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Where to Eat and Drink in Potrero Hill

This sunny neighborhood on the south side of town might just surprise you with its diverse range of cuisine

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Potrero Hill is known for a few things: lots of sunshine, great views of the skyline, residential streets, and being home to the actual crookedest street in SF. However, Potrero also has some really amazing restaurants serving California cuisine, French home-style cooking, Turkish-Mediterranean fare, live sushi, Peruvian food, macaroni and cheese, all-you-can eat pizza, and more.

If the craft cocktail bar scene is your thing, Potrero Hill probably isn’t your best bet, though there are a few local dive bars that have nearly everything you could ever need, and some of the aforementioned restaurants have strong drinks. Plus: it’s home to historic Anchor Brewing Company, which is a reason to visit this neighborhood on its own.

Lastly, Potrero is killing it when it comes to under-the-radar brunch spots. So next time the biscuit wait at Plow is just too long to bear, head to one of the restaurants on this list instead. Check out these recommendations for food and drink in Potrero Hill.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Sur Empanadas

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300 De Haro St Ste 342
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 530-2803
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Roaming empanada operation El Sur found its permanent home in Potrero Hill a few years back, quickly gaining a following for additions like breakfast empanadas: the tartiflette, with bacon, onion, potato, cheese, and egg; and the verdurawith braised greens, onion, potato, goat cheese, and egg. Owner Marianne Despres has since added medialunas, basically a smaller, Argentine cousin to the croissant, and dulce de leche churros. Fans can also order a box of 24 frozen empanadas for free home delivery, to always have one on hand.

2. Thee Parkside

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1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 252-1330
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This inside of this dive bar is one of the best venues to see all kinds of music (indie, punk, metal, underground) in a very intimate space, while the back patio is one of the best venues to enjoy bottomless mimosas on a Sunday afternoon. The kitchen serves up everything from burgers and tots to banh mi and Cuban sandwiches.

3. Connecticut Yankee

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100 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 552-4440
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If you’re a Boston sports fan, then you already know about this old school sports bar that serves affordable comfort food (wings, meatloaf, potato skins, pastrami sandwich, BLT chopped salad, salt and vinegar fries) and drinks (there’s a full bar) to Red Sox and Patriots’ fans. The bar got a facelift a few years ago and everything, including the food, feels brighter and cleaner than before. There are plenty of TVs to watch the game, a pool table, and a small patio out back if you want to take advantage of Potrero’s sunny weather.

4. JB's Place

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1435 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 626-7973
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A great low-key diner-style spot for when you need to grab something and go, or grab something and eat it at one of the eight or so tables. The menu is extensive and everything can be ordered for pick-up if you’re in a rush. Breakfast options range from omelettes to pancakes to eggs Benedict, but fan faves are the egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich and the breakfast burrito. Lunch includes everything from more than 15 different burgers to all kinds of sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads And the prices can’t be beat.

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5. Live Sushi Bar

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2001 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-8610
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The fish at this reasonably priced Japanese restaurant is flown in three times a week from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. That means you can be assured that what you’re putting in your mouth is always incredibly fresh and of the highest quality. You can also be assured that, like the name suggests, some of those dishes will be served live, including the scallops, uni, lobster, spot prawns, and clams.

6. Anchor Public Taps

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495 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 863-8350
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125-year-old Anchor Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in California, though it didn’t find its current home (an old coffee roastery) until 1977. In order to walk through the three floors to see where the famous beer is made and get a tasting in the taproom, you must make a reservation (tours are slated to resume in summer of 2021). But across the street from the factory, Anchor Public Taps taproom is open, with generous outdoor seating, and pouring that signature steam beer.

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7. Bloom's Saloon

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1318 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 552-6707

Bloom’s is exactly what a neighborhood watering hole should be: kinda run down, never too crowded, TVs playing sports, friendly bartenders, tons of regulars, pinball, cold beer, plus the one secret thing locals don’t ever really want anyone else to discover. In this case: the sun-filled patio with amazing views of the city.

1328 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 355-1328
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This very intimate (as in, you’ll be able to hear what everyone around you is saying, so don’t come here for a break-up conversation) and modest Japanese spot is a bit on the pricey side, but the friendly service and fresh fish make it a great choice for locals looking to fulfill their sushi craving. Umi chef Stewart Chen also just opened Shokudou izakaya in nearby Bernal Heights, serving crispy hamachi collars and beef-wrapped enoki skewers.

9. Plow

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1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 821-7569
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This rustic breakfast and lunch spot serves simple, seasonal comfort food sourced from local farms, and is also considered to offer one of the very best brunches in the city. Of course, this is San Francisco, so the wait for that brunch may be hours (Plow does not accept reservations or parties bigger than six). Every dish is pretty much perfection, but your best bet to get the full experience is to order the Plow (two eggs, a choice of meat—get the sausage, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and Plow’s legendary potatoes). Of course the fried egg sandwich is also delicious, as are the buttermilk biscuits and gravy. The good news is after the wait, you might just be hungry enough to try them all.

10. Chez Maman

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1401 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 655-9542
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Chez Maman serves the kind of delectable French food your mom used to make — if your mom was a French woman who was not afraid to use a ton of butter, poured generous amounts of wine, and always thought you should order dessert. Because those odds are low, that's one more reason to dine at this tiny 10-seat restaurant (plus a bar where you can eat). Must-order dishes include the French onion soup, escargots, any of the mussels, and the “basic” burger, which is anything but basic. The crepes are très bonne as well, but skip the savory version and order a sweet one for dessert.

11. Parker Potrero

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1399 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 829-3796
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This all-day cafe and restaurant specializes in healthy-enough comforts from its cozy corner home in Potrero. Parker serves a concise, French-leaning menu of small plates, salads, warm grain bowls, tartines, and other sandwiches; plus dinner entrees like mushroom and asparagus risotto, carnitas burger, and roasted andouille sausage served over black lentils, as well as wine by the bottle and beer.

12. Mochica

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1469 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 278-0480
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This welcoming Peruvian restaurant is the place to go when you’re looking for a casual, but delicious dinner or a perfectly concocted cocktail and snacks. Most dishes are meant to be shared; favorites include the ceviche, empanadas, and Peruvian skewers. As far as cocktails go, you can’t go wrong with the pisco sour.

13. Papito

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1457 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 695-0147
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Funky taqueria Papito has been a Potrero Hill staple for more than a decade, and it continues to be a top destination for fresh Mexican food despite changing hands and its Potrero Hill address over the years. Highlights include the traditional sopa ranchera, elote, tacos with rich duck confit, and of course, the flan.

14. Ruby Wine

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1419 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 401-7708
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This small shop is one of the area’s most ardent members of the 00 (zero zero) camp — meaning, nothing added or removed during the winemaking process. They pour a few wines by the glass, still always $12, but the focus is the notable bottle list — one that might be intimidating for natural wine novices — for take away or to drink in the parklet with a $10 corkage. Ruby is also taking preorders for pickup by phone or online.

15. Goat Hill Pizza

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300 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 641-1440
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This is Goat Hill’s original location (named after the goats that used to roam Potrero Hill) and is as much of a neighborhood favorite now as it was when it opened in 1975. The pizza is made with a sourdough crust and baked in a traditional brick oven.

16. La Stazione Coffee & Wine Bar

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701 Pennsylvania Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 944-9613
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The perfect little spot to grab an espresso, pour-over, or cold brew coffee on the way to work, then a glass of unique Italian wine on your way home. This coffee and wine bar is the closest thing you’re going to find to an Italian Café in Portrero Hill, including the very friendly service, a very good thing when you’re trying to catch a train (it’s right by the 22nd and Mission Caltrain station). There are also a few pastries (homemade Pop-Tarts!) and bagels in the morning, as well as salads and panini. Also, there is a Nutella latte, which speaks for itself.

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1. El Sur Empanadas

300 De Haro St Ste 342, San Francisco, CA 94103

Roaming empanada operation El Sur found its permanent home in Potrero Hill a few years back, quickly gaining a following for additions like breakfast empanadas: the tartiflette, with bacon, onion, potato, cheese, and egg; and the verdurawith braised greens, onion, potato, goat cheese, and egg. Owner Marianne Despres has since added medialunas, basically a smaller, Argentine cousin to the croissant, and dulce de leche churros. Fans can also order a box of 24 frozen empanadas for free home delivery, to always have one on hand.

300 De Haro St Ste 342
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Thee Parkside

1600 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This inside of this dive bar is one of the best venues to see all kinds of music (indie, punk, metal, underground) in a very intimate space, while the back patio is one of the best venues to enjoy bottomless mimosas on a Sunday afternoon. The kitchen serves up everything from burgers and tots to banh mi and Cuban sandwiches.

1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

3. Connecticut Yankee

100 Connecticut St, San Francisco, CA 94107

If you’re a Boston sports fan, then you already know about this old school sports bar that serves affordable comfort food (wings, meatloaf, potato skins, pastrami sandwich, BLT chopped salad, salt and vinegar fries) and drinks (there’s a full bar) to Red Sox and Patriots’ fans. The bar got a facelift a few years ago and everything, including the food, feels brighter and cleaner than before. There are plenty of TVs to watch the game, a pool table, and a small patio out back if you want to take advantage of Potrero’s sunny weather.

100 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107

4. JB's Place

1435 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
JB’s chicken fried steak
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A great low-key diner-style spot for when you need to grab something and go, or grab something and eat it at one of the eight or so tables. The menu is extensive and everything can be ordered for pick-up if you’re in a rush. Breakfast options range from omelettes to pancakes to eggs Benedict, but fan faves are the egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich and the breakfast burrito. Lunch includes everything from more than 15 different burgers to all kinds of sandwiches, hot dogs, and salads And the prices can’t be beat.

1435 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Live Sushi Bar

2001 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The fish at this reasonably priced Japanese restaurant is flown in three times a week from Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. That means you can be assured that what you’re putting in your mouth is always incredibly fresh and of the highest quality. You can also be assured that, like the name suggests, some of those dishes will be served live, including the scallops, uni, lobster, spot prawns, and clams.

2001 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Anchor Public Taps

495 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Beer from Anchor Brewing Anchor Brewing

125-year-old Anchor Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in California, though it didn’t find its current home (an old coffee roastery) until 1977. In order to walk through the three floors to see where the famous beer is made and get a tasting in the taproom, you must make a reservation (tours are slated to resume in summer of 2021). But across the street from the factory, Anchor Public Taps taproom is open, with generous outdoor seating, and pouring that signature steam beer.

495 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. Bloom's Saloon

1318 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Bloom’s is exactly what a neighborhood watering hole should be: kinda run down, never too crowded, TVs playing sports, friendly bartenders, tons of regulars, pinball, cold beer, plus the one secret thing locals don’t ever really want anyone else to discover. In this case: the sun-filled patio with amazing views of the city.

1318 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Umi

1328 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This very intimate (as in, you’ll be able to hear what everyone around you is saying, so don’t come here for a break-up conversation) and modest Japanese spot is a bit on the pricey side, but the friendly service and fresh fish make it a great choice for locals looking to fulfill their sushi craving. Umi chef Stewart Chen also just opened Shokudou izakaya in nearby Bernal Heights, serving crispy hamachi collars and beef-wrapped enoki skewers.

1328 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. Plow

1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This rustic breakfast and lunch spot serves simple, seasonal comfort food sourced from local farms, and is also considered to offer one of the very best brunches in the city. Of course, this is San Francisco, so the wait for that brunch may be hours (Plow does not accept reservations or parties bigger than six). Every dish is pretty much perfection, but your best bet to get the full experience is to order the Plow (two eggs, a choice of meat—get the sausage, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and Plow’s legendary potatoes). Of course the fried egg sandwich is also delicious, as are the buttermilk biscuits and gravy. The good news is after the wait, you might just be hungry enough to try them all.

1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

10. Chez Maman

1401 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Chez Maman serves the kind of delectable French food your mom used to make — if your mom was a French woman who was not afraid to use a ton of butter, poured generous amounts of wine, and always thought you should order dessert. Because those odds are low, that's one more reason to dine at this tiny 10-seat restaurant (plus a bar where you can eat). Must-order dishes include the French onion soup, escargots, any of the mussels, and the “basic” burger, which is anything but basic. The crepes are très bonne as well, but skip the savory version and order a sweet one for dessert.

1401 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

11. Parker Potrero

1399 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This all-day cafe and restaurant specializes in healthy-enough comforts from its cozy corner home in Potrero. Parker serves a concise, French-leaning menu of small plates, salads, warm grain bowls, tartines, and other sandwiches; plus dinner entrees like mushroom and asparagus risotto, carnitas burger, and roasted andouille sausage served over black lentils, as well as wine by the bottle and beer.

1399 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

12. Mochica

1469 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This welcoming Peruvian restaurant is the place to go when you’re looking for a casual, but delicious dinner or a perfectly concocted cocktail and snacks. Most dishes are meant to be shared; favorites include the ceviche, empanadas, and Peruvian skewers. As far as cocktails go, you can’t go wrong with the pisco sour.

1469 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

13. Papito

1457 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Funky taqueria Papito has been a Potrero Hill staple for more than a decade, and it continues to be a top destination for fresh Mexican food despite changing hands and its Potrero Hill address over the years. Highlights include the traditional sopa ranchera, elote, tacos with rich duck confit, and of course, the flan.

1457 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Ruby Wine

1419 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This small shop is one of the area’s most ardent members of the 00 (zero zero) camp — meaning, nothing added or removed during the winemaking process. They pour a few wines by the glass, still always $12, but the focus is the notable bottle list — one that might be intimidating for natural wine novices — for take away or to drink in the parklet with a $10 corkage. Ruby is also taking preorders for pickup by phone or online.

1419 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. Goat Hill Pizza

300 Connecticut St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This is Goat Hill’s original location (named after the goats that used to roam Potrero Hill) and is as much of a neighborhood favorite now as it was when it opened in 1975. The pizza is made with a sourdough crust and baked in a traditional brick oven.

300 Connecticut St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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16. La Stazione Coffee & Wine Bar

701 Pennsylvania Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

The perfect little spot to grab an espresso, pour-over, or cold brew coffee on the way to work, then a glass of unique Italian wine on your way home. This coffee and wine bar is the closest thing you’re going to find to an Italian Café in Portrero Hill, including the very friendly service, a very good thing when you’re trying to catch a train (it’s right by the 22nd and Mission Caltrain station). There are also a few pastries (homemade Pop-Tarts!) and bagels in the morning, as well as salads and panini. Also, there is a Nutella latte, which speaks for itself.

701 Pennsylvania Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107

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