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Dishes and beer from New Belgium
Dishes and beer from New Belgium
Patricia Chang

Where to Eat and Drink in Mission Bay

From pizza and beer to oysters and bubbles

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Dishes and beer from New Belgium
| Patricia Chang

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Skillet

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360 Ritch St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 777-2777
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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.

Chicken and waffles at Little Skillet Little Skillet

2. New Belgium Brewing Taproom and Restaurant

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1000a 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 874-9633
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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.

Dining room at New Belgium Patricia Chang

3. ATWater Tavern

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295 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 512-7153
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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.

Oyster at ATWater ATWater Tavern

4. House of Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen

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1130 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 655-9344
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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.

Lamb tibs at Tadu Tadu Ethiopian

5. Casey's Pizza

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1170 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 814-2482
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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

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610 Long Bridge Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 580-7260
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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. 

Latte at Cafe Réveille Cafe Réveille

7. Bellota

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888 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 430-6580
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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.

Bar at Bellota Patricia Chang

8. Spark Social SF

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601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
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.

Outdoor seating at Spark Social SF Frazier Phillips

9. Seven Stills

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100 Hooper St Ste. 4
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.

Kegs at Seven Stills Seven Stills

10. Dumpling Time Thrive City

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191 Warriors Way Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94158
(209) 912-6500
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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

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550 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 255-2262
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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.

Wrap at SF Kebab SF Kebab

12. Mission Rock Resort

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817 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 701-7625
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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.

Oysters at Mission Rock Resort Mission Rock Resort

13. The Ramp

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855 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 621-2378
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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.

1. Little Skillet

360 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Chicken and waffles at Little Skillet 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.

360 Ritch St
San Francisco, CA 94107

2. New Belgium Brewing Taproom and Restaurant

1000a 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Dining room at New Belgium Patricia Chang

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.

1000a 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94158

3. ATWater Tavern

295 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
Oyster at ATWater 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.

295 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

4. House of Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen

1130 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Lamb tibs at Tadu Tadu Ethiopian

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.

1130 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

5. Casey's Pizza

1170 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Exterior of Casey’s Pizza Patricia Chang

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.

1170 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

6. Cafe Réveille

610 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
Latte at Cafe Réveille 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. 

610 Long Bridge Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

7. Bellota

888 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bar at Bellota Patricia Chang

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.

888 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Spark Social SF

601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158
Outdoor seating at Spark Social SF Frazier Phillips

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.

601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
San Francisco, CA 94158

9. Seven Stills

100 Hooper St Ste. 4, San Francisco, CA 94107
Kegs at Seven Stills Seven Stills

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.

100 Hooper St Ste. 4
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Dumpling Time Thrive City

191 Warriors Way Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94158

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.

191 Warriors Way Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94158

11. SF Kebab

550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158
Wrap at SF Kebab 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.

550 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94158

12. Mission Rock Resort

817 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
Oysters at Mission Rock Resort 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.

817 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

13. The Ramp

855 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158

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.

855 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

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