Everyone in San Francisco knows North Beach — maybe you’ve browsed in City Lights before a memorably awful dinner at the Stinking Rose with those cousins that came in from out of town. Or maybe, in another life, you could be found frequenting the louder, more raucous bars on Grant Street on Saturday nights.
But there’s another North Beach, one dripping with history and full of locals who have been in the neighborhood since putting down roots decades back. One that still feels like one of the most inspired, magical parts of the city, summer tourist hordes aside. And one that makes you feel like you’re in on some incredible San Francisco secret, when you know the right places to go. So, here are the top bars and restaurants in North Beach, ranging from the oldest of old school to those that are decidedly of the moment.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More