Baseball is in full swing. Which means you might don your best orange and black fit sometime this summer. Before making your way to Oracle Park to root on the Giants, stop at one of the nearby spots on this guide: breweries, food truck parks, and a SoMa restaurant making really great fried chicken. Check out this list of 16 great bars and restaurants that are within walking distance of the stadium.
A massive space in Mission Bay with tons of seating and standing room? Check. Plenty of beers on tap, including several that are actually brewed in-house? Yup. A menu by two former Noosh chefs, like tacos on paratha bread, Mission-style hot dogs, and fries with a creamy umami dipping sauce? Well, you already know the answer. If you’ve learned anything from reading this, it’s that New Belgium Brewery absolutely fits the bill if you’re looking to organize a casual, beer-centric hangout before an event at Oracle Park.
The instantly recognizable waterfront bar and restaurant on Pier 30 is only a 10-minute walk from Oracle Park. It’s also a great place to drop by when you’re in search of a beer and a burger, especially one on a sourdough roll. Get your food, make your way to the back patio, and drink something cold while soaking in the sun and Bay Bridge views.
Yes, Eko Kitchen is still takeout only. But pre-ordering from the Nigerian restaurant (and former pop up), which operates out of Merkado in SoMa, is a must for incredibly smoky jollof rice, spicy roast goat, chicken with roasted red pepper sauce, egusi soup, and puff puffs. If you want to sample a bit of everything, get the Eko Combo.
The casual Mexican restaurant in SoMa serves really good zapatos, a riceless burrito stuffed with jack cheese and fillings like steak, fries, and pico de gallo. In order words, beeline to Garaje if you want a flavorful, hearty meal that’ll keep you going for more than nine innings. Other things you can order: burgers, tacos, and carne asada fries. They also have a phenomenal craft beer list, a line that moves relatively quickly, and plenty of small tables for you to sit at while you drink your pint.
We end up at 21st Amendment for a lot of the same reasons that we go to Garaje on a game day (or any day, for that matter) - good beer and solid food. The cubano and the burger are both great, and the brewpub also has things like tacos, pizzas, wings, and onion rings. Enjoy your meal and a drink inside or out on their covered parklet.
The big reason we keep coming back to Little Skillet is their perfectly done chicken and waffles. But the casual SoMa restaurant has a ton of other dishes you need to get to know, too, like a blackened catfish po’boy, shrimp and grits, and a fried chicken combo called The Works, which comes with a mini jalapeño corn muffin and a side of your choice.
The small batch brewery specializes in ales and lagers with the gluten removed, and what’s on tap tends to change frequently, which is just part of the fun of drinking here. The other is grabbing a pitcher or tasting flight of four ($20) and pulling up to their heated parklet for a pre-game drink. And if you’re not headed to the game, be sure to check out their Trivia Night on Wednesdays.
The main reason to come here is if you’re on your way to a Giants game. It feels a little stranded on the pier, but there’s an incredible view of the bay and plenty of patio space (including a rooftop dek). Plus, it’s super close to Oracle Park. Get a chicken sandwich or salad, or split a flatbread pizza while you discuss how you think the season’s going.
Turtle Tower is one of our favorite pho spots in the city thanks in no small part to their beef pho - which we hear gives you immunity from freezing your butt off during one of those super wind-chill game nights. It’s served Hanoi style (without bean sprouts and minimal garnishes), and comes with fat, chewy noodles, tripe, and tender beef. Other options here include banh mi, vermicelli noodles, chao, and rice plates.
Casey’s Pizza in Mission Bay is a neighborhood spot that makes great Neapolitan-style pies. Start with the burrata, which comes with crostini and a nice lemony arugula salad, before making your way to the pizza list. They make everything from margherita to pepperoni and arugula to a funghi pizza loaded with mushrooms and fresh thyme.
If you need to be reminded that you live in a place surrounded by water, head to Mission Rock Resort, a two-story restaurant and bar in Mission Bay. They’re taking reservations, but walk-ins are welcome. And if you want to avoid a wait, find a spot on their ground floor cafe. It’s got bay views, a full bar, and lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus.
The waterfront dive bar on Pier 28 ½ is a favorite pre-Giants game hangout spot. It’s also the place to casually drop in for margaritas and beer or fuel up on burgers, BLTs, and fish tacos out on their patio before continuing the short walk down the Embarcadero to the stadium.
Spark Social is essentially one of the best food truck gathering spots in the city, and is located just a 12-minute walk from Oracle Park. Once here, you have options like Al Pastor Papi, El Fuego, Koja Kitchen, and The Sarap Shop, which appear in the park on a rotating schedule. Order whatever you’re in the mood for, pick up, and then eat your food around a firepit, under one of the tents, or at one of the many picnic tables in the open field.
At Woodbury, the drinks are strong and the food is great, especially if you’re looking for a spot to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen in far too long. You could start off with a frozen Irish coffee or head straight for the food - their menu includes everything from fried chicken sandwiches to steak frites and fish tacos. They’re open for takeout and delivery, and are also accepting reservations for their outdoor patio.
Giants season or not, Brickhouse makes everything from great salads to an excellent burger. We like the honey-chipotle pulled pork with cheddar and red cabbage coleslaw, but make sure you don’t skip the onion rings. Brickhouse is open for indoor and outdoor seating, and takeout and delivery.
Walk the two blocks from the stadium and go to Saison for a meal you’ll probably remember for the rest of your life. The Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant is offering a tasting menu ($178) that emphasizes wood-fired cooking. They’re accepting reservations for parklet seating.