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18 Great Places to Eat in the Marina

A vetted guide to the neighborhood

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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. Of course, indoor dining is back, which means the neighborhood’s many restaurants are once again bustling. But these days, the streets are also often filled with outdoor diners enjoying brunch, lunch, and dinner while clad in their winter best. This list contains 18 Marina District restaurants you should not miss, but it’s only a start. There are many gems to be found on Chestnut Street and beyond.

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Greens Restaurant

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San Francisco’s landmark vegetarian restaurant has been showcasing seasonal vegetables grown on nearby farms and dazzling diners with views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge since it opened in 1979. A new outdoor dining pavilion offers additional seating options, and the Greens-to-go menu is available for takeout and delivery.

Colombia and Venezuela meets California at this family-owned spot that opened in 2018, which means a menu of dishes like burrata with cilantro pepitas and avocado, pork loin with passion fruit, and steak with chimichurri and yuca fries. Dine in or outside for lunch or dinner or call for takeout.

Lucca's Delicatessen

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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.

Dragon Well

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For more than 20 years Dragon Well has been serving quality Chinese meals from a variety of regions (their menu boasts jook, Sichuan favorites, and California standards like Chinese chicken salad), making it a neighborhood standby for lunch and dinner.

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Dragon Well

Hinoya Curry SF

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The Marina is home to the first U.S. outlet of Hinoya Curry, one of Tokyo’s most popular curry chains — and if you didn’t know, curry chains are big business in Japan. Hinoya serves a classic version of the somewhat sweeter, milder Japanese style of curry, made with a beef broth cooked anywhere from 48 to 100 hours, depending on the size of the batch. A succinct menu includes pork katsu curry, chicken katsu curry, crab croquette curry, and vegetable croquette curry to go with a selection of Japanese beer and sake.

Delarosa

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Delarosa used to be one’s second choice when no tables were free at A16, but now that that’s less of an issue, it can stand alone for its satisfying casual Italian fare (pizzas, pastas, small plates) that you can enjoy inside or at an outdoor table (reserve here) or order to-go (order here).

Izzy's Steakhouse

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Count on legendary San Francisco steakhouse Izzy’s, open since 1987, for aged American beef at reasonably affordable prices, fantastic creamed spinach, solid cocktails, and more recently, brunch. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest parklets in San Francisco, strung with twinkle lights.

The covered parklet at Izzy’s Steakhouse in the Marina District Audrey Kuhn

Zushi Puzzle

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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. 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.

Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

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The celebratory Jaranita offers a casual setting for wide-ranging Peruvian cuisine, from the raw bar (cebiches and tiraditos) and the wood-fired rotisserie and charcoal grill (churassco, lomo soltado). Drawing in Marina-dwellers with happy hours, themed brunches, and other special events, Jaranita means “street party,” and that’s the vibe here.

The Tipsy Pig

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Once known as the place to party in the Marina, the outdoor patio at Tipsy Pig is now its salvation, decked out with TVs, string lights, and plant-covered lattice walls. It’s a popular Marina setting for good beers, strong drinks, and standard gastropub-style brunch and dinner fare.

Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie

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Part taqueria and part rotisserie, Bonita offers a menu of tacos, burritos, bowls, and quesadillas, all of which make for perfect weeknight fare. The Marina location is open for kid-friendly dining, or order online for pickup or delivery.

Alegrias

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After 24 years, Alegrias founders Cesar and Nora have sailed off into retirement, but its new owners (including chef Jose Ortez, who worked with Cesar for 17 years) are keeping the paella and sangria party going. Head in for classic hot and cold tapas and paella preparations aplenty in a homey dining room with white table cloths.

Norcina

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For fresh pasta, pizza, and spritz flights in a lively Marina setting, look to Norcina, the first full-service, sit-down restaurant from talented chef Kaitlynn Bauman. For pasta, Bauman pairs pappardelle with a rich brisket ragu and fills a big solo raviolo with a golden egg yolk surrounded by green garlic ricotta. The pizza is Neapolitan style and sourdough leavened, and comes in both white and red varieties. Don’t miss the DIY s’mores for dessert.

Causwells

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Causwells is known for its bomb.com burger, but you'd be remiss to overlook the rest of the Southern-leaning seasonal menu of salads, hush puppies, cornbread and more. There's something for everyone, making it a great pick when dining with a disparate group.

Westwood

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This country bar rode into town in 2019, bringing to the Marina a 6,000-square-foot venue and restaurant with big leather booths and, as the song goes, cold beer and hot wings. The dinner menu offers stick-to-your ribs brisket, sausage, and pork shoulder.

Karaweik Burmese Cuisine

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The opening of Karaweik in 2019 helped broaden the Marina’s Eastern-heavy dining scene, adding a cozy setting for classic Burmese specialties and contemporary street food to the neighborhood, dishes like royal tea leaf salad, paratha with coconut curry, crispy lentil fritters, and vegetarian soups.

Easily the classiest restaurant in the neighborhood, A16's pizzas and award-winning wine selections are the stars here. Order your meal around the pies, and then fill it out with stellar appetizers, salads, and pastas.

Viva Goa Indian Cuisine

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The south Indian state of Goa, once colonized by the Portuguese, holds onto Portuguese influence in its cuisine with curries like vindaloo — from the Portuguese vinha d’alhos, meaning wine and garlic. Don’t miss the wonderful, nicely spicy version at Viva Goa.

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Greens Restaurant

San Francisco’s landmark vegetarian restaurant has been showcasing seasonal vegetables grown on nearby farms and dazzling diners with views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge since it opened in 1979. A new outdoor dining pavilion offers additional seating options, and the Greens-to-go menu is available for takeout and delivery.

Mamo

Colombia and Venezuela meets California at this family-owned spot that opened in 2018, which means a menu of dishes like burrata with cilantro pepitas and avocado, pork loin with passion fruit, and steak with chimichurri and yuca fries. Dine in or outside for lunch or dinner or call for takeout.

Lucca's Delicatessen

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.

Dragon Well

The outside seating area at Dragon Well
Dragon Well

For more than 20 years Dragon Well has been serving quality Chinese meals from a variety of regions (their menu boasts jook, Sichuan favorites, and California standards like Chinese chicken salad), making it a neighborhood standby for lunch and dinner.

The outside seating area at Dragon Well
Dragon Well

Hinoya Curry SF

The Marina is home to the first U.S. outlet of Hinoya Curry, one of Tokyo’s most popular curry chains — and if you didn’t know, curry chains are big business in Japan. Hinoya serves a classic version of the somewhat sweeter, milder Japanese style of curry, made with a beef broth cooked anywhere from 48 to 100 hours, depending on the size of the batch. A succinct menu includes pork katsu curry, chicken katsu curry, crab croquette curry, and vegetable croquette curry to go with a selection of Japanese beer and sake.

Delarosa

Delarosa used to be one’s second choice when no tables were free at A16, but now that that’s less of an issue, it can stand alone for its satisfying casual Italian fare (pizzas, pastas, small plates) that you can enjoy inside or at an outdoor table (reserve here) or order to-go (order here).

Izzy's Steakhouse

The covered parklet at Izzy’s Steakhouse in the Marina District Audrey Kuhn

Count on legendary San Francisco steakhouse Izzy’s, open since 1987, for aged American beef at reasonably affordable prices, fantastic creamed spinach, solid cocktails, and more recently, brunch. The restaurant also boasts one of the largest parklets in San Francisco, strung with twinkle lights.

The covered parklet at Izzy’s Steakhouse in the Marina District Audrey Kuhn

Zushi Puzzle

Chef Roger Chong and his wife are the force behind this funky sushi spot, which has a devoted following of regulars. 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.

Jaranita SF Peruvian Rotisserie

The celebratory Jaranita offers a casual setting for wide-ranging Peruvian cuisine, from the raw bar (cebiches and tiraditos) and the wood-fired rotisserie and charcoal grill (churassco, lomo soltado). Drawing in Marina-dwellers with happy hours, themed brunches, and other special events, Jaranita means “street party,” and that’s the vibe here.

The Tipsy Pig

Once known as the place to party in the Marina, the outdoor patio at Tipsy Pig is now its salvation, decked out with TVs, string lights, and plant-covered lattice walls. It’s a popular Marina setting for good beers, strong drinks, and standard gastropub-style brunch and dinner fare.

Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie

Part taqueria and part rotisserie, Bonita offers a menu of tacos, burritos, bowls, and quesadillas, all of which make for perfect weeknight fare. The Marina location is open for kid-friendly dining, or order online for pickup or delivery.

Alegrias

After 24 years, Alegrias founders Cesar and Nora have sailed off into retirement, but its new owners (including chef Jose Ortez, who worked with Cesar for 17 years) are keeping the paella and sangria party going. Head in for classic hot and cold tapas and paella preparations aplenty in a homey dining room with white table cloths.

Norcina

For fresh pasta, pizza, and spritz flights in a lively Marina setting, look to Norcina, the first full-service, sit-down restaurant from talented chef Kaitlynn Bauman. For pasta, Bauman pairs pappardelle with a rich brisket ragu and fills a big solo raviolo with a golden egg yolk surrounded by green garlic ricotta. The pizza is Neapolitan style and sourdough leavened, and comes in both white and red varieties. Don’t miss the DIY s’mores for dessert.

Causwells

Causwells is known for its bomb.com burger, but you'd be remiss to overlook the rest of the Southern-leaning seasonal menu of salads, hush puppies, cornbread and more. There's something for everyone, making it a great pick when dining with a disparate group.

Westwood

This country bar rode into town in 2019, bringing to the Marina a 6,000-square-foot venue and restaurant with big leather booths and, as the song goes, cold beer and hot wings. The dinner menu offers stick-to-your ribs brisket, sausage, and pork shoulder.

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Karaweik Burmese Cuisine

The opening of Karaweik in 2019 helped broaden the Marina’s Eastern-heavy dining scene, adding a cozy setting for classic Burmese specialties and contemporary street food to the neighborhood, dishes like royal tea leaf salad, paratha with coconut curry, crispy lentil fritters, and vegetarian soups.

A16

Easily the classiest restaurant in the neighborhood, A16's pizzas and award-winning wine selections are the stars here. Order your meal around the pies, and then fill it out with stellar appetizers, salads, and pastas.

Viva Goa Indian Cuisine

The south Indian state of Goa, once colonized by the Portuguese, holds onto Portuguese influence in its cuisine with curries like vindaloo — from the Portuguese vinha d’alhos, meaning wine and garlic. Don’t miss the wonderful, nicely spicy version at Viva Goa.

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