The Best Cheap Eats in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

The San Francisco dining scene is one of the best in the country—and even though the city is home to plenty of world-class gourmet dining, it also stands up tall when it comes to cheap places to eat. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to tapas spots, airy brasseries to rustic Italian—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Corridor, Arguello, Hayes Street Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Mexican, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Pacific Heights

Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
830 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Corridor Restaurant serves fine dining cuisine with a focus on global dishes. The eatery is warm and inviting and you’ll want to settle in for little while once you get a deliciousRead more
90% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Arguello

$$$$·Mexican·
Pacific Heights
464 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Located in the historic Presidio Officer’s Club, Arguello features Mexican cuisine and a contemporary bar with craft cocktails. Find a seat on the heated patio so you can enjoy outRead more
97% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,960 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
The Hayes Street Grill is a neo-traditional fish house located in San Francisco’s Civic Center district. The restaurant uses a mix of recipes from all over the world, centered arouRead more
90% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,740 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Perry’s on the Embarcadero is a sleek waterfront outpost of the original Perry’s on Union Street. They have a winning combination of all-American favorite fare and comfortable, friRead more
91% recommended

Scala's Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Union Square
5,398 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Scala’s Bistro has been open since 1995 and has a reputation for its classic, elegant dining. The restaurant in Lower Nob Hill is all warm earth tones, murals, and rich, mahogany bRead more
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
646 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Otoro Sushi is a hidden gem tucked away in the Hayes Valley. Sushi experts here are constantly on the lookout for the freshest ingredients to offer diners the best traditional sushRead more
83% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Francisco Bay Area

Lupa Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
758 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
Situated in the charming Noe Valley neighborhood, Lupa is an old-school Italian Trattoria with a cozy vibe, affordable prices, and fantastic cuisine. The kitchen uses the best avaiRead more
88% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,062 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
Housed in the Letterman Digital Arts Center at the historic Presidio, Sessions is a dining destination serving craft beer, craft cuisine, and craft cocktails. The name refers to seRead more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Francisco
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Barbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,509 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Barbacco is a modern trattoria with a casual dining experience featuring high-quality food recipes from all over Italy. They have a sleek setting with a rich, black marble bar and Read more
92% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,558 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Nopa is a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle that serves urban rustic food and specializes in organic wood-fired cuisine. The restaurant is a beautiful, open spacRead more
92% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Marlowe is a market-driven neighborhood bistro housed in a rustic-chic and inviting space in the SoMa neighborhood. They feature a menu of classic bistro favorites with unique and Read more
82% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Pane e Vino Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
656 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
Located on Union Street, Pane e Vino is the place to go for regional Italian-style cuisine that features fresh grilled fish and meats, thin-crust pizzas, and pasta dishes with fresRead more
96% recommended

Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,066 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is a local favorite for a casual, neighborhood meal. They feature Roman and Southern Italian food and have a small and cozy dining room that’s perfect foRead more
93% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Francisco Bay Area
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
The Commissary is one of James Beard Award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins’ restaurants. They feature Spanish-influenced California cuisine focused on sustainable, locally sourced iRead more
88% recommended
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Zuni Cafe, located on Market Street, has been serving delicious Italian- and French-inspired dishes since 1979. The atmosphere is welcoming and convivial and there is a standing-onRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Francisco
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

B-Side

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
369 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: B-Side is located in the heart of Hayes Valley at SFJAZZ, the country's only free standiRead more
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Francisco Bay Area
There aren’t any available tables for 2 today at 7:00 pm
View Availability

Tres - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
SOMA
1,046 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
Located just one block from AT&T Park, Tres is a great place to grab a margarita or a snack before or after Giants’ games. They center on the food and beverages from Jalisco, MexicRead more
Not available on OpenTable
View More Info

MarketBar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,442 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
MarketBar is basically the San Francisco version of Grand Central Station but with a waterfront location in the restored landmark Ferry Building. They boast a casual menu with lotsRead more
87% recommended
Not available on OpenTable
View More Info

Bistro Aix - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,006 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Bistro Aix is a chef-owned neighborhood bistro located in Cow Hollow. They serve Mediterranean-inspired dishes that use only the finest local ingredients and the menu changes to reRead more
100% recommended
Not available on OpenTable
View More Info