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10 Must-Visit Outdoor Dining Spots in San Francisco

By Eddie Carter
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Categories:Outdoor Dining Guide 2022

Scenic rooftop terraces, picturesque patios, lush courtyards, and tree-lined gardens. Here are a few must-visit places in and around San Francisco where you should be dining and drinking outside.

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Causwells

Marina District

Causwells has been cooking up American bistro favorites since 2014. Chef Adam Rosenblum draws from his diverse background to blend French, Italian, and Spanish cuisine. Sit down at Causwells new and improved sidewalk patio for cocktails, sandwiches, innovative desserts, and a damn good cheeseburger.

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Barrio Ghirardelli Square

Russian Hill

Relax in Ghirardelli Square for agave drinks and Latin-inspired eats at Barrio. The spectacular brick patio overlooks Aquatic Square and has a stellar view of the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy classics like burritos, enchiladas, and ceviche at lunch and dinner, or stop by for bloody marys and mimosa flights at brunch.

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Lazy Bear

Mission District

Chef David Barzelay started Lazy Bear as an underground dinner party. Now, his 2-Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best dining experiences in San Francisco. Share stories between friends and enjoy a modern American tasting menu under the covered sidewalk patio.

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The Caviar Co. Tasting Room

Tiburon

This unique tasting room highlights products from The Caviar Co.’s flagship retail space in San Francisco. Head to downtown Tiburon to enjoy light bites, caviar flights, and champagne cocktails under the shaded picnic tables outside. Don’t leave without a tin of caviar, available from the retail shop.

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Navio

Half Moon Bay

Experience cliffside dining at Navio. Chef Francisco Simón showcases ocean-to-table cuisine on a relaxing bayside garden patio above the water. Order the 3-course prix fixe or 7-course chef’s tasting menu for fresh seafood and prime cuts.

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Cavallo Point

Sausalito

Dinner with a view? Murray Circle Restaurant’s patio at Cavallo Point sits at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, facing the Bay and skyline of San Francisco. The food is no joke either. Go for oysters on the half shell, sesame crusted Baja swordfish, and chocolate bread pudding.

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AVERY

Western Addition

Avery offers modern American food without limits. Occasionally, they do this at a scenic farm setting. Enjoy one of a kind, private access to some of the most breathtaking properties in Northern California. This season, dinners are taking place at Heitz Cellars, overlooking the breathtaking Northern Californian vineyard.

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Hanson of Sonoma Tasting Room 

Sonoma

The Hanson family infuses grapes, mandarins, lemons, cucumbers, and more organic fruits into their distilling process for unique varietals of their award-winning vodka. Reserve a spot on the deck behind the tasting room for charcuterie, cocktails, caviar, and samples of Hanson Distillery’s best spirits.

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Magic Flute Restaurant

Presidio Heights

Family owned and operated for over 40 years, Magic Flute Restaurant is an Old-World Italian trattoria in Presidio Heights. The fenced-in garden patio is perfect for beignets, classic French toast, prosciutto benedict, mimosas, and more summer brunch favorites.

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Californios

Mission District

Chef Val M. Cantu prepares contemporary expressions of Californian Mexican cuisine at his 2-Michelin starred restaurant. Enlighten your senses with a nightly tasting menu in the enclosed garden patio behind the restaurant.

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