People always say that North Beach has the most authentic Italian food in the city. Usually those people are old, resentful of yuppies and the tech bubble, and stand a little too close to you on Muni, but that doesn’t make them wrong. Every single pasta on the menu is ridiculously good, so find a bunch of friends who are willing to share (or at least historically easy to pilfer from).
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Hit up Barrio in North Beach for a few beers and some tacos with a friend or impromptu date.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
This low-key Asian-American restaurant in North Beach serves delicious seasonal dishes and fresh seafood.
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Sorrel is an upscale California-Italian place in Pac Heights that’s designed to impress, even if they do everything a little too by the book.
Zero Zero is a perfectly efficient pizza factory. Bring a big group for negronis, soft serve, and quality pies.
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Delarosa is a neighborhood institution in the Marina for pizza, salads, and epic people watching.
The Californian-Mediterranean food at Lark in the Castro might be geographically inaccurate, but it tastes pretty great.
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