Our list of the 100 best takeout dishes in San Francisco is full of so much more than pizza and sandwiches. Not that there's anything wrong with this No. 18 sando—stacked with pastrami, swiss, coleslaw, pickles, and Russian dressing on rye—from One Market's deli pop-up, Mark 'n' Mike's. (Courtesy of @onemarketsf)

The 100 Best Restaurant Takeout Dishes in San Francisco 2021


The 7x7 Big Eat sheltered in place last year when, just as we were about to press publish on our list of the 100 best things to eat in San Francisco, restaurants shuttered statewide due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But start your stomachs: The Big Eat is back for 2021. What's new? We're serving it to you in takeout boxes.

Yes, SF restaurants are beginning to reopen for indoor dining, and as spring takes hold, patios and parklets will be filling up. But with limited capacity and many residents still anxiously awaiting vaccines, takeout is still the biggest restaurant game in town. Good thing our phenomenal restaurateurs have really upped their games in that department these past 12 months.

The below list represents the very best to-go dishes we've had in the past year that you can still order up today. Please note that some dishes may be seasonal and menus change frequently, so check with the restaurant for what's available.

With that, we're sending elbow bumps and heartfelt thank-yous to all the members of our local dining community for your incredible work under pressure-cooked circumstances during the pandemic. We've lost some beloved eateries in the past year, but we've also gained some very creative new concepts and scrumptious bites. Eat and enjoy.

Maison Danel's Paris-San Francisco is an updated take on the iconic Paris-Brest pastry. The best part? It's gluten-free!(Courtesy of @maisondanel)

1. Paris-San Francisco (v and gf) at Maison Danel, 1030 Polk St. (TenderNob), maisondanel.com

2. Khao soi at Jitlada Thai Cuisine, 1826 Buchanan St. (Japantown), jitladaironchef.com

3. Kale chaat (v and gf) at Ritu, 3111 24th St. (Mission) ritusf.com

4. BBQ pork rice noodle roll at Sam Wo, 713 Clay St. (Chinatown), samworestaurant.com

5. Fresh vegetable tamales (v) at Yo También Cantina, 205 Hugo St. (Inner Sunset), yotambientropical.com

6. Turkey momos at Bini's Kitchen, 1001 Howard St. (SoMa), biniskitchen.com

7. Kaya toast (v) at Breadbelly, 1408 Clement St. (Outer Richmond), breadbellysf.com

8. Mezze sampler (v) at Beit Rima, 138 Church St. (Duboce Triangle), beitrimasf.com

9. Classic yakitori bento at Torima by Hina Yakatori, 808 Divisadero St. (NoPa), hinasf.com

Eat up the culinary trend du jour, quesabirria tacos, at the Mission's Tacos el Patron.(Courtesy of @tacos.elpatron)

10. Quesabirria tacos at Tacos el Patron, 1500 S. Van Ness Ave. #100 (Mission), tacos-el-patron.com

11. Beignet flight at Brenda's French Soul Food, 652 Polk St. (Tenderloin), frenchsoulfood.com

12. Margherita pizza (v) at Del Popolo, 855 Bush St. (TenderNob), delpopolosf.com

13. Carne asada burrito at La Taqueria; 2889 Mission St. (Mission), facebook.com/LaTaqSF

14. Roast chicken for two at Zuni Café, 1658 Market St. (Hayes Valley), zunicafe.com

15. Dungeness crab Louie salad (gf) at Swan Oyster Depot, 1517 Polk St. (Nob Hill), swanoysterdepot.us

16. Raviolo di ricotta with egg and brown butter (v) at Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave. (Jackson Square), cotognasf.com

17. Guava li hing sorbet (v and gf) at Garden Creamery, 3566 20th St. (Mission), gardencreamery.square.site

18. Stoner garlic bread (v) at Zero Zero, 826 Folsom St. (SoMa), zerozerosf.com

19. Dungeness crab pavé (gf) at Routier, 2801 California St. (Pacific Heights), routiersf.com

20. Chicken pot pie at Black Jet Baking Co., 833 Cortland Ave. (Bernal Heights), blackjetbakingco.com

Andytown Coffee lovers must order the Local Special at Churn.(Courtesy of @churnsf)

21. The Local Special ice cream (v and gf) at Churn Urban Creamery, 2646 San Bruno Ave. (Portola), churnsf.com

22. Seasonal kouign amann (v) at B. Patisserie, 2821 California St. (Pacific Heights), bpatisserie.com

23. No. 18 sandwich at Mark 'n' Mike's NY Style Deli at One Market, 1 Market St. (Embarcadero), onemarket.com

24. Nigiri (especially the zuke king salmon) at Saru Sushi, 3856 24th St. (Noe Valley), akaisarusf.square.site

25. Seasonal fruit strudel (v) at 20th Century Cafe, 198 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), 20thcenturycafe.com

26. Bulgogi kimchi fried rice at Um.Ma., 1220 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset), ummasf.com

27. Pozole verde at El Pipila, 879 Brannan St. (SoMa), elpipila.com

28. Slow-cooked garlic pork empanadas at Chao Pescao, 272 McAllister St. (Civic Center), chaopescaosf.com

29. Smoked duck with root vegetables at The Morris, 2501 Mariposa St. (Mission), themorris-sf.com

30. Chocolada clam ceviche (gf) at Billingsgate, 3859 24th St. (Noe Valley), billingsgatesf.com

Need some greens? Don't miss the kale salad at Quik Dog by Trick Dog.(@lofivephoto via @quik_dog)

31. Kale salad (v) at Quik Dog by Trick Dog, 3010 20th St. (Mission), trickdogbar.com

32. Churros with dulce de leche dipping sauce (v) at Chalos, 2240 Taraval St. (Parkside), chalossf.com

33. Ahi and spicy tuna poke bowl (gf) at Amitis Café, 800 Masonic Ave. (NoPa), amitisdelisf.com

34. Blistered Iacopi brussels sprouts (v) at True Laurel, 753 Alabama St. (Mission), truelaurelsf.com

35. Chili honey catch of the day at Liholiho Yacht Club, 871 Sutter St. (TenderNob), liholihoyachtclub.com

36. Spaghettoni at Altovino, 1358 Mason St. (Nob Hill), altovinosf.com

37. Shrimp siu mai at Good Mong Kok Bakery, 1039 Stockton St. (Nob Hill), 415.397.2688, yelp.com

38. Basuku cheesecake (v and gf), available at The Morris and Nightbird weekly; instagram.com/basukucheesecakes

39. California Dreamin' pizza at Little Original Joe's, 393 W. Portal Ave. (Forest Hill), littleoriginaljoes.com

40. Garlic roast pork hoagie at Palm City, 4055 Irving St. (Outer Sunset), palmcitysf.com

Maison Nico's pâté en croûte de canard makes for a très special hors d'oeuvre or host gift.(Courtesy of @maison_nico)

41. Pâté en croûte de canard at Maison Nico, 710 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), maisonnico.com

42. Globe eggplant "parm" (v) at SPQR, 1911 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), spqrsf.com

43. Braised beef rib with cheese (kalbijjim) at Daeho Korean BBQ & Beef Soup, 1620 Post St. (Japantown), instagram.com/daeho_official

44. Brown butter chocolate chip cookie (v) at Merchant Roots/The Roost, 479 Ellis St. (Tenderloin), buttery-bites-and-bottles.myshopify.com

45. Spaghittusu cun Allu Ollu e Bottariga at La Ciccia, 291 30th St. (Noe Valley), laciccia.com

46. Salt and vinegar fries (v) at Ungrafted, 2419 Third St. (Dogpatch), ungraftedsf.com

47. Ube flan cake (v) at Ube Area at Excelsior Coffee, 4495 Mission St. (Excelsior), ubeareabakery.com

48. Gamtae gyeran mari kimbap (v) at Queens, 1235 9th Ave. (Inner Sunset), queenssf.com

49. Five spice chicken vermicelli bowl at Sai's, 505 Washington St. (FiDi), yelp.com

Nari's set dinner menu might include the likes of this gaeng kiew wan nuea, a tender braised bone-in beef short rib in spicy green curry.(@hungryhungryhooker via @nari_sf)

50. Dinner set for two (v optional) at Nari, 1625 Post St. (Japantown), narisf.com

51. Moussaka at Kitchen Istanbul, 349 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), kitchenistanbulsf.com

52. Kalamansi truffle (v) at Kokak Chocolates, 3901 18th St. (Castro), kokakchocolates.com

53. Forbidden rice chao at Lily on Clement, 225 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), lilyonclement.com

54. Irish breakfast at New Taraval Cafe, 1054 Taraval St. (Parkside). newtaravalcafe.com

55. Carnitas with fresh corn tortillas at La Palma Mexicatessen, 2884 24th St. (Mission), lapalmasf.com

56. Vegetarian combination (v, gf optional) at House of Tadu Ethiopian Kitchen, 1130 Fourth St. (Mission Bay), taduethiopiankitchen.com

57. Potato pesto pizza at DamnFine, 3410 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), damnfineco.com

58. Pain au chocolat (v) at Arsicault Bakery, 397 Arguello Blvd. (Inner Richmond), arsicault-bakery.com

59. 500 Club sandwich at Turner's Kitchen, 3505 17th St. (Mission), turnerskitchensf.com

60. Canelé (v) at Le Dix-Sept Patisserie, 3376 18th St. (Mission), ledixsept.com

61. Lasagna Bolognese at Che Fico Alimentari, 834 Divisadero (NoPa), cheficoalimentari.com

62. Jū-Ni chirashi bowl at Jū-Ni, 1335 Fulton St. (NoPa), junisf.com

63. West Coast chop salad (v, gf) at Flour + Water Pasta Shop, 3000 20th St. (Mission), flourandwaterpastashop.com

Fancify your takeout night with Pinoy Heritage's seven-course at-home experience.(Courtesy of @pinoyheritage)

64. The seven-course at-home experience from Pinoy Heritage (inside Bluestone Cafe at Emblem Hotel), 562 Sutter St. (TenderNob), pinoyheritage.com

65. Chicken tinga sopes at El Buen Comer, 3435 Mission St. (Bernal Heights), elbuencomersf.com

66. Farm egg, arugula pesto, goat cheese and prosciutto pizza at Pizzetta 211, 211 23rd Ave. (Outer Richmond), pizzetta211.com

67. Lox bagel sandwich at Early to Rise, 1098 Jackson St. (Nob Hill), earlytorisesf.com

68. Chocolate chunk cookies with wagyu tallow at Gozu, 201 Spear St. #120 (Embarcadero), gozusf.com

69. Ko'ko wings at Prubechu, 2224 Mission St. #A (Mission), prubechu.com

70. Surprise Ending (v) at Shizen, 370 14th St. (Mission), shizensf.com

71. Buttermilk fried chicken with biscuits at Nopa, 560 Divisadero St. (NoPa), nopasf.com

72. Tea leaf salad at Mandalay; 4348 California St. (Inner Richmond), mandalaysf.com

73. Roasted lamb shank at Z Zoul Cafe, 295 Eddy St. (Tenderloin), zzoulcafe.com

Order up a classic San Francisco dish—clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl—from a new SF classic restaurant, Lord Stanley.(Courtesy of @lordstanley_sf)

74. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Lord Stanley, 2065 Polk St. (Russian Hill), lordstanleysf.com

75. Falafel sandwich (v) at Falafelland, 133 Sixth St. (SoMa); order via Doordash

76. Sourdough focaccia (v) at Sorrel, 3228 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sorrelrestaurant.com

77. Tarte tatin (v) at L' Ardoise Bistro, 151 Noe St. (Duboce Triange), ardoisesf.com

78. Sichuan working hands dumplings at China Live, 644 Broadway (Chinatown), chinalivesf.com

79. Braised duck leg noodles at Hai Ky Noodles, 707 Ellis St. (Tenderloin), haikynoodles.com

80. Maine lobster roll at Spruce, 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sprucesf.com

81. Kukhurako ledo (chicken cashew cream curry) at Cuisine of Nepal, 3486 Mission St. (Glen Park), cuisineofnepal.com

82. Maw Maw's gumbo at Gentilly, 4826 Mission St. (Excelsior), gentillysf.com

83. King George sando (v) at Family Cafe, 362 Columbus Ave. (North Beach), family-northbeach.com

84. Vegan curry with veggie UP topping (v) at Konomama, 4601 Geary Blvd. (Inner Richmond), konomamasf.square.site

85. Prawn vindaloo (gf without naan), Viva Goa, 2420 Lombard St. (Marina), vivagoaindiancuisine.com

86. Nightburger at Nightburger by Nightbird, 330 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), exploretock.com

Cassava takes toast to the next level with house baked Japanese milk bread and kewpie and Meyer lemon kosho spread.(Courtesy of @cassavasf)

87. Ghibli fried egg toast (v optional) at Cassava, 3519 Balboa St. (Outer Richmond), cassavasf.com

88. House cold noodles at Chong Qing Xiao Mian, 915 Kearny St. (Chinatown), chongqingxiaomian-sf.com

89. Cochinita pibil taco at Akna, 399 Grove St. (Hayes Valley), aknasf.com

90. Clam chowder pie at Sunset Squares Pizza, 59 Ninth St. (SoMa), sunsetsquares.com

91. Josey Baker's Adventure bread (v, gf) at The Mill, 736 Divisadero St. (NoP), themillsf.com

92. Slice of onion tart (v) at Rich Table, 199 Gough St. (Hayes Valley), richtablesf.com

93. Breakfast sandwich with Spam at Sunday Gather, 4100 Third St. (Bayview), thesunday.family

94. Croque madame at Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com

95. Charred cauliflower tacos at Son's Addition, 2990 24th St. (Mission), sonsaddition.com

96. Butter chicken (gf without naan) at Rooh, 333 Brannan St. #150 (SoMa), roohsf.com

97. Manti at Halal Dastarkhan, 1098 Sutter St. (Tenderloin), halaldastarkhan.com

98. Mushroom mapo tofu (v) at Mamahuhu, 517 Clement St. (Inner Richmond), eatmamahuhu.com

99. Seven-course Crenn Kit Luxe at Atelier Crenn, 3127 Fillmore St. (Cow Hollow), ateliercrenn.com

100. House of Prime Rib cut with mashed potatoes at House of Prime Rib, 1906 Van Ness Ave. (Nob Hill), houseofprimerib.net

The mapo tofu (center) is a star on the takeout menu at Brandon Jew's Mamahuhu.(Courtesy of @eatmamahuhu)

(Note: "v" is vegetarian and "gf" is gluten-free)

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