Known for it’s cable cars, colorful Victorian houses and the Golden Gate bridge, we are headed to San Francisco with Joanne from Basics and Gold. She is sharing her favorite restaurants, neighborhoods and things to do when visiting SanFran!

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Stones Throw
Located in the Russian Hill this place serves your amazing gourmet California-American food. It has a five-star feel in their food but a lot more comfortable and relax vibe. If you’re a beer junky this is a great place to go to. they have a wide range selection of beer from all around the world. They serve dinner and brunch. Their menu changes from time to time but here are some of my favorites. If you want, you can even find san francisco restaurants with private rooms making a romantic dinner even more amazing.
Dinner: Squid Ink Pasta, Duck Paté and Mousse,Da Burga
Brunch: Puffed potato & egg, Monkey bread,soft scrambled eggs

BoBo’s Steak House
I just love this place. If I want a good steak fix this is the place to go to. I’ve never ha a bad experience here. A great selection of wine to pair with your steak is present. They also have an amazing selection of seafood. This heaven is located in the Marina District. I would recommend any of the steak. but when it comes to starters and sides I have a list for you.
Starters: Yellowtail Carpaccio,Heirloom toy box tomatoes
Sides: twice baked potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower

Slanted Door
If you’re looking for san francisco restaurants with a view, then this may be the one for you. Located at the Embarcadero’s Pier building. It’s the ultimate Asian fusion restaurant. It may be tough to get a table so make sure to call and get a reservation before zooming in the door. It’s just amazing cozy yet edgy food. They serve lunch and dinner. Some food are available for both lunch and dinner. I really like the types of oysters they have so its great starter to have. I recommend having the kumamotos and skookum. the slanted door spring rolls are probably the best spring rolls I’ve ever had.
Dinner: Chicken claypot, shaking beef, daikon rice cakes.

Finding the best places to eat in san francisco doesn’t have to be hard, you won’t have to look far to find something that will suit all your dietary needs. So have a look around and delve into the wonderful world of San Francisco food!


Pacific Heights
It’s a fun area for shopping, drinks and dinning. They have a good selection of high end stores to shop from on Fillmore St. It is also a very nice neighborhood and has an amazing view of the bay up it’s hills. You’ll find the most expensive house in San Francisco in this area. There is a lot of Victorian homes around the area as well.

Hayes Valley
This neighborhood is known for its SF Jazz center. It’s a must see building and a concert hall. This is also great for shopping. Most of the stores are a lot more independent and has unique pieces that you’ll never see elsewhere. During the weekends the park in the middle of the neighborhood is a fun hang out place. They have food trucks or carts with great food and drinks.

Marina/Cow Hollow
This is right by the bay. With an amazing view of the golden gate bridge from the beach is all you need. A lot of people run by the water or rent a bike from the sport basement nearby. If its warmer a picnic by the beach is a great option. A lit bit further away from the water they have a great shops and restaurants along Chestnut St. and Union St. A great night life for the party goers as well. Great place for young people to go party to!

Things To Do

San Francisco is hardly short of things to fill your time with and, with it being a romantic city, there are plenty of date ideas bay area for you and your partner to enjoy, ranging from balloon rides in Napa Valley to sunset cruises in the Bay.
Off The Grid
This event happens all around the bay area. Its a party of food trucks. One of the biggest ones are Presidio and Fort Mason. There are more than 20 food trucks to choose from. All sorts of food are present. it is just a fun gathering with friends and family with great food.

California Academy of Science
This place is located in the middle of the Golden Gate park. It is very educational yet very fun at the same times. My Favorite thing to do in there is the Planetarium. It usually has a long line but its worth it. its definitely a different type of experience being inside. This place also offer a “Night life” it happens every Thursday. They have a DJ, drinks and great music in a different kind of environment.

Ferry Building
A fun place for locals and tourist the building has great selection of restaurants and unique shopping for food. The famous Blue bottle Coffee has a store inside and the Slanted Door restaurant is located inside as well. If you’re already staying in San Francisco you can take Uber to the Ferry building or Muni. Another fun way is to take a Ferry to the ferry building from the East Bay. Its about 15-20 minute ride. You’ll see a great view of San Francisco from this point.

Article & Photography: Joanne Cuenza – Basics & Gold

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