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Where to Eat and Drink in the Financial District at Night

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 20 of the best places to eat and drink at night in the Financial District.

Check out Eater SF's other neighborhood guides in the Marina, Cole Valley, the Sunset, Chinatown, Lower Haight, and more for intel on the best places to eat, drink, and hang in your 'hood.

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1. Verjus

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528 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 944-4600
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The newest and most casual restaurant from the team behind Quince and Cotogna is SF’s answer to Parisian wine bars. Drop by for a glass of wine and a tin of fish at the conserva bar, or sit down for a casual, but hearty, meal of pate en croute, boudin blanc, or pot au feu and more. Oysters, cheeses, and charcuterie also pair nicely with the wine bar’s menu of natural wine from Italy, France, Spain, and California.

2. 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 11 courses of sushi — omakase style, or chef’s choice — each night to the tiny, Michelined restaurant of 29 seats. Focusing on a variety of seafood, the meal might be a bit spendy at $95 a person, but each piece is lovingly made with the highest quality of ingredients.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 955-0663
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Set on a busy thoroughfare in the FiDi, Perbacco offers a classic Italian experience within the heart of San Francisco. The menu leverages fresh California produce to create rich and comforting plates of pasta and hearty entrees, like pork chop, duck breast, scallops, and quail. Though boisterous at capacity, the dimly-lit dining room still manages to create a sense of intimacy around the table, as white uniformed servers attentively flit around the floor, pouring glasses from their venerable Italian wine list.

9. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 391-1849
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Before “New American” fare or “slow food,” there was Tadich Grill. 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. Just be patient, because there are no reservations and it can get pretty tourist-heavy, but the bartenders at the massive bar help you pass the time pleasantly. Once you're seated, servers in white coats help your navigate the seafood-focused menu, of which the Hangtown Fry, an oyster omelet, is most well-known. The menu is organized by cooking preparation, so you choose the style and then the type of seafood or meat.

10. Michael Mina

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252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 397-9222
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The Michael Mina Group now operates some 29 outlets across the world, but its namesake restaurant has been a fixture of the FiDi since it first opened in 2004. The fine dining experience is defined by its focus on Middle Eastern flavors, drawing from Mina’s Egyptian background. The six-course tasting menu is $195, but for those looking for a more concise experience, small bites, cheeses, and desserts are also available at the bar.

11. 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.

12. Barbacco

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220 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 955-1919
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As a sister restaurant to the similarly-named Perbacco (which is also on this list), 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.

13. The Shota

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115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104
(628) 224-2074
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High-end omakase has entered the scene at 115 Sansome, joining the Treasury and Blue Bottle in a historic building. The omakase tasting menu features 10 courses ($125 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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115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94103

The elegant art deco bar at The Treasury, set among the archways of the imposing stone building within which it resides, seems almost more akin to New York’s buttoned up elegance than San Francisco’s casual tendencies. Daily, the bar 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 current 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. Omakase service is available at the bar, with a la carte offered for the whole dining room. 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. Homage

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88 Hardie Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 800-8741
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Tucked into an alley off Kearny Street, Homage is an all-day cafe that stays open til 9 p.m. for what it calls “twilight hours.” Oysters, cheese, flatbreads, and larger plates like kabocha squash and Parmesan gnocchi pair nicely with beer, wine, and aperitifs.

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18. 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.

19. Gitane

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6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-6686
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One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, Gitane invites you into a plush gypsy-themed setting, dimly lit with tall, dramatic curtains. The food interprets the gypsy theme as well, taking a nod from Southern France, Italy, and Spain with tapas like spiced lamb and flatbread and larger entrees of paella, lamb sirloin, and poached prawns. A dramatic bar at the front provides a more casual setting for small bites and cocktails, well suited for dates or catchups with friends.

20. Hakkasan

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1 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 829-8148
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It is difficult to find examples of high-end Chinese food in the States, but Hakkasan is one of the most shining examples. With a dozen locations across the world, San Francisco is one of four in the United States. The menu offers exquisite renditions of Cantonese cuisine’s fanciest dishes, like Peking duck served with caviar, Maine lobster soup, and braised oxtail, plus a dim sum lunch.

1. Verjus

528 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The newest and most casual restaurant from the team behind Quince and Cotogna is SF’s answer to Parisian wine bars. Drop by for a glass of wine and a tin of fish at the conserva bar, or sit down for a casual, but hearty, meal of pate en croute, boudin blanc, or pot au feu and more. Oysters, cheeses, and charcuterie also pair nicely with the wine bar’s menu of natural wine from Italy, France, Spain, and California.

528 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Kusakabe

584 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

A well-accoladed San Francisco mainstay, Kusakabe presents an elegant 11 courses of sushi — omakase style, or chef’s choice — each night to the tiny, Michelined restaurant of 29 seats. Focusing on a variety of seafood, the meal might be a bit spendy at $95 a person, but each piece is lovingly made with the highest quality of ingredients.

584 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Set on a busy thoroughfare in the FiDi, Perbacco offers a classic Italian experience within the heart of San Francisco. The menu leverages fresh California produce to create rich and comforting plates of pasta and hearty entrees, like pork chop, duck breast, scallops, and quail. Though boisterous at capacity, the dimly-lit dining room still manages to create a sense of intimacy around the table, as white uniformed servers attentively flit around the floor, pouring glasses from their venerable Italian wine list.

230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

9. Tadich Grill

240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Before “New American” fare or “slow food,” there was Tadich Grill. 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. Just be patient, because there are no reservations and it can get pretty tourist-heavy, but the bartenders at the massive bar help you pass the time pleasantly. Once you're seated, servers in white coats help your navigate the seafood-focused menu, of which the Hangtown Fry, an oyster omelet, is most well-known. The menu is 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. Michael Mina

252 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The Michael Mina Group now operates some 29 outlets across the world, but its namesake restaurant has been a fixture of the FiDi since it first opened in 2004. The fine dining experience is defined by its focus on Middle Eastern flavors, drawing from Mina’s Egyptian background. The six-course tasting menu is $195, but for those looking for a more concise experience, small bites, cheeses, and desserts are also available at the bar.

252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

11. 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

12. Barbacco

220 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

As a sister restaurant to the similarly-named Perbacco (which is also on this list), 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

13. The Shota

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

High-end omakase has entered the scene at 115 Sansome, joining the Treasury and Blue Bottle in a historic building. The omakase tasting menu features 10 courses ($125 per person) of nigiri and kaiseki-style small plates during two seatings. Reservations required.

115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94104

14. The Treasury

115 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The elegant art deco bar at The Treasury, set among the archways of the imposing stone building within which it resides, seems almost more akin to New York’s buttoned up elegance than San Francisco’s casual tendencies. Daily, the bar 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.

115 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. Pagan Idol

375 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Patricia Chang

A current 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. Omakase service is available at the bar, with a la carte offered for the whole dining room. 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. Homage

88 Hardie Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108
Homage Homage [Official]

Tucked into an alley off Kearny Street, Homage is an all-day cafe that stays open til 9 p.m. for what it calls “twilight hours.” Oysters, cheese, flatbreads, and larger plates like kabocha squash and Parmesan gnocchi pair nicely with beer, wine, and aperitifs.

88 Hardie Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108

18. 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

19. Gitane

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

One of San Francisco’s most romantic restaurants, Gitane invites you into a plush gypsy-themed setting, dimly lit with tall, dramatic curtains. The food interprets the gypsy theme as well, taking a nod from Southern France, Italy, and Spain with tapas like spiced lamb and flatbread and larger entrees of paella, lamb sirloin, and poached prawns. A dramatic bar at the front provides a more casual setting for small bites and cocktails, well suited for dates or catchups with friends.

6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

20. Hakkasan

1 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

It is difficult to find examples of high-end Chinese food in the States, but Hakkasan is one of the most shining examples. With a dozen locations across the world, San Francisco is one of four in the United States. The menu offers exquisite renditions of Cantonese cuisine’s fanciest dishes, like Peking duck served with caviar, Maine lobster soup, and braised oxtail, plus a dim sum lunch.

1 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

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