Lively Restaurants in San Francisco

For a city as fun as San Francisco, it's no surprise that it is teeming with equally fun restaurants. Whether you're looking for dinner theater, live music with your meal, or just a fun atmosphere, these top ten fun San Francisco restaurants are sure to fit the bill.

First thing's first: dinner theater. San Francisco is home to Teatro Zinzanni, the stateside outpost of a popular Canadian dinner theater and aerial troupe. The show changes frequently but it is always entertaining. In the same vein but a bit more risqué is Supperclub where dinner is served to you as you lounge in beds. The performances range from performance art to drag theater to strip teases.

Live music with your meal abounds in San Francisco as well. Yoshi's is legendary for great sushi served with a side of some serious jazz. The Collosseo in North Beach differentiates itself from other run-of-the-mill Italian joints in the neighborhood by employing an opera singer as a waiter. Pena Pachamama often brings in a flamenco troupe.

Then there are the restaurants that are just plain fun for the food they serve or the ambiance they bring. Any of the restaurants on Belden Lane are great on a rare warm evening as their patios meld into one big party; we're partial to B44 because it has the added fun of tapas. And we had to throw Yank Sing into the mix because Sunday dim sum brunch is a great tradition and the hustle-bustle of the dumpling carts keeps things interesting.

Teatro ZinZanni

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Pier 29, The Embarcadero
(At Battery Street)

Love, chaos & dinner... read more

Yoshi's San Francisco

1330 Fillmore Street

Impressive sushi... read more


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657 Harrison St
(b/t 2nd & 3rd)

A Night of Food, Drinks & Entertainment... read more


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44 Belden Place

Catalan Cuisine!... read more

Yank Sing

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101 Spear St (at Rincon Center)
(at the corner of Spear Street)

Terrific Dim Sum and Shanghai-style food... read more

Peña Pachamama

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1630 Powell St.


414 Columbus Avenue

Opaque - Dining In The Dark

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689 McAllister Street


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40 Belden Place

Mussels or clams, ten ways... read more


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601 Hayes Street
(At the corner of Laguna Street)

Classic German fare... read more
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