Financial District/Union Square:
This area is more touristy and businessy so things will be slightly pricey but also very nice.
The Ferry Building – tons and tons of restaurants, coffee places and you can take your food out on the bay. Awesome place for lunch or happy hour or Saturday morning Farmers Market. Easy stroll from your hotel or quick subway ride.
Tadich Grill: old school style seafood restauarnt. really great food but usually an older crowd
Wayfare Tavern: pricey but really great food and an awesome ambiance
Barbacco: Italian food, tapas style, great wine selections.
Hops & Hominy: Beer and southern food
Local Edition: speak easy, underground, really great cocktails
Rickshaw: also a speak easy type of place
Press Club: Wine Bar
Hops & Hominy
Brenda’s Soul Kitchen: my favorite brunch spot in the city; New Orleans style food – go early it will be a long wait otherwise
Stacks: also great for brunch and will be a long wait
Suppenkuche: German beer house, communal tables, but great food
Patxi’s Pizza: chicago style (its a chain though)
Smitten Ice Cream: because everyone loves Ice Cream
Chex Maman West: French/American restaurant – great burger!
Biergarten: pretty obvious…
Two Sisters Bar and Books: really really small but fun vibe and has great drinks
This area will be cab accessible or you can bart here. It is very hispter but has some of the best places in town.
Bi-Rite Ice Cream: if you do nothing else go here. The line will be long but whatever, its SO worth it.
Ike’s: sandwich shop that is a god send. If you want to go here, call in your order and then take it to eat in Dolores Park
El Farolito: Haven’t been but voted one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city
Beretta: NEED reservations, but is damn good and great drinks – perfect for date night
Pizerria Delfina: great pizza
Little Star Pizza: great deep dish pizza
Gracias Madre: although vegetarian, this place is supposedly phenomenal
Hog & Rocks: ham, oysters, booze, what could go wrong?
Zeitgeist: If you go no where else, go here. YOU WILL LOVE IT, its a craft beer drinkers dream. However, it is CASH ONLY so be careful to bring ahead of time. It is hard to find so you might want to get dropped off here.
Don Pisto: upscale mexican, kind of like Javiers. Really good food, fun ambiance
Tacolicious: AMAZING tacos. This is their bigger location that I haven’t been to but its awesome
All the bars here are dive-y but awesome.
Rogue Ale House
This might be a good place to stroll around. Consists of Chestnut or Union Street and has lots of window shopping and restaurants.
Mamas: Mexican food, so good
Tacolicious: see above
Causwells: haven’t been but heard great things
Delarose: AMAZING italian tapas style with pizza so you fill up. Good cocktails too
The Sandwich Spot: grubby cheap-ish sandwiches
Blue Barn: Sandwich and Salads
Brick Yard – sports bar for games during the day
Tipsy Pig (also a good restaurant): great cocktails
Bar None: SUPER fratty, if you want to play beer pong go here
The Brixton: dancing and cocktails
Reed & Greenough: brewery type bar
Monaghan’s: typical bar
Blue Light/Bus stop: back to back typical bars
Circa: only “club” type in the area
This is super overwhelming so feel free to ask me about specific places too, I can help you out. I didn’t include some places, so let me know if you guys venture out. I did not add Polk Street which is where I lived, so if you find yourself in Nob Hill let me know!