Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in San Francisco and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Town's End Restaurant and Bakery thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Mama's on Washington Square, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

San Francisco Art Institute Cafe

A hidden jewel, this art-school cafe rests on the institute's roof, affording absolutely spectacular views of the Bay and the city. Inside, you'll encounter bustling ambience, an exhibition kitchen, and student artwork. The eclectic menu is...  Read More

Mitchell's Ice Cream

Recipient of much renown and affection, family-run Mitchell's produces premium ice creams predicated on a 16% butterfat base. Tropical fruits are shipped in fresh, and the resultant goods have people lining up for a taste (or more). Sweet...  Read More


For consistent food at easy-to-swallow prices, head to Pluto's, which is known for fast service in a cafeteria setting. The menu has an abundance of chicken and beef entrees, along with salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Indulge in an order of...  Read More

Rosamunde Sausage Grill
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Within this small, bright eatery, you'll find some of the city's best sausages. Choose from kielbasa, knockwurst, Italian, chicken or weisswurst, or live boldly by sampling wild boar with chutney or smoked duck with figs. The variety is...  Read More

Dottie's True Blue Café

A little homey, a little kitschy and a lot of good. If you crave homemade breakfast foods and substantial portions, Dottie's is definitely the place to go. In the morning, wonderful pancakes, French toast, frittatas and baked goods bring...  Read More

Caffe Greco

Greco's European sensibility makes it a classic with city residents and travelers, who come to indulge in perfectly crafted cappuccinos, scrumptious pastries, and a casual but lively vibe. Score an outside table for the best people-watching, or...  Read More

At La Taqueria, you'll not only get a great Mexican meal, but you'll save a little cash too! The menu specializes in burritos, tacos, and quesadillas served with beef, pork, sausage, or chicken. Carne asada comes highly praised, and chorizo...  Read More

Lower Haight

This down-to-earth restaurant has folks lining up for brunch and breakfast favorites and – most especially – out-of-this-world ginger-peach pancakes. Biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies add a bit of Southern comfort to early morning fare, and...  Read More

Noe Valley

Eric's, known for inventive dishes and pleasant environs, is a top area restaurant for great Chinese food at affordable prices. Shanghai chicken and mango beef hint at the kitchen's talents, and five-taste chicken – battered, fried, and...  Read More

Mama's on Washington Square

Act fast and early if you're thinking about Mama's – after lunch you're out of luck. And you certainly don't want to miss the array of perfectly prepared breakfast foods. Generous portions are standard, whether you order a fluffy omelet, a...  Read More

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