The 100 Best Restaurant Takeout Dishes in San Francisco 2021
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),

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

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

4. BBQ pork ricenoodle roll at Sam Wo, 713 Clay St. (Chinatown),

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

13. Carne asada burrito at La Taqueria; 2889 Mission St. (Mission),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

44. Brown butter chocolate chip cookie (v) at Merchant Roots/The Roost, 479 Ellis St. (Tenderloin),

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

80. Maine lobster rollat Spruce, 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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