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Where to Eat and Drink Around Moscone Center

From reliable lunch to after work/conference drinks

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San Francisco’s largest convention center complex, Moscone Center, draws over a million attendees per year to its North, South, and West wings. Visitors in town for conferences from Dreamforce to TechCrunch Disrupt are always looking to explore the city, and while ideally a jaunt to unique SF neighborhoods like North Beach would be in order, there are plenty of fun, convenient, and delicious options within the SoMa radius of the center itself. Here’s how to eat like a local even if you’re a tourist (step one: take off that lanyard).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Local Edition

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691 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 795-1375
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Underground cocktail den Local Edition has a newspaper theme (vintage typewriters and the like adorn the space) in a nod to its home in the Hearst Building. Their cocktails are reliable, they’ve occasionally got live music, and they take reservations for tables. Remember: Write drunk, edit sober.

2. Novela

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662 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 896-6500
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Contemporary in feel and literary in ambition (cocktails are named for characters in novels like Leopold Bloom and Jay Gatsby) Novela has drinks and small bites for after work get-togethers or weekend jaunts downtown. For your best bet, get the punch on tap by the bowl.

3. Oren's Hummus

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85 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 915-6736
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Hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, shakshuka, and more Middle Eastern cuisine are the focus of Oren’s, a small local chain of Isreali-style restaurants. Delivery is popular, but dine in to experience the giant chandelier they have for some reason.

Oren’s Hummus

4. Pizzeria Delfina

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688 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 286-9426
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Reliable thin-crust pizza from San Francisco Italian stalwart Delfina is now available downtown: The third SF location of the pizzeria, founded on 18th Street to complement next door restaurant Delfina, opened in late 2018. The new Mission Street space is modern and light, and the cuisine is more of what put Delfina on the map in the first place: Rotating pizzas and favorites like margherita DOP, plus pastas like orecchiette and Delfina’s spaghetti pomodoro. Expect good values on Italian and Californian wines and s creamy soft serve for dessert.

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5. Mourad

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140 New Montgomery St #1
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 660-2500
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Chef Mourad Lahlou serves elegant, contemporary Moroccan-inspired cuisine in an upscale setting. The restaurant has tasting and a la carte menus, with several large dishes on the a la carte menu perfect for sharing among a big group.

6. Press Club

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20 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 744-5000
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A 2008-opened wine destination, Press Club is a large, modern bar with a substantial selection of wines by the glass and bottle. Using the Coravin system— they were an early adopter — they’ve got lots of rare magnums poured by the glass, plus a food menu of snacks like popcorn, charcuterie, salads, and sliders.

7. Bluestem Brasserie

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1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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Grass-fed steak frites, wedge salads, roast duck, and more brasserie-style fare are the focus at couple Adam and Stacy Jed’s contemporary downtown eatery. Don’t miss distinctive cocktails and sweets from pastry chef Lori Baker. For a more casual option, try the separate bar menu.

8. Ippudo San Francisco

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18 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 348-1202
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Ultra popular ramen chain Ippudo finally opened a San Francisco location in Spring 2018, and whether or not the lines it generates are worth the typical wait provides a central, post-dinner topic of conversation. Many agree the 18-hour tonkotsu is worth it, and it’s definitely the best ramen bet in the area.

9. Delarosa

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37 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 872-7363
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Fresh pasta, Dungeness crab arancini, and a variety of pizzas keep diners coming back to this FiDi offshoot of the 2010-opened Marina restaurant. It’s from the same folks as Hayes Valley’s a Mano and the Mission’s Beretta: Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group.

10. In Situ at SFMOMA

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151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 941-6050
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A living culinary museum inside SFMOMA, chef Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin) recreates dishes from the world’s best restaurants at In Situ. Travel by menu to Berlin’s Restaurant Tim Raue, with a wasabi lobster dish created there in 2013, and to New York’s Dominque Ansel Kitchen for a 2015 sage smoked dark chocolate brownie dessert. It’s one of the most intellectually interesting restaurants in town — and perhaps well beyond.

11. Tropisueño

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75 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 243-0299
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Tropisueno’s chips and margs have the power to bring together downtown coworkers who might not otherwise hang out beyond the office. It’s a quick service taco spot for lunch, bustling bar at happy hour, and a full-service restaurant for dinner. The prices are good across the board.

12. Super Duper Burgers

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783 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 882-1750
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Super Duper has dependably tasty burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and soft serve, and for convenience and flavor it’s tough to beat. Out-of-towners, especially those partial to competitors like Shake Shack, should seek out a taste of this homegrown Bay Area burger chain.

A Super Duper burger Aubrie Pick

13. ALX by Alexander’s Steakhouse

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680 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 266-1111
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A more approachable restaurant from the folks behind high-end Alexander’s Steakhouse, ALX is spacious and contemporary in atmosphere. Chef Jessie Lugo’s menu takes comfort food staples like mac and cheese and tater tots and kicks them into find-dining gear, and of late, her menu emphasizes a list of American wagyu beef. If you’ve got the scratch for it ($34), don’t miss the wagyu burger — a total, deluxe feast with a medley of mushrooms on brioche that help deliver an umami bomb.

14. The Cavalier

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360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 321-6000
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The Marlowe/Park Tavern restaurateurs went British with this downtown spot that’s a hit from brunch to happy hour and dinner. The scotched duck egg is a popular appetizer, and the beloved Marlowe burger graces the menu as well. For something more intimate, head in to Marianne’s, the swanky lounge within the Cavalier.

15. Commons Club

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250 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 534-6500
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Commons Club is a newly opened bar and restaurant in Virgin Hotels second location (the first, with its own Commons Club, has made a name for itself in Chicago). The very suave space seats 140, with a kitchen led by Adrian Garcia(QuinceBenu) featuring a menu of all-day fare from grain bowls and toasts by day to elegant, house made pasta by evening. Cocktails from bar director Tommy Quimby make the bar a destination in its own right.

16. Zero Zero

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826 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 348-8800
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Consistently one of SF’s best pizzerias and a Michelin bib gourmand pick for value, Zero Zero is your spot for a tower of pizzas with perfectly charred crusts. Don’t leave without ordering the ricotta doughnuts for dessert.

1. Local Edition

691 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Underground cocktail den Local Edition has a newspaper theme (vintage typewriters and the like adorn the space) in a nod to its home in the Hearst Building. Their cocktails are reliable, they’ve occasionally got live music, and they take reservations for tables. Remember: Write drunk, edit sober.

691 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Novela

662 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Contemporary in feel and literary in ambition (cocktails are named for characters in novels like Leopold Bloom and Jay Gatsby) Novela has drinks and small bites for after work get-togethers or weekend jaunts downtown. For your best bet, get the punch on tap by the bowl.

662 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Oren's Hummus

85 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Oren’s Hummus

Hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, shakshuka, and more Middle Eastern cuisine are the focus of Oren’s, a small local chain of Isreali-style restaurants. Delivery is popular, but dine in to experience the giant chandelier they have for some reason.

85 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Pizzeria Delfina

688 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Elena Graham

Reliable thin-crust pizza from San Francisco Italian stalwart Delfina is now available downtown: The third SF location of the pizzeria, founded on 18th Street to complement next door restaurant Delfina, opened in late 2018. The new Mission Street space is modern and light, and the cuisine is more of what put Delfina on the map in the first place: Rotating pizzas and favorites like margherita DOP, plus pastas like orecchiette and Delfina’s spaghetti pomodoro. Expect good values on Italian and Californian wines and s creamy soft serve for dessert.

688 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. Mourad

140 New Montgomery St #1, San Francisco, CA 94105

Chef Mourad Lahlou serves elegant, contemporary Moroccan-inspired cuisine in an upscale setting. The restaurant has tasting and a la carte menus, with several large dishes on the a la carte menu perfect for sharing among a big group.

140 New Montgomery St #1
San Francisco, CA 94105

6. Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

A 2008-opened wine destination, Press Club is a large, modern bar with a substantial selection of wines by the glass and bottle. Using the Coravin system— they were an early adopter — they’ve got lots of rare magnums poured by the glass, plus a food menu of snacks like popcorn, charcuterie, salads, and sliders.

20 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Bluestem Brasserie

1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Grass-fed steak frites, wedge salads, roast duck, and more brasserie-style fare are the focus at couple Adam and Stacy Jed’s contemporary downtown eatery. Don’t miss distinctive cocktails and sweets from pastry chef Lori Baker. For a more casual option, try the separate bar menu.

1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Ippudo San Francisco

18 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Ultra popular ramen chain Ippudo finally opened a San Francisco location in Spring 2018, and whether or not the lines it generates are worth the typical wait provides a central, post-dinner topic of conversation. Many agree the 18-hour tonkotsu is worth it, and it’s definitely the best ramen bet in the area.

18 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Delarosa

37 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Fresh pasta, Dungeness crab arancini, and a variety of pizzas keep diners coming back to this FiDi offshoot of the 2010-opened Marina restaurant. It’s from the same folks as Hayes Valley’s a Mano and the Mission’s Beretta: Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group.

37 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. In Situ at SFMOMA

151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103

A living culinary museum inside SFMOMA, chef Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin) recreates dishes from the world’s best restaurants at In Situ. Travel by menu to Berlin’s Restaurant Tim Raue, with a wasabi lobster dish created there in 2013, and to New York’s Dominque Ansel Kitchen for a 2015 sage smoked dark chocolate brownie dessert. It’s one of the most intellectually interesting restaurants in town — and perhaps well beyond.

151 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Tropisueño

75 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Tropisueno’s chips and margs have the power to bring together downtown coworkers who might not otherwise hang out beyond the office. It’s a quick service taco spot for lunch, bustling bar at happy hour, and a full-service restaurant for dinner. The prices are good across the board.

75 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

12. Super Duper Burgers

783 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
A Super Duper burger Aubrie Pick

Super Duper has dependably tasty burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and soft serve, and for convenience and flavor it’s tough to beat. Out-of-towners, especially those partial to competitors like Shake Shack, should seek out a taste of this homegrown Bay Area burger chain.

783 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. ALX by Alexander’s Steakhouse

680 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

A more approachable restaurant from the folks behind high-end Alexander’s Steakhouse, ALX is spacious and contemporary in atmosphere. Chef Jessie Lugo’s menu takes comfort food staples like mac and cheese and tater tots and kicks them into find-dining gear, and of late, her menu emphasizes a list of American wagyu beef. If you’ve got the scratch for it ($34), don’t miss the wagyu burger — a total, deluxe feast with a medley of mushrooms on brioche that help deliver an umami bomb.

680 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. The Cavalier

360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Marlowe/Park Tavern restaurateurs went British with this downtown spot that’s a hit from brunch to happy hour and dinner. The scotched duck egg is a popular appetizer, and the beloved Marlowe burger graces the menu as well. For something more intimate, head in to Marianne’s, the swanky lounge within the Cavalier.

360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. Commons Club

250 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Commons Club is a newly opened bar and restaurant in Virgin Hotels second location (the first, with its own Commons Club, has made a name for itself in Chicago). The very suave space seats 140, with a kitchen led by Adrian Garcia(QuinceBenu) featuring a menu of all-day fare from grain bowls and toasts by day to elegant, house made pasta by evening. Cocktails from bar director Tommy Quimby make the bar a destination in its own right.

250 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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16. Zero Zero

826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Consistently one of SF’s best pizzerias and a Michelin bib gourmand pick for value, Zero Zero is your spot for a tower of pizzas with perfectly charred crusts. Don’t leave without ordering the ricotta doughnuts for dessert.

826 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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