Eddying behind the bridge and ballpark, Mission Bay has sometimes felt like a backwater neighborhood. But in the past few years, it’s scaled up rapidly, not least because of the Chase Center, the new home of the Warriors, which — at least before the coronavirus pandemic — welcomed 18,000 fans a night for concerts and games. Between the stadium, hospital, and waterfront, it’s got a lot going on, and the restaurants are reopening. But also, it borders China Basin, the Dogpatch, and the Design District, with dining destinations worth the detour. From sports-friendly pizza and beer to oysters and bubbles with a view, here’s where to eat and drink in this changing neighborhood.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink in Mission Bay
From pizza and beer to oysters and bubbles
1. Little Skillet
Farmer Brown and Isla Vida may have closed, but their sibling restaurant is still serving fried chicken and waffles for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining. Technically in China Basin, it’s just across the bridge and down a back alley, and a hidden lunch opportunity.
2. New Belgium Brewing Taproom and Restaurant
New Belgium, the Colorado-based brewery best known for Fat Tire amber ale, has set up shop in the former home of Little Creatures. There are more than 20 beers on tap here, including a lineup of their bestselling Belgian-style beers, along with a food menu created by founding Noosh chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz.
3. ATWater Tavern
A big concrete block close to the stadium, ATWater Tavern scores points for a sunny deck, bay views, and happy hour deals. It’s a step up from basic bar food, with lots of seafood available.
4. House of Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen
This family-run business is one of the few Ethiopian restaurants in San Francisco proper, first in the Tenderloin, and now with a second location in Mission Bay. Expect spongy flatbread, thick stews, and lamb tibs tossed with berbere and chiles.
5. Casey's Pizza
Casey Crynes drove one of the city’s most groundbreaking pizza trucks before he finally set up shop in 2017. The menu is a mix of East Coast and Neopolitan styles, with classic margherita and pepperoni pies on deck, as well as those topped with kale, bacon, and hot peppers.
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6. Cafe Réveille
This coffee truck has revved into a mini chain, with half a dozen locations across SF and one in Berkeley. It’s the best caffeine option in the area, but it’s also a full cafe, serving juices, smoothies, and eggs at breakfast, and salads and grain bowls at lunch.
The Absinthe group beat the crowd into the neighborhood and moved into this industrial space in 2016, transforming it into a cavernous Spanish restaurant with a horseshoe bar and patterned tiles, serving paella and tapas.
8. Spark Social SF
San Francisco, CA 94158
For a variety of affordable eats, hit this food truck park from the folks behind SoMa StrEat Food Park, which has remained open for walk-up orders and outdoor dining during the pandemic. In the past, the rotation of trucks has included Al Pastor Papi, which spins pork and pineapple tacos, and Torraku Ramen, with bowls full of thick tonkatsu and chewy noodles, but check the schedule for an updated list of vendors. Fire pits and seats in a double-decker bus are available by reservation.
9. Seven Stills
San Francisco, CA 94107
Bay Area beer and whiskey maker Seven Stills started in the Bayview, and then expanded with this larger brewery and distillery in Mission Bay in November 2019. Despite some hiccups with the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control earlier in the pandemic, the brewery is now serving beer, whiskey, and a full restaurant menu.
10. Dumpling Time Thrive City
The Omakase Restaurant Group dominates the neighboring Design District, with Omakase for sushi and Niku for wagyu steak. But most popular by far is Dumpling Time, which now has a location immediately outside of Chase Center in the so-called Thrive City. Dumpling Time known for handcrafted dumplings in bright colors and modern flavors, especially slurp-worthy XLB.
11. SF Kebab
UCSF hospital has a few sweet lunch spots, including this kebab joint that’s located right on campus. The restaurant’s wraps and platters can be filled with dips, falafel, and assorted grilled meats.
12. Mission Rock Resort
Another double-decker waterfront restaurant with seats right next to the breezy bay, Mission Rock Resort has always been an outdoor dining favorite, equipped with rain protection and heaters. It’s a classic seafood menu, including oysters, clam chowder, and fried fish, but with a good list of bubbles, too.
13. The Ramp
A San Francisco classic, the Ramp is somewhere between a dive bar and a seafood shack, housed in a former bait shop. It’s got salty character, classic seafood, and bloody Marys at brunch. Sometimes it’s sleepy and sometimes it’s a scene, depending on who’s playing and what the weather’s like. Note: The Ramp temporarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic but is slated to reopen for outdoor service beginning in April.