There are so many incredible restaurants in the San Francisco area that you’re bound to find something to suit anyone’s taste. Even the pickiest of eaters are going to find a restaurant they’ll love here. The options can be overwhelming, though. Next time you’re in San Francisco here are some of the best restaurants that you need to try.

Gary Danko

With over 3,000 5-star reviews on Yelp, this restaurant is a San Francisco favorite. The award-winning French cuisine at Gary Danko’s will have you coming back time and time again to try the next item on the menu. Dine in for an old-world fine dining experience complete with a theatrical and intimate ambiance. The food served at Gary Danko’s is fresh, locally sourced, and draws on seasonal inspiration. This upscale restaurant offers an array of menu items including caviar, lobster, loin of lamb, duck breast, and artisanal cheeses. Be sure to choose something from their impressive wine list to complete your meal.

Golden Boy Pizza

If you’re looking for a “hole-in-the-wall” pizza joint where you can get some seriously good eats, then try Golden Boy Pizza. They’re open late so you can stop in after last call at the bar for some cheesy goodness. Order by the slice or by the sheet for dine in or take away. It’s a simple restaurant with great pizza. Carnivores and vegetarians alike can eat at Golden Boy. Vegetarians will love the pesto/vegetarian pizza.

Betty Lou’s Seafood & Grill

For a casual family dining experience with a friendly atmosphere look no further than Betty Lou’s. This place is a local favorite. The menu is loaded with fresh seafood options like oyster shooters and clams, prawn and shrimp cocktails, crab cakes, lobster ravioli, and seafood risotto. Don’t forget the grill side, though! You’ll want to try the Creekstone bone-in ribeye steak or Mary’s chicken parmesan. Vegetarians are welcome, too, and will find meatless options on the menu.

Kokkari Estiatorio

You can’t go wrong with the food, the wine, and the service at Kokkari Estiatorio. This Greek restaurant caters to all diners, including those with gluten allergies and vegans. The cuisine consists of modernized Greek dishes as well as classic favorites such as sweet baby lamb and homemade yogurt. Olive oil is the foundation of almost every dish at Kokkari. Once you enter the restaurant you’ll notice the fresh scent of oregano and other aromatics. The aroma alone is enough to make your mouth water.

Turtle Tower

This Vietnamese restaurant in the city of San Francisco is tucked away in a busy alley corner in the Tenderloin. Keep an eye out because this is a restaurant you won’t want to walk past. The owner insists on buying everything fresh. The produce comes from farmers’ markets just down the street and the noodles are made fresh each day. Turtle Tower is known for its range of flavors in the broth. Try the stir-fried beef noodle soup for a deep, smoky flavor. The pho ga is a chicken noodle soup that’s simple, light, and tasty. The pho might be the star of the show, but there’s more to try on the menu at Turtle Tower. The Vietnamese sandwiches, rice plates, and vermicelli noodle dishes are all carefully prepared gourmet dishes that are worth the trip to the Tenderloin.

By: Fred Geonetta

Frederick J. Geonetta is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. His legal practice is entirely devoted to litigation. Mr. Geonetta has spent the past 25 years in private practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants who have been harmed or wronged by the actions of others or who have been falsely accused of causing harm to others. He represents clients across the U.S. and international clients who seek U.S. legal advice or representation.