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Where to Eat in the Sunset and Parkside

A vetted guide to dining and drinking in the neighborhood

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San Francisco’s Sunset district is one of the largest neighborhoods in the city — it’s about 4.5 square miles of geography and over 88,000 people (that’s about 10 percent of SF’s population) live there. Like the Richmond District, those traveling west on Lincoln Way (the area’s northern border) know know they’ve arrived when the numbered Avenues begin. The Inner Sunset runs to 19th Avenue and Quintara, the Outer Sunset from 19th to the ocean, and the Parkside is that far-west area between Quintara and Sloat Boulevard.

Once upon a time, it was all dunes, and these days, it’s a melting pot of newcomers to the city: second- or third-generation Irish and Asian immigrants, families, surfers, artists, and students (San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco are both moderate Muni rides away). That diversity in population makes for a remarkably varied dining scene, with outstanding bakeries, breweries, dumpling spots, and coffee all within its blocks. This map details some of the most notable Sunset spots for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — or just for a snack. There are many more wonderful restaurants in the neighborhood to choose from, so let this map be a guide, not an end-all-be-all for your Sunset exploration.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. um.ma

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1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-5777
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Um.ma’s modern Korean menu has standard dishes like kimchi pancakes, as well as wilder options like a rainbow-colored bowl of rice and roe. Takeout is available online, and its sleek back patio is open for sit-down dining, with reservations (call 415-566-5777) strongly recommended.

2. Underdogs Tres

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1224 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-8700
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The most-recently opened location of Underdogs serves the restaurant’s signature margaritas and surf-style Mexican food for to enjoy there are to go.

3. Tartine Inner Sunset

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1226 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5005
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The iconic SF bakery’s Inner Sunset spot is a brightly lit, airy space that’s dark for now — but takeout and delivery are still available for its menu of pastries, salads, and sandwiches. Order online here, or get delivery via Postmates.

4. San Tung Chinese Restaurant

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1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 242-0828
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The sticky-spicy ultra-shellacked dry-fried chicken wings live up to the hype. That's the first thing to know about San Tung, the wildly popular Chinese spot on Irving. The second is that the menu has other treats in store, from the pot stickers to black bean sauce noodles to garlicky string beans. And the third? While prior to the pandemic, waits for a seat could be hours long, takeout orders only need about 30 minutes to prepare. Just call 415-242-0828 to order, or score delivery via GrubHub.

5. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 556-3117
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The worker-owned bakery collective is a long-cherished institution in the Bay Area, and this Ninth Street spot comes out of that tradition. Arizmendi Bakery, named after a Basque labor organizer, was founded by some members of the original bakery collective, the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, and has been keeping the Sunset full of baguettes, sourdough croissants and pizza slices since 2000. Its daily changing pizza is always vegetarian and based on the Cheeseboard model: crust-focused, with a film of cheese and toppings. With social distancing (which staffers gleefully enforce), lines to pick up pastries can run down the block, so if you can, come by during off hours to score your carbs.

6. Marnee Thai Restaurant

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2225 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-9500
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For over 30 years, chef Chaiwatt Siriyarn and his wife Marnee have been serving inventive Thai dishes from the Sunset District, both on Irving Street and in a smaller location on 9th Avenue.

7. Hook Fish Co

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4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

This teeny-tiny sustainably-caught fish market and restaurant has always been best suited to takeout or outside dining, so things haven’t changed much for them during the coronavirus crisis. Check the board for the origins of the fish on offer today, and don’t sleep on the delicately-flavored fish-and-chips, which take the traditional pub version to school.

8. DamnFine

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3410 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 941-7503
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Outer Sunset wood-fired upstart Damnfine opened inside a former “massage parlor” at the height of the city’s coronavirus lockdown, with a well-curated menu of naturally fermented, three day cold rise pizzas cooked in a 5,500-lb wood-burning oven. The spot also has a full bar for those who want cocktails with their pie.

9. Celia's by the Beach

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4019 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 759-8741
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This 60-year-old Mexican restaurant is an interesting fish, a family-run business (Celia Lopez-Rodriguez opened the spot in 1960, today her grandkids run the joint) that marries standard California/Mexican platter-style dining with more recent innovations like a vegan menu of Impossible-meat offerings and wild to-go drinks like their cevichelada, a to-go cup layered with fish, chips, and a michelada sloshing at the bottom.

10. Polly Ann Ice Cream

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3138 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-2472
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This old-fashioned ice cream shop is infamous for its wheel of fortune, which employees spin for customers who can’t make a decision between the spot’s huge number of flavors. Those who prefer not to shiver in the Sunset fog as they wait in line can place an online order here.

11. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

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3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 683-5533
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To many, the case is closed: This is the best breakfast sandwich in town. Certainly it's a worthy contender, with a flaky biscuit topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, molten cheddar cheese, and a few slices of smoky bacon (there's also a version with pepper jack, bacon, avocado, and lemon). Or try the doughnut muffins, chocolate cake, BLT on fresh sourdough, and fresh beignets, which are only served on Sundays.

12. Toyose

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3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-0232
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This Korean spot in a converted garage near the beach has been a favorite late-night stop for many, and the long waits for its super-crisp chicken wings, spicy noodles with succulent baby octopus, and kimchi fried rice with beef and egg on top prove it.

13. The Pizza Place on Noriega

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3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 759-5752
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Pizza Place’s big, flat pies take a little longer to cook, as each one is baked individually in a traditional brick oven. Gluten-free dough can be swapped in on any pie for free, and there’s even an all-vegan pizza called “Timmy’s,” with pest, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Online orders can be placed here or phoned in at 415-759-5752.

14. Dumpling Specialist

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1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 640-1403

There once was a Parkside restaurant called Dumpling Kitchen, a place that many said served the best XLB and SJB around. It’s owner retired and a new Dumpling Kitchen rose in its place — but then, missing the game, Dumpling Kitchen’s chef emerged from retirement and opened a new spot, called Dumpling Specialist, just a few doors down. How’s that for some Westside drama? Takeout is available during limited hours, call 415-640-1403 to order.

15. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京

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3132 Vicente St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 564-3481

Locals and travelers line up for Old Mandarin’s halal menu with items like cumin lamb, beef pancake, and clay pot specials. Online ordering for takeout is available here.

1. um.ma

1220 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Um.ma’s modern Korean menu has standard dishes like kimchi pancakes, as well as wilder options like a rainbow-colored bowl of rice and roe. Takeout is available online, and its sleek back patio is open for sit-down dining, with reservations (call 415-566-5777) strongly recommended.

1220 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

2. Underdogs Tres

1224 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

The most-recently opened location of Underdogs serves the restaurant’s signature margaritas and surf-style Mexican food for to enjoy there are to go.

1224 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

3. Tartine Inner Sunset

1226 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

The iconic SF bakery’s Inner Sunset spot is a brightly lit, airy space that’s dark for now — but takeout and delivery are still available for its menu of pastries, salads, and sandwiches. Order online here, or get delivery via Postmates.

1226 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

4. San Tung Chinese Restaurant

1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

The sticky-spicy ultra-shellacked dry-fried chicken wings live up to the hype. That's the first thing to know about San Tung, the wildly popular Chinese spot on Irving. The second is that the menu has other treats in store, from the pot stickers to black bean sauce noodles to garlicky string beans. And the third? While prior to the pandemic, waits for a seat could be hours long, takeout orders only need about 30 minutes to prepare. Just call 415-242-0828 to order, or score delivery via GrubHub.

1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

5. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

The worker-owned bakery collective is a long-cherished institution in the Bay Area, and this Ninth Street spot comes out of that tradition. Arizmendi Bakery, named after a Basque labor organizer, was founded by some members of the original bakery collective, the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, and has been keeping the Sunset full of baguettes, sourdough croissants and pizza slices since 2000. Its daily changing pizza is always vegetarian and based on the Cheeseboard model: crust-focused, with a film of cheese and toppings. With social distancing (which staffers gleefully enforce), lines to pick up pastries can run down the block, so if you can, come by during off hours to score your carbs.

1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

6. Marnee Thai Restaurant

2225 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

For over 30 years, chef Chaiwatt Siriyarn and his wife Marnee have been serving inventive Thai dishes from the Sunset District, both on Irving Street and in a smaller location on 9th Avenue.

2225 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

7. Hook Fish Co

4542 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Read Review |

This teeny-tiny sustainably-caught fish market and restaurant has always been best suited to takeout or outside dining, so things haven’t changed much for them during the coronavirus crisis. Check the board for the origins of the fish on offer today, and don’t sleep on the delicately-flavored fish-and-chips, which take the traditional pub version to school.

4542 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

8. DamnFine

3410 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Outer Sunset wood-fired upstart Damnfine opened inside a former “massage parlor” at the height of the city’s coronavirus lockdown, with a well-curated menu of naturally fermented, three day cold rise pizzas cooked in a 5,500-lb wood-burning oven. The spot also has a full bar for those who want cocktails with their pie.

3410 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Celia's by the Beach

4019 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This 60-year-old Mexican restaurant is an interesting fish, a family-run business (Celia Lopez-Rodriguez opened the spot in 1960, today her grandkids run the joint) that marries standard California/Mexican platter-style dining with more recent innovations like a vegan menu of Impossible-meat offerings and wild to-go drinks like their cevichelada, a to-go cup layered with fish, chips, and a michelada sloshing at the bottom.

4019 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

10. Polly Ann Ice Cream

3138 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This old-fashioned ice cream shop is infamous for its wheel of fortune, which employees spin for customers who can’t make a decision between the spot’s huge number of flavors. Those who prefer not to shiver in the Sunset fog as they wait in line can place an online order here.

3138 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

11. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

3876 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

To many, the case is closed: This is the best breakfast sandwich in town. Certainly it's a worthy contender, with a flaky biscuit topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, molten cheddar cheese, and a few slices of smoky bacon (there's also a version with pepper jack, bacon, avocado, and lemon). Or try the doughnut muffins, chocolate cake, BLT on fresh sourdough, and fresh beignets, which are only served on Sundays.

3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

12. Toyose

3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This Korean spot in a converted garage near the beach has been a favorite late-night stop for many, and the long waits for its super-crisp chicken wings, spicy noodles with succulent baby octopus, and kimchi fried rice with beef and egg on top prove it.

3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

13. The Pizza Place on Noriega

3901 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Pizza Place’s big, flat pies take a little longer to cook, as each one is baked individually in a traditional brick oven. Gluten-free dough can be swapped in on any pie for free, and there’s even an all-vegan pizza called “Timmy’s,” with pest, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Online orders can be placed here or phoned in at 415-759-5752.

3901 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

14. Dumpling Specialist

1123 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

There once was a Parkside restaurant called Dumpling Kitchen, a place that many said served the best XLB and SJB around. It’s owner retired and a new Dumpling Kitchen rose in its place — but then, missing the game, Dumpling Kitchen’s chef emerged from retirement and opened a new spot, called Dumpling Specialist, just a few doors down. How’s that for some Westside drama? Takeout is available during limited hours, call 415-640-1403 to order.

1123 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

15. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京

3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

Locals and travelers line up for Old Mandarin’s halal menu with items like cumin lamb, beef pancake, and clay pot specials. Online ordering for takeout is available here.

3132 Vicente St
San Francisco, CA 94116

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