Where to Eat in SF Right Now
News of beloved restaurants and bars has been fraught lately -- since COVID-19 upended the world and swept our city, restaurant news seems to center on downsizing, pivoting, and heartbreaking closures. But where there’s food, there’s hope, and San Francisco’s brilliant food and drink community continues to give us ample reasons to work up an appetite: namely, these 20 restaurants, all of which have opened in 2020. From brand-new concepts to previews of long-awaited projects and delivery-only popups, these restaurants are offering takeout, delivery, and in some cases, in-person outdoor dining. It’s worth remembering that, currently, San Francisco is allowed socially distanced outdoor dining so long as guests wear masks whenever they are not eating and drinking. Takeout remains an option at most restaurant concepts, and is often the only option. Stay safe, stay strong, and stay gold, San Francisco.
The food: The opening menu boasts French classics like pork and swordfish rillettes, hearty mains of braised lamb shoulder and caramelized brisket, and a lobster grand aioli, featuring cold, poached lobster with miso-laced aioli for dipping. Desserts, which include chocolate mousse, a citrus panna cotta with summer berries, and financiers are not to be missed.
The cost: Starters and salads are $12- $16, with mains ranging from $18 (for whole-roasted cauliflower) to $45 for lobster. A three-course formule is also available at $39 per person.
How to order: Order online for pickup, available Friday to Sunday from 5-8:30pm.
The food: Beretta has been a staple for on-point antipasti, thin crust pizzas, and reliably excellent cocktails since 2008. All of that is on offer at the Divisadero location, along with a weeknight happy hour and weekend brunch.
The cost: Antipasti runs from $6-$14, pizzas from $14- $18, secondi are $19, and cocktails are $12. At happy hour, select wine and cocktails are $6, plus select antipasti for $4-$6 and margherita pizzas for $10.
How to order: Beretta on Divisadero is open for outdoor dining Monday-Friday, 4-10pm and Saturday - Sunday, 12-10pm join the waitlist for dinner here and make a reservation for brunch or happy hour here. Order takeout or delivery via Caviar and DoorDash.
The Barbican by Whitechapel
The food: Find booze-friendly fare like chicken tikka masala-topped tater tots, falafel, and a half-pound burger. Weekend brunch offerings including breakfast poutine and naan chilaquiles. Cocktail offerings remain gin-heavy, with beer, wine, and brunch drinks.
The cost: Brunch dishes and afternoon and evening mains are $14-$18, cocktails are $13-$15
How to order: Reserve a table for a two hour window online. Order pickup via Tock, or delivery through multiple partners here.
The food: The menu, which changes weekly, offers vegan versions of Italian-American classics including cacio e pepe pasta and pizza, eggplant parmesan, fried mozzarella sticks, and garlic knots. Italian beer and wine, plus cocktails, are also available.
The cost: Appetizers are $10-$17, pasta and pizzas are $17-$25, mains are $26-$27.
How to order: Call 415-861-0625 for pickup, or order online for pickup and delivery.
The food: Find comforting classics including chili cheese fries, mac and cheese, and a double cheeseburger alongside equally satisfying vegan options including a double patty bean burger loaded with garlic tahini sauce and a hearty slice of heirloom tomato. Wine is available on tap, and by the bottle from next door Arlequin Wine Merchant.
The cost: Small plates are $6-$10, salads and sandwiches are $8-$16.
How to order: Arbor is open for outdoor dining. Order online for pickup, or via DoorDash for delivery.
The food: Find Nopalito favorites, including a seasonal market salad and totopos tossed in salsa de arbol, plus a loaded rice and bean bowl including your choice of protein, Bi Rite soft serve topped with dulce de leche, and a whole pound of their melt-in-your-mouth carnitas available as a heat-and-serve meal kit.
The cost: Totopos are $9, meals are $12-$25, ice cream is $5-$8, carnitas meal kit is $30.
How to order: Order online for pickup and via Caviar for delivery.
The food: Chef Robin Song has created a menu of high class comfort food, with a slight emphasis on seafood. Find everything from a fried chicken sandwich on a sourdough English muffin to a sashimi-topped rice salad and clams baked with XO sauce (plus caviar and oysters for good measure). Brunch offerings include rice porridge seasoned with truffle, ginger, and scallion, and chicken fried steak served with country gravy.
The cost: Dinner mains are $19-$32, brunch dishes are $16-$27.
How to order: The Vault Garden is open for outdoor dining. Make reservations on OpenTable.
The food: Loaded, delicious hoagies, all served on custom-made sesame seed-topped rolls from Rosalind Bakery, are the name of the game here, with options including crispy fried chicken cutlets topped with caesar salad or roasted seasonal vegetables. Meat-eaters won’t want to miss the Italian American, a pile of thinly sliced mortadella and and finocchiona topped with arugula and cheese on an 'nduja mayo-slicked roll, or the garlic roast pork hoagie, a California take on a Philly classic, boasting meltingly tender meat, broccoli rabe, and Toma cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead. This is also a fine place to pick up wine for a beach or park picnic.
The cost: Hoagies are $16-17.
How to order: Order online for pickup here.
The food: Fresh-baked man’oushe, or flatbreads topped with everything from za’atar to sumac-spiced chicken and seasonal vegetables, are on offer, along with a selection of mezze, salads, and ka’ik, toasted sesame bread sandwiches loaded with slow-cooked lamb and Oaxacan cheese, falafel and house-made pickles, and more. Don’t forget to peruse the selection of pastries and pantry items, including a shakshuka kit and trays of take-and-bake knafeh, a delicious, decadent Palestinian dessert of melty cheese encased in shredded phyllo dough topped with orange blossom syrup and pistachios.
The cost: Individual breads, pastries, and flatbreads are $3.50-$15, mezze are $8-$10, salads and topped ka’ik are $10-$15. Take-home meals are $16-$18, knafeh is $20-$35.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery.
The food: Slow-cooked meat mains, including a pork and mango chutney stew, oxtail, and a whole lamb shank cooked in red curry, are on offer, along with vegetarian fare like tea leaf salad and falafels and samusas.
The cost: Falafels and samosas from $7, to a $15 lamb shank.
How to order: Call 415-896-4839 to order, or order online.
Los Guisados Del Patron
The food: Find 24 guisado varieties available, including chicken tinga, chicken mole, and yes, birria, plus offal-filled versions including liver, tripe, and blood sausage. All guisados are available as tacos on corn tortillas, on crispy tostadas, wrapped in a small burrito, and served on rice.
The cost: Tacos are $3.25 a piece.
How to order: Open for takeout.
Ernest At Home
The food: Past menus, which include both a la carte and family-style options, include everything from dry-aged Chateaubriand to miso-marinated local king salmon, plus miso chocolate chip cookies or cheesecake for dessert.
The cost: Prices vary per week; family-style menus could be $49 per person, $98 for two, or $150 for two to three, while a la carte options range from $17 for a chicken liver terrine to $43 for a rack of barbecue baby back ribs.
How to order: Ernest is in the process of moving into its restaurant space on Bryant Street (Rice expects to be up and running in the immediate future); follow them on Instagram or sign up for their mailing list for updates.
San Ho Won
The food: Prix fixe menus include dishes like slow barbecued beef galbi, seasonal bibimbap, fried Cornish game hen stuffed with bacon and yellow chive rice, beef short rib soup with rice cakes and dumplings, and hwedupbap, raw fish with vegetables and steamed rice, plus banchan and kimchi.
The cost: Menus are $47-$48 per person, with possible add-ons including dessert, jarred kimchi, and drinks.
How to order: Orders are released on Friday for the following week; order online for pickup or delivery via Tock.
The food: The menus change weekly and include instructions for reheating, assembling, and plating the meal at home. A recent menu included green cabbage salad with grilled wakame, confit kombu and Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, grilled Wagyu steak, and chocolate mousse for dessert. A vegetarian menu, plus wine and cocktails are, also available.
The cost: The prix fixe is $80-$100 per person, not including beverages.
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery via Tock.
The food: The simple, streamlined menu offers wraps, rice bowls, and salads, that come with your choice of chicken shawarma or Impossible meat kofte. Family meals meant to serve four are also available.
The cost: Dishes are $11-$16.
How to order: Order online for delivery via Caviar or DoorDash.
The food: Find five riffs on a spicy fried chicken sandwich, all of which are doused in chili oil before being tossed in specific spices which include taco, calabrian, schezuan, and ranch powder (the signature Hetchy’s Hot is tossed in flamin’ hot dust and topped with hot Cheetohs). Other options include fries, a fried chicken-topped salad, and pints of Double Rainbow Ice Cream.
The cost: Sandwiches are $13.13-$14.18, fries are $5.25-$6.30, salad is $15, ice cream pints are $10.75.
How to order: Order online for takeout and delivery.
The food: Aria’s juicy-crisp Korean fried chicken is still available, but the real draw here is the Mexican and Korean combinations, including gut-bomb burritos combining fried chicken, carne asada and/or bulgogi with kimchi fried rice (and two breakfast burrito options!), plus tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, fried rice, and tater tots topped in similar stoner-dream combinations, all doused in Aria’s special secret sauces.
The cost: Burritos are $10-$13, tacos are $5.50 each, rice bowls are $12-$12.
How to order: Order online for delivery via Uber Eats.
The food: Berliner donuts, fresh-baked pretzels, and croissants are all on offer, along with a variety of pies and cakes, available whole or by the slice. Cake types change regularly, and seasonally, but regular standouts include brandy-soaked Black Forest cake, honey and almond-topped Beesting cake, and kasekuchen, cheesecake made with homemade quark cheese.
The cost: Cake slices are $7.50-$8.50, berliners are $3.75, pretzels are $3.50, croissants and turnovers are $4.50. Whole cakes are $28-$104, depending on size and type.
How to order: Order whole cakes or select baked goods by the dozen online; order to-go in person at the shop.
The food: In addition to stellar cocktails and the best proper Guinness in town, Casements has became a go-to for hearty, thoughtfully done pub fare, including warm soda bread with butter, savory hand pies from Revenge Pies, beef stew and chicken curry, and, most recently, fresh caught local halibut battered in Guinness and fried for a proper plate of fish and chips.
The cost: Snacks are $5-$10, pies are $14-15, curry and stew are $15, and fish and chips is $18.
How to order: Casements is open for outdoor dining. Order large-batch cocktails, curry, stew, and soda bread for delivery online.
The food: Flavor-forward and texturally satisfying iterations of classic takeout fare including sweet and sour chicken, broccoli beef, and mapo tofu are all standout, with side dishes including shrimp and pork fried rice, egg rolls, and chili oil-laced cucumbers more than holding their own.
The cost: Main dishes are $15-17, combo for one, with rice and vegetables, is $14, and a family meal that generously serves 3-4 is $65.
How to order: Order online for pickup and delivery.