What to eat when in San Francisco

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a taste of the city’s signature clam chowder. It’s creamy, it’s salty, it’s filled with fresh seafood—what’s not to love? Clam chowder is such a staple of San Francisco cuisine that a ton of places serve up bowls of the seafood soup, also do not forget to try the classic San Francisco eggs benedict and take a walk and grab some original chinese food from the famous Chinatown neighborhood.

Clam Chowder - $

Home of our mother dough—flagship of our brand. This beautiful building is the place to see the bakers at work, dine with a view or in a casual cafe, and learn the full story of our famous sourdough bread and the city that made it possible.

One of the most enjoyable places to visit in San Francisco is the Boudin Sourdough Bakery and Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf. There you can enjoy our classic bread bowls filled with the famous Fisherman’s Wharf Clam Chowder.

Pacific Oysters - $$

San Francisco's oysters aren't for everyone. Sure they don't look all that appetizing, and their slippery texture might take a while to get used to.

But nothing says seafood like an oyster. Dress it up with some cocktail sauce, give it some crunch on a cracker, or, if you can handle it, try them straight up and call yourself a true seafood eater.

You can find one of the best oysters selection at Hog Island, and while you enjoy them, you also get the bay views at the Ferry Building. After you make it to the front of the queue, order a few dozen oysters and the amazing chowder, drink a glass of rose and enjoy the Bay Bridge views.

Eggs Benedict - $$

Another San Francisco dish that you can definitely not miss during your visit are the famous Eggs Benedict.

My favorite spot is the 1909 neoclassical Cliff House where years of history have been brought back to life with the restoration completed in 2004. Magnificent views of Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks add to the historic ambiance, and if luck is with you, there will be some whales frolicking in the water right below your table. These gentle giants migrate north from Baja for the summer and the show is always impressive.

The Bistro Restaurant offers a casual dining experience featuring a classic San Francisco menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In keeping with its casual atmosphere, The Bistro is seated on a walk-in only basis and does not accept reservations. On busy weekends if there is a bit of a wait, you can enjoy our award winning Bloody Marys or refreshing Ramos Fizz in one of the lounges.

Chinatown - $

San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest one in North America and covers 24 city blocks. This neighborhood is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, and for good reason.

It's easy to spend a day here, exploring the streets and alleys, browsing the shops and enjoying the authentic Chinese food. More people visit Chinatown than the Golden Gate Bridge!

Eating dim sum is one of both visitors' and locals' favorite experiences in Chinatown. If you want authentic dim sum in a truly Chinese setting, stop in at one of these little bakeries.

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