You booked a plane ticket and an overpriced hotel room, and now you are ready to come to the SaaS Disneyland known as Dreamforce ’16 in San Francisco. Here is an insider tip: The best food in San Francisco is not right around Dreamforce. San Francisco is known for being one of the best cities in the world when it comes to dining.

We asked Gadi Shamia, Talkdesk COO and a San Francisco resident, to collect some of his favorite dining options to recommend to you. Try them all or only one, but don’t leave San Francisco without eating with the locals. Note that most places will be busy, so call ahead and make a reservation.

1. Bar Tartine


561 Valencia St (between 16th & 17th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 10 min
Bart: 15 min (16th St)

Come here for a combination of a great bar, really good California food (fresh, local), and an elegant vibe. Valencia Street has many other great restaurants and is a hot spot for local eatings.

Tip: Make a reservation. Uber is recommended for this area of San Francisco, as the 16th St. Bart station can be unpleasant.


2. Universal Cafe


2814 19th St (between Florida St and Bryant St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 12 min
No good public transit

Universal is the definition of a neighborhood restaurant. In the heart of the Mission District, Universal Cafe offers a daily menu of local, high-quality, simple food. This local treasure is a great place to enjoy San Francisco.

Tip: Don’t bother to choose your wine. Ask Armando to choose for you.

3. Anchor and Hope


83 Minna St (by 2nd St.)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Walking distance from Moscone

Right behind the Talkdesk office and a walking distance from Dreamforce, you can find Anchor and Hope. A perfect combination between great, modern vibe, and really good seafood selection.

Tip: Try the ceviche.

4. Monsieur Benjamin

French Bistro

451 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Uber: 10 Min
Muni (underground): 10 min

Located right by the SF symphony and City Hall, this restaurant offers a San Francisco twist to a French bistro. They serve wonderful dishes, from bone marrow to steak tartare and even to frogs’ legs, so you can really save the trip to Paris.

Tip: The Camembert beignets are amazing! You can take Muni (any outbound line) to Van Ness Station and be there in minutes. 


5. La Ciccia

South Italian

291 30th St (by Church St)
San Francisco, CA 94131

Uber: 20 Min
Muni (J Line): 30 min

It’s a bit far out in sleepy Noe Valley, but La Ciccia is worth the trip if you like authentic Sicilian food. The restaurant is a small, family-run establishment, with a great selection of Italian wines and Sicilian dishes, rich with flavors and based on the great selection of seafood that can be found in the region.

Tip: Sicilian food is not your typical American/Italian food. It is more flavorful and less tomatoey.

6. Papalote


3409 24th St (between Valencia St & San Jose Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 20 Min
Bart: 15 min

You can’t leave San Francisco without a good burrito. Papalote has a wide selection of tacos and burritos (fish, beef, veggie), and you can get them with brown rice and whole wheat if you are a healthy type. This place is a local favorite, and it’s only one block from the 24th Bart station. No reservations are needed, but you can order ahead and pick up your food to-go.

Tip: The red sauce is amazing, and you can buy a jar and take it with you.

7. Foreign Cinema

New American

2534 Mission St (between 21st & 22nd St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 20 Min
Bart: 15 min

Part restaurant, part cinema, Foreign Cinema is one of the most special restaurants in San Francisco. Innovative menu, great cocktails, fresh Oysters, tasty salads and a great multi-room venue make this place a memorable experience.

Tip: Try the Poke.

8. Hakkasan

High-end Chinese

1 Kearny St (by Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Walking distance

Tired of San Francisco and want to take a break in Vegas or LA? Try Hakkasan. It’s a high-end Chinese restaurant and bar with a quality Chinese menu featuring duck salad (try it: you’ll thank me!), dim sum platters, and more. To make this experience even better, they have a full bar with innovative cocktails.

Tip: Ask for the smoked cocktails. They are really special.


9. Lolinda


2518 Mission St (by 21st St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 20 Min
Bart: 15 min

Next door to Foreign Cinema you can find one of the best places for meat lovers in the city. From steaks to bone marrow to ceviche, this place has it all.

Tip: Try the empanadas. Everything can be served family-style, so it is a great place to share a meal.

10. Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack


3230 Mission St (between Valencia St and 29th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Uber: 20 Min

Here is another non-fancy but full-of-character local favorite. The only way to describe Emmy’s is “groovy.” The location (Bernal Heights), the servers, the decor, and the atmosphere feel like a ’70s party. Inexpensive, large portions of great pasta dishes make it a fun night for a group.

Tip: One word: meatballs!

Once you’ve tried them all, stop by the Talkdesk booth at the Dreamforce Cloud Expo and tell us which restaurant was your favorite!