In a town known for food there are bound to places that are overlooked. So, for every overrated restaurant with lines out the door, take the time to check out these restaurants for food that will make your mouth water. Check out these restaurants in the city that will surely surprise you with incredible food.
1. Aquerello - 1722 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 94109
Acquerello has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in classic style. This restaurant seems to be overlooked, but still cherished. Expect contemporary Italian food in an elegant dining atmosphere, and great wine.
2. Nopa - 560 Divisadero Street, 94117
In the pantheon of classic San Franscisco restaurants, Nopa is overlooked. However, Nopa is very popular. Elegant but without the stuffy vibe, and Nopa has been a favorite and wildly successful spot for those seeking simple, organic, rustic California comfort food. Try it out!
3. Casssava - 3519 Balboa Street, San Francisco
Cassava is underrated in a town of great restaurants. Check out this intimate neighborhood restaurant located in the Outer Richmond serving modern California cuisine. Cassave features American and Japanese breakfast options, several soups, salads and an upscale dinner menu.
4. Darwin - 212 Ritch Street, San Francisco, 94107
Tucked away in Soma, Darwin Cafe has been attracting a loyal following of foodies. Darwin Cafe specializes in seasonally focused salads and small plates. Be prepared for lines as this place is popular for lunch and brunch.
5. Firefly Restaurant - 4288 24th Street, San Francisco, 94114
Tucked in a corner in the sleepy neighborhood of Noe Valley, so Firefly can be overlooked. This is a romantic, contemporary American restaurant that toes the line between hearty comfort cuisine and healthy, seasonal dishes that satisfy both omnivores and vegans. The menu is ever-changing, but we do know there's always a killer dessert selection (so leave some room!) and an extensive wine and beer list.
6. Cordon Bleu - 1574 California St, San Francisco, 94109
Don't judge a book by the cover because this place will wow you. A longtime presence in Nob Hill, Cordon Bleu does Vietnamese comfort food with no frills. Still, they've got quite a claim: "Possibly the best chicken you will ever have outside of Vietnam."
7. Farallon - 450 Post Street, San Francisco
This is an elegant spot that gets lost in the shuffle, but the food will impress for sure. Also, you'll fall in love with this restaurant with underwater decor once you learn more. Farallon is located in the heart of San Francisco. This is a creative seafood restaurant with inspiration.
8. Eiji - 317 Sanchez Street
Head out to the Castro for this marvelous surprise. Eiji is known for Oboro Tofu, which is a housemade silky tofu served with a selection of traditional condiments. If you have a sweet tooth, the mochi strawberry for dessert is a hit too!
9. Blue Plate - 3218 Mission Street, San Francisco
This comfort food restaurant offers plenty of surprises. If you want great and simple food then check this place out. The must have is macaroni and drunken Spanish goat cheese. Yum!
10. Lers Ros: 730 Larkin Street
A hidden gem for Thai food. Lers Ros is dedicated to serving authentic, unique and fresh Thai dishes. The only authentic Thai restaurant with rabbit, frog and venison on its regular menu, but even the pad thai rivals the best you'll find anywhere in Thailand.
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