I have lived in the Bay Area for less than 10 years, so by no means I know it all. But I feel it would help to collect the most asked questions I get from San Francisco visitors:
Q: What’s the best Italian restaurant in San Francisco?
A: I get this question a lot, predictably. My favorites in alphabetical order:
- Acquerello delivers a formal dining experience of superior quality and service.
- La Ciccia is a true neighborhood gem of a restaurant delivering Sardinian fare that is up to par with the original stuff.
- Cotogna is a relatively new entrant on the scene and an instant success among foodies.
- Farina e Focaccia has established itself as a must visit for fresh pasta and Genovese focaccia lovers.
- Perbacco features Piemontese cuisine of consistent quality in a classy and relaxed ambiance. Try the agnolotti!
- Quince, top of the line. Period.
Q: What is the best pizza in San Francisco?
A: Pizza seems to polarize people, maybe cause everyone has a very personal opinion of what a great pizza should be like. Anyway, here’s my very personal list:
- A16 delivers top wood-fired owen pizza with seasonal toppings.
- Delfina has established itself as a solid spot in the SF pizza scene.
- Zero Zero has got to be my personal favorite. Choose the Margherita Extra with buffalo mozzarella.
- [Special mention] Pizzaiolo is technically not in San Francisco. Well worth the trip to the Temescal restaurant row in Oakland.
Q: What is the best spot for a drink?
A: So many choices, so little time. This one depends on a number of criteria. I go by the bartender’s craft as the primary factor. San Francisco is home to some of the best. Again, in alphabetical order:
- 25 Lusk, 70s ambiance and a nicely laid out bar.
- Bourbon & Branch‘s bar tenders are as good at it gets. It is a speakeasy, so you need to call for a door password.
- Burritt, a nice new spot in the Crescent Hotel.
- Nihon has a top notch whiskey stock. The location is out of the way and the ambiance cosy and stylish.
- Toronado, if you are into beer this is your spot.
Q: Is it worth visiting Pier 39?
A: In a word, no.
Q: Is it worth visiting Alcatraz?
A: In a word, yes.
Enjoy your stay!