Heading to San Francisco for the first time? Coming back because you can’t get enough? Our expert editors are here to help you know where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Welcome to the 2022 Getties (best of the bests) and the Readers’ Choice awards for the Bay Area.
Featured Photo: Marina Green, courtesy of Grace Hom
Readers' Choice: Zazie
One of the best places for a morning dessert meal, this local favorite has been serving up dishes like Tahiti French Toast and an assortment of benedicts blocks away from the fray of Haight Street since 1992.
Readers' Choice: Molinari Deli
While the food scene in the City can be very fickle, Molinari Delicatessen is proof that real quality outlasts hype. If you’re a fan of meatball sandwiches, theirs is a bucket list item.
Readers' Choice: AL's Place
Whoever came up with the sign that says, “No great story ever started with someone eating a salad,” definitely hasn’t had the baby lettuces from AL’s Place.
Readers' Choice: Alexander's Steakhouse
A clubby space for wet and dry-aged American rib eyes and porterhouses, an extensive menu of specialized Japanese Wagyu (olive-fed Sanuki Kagawa A5, anyone?) and epic desserts to match.
Readers' Choice: Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s is where 13-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani creates his masterpies. Located in San Francisco’s Little Italy, you will most certainly wait to eat here, as “No Reservations. No Exceptions,” is a prominent slogan, but it is worth it.
Readers' Choice: Spruce
Served on an English muffin bun, the patty is a blend of short rib, sirloin and brisket that’s ground in-house every day. It is topped with pickled red onion and zucchini, tomato, and a caper remoulade that betrays the restaurant’s Michelin-star status.
Readers' Choice: Ten Ichi
Serving Pac Heights for over 40 years, Ten-Ichi boasts an impressive sake selection, consistently wonderful sushi, and a wide variety of vegetarian items.
Best Value Hotel
Readers' Choice: Harbor Court Hotel
Best Luxury Hotel
Readers' Choice: Fairmont San Francisco
Atop the crest of Nob Hill, this is quintessential, pedigree San Francisco. Flags of the world adorn the classical entrance, limos navigate the driveway, and cable cars crawl by.
Best Group Getaway Hotel
Readers' Choice: Marriott Marquis
Steps from SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Moscone Center and Union Square, the hotel suites with separate living rooms are the answer for traveling families.
Best Romantic Hotel
Readers' Choice: The Palace Hotel
One look at the sumptuous and classical Garden Court, and it’s clear why this turn-of-the-century hotel is part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection and well-suited to its royal name
Readers' Choice: Four Seasons
With complimentary access for hotel guests and under the same roof as the hotel on Market Street, the Equinox Sports Club is one of the city’s best.
Best Hip Hotel
Readers' Choice: Hotel Kabuki
Authenticity is drawn from San Francisco’s Japantown where the Hotel Kabuki greets guests with minimalist style surrounding an interior Zen garden.
Best Place to Visit
Readers' Choice: California Academy of Sciences
Along with the natural history museum, the academy, which was completely rebuilt in 2008 and now includes a grassy “living roof,” also houses the Morrison Planetarium, Steinhart Aquarium and the Osher Rainforest, a four-story exhibit full of live species, from reptiles to amphibians to free-flying birds.