Best Restaurants Near the Castro Theatre

March 5, 2014
by Zagat Staff

Analyzing every scene of the latest blockbuster is best done over food. Here's where to grab a good meal after a show at Castro Theatre.

American · The Castro · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.6

"A neighborhood gem in the Castro" , Melissa Perello’s "exceptional" Californian reliably "rocks" thanks to "luscious" dishes that "change with what's fresh and available locally" , served with "pay-per-ounce" house wines ( "best idea ever" ); the "incredible" staff makes you feel "well taken care of" in the "small" , "homey" space, but being a "popular" draw with "limited seating" , it remains "a hard reservation to score" (though walk-in spots are available at the bar).
Anchor Oyster Bar
Seafood · The Castro · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

This "cute" long-running oyster bar with a "nautical motif" is a "pearl" in the Castro for Boston clam chowder and "simple" seafood "so fresh you'll swear it was made by the Little Mermaid" ; many dishes (such as the "best cioppino" ) are "not cheap but a good value" , and while "seating is tight" in the "tiny" space, the "helpful" staff and "limited" but "nice" list of local white wines ensure the "hungry hordes" leave "happy as clams."
La Mediterranee
Mediterranean · The Castro · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"Well-done" Middle Eastern–Med dishes, from "savory" phyllo treats to "tasty" meze platters to "addictive" pomegranate chicken, are yours at these "reasonably priced" Bay Area "standbys" ; they're "not the fanciest of restaurants" , but remain "as popular as ever" thanks to "relaxed" service and "lovely" sidewalk seating perfect for "people-watching."
Kasa Indian Eatery
Indian · The Castro · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

"Atypical" Indian eats (i.e. "amazing" kati rolls) and "tasty" Thali dinners draw crowds to these "cheap and cheerful" quick-serve spots (as well as their roving "cool purple truck" ); granted, "portions could be bigger" , but a "trendy" "young" following digs the "hipster" staff and the kitchen's reliance on "organic" "local" ingredients.
Seafood · The Castro · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 3.9

"Fresh" seafood has fans saying that this "trendy" Castro seafooder is indeed "a catch" ; the menu is "nothing fancy" and "not the cheapest" , but a "great" cocktail list, "helpful" waiters who are "hotter than the food" and a "cozy" heated courtyard with an outdoor fireplace make it a "people-watching" paradise.
Italian · The Castro · $$