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Where Chefs Eat: Local Recommendations in San Francisco

December Edition – 12/21/21

Do you want to know the best restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, and surrounding areas? We did, so we asked our Foodom Chef community to share their favorite restaurants and dishes in the Bay Area. We’ll keep updating this list with the best local food, so be sure to bookmark this post!

Chef Sarah Davis-Mapumulo's Best Restaurants

Oaklandia Café

371 30th St. C100
Oakland, CA 94609
510-452-9210

Source: Oaklandia

This is the spot if you want original morning or lunch food and beverages! The owner runs the cafe and her husband bakes all the bread and amazing baked goods. Always 5 stars when I go!!

Favorite dishes: Rose latte, breakfast sandwiches, roasted cauliflower sandwich

Nidos

104 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 500-9757

Best fish tacos and margaritas in Oakland hands down. Great seating and areas for kids to play.

Favorite dish: Taco de Pescado Estilo Baja

Chef Paul Conte’s Best Pop-Ups & Restaurants

Pizzetta Geraldine

Shakewell 3407 Lakeshore Ave (Every Monday)
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 242-9503

Check their website for other events & locations

Source: Pizza Geraldine

The best pizza pop-up in Oakland! Neapolitan-inspired, wood-fired pizzas with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. Pop ups and private events throughout the bay area.

Favorite dish: The Calabrian

Low Bar

23rd and Webster
Oakland, CA 94612

Cool Mexican-inflected cocktail spot pairing creative drinks with elevated tacos & churros.

Favorite dish: Grilled octopus kabocha squash

Bombera

3459 Champion St.
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 452-5900

Source: Corkage

Where the culinary ways of Mexico and California intersect with the environmental urgencies of our time.

Favorite dishes: Tamal Con Mole Rojo and Duck Carnitas

Chef Itzli (Carlos) De La Torre's Best Restaurants

Ramen Shop

5812 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 640-5034

Started by three Chez Panisse alumni, Ramen Shop offers one-of-a-kind ramen, made with organic and sustainable produce.

Favorite Dish: Spicy Tonkatsu

Mission Chinese

2234 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-2800

Source: Serious Eats

Trendy crowds line up for the imaginative Chinese eats at this casual, nationally known destination.

Favorite dish: Mole spiced fried chicken

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Chef Tony Del Real’s Best Restaurants & Cafes

La Mar

Pier 1 ½ The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 397-8880

Source: Nader Khouri

Celeb chef Gastón Acurio serves Peruvian seafood in a large, partially outdoor space on the pier.

Favorite dishes: Everything here is delicious! The 3 things I believe everyone must try are the ceviche classico, the causa limena, and the pisco sour to wash it all down.

Favorite dish: Mole Ribeye

La Torta Gorda

2833 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-9600

Mexican deli/cafe featuring tastes from the state of Puebla, from tortas & tacos to local specials.

Favorite dishes: My favorite things to get here are the Pierna Enchilada Torta, Flor de Calabaza Quesadilla, and a glass of the Vampiro (orange, carrot, beet smoothie).

Sushi Zen

1041 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 681-1789

Source: Sushi Zen

Kevin, the founder of Sushi Zen, has been in the Japanese food industry for over 30 years. Sushi Zen has a friendly atmosphere while serving quality authentic Japanese dishes.

Favorite dish: Chirashi Sushi, and some nice warm sake.

Chef Nicolai Lipscomb's Best Restaurants

Gozu

201 Spear St #120
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 523-9745

Source: Gozu

Modern, open-fire restaurant with a tasting menu that spotlights Japanese wagyu, seafood & whiskey.

Favorite dish: The imported A5 beef

Nopa

560 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-8643

Ingredient-focused Californian eats & creative cocktails in a lively, 2-story setting.

Favorite dish: Fries and amazing craft cocktails

Tribune

401 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 285-6451

Source: The Mercury News

A new American Brasserie from partners Omri Aflalo and Darrin Ballon, Tribune hopes to be a dining destination for the Oakland community and beyond.

Favorite dish: Handmade Cavatelli

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