On your next visit to San Francisco, make sure to check out these suggestions by guest poster, Dexter Loo, for a few of the best restaurants in San Francisco’s Financial District. One you’ve filled your belly, hop onto one of San Fran’s trolleys for a tour of the city. For the best deal in San Francisco, go for the CityPASS! Your pass to the City by the Bay includes tickets to world-renowned attractions, discounts and seven days’ unlimited use of San Francisco’s cable cars and Muni public transport. Your visit to the financial district doesn’t have to be all about work and if you decide to head down the coast to San Diego, here is a brunch buffet you might enjoy.
It’s pretty easy to see San Fran’s Financial District as you make your way into the city – just look for the the high-rise buildings, which are next to Union Square, The Embarcadero and Chinatown. Home to some of the most popular walking tours in the city, San Francisco’s Financial District is also home to some of the finest restaurants in the world.
If you’re visiting the Financial District (FD) and looking for a place to dine, here are five restaurants to consider:
The name “Bix” might sound like some kind of cereal, but it’s one of the best supper clubs in the Financial District. Not only does it have excellent cuisine prepared by the finest chefs in the city, but it also has first class entertainment. Sit back and enjoy a tasty Wagyu beef bavette, Angus short rib, or try the tasty seared albacore (which is locally caught) served with fried green tomatoes, tonnato sauce and Padron pepper relish.
The Slanted Door:
Another wonderful FD restaurant that is favored by the locals is The Slanted Door. Located in the restored Ferry Building, it features Vietnamese, Asian and California cuisine. Try the green lipped muscles or oysters as an appetizer, and have the tasty black sea bass as an entrée. Complete your authentic Vietnamese meal with a chocolate tart or a bergamot orange cotton candy desert.
Gott’s Roadside Diner:
For something more casual, try Gott’s Roadside Diner. You’ll find standard American fare like cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes, as well as slightly more sophisticated dishes like Ahi burgers or fish tacos. The restaurant was literally born on the side of a road and has three locations in the bay area. The Financial District location is in the Ferry Building and serves up great food that comes from Gott’s two acre farm.
Hog Island Oyster Company:
If you love oysters and clams then you have to head to Hog Island Oyster Company in the Ferry building. It doesn’t get much fresher than this either – everything served at Hog Island is grown in Tomales Bay at the official Hog Island Oyster Farm. The menu is refreshingly simple, and just as the name indicates it is dominated by fresh and baked oysters. If oysters aren’t your scene, you can try a bowl of clam chowder or locally caught black cod.
Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is healthy and delicious, especially at Kokkari. Located on Jackson Street, this authentic eatery specializes in seafood and game and brings a 21st century twist to traditional Greek fare. Some of their most popular dishes include Psari Psito, which is a traditional grilled whole fish, and grilled quail stuffed with feta, spanakorizo, bacon and wild mushrooms. Kokkari calls this dish Ortikia.
This is just a small list of the restaurants that can be found in the Financial District, and because this part of the city is so small (and so walkable), you might consider wandering around a bit to find a restaurant you like. Or once again, you can hop on a trolley to find a spot to your liking. Learning the lingo occasionally used in the area could be a plus as well. For instance, the financial district is sometimes referred to as “FiDi” and the neighboring South of Market is often times referred to as “SoMa”.
Author Dexter Loo is a Bay area resident and local Lafayette, California financial planner. You can learn more about Dexter on his company website, http://www.djlooadvisors.com