While there may not be cows, there are burgers and cheese and plenty more good things to be had on Union St. and its environs. Cow Hollow usually gets looped into the Marina, but it’s a unique neighborhood and deserves to stand on its own. Be proud, Cow Hollow! And go eat at these places.
A solid spot for breakfast and brunch, Rose’s opens early and makes an exceptional smoked salmon breakfast pizza. The outdoor tables are worth waiting for – grab a coffee across the street at Wrecking Ball to kill time.
Definitely the best dinner restaurant in the area. Good vibes, great wine, lots of bar seats, and awesome Mediterranean-influenced food. We always get the hummus, grilled calamari, and chicken spiedini. To start.
The capital of girls’ night out. This may have the most homogenous clientele we’ve ever encountered, but we also can’t deny our love for the themes behind this newish spot (alcohol, dairy products). We put our full endorsement behind the Mt. Tam cheese, whipped burrata, octopus and roasted veggies. Small plates > juice cleanses.
One of the best days you can have in Cow Hollow involves staking out some high top tables in the back of Marengo when the roof’s open and consuming many, many sliders, sweet potato fries, and, if you want a semblance of health, surprisingly good salads. Drinks flow freely and sports are on TV. What more could you ask for?
Basically the same food as Nick’s Crispy Tacos in Russian Hill, only lacking the chandeliers and Soviet sex den vibe. The guacamole is on point, and the street tacos are always the move. You can technically order a lobster roll, but just because there are pictures of Nantucket on the walls doesn’t mean that’s a good choice.
Hands down, our favorite Indian food in the city. The goat cheese naan and tandoori seavbass are incredible. The scene can be a little dead, but don’t let that scare you off. Their takeout game is also strong.
While it may not look like much from the outside, Pizzeria Avellino is some of the best NY style pizza around, with thin, crispy crust and copious amounts of cheese. AND you can get it by the slice. Fold that up and inhale it.
A trip back in time to old-school San Francisco. Brazen Head is basically unmarked, but the throwback steakhouse is worth a visit for its French onion soup, escargot, burgers, and petit filet. It’s dark and cozy and always a good time. And we can say with 100% certainty you won’t see that girl from yoga class.
The drinks are strong, the outdoor tables are ideal, and the eggs benedict or burger at brunch paired with a bloody mary will make your day. This is also the best spot for cougar-hunting in the city of San Francisco.
If you’re looking to have a very, very fancy meal in Cow Hollow, this is your best (and only) option. While the menu may look clinically insane (because it’s…a poem), you’ll have a memorable culinary experience here with beautiful, albeit extremely expensive, food.
A classic Cow Hollow deli featuring a dude (Tony) who’s worked there forever, Marina Sub is the place for gigantic sandwiches on the go. We’re partial to the Atomic.
Belga is a great spot to grab a beer and snack on sausages and meat plates. We aren’t in love with all of the food here, but it’s a great spot to have in your roster when outdoor tables and people watching are your priorities.
Local vibes here are STRONG. The place’s hodgepodge of random wall decorations, Christmas lights year round, and friendly staff make this place feel like a true “neighborhood” bistro. French toast and benedicts for brunch and mussels and seafood stew for dinner with excessive amounts of bread are the jam here. Oh, and the chef is for real from France. AUTHENTICITY.
Like late night food in SF, friendly French people are a myth. Except at Gamine, the myth is real. These people are NICE to you as they bring out top-notch mussels, French onion soup, and a kickass steak frites. And best of all, there’s usually a minimal wait.
One of our go-to spots for watching sports and eating unhealthy amounts of free popcorn. The other food options range from hot dogs to a bagel and cream cheese, so we’d advise you stick with beer and popcorn.
Alcoholic slushies = one of the best happy hours around.
Another solid spot for beers and game watching. Weekend brunch here is also surprisingly not terrible.
Does your idea of spinning have nothing to do with SoulCycle? Then Rapha is your people. This bike shop serves Four Barrel Coffee, awesome pastries from around the city, and will also sell you some padded spandex shorts. There are also some nice benches outside you should try to snag.