The Best Cheap Eats in San Francisco

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Corridor, Hayes Street Grill, Perry's - Embarcadero
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood, American
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Financial District / Embarcadero
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
829 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine

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 delicious glass of wine in fr...

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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
3,126 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion

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 around the theme of fish...

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Seafood in San Francisco

Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,940 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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, friendly service that f...

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Scenic View in San Francisco

Scala's Bistro

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Union Square
5,266 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 booths that evoke a d...

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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
773 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 sushi and tapas that Jap...

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Japanese in San Francisco

Lupa Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
823 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 available local ingredie...

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Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,311 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 session beer, which me...

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Californian in San Francisco

Barbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,483 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 brick walls. They're...

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34 people mentioned the Chicken Thigh

Nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,695 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 space that fosters a com...

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Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
105 people mentioned the French Toast
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 flavorful twists. St...

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56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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Pane e Vino Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
718 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 fresh and flavorful ingr...

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5 people mentioned the Calamari
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Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,109 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies

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 for grabbing an intima...

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21 people mentioned the Calamari

Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,651 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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-only bar where people ...

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329 people mentioned the Roasted Chicken
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B-Side

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
369 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating

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 standing venue devoted to ...

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14 people mentioned the Chicken Sandwich
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Arguello - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Pacific Heights
464 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic

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 outdoor dining in the P...

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The Commissary - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Organic

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 ingredients. You can ...

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19 people mentioned the Fritters
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