Best Restaurants in Outer Richmond/Sunset

September 12, 2013
by Zagat Staff

Outer RIchmond and Outer Sunset are notoriously known as two of San Francisco's most far-flung neighborhoods. What people may not know is that these areas do offer restaurants well worth the trip, whether it's for a weekend dim sum jaunt or a hankering for seafood with a side of ocean views.

Pizzetta 211
Pizza · Outer Richmond · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

The "farm-fresh, razor-thin pizzas" served at this "quaint" "neighborhood gem" "are beyond delicious" , according to the keepers of "one of the great hidden secrets" of the Outer Richmond; to avoid the "drawback" of waiting to get into the "postage stamp-sized" space, diehards arrive "early" , when there's still room "to watch" their food being made – "you realize where your dollars go" that way.
Thanh Long Restaurant
Vietnamese · Outer Sunset · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

You don't have to wait for "the arrival of Dungeness crab season" to don a "plastic bib" and "get down and dirty" with "roasted" crustaceans and "amazing" Vietnamese-style noodles (garlicky enough "to sink a boatful of vampires" ) at this "remote" Outer Sunset stalwart; "on-point" cocktails and "valet parking" add to its "special-occasion" potential even if the "crowded" environs don't, so be sure to "make a reservation" and "prepare to spend $$$."
Ton Kiang
Chinese · Outer Richmond · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

"Order your heart out" at this two-floor Outer Richmond "institution" where a "dazzling" variety of dim sum is "served all day" , joined by "wonderful" Hakka-style fare at dinner; "it’s not the cheapest" and could use some "sprucing up" , plus there are "long" waits "weekend mornings" , but for "delectable" Chinese food without the "drive to Chinatown" , it’s "the place to go" ; P.S. closed Wednesdays.
Hong Kong Lounge
Chinese · Inner Richmond · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.8

Weekend lines recalling "the Great Wall" suggest these dim-sum parlors are among the most "authentic" around, with "yummy" dumplings and much more delivered "directly from the kitchen to your table" ; a full menu of "expertly cooked" Cantonese dishes adds to the possibilities.
American · Outer Sunset · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Done up in "weather-beaten-chic" style, this Outer Sunset New American rolls out "delicious" , "affordable" fare served by a "nice-as-pie" team; there’s a decided "hipster" vibe in the air and "more space" since they remodeled, though you still might experience "long lines" at prime times.
Cliff House
Bistro · Sea Cliff · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.2

"Nothing beats looking out at the water" while enjoying a "glass of wine" or Sunday brunch and soaking up the "nostalgia" at this renovated art deco "institution" in the Outer Richmond; the Californian menu "has high and low points" , but most concur the experience is "wonderful despite all the tourists" , thanks partly to a staff that shows "great tolerance" for crowds – just "make sure" you arrive before sunset to "take advantage of the stunning" ocean views.