Order These Takeout and Delivery Dishes in SF Right Now
Support local restaurants from the comfort of your couch.
We’re months into this whole sheltering-in-place situation, which means that unless you’re an amazing at-home chef, you’ve probably gone through your recipe rotation a dozen times already. Whether that's meant gourmet meals or mac & cheese from the box every night, there’s a good chance you’re relying on takeout and delivery from time-to-time in order to mix things up and enjoy someone else’s cooking.
Luckily, even though SF restaurants have closed their dining rooms in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, many have pivoted to takeout and delivery, including a bunch of spots that were dine-in-only until now. Ordering from a local restaurant is a great way to give yourself a mini-break in the midst of all of this (seriously, how sick are you of doing dishes?), but also to support these small businesses and their staff, all of which are really struggling right now and need our help. Here are just a few of our favorite SF-based restaurants that are offering either pickup or delivery -- and what we’ll be ordering.
Perhaps you’re a gourmet home chef who is thriving during these times. Or, perhaps, you’re a terrible chef and have been subjecting yourself to bland food night after night. Spice things up with an order from this modern Cal-Indian restaurant. Every dish will ignite your taste buds in a way you likely haven’t experienced in a while, so we suggest diving into the entire menu, but also getting the cocktails and kebabs kit, which includes one each of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, as well as a selection (12 pieces total) of the chef’s signature kebabs and samosas.
Cost for cocktail and kebabs: $75. Order online for takeout or from DoorDash for delivery.
You can’t go to Tomales Bay right now, but you can enjoy a dozen sweet Miyagi oysters from the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, California’s oldest shellfish farm served with the Riddler’s house made mignonette. (Don’t have a shucker? You can add one to your order for $10.) The Riddler is also putting together boxes of sparkling wine, natural wine, and more, so be sure to add one of those to your cart since you’re making the trip.
Cost for oysters: $25. Order online for takeout on Fridays from 5 to 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 3pm.
In “normal” times, you can only get Maybeck’s signature beef Wellington on Wednesday nights, but these are not normal times, and the folks at Maybeck’s understand we need comfort food now more than ever. That’s why the classic British dish, a juicy beef filet covered in mushrooms and then wrapped in a flaky, crunchy pastry is now offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Add a chopped salad kit for two, flourless chocolate cake, and a Maybeck’s Manhattan to make it a truly indulgent meal.
Cost for beef Wellington and sides: $36. Order online for pickup.
The popular Eastern Meditarranean restaurant in Lower Pac Heights is now offering curbside pickup and delivery. You could peruse the a la carte menu and struggle to choose between falafel or lamb meatballs, or you could just get the Noosh Feast, a variety of Noosh classics, including pitas and spreads, falafel, meatballs, mixed green salad, chicken and lamb mixed grill, and a creamy chocolate milk pudding, all served family style. (There’s also a vegetarian version.) The only bummer is that right now Noosh is only open for delivery and pickup on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm to 7pm, but you can order ahead of time, so that you don’t miss your feasting opportunity.
Cost for the Noosh Feast: $54. Order online for pickup or from DoorDash or Caviar for delivery.
Right now, Monk’s Kettle is basically both a restaurant and a bottle shop, so hop online and order all of the Russian River sours your heart desires, as well as the fried chicken sandwich with apple slaw, bread, and butter pickles, and honey mustard on a burger bun, as well as a pretzel knot with a side of beer cheese. There’s a better beer selection if you order for pickup, but if you’re not able, delivery is also available.
Cost for the fried chicken sandwich: $14. Order online for pickup or from Caviar, GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, or Postmates for delivery.
Despite the fact that Zuni has an abundance of delicious dishes on it’s usual menu, the beloved SF restaurant knows that what the people really want is its chicken for two roasted in the wood-fired brick oven and served with warm bread salad and the classic Caesar, so that’s pretty much all the restaurant is doing right now for takeout. Add a fresh lime margarita because as many times as you make one at home, it will never taste as good as when a bartender makes it for you.
Cost for roast chicken and Caesar salad: $45 and $15. Order by calling 415-552-2522 for same day pick up only or online.
This SoMa lunch spot is known for its incredible sandwiches piled high with all kinds of topping combinations. Considering how hard it is for us to choose what to order in normal times, we’re not going to be so presumptuous as to suggest what flavor situation might make your mouth water the most. What we will say is that if you’re struggling to narrow it down from the regular menu, hitting up the specials board, which has four rotating sandwiches, is always a good move.
Cost for a sandwich: $17 to $20. Orders must be placed at the front door of the deli.
You need the crunch-a-dilla from Señor Sisig -- a griddled tortilla wrapped around a tostada stuffed with your choice of protein (get the tocino, a delicious sweet cured pork), monterey jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, guac, and served with a side of spicy nacho cheese. It’s basically a fancier (and far tastier) version of what you’d find a Taco Bell, but without the side of regret. You can find this stoner’s delight at the Mission location in SF or at the food trucks in Fruitvale (Oakland) and Daly City.
Cost for the crunch-a-dilla: $13. Order online for pickup.
Celebrate a special occasion, or just the fact that you showered and put on clean sweats, with caviar service from this swanky Nob Hill spot known for its refined menu of Italian dishes. Offered in partnership with The Caviar Co., the service includes a smoked sturgeon omelette, whipped creme fraiche and chives, and your choice of either 1oz. of Royal White Sturgeon or 1oz. of Golden Osetra. And because man and woman cannot live on caviar alone (or probably can’t afford to anyway), Acquerello is also offering a four-course prix fixe menu, prepared fresh and meant to be heated up and enjoyed that day ($75 per person), a curated cheese selection ($37.50 pre person), and a dessert trio ($30 per person). Everything can be ordered at any time and picked up Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to 6pm.
Cost for caviar service: $75/$95. Order online.
With the temporary closure of Saison and Angler, the team pivoted to a to-go barbecue concept that takes advantage of Angler’s heart and live fire. The entire menu is making us drool, but right now some pastrami brisket (offered by the 1/2 pound and 1 pound) sounds extra comforting. The menu also includes whole smoked chicken, spice rubbed pork ribs, a pastrami sandwich on rye, buttermilk biscuits with honey butter, orecchiette mac & cheese, and a embered caramel frosty that you do not want to skip. Don’t want to choose? Get a family meal for two or four, and add some bottled cocktails while you’re at it. Available from 3pm to 8pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Cost for pastrami brisket: $20/$40. Order online (takeout only).
Tosca fans were eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the beloved 100-year-old North Beach restaurant to see what the new team has done with the space and menu, and to get our house “cappuccino” fix. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little longer for that, but in the meantime, the restaurant is offering several family-style menus (with instructions about how to finish cooking it at home), including a half roasted chicken and Flannery braised beef. We’re curious to see how that chicken tastes (and if it’s as good as it was in the restaurant’s previous iteration), so that’s what we’ll be ordering. It also comes with a salad, side, and dessert. Meals and most of the a la carte menu are available Wednesday through Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm and 100% of the proceeds go to staff.
Cost for chicken dinner: $39 per person. Order online for pickup and delivery.
In uncertain times, one needs comforting food, and there’s almost nothing more comforting than a big bowl of cacio e pepe, one of the most simple, but delicious pasta dishes to exist. And since you’re ordering from Fiorella, you might as well add on a pizza, one that will arrive hot and ready to enjoy or in a kit for you to prepare later. Fiorella is offering takeout and delivery from 4:30pm to 9pm, Sunday through Thursday and 4:30pm to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
Cost for spaghetti alla cacio e pepe: $16. See all of the ordering options here.
All of Michael Mina’s restaurants are closed during this time, except one new (temporary) concept: Mina Family Kitchen, a takeout and delivery restaurant featuring globally inspired dishes from a bunch of the Mina Group’s chefs, including chef Ken Tominaga (Pabu) and Ayesha Curry (International Smoke). The menu is extensive and the perfect chance to mix-and-match all kinds of food (especially useful if you and the person you’re sheltering-in-place with can’t agree on what you want to order), but everything on the sushi menu, including a chirashi bowl with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, ikura, tamago, and sushi rice, sounds delish to us. Work at a bar or restaurant? Call in your order and you’ll get 20% off of your meal. Mina Family Kitchen is available Monday through Saturday from noon to 8pm.
Cost for chirashi bowl: $19. Email pickup email@example.com or call 415.722.2138 and get 10% off.
Your brunch, dinner, and late-night cravings haven’t changed just because you’re staying safe indoors. Fortunately you can still get all of your favorite dishes delivered right to your door, while also supporting the restaurant industry that has given you so many meals and memories. Uber Eats is making it possible for you to give directly to your favorite restaurants at checkout, and 100% of contributions go directly to the restaurants. You can also eat, save, and support local restaurants with a one-month free trial of their Eats Pass. Uber will give $1 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund for every new Eats Pass subscriber. See app for details.
You might not be able to drink mimosas with your friends at this Cole Valley brunch institution, but you can order the entire menu for curbside pickup, including the popular gingerbread pancakes with meyer lemon curd and bosc pears. Brunch orders are being taken from 9am to 1pm, and the under-rated but very delicious dinner menu (don’t get us started on the house-made chicken liver and brandy pâté or the burger on a brioche bun) is available from 5pm to 8pm. Bonus: 30% of each to-go order will go directly to the staff.
Cost for pancakes: $18 for two (includes tip). Call 415-564-5332 to order.
Besharam is on our “Best of the Best” restaurant list because of its thoughtful take on traditional Gujarti food and amazing bold flavors. The Dogpatch restaurant is offering a limited menu that consists of three meal packages featuring classic dishes. We vote for option two because it includes the chicken makhani (chicken on bone with a kashmiri chili-spiced rub, curry leaves, and cashew), as well as the paratha, which is toasted with tumeric and cumin and has just the right amount of puff. If you opt for pickup (available Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7:30pm), you can also get half-off all wine, as well as batched house cocktails.
Cost for meal packages: $49. Call 415-580-7662 to place an order for pickup or order through Caviar or DoorDash.
Is it weird that Maven’s burger (topped with Muenster cheese and house pickles) is spiced with a few dashes of Angostura bitters? Maybe. Is it also delicious? Absolutely. And even though we’ve just told you the secret (well, it’s not so much of a secret since it’s stated on the menu), there’s no way you’ll be able to replicate this delicious situation at home, so just go to the Lower Haight restaurant and pick it up there. Right now the menu is limited, but also includes the duck and pork belly sliders and mac & cheese, and since we’ve all given up on our summer bodies anyway, why not indulge in all three? The menu, which also includes $20 cocktails (for two) to-go is available for pickup from 5pm to 9pm.
Cost for burger: $13. Call 415-829-7982 to order.
The Divisadero Corridor hotspot is offering a rotating “Family Meal” every night, which is $50 and feeds two to three people. Menus are posted by 3pm each day on Instagram, and a previous evening’s menu included house baked bread with whipped mascarpone and Sicilian olive oil, Mozzarella di Bufala with blood orange, mandarin and almond, insalata verde, a half-roasted chicken with grilled red onions, charred lemon (or a vegetarian option), and tiramisu. You can also get bottles of wine, which seems more necessary now than ever. In a good spot financially? Che Fico Alimentari is donating over 250 free meals every night to people in need (on the honor system) and you can up that number by donating $50, which would be a pretty great thing to do right about now. Dinner is available for pickup every night from 5pm to 8:30pm.
Cost for a family meal: $50 or free for anyone that needs it. Order online or by calling Che Fico Alimentari directly at 415-416-6980.
Prefer to heat your meal up at home at your leisure? Uma Casa, the Portugeuese restaurant in Noe Valley that doesn’t get nearly as much love as it should, is offering prepped meals that you can heat at home, including a chicken cacciatore (fine, not technically Portuguese, but still very tasty), pork chili verde, chicken pesto pasta, and a selection of soups and sides. You can also get hot meals, like the Portuguese cheeseburger (grilled burger, azorean cheese, piri-piri aioli, caramelized onions, fries) and piri-piri chicken. Lunch and dinner (as well as beer and wine, which are 50% off) are available for pickup Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, but you can pre-order your items at any time.
Cost for chicken cacciatore for two: $30. Order by calling 415-829-2264.
There’s a time and a place for a delicate thin-crust Neapolitan pizza, but when you’re sitting at home on your couch watching classic NFL games, that time and place calls for a pizza that will not only travel well, but that has some heft to it, specifically a Detroit-style pizza, and even more specifically the 6x8 pie with red sauce and pavone pepperonis. (Pies can be made gluten-free and vegan if you want.) Square Pie Guys also makes super tasty Szechuan dry fried wings and a fantastic burger, so order accordingly. Pickup and delivery available from 11:30am to 10pm Monday through Saturday and 11:30am to 9pm on Sunday.
Cost for the 6x8 pie: $24. Order for pickup or delivery directly from Square Pie Guys.
Even in quarantine time, it’s still dumpling time. Or at least it can be thanks to the fact that Dumpling Time’s 11 Division Street location is open for takeout and delivery. Wagyu beef gyoza, xiao long bao, shrimp and pork siu mai, vegetable dumplings, pork bao, crispy spring rolls, and much more... Dumpling Time has everything to cure what ails you every day from 11am to 8pm.
Cost for dim sum: Dishes average around $7 or $8. Grab takeout at the restaurant or order from Caviar or DoorDash.
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