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Where to Eat and Drink in the Richmond

A vetted guide to dining and drinking in the neighborhood

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The Richmond District, both Inner and Outer, takes up most of the northwest corner of the city and is one of San Francisco’s largest neighborhoods — a mostly residential, quiet area, with its businesses centered along Clement Street and Geary Boulevard. The ‘hood is sometimes referred to as San Francisco’s "second Chinatown" because of its proliferation of dim sum spots, ramen houses, Burmese restaurants, and other Asian favorites, though it also has a sizable Russian population. You can see it all at the Sunday farmers market, a lively two-block amalgam of food stalls and vendors, accompanied by live music. For the rest, here are our 25 favorite places to eat and drink in The Richmond.

Make sure to 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.

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1. Pearl

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6101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 592-9777
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This cute new restaurant on the block comes from some of the nearby Pizzetta 211 folks and serves seafood, fresh pasta (don’t miss the handkerchief with white bolognese), and cocktails in a chic bistro space. They’re open all day for coffee and pastries, and the whole operation is fueled by a wood-burning oven.

2. Pizzetta 211

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211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-9880
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For a whole Italian feast, nearby Fiorella is your spot, but if thin-crust pizza is what you’re after, it’s hard to beat the pies at Pizzetta 211. The room is tiny — make sure you meet up after the family rush if you want to avoid kiddos — but there isn’t as much of a wait on weekdays. And even if you get caught in line and have to camp out, staff hands out blankets and drinks to their faithful diners. Pizzetta 211’s weekly changing menu includes the usual suspects like margherita, plus pies with more exotic toppings like egg with fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche, or buffalo sausage with blue cheese.

3. Arsicault Bakery

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397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-9460

Armando Lacayo’s flaky, buttery, typically warm, and ultimately miraculous pastries made a major splash in the neighborhood when Arsicault was named Bon Appétit’s best new bakery of 2016. Lines are to be accounted for, but they move quickly, and Arsicault’s croissant and variations (like almond, chocolate, and ham and cheese) are well worth whatever wait they command. Tartine better watch its back.

4. Spices! 2

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291 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-8885

Take the name seriously. Spices II (its sibling, Spices I, closed last year) specializes in Szechuan cuisine, and peppers here aren’t just a garnish — they’re a lifestyle. The menu offers many ways to set your mouth on fire, from the numbing spicy “gansta” casserole to the beef bowl with “flaming red oil,” in settings as trippy as the dishes. (Don’t fear, spice averse: the face-melting dishes are marked on the menu so you won’t order them by accident.) You can also find a number of Taiwanese specialties like stinky tofu and three-spice pork intestine.

5. Plough & Stars

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116 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-1122
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Get to know the neighborhood’s still-vibrant Irish population at this Inner Richmond bar that’s home to traditional live music and dancing nearly every night of the week. The jigs and reels are a lot of fun, but when they’re not going on, The Plough is a pleasant place to hang with friends, watch TV, shoot pool, or wait out a table at a nearby restaurant (ahem, Burma Superstar).

6. B★Star Cafe

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127 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 933-9900
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No disrespect to Burma Superstar, one of the O.G. Burmese restaurants in the city, but lately its bar/restaurant spinoff down the street has become more of a go-to. Perhaps because it’s open all day for lunch, brunch, and happy hour, while Superstar is only open for dinner. Perhaps because it has a (covered) back patio. Perhaps because the brunch menu offers Burmese classics alongside items like azuki almond banana French toast, and protein-rich plates resplendent with Filipino sausage and Japanese salmon ochazuke. In any case, with the addition of a zingy Burma Cooler, a refreshing blend of lager, ginger, and lemon, you’ve got a strong reason to return.

7. Wako

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211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
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Omakase is on the menu at this tiny Clement Street restaurant, but Wako offers more food than your average sushi restaurant. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san send out a parade of Japanese small plates, like housemade sesame tofu and mountain yam with spicy cod roe, followed by sashimi, tempura, and dessert; the whole thing is an elegant study in textures and temperatures. The sparse-but-elegant sushi bar is small, so reservations are recommended.

8. Wing Lee Bakery 永利饼家

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503 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-9481

The Richmond isn’t exactly lacking in dumplings, but if you don’t feel like sitting down for a whole dim sum production, Wing Lee’s takeout dumplings are there for you. All the dim sum standards are present, and if they’re not quite as good as their restaurant counterparts, they’re good enough (and affordable enough) to warrant repeat visits — especially the pork bun and sesame balls.

9. Schubert's Bakery

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512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 752-1580
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Remember in the first Great British Baking Show when the contestants had to make a Swedish princess cake with a pale green marzipan shell? Well, they sell that very cake at Schubert’s, in slices and whole, because that’s just the kind of old-fashioned European pastry that this 100-plus-year-old bakery specializes in. You may claim that you’re not a frilly dessert person, but one bite of the shop’s opera cake, chocolate truffle torte, or St. Honore cake may change your mind. This is also a classy spot to pick up a birthday cake; they don’t make custom cakes, but will do frosting inscriptions.

10. High Treason

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443 Clement
San Francisco, CA
(415) 742-5256
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Skylights provide nice light at this art-filled wine bar from alums of Restaurant at Meadowood, Quince, and Gary Danko. Even if you don't know much about wine, the staff is well-informed and helpful while guiding you through their list of by-the-glass selections, and there are snacks from cured meats and cheese plates to gooey croquettes. Bonus: High Treason doubles as a retail shop in case you need to get a bottle to-go.

11. PPQ Dungeness Island

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2332 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8266
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PPQ Dungeness Island is a must for crab lovers: Since 2000, they’ve been turning out Dungeness cooked fresh to order (you can see the crabs hanging out in their tanks in the back) in a variety of preparations (but roasted is best). Vietnamese-inflected dishes, rich garlic noodles, and crab fried rice round out the menu. The banquet hall-style dining room, with charmingly tacky fake palm trees, has room for 120, but there’s still the occasional long wait.

12. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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This Inner Richmond spot is much more than a pizza joint, though its pies are beyond reproach. Stop by the cozy, stylish restaurant for dinner or brunch, and feast through the menu of pastas, pizzas, and antipasti like a grilled little gem salad, or wood-fired octopus with pole beans, sun gold tomatoes, and garlic aioli. Order a glass of Italian wine to sip while you wait, and ogle the ultimately Instagrammable “Bay Area Toile” wallpaper, featuring Alice Waters, E-40, and other local notables. Bonus: the heated back patio was recently redone, and is a joy to sit in when it's nice out.

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13. Hard Knox Cafe

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2448 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-3770
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This Outer Richmond soul food restaurant is all about fried chicken, whether it’s plain, with waffles, in a sandwich, or served with eggs at brunch. The rest of the menu is filled with gumbo, blackened red snapper, smothered pork chops and more, but trust us: Get the fried chicken. The cafe has corrugated metal walls, red diner tables, and booths — and at $14 for three pieces of chicken, two sides and corn muffins, this is one of the better deals in town.

14. Violet's

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2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 682-4861
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A few doors down from Fiorella, this bar and tavern from the same owners is keeping the neighborhood up a little later with cocktails, bar snacks, and full dinners. Order a seafood platter, wings, and Fiorella’s popular burger, which has migrated to the new spot, to go with boozy concoctions like the Papi Suave (Plantation 3 Star rum, Cimarron Blanco tequila, Ancho Verde Liqueur, Merlet Apricot liqueur, lime sage, Angostura bitters).

15. My Tofu House

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4627 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-1818
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The name says it all at My Tofu House, where you go for soul-warming tofu stew in a bustling, wood-boothed space. The menu offers a dozen variations on the namesake soup, which, no matter what, is always filled with silky soft tofu. Once you pick yours (options include beef, seafood, etc.), it arrives to the table boiling, at which point you should crack the egg that comes alongside into the soup and stir. Enjoy between bites of the myriad of banchan and rice. Note: there is no alcohol on offer here.

16. Gaspare's Pizza

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5546 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-5025
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You go to Gaspare’s for the character — the red-checked tablecloths, the plastic grapevines and straw-bottomed chianti bottles (which are called fiascos, by the way), the tabletop jukeboxes stocked with everything from “That’s Amore” to “Roll Over Beethoven.” The food is basic red sauce Italian, from pizzas to lasagna to tiramisu, all just as you’ve had it a hundred times before. In this case, that is not a bad thing. Stop by for a reassuring taste of Italian-American food in its most nostalgic form.

17. Trad'r Sam

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6150 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-0773

If you're going to Trad'r Sam, plan on a hangover. That’s the best advice to prep for a visit to this tiki institution on Geary that specializes in massive bowls of super-sweet potions in various neon colors. The half-moon linoleum bar has certainly seen better days, and the bamboo arches, which form little nooks for the rattan furniture, often look as though they haven’t been dusted since the place opened in 1937. But something about all the kitsch makes a visit to Trad’r Sam a mistake that every San Franciscan should make at least once.

18. Ton Kiang

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5821 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-8273
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The neighborhood's dim sum pick could have easily been Hong Kong Lounge II, with its sublime har gao and coffee ribs, or Dragon Beaux, with its upscale take on dim sum with items like squid ink dumplings. But Ton Kiang made the cut because it's long been a reliable source for classic dim sum, as the sidewalk crowds every Saturday and Sunday can attest. You realize why half of the neighborhood is lined up outside when you finally head into the dual-level restaurant and sample the har gao, pan-fried chive dumplings, turnip cakes, egg tarts, and other spot-on dim sum standards. Evenings bring Hakka fare like clay pot chicken.

19. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

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5929 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-4747
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This is the hallowed home of the Tommy’s Margarita. It’s made with just tequila, lime juice and agave nectar, which makes for a citrusy marg that lacks the syrupy-sweet notes of its siblings infused with orange liqueur. This family-owned Outer Richmond restaurant has one of the best tequila selections in the city, if not the country, and you’re likely grabbing a seat at the long bar or red vinyl booths for the drinks. But you should probably soak up some of that agave from a menu that skews toward Mexican-American classics like burritos, chile rellenos and enchiladas, along with some specialties from the family’s Yucatan heritage.

20. Cinderella Bakery & Café

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436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-9690
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The Outer Richmond’s Russian community constantly filters through this cheerful Geary bakery and cafe, which peddles everything from freshly baked rye loaves and Ritual Coffee, to entrees like borscht and chicken kiev. Don’t sleep on the pelmeni (Russian boiled meat dumplings in broth), or the blinchiki (rolled crepes filled with sweet cheese, mushrooms, ground beef, caviar or Nutella). Cinderella is also one of the only places in the Bay Area to get housemade kvas, a sweet, vaguely alcoholic-tasting, bubbly concoction made from fermented rye bread.

21. Han Il Kwan

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1802 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-4447
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Known for the hordes of Korean tourists that unload by the bus-full, Han Il Kwan rightfully attracts so many visitors due to the quality of its meat, the housemade banchan, friendly service, and attractive environment. The inlaid gas grills have excellent ventilation, so you won't leave smelling like your meal, and the array of banchan includes seasoned bean sprouts, three kinds of kimchi, baby anchovies, and more. Han Il Kwan's meat is exceptionally tender, but you'll pay for it — one plate of galbi (marinated short ribs) is $30.

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22. Shanghai Dumpling King

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3319 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-2088
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Dumplings are always worth the trip out to the far Avenues, and Shanghai Dumpling King's specialty is xiao long bao. These are indisputably some of the best in town, with thin wrappers bursting with salty broth. Get an order of the regular XLB and maybe also the variation stuffed with crab, but don’t overlook the rest of the menu. The shrimp wontons in chili sauce, bready pan-fried pork buns, and chewy Shanghai noodles are all at the top of their game.

23. Cassava

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3519 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990
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This cozy Outer Richmond restaurant serves a nightly tasting menu offering modern California cuisine, with beautifully plated items like housemade squid ink pasta with poached egg, black cod compressed with black olives, and sesame pot du creme. Each dish can be paired with wine or a non-alcoholic beverage, and there’s a regular menu of appetizers and entrees, if you don’t want to do a full tasting menu. Brunch is a popular meal here — the Croque Monsieur-like breakfast sandwich regularly makes top ten lists — and on weekday mornings they have coffee, pastries, and a short cafe menu.

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24. Arguello Market

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782 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 751-5121

Many people say this is the best turkey sandwich in San Francisco. Those people are correct. The sandwich is nothing revolutionary — just hunks of white and dark meat from whole turkeys expertly roasted on the premises daily, then served on Dutch Crunch with toppings like cranberry sauce, avocado, Swiss cheese and mayo. There are a few tables in front of the market, but the Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers and its green lawns are mere blocks away; a meaty sandwich, tub of mac salad or other choice from the deli counter, and a few bevs from the cold case makes a mighty fine picnic for two.

25. Marla Bakery

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 742-4379
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The outdoor space at Marla, which was designed by the Mission’s Paxton Gate, happens to be one of the nicest backyards in town, with a multi-tiered deck and patio; it also happens to be the site of owners Amy Brown and Joe Wolf’s 2014 wedding. If the fog and wind aren’t too intense, this is a lovely place to enjoy the bakery’s excellent sticky buns, cardamom coffee cake, English muffins and weekend brunch. Evenings bring more substantial meals like roasted chicken, sourdough lasagna and more; it's also known for the monthly themed, communal Sunday suppers, and the recently opened kiosk at the Ferry Building.

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1. Pearl

6101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Read Review |

This cute new restaurant on the block comes from some of the nearby Pizzetta 211 folks and serves seafood, fresh pasta (don’t miss the handkerchief with white bolognese), and cocktails in a chic bistro space. They’re open all day for coffee and pastries, and the whole operation is fueled by a wood-burning oven.

6101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121

2. Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

For a whole Italian feast, nearby Fiorella is your spot, but if thin-crust pizza is what you’re after, it’s hard to beat the pies at Pizzetta 211. The room is tiny — make sure you meet up after the family rush if you want to avoid kiddos — but there isn’t as much of a wait on weekdays. And even if you get caught in line and have to camp out, staff hands out blankets and drinks to their faithful diners. Pizzetta 211’s weekly changing menu includes the usual suspects like margherita, plus pies with more exotic toppings like egg with fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche, or buffalo sausage with blue cheese.

211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. Arsicault Bakery

397 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Armando Lacayo’s flaky, buttery, typically warm, and ultimately miraculous pastries made a major splash in the neighborhood when Arsicault was named Bon Appétit’s best new bakery of 2016. Lines are to be accounted for, but they move quickly, and Arsicault’s croissant and variations (like almond, chocolate, and ham and cheese) are well worth whatever wait they command. Tartine better watch its back.

397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

4. Spices! 2

291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Take the name seriously. Spices II (its sibling, Spices I, closed last year) specializes in Szechuan cuisine, and peppers here aren’t just a garnish — they’re a lifestyle. The menu offers many ways to set your mouth on fire, from the numbing spicy “gansta” casserole to the beef bowl with “flaming red oil,” in settings as trippy as the dishes. (Don’t fear, spice averse: the face-melting dishes are marked on the menu so you won’t order them by accident.) You can also find a number of Taiwanese specialties like stinky tofu and three-spice pork intestine.

291 6th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

5. Plough & Stars

116 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Get to know the neighborhood’s still-vibrant Irish population at this Inner Richmond bar that’s home to traditional live music and dancing nearly every night of the week. The jigs and reels are a lot of fun, but when they’re not going on, The Plough is a pleasant place to hang with friends, watch TV, shoot pool, or wait out a table at a nearby restaurant (ahem, Burma Superstar).

116 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

6. B★Star Cafe

127 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

No disrespect to Burma Superstar, one of the O.G. Burmese restaurants in the city, but lately its bar/restaurant spinoff down the street has become more of a go-to. Perhaps because it’s open all day for lunch, brunch, and happy hour, while Superstar is only open for dinner. Perhaps because it has a (covered) back patio. Perhaps because the brunch menu offers Burmese classics alongside items like azuki almond banana French toast, and protein-rich plates resplendent with Filipino sausage and Japanese salmon ochazuke. In any case, with the addition of a zingy Burma Cooler, a refreshing blend of lager, ginger, and lemon, you’ve got a strong reason to return.

127 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Wako

211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Omakase is on the menu at this tiny Clement Street restaurant, but Wako offers more food than your average sushi restaurant. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san send out a parade of Japanese small plates, like housemade sesame tofu and mountain yam with spicy cod roe, followed by sashimi, tempura, and dessert; the whole thing is an elegant study in textures and temperatures. The sparse-but-elegant sushi bar is small, so reservations are recommended.

211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Wing Lee Bakery 永利饼家

503 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

The Richmond isn’t exactly lacking in dumplings, but if you don’t feel like sitting down for a whole dim sum production, Wing Lee’s takeout dumplings are there for you. All the dim sum standards are present, and if they’re not quite as good as their restaurant counterparts, they’re good enough (and affordable enough) to warrant repeat visits — especially the pork bun and sesame balls.

503 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

9. Schubert's Bakery

512 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Remember in the first Great British Baking Show when the contestants had to make a Swedish princess cake with a pale green marzipan shell? Well, they sell that very cake at Schubert’s, in slices and whole, because that’s just the kind of old-fashioned European pastry that this 100-plus-year-old bakery specializes in. You may claim that you’re not a frilly dessert person, but one bite of the shop’s opera cake, chocolate truffle torte, or St. Honore cake may change your mind. This is also a classy spot to pick up a birthday cake; they don’t make custom cakes, but will do frosting inscriptions.

512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. High Treason

443 Clement, San Francisco, CA

Skylights provide nice light at this art-filled wine bar from alums of Restaurant at Meadowood, Quince, and Gary Danko. Even if you don't know much about wine, the staff is well-informed and helpful while guiding you through their list of by-the-glass selections, and there are snacks from cured meats and cheese plates to gooey croquettes. Bonus: High Treason doubles as a retail shop in case you need to get a bottle to-go.

443 Clement
San Francisco, CA

11. PPQ Dungeness Island

2332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

PPQ Dungeness Island is a must for crab lovers: Since 2000, they’ve been turning out Dungeness cooked fresh to order (you can see the crabs hanging out in their tanks in the back) in a variety of preparations (but roasted is best). Vietnamese-inflected dishes, rich garlic noodles, and crab fried rice round out the menu. The banquet hall-style dining room, with charmingly tacky fake palm trees, has room for 120, but there’s still the occasional long wait.

2332 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

12. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Fiorella

This Inner Richmond spot is much more than a pizza joint, though its pies are beyond reproach. Stop by the cozy, stylish restaurant for dinner or brunch, and feast through the menu of pastas, pizzas, and antipasti like a grilled little gem salad, or wood-fired octopus with pole beans, sun gold tomatoes, and garlic aioli. Order a glass of Italian wine to sip while you wait, and ogle the ultimately Instagrammable “Bay Area Toile” wallpaper, featuring Alice Waters, E-40, and other local notables. Bonus: the heated back patio was recently redone, and is a joy to sit in when it's nice out.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

13. Hard Knox Cafe

2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

This Outer Richmond soul food restaurant is all about fried chicken, whether it’s plain, with waffles, in a sandwich, or served with eggs at brunch. The rest of the menu is filled with gumbo, blackened red snapper, smothered pork chops and more, but trust us: Get the fried chicken. The cafe has corrugated metal walls, red diner tables, and booths — and at $14 for three pieces of chicken, two sides and corn muffins, this is one of the better deals in town.

2448 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

14. Violet's

2301 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

A few doors down from Fiorella, this bar and tavern from the same owners is keeping the neighborhood up a little later with cocktails, bar snacks, and full dinners. Order a seafood platter, wings, and Fiorella’s popular burger, which has migrated to the new spot, to go with boozy concoctions like the Papi Suave (Plantation 3 Star rum, Cimarron Blanco tequila, Ancho Verde Liqueur, Merlet Apricot liqueur, lime sage, Angostura bitters).

2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

15. My Tofu House

4627 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

The name says it all at My Tofu House, where you go for soul-warming tofu stew in a bustling, wood-boothed space. The menu offers a dozen variations on the namesake soup, which, no matter what, is always filled with silky soft tofu. Once you pick yours (options include beef, seafood, etc.), it arrives to the table boiling, at which point you should crack the egg that comes alongside into the soup and stir. Enjoy between bites of the myriad of banchan and rice. Note: there is no alcohol on offer here.

4627 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

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16. Gaspare's Pizza

5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

You go to Gaspare’s for the character — the red-checked tablecloths, the plastic grapevines and straw-bottomed chianti bottles (which are called fiascos, by the way), the tabletop jukeboxes stocked with everything from “That’s Amore” to “Roll Over Beethoven.” The food is basic red sauce Italian, from pizzas to lasagna to tiramisu, all just as you’ve had it a hundred times before. In this case, that is not a bad thing. Stop by for a reassuring taste of Italian-American food in its most nostalgic form.

5546 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

17. Trad'r Sam

6150 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

If you're going to Trad'r Sam, plan on a hangover. That’s the best advice to prep for a visit to this tiki institution on Geary that specializes in massive bowls of super-sweet potions in various neon colors. The half-moon linoleum bar has certainly seen better days, and the bamboo arches, which form little nooks for the rattan furniture, often look as though they haven’t been dusted since the place opened in 1937. But something about all the kitsch makes a visit to Trad’r Sam a mistake that every San Franciscan should make at least once.

6150 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

18. Ton Kiang

5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

The neighborhood's dim sum pick could have easily been Hong Kong Lounge II, with its sublime har gao and coffee ribs, or Dragon Beaux, with its upscale take on dim sum with items like squid ink dumplings. But Ton Kiang made the cut because it's long been a reliable source for classic dim sum, as the sidewalk crowds every Saturday and Sunday can attest. You realize why half of the neighborhood is lined up outside when you finally head into the dual-level restaurant and sample the har gao, pan-fried chive dumplings, turnip cakes, egg tarts, and other spot-on dim sum standards. Evenings bring Hakka fare like clay pot chicken.

5821 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

19. Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

This is the hallowed home of the Tommy’s Margarita. It’s made with just tequila, lime juice and agave nectar, which makes for a citrusy marg that lacks the syrupy-sweet notes of its siblings infused with orange liqueur. This family-owned Outer Richmond restaurant has one of the best tequila selections in the city, if not the country, and you’re likely grabbing a seat at the long bar or red vinyl booths for the drinks. But you should probably soak up some of that agave from a menu that skews toward Mexican-American classics like burritos, chile rellenos and enchiladas, along with some specialties from the family’s Yucatan heritage.

5929 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

20. Cinderella Bakery & Café

436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118