Top 3 Off-The-Beaten-Path Restaurants in San Francisco

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

There are many restaurants in San Francisco that are not in the radar of hotel concierges or even with locals who don't explore other, out-of-the-way neighborhoods. Fret not though! This is why we built Dot and Pin, and with just a few clicks on Uber (or your choice of on-demand ride), you can whisk away to off-the-beaten restaurants that are a bang for your buck. Here are our top 3 choices.

1. La Ciccia (Sardinian)
We'll let you in a secret... La Ciccia is the only Sardinian restaurant in town, tucked away in a residential area in Noe Valley. Run by a husband and wife team, you'll only probably hear about this intimate restaurant from certified San Franciscan foodies because it is a local's gem, and we want to stay it that way. 

Photo from La Ciccia website.
Its predominantly seafood-based menu, such as squid ink fresh pasta and baby octopus in tomato stew, provides a sneak peek of what Sardinian cuisine is all about- fresh yet hearty with a burst of different flavors. If you haven't traveled to the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, then La Ciccia will definitely inspire you to take that journey.

Tip: Entree portions can be shared at most for two people. Bookings fill up fast! So reserve at least two months in advanced. 

2. Farmhouse (Thai/Fusion)
Located in the outer Mission where most rarely venture into, Farmhouse is the younger sister restaurant of more established Kitchen Story in Castro and a recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand. Farmhouse might not be your authentic Thai meal, but they excel in San Francisco's known Californian fusion cuisine and Instagram-worthy presentation. They also deliver good service, a lively ambiance good for groups or couples, and a satisfying meal. This establishment offers entrees in big portions- even the dessert came in a shared platter and is a show stopper so be ready with your smartphone cameras. 

Tip: The fried chicken with curry sauce is a must try. Book a reservation beforehand.

Dessert platter! Don't let the ice cream melt while taking photos. 
Melt-in-your-mouth ribs.
Not the most authentic Thai cuisine but their fried chicken on top left is a must try!

3. Dragon Beaux (Cantonese)
From well-known Koi Palace owners, Dragon Beaux is the perfect spot for those long, hearty meals with loved ones and/or business comrades. It is set on bustling Geary street where parking is always a challenge, but with its myriad of selections of dimsum, hotpot, classic Cantonese dishes and expansive dining area, you will leave with a happy soul and mind.
Dragon Beaux
Photo from Dragon Beaux website.
It is not surprising that the must-order dishes in Dragon Beaux are the all-day dimsum and the salted egg fried rice. There are only a few Chinese restaurants in San Francisco that can execute Cantonese food really well. We've added Dragon Beaux to that list along with R&G Lounge and Hong Kong Lounge.

Reserve in advanced to avoid standing out in the cold. 

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