Competing choices in San Francisco create fantastic value for visitors

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu.

Besides saving money, getting the most value out of a dining experience also includes that other important resource: time. By taking some time right now to plan your dining experience, you'll insure that you get the most value out of that experience by...  Read more »

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    Pica Pica

    Pica Pica's popularity is growing by the minute.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a small space with limited seating, so get your food to go during busy hours."

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    Dottie's True Blue Café

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: The Tenderloin

    Most local would recommend Dottie's as their favorite "best value" place.

    Local Expert Tip: "Dottie's new location is on 6th Street between Market and Mission."

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    Unlike most French restaurants in town, Chapeau will not drain your wallet for a nickel-sized portion of food.

    Local Expert Tip: "After your sumptuous French meal, get back to the basics with a pint of Guinness at the always fun-loving Plow and Stars Irish bar right next door. "

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    L'Osteria del forno

    Locals love the savory prosciutto at L'Osteria, the restaurant's unique specialty.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cozy, romantic space, but be sure to get there early before the wait gets too long."

  • 5

    Park Chow

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: Cole Valley

    Beside being a great value, Park Chow is the comfort food capital of San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Park Chow is sandwiched between 9th and Irving streets and Golden Gate Park, both excellent locations worth exploring."

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    Delfina Restaurant is one of the most affordable of the high-end restaurants in the Bay Area.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Pizzeria Delfina on Mission is also a good choice for the budget conscious."

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    Kabuto Sushi

    Sushi can be very expensive, but Kabuto doesn't skimp on quality to reach affordability.

    Local Expert Tip: "Exquisite sushi and cooked dishes satiate cravings for authenticity."

  • 8

    Mama's on Washington Square

    With three generations of family serving at Mama's, this place truly earns the "family-style" atmosphere description.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get your shopping done at Mama's, too, with some wonderful jams and cakes available to bring back home."

  • 9

    Rosamunde Sausage Grill

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $7

    Rosamunde defines a classic budget restaurant: affordable, accessible and delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Monday-Friday Happy Hour from 4-7 is a fun way to kick of a feisty night in the Mission."

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    The Helmand

    One of the more affordable Middle-Eastern restaurants in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Qabalee, a dish with generous chunks of lamb balanced with sweet raisins."



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