Best Cheap Eats in San Francisco

We’ve already shared our go-to restaurants in San Francisco, for those times when you’re willing to splurge a little. So here is the list of our favorite bargain gems. One thing SF is known for is its variety of amazing food at any price-point. These places drive that point home.

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Yamo:  The epitome of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. They practically cook on top of you, but this only adds to the experience and the food is amazing!

Sushi Time:  We can’t decide what we love more… the ambiance, the price or the food. This underground spot is an all around pleaser. Sushi is never a cheap outing but this place is extremely reasonable, especially for the Bay Area.

El Metate:  A little bit off the beaten path, in the Mission district, but hands-down worth the trip. Great ambiance, prices and food. This is definitely a step-up from your standard taqueria.

The Codmother Fish and Chips:  Fisherman’s Wharf is a beautiful spot, especially to take visitors, but it can be hard to not get caught in the tourist traps down there. This little spot breaks the mold; for inexpensive, delicious food, go here!

Lucca Delicatessen:  While we’re already on the subject… another gem down by the water is this great spot. They won’t break the bank and run a legitimate Italian sandwich shop. Perfect picnic food for those on the go, as well.

Golden Boy Pizza:  Located in North Beach, otherwise known as little Italy, is this famous pizza shop. Incredible selection and mouth-watering to boot.

Mission Chinese:  It may not look like much from the outside but the chef, Danny Bowien, certainly knows what he’s doing. Their “Americanized Oriental food” is an experience all it’s own.

Taqueria Cancun:  Although everyone raves about its rival, El Farolito, this place wins hands-down, every time. They have the best vegetarian burrito in the Mission and they succeed in all other departments, as well.

Ike’s Place:  One of the most solid sandwich shops you’ll ever experience. Whether you have food allergies, are vegan, or a meat eater, this is the place to go. Not to mention, it is just a short distance from Dolores Park… might as well have a picnic!

Rosamunde Sausage Grill:  They have options for carnivores and herbivores alike and it’s all to die for. The only thing that might make this restaurant better is a giant selection of craft beers. Oh wait… they have those next door, at Toronado Pub, AND you can take the food there!

Philz Coffee:  Okay, okay… so it’s not exactly about the food on this one, but the coffee is so good it just had to be added! A one-of-a-kind experience for any coffee lover. It may just rival any cup of joe you’ve had yet.

Best Places to Eat in San Francisco

When you are going to San Francisco, make sure to wear flowers in your hair…  and eat, eat, eat! This city is an absolute mecca for foodies. This list includes a variety of restaurants for the traveler who doesn’t mind splurging a bit, but isn’t looking to break the bank. Here are just a few of our favorites.


Le Colonial:  For beautiful ambiance, stellar food, and some of the best jazz in the city, visit this hidden gem. Located in an alley, in the Tenderloin, sits an incredible Vietnamese restaurant. Visit the lounge upstairs for a more casual experience and free live music!

Hops and Hominy:  If you want incredible cocktails, an extensive beer and wine list and/or some of the best southern soul food you’ve ever eaten, check out this spot.

Una Pizza Napoletana:  The best test of a great pizzeria… the Margherita Pizza. Theirs is as good as it gets. Craving a pizza that tastes like you’re in the streets of Italy? Go here!

Mazzat:  For incredible Lebanese food head to Hayes Valley. Mazzat is sure to delight even the pickiest of taste buds and has some great vegetarian options, as well.

Gracias Madre:  Need a vegan friendly restaurant? Gracias Madre is always an amazing choice. For a modern, healthy twist on Mexican food, this is the place to go!

State Bird Provisions:  Every foodies idea of heaven. Check out this place for a unique culinary experience that is sure to please your taste buds.

Tacoliscious:  Taquerias abound in San Francisco but this is a fantastic upgraded sit-down version. Hands down our favorite taco spot in the city and legitimate margaritas, as well.

NOPA:  This New American restaurant is all the rage and it truly lives up to the hype. The only downside may be the wait, but the experience is so worth it.

Serpentine:  Located in the Dogpatch neighborhood, a newer up and coming area, is this mouth-watering New-American style restaurant. It’s a fantastic place for brunch, as well.

Mission Beach Cafe:  There may be a line outside but there certainly is a reason. Inventive and delicious. Good for any meal of the day but we prefer to go here for brunch.