Best Restaurants Near Dolores Park

September 3, 2013
by Zagat Staff

Enjoy the top-tier dining San Francisco has to offer at one of these Dolores Park restaurants.

Bi-Rite Creamery
Ice Cream · The Mission · $
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.2

"It's worth the wait" and "extra weight" insist fans of the wares at this "cute" Mission creamery and bakeshop, where the "ridiculously creamy" scoops in a variety of "witty and unique flavors" are "gourmet as gourmet ice cream gets" ; there's "limited seating" , but "friendly" staffers manage to keep "round-the-corner-lines" moving and gladly offer "samples" , while impatient types can always "grab a pint" to go or "try the soft-serve window instead."
Italian · The Mission · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A "tried-and-true destination" , this Mission mainstay from Craig and Anne Stoll still "wows" with Northern Italian staples "done superbly well" , notably "fantastic homemade pastas" that "just melt in your mouth" ; given the "vibrant atmosphere" and a crew that makes everyone "feel at home" , fans "keep coming back for more" even though it’s a "tough reservation" ; P.S. there’s also a "casual pizza parlor next door" serving traditional pies.
Yuzuki Japanese Eatery
Japanese · The Mission · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

This "real McCoy" Mission izakaya proffers "carefully" prepared Japanese comfort food with an "out-of-this-world" sake selection in a "toned-down" , "minimalist" storefront adorned with calligraphy paintings; "endearing" staffers and "expensive" price points come with the territory; P.S. closed Monday–Tuesday.
Namu Gaji
Korean · The Mission · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

"Creative" fusion fare is the draw at this midpriced Mission Korean-American, which melds "traditional and new-age Asian cuisines" highlighting organic, in-season ingredients; styled like a "modern gastropub" , the "unpretentious" , "upbeat" environs feature counter seats facing out to the street and community tables that foster a "sharing atmosphere."