The Mission District is hands down, one of the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco. Thanks to an abundance of restaurants, bars, and bakeries, it’s possible to satisfy just about any craving within the neighborhood’s boundaries. It almost goes without saying then, that there are far more worthy dining and drinking destinations than could be included in this list, but let this map start you off with a handful of neighborhood favorites both old and new.Read More
17 Destination Restaurants, Bars, and Bakeries in the Mission District
Where to eat and drink in one of San Francisco’s most delicious neighborhoods
After a rough January 2023 that saw Rintaro shut down temporarily due to flooding, the izakaya is back open with the food that made it a one-of-a-kind spot — and a cookbook debuting in October. The menu changes seasonally, but diners can’t go wrong with an item off the charcoal grill, sampling off the sashimi list, or a fried item, such as the kabocha korokke, a croquette made with kabocha squash.
Panchita's Pupusería & Restaurant
Pupusas deserve more than this brief aside considering the Mission hosts a lot of great Salvadoran food. But it would also be a great disservice to overlook Panchita’s, which stuffed its pupusas with pork, beans, and cheese, all piled with cabbage slaw.
After a stylish makeover, this bar looks a little bit like the Overlook Hotel. Stop by and grab a beer at the storied neighborhood favorite, or dip into the Hideout at the back. There’s a fresh menu starring a dozen cocktails and a few highballs, including the Friend of the Devil, a clarified milk punch laced with rye, chocolate stout, and cherry, served over an engraved ice cube.
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Tartine has gone through a number of openings, closings, and changes in the last few years. But through it all, the original bakery on 18th and Guerrero is still, thankfully, a destination for morning buns, shatteringly crisp croissants, and more. These days, the staff are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) so those morning buns are in support of workers and your Instagram feed.
As of October 2022, Delfina is back from its multi-year, COVID-19-induced hiatus. The restaurant underwent a significant renovation and menu overhaul but fans need not fear, favorite dishes including the spaghetti pomodoro haven’t gone away. The Cal-Italian staple continues its tradition of serving seasonal pasta, pizzas, and appetizers but now there’s also a full bar where diners can find cocktails featuring Italian spirits, bitters, and amari.
WesBurger n' More
The art of the smash burger has been all but perfected at Wes Rowe’s eponymous burger joint, each thin patty grilled to achieve those crispy, frilly edges that make the burger style so appealing. He serves them topped with pickles, onions, special sauce, and American cheese if you want to keep things classic, though you can gussy yours up with add-ons like onion rings, jalapenos, and peanut butter and jelly – if you please. The restaurant has also recently added sandwiches to its lunch menu if that’s more your speed. As for sides? It’s got to be tots.
An underground dinner party pop-up turned permanent (two-Michelin-star) restaurant, Lazy Bear typically leaves diners/guests raving about the talents of chef David Barzelay. During the pandemic, the team got playful with a “Lazy Bear Camp Commissary,” takeout menu, but the restaurant is now back with a tasting menu and an optional after-dinner dessert and beverage experience in The Den, a loft nestled above the restaurant floor.
SAN HO WON
It’s no small feat to snag a table at this latest restaurant from chef Cory Lee, who holds three Michelin stars at his fine dining restaurant Benu. But at this modern and minimalist restaurant in the Mission, Lee and chef Jeong-In Hwang elevate Korean barbecue to elegant heights, presenting thick slabs of charred beef tongue and double-cut galbi along with an array of banchan, bubbling stews, and sweet honey butter corn on the cob.
Clever cocktail menu themes that change every six months keep crowds coming back to Trick Dog. Owners Josh Harris and Bon Vivants Hospitality always have something up their sleeves, and are known for strange ingredients — Ritz crackers, for example — but deliciousness is typically the guiding principle.
Flour + Water
Following a months-long closure and renovation, fresh pasta destination Flour + Water returned with a sophisticated new look last year. Wrapped in warm neutral tones, the dining room now feels like the perfect setting for a special night out — one inevitably filled with a mosaic-like platter of crudo and a selection of handmade pasta, whether it be a tangle of rye pappardelle or a neatly folded ravioli stuffed with smoked duck. More than a decade in, this icon remains one of San Francisco’s most excellent Italian restaurants.
The small-but-mighty Breakfast Little is one of the Mission’s best spots for grabbing a tater tot-stuffed breakfast burrito or a slab of toast teeming with toppings. The OG breakfast burrito is a classic, with a choice of bacon or sausage served alongside cheese, garlic aioli, eggs, and tater tots. Other options play with the burrito format, such as the Bad and Boujee, which comes with chicken sausage, brie, fig jam, eggs, and tots.
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Nabeel Slimi grew up between the Bay Area and Palestine and, after the Great Recession, found a way to create a space for all of that richness — plus everyone else out there with a similar complexity. The coffee is tasty, with the familiar milk chocolate notes of a solid light roast anyone on Mission Street would be delighted to find.
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El Gallo Giro
Saunter up to this storied truck and order yourself a plate of impossibly crispy and juicy carnitas tacos buried under a flurry of onions and cilanto. You won’t regret it. El Gallo Giro is widely respected as one of the best taco spots in the city, parked at 23rd Street and Treat Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
La Torta Gorda
This is the best place in San Francisco to get a torta fix, whether you’re craving a soggy, sauce-soaked pambazo or a pierna enchilada stacked with roast pork, avocado, refried beans, pickled chiles, and a red adobo chile sauce. It’s a casual, lively spot for an al fresco lunch or a hearty breakfast.
Doanji owner and chef Isai Cuevas comes to San Francisco by way of Zimatlan, Oaxaca in Mexico and opened this causal restaurant in October 2021. The menu offers snacks including a tamal of the day and tlayuda to share, plus larger entrees including tacos, chilaquiles, and enchiladas smothered in a rich mole.
La Taqueria — or La Taq, as the locals are wont to say — is more than just another restaurant serving quality tacos and burritos in this storied neighborhood. It’s a veritable institution, having earned the title of America’s Best Burrito. If you’re on the hunt for a Mission-style burrito you’ll find a worthy version here, and it’s famously rice-free, making it a (slightly) lighter option.
Reem's California Mission
Reem’s is definitely a destination-worthy spot for slow-roasted lamb, oven-fresh flatbreads, and tangy labneh layered with honey and fruit, but the Mission bakery is also a cozy neighborhood spot, with a sunny dining room and a walk-up window through which the staff push cardamom-scented coffees, pastries, and sandwiches to-go.