Best Restaurants Located near San Francisco's Candlestick Park

For decades, thousands of hungry 49er and Giants fans roamed the San Francisco neighborhoods near Candlestick Park, looking for that perfect pre- or post-game meal.

Although Candlestick is no longer the home of the 49ers (who move to their new, billion dollar digs in Santa Clara in the Fall of 2014), and the Giants haven't played there since 1999, the restaurants are still thriving. 

If you're strong enough to weather the Northern California fog, there's plenty of good options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But bring your jacket - unlike sunny, southern California stadiums, Candlestick is perched where the Pacific runs cold and deep. If it isn't foggy at the Stick, it's windy.

Especially in the summer months of baseball, when the hot inland area of California sucks all that cold fog off the Pacific just like the icy air that billows out of refrigerators on a sizzling summer day. Candlestick Park in July is the clearest reasoning behind Mark Twain's famous phrase: "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

Weather aside, any place that survived a bracing 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 1989 and also hosted the Beatles last live performance deserves a fine send-off. And that's just what San Francisco has planned, from Sir Paul McCartney returning for a concert in August to Joe Montana and Dan Marino recreating their Superbowl duel in a friendly flag football game.

With many events still in the planning stages, grabbing a bite around Candlestick Park is a great idea. 

While Foreign Cinema's misleading moniker may seem a better fit for a movie theater than an oyster bar, this restaurant's real attraction is their Mediterranean-inspired menu and outstanding oysters. They do, in fact, offer film showings in the...  Read More

If you believe the most successful plan is a simple one, Flour and Water might just be the spot for you. The name says it all; Chef Thomas McNaughton is serious about the flour and water that goes into his many different kinds of pasta, pasta...  Read More

Potrero Hill

Serpentine keeps its simple but effective promise: "Honest Food and Classic cocktails." It's a versatile spot that's great for brunch, lunch or dinner. And it's always a good choice for cocktails. If you need brunch, try their yummy fried...  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

Bernal Heights

Piqueos is a contemporary Peruvian tapas bar in Bernal Heights with a unique menu of small plates and entrees. Chef Carlos Altamirano, a native of the mountainous coastal region of southern Peru, blends his knowledge of traditional Peruvian...  Read More

If you've tried the grab-and-go fare up and down Geneva Avenue for lunch during your Cow Palace convention and need a fancier, sit-down meal for dinner (even a romantic date), try Limon Rotisserie. Although there are three locations of this...  Read More

Owners and partners Tim and Erin Archuleta have put their heart and soul into this small, popular sushi restaurant. Since opening, ICHI Sushi has won Best of the Bay in five outlets, was named one of Zagat San Francisco Bay Area Guide 2013's Top...  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


Meet Tom Molanphy

The only thing that Tom Molanphy loves more than the food, art, music, and culture of San Francisco is sharing it with others. San Francisco never gets old for Tom.

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