The best foodie spots in San Francisco

The 2019 Michelin Guide is out and it seems as though San Francisco is now officially the happiest place on earth for foodies.

With the most three-star restaurants in the United States, San Francisco is fast becoming known for all things food.

Since there’s a lot of decision-making to be made over what places you should try first, Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, has shared a list of the best ones.

Atelier Crenn

This French restaurant is one of the newcomers to the Michelin Guide and you can instantly see why when you’re greeted at the door.

Guests receive a poem upon entry, which somehow symbolises the presentation of their meal – a unique experience indeed!

Debuting with three stars, head chef, Dominique Crenn is the first female chef in the United States to be bestowed such an accolade.

The multi-course dinner and wine pairing is a true authentic French experience like no other.



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Camouflaged in the red-brick streets of the SoMa district, Benu is easy to miss, but don’t give up on it so easily.

While Benu skews to the more expensive end of the scale, there’s good reason for it. Each element of each dish is delicately prepared – each leaf properly cleaned, each dumpling hand-made.

This American restaurant with a touch of Asian cuisine is innovative, modern, and unlike any other restaurant on the entire Michelin Guide.



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Al’s Place

Located in Mission District, this “New American” restaurant specialises in vegetarian and seafood dishes that will blow your mind.

The restaurant itself is simple but the menu really packs a punch. Their creativity and irresistible taste combinations will leave you wanting more even if you prefer red meat.

They also offer “Family Style” and “Pairings” menus, which make it a great place to eat with friends and family.



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If you’re a fan of real Italian food, look no further than SPQR on Fillmore Street.

Awarded a Michelin star for the quality of food and authentic presentation, think antipasti, primi piatti then a secondi piatti.

With the perfect balance between traditional recipes and local ingredients, Chef Accarrino and SPQR do not disappoint. There’s also a bar offering a selection of beer and wine, and don't miss the extensive dessert menu.



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