With so many options to choose from, finding the best lunch spots in downtown San Francisco can be overwhelming. So when you’re in a hurry and need a quick lunch fix, check out these easy purveyors of midday meals.
All Day Kitchens — 483 Sacramento Street. All Day Kitchens can be a lifesaver when you need to eat, want variety and you’re in a rush. This unique food court/delivery/pick-up service lets you order something specific for each member of your team and the service is guaranteed lightning fast! The concept is basically a shared commercial kitchen with multiple brands operating out of it, serving up fresh, hot and delicious grub from 11am until 2am the next day, so it’s also a great option for late night too. Choose from a variety of menu items and options and eat within minutes.
Bluestone Lane Coffee Shop — 227 Front Street. Open 7am to 4pm, this Australian café staple opened their first West Coast location right here in downtown San Francisco, so you can count on them for quick and delicious lunches. With a focus on healthy food and drink, Bluestone Lane has become a local favorite with options like loaded toasts, burritos, bowls, sandwiches, smoothies, coffee, teas, lattes and more. They have dine-in as well as take-out
Chipotle — 50 California Street. Everybody’s favorite Mexican chain is open from 10:45am - 9pm for that burrito or bowl fix you just gotta have! With Keto bowls, vegan bowls and more, that craveable Adobo taste is just what you need sometimes, and it’s quick! With both pick-up or delivery, your burrito, quesadilla, taco or salad are just minutes away. Don’t forget the chips!
Escape from NY Pizza — 333 Bush Street, Ste. 104. With multiple locations around town, this downtown outpost opened in 1999 and serves up some pretty cool artwork to boot! With in-store, pick-up and delivery, you’ll be pie-eyed in wonderment at the number of offerings and toppings to choose from. With standard, veggie and gluten-free choices, plus salads, wings and drinks you can’t top it (actually, yes you can with literally dozens of sauces, meat, cheese and veggies options)! Hours vary, but while you’re there, look for the Oneone Terril “WPA-style mural”, and the Andy Junge “King Kong sculpture”.
Lou's Cafe — 100 Pine Street, #102. One of several locations around San Francisco, the downtown spot is open weekdays from 8am - 3pm, so it’s perfect for lunch. With gourmet cold and hot sandwiches, salads, soups and “design your own” options, Lou’s always comes through for a quick and easy lunch. They also do caterings, cookies and coffees, so group lunches are a snap with Lou’s downtown location.
Manhattan Hub — 343 Sansome Street, #140. Manhattan Hub’s claim is “best lunch in the Fidi”, as their website says. With a cadre of cheesesteaks, a bevy of burgers, paninis, salads, wraps, sandwiches, bowls, boxes and sides for days, Manhattan Hub does it up! They’ve even got a PoBoy, milkshakes and excel at large catering orders, so whether it’s just you or a boardroom full of hungry folks, give them a try — for a true taste of East Coast deli goodness.
Mixt — 70 Mission Street. Open Monday through Friday from 10:30am - 3pm, don’t get mixed up about the fact that Mixt does lunch. And do it well, they do! Bright, sunny and healthy is the name of the game with Mixt, and with tons of vegetarian, vegan and seasonal options to choose from, their salads, grain bowls, greens and proteins drive the majority of the menu. They offer some healthy sammie options as well. With multiple locations, you’ll want to select “Financial District'' from their website when ordering online.
Sam’s Tavern — 368 Bush Street. Sam’s Tavern is open daily with varying hours, but this downtown San Francisco icon has been a staple since 1867! Their lunch menu, full bar and award-winning food make Sam’s the place to sit down and enjoy an excellent lunch with your most important and favorite people, clients or coworkers. From classic burgers and seafood to steaks, chops, salads, soups and an expansive assortment of apps, there’s something to please every palate at Sam’s Tavern. And if your lunch runs over, simply roll with it and enjoy Sam’s popular happy hour from 3pm - 6pm weekdays. Either way, you win!
Subway — 408 Montgomery Street. Open weekdays from 8:00am - 5:30pm, the Subway sandwiches location in downtown San Francisco serves up the same reliable subs, clubs and monster sandwiches you’ve come to know and love. You can order pick-up, delivery or catering for your group lunch, or simply pop in and grab a loaded torpedo roll to go with your favorite fillings, toppings and condiments.
Super Duper Burgers — 346 Kearny Street. This Financial District aka “FiDi” location of Super Duper Burgers is exactly what it says; super duper! If burgers and fries are what you want for lunch, check out this vaunted concept. In addition to their burger options, they also have chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and Beyond Chicken options, salads, fries, dipping sauces and over-the-top delicious shakes and cones. You can customize your order and even spike your shake with a little “adult sauce” (dine-in only). Plus, they proudly serve California grown avocados, and that’s a tasty tidbit for sure!
The Melt — 925 Market Street. Located by the Powell Street BART Station, this location of The Melt is open daily, and their menu is a must for cheese lovers. From Meltburgers to chicken sandwiches covered in cheese to grilled cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese, fries, shakes, desserts and more, this quick lunch spot checks the box. They’ve also got salads and soup and a kid’s menu for folks with younger eaters on the go. Dine in or order online for a quick and tasty lunch!
Tin on Kearny — 356 Kearny Street. If Vietnamese is on the menu for lunch, then Tin on Kearny is the place to go downtown. The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Tín is Vietnamese cuisine at its best: fresh, brightly flavored dishes served up at affordable prices and with family pride," and we can’t dispute that! Open Monday - Friday from 11am - 2pm, Tin is all about lunch, and the menu is chock full of mouthwatering delights like banh mi, bun noodle bowls, rice plates and rolls, salads and sides. They’ve got classic beverages like iced Vietnamese coffee, Thai iced tea and traditional American drinks to round out your lunchtime meal.
YiLan Bento — 653 Clay Street. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, YiLan Bento’s simple and delicious menu evokes images of Asian street food, served up stateside. Their signature rice dishes steal the show, but don’t pass up the opportunity to grab some handheld goodness like fried fish balls or a fried chicken cutlet, and their buns, dumplings, spring rolls and fries are showstoppers as well. Wash it all down with a selection of fruit teas, slushes, latte drinks or traditional teas and you’re all set for the afternoon.
Ziggy's Burgers — 21 Drumm Street. “Small, independent and fiercely passionate about burgers,” states the Ziggy’s website and not only will you find burgers, all of their made-to-order food is delectable. Their all-natural, no-hormone, Halal menu boasts burgers, bowls, sandwiches and wraps, as well as signature plates, chicken, seafood, skewers, salads and soup of the week. They do catering and pick-up, or you can dine in — or even do a buyout of the entire restaurant for a big corporate lunch. Open daily from 11am - 8pm.
Prices, hours and menus subject to change. Please check with the purveyor in question for the most up-to-date lunch information in downtown San Francisco.
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