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The Most Unique Restaurants in the Bay Area

March 1st, 2024 Eat & Drink

San Francisco is renowned for its diverse culinary scene, boasting a plethora of acclaimed restaurants and eateries. The city boasts a vibrant food scene, drawing visitors beyond its iconic landmarks. However, for adventurous travelers and foodie seeking a dining experience that ventures off the beaten path, the city also offers a myriad of unconventional options. 

Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf offers the perfect base for travelers seeking unique restaurants in San Francisco. Situated in close proximity to a plethora of offbeat eateries and bars, guests can easily explore the city's culinary gems and indulge in memorable dining adventures during their stay. From hidden gems to quirky concepts, here are some spots that promise to tantalize the taste buds and leave a lasting impression. 

Kennedy's Indian Curry House & Irish Pub
Located just a stone's throw away from Hotel Caza Fisherman's Wharf, Kennedy's Indian Curry House & Irish Pub offers a fusion of Indian and Irish cuisine in a laid-back setting. It may sound like an unconventional fusion, but locals have been on-board since the doors opened. Indulge in hearty curry dishes paired with traditional Irish brews, creating a dining experience that marries flavors from two distinct culinary traditions.

1040 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

The Pawn Shop
Tucked away in the nearby Mission District, The Pawn Shop is a speakeasy-style bar disguise as a retail reseller. Behind the unassuming façade lies a cozy cocktail lounge serving inventive libations crafted with precision and creativity. Guests can sip on expertly crafted drinks while admiring the eclectic décor, making for a truly unique and memorable night out. Indulge in exquisite wine and cocktails, complemented perfectly by delectable cheese and charcuterie boards or tantalizing pulpo.

993 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Off the Grid SF

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For a taste of San Francisco's vibrant street food scene, head to Off the Grid SF at Fort Mason Center. This weekly seasonal outdoor market features a rotating lineup of food trucks and vendors, offering an array of international cuisines and local specialties. From gourmet tacos to artisanal desserts, there's something to satisfy every craving at this bustling foodie destination. Look out for their dates for 2024. 

1469 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

Lazy Bear
Situated in the Mission District moments just away from Hotel Caza, Lazy Bear redefines the traditional dining experience with its communal dinner parties. Guests are seated at long shared tables and treated to a multi-course tasting menu prepared by a team of talented chefs. With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and innovative techniques, each dish is a work of art designed to delight the senses. Even more interesting, this twice Michelin-starred restaurant doesn’t offer traditional reservations. Insead, there’s a ticketing system — underscoring that dining here is more than just a meal, it's an immersive culinary journey.

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Sutter Station Tavern
A hidden gem in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, Sutter Station Tavern offers a cozy retreat from the bustling city streets. This neighborhood watering hole serves up classic comfort food and craft cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.

554 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Shuggie's Trash Pie

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For a taste of nostalgia with a modern twist, head to Shuggie's Trash Pie in the Tenderloin. This unassuming pizza joint specializes in Detroit-style square pies, featuring crispy edges and gooey cheese toppings. With creative combinations like the "Trash Panda" and the "Funky Chicken," Shuggie's offers a unique take on a beloved classic. Its unique ambience is a vibe’s vibe. Don’t forget to check out their awesome sommelier-curated wine list!

3349 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Empress by Boon
Chinatown’s Empress by Boon offers an elevated dining experience inspired by traditional Chinese cuisine. Helmed by chef Ho Chee Boon (formerly of Hakkasan fame), this upscale Eastern eatery showcases a modern interpretation of Cantonese dishes with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients and exquisite presentation. If you’re on the hunt for modern Asian gastronomy, this Michelin-starred restaurant is for you!

838 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

Bix
Historic Jackson Square is home to Bix, a supper club that transports diners back to the glamor of the 1930s with its sophisticated ambiance and live jazz performances. Indulge in classic American fare with a contemporary twist, accompanied by expertly crafted cocktails and smooth jazz melodies. This unique restaurant in San Francisco  is a must-add line item to your foodie itinerary.

56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Foreign Cinema
A San Francisco institution, Foreign Cinema combines fine dining with fine films in a one-of-a-kind setting. Diners can enjoy seasonal Californian/Mediterranean cuisine served al fresco in the restaurant's charming courtyard, all while classic movies are projected onto a large outdoor screen. It's a Hollywood-worthy dining experience unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Handroll Project

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For sushi enthusiasts seeking a little something different, Handroll Project offers a fresh take on the traditional maki. Located in the Mission District just minutes away from Hotel Caza, this intimate eatery specializes in customizable hand rolls made with high-quality ingredients sourced from local fishermen and farmers.

598 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

House of Prime Rib
This upscale carnivore's paradise has been serving up mouthwatering cuts of prime rib since 1949. Located near Union Square, this iconic steakhouse offers a classic dining experience complete with tableside carving cut to your satisfaction and traditionally hearty sides like mashed potatoes and creamed spinach.

1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Step into a tropical oasis at The Tonga Room, a legendary tiki bar located in the Fairmont Hotel. Guests can sip on exotic cocktails served in novelty Polynesian-style mugs while enjoying live music and a simulated rainstorm. It's a kitschy yet unforgettable dining experience that's sure to transport you to a bygone era.

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, this bustling bazaar showcases the best of California’s produce from industry-defining sustainable growers, food makers, and top chefs. This popular spot proves that occasionally, the most enjoyable dining spot in San Francisco isn't even a traditional restaurant. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market offers a delightful culinary experience that satisfies both the senses and the palate.

One Ferry Building #50, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

Plan Your Foodie Tour at Hotel Caza
Getting hungry yet? We don’t blame you. When you’re ready to embark on your culinary tour of downtown San Francisco, Hotel Caza is the place to stay! We’re located close enough to downtown for a short drive, but also within walking distance of some fantastic spots right here in Fisherman’s Wharf — so you can head back for a relaxing evening on the water after your night out. We also offer competitive rates, attentive service and thoughtful, guest-first amenities. So take a moment to look at our Special Offers page for all the latest San Francisco travel deals, and reserve your food tour today! 

 

 

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