The Required: San Francisco

The Required: San Francisco

A definitive guide to San Francisco's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

December 27, 2018
The Required: San Francisco

The Required: San Francisco

A definitive guide to San Francisco's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

December 27, 2018
By Roxanne Webber | Art by Cassandra Landry

There are a lot of "musts" in this world. 

And yes, we'll admit it, this list is absolutely littered with them, but we can promise you this: they weren't appointed by a lone critic, or by write-in votes from well-meaning foodies. Instead, The Required is comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and the like. There's no black box of arbitrary editorial committees or user surveys with obtuse criteria fueling this list: just plain, crave-able truth.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just be sure you've checked all the best boxes on your home turf. 

Pizzeria Delfina

Visit any location of this local pizza shop from the Delfina group for a crispy Neapolitan-style pie. Sit outside in the original Mission location, watch the posh crowd in Pac Heights, order some wine, and don't miss out the seasonal pies, chilled tripe, or order of meatballs. Toppings range from the simple Margherita to clam pies, to broccoli raab, but there's no going wrong, and they've racked up the acclaim from their industry peers to prove it. 

Burma Superstar

Burma Superstar in the Inner Richmond has been serving Burmese food since 1992 (and has since added locations in Oakland and Alameda) and remains packed constantly with crowds waiting patiently outside sipping hot tea every day. Add yourself to the waitlist ahead of time on the website, and come in time for tea leaf salad, creamy scented curries, and more. 

Rich Table

Get a res or else try to walk in early or late and get a seat at the bar at Rich Table in Hayes Valley, that serves true San Francisco cuisine—seasonal, varied influences, not too hung up on traditions, and a little playfully rebellious. Go on a fancy dressed-up date and have a tasting menu, or just drop in and grab a bowl of pasta at the bar after work and don't worry about anything but enjoying the bustling scene. 

Rich Table
Hot Spot
Hayes Valley, San Francisco
$$$, Full Bar, Modern, New American
16 Recommendations
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