The Best Areas to Eat
Depending on the type of food and your budget, there are hundreds of options to choose from in San Francisco. Here are our recommendations of some of our favorite areas.
The old port of Fisherman's Wharf is one of the liveliest areas of San Francisco, both when eating and also later in the evening. In this area you can find all kinds of restaurants, although the specialty is seafood.
If you enjoy eating fish, the best place to try it is at one of the street stalls where they make crab cocktails and fresh fish cooked to all tastes.
The picturesque Chinese neighbourhood of San Francisco is an interesting area to try the best dishes in Chinese cuisine. The area tends to be much more lively at midday than at night.
Any time of the day is a good time to visit the Union Square area. In its surroundings, you can find restaurants to suit all tastes. Fast food, oriental, African, American, Italian, Mexican and Spanish foods are some of the hundreds of options which are available in the heart of San Francisco.
The most European area of San Francisco has much to offer its visitors. The North Beach neighbourhood, better known as Little Italy San Francisco, is packed with restaurants where you can enjoy a good pasta dish and the finest wines taking us to the Plaza Navona.
Lunch and Dinner Times
The normal time to eat lunch at restaurants in the USA is between 12 and 2:30 pm, while dinner is between 6:30 and 9:30 in the evening. Dinner is the most important meal of the day.
In the same way as other cities in the United States, many of the workers in San Francisco depend on tips. Many restaurants include the tip as part of the bill, but otherwise, it is customary to leave between 10% and 20% of the price of the meal.
If you're a foodie, you might be interested in taking a food tour of San Francisco and learning more about the city's gastronomy.
On entering a restaurant you should not expect to find an ashtray or a smoking area, as it is forbidden to smoke in restaurants, bars and public spaces. In some cases, this prohibition even extends to some parks and squares.