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The Oldest Restaurant In San Francisco Has A Truly Incredible History

San Francisco’s oldest restaurant is older than California itself. In 1849, during the start of the Gold Rush, three immigrants from Croatia set up what they called a “Coffee Stand” on a pier on the San Francisco Bay, serving fresh fish grilled over mesquite charcoal. With the city expanding, they eventually moved and changed their name to the New World Coffee Saloon. Another Croatian immigrant, John Tadich was hired as a bartender before he eventually took over the place. Read on to learn more about the oldest restaurant in San Francisco.

After checking out Tadich Grill, you may want to head over to Fisherman’s Wharf for another unique restaurant experience, one where you can “dine aboard the world’s only floating island.”

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (