One way to experience black culture in San Francisco is with your meals. Across the city, you'll find black-owned restaurants serving up a wide variety of cuisine.

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September 30, 2020
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Support These Excellent Black-Owned Restaurants in San Francisco

One way to experience black culture in San Francisco is with your meals. Across the city, you'll find black-owned restaurants serving up a wide variety of cuisine. Here are just a few of them, grouped by the neighborhoods in which you can find them.

Thanks to Soleil Ho of The San Francisco ChronicleEater SF, 7x7, and The Infatuation for helping to identify these businesses.

Please Note: As of Sept. 30, San Francisco restaurants are permitted to resume indoor dining service at 25% capacity. For more information about availability and safety protocols, contact the restaurant of your choice.

Bayview

Bayview is home to some of the oldest black businesses and cultural institutions in the city.

Bayview Bistro (4101 Third St.)

At Bayview Bistro, you'll find two of the most popular neighborhood pop-ups: Big H BBQ, offering chicken sandwiches and ribs, and Yes Pudding, serving banana and bread puddings in mason jars.

Frisco Fried (5176 Third St.)

Frisco Fried has everything from catfish to an oxtail dinner special. You can also get family-sized meals, including 12- to 20-piece chicken dinners. Available by DoorDash delivery.

Nia Soul (4618 Third St.)

At Nia Soul, you'll find African, Caribbean, and Southern influences on the menu. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are all in the offering.

Old Skool Cafe (1429 Mendell St.)

A youth-run, jazz-themed supper club, Old Skool Cafe is one of the most unique restaurants in all of San Francisco. The menu features comfort food from all around the world. Curbside pick-up is now available.

Radio Africa & Kitchen (4800 Third St.)

If you want a taste of pop-up history, visit Radio Africa & Kitchen. This was one of the first pop-up restaurants in Bayview to go brick-and-mortar. It's a powerhouse of California-Ethiopian cuisine that doubles as the Bayview dining scene's spiritual home.

Yvonne's Southern Sweets (5128 Third St.)

Yvonne's Southern Sweets is just the place if your sweet tooth can't be tamed. Owner Yvonne Hines first built her reputation with her patented pralines, but her repertoire now includes cakes, pies, and cookies.

Civic Center and Lower Haight

Axum Cafe (698 Haight St.)

Axum Cafe started as a coffee shop and has grown into one of Lower Haight's most popular restaurants, offering traditional Ethiopian fare.

Cafe International (508 Haight St.)

Cafe International has been around for more than 30 years and has become "the living room of the neighborhood." Besides the comfy surroundings, Cafe International also hosts jazz performances and open mic nights.

Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen (1446 Market St.)

Five varieties of wings and shareable plates worth fighting over are what you'll find at Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen.

Two Jacks Nik's Place (401 Haight St.)

Two Jacks Nik's Place offers both surf and turf with generous side dishes. Choices include black eyed peas and rice, collard greens, and candied yams. Available by DoorDash delivery.

Z Zoul Cafe (295 Eddy St.)

"Zoul" means friend in Sudanese; but once you sample some of Chef Aref Elgaali's traditional recipes at Z Zoule Cafe, you'll feel more like family. Aref's wife and co-owner, Dalia, is famous for her irresisitable rice pudding.

Mission

It's no surprise to find such great culinary variety in one of San Francisco's most diverse neighborhoods.

Anthony's Cookies (1417 Valenica St.)

If it's sweets you want, you have to visit Anthony's Cookies on Valencia Street. They'll even serve you a glass of ice cold milk to wash your selections down.

Cafe Ethiopia (878 Valencia St.)

You can enjoy East African food at Cafe Ethiopia. Vegetarians love the plant-based focus of their menu, while everyone appreciates their generous portions.

El Nuevo Fruitlandia (3077 24th St.)

For some authentic Afro-Caribbean cuisine, pick up a meal at El Nuevo Fruitlandia. They're offering take-out for dinner hours, Wednesday through Sunday.

Gourmonade (899 Valencia St.) and Teranga (2948 Folsom St.)

The Mission also has two popular black-owned beverage businesses: Teranga, with its assorted juices, and Gourmonade, with its refreshingly tart flavors.

Little Baobab (3388 19th St.)

Enjoy West African food at Little Baobab. The live music and friendly staff get almost as much praise as what comes out of the kitchen.

Mission Bowling Club (3176 17th St.)

Mission Bowling Club serves up your favorite bar bites while you and your friends compete for a few frames on one of their six bowling lanes.  

Richmond

The Richmond, which spans the western blocks of the city sandwiched between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, also features a great variety of black-owned restaurants.

Osteria Bella (3848 Geary Blvd.)

Here, you can get delectable pizzas and antipasto plates. Osteria Bella is also known for its wide selection of vermouth, giving you endless cocktail options.

Taquerias Los Mayos (331 Clement St.)

You can create your own tacos at Taqueria Los Mayos. Their known for their panuchos, crispy tacos that are a specialty of the Yucatan.

Tastebuds (600 Fifth Ave.)

Tastebuds serves up soul food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their weekday Happy Hour can't be topped!

SoMA

Eko Kitchen (167 11th St.)

Eko Kitchen, founded by Simileoluwa Adebajo, is home to outstanding Nigerian dishes that the head chef herself learned from her grandmother.

International Smoke (301 Mission St.)

International Smoke can't be missed, both for its menu and its pageantry. Certain dishes are served beneath a glass dome so that none of the aromas can escape on their way to your table.

Little Skillet (360 Ritch St.)

Tucked away on a tiny side street a few minutes from Oracle Park is Little Skillet, known for its weekend jazz brunch.

Local Kitchen (330 First St.)

Local Kitchen has an eclectic menu, offering everything from fried okra to a burrata salad, pizzas, and yellow curry.

Sextant Coffee Roasters (1415 Folsom St.)

Sextant Coffee is the a perfect place for a pick-me-up, with its strong brews largely sourced from Ethiopia.

Voodoo Love (1599 Howard St.)

At the western edge of SoMa, you'll find Voodoo Love, with its mouth-watering Creole cuisine. Gumbo, po' boys, and catfish are all on the menu.

Sunset

The Sunset neighborhood stretches from the shadow of Sutro Tower in the east all the way to the Pacific Ocean in the west.

New Eritrea Restaurant (907 Irving St.)

Close to Golden Gate Park, you'll find New Eritrea Restaurant, serving up homestyle dishes from the horn of Africa.

Sunset Cantina (3414 Judah St.)

Closer to the beach, be sure to stop at Sunset Cantina for flautas, tortas, or the Machete: a giant, machete-shaped cheesy taco, stuffed with your choice of meat.

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