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.Read More