Restaurant history runs deep in San Francisco, a city that coined iconic dishes from cioppino to the Mission burrito, and which even has a city project dedicated to identifying and preserving historic dining establishments.
What makes a restaurant classic? The ground rules: must be a full restaurant (no bars or one-item spots like ice cream places and coffee shops), and must have opened before 2000 (we've got a few modern classics in here as well, dating as late as the '90s). This list has clubby wood-paneled rooms, seafood joints, diners, taquerias, Cal-cuisine icons, and anything else a lover of old-school dining could want. Check out these 26 restaurants that have unquestionably impacted the Bay Area dining scene.Read More