marlowe

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3154 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 508-5898
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Burgers and oysters and cocktails, hits at Big Night Restaurant group’s original location of Marlowe, are also all the rage at Cow Marlowe, its stylish sibling. Area-appropriate drinks like the Lululemon Drop (Tito’s Vodka, Acqua di Cedro, lemon, and thyme) and the Brad & Chad (made with Avion Reposado Tequila, gin, and Green Chartreuse) are already local favorites.

8. Atelier Crenn

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3127 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-0460
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In a serious departure from the rest of the neighborhood's establishments, Atelier Crenn is among the crème de la crème of SF fine dining. Chef Dominique Crenn's menu is written as a poem, so best of luck figuring out what you'll be eating. Just trust in Crenn that spending most of your paycheck on one meal will be worth it. You can take the Michelin Guide’s word for it: They awarded Atelier Crenn three stars in 2018, making Crenn the first woman chef to achieve that honor in the United States.

9. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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3108 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 671-7113
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Chocolatier and pastry chef extraordinaire Ginger Elizabeth Hahn brought her brilliant macaron ice cream sandwiches and many more exceptional sweets to a Cow Hollow boutique from her original location in Sacramento. Do not under any circumstances pass up her homemade ice cream sundae cups and bars, and if you really love someone, you should probably get them a box of Ginger’s chocolates to prove it.

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10. Mauna Loa

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3009 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-5137
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Bro bars and meat markets abound in Cow Hollow, and Mauna Loa definitely falls into that category, but on a much more tolerable level. It's dingy, sticky and rowdy in all the best ways, and games in the back provide perfect fodder for flirting. Bring cash.

11. West Coast Wine and Cheese

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2165 Union
San Francisco, CA
(415) 376-9720
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This tiny wine bar has strong local vibes, along with a brand new chef and stove to up the food offerings. Head here for a really good glass (or three) of West Coast wine and better-than-expected small plates like meatballs with bechamel sauce.

12. The Brixton

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2140 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 409-1114
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A go-to neighborhood pub, the Brixton is a known quantity among Cow Hollow regulars. Fans have come to count on it for everything from a quick beer and a burger to a weekend bloody Mary bar and dependable Benedict brunch.

13. The Brazen Head

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3166 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-7600
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Old-school is the best word for the Brazen Head: It applies equally to the dark environs, classic American food with French influences, cocktails, and longtime patrons. Dates will be impressed if you take them here, especially as it's open late for food. Note: cash or debit card only.

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14. Belga

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2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-7350
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Restaurateur Adriano Paganini's Cow Hollow spot has successfully created the lively atmosphere of a Belgian brasserie in a breezy, California-style space. The menu of Belgian classics (think sausages, mussels, fries) and impressive beer list is a people-pleaser. The front windows open, so sitting anywhere in the restaurant's front room has an airy feel, whether you're there for brunch, lunch, dinner or late night.

15. Marengo

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1980 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-2575
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There is no shortage of sports bars on Union (Lightning Tavern, Bus Stop, The Brick Yard, The Brixton), but Marengo is a cut above the rest. The retracting glass roof makes it a pleasure to sit in the back room rain or shine, and the sliders are necessary game fare.

16. Urban Remedy

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1957 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 801-2363
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Cow Hollow is San Francisco's ground zero for gyms and juices. You can take your Lululemon yoga pants or Chubbies and head to any that line Union Street (Juice Shop, Pressed), but Urban Remedy has something the others don't: actual food. Founder Neka Pasquale is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Chinese nutritionist, and her raw and cold-pressed juices, plus salads, wraps, bowls, desserts and more fill you up in a healthy, but still delicious (though expensive) way.

17. Perry's

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1944 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-9022
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Perry's is classic SF and great for a traditional American meal — think steaks, salads, a burger, and the like. Head there for some upscale sports game watching, or an easy meal for even the pickiest of eaters.

18. The Italian Homemade Company

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1919 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 712-8874
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It's shocking how few take-out places exist in Cow Hollow, so The Italian Homemade Company fills a major niche. Fresh pasta, flatbread sandwiches and salads can be made in a variety of ways to eat in the shop or take home. Plus, there are a lot of gluten-free options, if that matters to you.

19. Ly's Vietnamese Cuisine

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1779 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-1927

Tasty, large bowls of pho in a no-frills environment makes this a more takeout-friendly spot, but definitely a very worthy one.

20. Bus Stop

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1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-6905
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Open since 1901 (and, oddly, located at 1901 Union), Bus Stop is the stop for divey, raucous sports watching. There are 26 flat screen TV's, and you can bring in your own food. Good luck getting a seat on game day, though. On non-game days, there's pool and lots of draft beer to keep you entertained. And the best part? It allows dogs.

21. Tamashisoul

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1849 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-1849
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Is Tamashisoul the best sushi ever? No, but it's what you've got in the vicinity, and it's definitely good enough. It's also always easy to get in, and very comfortable inside. Don't skip the kitchen items, like udon noodle soups.

22. Capannina

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1809 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 409-8001
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North Beach may just be up the hill, but sometimes you need good, authentic Italian in your backyard. Which is where Capannina comes in — it's a solid spot to take your parents and/or significant other (note: it's not a first date spot). Service is a bit rushed, but the homey vibes and wild boar ragu pappardelle make up for it.

23. Blue Fog Market

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2567 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-9331
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Blue Bottle pourover and better-than-average breakfast (and other) sandwiches are what Blue Fog is all about, which is something the neighborhood sorely lacks. It's just a corner market, really, but there are no others anywhere nearby this sort-of-desolate corner of Cow Hollow.

24. Black Horse London Pub

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1514 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 678-5697
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Black Horse has the proud distinction of being the smallest bar in SF (just ask the hop on/hop off buses that proudly announce that fact every time they drive by), and it would be wise to not forget it. Don't go expecting a place to rage, but do go expecting strong local vibes — as most of the patrons live on the block — so be prepared to chat with friendly strangers. Beers by the bottle are your (only) drink of choice, and occasionally the owner will fry up some bacon or order pizza for the whole bar (which, by the way, consists of eight seats). And don't even think about talking on your cell phone, or the owner will kick your anti-social self out.

1. Terzo

3011 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Go with your girl friends and nosh on hummus, chicken spiedini skewers and other Mediterranean fare while sipping on wine and soaking up the good vibes.

3011 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Rose's Cafe

2298 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

The food at Rose's Cafe isn't going to rock your world, but that's not why you go. It's the atmosphere you're seeking out; those perfect buzzy-but-relaxing daytime brunch vibes everyone craves come Saturday morning.

2298 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters

2271 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Wrecking Ball has the best coffee in the neighborhood, and the pineapple wallpaper is eminently Instagrammable. Grab an expertly-prepared latte, upload a photo and sip while you rack in the likes. (This is also a solid place to hang while waiting for a table at Rose's across the street.)

2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. Bar Crenn

3131 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Read Review |
Patricia Chang

Atelier Crenn chef Dominique Crenn’s more casual (but by no means inexpensive) Parisian wine salon is meant to act as the chef’s “living room,” so get comfortable, and order Frenh wines plus very French-y classics like soup aux truffes, tarte flambée, and pate en croute. Just be prepared to pay more than you would at your friend’s living room — this one, after all, has a Michelin star.

3131 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Tacko

3115 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tacko's Cal-Mexican burritos, quesadillos, tacos and and other fresh Mex fare are still popular in the neighborhood. The counter service menu has a seafood bent, with a lobster roll and Nick's Crispy fish tacos rounding out the menu. Fair warning: this is not a Mission taco like La Taqueria, but it's high-quality, and quick. Plus, there's wine and beer, which is pretty essential to a Cow Hollow spot's success.

3115 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Balboa Cafe

3199 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

This SF institution with decent food (a well-known burger is notably served on a baguette) can be many things to many people, and here are just a few:1. A place to take your parents for dinner.

2. Great for brunch and bloodies.

3. Eating a solid burger at the bar, which is easily the best of the food.

4. A cougar-catching pick-up bar any night of the week.

5. Good men-in-suits watching, also any night of the week.

6. Crowded Saturday nights with people in their late 20s and early 30s looking for well-heeled women or men with money not wearing a hoodie.

Choose which fits your needs and head at the appropriate times.

3199 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. Cow Marlowe

3154 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Burgers and oysters and cocktails, hits at Big Night Restaurant group’s original location of Marlowe, are also all the rage at Cow Marlowe, its stylish sibling. Area-appropriate drinks like the Lululemon Drop (Tito’s Vodka, Acqua di Cedro, lemon, and thyme) and the Brad & Chad (made with Avion Reposado Tequila, gin, and Green Chartreuse) are already local favorites.

3154 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Atelier Crenn

3127 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

In a serious departure from the rest of the neighborhood's establishments, Atelier Crenn is among the crème de la crème of SF fine dining. Chef Dominique Crenn's menu is written as a poem, so best of luck figuring out what you'll be eating. Just trust in Crenn that spending most of your paycheck on one meal will be worth it. You can take the Michelin Guide’s word for it: They awarded Atelier Crenn three stars in 2018, making Crenn the first woman chef to achieve that honor in the United States.

3127 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

9. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

3108 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Ginger Elizabeth

Chocolatier and pastry chef extraordinaire Ginger Elizabeth Hahn brought her brilliant macaron ice cream sandwiches and many more exceptional sweets to a Cow Hollow boutique from her original location in Sacramento. Do not under any circumstances pass up her homemade ice cream sundae cups and bars, and if you really love someone, you should probably get them a box of Ginger’s chocolates to prove it.

3108 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Mauna Loa

3009 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Bro bars and meat markets abound in Cow Hollow, and Mauna Loa definitely falls into that category, but on a much more tolerable level. It's dingy, sticky and rowdy in all the best ways, and games in the back provide perfect fodder for flirting. Bring cash.

3009 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94123

11. West Coast Wine and Cheese

2165 Union, San Francisco, CA

This tiny wine bar has strong local vibes, along with a brand new chef and stove to up the food offerings. Head here for a really good glass (or three) of West Coast wine and better-than-expected small plates like meatballs with bechamel sauce.

2165 Union
San Francisco, CA

12. The Brixton

2140 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

A go-to neighborhood pub, the Brixton is a known quantity among Cow Hollow regulars. Fans have come to count on it for everything from a quick beer and a burger to a weekend bloody Mary bar and dependable Benedict brunch.

2140 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

13. The Brazen Head

3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Caleb Pershan

Old-school is the best word for the Brazen Head: It applies equally to the dark environs, classic American food with French influences, cocktails, and longtime patrons. Dates will be impressed if you take them here, especially as it's open late for food. Note: cash or debit card only.

3166 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94123

14. Belga

2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Restaurateur Adriano Paganini's Cow Hollow spot has successfully created the lively atmosphere of a Belgian brasserie in a breezy, California-style space. The menu of Belgian classics (think sausages, mussels, fries) and impressive beer list is a people-pleaser. The front windows open, so sitting anywhere in the restaurant's front room has an airy feel, whether you're there for brunch, lunch, dinner or late night.

2000 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

15. Marengo

1980 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

There is no shortage of sports bars on Union (Lightning Tavern, Bus Stop, The Brick Yard, The Brixton), but Marengo is a cut above the rest. The retracting glass roof makes it a pleasure to sit in the back room rain or shine, and the sliders are necessary game fare.

1980 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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16. Urban Remedy

1957 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Cow Hollow is San Francisco's ground zero for gyms and juices. You can take your Lululemon yoga pants or Chubbies and head to any that line Union Street (Juice Shop, Pressed), but Urban Remedy has something the others don't: actual food. Founder Neka Pasquale is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Chinese nutritionist, and her raw and cold-pressed juices, plus salads, wraps, bowls, desserts and more fill you up in a healthy, but still delicious (though expensive) way.

1957 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

17. Perry's

1944 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Perry's is classic SF and great for a traditional American meal — think steaks, salads, a burger, and the like. Head there for some upscale sports game watching, or an easy meal for even the pickiest of eaters.

1944 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

18. The Italian Homemade Company

1919 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

It's shocking how few take-out places exist in Cow Hollow, so The Italian Homemade Company fills a major niche. Fresh pasta, flatbread sandwiches and salads can be made in a variety of ways to eat in the shop or take home. Plus, there are a lot of gluten-free options, if that matters to you.

1919 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

19. Ly's Vietnamese Cuisine

1779 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tasty, large bowls of pho in a no-frills environment makes this a more takeout-friendly spot, but definitely a very worthy one.

1779 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

20. Bus Stop

1901 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Open since 1901 (and, oddly, located at 1901 Union), Bus Stop is the stop for divey, raucous sports watching. There are 26 flat screen TV's, and you can bring in your own food. Good luck getting a seat on game day, though. On non-game days, there's pool and lots of draft beer to keep you entertained. And the best part? It allows dogs.

1901 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

21. Tamashisoul

1849 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Is Tamashisoul the best sushi ever? No, but it's what you've got in the vicinity, and it's definitely good enough. It's also always easy to get in, and very comfortable inside. Don't skip the kitchen items, like udon noodle soups.

1849 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

22. Capannina

1809 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

North Beach may just be up the hill, but sometimes you need good, authentic Italian in your backyard. Which is where Capannina comes in — it's a solid spot to take your parents and/or significant other (note: it's not a first date spot). Service is a bit rushed, but the homey vibes and wild boar ragu pappardelle make up for it.

1809 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

23. Blue Fog Market

2567 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Blue Bottle pourover and better-than-average breakfast (and other) sandwiches are what Blue Fog is all about, which is something the neighborhood sorely lacks. It's just a corner market, really, but there are no others anywhere nearby this sort-of-desolate corner of Cow Hollow.

2567 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94123

24. Black Horse London Pub

1514 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123