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Where to Eat and Drink in the Financial District

There's more than just power lunches

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The Financial District is full of gems for eating and drinking, due in part to its history: the infamous Barbary Coast ran right through it at the turn of the 20th century, and that history has left an exciting maze of small alley ways and main thoroughfares.

Today, it continues as a hotspot, so that even after the office buildings have long been fled, crowds gather at its bars and restaurants — happy hour crowds, dinner dates, quiet family meals, and wild nights out. Here are 17 of the best places to eat and drink in the Financial District.

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1. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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Just where North Beach starts to dip down into charming Jackson Square is Cotogna, a warmer and more casual restaurant from the same group as Michelin-starred Quince. A woodfire oven and grill under an open hearth produce spit-roasted pork, rabbit, and quail, fresh pasta, and market vegetables. It’s known for the raviolo, a single large filled pasta with fresh ricotta and golden egg yolk inside.

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2. Kokkari Estiatorio

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200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 981-0983
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This longstanding destination for rustic Greek is right on the border of where the business lunches of the FiDi cross over into the date-night dinners of historic Jackson Square. A menu of Greek staples like dolmathes and moussaka as well as grilled whole fish of the day are served in a warm, cozy dining room with a crackling fireplace. The lemon-oregano lamb riblets are a must-try.

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3. Kusakabe

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584 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 757-0155
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A well-accoladed San Francisco mainstay, Kusakabe presents an elegant nine courses of sushi — omakase style, or chef’s choice — to this tiny, Michelined restaurant of 29 seats. Focusing on a variety of seafood, the meal might be a bit spendy, but each piece is lovingly made with the highest quality of ingredients.

4. The Barrel Room

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415 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94111

Learn by drinking your way through the wine list at Barrel Room, which features a regionally focused food and drink menu that changes every three months. Smaller plates provide a perfect snack portion for happy hour drinkers or for the casual stop, and downstairs, the restaurant opens up to a small speakeasy-type bar that's more focused on spirits and cocktails.

5. Wayfare Tavern

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558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 772-9060
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Known for its acclaimed juicy fried chicken, Wayfare Tavern attracts both the daytime business luncher and the evening socialite. There is something both old fashioned and surreal about the decor; its pub-style overstuffed booths, stuffed deer and pheasants, and lanterns bring you back to a older times in a young city full of forward-looking modernity. In addition to the fried chicken, the menu — from celebrity chef Tyler Florence — features other easy hits like macaroni and cheese, a house burger on brioche, steak, and halibut.

6. Leo's Oyster Bar

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568 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 872-9982
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Leo’s Oyster Bar provides the classy setting for a selection of super fresh seafood — from its namesake oysters, served both hot and cold, along with crudos, caviar, fillets of salmon, and an oh-so-San-Francisco selection of toasts. The long bar is an easy place to grab a casual dinner or drink, or you can sit down for a slightly more formal table in the dining room. The drinks have some fun with tiki influences and, fit for a seafood lover’s dream, a large champagne menu keeps the bubbles flowing freely.

7. Hotel San Francisco

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653 Commercial St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 263-9222
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It’s one of the few Financial District late night destinations to offer food. A menu of skewers (like yuzu kosho chicken or pork and lamb sausage), pizzas, and snacks backs up craft cocktails, beer, and wine. It’s a happening spot for a back alley location, with a hip design and lots of seating.

8. Schroeder's

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240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 421-4778
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After a sleek remodel in recent years, Schroeder’s shows off the best parts of its long history, starting with hearty German fare served until 10 p.m. Hearty wursts and schnitzels, and a build-your-own burger make it an option for drinking copious amounts of German (and local) beers with groups.

9. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 391-1849
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Open since 1849 under a changing roster of proprietors, the restaurant is a San Francisco original, occupying its current location since 1967. Tadich Grill has tried to honor its history by keeping the interior authentic to the times with train-car-like booths lining the wall and other mid-century flourishes in the wooden bar. Once seated, servers in white coats help your navigate the seafood-focused menu, organized by cooking preparation, so you choose the style and then the type of seafood or meat.

10. Pabu

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101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 668-7228
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At Pabu, restaurateur Michael Mina brings his take on izakaya in partnership with chef Ken Tominaga. The large, airy, and wood-paneled dining room creates a casual atmosphere for carefully composed plates of robata — grilled meat on a skewer, like chicken breast, chicken heart, wagyu, and more — as well as sushi, steak, and other popular izakaya plates like okonomiyaki, gyoza, chicken karaage (fried chicken), and grilled squid.

11. Barbacco

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220 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 955-1919
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The laidback little sister restaurant to the original Perbacco next door, Barbacco provides by contrast a much more casual — and affordable — setting, focusing on a curated wine list (some served on tap) and a series of modest plates: salumi, handmade pasta in rich sauce, and some larger portions of meat, like Tuscan beef stew, lamb shank, and meatballs. The eno trattoria occupies a narrow space filled mostly by the long bar, with small angular tables running along the wall.

12. The Vault Garden

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555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 508-4675
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With 30 tables well-spaced throughout a green courtyard that’s roughly a quarter of a city block, the all-outdoor Vault Garden was built for stress-free pandemic-era dining, including its menu. Chef Robin Song strategized dishes for their flexibility, temperature-wise — think oysters, ceviche, caviar, and salads, as well as preparations that are equally delicious as they come to room temperature, like fried shishito peppers. Or you can head inside for the Vault Steakhouse, which just reopened as an underground steak lair, complete with caviar tots.

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13. The Shota

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115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(628) 224-2074
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High-end omakase entered the scene at 115 Sansome in 2019, joining the Blue Bottle in a historic building. The omakase tasting menu features 10+ courses ($200 per person) of nigiri and kaiseki-style small plates during two seatings. Reservations required.

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14. The Treasury

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200 Bush St #101
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 578-0530
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The elegant art deco bar at the Treasury draws happy hour crowds and evening bar flies for its carefully crafted cocktails led by bar vet Carlos Yturria. In a city in which so many bars do not serve food, the Treasury is a saving grace with its small plates of oysters, pigs in a blanket, cheese, deviled eggs, and more, along with a more robust lunch menu. The bar has a special penchant for sherries, and enthusiasts will delight in the well-curated menu.

15. Pagan Idol

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375 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94104

A darling of the San Francisco bar scene, Pagan Idol invites you into a fantastical world of tiki. Load up on flaming punch bowls and then explore the extravagant decor, replete with bubbling aquariums and a twinkling night sky. Every now and then a thunderous roar is the sound of the “volcano” erupting and a cloud of smoke flows out of the ceiling.

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16. Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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431 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-3218
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This small restaurant is one of San Francisco’s most celebrated sushi spots, adding small modern touches to traditional preparations with new ingredients. In addition to nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the kitchen also serves izakaya-style dishes like hamachi kama, silken tofu, and fried squid. A daily “nama” menu highlights the freshest ingredients available and gives you the opportunity to try something different at each visit.

17. The Irish Bank

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10 Mark Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-7152
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The Irish Bank and Bar is everything you would hope for a name like its own: a no-fuss bar space with ample handles of beer, outside seating, and a lively environment. Along with the drinks, there are entrees of Irish pub hits, like Irish beef stew, shepherd’s pie, bratwurst, and more. On weekend mornings, there's brunch, too.

1. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Bill Addison/Eater

Just where North Beach starts to dip down into charming Jackson Square is Cotogna, a warmer and more casual restaurant from the same group as Michelin-starred Quince. A woodfire oven and grill under an open hearth produce spit-roasted pork, rabbit, and quail, fresh pasta, and market vegetables. It’s known for the raviolo, a single large filled pasta with fresh ricotta and golden egg yolk inside.

490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Kokkari Estiatorio

This longstanding destination for rustic Greek is right on the border of where the business lunches of the FiDi cross over into the date-night dinners of historic Jackson Square. A menu of Greek staples like dolmathes and moussaka as well as grilled whole fish of the day are served in a warm, cozy dining room with a crackling fireplace. The lemon-oregano lamb riblets are a must-try.

200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Kusakabe

584 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

A well-accoladed San Francisco mainstay, Kusakabe presents an elegant nine courses of sushi — omakase style, or chef’s choice — to this tiny, Michelined restaurant of 29 seats. Focusing on a variety of seafood, the meal might be a bit spendy, but each piece is lovingly made with the highest quality of ingredients.

584 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. The Barrel Room

415 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Learn by drinking your way through the wine list at Barrel Room, which features a regionally focused food and drink menu that changes every three months. Smaller plates provide a perfect snack portion for happy hour drinkers or for the casual stop, and downstairs, the restaurant opens up to a small speakeasy-type bar that's more focused on spirits and cocktails.

415 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Known for its acclaimed juicy fried chicken, Wayfare Tavern attracts both the daytime business luncher and the evening socialite. There is something both old fashioned and surreal about the decor; its pub-style overstuffed booths, stuffed deer and pheasants, and lanterns bring you back to a older times in a young city full of forward-looking modernity. In addition to the fried chicken, the menu — from celebrity chef Tyler Florence — features other easy hits like macaroni and cheese, a house burger on brioche, steak, and halibut.

558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Leo's Oyster Bar

568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Leo’s Oyster Bar provides the classy setting for a selection of super fresh seafood — from its namesake oysters, served both hot and cold, along with crudos, caviar, fillets of salmon, and an oh-so-San-Francisco selection of toasts. The long bar is an easy place to grab a casual dinner or drink, or you can sit down for a slightly more formal table in the dining room. The drinks have some fun with tiki influences and, fit for a seafood lover’s dream, a large champagne menu keeps the bubbles flowing freely.

568 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Hotel San Francisco

653 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

It’s one of the few Financial District late night destinations to offer food. A menu of skewers (like yuzu kosho chicken or pork and lamb sausage), pizzas, and snacks backs up craft cocktails, beer, and wine. It’s a happening spot for a back alley location, with a hip design and lots of seating.

653 Commercial St
San Francisco, CA 94111

8. Schroeder's

240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111

After a sleek remodel in recent years, Schroeder’s shows off the best parts of its long history, starting with hearty German fare served until 10 p.m. Hearty wursts and schnitzels, and a build-your-own burger make it an option for drinking copious amounts of German (and local) beers with groups.

240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111

9. Tadich Grill

240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Open since 1849 under a changing roster of proprietors, the restaurant is a San Francisco original, occupying its current location since 1967. Tadich Grill has tried to honor its history by keeping the interior authentic to the times with train-car-like booths lining the wall and other mid-century flourishes in the wooden bar. Once seated, servers in white coats help your navigate the seafood-focused menu, organized by cooking preparation, so you choose the style and then the type of seafood or meat.

240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

10. Pabu

101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

At Pabu, restaurateur Michael Mina brings his take on izakaya in partnership with chef Ken Tominaga. The large, airy, and wood-paneled dining room creates a casual atmosphere for carefully composed plates of robata — grilled meat on a skewer, like chicken breast, chicken heart, wagyu, and more — as well as sushi, steak, and other popular izakaya plates like okonomiyaki, gyoza, chicken karaage (fried chicken), and grilled squid.

101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

11. Barbacco

220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The laidback little sister restaurant to the original Perbacco next door, Barbacco provides by contrast a much more casual — and affordable — setting, focusing on a curated wine list (some served on tap) and a series of modest plates: salumi, handmade pasta in rich sauce, and some larger portions of meat, like Tuscan beef stew, lamb shank, and meatballs. The eno trattoria occupies a narrow space filled mostly by the long bar, with small angular tables running along the wall.

220 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

12. The Vault Garden

555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104
The Vault Garden

With 30 tables well-spaced throughout a green courtyard that’s roughly a quarter of a city block, the all-outdoor Vault Garden was built for stress-free pandemic-era dining, including its menu. Chef Robin Song strategized dishes for their flexibility, temperature-wise — think oysters, ceviche, caviar, and salads, as well as preparations that are equally delicious as they come to room temperature, like fried shishito peppers. Or you can head inside for the Vault Steakhouse, which just reopened as an underground steak lair, complete with caviar tots.

555 California St
San Francisco, CA 94104

13. The Shota

115 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Michael Ogata for The Shota

High-end omakase entered the scene at 115 Sansome in 2019, joining the Blue Bottle in a historic building. The omakase tasting menu features 10+ courses ($200 per person) of nigiri and kaiseki-style small plates during two seatings. Reservations required.

115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104

14. The Treasury

200 Bush St #101, San Francisco, CA 94104

The elegant art deco bar at the Treasury draws happy hour crowds and evening bar flies for its carefully crafted cocktails led by bar vet Carlos Yturria. In a city in which so many bars do not serve food, the Treasury is a saving grace with its small plates of oysters, pigs in a blanket, cheese, deviled eggs, and more, along with a more robust lunch menu. The bar has a special penchant for sherries, and enthusiasts will delight in the well-curated menu.

200 Bush St #101
San Francisco, CA 94104

15. Pagan Idol

375 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Patricia Chang

A darling of the San Francisco bar scene, Pagan Idol invites you into a fantastical world of tiki. Load up on flaming punch bowls and then explore the extravagant decor, replete with bubbling aquariums and a twinkling night sky. Every now and then a thunderous roar is the sound of the “volcano” erupting and a cloud of smoke flows out of the ceiling.

375 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94104

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16. Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

This small restaurant is one of San Francisco’s most celebrated sushi spots, adding small modern touches to traditional preparations with new ingredients. In addition to nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the kitchen also serves izakaya-style dishes like hamachi kama, silken tofu, and fried squid. A daily “nama” menu highlights the freshest ingredients available and gives you the opportunity to try something different at each visit.

431 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

17. The Irish Bank

10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

The Irish Bank and Bar is everything you would hope for a name like its own: a no-fuss bar space with ample handles of beer, outside seating, and a lively environment. Along with the drinks, there are entrees of Irish pub hits, like Irish beef stew, shepherd’s pie, bratwurst, and more. On weekend mornings, there's brunch, too.

10 Mark Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

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