Historic Restaurants of San Francisco

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Historic Restaurants of San Francisco

The city of San Francisco was developed as a center of the marine trade. It’s location naturally made it one of the biggest harbors of the New Land. While the earliest archeological findings date back to 3000 BC, SF’s first documented European visit was lead by a Spanish Exploration party in 1796. Search for flights to San Francisco from Roboair right now, then go to SF and try these places by yourself.

There are many restaurants in the city where you can relax and taste delicious food. You must try these historic restaurants of San Francisco, so you can be a worldwide local while having the most famous delicacies of the city.

Red’s Java House 

Red’s Java House opened in the 1930s to sell food to local showman and sailors with the breakfast special being a cheeseburger and a beer. They are still going strong today and they are the OG burger joint of SF. Red’s Java is comfortable, authentic, and delicious. The open patio overlooking the water is the perfect little getaway to enjoy your burger.  

Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot found in 1912 is considered not only an SF but an American Classic. As a giveaway from the name the bar is known for its delicious seafood. The small restaurant only has 18 stools and people wait in line for hours to get a bite. The Bar was originally called “Cable Oyster Shop” but burned in a fire after the 1906 earthquake. The Danish owners changed the name to “Swan Oyster Depot” because swans are good luck symbols in Danish culture. The Sal Sancimino family has run the shop since 1946. You can try the crab, Oyster on the hand shell, Boston Clam Chowder, Smoked Salmon, Smoked Trout, Fresh Salmon. 

Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill is SF’s oldest restaurant found in 1849 and still going strong now. The moment you walk in you can feel the tradition and history of the restaurant from the decor to the interior design and uniforms of the waiters. They have small closed-off booths that allow privacy which makes it perfect for a date, business lunch, or celebration. Try the Hangtown Fry and cramp or the Shrimp Louie, but you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. Don’t forget to take a sip of their legendary super dry martini’s.

Hayes Street Grill

Hayes Street Grill was actually inspired by the Tadich Grill. Hayes Street Grill is locals go-to place before they attend events such as the symphony or opera near the Civic Center. It gets really crowded and busy before the shows start so keep that in mind. It has an old school style with white tablecloths, close seating, and a fun bar. 

Tosca Cafe

Tosca Cafe was established in 1919 and is the quintessential SF North Beach experience. Its Italian cuisine will teleport you to Italy. It’s dimly lit retro atmosphere is perfect for dates and friends. The old school paintings from the 1950s that decorate the walls. The house “cappuccino” is famous if you need a pick me up before your show. 

Buena Vista Cafe

Buena Vista Cafe is where America’s first Irish coffee was made. When they opened the cafe back in 1952m  the owners attempted to replicate the Irish coffee, with a few trips to Ireland they created the perfect recipe. Now they lineup glasses on the bar and pour it in all the glasses, it’s not only fun to watch but tastes delicious. It’s a must-try.