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Best Outdoor Dining in San Francisco

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Starbelly

Opened in 2009, Starbelly continues to delight its patrons on every occasion. Whether frequented for a hearty breakfast, for a laid-back brunch or for a quick lunch detour, their creative menu gives you an array of options to choose from. The patio seating of the restaurant provides a perfect setting for your meal and the amicable staff makes sure orders are always spot on. Their thin crust pizzas are always in demand along with the spaghetti dishes and the Chicken Liver Pate. The cocktail menu is limited but potent, and the concoctions pair perfectly with the dishes on offer.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Bluestem Brasserie

Located in the center of the busy Union Square shopping zone of San Francisco, this classy and beautiful restaurant serves delicious American and French dishes. After a full day of shopping, count on the Bluestem Brasserie to offer well prepared food and a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Expect to see a wide selection of California and French wines, including 12 wines on tap, along with cocktails, beer and of course a full bar. The menu features grass-fed beef including different cuts of steak, plus chicken and pork dishes sourced from local and sustainable means. The burger, which is a house special on Fridays includes beef and pork and is served with black truffle fries. The dessert menu is also quite impressive. Expect to see well-presented French pastries, ice cream, imported cheeses and a delightful variety of dessert wines, cognac, cava and of course coffee and tea. The restaurant is also open for brunch, perfect for a bright Sunday morning. Be sure to try one of their specialty cocktails on the patio.

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Foreign Cinema

Opened by a team that believes dinner and a movie are a natural combination, this courtyard restaurant and bar keeps an internationally intellectual atmosphere by projecting the films of Fellini, Godard and company on its neighbor’s walls. Tableside speakers add a drive-in feel to the French bistro fare, letting the films function as either the background or a main attraction. Reservations are recommended as Foreign Cinema is one of the leading contestants in the Mission hipness race.

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Cafe Bastille

Step out of the busy Financial District onto Belden Place and you will feel like you have stepped into another country. The tiny alley is bedecked with charming European cafes, including Cafe Bastille. As the name implies, the atmosphere is very French - the cooks, servers, and bartenders are all Gallic. The food is equally authentic. Try the wild rice and Camembert Crepe, the Steak Frites, or the Vegetable Plate served with couscous and ratatouille. The wine list (mostly imports, with a few local labels) is extensive and will complement any dish you choose. Sit outside among the flower pots, colorful murals, and smiling faces. Yours will surely be one of them.

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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

You've never had grilled cheese like this! With different types of cheese and fancy combinations, the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen in San Francisco puts a fun and gourmet twist on this classic dish. They also serve soups, salads, delightful baked goods, and offer daily specials that will satisfy your stomach! Situated near the ballpark, the kitchen stays open until 7p during nighttime baseball games.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Savor

The sunny outdoor patio and funky Mediterranean decor are enough to let the visitor enjoy a meal at Savor. Couple this with the fact that the food is outstanding, and this becomes one of the best creperies in the city. Enjoy the tantalizing fragrance that floats out from the kitchen. Outdoors, a blue awning covers the patio. Hearty dinner and sweet dessert crepes are the house specialty. One favorite is the Barcelona-fontina cheese, glazed onions and spinach. In addition, the restaurant serves a variety of flavorful sandwiches and salads and the service is great.

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Red's Java House

Red's Java House is a modest burger-shack that sits right on the bay at Pier 30. It has been serving San Francisco locals since 1923 and has rarely given a reason to complain. With its typical American fare of burgers, fries, hot dogs and beer and the view of the bay, this place has been a super hit among one and all. They are particularly known for the burgers, which are served on sourdough bread and only come with pickles, mustard and onion as toppings (don't worry there's ketchup on the tables.)

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Waterbar

Eating seafood comes naturally when you see Waterbar's beautiful view of the bay and the Bay Bridge. Tanks display the fish available for eating and there is a large raw bar in the dining room. The seafood is sustainable for clear conscience eating. Try pressed lobster or whole oven-roasted petit local halibut. There is a full bar to complement your meal, and valet parking is also available.

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Sociale

Tucked away between two buildings in upscale Presidio Heights, Sociale is an intimate Tuscan restaurant. Black and white photographs adorn the interiors and a petite bar makes for a comfortable yet sophisticated ambiance. While you're here, try the portobello mushrooms stuffed with chewy, herby sausage bits or the pasta swirled with pesto and sauteed vegetables. The wines on offer go wonderfully with the cuisine, and to complete your dining experience, go for the hot honey-glazed donuts served with a vanilla gelato shake. Once you have visited, you will see why despite its small size, Sociale is big on popularity!

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The Tipsy Pig

Open seven days a week, The Tipsy Pig is a famous gastropub and bar between the Marina and Cow Hollow. The restaurant is divided into a lush dining area, a sophisticated bar area and a lovely garden with patio furniture. The interiors exude a warm ambiance with earthy hues and a rustic design making it a perfect recluse for enjoying comfort food and sipping drinks. The menu features some gastronomic favorites like burgers, steaks and salads which come in hearty proportions and are absolutely delicious. Choice of drinks includes bespoke wines, beers, cocktails and other spirits.

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Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

The Park Chalet Garden Restaurant is located in San Francisco's world-famous Golden Gate Park. The menu offers flat bread pizzas and barbecue specialties, accompanied by a great wine list and cocktails. A stone fire place, stained concrete floors, sleek wooden chairs and a sophisticated bar design give the place a charm of its own. Take a sip on the crab martini, which is served in a martini glass with crab mounded like snowflakes and paired with avocado and mango, all on a cool bed of lettuce. Have a pizza or a hamburger with your cocktail and enjoy your food in the verdant surroundings.

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