Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Feb 13, 2008 11:10 AM

Best Butcher in San Francisco?

I’m interested to hear what butcher people prefer, especially for organic beef. What about for stocks (chicken, beef, etc.)?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. We like:

    Bryan's Quality Meats
    Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
    3473 California St
    (between Laurel St & Locust St)
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    (415) 752-3430

    Antonelli's Meat Fish & Poultry
    Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
    3585 California Street
    (between Locust St & Spruce St)
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    (415) 752-7413

    I also think the quality at Mollie Stones is actually very good!
    Mollie Stone's Markets
    Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
    2435 California Street
    (between Fillmore St & Steiner St)
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 567-4902

    This one is new and I'm hearing great things but haven't bought anything there yet:
    Marina Meats
    Neighborhood: Marina/Cow Hollow
    2395 Chestnut St
    (between Divisadero St & Scott St)
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    (415) 673-6700

    1 Reply
    1. re: mrsricho

      I live in the Marina and go to Marina Meats just about weekly. The service is great, Joey (the owner I think) is very helpful with whatever you might need. Seafood selection is pretty good, they have fresh shrimp most of the time which is a nice touch (not sure why that's so rare in the area.)

      From what I remember they offer Estancia grass fed beef but no dry aged steaks (after having a Prather Ranch Ribeye I wouldn't go anywhere else for them.)

    2. I'm a big fan of Golden Gate Meat Company in the Ferry Building.

      1. I get most of my meat at Golden Gate Meat Co. in the Ferry Building. Their meats are excellent. Their chicken stock and veal stock are both excellent. Service is fantastic, very personal, and they are generally just nice people to be around.

        I also get some things at Bryan's - good quality and good service, but not as convenient for me personally as Golden Gate. If I lived closer to Bryan's I'd shop there often.

        Prather Ranch, also in the Ferry Building, has quite a following as well but I haven't tried very many of their cuts.

        Marin Sun Farms who is at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market on Saturdays is good.

        I miss Highland Hills Farm, who used to come to the Saturday FP farmer's market and I believe still sell at Berkeley's Saturday market.

        Bi-Rite on 18th in the Mission sells fish, beef and chicken stock and operates a small meat and fish counter. Good but not great quality stocks.

        Bi-Rite Market
        3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Golden Gate Meat
        Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop
        10905 Hwy 1, Point Reyes Station, Ca

        Prather Ranch
        1 Ferry Bldg # 32, San Francisco, CA

        Bryan's Quality Meats
        3473 California St, San Francisco, CA

        1. I'll second or third Golden Gate Meat at the ferry building, and Bi-Rite. I also really like Prather ranch, who sells both at the ferry building or at the Noe Valley farmers market every second Saturday, however much of their meat is frozen.

          I also like the venerable Drewes Brothers in Noe Valley

          Drewes Brothers Meats
          1706 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

          1. I haven't tried it yet, but just heard about an interesting butcher shop.
            Avedano's. See SF Gate article at Evidently opened by three women, two of whom are with Sociale.

            7 Replies
            1. re: kresge86


              Drewes Brothers Meats
              1706 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

              235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Golden Gate Meat
              Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

              1. re: kresge86

                I just ducked into this place last night and was excited to see some new and superior products.
                They have a nice selection of lamb, lots of different cuts, Kobe (err, Wagu) flank which you don't find all over, some of the Incanto guys salumi products as well as Framani, and a decent fish selection.
                Their prices however are rather high, at least from what I saw during my brief visit. $15.99 for Bronzoni??? Yikes.
                I was looking for pork shoulder, alas they had none.
                Nice counter service though!

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I think they meant branzino (I was at Avedano's yesterday and they had it), i.e., Mediterranean sea bass. I have to wonder if rabaja has been to other fish vendors recently and seen the nosebleed prices.

                    1. re: Atomica

                      That is what I meant, thanks for the correction.
                      You know, I've seen this fish around at several places, and it's never struck me as pricey. Maybe I haven't been paying attention as of late, or I'm just getting out of touch, but some of the prices just seemed high to me.

                      1. re: rabaja

                        I don't disagree that their prices are very high, but pretty much everywhere I see fish, the prices are crazy (unless you go somewhere like Sun Fat in the Mission, where you can buy "sole" for a reasonable price, but then again, it ain't really sole).

                  2. re: rabaja

                    I always get my pork shoulder at Guerra Meats

                    Guerra Quality Meats
                    490 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116