If you’re dying to dine al fresco, this is the week you’ve been waiting for! Countless San Francisco restaurants are opening for patio dining, and while June isn’t exactly known as a warm month in the city (oh hey, Karl The Fog), most patios will be outfitted with heat lamps. and even blankets to keep you nice and warm.
From Detroit cheese pizza to half-shell oysters, we’ve rounded up some of our top places to eat in the coming weeks, plus the best things to order from everyone!
The Vault Garden
The Vault Garden is a brand new concept; a 100-seat all-outdoor restaurant located in the main plaza of the 555 California building. With food from Executive Chef Robin Song; an oenological program by Lucas Bierbower; and inventive cocktails from Attagirl’s Kaitlin Ryan, the restaurant is a destination garden oasis, designed for safe, socially distanced dining, of course. For an exceptional atmosphere, beautifully presented dishes and a varied and inventive menu, stop by this gem in the heart of the financial district. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What to order: Seared salmon with heirloom tomato panzanella, cucumber; sashimi rice salad with tuna, halibut, salmon, cucumber, shiso and tobiko; quinoa and seasonal vegetables with pumpkin, vadouvan, green olives and Marcona almonds; the vault burger with a double patty, taxini cheddar, lettuce, secret sauce and fries; and the rolls from Parker House are also a must!
INDIE SUPERETTE, the wellness market, smoothie and juice shop, restaurant and cafe in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood is now open for outdoor dining, in addition to ordering, delivery and on-the-go delivery. The menu of nutritious plant-based dishes, fresh produce and a selection of specialty grocery stores makes it the region’s one-stop-shop.
What to order: Quinoa and Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Salsa, Shredded Cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro and Pickled Onions; PB & Yay toast topped with peanut butter, blueberry, hemp seed granola, walnuts, banana, coconut flakes, cinnamon, and honey; “Notorious IVB” Indie Veggie Burger with a homemade beet burger, curried mushrooms, salad leaves, alfalfa sprouts and avocado on a vegan brioche bun; and the Marina Chia Bowl with chia seed pudding, strawberries, banana, honey, blueberries, coconut flakes, and hemp seed granola.
Located on the ground floor of 165 O’Farrell Street, ONE65 Patisserie and Boutique is one of four unique modern French dining experiences at ONE65 open for alfresco dining. They are open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The offerings will include an assortment of fresh pastries including croissants, cakes and fan-favorite desserts, as well as retail items like macaroons, chocolates and savory bites. A limited non-alcoholic beverage menu will also be available.
What to order: chocolate candies; chocolate imperial cake; brioche with pastry cream; Dough house; and homemade ice creams and sorbets.
EPIC Steak’s outdoor patio on the scenic Embarcadero is open for reservations Monday-Thursday 4-9pm and Friday-Sunday 12-8pm. Chef Parke Ulrich’s daily menu has expanded the traditional steak house experience with selections including plates and sharing dishes; vegetables; firm and fresh; and more.
What to order: steak tartare with umami crisps and egg yolk emulsion; Roasted Branzino with Crispy Rice and Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette; and the classic 14 oz. sirloin served with Epic Steak Sauce and Chimichurri.
ROOH San Francisco
ROOH San Francisco opens its doors for outdoor dining with 8-10 tables Tuesday-Sunday 5-9pm (dinner service only). Guests are once again invited to indulge in ROOH’s Indian cuisine, offering its extensive cocktail and dinner menus.
What to order: Tandoori octopus with homemade pickle, mustard vinaigrette, dill cream, nori; traditional makhani butter chicken with red pepper, fenugreek, micro cilantro; and short ribs of curry beef with mini turnip, kefta rawa & marrow, garlic purée.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
13-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani opens his flagship restaurant, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, for al fresco dining Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.; Monday to Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. Guests can experience a variety of regional-style pizzas and craft cocktails safely six feet apart in the outdoor space surrounding the restaurant.
What to order: The Americano with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, black olives, Italian sausage, peppers, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, linguica, bacon, mozzarella and salami; Bucatini with a cream sauce of Calabrian pork stew and chillies, ground beef, served with a link of Calabrian pecorino sausage, parsley; and the New Yorker charcoal fire topped with oregano, mozzarella, Calabrian sausage and minced garlic.
Pier 23 Cafe
Embarcadero Pier 23 Cafe Restaurant & Bar will open its breezy waterfront patio and beer garden. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What to order: The shrimp and octopus ceviche salad with avocado, cucumber, charred tomato and chilli; the summer salad with grilled radicchio, ricotta, pistachio, peach and 7-year-old balsamic; kale salad with lentils, shredded cabbage, strawberries, pepitas, camembert, and sesame soy vinaigrette.
Noosh is open for outdoor sidewalk seating on Fillmore Street Wednesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Noosh also remains open for takeout through a self-service ordering window, as well as curbside pickup. In addition to the original menu, several new items have been added to the Eastern Mediterranean and California menu.
What to order: falafel-crusted lamb and beef burger; chubby pita sandwich melted with meatballs; manoosh rolls; and seasonal salads
Head to The Dorian, the fun and trendy modern lounge located in the trendy Marina district for al fresco dining, including brunch and happy hour. They can accommodate 32 guests at a time; 12 paintings in total. The hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday.
What to order: Oysters; macaroni and cheese with smoked gouda, comté, white cheddar, parmesan; campfire trout with roasted and smoked river trout, pearl onions, cauliflower, red bliss potatoes, beurre blanc; NY steak fritz with angus ny strip, umami-maria rub, truffle aioli; and the “Leisure in a Glass” frosé.
Capo’s pizzas, pastas and cocktails
Capo’s in North Beach is now open for outdoor dining with a new dedication to Detroit pizza. For the first time since opening in 2011, the restaurant is undergoing a brand expansion including a new chef, logo and menu with Capo’s new emphasis on the square pie. The restaurant is open for dinner on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and from Friday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What to order: The Dillinger, a white pie with Hanger 1 smoked vodka cream sauce, marinated chicken, bacon, broccolini, artichoke hearts, red onions, red peppers, garlic, crushed red pepper, fresh lemon and parsley; the Deville with red pepper oil, spicy soppressata, nduja, local honey, arugula, mozzarella and Parmigiano; Detroit Rock City with feta, pesto, onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, broccolini, roasted red peppers and garlic.