Cheap Restaurants in San Francisco

San Francisco is a notoriously expensive city, but fortunately, you don't have to go broke to eat well. From burritos to food trucks to gourmet bar food, here are the top ten ways to stretch you dollar in a delicious way in San Francisco.

El Farolito in the Mission neighborhood is the unofficial top pick in the hotly contested San Francisco burrito category. It's cheap, delicious, and they're open late. Another late night favorite that is as delicious at lunch as it is post-bar is Golden Boy in North Beach (get a big, doughy slice of the clam pie for just $3.75). Sunday morning brunch stays wallet-friendly at Gold Mountain, a dim sum spot for eaters in the know. And for gourmet sausages, you can't go wrong with Rosamunde's.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of your top cheap restaurants in San Francisco are going to be known for glorious hamburgers. No-nonsense service, a cheap beer, and an incredible burger await you at Red's Java House. Get a burger 'dirty south style' or 'yo mama style' at 15 Romolo for just $8; that's less than the price of a cocktail. If you have never experienced In 'n' Out, be sure to pop into this West Coast fast food chain for a double double animal style with fries.

The food truck trend is here to stay. Off the Grid is a truly local experience where various food trucks set up shop in various neighborhoods on different days and nights. Fort Mason hosts Friday nights while UN Plaza at Civic Center is popular at lunch. Bring cash and indulge in all kinds of grub like Chairman Bao's steamed pork buns or Liba's falafel exploding with gourmet toppings. It's a great way to sample a plethora of San Francisco cuisine.

Indian Aroma

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1653 Polk Street

Cafe Majestic - Hotel Majestic

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1500 Sutter St

Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk Street
Eddy Street

New Orleans-Style Soul... read more

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

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2832 Mission Street
At 24th Avenue

Grilled Sausages to Die for... read more

Clare's Deli

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3505 17th Street

Simple sandwich shop... read more

Public House

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24 Willie Mays Plaza

Best spot for beers and eats before a ball game...
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Ghirardelli Square

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900 North Point Street


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550 Geary St.

Modern Mediterranean... read more

Genki Crepes

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330 Clement St

Creperie and Asian market... read more


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1415 18th St

Tasty treats... read more

Kasa Indian Eatery

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3115 Fillmore St.


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1469 18th St

The Ultimate Lounge... read more


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409 Gough Street

Cafe Lo Cubano

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3401 California St


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1516 Broadway

Californian Bar and Restaurant

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1177 California Street

Simple fare at the top of Nob Hill... read more

Xinh Bistro Lounge

680 8th St # 170

Vietnamese noodle and pho... read more


2368 Third Street

Latin American small plates... read more

American Cupcake

1919 Union Street, San Francisco, CA

Sam's Anchor Cafe

27 Main St, Belvedere Tibrn, CA

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