San Francisco: Top 10 $ Or $$ Restaurants

Here are the best eats in San Francisco, without breaking the bank.

Every restaurant listed below contains a $ or $$ menus that are tasty and totally affordable!

1. HRD

521A 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (map, website)

You have to try the Spicy Pork Kimchee Burrito here. It is a mixture of sweet and spicy all in one burrito! The service here is amazing; it’s super fast and the owners of the restaurant are extremely friendly.

HDR San Francisco

2. Lou’s Café

5017 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 (map, website)

Hands down, the best sandwich place I have ever had in the bay area. Get all the sandwiches with the Dutch Crunch bread. It’s what they are known for.

3. El Farolito

2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (map, website)

If you want to satisfy them late night munchies in SF, then El Farolito is the best place to go. If you go you must try the Super Quesadilla Suiza, and their El Pastor Burrito.

4. SO vs. San Tung

SO: 1010 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (map, website)
San Tung: 1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (map, website)

When you hear about Chinese chicken wings you automatically think of San Tung. I personally think SO’s chicken wings are way better, but you should try both and see which one you decide on.

SO Chicken Wings San Francisco
PHOTO Frances Tao

5. Golden Boy Pizza

542 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map, website)

Golden Boy Pizza, also another late night restaurant, has a very unique pizza called the Garlic Clam Pizza. The restaurant is very generous with their toppings so every bite will provide you a variety of flavors.

6. Delicious Dim Sum

752 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)

Too lazy to go to a sit in and go through the crazy commotion of dim sum restaurants? Then Delicious Dim Sum is the way to go! You get good quality dim sums for a very good price along with little wait and trouble.


7. Super Duper Burger

721 Market St, San Francisco, CA (map, website)

I would say this restaurant is known as the fast food burger joint of the bay. They are located in multiple places of San Francisco along with San Jose. The burgers are from fresh and quality produce. Partners located just miles from the restaurants source these burgers.

Super Duper Burger San Francisco
PHOTO Frances Tao

8. Ssisso

1700A Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (map, website)

In Japan Town and looking for a restaurant that is also close to all the bars? Ssisso is definitely a restaurant to check out. They also have beer towers and television sets surrounding the restaurant for sport fanatics. It’s a great place to enjoy some amazing Korean comfort food while watching the game.

Ssisso San Francisco
PHOTO Ssisso

9. Samovar Tea Lounge

Samovar Tea Bar Cafe: 411 Valencia St, San Francisco (map, website)
Samovar Restaurant & Tea Lounge: 730 Howard St., San Francisco (map, website)

Samovar Tea Lounge is definitely a restaurant you should check out for the ambiance. They have multiple locations, but I highly recommend the one on Howard Street. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows providing the whole place with beautiful natural lighting. Also, the food here is light and is paired perfectly with the teas.

Samovar Tea Lounge food San Francisco
PHOTO Samovar Tea Lounge

Frances Tao

France's travel style is super fast-paced and she's always with a camera on the lookout for the next go-to. South African will remain in a very special place in her heart. There are two things she can't travel without: an extra memory card and dry shampoo.

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