Classic seafood meal.
Classic seafood meal.

San Francisco

The Best Classic Restaurants in San Francisco

These classic establishments and newer local favorites are the epitome of what San Francisco's restaurant scene is all about.

Updated on Nov 12, 2023 | World of Mouth team

San Francisco, a city known for its diverse and dynamic food scene, is home to some of the most iconic eateries on the West Coast. This article is your insider's guide to some of the best classic restaurants in San Francisco, highlighting both classic institutions as well as newer spots that have become local favorites. From the rustic elegance of Boulettes Larder to the must-have crabs at Swan Oyster Depot and the satisfying plates of chilaquiles at Primavera, we have something for everyone. All picks in this article are based on recommendations from World of Mouth experts and locals, such as Omar Mamoon and Marcia Gagliardi. So whether you're a local or a visitor, read on and explore some of the best traditional restaurants in San Francisco.

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Kristjan Peäske
Kristjan Peäske

Kristjan Peäske

A seasoned sommelier and restaurateur, shaping Tallinn’s dining scene for over 20 years, founding acclaimed restaurants like Lore Bistro, UMA, and Lee.

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