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Don't-Miss Dishes in San Francisco

By Viator, November 2017

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Arguably one of America’s top destinations for food lovers, San Francisco is a hub for innovative cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients. From burritos to fresh oysters to dim sum, here are some of the City by the Bay’s must-try dishes. 

Pizza: Head to North Beach for traditional thin-crust Italian pizza at any of the classic restaurants serving up wood-fired oven pizza. This neighborhood isn’t called Little Italy for nothing.

Oysters: The stately San Francisco Ferry Building, set near the Financial District at the end of Market Street, is chock-full of excellent food—including some of the freshest oysters you can find. The lines are worth the wait.

Burritos: Ask a San Franciscan where the best place to get a burrito is, and you might start a heated argument—locals take their Mexican food seriously! You can’t go wrong by heading to the Mission District, where there are multiple delicious taquerias on just about every block.

Ice cream sundaes: Indulging in an ice cream sundae at Ghirardelli Square is more than a treat—it’s a full-blown experience. You may even get to see chocolate being made at this famous chocolate factory.

Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl: Famous Fisherman’s Wharf is a top spot among tourists and home to some of the best seafood in San Francisco. Traditionally served in an entire hollowed-out loaf of sourdough bread, this creamy clam chowder dish makes an excellent lunch to share.

Dim sum: This dish is traditionally enjoyed as a sit-down family brunch item, but plenty of places in Chinatown sell the small dumplings and buns to-go, so you can keep right on exploring.

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San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour with Optional Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 252 Reviews

Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, buzzing atmosphere and rich ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour, San Francisco, Walking Tours
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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

Definitely one for the food lovers, the Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour is a glimpse into the blend of culture and cuisine of San Francisco. Stroll ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Best of Marin County Food Tour: Hog Island Oyster Farm, Cowgirl Creamery, Brickmaiden Breads, San ... 
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Best of Marin County Food Tour: Hog Island Oyster Farm, Cowgirl Creamery, Brickmaiden Breads

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Location: Point Reyes Station, Marin County
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, Food Tours
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
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Mission District Culinary Experience with Cocktail Pairing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Taste your way through San Francisco’s historic Latin neighborhood, the Mission District, a colorful, cultural, trendy area brimming with great local eats. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Hayes Valley Gourmet Food Tour

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Explore one of San Francisco's trendy & ultra-chic neighborhoods: Hayes Valley. This 3-hour tasting and walking tour will give you the best of Hayes ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.99
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4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.99
San Francisco Food Tour: A Taste of Japantown, San Francisco, Food Tours
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit San Francisco’s culturally rich Japantown and discover its unique culinary offerings on this San Francisco food tour. You’ll take an afternoon walk ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The Mission District is bursting with so many global flavors and a rapidly changing food landscape that even locals can't keep up with what's new. This tour ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.00

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