LARDER AND LIBATIONS

Throughout the tours you will find historical restaurants listed.  These are a few that are not on the tour, but worth exploring in the neighborhood.

Chinatown

City View Restaurant

City View, at 622 Commercial Street, serves dim sum in an historical alley of Chinatown.

Hours: Mon to Fri 11 am to 2:30 pm   Sat & Sun 10 am to 2:30 pm

Hang Ah

Hang Ah, at 1 Pagoda Place, has been serving dim sum since 1920, and is the oldest, still functioning, dim sum restaurant in San Francisco.  It is a San Francisco Legacy restaurant.

Far East Cafe

The Far East Cafe at 631 Grant Avenue is a San Francisco Legacy Restaurant. With curtained mahogany booths the restaurant serves Dim Sum luncheon, and  both Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine.

Hours:  Everyday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Li Po

The Li Po Cocktail Lounge, at 916 Grant Avenue is a San Francisco Legacy Bar. Opened in the 1930s, Li Po is the home of the Chinese Mai Tai, adored by Anthony Bourdain.

Financial District and Downtown

Harrington's Bar and Grill

Harrington’s Bar and Grill is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant. This Irish Pub has been open since 1935.

245 Front Street Financial District
Open: Monday – Saturday Grill Open: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm

Schroeders

Schroeder’s is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant. Schroeder’s, in this location since just after the 1906 Earthquake is a Bavarian Style Beer House.

240 Front Financial District
Open 11:30am-10pm Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm Sat

Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant.  It is California’s, oldest restaurant. Tadich Grill takes no reservations and is usually packed at lunchtime and dinnertime, Monday through Saturday so you may very well have to stand in line waiting for a table.

240 California Street Downtown
Monday-Friday 11am-9:30pm Saturday 11:30am-9:30pm

Le Central SF

Le Central is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant. They serve French comfort food.

435 Bush Downtown
Lunch 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Dinner 5:30 pm to 10 pm

Sam's Grill

Sam’s Grill is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant. Sam’s began as an oyster house and now serves a variety of pastas and seafoods.

375 Bush Street Downtown
Monday to Friday: 11 AM to 9 PM Closed Saturday & Sunday

Embarcadero

Fog City

Fog City Diner, at 1300 Battery street once housed a building that fed sailors before they shipped out to serve in WWII then it became a railroad building servicing trains in San Francisco’s first railways, and acting as a docking point for ships during the Gold Rush.

Hours: MON – THU 11:30AM – 10PM   FRI – SAT 11:30AM – 10:30PM   SUN 11:30AM – 9:30PM

EAgle Cafe

The Eagle Cafe, on the second floor of Pier 39, is a San Francisco Legend Restaurant. It originally sat on the street level and served as a ticket office for the ferries that plied the bay. It became a hash house in 1920, with a bar added in 1933 after Prohibition ended.  When Pier 39 was built the owner pushed for its survival and the cafe was hoisted up to the second floor where it lives today.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM   Friday – Saturday 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM   Sunday 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Waterbar

The WaterBar and The Epic Steakhouse sit almost underneath the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and are creations of world famous restaurant designer, Pat Kuleto.

Humphry Slocombe

Ice Cream in San Francisco can be fighting words, everyone has their favorite.  Humphry Slocombe, in the ferry building is on the top of that list.   There are many wonderful places to eat and snack in the Ferry Building, but this is not to be missed.

Jackson Square

Old Ship Saloon

The  Old Ship Saloon is a Legacy Restaurant and Bar.  It is the remnants of the Gold Rush Ship Arkansas, and opened for business in 1851.

A gangplank led to the entrance cut from the side of the ship, with a sign reading “Gud, bad and indif’rent spirits solds here! At 25 cents each.”

298 Pacific Avenue
Mon: 11:30am – 2am  Tue-Thu: Closed  Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 2am  Sun: Closed

Tommaso's

Tommaso’s opened in 1935 with the first wood-fired brick pizza oven on the West Coast.  It was the favorite of the artists who painted the murals inside nearby Coit Tower. Today, you can still find the mural of one struggling artist who painted on the walls of the restaurant in trade for a few plates of pasta.  Tommaso’s is a San Francisco Legacy Bar and Restaurant.

1042 Kearny
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm;
Sunday, 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Closed Mondays.

Bix Restaurant

Bix Restaurant is variously described as a civilized speakeasy, a supper club and an elegant saloon. The restaurant sits on Gold Street, one of the oldest in San Francisco.

56 Gold Street
Mon-Thu Bar 4:30pm Dinner 5:30pm – Fri Lunch 11:30am Dinner 5:30pm – Sat & Sun 5:30pm

North Beach

Cafe Sport

Caffe Sport at 547 Green Street is a San Francisco Legacy restaurant.  A Sicilian restaurant where every square inch of the interior is adorned with elaborately painted furniture and woodcarvings.

Dinner only: Tuesday–Saturday 5 pm 10:30 pm and Sunday 4 pm – 9:30 pm

Caffe Trieste

Caffe Trieste at 601 Vallejo Street was the first espresso coffee house established on the West Coast (1956). “Papa Gianni” Giotta and his family single-handedly launched the Espresso movement as we know it. The Caffe has become famous across the world for its combination of essences: Old Italy, Bohemian poets, art and music, and excellent Espresso, a perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.

Gino and Carlos

Gino and Carlos at 548 Green, founded in 1942 this place is a San Francisco Legacy Bar.

Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, at 566 Columbus, is a San Francisco Legacy restaurant.  Although it does not have cigars, it does serve a mean oven baked foccacio sandwich.

Hours: Monday – Saturday – 10 am to midnight    Sunday – 10 am to 11 pm

Columbus Cafe

Columbus Cafe at 562 Green Street is a San Francisco Legacy Bar. Established in 1936, don’t be fooled by the word Cafe, this is just a dive bar, with a terrific happy hour.

Tony's Pizza

Tony’s Pizza at 1570 Stockton Street has a lot to offer. Owned and run by Tony Gemignani who has won numerous awards including Best Pizza Margherita at the World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy and Best Pizza Romana at the World Championship of Pizza Makers in 2011. Tony was the first American and non Neapolitan to win this coveted award in Naples.   Tony’s does not take reservations!

Hours are Monday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Tuesday Closed) Wednesday-Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sotto Mare

Sotto Mare at 552 Green Street is known for it seafood.  Classic dishes like cioppino and linguine with clams and dishes  like oysters, crab Louie, and chowder, can all be found on the menu.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. closed Sundays and Holidays

Original US Restaurant

The Original US Restaurant at 414 Columbus Avenue, is a San Francisco Legacy restaurant.  The US stands for Unione Sportiva. This restaurant has a long history in North Beach and serves typical Scilian food.

Market Street

House of Shields

House of Shields, at 39 Montgomery Street, is a San Francisco Legacy Bar.  Opened in 1908 the bar went through a thorough restoration in 2010.  The bar did not serve women until 1972, and still has no clocks and no TV.

Minamoto Kitchoan

Minamoto Kitchoan at 648 Market Street, carries sweets shipped from Japan.  This is one of only two of these stores in the United States.

Hours:  M-Th 9:30am to  7pm  Fri and Sat 9:30 am  to 8pm  Sunday 11 am  to 6:00 pm

John's Grill

John’s Grill was established in 1908 and is a San Francisco Legacy Restaurant and Bar.

63 Ellis
Monday thru Saturday 11am to 10pm Sundays 12pm to 10pm