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San Francisco’s 11 Best Restaurant Bathrooms

Delightful design that doesn’t stop at the table

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It’s practically a city mandate: All new restaurant bathrooms in San Francisco must come equipped with trendy patterned wallpaper, Aesop soap, and a sizable, selfie-inviting mirror. An optional diffuser is an acceptable replacement for a Diptyque candle.

It’s easy to poke fun, but who can really object, especially when comparing these luxe lavatories with the tragic pissoirs of the city’s dingiest dive bars. Here, then, a visit to 11 of San Francisco’s most elegantly appointed restrooms. Most are gender-neutral — as is literally the law for single-occupancy commodes in SF. They’re veritable gallery spaces from which restaurant patrons return to their tables raving like madmen. “Yes, the food is good,” they tell their befuddled companions, “but wait till you see the bathroom.”

Remember: Employees must wash hands before returning to service, and so should everyone.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Delfina

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688 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 286-9426
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This latest location of SF pizza standby Pizzeria Delfina features more of the Neapolitan pies that customers crave. The restaurant’s design also follows that of its siblings, with a mural of the San Francisco Bay — but for a departure, head into the bubblegum pink bathroom. It pops.

Pink wallpaper in the bathroom of Pizzeria Delfina Elena Graham

2. Pizzetta 211

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211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-9880
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Quaint Outer Richmond pizzeria Pizzetta 211 — roughly the size of a small cafe — charms in many ways. The restroom is one of them: Make sure to look up upon entering, and admire the small TV. It’s installed in a puppet theatre, screening scenes of Venetian life on loop in black and white.

3. Breadbelly

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1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 349-0969
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New school Asian-American bakery Breadbelly doesn’t lack for Instagram material, although the purple “not-ube” tarts and bright green kaya toast taste even better than they look. Another photogenic gem is slightly more hidden: It’s the gorgeous bathroom with enchanting wallpaper, a nice surprise to all who enter.

The patterned wallpaper and mirror at Breadbelly Caleb Pershan

4. Robin

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620 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 548-2429
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One of SF’s top omakase dining experiences doesn’t stop at the sushi bar. The bathroom at Robin, like the rest of chef/owner Adam Tortosa’s restaurant, is dripping with color and gilded flourishes. Don’t get too distracted or you might miss your next piece of fish.

5. DECANT SF

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1168 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 913-7256
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The owners of new SoMa bottle shop and wine bar Decant SF wanted to craft a transportive bathroom experience, and design firm ROY obliged. It’s got its own music, vibe, and general whimsy. The raunchy, technicolor art is cause for a double-take.

The dark blue bathroom at Decant SF Joseph Weaver

6. Black Sands Brewery

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701 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 534-5194
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A few pints at Lower Haight brewpub Black Sands and a trip to the bathroom could have customers’ heads spinning. Look at those crazy green lights! But it’s an enjoyable trip inside this single, gender-neutral space, where infinity mirrors reflect shapes inspired by the brewing process.

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7. The Morris

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2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 612-8480
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Diners at the Morris are known to disappear in the restaurant’s bathroom for embarrassing periods of time thanks to its calming video installation of a restroom. Above the sink, a projector plays footage of a drive around Point Reyes, aaccompanied by light piano music by French composer Eric Satie. Try not to dawdle: That Liberty Farms smoked duck is getting cold.

A video plays in the bathroom at the Morris Caleb Pershan

8. AL’s Deli

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598 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Of-the-moment tropical print wallpaper and a gilded mirror beckon patrons to the cool kid bathroom inside chef Aaron London’s splashy new Mission District deli. Come for the potato hot pockets stuffed with smoked salmon and cream cheese, stay for a photo of the pink flamingos.

9. Media Noche

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3465 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 655-3904
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Bathroom selfies are de rigeur at Media Noche, a new school, fast-casual cubano counter in the Mission. Scroll through Instagram, and the location is instantly recognizable (no geotag necessary) thanks to the banana-patterned wallpaper and black-and-white tiles. The rest of the design by studio ROY is easy on the eyes, too.

10. Old Devil Moon

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3472 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

The owners of Bernal Heights bar Old Devil Moon are obsessed with beer, cocktails, and the occult. Quirky, occasionally spooky design features a bathroom with a Ouija board mural, and in a nod to the name, the song “Old Devil Moon” plays in the bathroom on loop, as interpreted by different singers for a bit of variety. Don’t worry: The rest of the bar has its own, more dynamic playlist.

11. The Progress

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1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 673-1294
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Yes, order the beloved, off-menu “Prog-dog,” and don’t skip the house martini with rosemary oil and smoked Castelvetrano olive oil. But makes sure to sneak off to the bathroom, whose shimmering walls took 250 pounds of glitter to create.

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1. Pizzeria Delfina

688 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Pink wallpaper in the bathroom of Pizzeria Delfina Elena Graham

This latest location of SF pizza standby Pizzeria Delfina features more of the Neapolitan pies that customers crave. The restaurant’s design also follows that of its siblings, with a mural of the San Francisco Bay — but for a departure, head into the bubblegum pink bathroom. It pops.

688 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

Quaint Outer Richmond pizzeria Pizzetta 211 — roughly the size of a small cafe — charms in many ways. The restroom is one of them: Make sure to look up upon entering, and admire the small TV. It’s installed in a puppet theatre, screening scenes of Venetian life on loop in black and white.

211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. Breadbelly

1408 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
The patterned wallpaper and mirror at Breadbelly Caleb Pershan

New school Asian-American bakery Breadbelly doesn’t lack for Instagram material, although the purple “not-ube” tarts and bright green kaya toast taste even better than they look. Another photogenic gem is slightly more hidden: It’s the gorgeous bathroom with enchanting wallpaper, a nice surprise to all who enter.

1408 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

4. Robin

620 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Read Review |

One of SF’s top omakase dining experiences doesn’t stop at the sushi bar. The bathroom at Robin, like the rest of chef/owner Adam Tortosa’s restaurant, is dripping with color and gilded flourishes. Don’t get too distracted or you might miss your next piece of fish.

620 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. DECANT SF

1168 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The dark blue bathroom at Decant SF Joseph Weaver

The owners of new SoMa bottle shop and wine bar Decant SF wanted to craft a transportive bathroom experience, and design firm ROY obliged. It’s got its own music, vibe, and general whimsy. The raunchy, technicolor art is cause for a double-take.

1168 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Black Sands Brewery

701 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Cole Emde

A few pints at Lower Haight brewpub Black Sands and a trip to the bathroom could have customers’ heads spinning. Look at those crazy green lights! But it’s an enjoyable trip inside this single, gender-neutral space, where infinity mirrors reflect shapes inspired by the brewing process.

701 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. The Morris

2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Read Review |
A video plays in the bathroom at the Morris Caleb Pershan

Diners at the Morris are known to disappear in the restaurant’s bathroom for embarrassing periods of time thanks to its calming video installation of a restroom. Above the sink, a projector plays footage of a drive around Point Reyes, aaccompanied by light piano music by French composer Eric Satie. Try not to dawdle: That Liberty Farms smoked duck is getting cold.

2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. AL’s Deli

598 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Of-the-moment tropical print wallpaper and a gilded mirror beckon patrons to the cool kid bathroom inside chef Aaron London’s splashy new Mission District deli. Come for the potato hot pockets stuffed with smoked salmon and cream cheese, stay for a photo of the pink flamingos.

598 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Media Noche

3465 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bathroom selfies are de rigeur at Media Noche, a new school, fast-casual cubano counter in the Mission. Scroll through Instagram, and the location is instantly recognizable (no geotag necessary) thanks to the banana-patterned wallpaper and black-and-white tiles. The rest of the design by studio ROY is easy on the eyes, too.

3465 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Old Devil Moon

3472 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The owners of Bernal Heights bar Old Devil Moon are obsessed with beer, cocktails, and the occult. Quirky, occasionally spooky design features a bathroom with a Ouija board mural, and in a nod to the name, the song “Old Devil Moon” plays in the bathroom on loop, as interpreted by different singers for a bit of variety. Don’t worry: The rest of the bar has its own, more dynamic playlist.

3472 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. The Progress

1525 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Yes, order the beloved, off-menu “Prog-dog,” and don’t skip the house martini with rosemary oil and smoked Castelvetrano olive oil. But makes sure to sneak off to the bathroom, whose shimmering walls took 250 pounds of glitter to create.

1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

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