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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Trendy Charles Phan eatery serving modern Vietnamese fare in a glass-heavy space with bay views. It is pricey but worth it!”
  • 70 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“One of my top favs for fresh oysters. Some Calif champagne pairs well with them! There rich, buttery clam chowder guaranteed to clog those arteries (go ahead.....live a little while In SF). Can be busy, especially during lunch so plan accordingly, House in the historic Ferry Building, offering a variety of unique shops and food markets, as well as views of the bay. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“You are on the waterfront anyway AND you are hungry. Classic diner goes modern and fresh with burgers, fries and shakes. Not a must go, but a good stand - in with little or no wait.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“there are a few Out the Door locations in SF. very, very good Vietnamese food (my Vietnamese friends agree!). I prefer the Ferry Building location. Nothing like a little lunch and a view of the water and ships! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“My favorite gourmet breakfast in the city. Don't miss the beignets at Sunday brunch. Pricey but worth it.”
  • 1 local recommends
Pier
“a jump-off point for multiple ferry excursions across the bay to sausalito or the east bay. plus, the ferry building itself has unique shopping from local vendors and a farmers market every saturday”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gluten-free Restaurant
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“Head here for the best gluten free treats in town. They have delicious baked goods, breads, treats, and a tasty lunch menu too! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cheese Shop
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“Every single bite of Sidekick’s grilled cheese is a mouthful of hot, gooey, stringy cheese. Every grilled cheese I've had here has been a unique play on cheeses and ingredients. Recently, I had one with fig jam, ricotta with holey cow and reading raclette. There's nowhere else in SF where you can get a grilled cheese with so much creativity. On weekends only, Sidekick busts out a half wheel of raclette and melts it on the spot over grilled buttered pieces of toast, served with pickles on the side. The entire building starts to smell like hot stinky cheese, and it's just incredible. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Food Gathering
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  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Some of the best chicken & waffles in the Bay. Spiced fried chicken, and herb infused maple syrup make their dish extra special. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Butcher
“My favorite meat shop. They're just crazy about their meat. Expect beef, port, poultry, lamb and even other exotics from time to time.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Food Truck
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“SATURDAY MORNINGS! Delicious!!! Best Chillaquilles EVER!!! It’s located out in the back, far left corner...look for the loooong line. BRING CASH! You can have someone wait in line while the other circles for a seat at a picnic bench or a concrete slab in front of the bay or even a bench. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Tea Room
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“This traditional Chinese tea house was in Chinatown for decades and moved to the Ferry Building a few years back. Authentic tea service with a wide variety of teas. Great break after farmer's market.”
  • 1 local recommends