Best Restaurants in North Beach

Local Love
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated restaurants in North Beach. 

Tony's Pizza Napoletana
Pizza · North Beach · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

"It's hard to find a better pie" than those among the "great variety" of "incredible" pizzas (Neapolitan-style, "Sicilian, Californian, Roman" , even "gluten-free" ) that famed chef-owner Tony Gemignani tosses and cooks to a crisp in seven types of ovens at his "lively" "North Beach gem" ; a "brutal" wait for a table is part of the package, but a "motivated" staff keeps things humming.
The House
Asian · North Beach · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.2

Some of the city's "top" Asian-fusion fare can surprisingly be found in North Beach at this "small" but "mighty good" "eclectic" stalwart that "continues to impress" with its "phenomenal" "high-caliber" dishes ( "especially the melt-in-your-mouth sea bass" ), presented along with an "amazing" sake and wine list by an "accommodating" team; the "cramped, noisy" setting is "maybe not the best romantic date-night choice" , but fans attest it offers some of the best "food and value" in the city.
Tony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Slice House
Pizza · North Beach · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

Coal-fired NY- and New Haven–style pies are the main attractions at this "takeaway" North Beach pizza parlor via namesake chef Tony Gemignani that adjoins his Napoletana outpost next door; there’s no seating, but usually "no wait" , so many consume their orders across the street in Washington Square Park.
Spanish · North Beach · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

"Consistently terrific" Basque cuisine "continues to shine" at chef-owner Gerald Hirigoyen's "sophisticated" North Beach eatery lauded for its "top-notch" , "creative" dishes that are "expertly prepared and full of flavor" ; the "intimate" dining room features a glass-paneled wall of "incredible wines" amid "rustic-yet-elegant" decor, and an "attentive but unobtrusive" staff further helps make it a "go-to place for special occasions."
American · North Beach · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

"Food is an art form" at this North Beach leader in Californian-French "culinary mastery" , where patrons savor "cutting-edge" , seafood-centric tasting menus ( "each plate is like a little masterpiece" ) while "being pampered" by "impeccable" servers in a "quiet, refined" setting; the "very high price point" is no surprise, but it’s "worth emptying your wallet" for such a "truly bucket-list type of place."
Cafe Jacqueline
French · North Beach · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Good things come to those who wait" insist fans who "don't mind spending the entire evening" at this piece of "soufflé heaven" in North Beach, where the "amazing" Madame Jacqueline herself is "still holding the fort" with "a whisk and copper bowl" , whipping up the nightly offerings to order; "romantic" and "charming" with "leisurely service" , the experience is "something special" – and the desserts are a "must."
Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano
Italian · North Beach · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

"Long before" there was a pizzeria "on every corner" , this "old-school" North Beach Italian "institution" was firing up pies out of its "original wood-burning oven" ; it's "not showy" , just a "charmingly downscale" spot doling out Neapolitan "comfort food" at a "dockworker's price" by folks who "make you feel like family" – but "expect to wait" because there are "no reservations."
Il Casaro Pizzeria
Italian · North Beach · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

"A really Italian experience" in North Beach, this "casual" Vicoletto sibling is an "outstanding" source of Neapolitan specialties including small plates – "start with the fresh burrata" – and "terrific" wood-fired pizza with "homemade mozzarella" (fans "dream of their prosciutto" version); the "spacious and light" setting, "welcoming atmosphere" and late-night hours solidify it as a "go-to" in the nabe.