San Francisco is renowned for having some of the best restaurants in the nation. But long after the sun goes down, visitors from New York are often heard moaning about San Francisco’s dearth of late-night eateries. That’s a bit unfair. You can find just about any type of food your grumbling belly desires after dark in the City by the Bay. From Mission burritos to fine California cuisine, it’s all available until the wee hours. You just need to know where to look. Here are seven of the best late-night eats in San Francisco.
Taqueria Cancun: Take your pick, there’s the one on 6th and Market, and two more on Mission Street in the Mission. They’re all open real late, and they all feature the same incredible tacos, burritos and other Mexican favorites that earned them the title of “best burrito” in the city for multiple years running.
El Farolito: The ‘little lighthouse’ at 24th and Mission serves up spectacular Mission burritos and other Mexican fare until at least 2:30 in the morning. Their locating in Excelsior is open until 1:30 too.
Ryoko’s Japanese Restaurant & Bar: This fun Tenderknob sushi spot has been a late-night favorite for years. Not only does this family-owned and -operated sushi bar feature fine fin fare and great drinks, the ambiance is also super cool, with DJs sometimes performing on weekend nights.
Grubstake: This Tenderloin institution serves up traditional American diner food as well as Portuguese specialties until 4am. Very popular on weekends.
Love N Haight Deli: This Lower Haight favorite features some of the best vegan and vegetarian pita sandwiches in town, plus all the usual deli cuts for meat lovers. They’ve got of the biggest chip selections in town, too. Open until 2.
NOPA: This super-popular Divisadero institution put the eponymous neighborhood on the map again. One of the hippest dining spots in town, this place is popular with see-and-be-scene party people as well as serious foodies. Cal-Med cuisine at its finest, and surprisingly affordable too. The kitchen is usually open until 1am, and they’ve got a full bar to boot.
Zuni Cafe: Zuni may not be open quite as late as the other eateries on this list- they close at 11, but it certainly features the best food of the bunch. Perennially listed in local “best of” food guides, Zuni excels in fresh, local California cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Their roasted chicken is the stuff of legend, although it takes forever to prepare. They also boast one of the city’s most extensive oyster selections, and a wine list that stands out in a standout wine city.