10 SF Restaurants Where You Have To ‘Dine About Town’

San Franciscans love to eat. And San Francisco restaurants love to fill their bellies. With Dine About Town about to take over the SF restaurant scene January 15-31, there’s no better time to strike out into the city and try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite

Few cities can even come close to matching the abundance of amazing culinary delights within the 7×7 mile City By The Bay. There’s something to please every palate, and with Dine About Town, your wallet will be just as pleased.

To get you inspired, here’s our 10 favorite restaurants on the list, and the dishes you simply must order. You can check out the full list at Dine About Town.

1. Absinthe, Hayes Valley

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 4.06.48 PMExecutive Chef Adam Keough, a Bostonian, fuses his own home tastes with a dash of California flare that make Bay Area dining world renowned.

Must order: French Onion Soup

2. Asia SF, SoMa

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 4.12.33 PMAsiaSF’s world famous transgender stars perform hourly atop the red dragon runway and serve you superb Cal-Asian cuisine. Add in oversized signature drinks and color morphing shoji screen walls and you have a feast for all your senses.

Must order: Orange Lamb (or Tofu) – lamb sirloin sautéed with a spicy orange glaze served with coconut jasmine rice & Thai cucumber sal

3. Bisou, Castro

02Bisou is a fabulously chic bistro serving French cuisine. It’s a go-to romantic date locale in the Castro perfect for cozying up.

Must order: Burger with Foie Gras 

4. Catch, Castro


Catch serves fresh seafood and produce in simple, tasty recipes. The restaurant is another lovely place for a Castro date and the heated patio is the perfect place to people watch. They also feature live piano jazz nightly.

Must order: Seafood Stew

5. Cliff House, Richmond

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The Cliff House is more than elegant waterfront dining. It is the crown jewel of the largest urban park in the United States, with access to the historical Sutro Baths site, gorgeous trails leading to sweeping views of the Golden Gate from Lands End, and some of the loveliest nature on god’s green earth.

Must order: Famous Cliff House Clam Chowder

6. Destino, Hayes Valley

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Just out of the Castro on Market, Destino offers a stylish atmosphere and some seriously good eats. Whether you’re meeting a date at the swanky bar or sitting in the restaurant, you’ll walk away satisfied.

Must order: Arepas de queso topped with aropa vieja

7. Farmer Brown, Tenderloin

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At Farmer Brown, gourmet Southern comfort food is the name of the game. Generous portions and robust flavors are proving to create a local craze.

Must order: Fried Chicken

8. Radius, SoMa

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 4.39.32 PMCalifornia style gets a refined French twist at Radius. The restaurant also prides itself on locally sourcing each and every ingredient.

Must order: Long & Baily Farms Roasted Pork Chop – rootbeer spice rub, brussels sprout & sweet potato hash, pickled fresno chili

9. Waterbar, Embarcadero 
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Waterbar is nestled coast side on the Embarcadero with epic views and epicurean delights. $1 Oyster Happy Hour sweetens the pot at this acclaimed San Francisco destination.
Must order: Maine lobster, root vegetables, arugula pistou
10. Sauce, Hayes Valley
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Sauce competes in the Hayes Valley “best-in-show” competition that is dining. With a lovely bar, quaint atmosphere, and amazing menu this place is best enjoyed over and over again.
Must order: Portobello mushroom fries
Bon Apétit!

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