Paella in S. F recommendations
I have a friend visiting from Boston this weekend who wants to paella for dinner. Suggestions on the best paella place(s) in San Francisco would be greatly appreciated.
Better: Alegrias, Zarzuela
Good/Mediocre: B44, Picaro
Alegrias and Zarzuela both do great paella. B44 is pretty good as well. Picaro is OK.
44 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104
Alegrias Food From Spain
2018 Lombard, San Francisco, CA 94123
2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
3120 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
I haven't had any great paella in a restaurant here. B44 and Thirsty Bear do a decent job, though I prefer B44's arros negra.
Boston is a lot closer to Spain than we are. I haven't had anything terribly memorable
here since the reasonably good all-paella place on 16th closed about 8 years ago. If I
had a visitor who really wanted some, I'd take them either to the Picaro or Ramblas,
both within a block of 16th and Valencia. Both are pretty OK and it's a good general
neighborhood to take a tourist to.
Sadly, over the years I have found paella in the Bay Area so mediocre I started cooking it myself. Have heard good things about b44 and Zarzuela.