Every trip to San Francisco should include a visit to Union Square, one of the largest shopping areas in the U.S. and home to department stores, luxury shops and specialty stores. Union Square also features a wide variety of restaurants, from casual to fine dining, serving cuisines from around the world.
Start the day right with a family-style breakfast of comfort food at Lori’s Diner, a time capsule of the fabulous ‘50s. There’s also the Pinecrest Diner (family-owned since 1969) or world-famous Sears Fine Food serving renowned pancakes and homemade pies in the heart of Union Square.
The Bay Area gave birth to California cuisine, featured at Union Square restaurants such as Annabelle’s Bar and Bistro, Claudine, and Pied Piper, the quintessential San Francisco grill.
Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen combines upscale tavern fare with local, organic and seasonal ingredients, an extensive beer list and craft cocktails. Enjoy classic California cuisine at the Garden Court, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city.
If you’re hungry for serious red meat, Union Square is home to San Francisco landmarks such as John’s Grill (opened in 1908) and Tad’s Steak House, serving hearty meals since 1955. More contemporary options include Bourbon Steak, Leatherneck Steakhouse and Cityhouse, which features flame-seared steaks and chops on a wood fire grill.
Union Square’s restaurants have a strong international flavor as well. French cuisine is featured at Café de la Presse, Le Central (San Francisco’s first brasserie), Café Claude, and Fleur de Lys, where acclaimed chef Hubert Keller pays homage to French elegance and taste. Go Italian with a Neapolitan-style pizza at Cupola, Zingari Ristorante’s Northern Italian menu, or the classic Kuleto’s.
Two of San Francisco’s best Indian restaurants are near Moscone Center: Little Delhi India and New Delhi Restaurant. You can get a taste of Asia at Anzu, E & O Trading Co., Hana Zen Sushi & Yakitori Bar, Sanraku and Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant.
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