The Top Can’t Miss Culinary Attractions of San Francisco

The sheer number of eateries and the range of food options available here make San Francisco a virtual foodie’s paradise. Whether native to the area or just visiting for a few days, the restaurants described below should make it onto anyone’s must-visit list.

Mama’s on Washington Square

Located at 1701 Stockton Street at Filbert, Mama’s on Washington Square is open for breakfast, lunch, and brunch every day except Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mama’s has been helping people get their day off to a great start for more than 50 years. The French toast, scrambled eggs, blueberry pancakes, brioche bread, Monte Crisco sandwich, and several other favorites have people standing in line for up to two hours on weekends. The weekday wait is about half that long.

Z & Y Restaurant

Widely known as an authentic Chinatown favorite, Z & Y Restaurant is pleased to have the world-renowned Chef Han on staff. Chef Han has prepared food for some top dignitaries in the world, including presidents and vice presidents of the United States and foreign ministers from China.

In San Francisco, Z & Y serves up kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork, pot stickers, and several other authentic Chinese dishes. Diners will especially enjoy Chef Han’s unique method of combining food dishes from northern China with spicy Sichuan flavors for an entirely new taste.

La Taqueria Mexican Restaurant

In 2014, the carnitas asada burrito from La Taqueria Mexican Restaurant earned the distinction of America’s Best Burrito.  The burrito is unique in that it comes with no rice. It does include hot sauce, pinto beans, slow-roasted carnitas, and salsa.

The head chef at La Taqueria, Miguel Jara, says that the carnitas asada burrito is his own creation and it represents his unique style. Visitors can find this Mexican favorite at 2889 Mission Street. It is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


This restaurant located in the Fisherman’s Wharf was voted #1 for seafood in San Francisco by the USA Today 10 best list. Since its opening in 1925, Alioto’s has been a favorite of tourists and locals alike. It offers attentive, friendly service with some of the best views on Fisherman’s Wharf. Some classic menu favorites include Dungeness crab, sea bass, salmon, scallops, sole, sand dabs, tuna, and swordfish. Best of all, the fish and other seafood items are caught fresh and served the same day. The address for this San Francisco treasure is 8 Fishrman’s Wharf.

Dandelion Chocolate

Diners who save room for desert or those just looking for an afternoon snack won’t want to miss Dandelion Chocolate. Chocolate comes in all forms here, including hot or frozen drinking chocolate with lip-smacking rich taste. The staff toasts s’mores made to order, and customers can partake of the free marshmallows on the countertop.

Dandelion Chocolate follows the bean-to-bar method, which means their product is about as fresh and decadent as it gets. A visit to the dulce de leche bar or enjoying an Equador cocoa nib panna cotta from the chef’s tasting completes the experience.

These are just five of the hundreds of dining option available in a city that prides itself on serving every palate.