5 Restaurants Securing SoMa’s Title as Best Foodie Neighborhood in SF
Perhaps the best way to experience San Francisco is by dining your way through its cultural nooks. Yet, while the city may be home to incredible restaurants far and wide, some of the best eateries can be found right beyond your doorstep at The Harrison. SoMa has been swift to secure the title as San Francisco’s best foodie neighborhood, with sought-after restaurants popping up left and right. Nevertheless, while there are countless locales and cuisines to experience and taste, we have done the vetting to present SoMa’s top five restaurants that are, without a doubt, raising the culinary bar citywide.
Set within the newly-renovated PacBell building at 140 New Montgomery, Mourad flaunts one Michelin star by reason of Chef Lahlou’s modern interpretation of authentic Moroccan cuisine. While the decor itself is beautifully inspired, each dish is immaculately crafted and influenced by fresh Moroccan spices and ingredients. Chef Lahlou has garnered much acclaim amongst the foodie world for his La’acha offering, otherwise known as family-style dishes, including whole lamb shoulder, short rib, snapper and more.
Cockscomb has quickly become a SoMa staple for those seeking an unforgettable meal curated by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino. The menu is a vibrant celebration of San Francisco’s diverse culinary heritage, and while many foodie favorites consist of wood oven-fired meats, Cosentino cooks up an array of delectable vegetarian dishes and offers one of the best raw bars in the city.
This New American bistro is locally famed for its burger, but also sits high atop our list by virtue of its Ken Fulk-designed interiors. A go-to restaurant for both SoMa dwellers and visitors alike, Marlowe features a menu of classic-yet-amplified American favorites in a chic, inviting ambiance. The Marlowe Burger, piled high with cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon and horseradish aioli is a dish most certainly not to be missed.
Benu is one of San Francisco’s two restaurants that boasts three Michelin stars, which means that this SoMa gem is, in fact, one of the best restaurants in the world. Chef Cory Lee’s French- and Asian-inspired cuisine far exceeds the palette’s expectations, comprised of precisely executed dishes with superlative ingredients. Three stars are given to restaurants that are worth a special journey, so it comes as no surprise that diners and foodies worldwide are seeking a spot at Cory Lee’s table.
1601 Bar & Kitchen
One of San Francisco’s greatest hidden gems, 1601 Bar & Kitchen brings unrivaled Sri Lankan flavor to the heart of SoMa. Featuring a distinctive menu of modernized Sri Lankan fare, this SoMa favorite offers a highly unique and tailored experience that diners simply cannot find elsewhere. The chef’s tasting menu is coveted by the ultimate foodie, complete with seven courses that highlight traditional favorites, such as egg hopper and squab-eggplant lamprais.
*Photos Courtesy of Cyn Eats, Star Chefs, Marlowe SF, Metal + Honey, San Francisco Chronicle & 1601 SF