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Where to Eat and Drink in the Richmond District

A vetted guide to dining, delivery, and takeout in the neighborhood

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The Richmond District, both Inner and Outer, takes up much of the northwest corner of the city. A mostly residential, quiet area, the area’s been called the city’s "second Chinatown" with its proliferation of excellent Chinese spots. There’s also Michelin-starred sushi, wood-fired pizza, award-winning margaritas, and gorgeous pastries within its streets and avenues: All great spots to feed every craving. This map details some of the most notable Richmond District spots that are currently open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or just for a snack. There are many more wonderful restaurants in the neighborhood to choose from, so let this map be a guide, not an end-all-be-all for your Richmond District exploration.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(628) 280-1974
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Outer Richmond is the second location for Devil’s Teeth bakery, an Outer Sunset favorite for delicious breakfast sandwiches on hot buttermilk biscuits, cookies, donut muffins, scones, pies, and lunch options like soup and lasagna. The Balboa Street bakery, opened in 2020, adds wood-fired pizza, thanks to the wood-fired oven first installed in the space by Marla’s. There’s no wrong order here.

2. Jiangnan Cuisine

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3420 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 702-9931

As its name indicates, this Outer Richmond restaurant specializes in the food of Jiangnan — or, to be specific, the sweet but balanced flavors of Wuxi, a city north of Shanghai. Try the show-stopping stewed duck, which comes covered in pitch-black, syrupy sauce; the fatty red-braised pork belly; or the best-in-class lion’s head meatball.

3. 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, sungold tomatoes, and garlic aioli.

4. PPQ Dungeness Island

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2332 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8266
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Many would argue that PPQ Dungeness Island serves the best crab in the city: Since 2000, they’ve turned out Dungeness cooked fresh to order in a variety of preparations (but roasted is best). Vietnamese-inflected dishes, rich garlic noodles, and crab fried rice round out the menu.

5. 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 offers cocktails, bar snacks, and seafood dinners in a clean, bright space with a spacious wraparound bar, a great spot to post up if there’s a wait. Highlights include the halibut crudo and napkins-required Tavern Burger.

6. 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 also has one of the best tequila selections in the city, and a menu that skews toward Mexican-American classics like burritos, chile rellenos and enchiladas, along with some specialties from the family’s Yucatan heritage.

7. Pearl 6101

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6101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 592-9777
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This cozy neighborhood restaurant from alums of sister spot Pizzetta 211 has become a citywide favorite, serving bright crudos; gorgeous plates of seared scallops; and most importantly, some of the tastiest handmade pasta dishes in town — rounded out by excellent cocktails and desserts. Can’t-miss specialties include the handkerchief pasta dish made with white bolognese and grana padano and the the Pearl martini.

8. 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. 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.

9. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 682-4196
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Chef Mourad Lahlou’s serves Moroccan comforts out in the Richmond at Aziza, a restaurant that became even more important to the neighborhood during the pandemic. Regulars dig into the chicken basteeya wrapped in pastry, centerpiece braised lamb shank, and hand-rolled couscous. (Note: Aziza temporarily closed in August, due to a breakthrough COVID exposure, but promised to reopen safely within a couple of weeks.)

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10. Dragon Beaux

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5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 333-8899
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This Koi Palace spinoff is probably the finest high-end dim sum house in the city, known for Instagram-friendly, five-color xiao long bao that you’ll spy at every other table. The restaurant’s standouts, however, are the classic and modern takes on Cantonese dim sum, including plenty of dumplings: har gow, sea bass dumplings, scallop shumai, and more.

11. Lung Fung Bakery

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1823 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-3775

The signboard menu at this old-school Cantonese bakery, with prices given in cents instead of dollars, is a throwback to a different era. You won’t find anything resembling an entree here, but the egg custard tarts are the flakiest in the neighborhood, and the meaty baked barbecue pork buns are probably tops in the entire city.

12. Joe's Ice Cream

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5420 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 751-1950
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This old-school scoop shop serves up ice cream memories straight from your SF childhood, offering standards such as root beer swirl and rum raisin, or more unconventional flavors like wasabi and chai tea. While it’s a fairly no-frills storefront, the fresh parklet covered in cartoon cheeseburgers and ice cream cones — which is wheelchair accessible and just the right size for little kids — is already a hit for ice cream socials.

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13. Breadbelly

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1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 349-0969
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This new-school Asian-American bakery from a trio of SF fine-dining chefs does everything well: its recognizable bright green kaya toast, an ever-changing lineup of cakes and pastries, yogurt drinks, and tidily cut sandwiches on soft milk bread.

14. Good Luck Dim Sum

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736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-3388

This classic Clement Street dim sum counter often draws a line for its barbecue pork buns, beef siu mai, pan-fried turnip cakes, and some of the very best dumplings in town, all for much less than what you’d pay at a sit-down dim sum parlor. Try a classic Cantonese breakfast of pork-and-century-egg jook and a freshly fried Chinese doughnut when it opens at 8 a.m.

15. 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. Place your online order here and schedule a pickup time to avoid unnecessary lines and crowding.

16. Mandalay Restaurant

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4348 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 386-3896
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There are several great Burmese spots in the Richmond (Burmese Kitchen, for example, has the most careful COVID-era pickup system we’ve seen in the city). But Mandalay did it first, opening in 1984, back when tea leaf salad was a novelty to most. Its known for homey standards like samusa soup as well as specials like its Rangoon spicy fish along with fragrant noodle dishes and the best fermented tea leaf salad in town — a rendition of the classic without lettuce or cabbage.

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17. 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.

18. Taqueria Los Mayas

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331 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 548-2800
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Taqueria Los Mayas is maybe the most reliable destination for Mexican food in the Richmond District, and it’s certainly the best destination for Yucatecan food in the neighborhood. It’s nest known for panuchos, Yucatecan-style crispy tacos topped with the cuisine’s characteristic citrus-marinated meats including poc chuc and cochinita pibil.

19. Tastebuds

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600 5th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-9298
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This corner soul food and Creole spot opened for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner in the Inner Richmond in 2018. It serves Southern staples like shrimp and grits, collard greens, and po’ boy sandwiches, but its standout might be its deep-fried breakfast burrito, which is best eaten while piping hot.

20. Wako

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211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
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This Michelin-starred Clement Street sushi restaurant pivoted temporarily to takeout versions of chirashi, bentos, and omakase during the pandemic, but reopened for indoor dining — and eliminated takeout — in July 2021. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san debuted a new menu at the same time, adding dishes like dashimaki filled with mentaiko and sansho pepper whipping cream; and chawanmushi with pike eel, shiitake, shrimp, sea urchin, and smoked trout roe.

21. Arsicault Bakery

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397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-9460
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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. Prepare for long lines made even longer with social distancing to get Arsicault’s wildly popular croissants with variations like almond, chocolate, and ham and cheese.

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1. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Outer Richmond is the second location for Devil’s Teeth bakery, an Outer Sunset favorite for delicious breakfast sandwiches on hot buttermilk biscuits, cookies, donut muffins, scones, pies, and lunch options like soup and lasagna. The Balboa Street bakery, opened in 2020, adds wood-fired pizza, thanks to the wood-fired oven first installed in the space by Marla’s. There’s no wrong order here.

3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

2. Jiangnan Cuisine

3420 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

As its name indicates, this Outer Richmond restaurant specializes in the food of Jiangnan — or, to be specific, the sweet but balanced flavors of Wuxi, a city north of Shanghai. Try the show-stopping stewed duck, which comes covered in pitch-black, syrupy sauce; the fatty red-braised pork belly; or the best-in-class lion’s head meatball.

3420 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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, sungold tomatoes, and garlic aioli.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. PPQ Dungeness Island

2332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Many would argue that PPQ Dungeness Island serves the best crab in the city: Since 2000, they’ve turned out Dungeness cooked fresh to order in a variety of preparations (but roasted is best). Vietnamese-inflected dishes, rich garlic noodles, and crab fried rice round out the menu.

2332 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

5. Violet's

2301 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

A few doors down from Fiorella, this bar and tavern from the same owners offers cocktails, bar snacks, and seafood dinners in a clean, bright space with a spacious wraparound bar, a great spot to post up if there’s a wait. Highlights include the halibut crudo and napkins-required Tavern Burger.

2301 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

6. 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 also has one of the best tequila selections in the city, and 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

7. Pearl 6101

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

This cozy neighborhood restaurant from alums of sister spot Pizzetta 211 has become a citywide favorite, serving bright crudos; gorgeous plates of seared scallops; and most importantly, some of the tastiest handmade pasta dishes in town — rounded out by excellent cocktails and desserts. Can’t-miss specialties include the handkerchief pasta dish made with white bolognese and grana padano and the the Pearl martini.

6101 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. 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. 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

9. Aziza

5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Albert Law

Chef Mourad Lahlou’s serves Moroccan comforts out in the Richmond at Aziza, a restaurant that became even more important to the neighborhood during the pandemic. Regulars dig into the chicken basteeya wrapped in pastry, centerpiece braised lamb shank, and hand-rolled couscous. (Note: Aziza temporarily closed in August, due to a breakthrough COVID exposure, but promised to reopen safely within a couple of weeks.)

5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Dragon Beaux

5700 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

This Koi Palace spinoff is probably the finest high-end dim sum house in the city, known for Instagram-friendly, five-color xiao long bao that you’ll spy at every other table. The restaurant’s standouts, however, are the classic and modern takes on Cantonese dim sum, including plenty of dumplings: har gow, sea bass dumplings, scallop shumai, and more.

5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

11. Lung Fung Bakery

1823 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The signboard menu at this old-school Cantonese bakery, with prices given in cents instead of dollars, is a throwback to a different era. You won’t find anything resembling an entree here, but the egg custard tarts are the flakiest in the neighborhood, and the meaty baked barbecue pork buns are probably tops in the entire city.

1823 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

12. Joe's Ice Cream

5420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Patricia Chang

This old-school scoop shop serves up ice cream memories straight from your SF childhood, offering standards such as root beer swirl and rum raisin, or more unconventional flavors like wasabi and chai tea. While it’s a fairly no-frills storefront, the fresh parklet covered in cartoon cheeseburgers and ice cream cones — which is wheelchair accessible and just the right size for little kids — is already a hit for ice cream socials.

5420 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

13. Breadbelly

1408 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

This new-school Asian-American bakery from a trio of SF fine-dining chefs does everything well: its recognizable bright green kaya toast, an ever-changing lineup of cakes and pastries, yogurt drinks, and tidily cut sandwiches on soft milk bread.

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

14. Good Luck Dim Sum

736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

This classic Clement Street dim sum counter often draws a line for its barbecue pork buns, beef siu mai, pan-fried turnip cakes, and some of the very best dumplings in town, all for much less than what you’d pay at a sit-down dim sum parlor. Try a classic Cantonese breakfast of pork-and-century-egg jook and a freshly fried Chinese doughnut when it opens at 8 a.m.

736 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

15. 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. Place your online order here and schedule a pickup time to avoid unnecessary lines and crowding.

512 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

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16. Mandalay Restaurant

4348 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Omar Mamoon

There are several great Burmese spots in the Richmond (Burmese Kitchen, for example, has the most careful COVID-era pickup system we’ve seen in the city). But Mandalay did it first, opening in 1984, back when tea leaf salad was a novelty to most. Its known for homey standards like samusa soup as well as specials like its Rangoon spicy fish along with fragrant noodle dishes and the best fermented tea leaf salad in town — a rendition of the classic without lettuce or cabbage.

4348 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118

17. Cinderella Bakery & Café

436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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.

436 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

18. Taqueria Los Mayas

331 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Taqueria Los Mayas is maybe the most reliable destination for Mexican food in the Richmond District, and it’s certainly the best destination for Yucatecan food in the neighborhood. It’s nest known for panuchos, Yucatecan-style crispy tacos topped with the cuisine’s characteristic citrus-marinated meats including poc chuc and cochinita pibil.

331 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

19. Tastebuds

600 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

This corner soul food and Creole spot opened for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner in the Inner Richmond in 2018. It serves Southern staples like shrimp and grits, collard greens, and po’ boy sandwiches, but its standout might be its deep-fried breakfast burrito, which is best eaten while piping hot.

600 5th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

20. Wako

211 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

This Michelin-starred Clement Street sushi restaurant pivoted temporarily to takeout versions of chirashi, bentos, and omakase during the pandemic, but reopened for indoor dining — and eliminated takeout — in July 2021. Chefs Atsushi-san and Tomo-san debuted a new menu at the same time, adding dishes like dashimaki filled with mentaiko and sansho pepper whipping cream; and chawanmushi with pike eel, shiitake, shrimp, sea urchin, and smoked trout roe.

211 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. 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. Prepare for long lines made even longer with social distancing to get Arsicault’s wildly popular croissants with variations like almond, chocolate, and ham and cheese.

397 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

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