San Francisco Restaurant Recommendations and Sightseeing

Hi friends! Now that I’ve shared my Nike Women’s Half Marathon race recap, I wanted to share some of the other adventures I got into while in San Francisco. Here are some of the highlights!

san francisco sunset


It was an AMAZING weather weekend in San Francisco – we got so lucky! Clearly I had to take advantage.

golden gate bridge on a sunny day

Sarah, Emily, and I had fun strolling all around on Saturday afternoon and taking it in.

sarah fit daily garnish fannetastic food

sarah fit daily garnish fannetastic food

I also had the opportunity to meet up with my aunt, uncle, and cousin who live in the area. I walked around a ton more with them – we had a great time catching up!

sunny golden gate bridge

sunny day in san francisco

One of the biggest sightseeing highlights was a biking tour all around SF with my friend Ashley – I took a million photos so I’ll split that into a separate post. Stay tuned. :)

The Food!

Of course, the food in San Francisco was a bit highlight! I went to a ton of great places – here they are in case you want to check them out! Thank you to those of you who sent recommendations either via email or social media, too!

Seed + Salt

This organic, vegan café in the Marina area treated the ClassPass Runner team to a complimentary lunch one afternoon that rocked my world. Highly recommend if you are ever in the area! I shared the vegan burger and the quinoa falafel (in a collard wrap) with Emily. Yummm!


They have great baked goods, too – I tried the vegan chocolate chip cookie and the gluten free banana bread – both were amazing. I ended up going back to the café later on in the trip as a paying customer with my family and then again with my friend Ashley – this time for afternoon green smoothies! :) Also delish! And so were those Jackson’s Honest sweet potato chips. :)


The Plant Café Organic

Another awesome spot! This was near-ish to our hotel (we went to the downtown location, but they have a few locations), and I walked there one morning for breakfast. They have great looking juices and smoothies, but I went for an egg, white cheddar, and spinach sandwich with avocado. Really good!



On Friday night, I went to dinner at Prospect with some fellow bloggers in town for the race (in attendance: me, Emily, Ashley, Jane, Kristine, Kayla, and Evann). Thank you to Ashley for organizing the dinner for us – loved meeting/seeing everyone!


I didn’t get many food photos since the lighting was so dim, but Ashley, Kristine, and I shared a delicious Chardonnay, and I had two starters as my main meal – a tomato mozzarella salad (amazing) and the beef tartar with toast. Yum! Fun night.



On Friday, right after landing, I met my grad school buddy Elle for lunch at a cute spot near her office called Marlowe.


We shared the crispy Brussels sprouts leaves to start, which were AMAZING – they tasted so salty and crunchy!


And then I had the shrimp roll. :) Also delish, and so good to catch up with Elle!


Pacific Catch

This restaurant was another good find in the Marina area (thank you to blog reader Sarah for this rec!) – fun vibe and good food! I went there the evening after the race with my friend Ashley and POUNDED some serious tacos. And sweet potato fries. And salad, for good measure. ;) Eyes were a little bigger than stomach, but this was so good.


Blue Barn

On my last night in San Francisco, I stayed with my friend Heather in Russian Hill area – we hit up a cute spot called Blue Barn for dinner. It’s an order at the counter, salad/sandwich type place with a really cool vibe. Since I’m obsessed with kombucha, I clearly had to try this local one – Marin Kombucha. The pinot sage flavor was as good as it sounds!


As for dinner, I had a big Asian-inspired tuna salad. It was ENORMOUS – I barely made a dent – but good!


We shared some fries, too. :) Yep – two dietitians shared fries. You’re welcome.


To cap off the evening, we walked over to the Loving Cup for some fro-yo. They blend their fro-yo with mix-ins – mine was chocolate frozen yogurt with coconut and almond butter blended in. AMAZING.


One more recommendation to end this post that is not food-related: check out Union Yoga in Russian Hill!


Heather and I went there on Tuesday morning for their 6 a.m. class and it was wonderful. Such a nice, calming way to start the day. :) They sadly aren’t on ClassPass, but a drop in for a 1 hour class was $14 – not bad!


Stay tuned for my final San Francisco recap, coming on Friday: all about biking the Golden Gate Bridge! :)

What do you look for in a restaurant when traveling?


  1. 1

    Wow, so many good eats. Really want to try Seed & Salt next time I’m in the city!

  2. 2

    Lucky you finding a class in SF that started before 7 a.m.! I went for work a few weeks ago and tried to find a nearby studio where I could do SOMETHING, ANYTHING that I don’t have at home (which is a lot since I live in a small town), and I couldn’t find a class that started early enough to get me to my conference on time. I was like, “does no one in this city have a job????”

    • 3

      No way, really?! That’s interesting! The studio we went to is Heather’s fave, so we didn’t look around at all — just signed up and went!

  3. 4

    Hi Anne! Yay for visiting with Elle — I think she is about to pop, right? :) Glad you visited so many great spots in SF. I love the salads at Blue Barn and of course, Prospect is delicious for dinner too. Seems like you got around to many neighborhoods, which is the way to do it. I lived in Nob Hill up until a few months ago, so Polk Street was my jam! But all the neighborhoods are all so different, you’ve got to do them all! Great work on the run, by the way. :)

  4. 6

    Ohh I love San Francisco. It has been waaay too long since I was up there, but i’m going up in the beginning of December for a race! Really looking forward to it :)

  5. 7

    What yummy eats! I’m so jealous you got to hang out with Emily!

  6. 8

    So great meeting you too over the weekend!

  7. 9

    This made me miss some of my favorite spots in San Francisco! Loving Cup is an absolute must for me EVERY trip no matter how cold, rainy, etc. it is outside. Need to try that kombucha next time at Blue Barn!

  8. 10

    So glad you made it to Pacific Catch, and that my list was useful! I was a little worried about information overload :). Looks like you hit some great spots around the city, and enjoyed our wonderful weather to boot.

  9. 12

    I had never eaten brussell sprouts until I moved here to SF, and now I eat (and cook!) them ALL THE TIME!

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