San Francisco food favourites


There was so much great food in San Francisco, so I thought I’d do a blog post covering some of our San Francisco food favourites!


There was no shortage of places to get an all american breakfast in central San Francisco. Just a short walk from the hotel we tried Pinecrest diner, Sears fine food and Honey honey cafe & Crepery. All served up great eggs, OJ, pancakes etc in bustling surroundings. Breakfast isn’t so much of a leisurely affair in SF – very different to our breakfast at Pebble Beach just a couple of days earlier! I’d recommend any of these for a quick but seated breakfast.


Our favourite lunch spot on this trip was Piazza Pellegrini. We stumbled upon it when walking (a long way around) to Lombard street. Its situated on the edge of Washington Square park and we were able to sit outside, watching the world pass us by, enjoying authentic Italian cuisine.


One thing we learnt in San Francisco is that good places book up in advance. Researching ahead of time and making reservations will definitely help improve your experience. I was surprised to see at a handful of restaurants a queue at opening time (as early as 6pm!) daily (and they say us Brits like to queue!).

One of our favourites was Liholiho’s yaught club. A Hawaiian restaurant, serving fantastic food and cocktails. We called ahead but the restaurant said they weren’t taking anymore reservations and to be there at opening time for a walk-in table. We arrived at opening, to a queue, and narrowly missed out on a table, so we went on the wait list and sat in the downstairs bar area enjoying cocktails until a table became available. Experiencing the downstairs area was a bonus – a small snug like bar tucked behind a chef area, it felt quite underground and understated. The cocktails were great.. and strong!

When we got our food, it was totally worth the wait. We had:

– Beef Tongue with kimchi and cucumber in a poppy seed steam bun

Liholiho beef

Beef tongue steam bun

– Fried Rice with bay shrimp, spam and abalone mushrooms

 – Twice Cooked Pork Belly, daikon, meiwa kumquats, fennel and thai basil

All these dishes were amazing and it was a stand out meal from the holiday. Its a shame this style of food isn’t more available in the UK.


We also had a great dinner at Fino Restaurant, a cute Italian on Post street. The tables were close together, but that just shows its popularity!

seafood pasta

Seafood pasta with scallops at Fino restaurante

Also, the Cheesecake factory is well worth a visit for some indulgence!

Cheesecake fatory

A cheesecake factory special – chocolate and coconut

If you’re heading to San Francisco its worth booking a couple of restaurants in advance, so as not to miss out. But also its great to wander around the streets and stumble upon hidden gems as we did!





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