Best Eats near SF City Hall

Lovely ceremony complete, beautiful wedding photos taken, what could possibly follow such wonderful moments?


I'm feeling a little guilty here. Not only do we offer the best Wedding Photography service at City Hall, we are also great at suggesting places to grab a quick bite. It's just not fair to our competition. To set the bar even higher we have compiled a list of our local favorites for you to peruse.


This is an all-vegetarian restaurant located in the Fort Mason complex in the Marina District. Great views and the food is wonderful. Plenty of parking too.

Foreign Cinema $$$

A truly special place and one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Reservations are indeed a must. For a romantic wedding day dinner it really doesn't get any better. And the weekend brunch is one of the best in the city.


If you happen to be getting married on a Friday during lunchtime the selection of gourmet food trucks at Off the Grid is impressive. And they are all parked right in front of City Hall! From Senor Sisig to Korean BBQ, all of your cravings are covered. There are usually tables set out as well so you can people watch during the busy lunch hour.

5A5 Steak Lounge $$$

For those looking for a bit more, 5A5 easily serves one of the best steaks in the city.  From its unique atmosphere to its attentive staff 5A5 is a wonderful place for any meal. 

Hill Stone $$$

There has been more than once occasion where we actually drive the bride and groom directly from City Hall straight to a celebratory cocktail. The bar program at Hillstone is exceptional as well as the food. No one in the city does classic American comfort food like this place. Reservations recommended.

Picnic on Third $$

A little gem of a place in SOMA, Picnic on Third offers a new lunch menu everyday from Monday through Friday. Past standouts have been traditional Jamaican oxtail stew with rice and peas, and incredible roast meats. They also offer a Happy Hour menu after 3pm. Weekend brunch is a sight to behold, they do not accept reservations.

Garaje $

Another funky casual place in SOMA, Garaje specializes in beer and burgers. It can get a little crowded after 5pm but the line moves quickly and there are two-levels for seating. Cash only.

Brenda's $$

There is no food suggestion list for us without name-dropping Brenda's. There is always a line unless you arrive early (8am or so) but the staff moves things along at a brisk pace and before you know it you are sitting down to Beignets (try the flight of 4) and some delicious gumbo. Just three blocks from City Hall this is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch.

Swan's Oyster Depot $$$

A true San Francisco landmark. Emerson loves this place. Seating is along a long counter and the wait can be over an hour during peak times. But if you can get inside there is no better place to get fresh chilled seafood and chowder. Everything is good on the menu and remember it is cash only. No dinner service here, just lunch.

Osha Thai $$

While there are several OSHA locations scattered across the city, we are decidedly loyal to the Tenderloin location. It stays open the latest and if you ask nicely they will make their Thai Fried Rice with purple shrimp paste just like they do back home in Thailand. Delicious and authentic, what more can you ask for?

Molinari's $

A North Beach institution. This Italian deli has been around for decades and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. No sitting inside but they do have a few tables in front you can hopefully snag to eat your meal and watch the passerby.


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