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Arguably the Best Places to Eat in SF’s Richmond District Right Now.

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My favorite thing about the Richmond District is that it’s mostly ‘locals only’. It sits farther west from all the downtown bustle and tourist traps.

‘The Richmond’ is usually referred to by its two parts: The Inner Richmond or the Outer Richmond. These two 50 or so block stretches are separated by Golden Gate Park. The Inner Richmond is dubbed as the ‘New Chinatown’ and has some of the best Asian cuisine. It is home to many University of San Francisco Students, and among the foggier side of the city, yet still sunnier than the Outer Richmond.

The Outer Richmond is home to the City’s Russian community, marked by the Holy Virgin Orthodox Cathedral. This side of town features some of the oldest bakeries, delis, and Russian markets. The Outer Richmond is considered one of the foggier parts of the city; you can expect to wear a wool sweater in the middle of August.

In addition to its low-key atmosphere and hip cafe culture, The Richmond sits in the midst of some of San Francisco’s famous landmarks: The De Young Museum, The Academy of Sciences, The Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, St. Ignatius Church, and beautiful hiking trails leading to the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge.

I caught up with some friends who live in both the Inner and Outer Richmond and we came up with a list of some our favorite places to eat.

Arguably the Best Places to Eat in San Francisco’s Richmond District:

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For Breakfast:


B Star:

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

This popular Burmese fusion spot has a delicious take on a Filipino breakfast classics – Tocino and Longanisa. They are the sister restaurant to their more classic Burmese spot – Burma Superstar – which is only a few doors down. My favorite is the Platha Dipper and Tea Leaf Salad! Now serving outdoors.

Cinderella Russian Bakery & Cafe:

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

This Russian bakery opened in 1953 and offered the community a taste of Russian favorites such as piroshki. They make their pastries from scratch daily and use local ingredients. Since their initial opening, they’ve acquired a larger kitchen, occupying the storefronts next door, and building a parklet for customers to enjoy their treats outside.

Arsicault Bakery:

Yelp Rating: 4.5

THE BEST CHOCOLATE-ALMOND CROISSANTS EVER! Enough said. They bake from scratch daily and have limited inventory, so there is always a line out the door.

Palmetto Superfoods

Yelp Rating: 4.5 Stars

For a healthier take, check out Palmetto Superfoods where you can build your own Acai Bowl.

Pearl 6101:

Yelp Rating: 4.5

Known for their HOUSE MADE SOURDOUGH BAGELS. They also specialize in sea food dishes paired with custom cocktails to match their unique dishes. They serve great lunch and dinner as well.


For Lunch


Koja Kitchen:

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

Korean-Japanese reinvented. Koja (aka Korean-Japanese) is defined as a gourmet sandwich. The buns are made with crispy garlic rice buns and the insides are flavorful meats (or fake meat) drenched in Korean & Japanese Flavors. For something different and unique, definitely give this place a try.

Lokma:

Yelp Rating: 4.5

“Lokma” means “a bite” in Turkish. This place stands for fresh quality, giving Turkish classics a Californian twist. They sit on the corner of Clement and 19th avenue making for some great people watching while you enjoy your meal outdoors.


For Dinner:


Tia Margarita:

Yelp Rating: 3.5

Sometimes you just need a big plate of beans, rice, and cheesy goodness. Tia Margarita is the place to go when you need hit the spot for those Mexican food cravings. My friends and I especially love their happy hour; they serve great margaritas! 😉

Dragon Beaux:

Yelp Rating: 4.4

As I mentioned, The Richmond is considered the “new Chinatown” and you can’t visit without eating dim sum! Dragon Beaux considers their food “the next generation of Chinese Cuisine: uncompromised flavors with pristine natural ingredients” – and a level above the rest in town.

Richmond Republic:

Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

A local favorite. The Richmond Republic is a great place to watch sports, enjoy draft beers, and eat a substantial meal. They serve American classics such as burgers, hearty salads, and my favorite – their mac n’ cheese. Now serving outdoors!


Having lived here for 8 years, I might be a bit biased, but I consider this my favorite side of The City. This list was hard to pare down, especially with breakfast/brunch spots since that seems to be San Francisco’s favorite past time. Luckily, we are just keeping this list to the Richmond District. 😉 Which one will you try?

1 comment on “Arguably the Best Places to Eat in SF’s Richmond District Right Now.

  1. This is a terrific guide. Last year my wife and I ate at Petit Crenn in Hays Valley, and once, while she was getting a massage, I walked to GG park and saw the original Kesar stadium location…wanted to explore the park more but time got away…as you say the west side of SF is a terrific place to explore!

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