Tried-and-True, Casual, Institutions
My husband and I are first-time visitors to San Francisco. We'd love to dine at some tried-and-true, casual, institutions. We'll be visiting for three days at located at Union Square. Thanks so much for your recommendations!
Zuni. Great food, pretty restaurant and definitely a SF institution.
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
What constitutes casual for you? Shorts and flip flops/no table service casual or more fine dining but no dress up needed? California is a pretty casual place but definitions are different. I'd say go to some taquerias...Cancun, San Jose, La Taqueria...all casual but maybe that's not what you're looking for.
Chez Panisse (Berkeley)*
Yank Sing (dim sum lunch)
Agree with all the above suggestions. Zuni for sure. If you can't get a reservation, they leave 1/3 of the restaurant for walk-ins, but get there early - 5:30, not later than 6. It's also one of the best places for lunch.
For dinner I would add the following to the list:
Delfina - in the Mission, great neighbrhood to explore.
Tommaso's in North Beach - for the wood-fired brick oven pizza, very casual by any standards, fun atmosphere, an SF institutuion.