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Get Cozy at 11 of San Francisco's Tiniest Restaurants

Shoebox-sized suppers where you'll get to know your chef—and your neighbors.

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In a city where a studio apartment now goes for over $3K, finding a budget-friendly restaurant space is no easy task. But these 11 itty-bitty spots have made it work, seating 25 people or fewer for omakase sushi feasts, tasting menus, artisanal pizzas, and the best damn oysters in town. In honor of Micro Week on our sister site, Curbed SF, we've rounded up 12 of San Francisco's smallest spots for a great meal, where you can get to know your chef—and your neighbors.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Californios

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3115 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 757-0994
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Only 25 souls at a time can savor the tasting menu at this petite Mission newcomer, where chef Val Cantu interprets his Mexican heritage through the lens of modern cuisine. The upside: service doesn't get more personal than this.

2. Domo Sushi

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511 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-8887
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Sushi and shoebox spaces apparently go hand in hand, as can be seen at this itty-bitty, one-table-only Hayes Valley favorite. There's nearly always a line for the handful of counter seats, so you'll want to enjoy your firecracker roll with an eye on not lingering.

3. farm : table

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754 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109
This petite cafe boasts all of a half-dozen seats at its communal table, though a couple of outdoor tables and the recent addition of a parklet have helped the situation somewhat. Nonetheless, it's beloved for its fancy toast, croissant egg sandwich, and killer iced coffee.

4. Huxley

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848 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 800-8223
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At 25 seats, this Tenderloin newcomer is definitely petite, but chef Sara Hauman has been getting big buzz for seasonal plates like short-rib pot pie and uni-avocado toast. Throw in a sharp wine selection, and you can understand why reservations are necessary.

5. Mr. Pollo

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2823 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(860) 912-9168
Only 12 people can fit in this secret Mission spot, which offers a four-course tasting menu for $25. The menu changes very frequently, but arepas are always part of the lineup. The best part: with a two-man staff, you can text for reservations.

6. Pizzeria Delfina

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3611 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 437-6800
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Only 20 or so people can pack into the three tables and half-dozen bar stools at this Mission classic, which has made the most of the situation by adding tons of outdoor seating (and heat lamps). It's a favorite for any occasion, but sunny afternoons with a pie and a bottle of rosé are an especially clutch move.

7. Pizzetta 211

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211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 379-9880
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This adorable shoebox serves up some of the city's finest pies, from standard margheritas to farm-egg-topped seasonal concoctions, with all of four tables and a half-dozen counter seats. There are also a handful of outdoor perches, if the foggy Outer Richmond weather cooperates.

8. Sam's

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618 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-1539
The after-bar crowd perpetually packs this tiny North Beach burger joint, which has all of a dozen seats. It's the place to go for double cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, and some questionable late-night behavior.

9. Sushi Zone

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1815 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-1114
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This family-run sushi spot boasts two booths and a half-dozen counter seats, and lines start forming at 4:30 pm to score a spot. The reward: solid, affordable nigiri in huge portions, not to mention the famous baked bass with mango.

10. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-1101
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A counter-only affair with 20 or so seats, this beloved SF classic now requires the patience of a saint to devour its fantastic oysters, chowder, crab Louie, and other seafood favorites. But if you can survive the line, the welcoming and old-school staff will show you a good time.

11. Yamo

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3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 553-8911
This beloved Burmese noodle counter boasts about a dozen seats, all at the counter, and the ladies behind the stoves aren't shy about telling diners to eat up and move on. But the house noodles and tea-leaf salad are worth the inevitable wait, and the price is right: nearly everything is under $10.

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1. Californios

3115 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Only 25 souls at a time can savor the tasting menu at this petite Mission newcomer, where chef Val Cantu interprets his Mexican heritage through the lens of modern cuisine. The upside: service doesn't get more personal than this.
3115 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Domo Sushi

511 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Sushi and shoebox spaces apparently go hand in hand, as can be seen at this itty-bitty, one-table-only Hayes Valley favorite. There's nearly always a line for the handful of counter seats, so you'll want to enjoy your firecracker roll with an eye on not lingering.
511 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. farm : table

754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109
This petite cafe boasts all of a half-dozen seats at its communal table, though a couple of outdoor tables and the recent addition of a parklet have helped the situation somewhat. Nonetheless, it's beloved for its fancy toast, croissant egg sandwich, and killer iced coffee.
754 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Huxley

848 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94109
At 25 seats, this Tenderloin newcomer is definitely petite, but chef Sara Hauman has been getting big buzz for seasonal plates like short-rib pot pie and uni-avocado toast. Throw in a sharp wine selection, and you can understand why reservations are necessary.
848 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Mr. Pollo

2823 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Only 12 people can fit in this secret Mission spot, which offers a four-course tasting menu for $25. The menu changes very frequently, but arepas are always part of the lineup. The best part: with a two-man staff, you can text for reservations.
2823 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Pizzeria Delfina

3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Only 20 or so people can pack into the three tables and half-dozen bar stools at this Mission classic, which has made the most of the situation by adding tons of outdoor seating (and heat lamps). It's a favorite for any occasion, but sunny afternoons with a pie and a bottle of rosé are an especially clutch move.
3611 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
This adorable shoebox serves up some of the city's finest pies, from standard margheritas to farm-egg-topped seasonal concoctions, with all of four tables and a half-dozen counter seats. There are also a handful of outdoor perches, if the foggy Outer Richmond weather cooperates.
211 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

8. Sam's

618 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
The after-bar crowd perpetually packs this tiny North Beach burger joint, which has all of a dozen seats. It's the place to go for double cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, and some questionable late-night behavior.
618 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

9. Sushi Zone

1815 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This family-run sushi spot boasts two booths and a half-dozen counter seats, and lines start forming at 4:30 pm to score a spot. The reward: solid, affordable nigiri in huge portions, not to mention the famous baked bass with mango.
1815 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
A counter-only affair with 20 or so seats, this beloved SF classic now requires the patience of a saint to devour its fantastic oysters, chowder, crab Louie, and other seafood favorites. But if you can survive the line, the welcoming and old-school staff will show you a good time.
1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Yamo

3406 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
This beloved Burmese noodle counter boasts about a dozen seats, all at the counter, and the ladies behind the stoves aren't shy about telling diners to eat up and move on. But the house noodles and tea-leaf salad are worth the inevitable wait, and the price is right: nearly everything is under $10.
3406 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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