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San Francisco's 10 Best Dive Bars with Food

Where to eat and drink without breaking the bank.

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Seemingly every new restaurant in SF is looking to snag the booze-'n-bites crowd, but with $10 craft cocktails and $12 deviled eggs as their main offering, they're far from affordable. So in honor of Cocktail Week's Dive Bar Power Hour, we salute the few legitimate dives serving food that remain in SF, by offering a map of where you can find the 10 best. Whether you seek a simple burger or something as fancy as roasted bone marrow or butternut-squash pizza, these laid-back standbys won't break the bank.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tempest

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431 Natoma St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 495-1863
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Known for ardent Giants fans, cheap PBR and shot specials, and having a continual posse of cigarette smokers out front, the Tempest also excels in the culinary arena. Next-door Box Kitchen turns out a great burger, garlic fries, and chicken and waffles, and stays open until 1 am.

2. Thee Parkside

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1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 252-1330
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Catch a live punk show, down a few Olympias, and go to town on a fried chicken sandwich or some carnitas-topped tater tots at this fun Potrero dive.

3. Jay 'n Bee Club

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2736 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-4190
Mission locals who bypass this longstanding dive are missing out on some pretty darn good thin-crust pizza, served by a fun and sassy staff. They're also dog-friendly and have a pool table and outdoor area.

4. Broken Record

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1166 Geneva Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 963-1713
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Long known for its virtuosity in the dive-bar eats arena, the Broken Record currently plays host to Hood Grub, which dishes up kale salad, tater-tot poutine, and chocolate pot de creme. Weekend brunch features chorizo breakfast burritos and beer-battered, Nutella-stuffed French toast.

5. Pissed Off Pete's

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4528 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 584-5122
A duo of chefs took over the kitchen at this Excelsior favorite earlier this year, turning out mushroom strudel, butternut squash pizza, and Cincinnati-style chili mac. They even make their own pastrami and chicharrones.

6. 500 Club

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500 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-2500
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While 500 Club doesn't technically have food on-premises, neighboring Clare's Deli might as well be their kitchen, since they'll deliver food to your barstool. Meatball grinders, Caesar salad, and the signature "500 Club" (a.k.a. a club sandwich) await.

7. Toronado

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547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-2276
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Rosamunde's other locations may have taken up the mantle of providing beer to go with their housemade sausages, but at the original, the best place to dine is still at the Toronado, the next-door craft beer palace. Order your sausage, load it up with sauerkraut or chili, then enjoy it over a cold one.

8. Tee Off Bar

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3129 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-5439
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Intended as a post-links spot for Presidio golfers, the Tee Off has forged a solid reputation exclusively for its gut-busting bar food, like a Fieri-approved mac and cheese, pulled-pork sandwich, and nightly specials (this is definitely the only dive in town where you can order a steak).

9. Zeitgeist

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199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-7505
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The menu at Zeitgeist is rather streamlined: burgers, veggie burgers, hashbrowns, maybe grilled cheese. But they do what they do pretty darn well, and there's nothing quite like a sunny Saturday on the patio with a pitcher or a Bloody, a bunch of friends, and the rest of San Francisco (and its cigarette smoke).

10. Louie's Bar

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55 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-3540
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A favorite among both post-work happy hour types and post-shift industry types, Louie's was recently taken over by the Tempest and Box crew. It now has a wide assortment of food, including pastrami gyros, avocado tacos, beet salad, and a fried pork chop sandwich, until 1 am. And yes, you can still get a cheap shot and beer combo.

1. Tempest

431 Natoma St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Known for ardent Giants fans, cheap PBR and shot specials, and having a continual posse of cigarette smokers out front, the Tempest also excels in the culinary arena. Next-door Box Kitchen turns out a great burger, garlic fries, and chicken and waffles, and stays open until 1 am.
431 Natoma St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Thee Parkside

1600 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Catch a live punk show, down a few Olympias, and go to town on a fried chicken sandwich or some carnitas-topped tater tots at this fun Potrero dive.
1600 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

3. Jay 'n Bee Club

2736 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Mission locals who bypass this longstanding dive are missing out on some pretty darn good thin-crust pizza, served by a fun and sassy staff. They're also dog-friendly and have a pool table and outdoor area.
2736 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

4. Broken Record

1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Long known for its virtuosity in the dive-bar eats arena, the Broken Record currently plays host to Hood Grub, which dishes up kale salad, tater-tot poutine, and chocolate pot de creme. Weekend brunch features chorizo breakfast burritos and beer-battered, Nutella-stuffed French toast.
1166 Geneva Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112

5. Pissed Off Pete's

4528 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112
A duo of chefs took over the kitchen at this Excelsior favorite earlier this year, turning out mushroom strudel, butternut squash pizza, and Cincinnati-style chili mac. They even make their own pastrami and chicharrones.
4528 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94112

6. 500 Club

500 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110
While 500 Club doesn't technically have food on-premises, neighboring Clare's Deli might as well be their kitchen, since they'll deliver food to your barstool. Meatball grinders, Caesar salad, and the signature "500 Club" (a.k.a. a club sandwich) await.
500 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Toronado

547 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Rosamunde's other locations may have taken up the mantle of providing beer to go with their housemade sausages, but at the original, the best place to dine is still at the Toronado, the next-door craft beer palace. Order your sausage, load it up with sauerkraut or chili, then enjoy it over a cold one.
547 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Tee Off Bar

3129 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Intended as a post-links spot for Presidio golfers, the Tee Off has forged a solid reputation exclusively for its gut-busting bar food, like a Fieri-approved mac and cheese, pulled-pork sandwich, and nightly specials (this is definitely the only dive in town where you can order a steak).
3129 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. Zeitgeist

199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The menu at Zeitgeist is rather streamlined: burgers, veggie burgers, hashbrowns, maybe grilled cheese. But they do what they do pretty darn well, and there's nothing quite like a sunny Saturday on the patio with a pitcher or a Bloody, a bunch of friends, and the rest of San Francisco (and its cigarette smoke).
199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Louie's Bar

55 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94105
A favorite among both post-work happy hour types and post-shift industry types, Louie's was recently taken over by the Tempest and Box crew. It now has a wide assortment of food, including pastrami gyros, avocado tacos, beet salad, and a fried pork chop sandwich, until 1 am. And yes, you can still get a cheap shot and beer combo.
55 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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