People always say that North Beach has the most authentic Italian food in the city. Usually those people are old, resentful of yuppies and the tech bubble, and stand a little too close to you on Muni, but that doesn’t make them wrong. Every single pasta on the menu is ridiculously good, so find a bunch of friends who are willing to share (or at least historically easy to pilfer from).
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Sotto Mare Oysteria and Seafood Restaurant
Sotto Mare is a classic Italian seafood spot in the middle of North Beach.
We come to this Spanish restaurant in North Beach when we want excellent tapas and low-proof cocktails in a fun, buzzy atmosphere.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
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If you’re in Mission Bay, Casey’s Pizza is a great neighborhood spot for pizza and a beer.
Barzotto, a pasta and wine spot in the Mission, checks all of the boxes we want in a reliable, reasonably priced neighborhood spot.
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Delarosa is a neighborhood institution in the Marina for pizza, salads, and epic people watching.
The Californian-Mediterranean food at Lark in the Castro might be geographically inaccurate, but it tastes pretty great.
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