The 17 Best Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in San Francisco
After months of being cooped up inside, we’re ready to finally eat out again. In addition to takeout and delivery, many of our favorite restaurants have now opened for outdoor dining…and we’re excited. So we rounded up 17 of the best outdoor dining spots in San Francisco to get your eat and drink on in the great outdoors.
Editor’s note: With restrictions constantly changing, these restaurants are working hard to adapt and follow the latest safety protocols. Before you visit, be sure to check out their websites and social accounts for rules about masks requirements and distancing measures.
The two locations of this beloved restaurant have recently reopened their outdoor patios, where the heat lamps will protect you from the city’s foggy freeze. You can also order takeout from Fiorella’s website or through Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats.
2339 Clement St.; 415-829-7097 or 2238 Polk St.; 415-340-3049 or fiorella-sf.com
2. LA MAR
This primo spot on the bay is where you go to shrug off a tough week with ceviche and a couple rounds of caipirinhas. Score your table by making a reservation prior to visiting. Not feeling quite ready for outdoor dining? Order a to-go Bandeja Cebicheria seafood sampler kit and bottled cocktails through La Mar’s website.
Pier 1½, The Embarcadero; 415-397-8880 or lamarsf.com
3. FOREIGN CINEMA
We couldn’t round up alfresco dining spots and not include Foreign Cinema’s famous enclosed patio, strung with café lights and bounded by a blank wall where classic movies are projected. Check the website to see what’s showing next. Reservations are recommended, but the restaurant also accepts walk-ins. Takeout and delivery are also available through Postmates and Grubhub.
2534 Mission St.; 415-648-7600 or foreigncinema.com
This friendly neighborhood spot in the Castro is known for its weekend brunches of chilaquiles and bottomless mimosas, and the charming back patio is the cherry on top. It’s now open again, along with sidewalk seating, for outdoor dining. Order pickup from the restaurant’s website or get delivery through Caviar.
3583 16th St.; 415-252-7500 or starbellysf.com
Brunch on the back patio of Zazie is a bucket-list item, but if you’re a true local, you know your way around the bistro classics like cassoulet and beef bourguignon, best enjoyed with your sweetheart under the moonlight on a crisp night. This romantic spot is not currently accepting reservations, but you can sign in at the kiosk out front with Yelp Waitlist and get text updates when your table is ready. Or pick up takeout for an intimate night in through the restaurant’s website.
941 Cole St.; 415-564-5332 or zaziesf.com
This back patio oasis at the Phoenix Hotel is so hip that it draws rock stars and models and feels more L.A. poolside or NYC Soho House than any other scene in San Francisco. Fave feature: The “Be Amazing” sign that pretty much says it all. Now, Chambers is open again for poolside drinks and dinner. Reservations are recommended, and takeout is available through the restaurant’s website.
601 Eddy St.; 415-496-5178 or chambers-sf.com
Eastern Mediterranean fare gets the upscale treatment at this gorgeously designed Lower Pac Heights known for serving up flavorful kebabs, Turkish flatbreads, delicious spreads (hummus, red pepper muhammara and warm baba ghanoush) and “chubby” pita sandwiches. Noosh is now open for breakfast, walk-up window service, outdoor dining and delivery via Caviar.
2001 Fillmore St.; 415-231-5985 or nooshsf.com
This coveted rooftop spot has always been known for its clubby vibe and killer happy hour and you can now reserve a table for drinks, dinner or weekend brunch. For those who want to sample the pizzas, salads or fish tacos at home, Jones is also offering takeout through their website.
620 Jones St.; 415-496-6858 or 620-jones.com
10. A MANO
Our mouths always water over the thought of fresh, handmade pastas like agnolotti with roast chicken and pork from A Mano. The expansive patio features barriers between tables, plus a parklet with semi-private booth seating. Check in at the host stand to be added to the waitlist for a table. Looking to stay in? Try takeout through the restaurant’s website or delivery through Caviar or DoorDash.
450 Hayes St.; 415-506-7401 or amanosf.com
Your cocktail dreams and pizza wishes have been answered. This Mission mainstay is serving up dinner and weekend brunch outside with sidewalk seating and a parklet offering semi-private booths. Pickup is available through the restaurant’s website, with delivery through Caviar and DoorDash. Breaking news: Beretta’s brand-new pop-up on Divisadero is now open for outdoor dining, with weekend brunch, takeout and delivery coming soon.
1199 Valencia St.; 415-695-1199 and 661 Divisadero St.; 415-654-5211 or berettasf.com
This rooftop gem at SF’s Proper Hotel is now open for all-day outdoor dining and weekend brunch. Plus, every Tuesday in August, Charmaine’s is hosting the art of aperitivo, inspired by the Italian tradition, with off-menu curated drink specials and complimentary snack pairings. Bonus: Charmaine’s is even serving its top-shelf cocktails to-go!
1100 Market St.; 415-786-3467 or properhotel.com
Taco Tuesdays just got a whole lot better. Our go-to spot for delicious Cal-Mex bites (tacos, tuna tostadas, marina girl salads) and killer margaritas is now open for outdoor seating, pick-up and delivery via Caviar and DoorDash. Start planning your next happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays) accordingly.
741 Valencia St. and 2250 Chestnut St.; 415-649-6077 or tacolicious.com
This FiDi gem is now open with expanded patio seating for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended since space is limited. But if you’d rather eat in, Pabu is also offering a full menu for pickup or delivery via DoorDash. And they even have a special omakase box exclusively from Tock.
101 California St.; 415-535-0184 or michaelmina.net
With an updated, outdoor-only dining space and a new menu incorporating influence from regional Southern food, Marina mainstay Causwells, which celebrates its sixth anniversary in the neighborhood this year, is now open for business.
2346 Chestnut St.; 415-447-6081 or causwells.com
16. STABLE CAFE
Stable Cafe’s garden oasis is now open. Whether you’re craving brunch or just a coffee outside of your house, you can now head to this beloved Mission spot where seating is on a first-come, first serve. If there aren’t any tables free, you’ll have to wait outside the cafe’s gates until one becomes available and has been sanitized. Want to stay home? You can grab takeout from the restaurant.
2128 Folsom St.; 415-552-1199 or stablecafe.com
17. BERNAL STAR
The patio at this quaint neighborhood restaurant is now open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Treat yourself to dinner out the next time you need a break—this spot has six beers on tap and some of the best burgers in town. Takeout and delivery are also available through Bernal Star’s website.
410 Cortland Ave.; 415-695-8777 or bernalstar.com