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Where to Eat and Drink in the Marina

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Ah, the Marina. The subject of much scorn from anyone who doesn't live there. The subject of much love for anyone who does. Chances are, however you feel about it, you're bound to find yourself “on campus” at one point or another — and when that happens, you might as well make the most of it.

Whether you want to dive right into the bro-filled bevy of bars or prefer to stay above the fray, the Marina does have a lot of respectable eating and drinking options to take care of your needs, whatever they may be. Here now, we’ve got you covered with the 19 best restaurants and bars in the neighborhood, listed alphabetically.

Make sure to check out Eater SF's other neighborhood guides in Cow Hollow, Cole Valley, the Richmond, Chinatown, the Financial District, SoMa, and more, for intel on the best places to eat, drink, and hang.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
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Easily the classiest restaurant in the neighborhood, A16's pizzas are the star here. Order your meal around the pies, and then fill it out with the stellar appetizers, salads and pastas. And definitely get wine.

2. Blue Barn Gourmet

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2105 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-3232
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You'll pay for them, but if it's a big salad you crave, Blue Barn has what you need. There are seasonal sandwiches and grilled cheese, too, but if it's a sandwich you want, head to Lucca's or Marina Deli instead. Blue Barn is all about salads.

3. Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie

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2257 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 801-5599
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Part taqueria and part rotisserie, Bonita's tacos, burritos, bowls, quesadillas and more are perfect weeknight fare. You can eat here, but it's more comfortable to take it home to Netflix.

4. California Wine Merchant

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2113 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-0646
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Serious date spot alert. First date, second date, 800th date — this is the place. Cozy ambience, friendly service, well-priced glasses of California wines and a cheese and charcuterie plate are the key ingredients to date domination.

5. Causwells

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2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 447-6081
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Known for its bomb.com burger, Causwells is always packed with people all ordering the award-winning patty. But you'd be remiss to overlook the rest of chef Adam Rosenblum's slightly Southern-leaning seasonal menu of salads, hush puppies, cornbread and more. There's something for everyone, which is why it's a good place for groups.

6. Chubby Noodle

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2205 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 655-3335
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A Marina map wouldn't be complete without a boozy brunch option, which is where Chubby Noodle comes in. Thirty-seven dollars gets you unlimited drinks and mix-and-match dim sum for two hours, with clubby top hits blasting over the speakers. Let this be your warning: Don't expect top-notch food and drink or service. Do expect a good time, bro-y party.

7. Delarosa

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2175 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 673-7100
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Can't get into A16? Go to Delarosa. Can get into A16? Still consider Delarosa for more casual Italian fare with pizzas, pastas, small plates and drinks that always satisfy.

8. Greens Restaurant

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Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-6222
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This is vegetarian dining at its finest, with a killer view to boot. Nothing on the menu is blow-your-mind inventive, but the solid fare combined with the location make it a destination.

9. Le Marais Bakery

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2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 359-9801
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Beyond gorgeous pastries and bread, Le Marais' Parisian-inspired cafe has breakfast, lunch and dinner for charmingly relaxed dining in style.

10. Lucca's Delicatessen

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2120 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-7873
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For a little piece of North Beach, head to Lucca's, the 80-year-old Italian shop where salami hangs from the ceiling and the obvious order is the #1 Italian combo (salame, ham, mortadella, provolone, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, mild Italian pepper). There are a ton of other sandwiches, plus heaping salads, antipasti, meats and cheeses to satisfy your Italian-American cravings. Plus, it's family owned, which is always feel-good.

P.S. Honorable mention in the Marina sandwich category goes to Marina Deli & Liquor, just one block west of Lucca's on Chestnut. Lucca's is the go-to for classic Italian subs, whereas Marina Deli will cure your hangover with a solid BEC or breakfast burrito.

11. Reed & Greenough

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3251 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 913-7021
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There's a sad lack of places to get a proper cocktail on campus, and Reed & Greenough is one of the closest you're going to get. The decor is more leathered study than drinking den, but the drinks are good, and sometimes you have to take what you can get in this land of dives and sports bars. Bonus: there's pool and shuffleboard in the back.

12. Seed & Salt

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2240 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 872-9173
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A year after opening, fans of "clean eating" are still going nuts for this vegan, gluten-free quick service spot in the Marina. There's also no refined sugar, trans fats or GMOs allowed in the small space, which offers items like cashew-dill cream cheese sandwiches and beet burgers. Grab one of the few seats or take it to go. —Ellen Fort

13. The Tipsy Pig

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2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 292-2300
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Until neighbors complained (don't they, like, know they live in the Marina?!), the outdoor patio at Tipsy Pig was the place to party outdoors at night. Now, it closes at 12:30 p.m., but the day drinking scene is still strong. Even if it's not day drinking you're going for, it's a pleasing vibe inside with good beers, strong drinks and happy, pretty people in puffy vests.

14. Yukol Place

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2380 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-1599
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Every neighborhood needs some good takeout Thai, and that is Yukol Place. Sure, you could go and sit down, but the smarter move is delivery. Specifically the #29 red curry with chicken.

15. Zushi Puzzle

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1910 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-9319
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Chef Roger Chong and his wife are the force behind this funky sushi spot, which has a devoted following of regulars who ensure you have to make a reservation to get in on any given night. Chong procures some more exotic fish offerings that sway farther from the basic yellowtail, salmon and white fish fray, which he's known for arranging in large-scale sashimi platters. Just be prepared to wait — Chong and his wife are the only ones preparing food for the entire restaurant.

16. Horseshoe Tavern

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2024 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 346-1430
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No frills, no bullshit, no credit cards is the name of Horseshoe Tavern's game. A dive's dive, of which every neighborhood needs one.

17. The Interval at Long Now

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2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-6582
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The fact that there are a lot of artifacts to look at, historical explanations to read and foundations to benefit at the Interval at Long Now is all well and good, but what matters most at a cocktail bar are the cocktails. And they're good here, so definitely give them a try — if you can figure out which one to get from the 34-drink-long list that offers historical explanations of each. This may be the world's only cocktail bar with a .org website address, but the drinks are good, the vibes are relaxed and there's some food to snack on. And that's all you really need to know.

18. Maybeck's

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3213 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 400-8500
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Née Spaghetti Brothers, Maybeck's recently underwent a name change to better suit its environs and offerings. Chefs/owners Aaron Toensing and Erik Lowe are sending out perfectly al dente plates of housemade pasta, yes, but there's also burgers, fried, chicken, crudo, and much more in the bright, California style of American regional cuisine. Head to the large bar for an expertly-prepared cocktail — something that can be hard to find in this neighborhood — followed by a slightly refined, yet approachable white-tablecloth dining experience.

19. Tacolicious

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2250 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 649-6077
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There may be no restaurant more Marina than this, where the margaritas flow freely and Americanized tacos churn out of the kitchen. Don't know where to go? Tacolicious will please all. Note: The location recently moved just across the street to a bigger and brighter spot.
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1. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Easily the classiest restaurant in the neighborhood, A16's pizzas are the star here. Order your meal around the pies, and then fill it out with the stellar appetizers, salads and pastas. And definitely get wine.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Blue Barn Gourmet

2105 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
You'll pay for them, but if it's a big salad you crave, Blue Barn has what you need. There are seasonal sandwiches and grilled cheese, too, but if it's a sandwich you want, head to Lucca's or Marina Deli instead. Blue Barn is all about salads.
2105 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie

2257 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Part taqueria and part rotisserie, Bonita's tacos, burritos, bowls, quesadillas and more are perfect weeknight fare. You can eat here, but it's more comfortable to take it home to Netflix.
2257 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4. California Wine Merchant

2113 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Serious date spot alert. First date, second date, 800th date — this is the place. Cozy ambience, friendly service, well-priced glasses of California wines and a cheese and charcuterie plate are the key ingredients to date domination.
2113 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. Causwells

2346 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Known for its bomb.com burger, Causwells is always packed with people all ordering the award-winning patty. But you'd be remiss to overlook the rest of chef Adam Rosenblum's slightly Southern-leaning seasonal menu of salads, hush puppies, cornbread and more. There's something for everyone, which is why it's a good place for groups.
2346 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

6. Chubby Noodle

2205 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
A Marina map wouldn't be complete without a boozy brunch option, which is where Chubby Noodle comes in. Thirty-seven dollars gets you unlimited drinks and mix-and-match dim sum for two hours, with clubby top hits blasting over the speakers. Let this be your warning: Don't expect top-notch food and drink or service. Do expect a good time, bro-y party.
2205 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. Delarosa

2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Can't get into A16? Go to Delarosa. Can get into A16? Still consider Delarosa for more casual Italian fare with pizzas, pastas, small plates and drinks that always satisfy.
2175 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Greens Restaurant

Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123
This is vegetarian dining at its finest, with a killer view to boot. Nothing on the menu is blow-your-mind inventive, but the solid fare combined with the location make it a destination.
Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

9. Le Marais Bakery

2066 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Beyond gorgeous pastries and bread, Le Marais' Parisian-inspired cafe has breakfast, lunch and dinner for charmingly relaxed dining in style.
2066 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

10. Lucca's Delicatessen

2120 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
For a little piece of North Beach, head to Lucca's, the 80-year-old Italian shop where salami hangs from the ceiling and the obvious order is the #1 Italian combo (salame, ham, mortadella, provolone, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, mild Italian pepper). There are a ton of other sandwiches, plus heaping salads, antipasti, meats and cheeses to satisfy your Italian-American cravings. Plus, it's family owned, which is always feel-good.

P.S. Honorable mention in the Marina sandwich category goes to Marina Deli & Liquor, just one block west of Lucca's on Chestnut. Lucca's is the go-to for classic Italian subs, whereas Marina Deli will cure your hangover with a solid BEC or breakfast burrito.

2120 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

11. Reed & Greenough

3251 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123
There's a sad lack of places to get a proper cocktail on campus, and Reed & Greenough is one of the closest you're going to get. The decor is more leathered study than drinking den, but the drinks are good, and sometimes you have to take what you can get in this land of dives and sports bars. Bonus: there's pool and shuffleboard in the back.
3251 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123

12. Seed & Salt

2240 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
A year after opening, fans of "clean eating" are still going nuts for this vegan, gluten-free quick service spot in the Marina. There's also no refined sugar, trans fats or GMOs allowed in the small space, which offers items like cashew-dill cream cheese sandwiches and beet burgers. Grab one of the few seats or take it to go. —Ellen Fort
2240 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

13. The Tipsy Pig

2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Until neighbors complained (don't they, like, know they live in the Marina?!), the outdoor patio at Tipsy Pig was the place to party outdoors at night. Now, it closes at 12:30 p.m., but the day drinking scene is still strong. Even if it's not day drinking you're going for, it's a pleasing vibe inside with good beers, strong drinks and happy, pretty people in puffy vests.
2231 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

14. Yukol Place

2380 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Every neighborhood needs some good takeout Thai, and that is Yukol Place. Sure, you could go and sit down, but the smarter move is delivery. Specifically the #29 red curry with chicken.
2380 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

15. Zushi Puzzle

1910 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Chef Roger Chong and his wife are the force behind this funky sushi spot, which has a devoted following of regulars who ensure you have to make a reservation to get in on any given night. Chong procures some more exotic fish offerings that sway farther from the basic yellowtail, salmon and white fish fray, which he's known for arranging in large-scale sashimi platters. Just be prepared to wait — Chong and his wife are the only ones preparing food for the entire restaurant.
1910 Lombard St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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16. Horseshoe Tavern

2024 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
No frills, no bullshit, no credit cards is the name of Horseshoe Tavern's game. A dive's dive, of which every neighborhood needs one.
2024 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

17. The Interval at Long Now

2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123
The fact that there are a lot of artifacts to look at, historical explanations to read and foundations to benefit at the Interval at Long Now is all well and good, but what matters most at a cocktail bar are the cocktails. And they're good here, so definitely give them a try — if you can figure out which one to get from the 34-drink-long list that offers historical explanations of each. This may be the world's only cocktail bar with a .org website address, but the drinks are good, the vibes are relaxed and there's some food to snack on. And that's all you really need to know.
2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

18. Maybeck's

3213 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Née Spaghetti Brothers, Maybeck's recently underwent a name change to better suit its environs and offerings. Chefs/owners Aaron Toensing and Erik Lowe are sending out perfectly al dente plates of housemade pasta, yes, but there's also burgers, fried, chicken, crudo, and much more in the bright, California style of American regional cuisine. Head to the large bar for an expertly-prepared cocktail — something that can be hard to find in this neighborhood — followed by a slightly refined, yet approachable white-tablecloth dining experience.
3213 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94123

19. Tacolicious

2250 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Tacolicious
There may be no restaurant more Marina than this, where the margaritas flow freely and Americanized tacos churn out of the kitchen. Don't know where to go? Tacolicious will please all. Note: The location recently moved just across the street to a bigger and brighter spot.
2250 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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