Bars and restaurants in San Francisco are closed for dine-in service, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in a corner and eat beans out of a can until you forget what plates look like. You can still order takeout and delivery - and help support a lot of businesses while you do it. If you need some ideas, here are a bunch of places that are perfect for everything from a Big Night In to When You Just Want A Bowl Of Something Warm. Scroll down for all the spots (organized by situation), and stay tuned for updates.
For restaurants offering delivery and takeout for the first time and serving new specials, read our guide to SF (And East Bay) Restaurants With New Takeout & Delivery Options.
- When You’ve Already Spent Too Much Money On Delivery
- When You Want To Stock Your Fridge Or Pantry
- When You Want To Have A Big Night In
- When The Only Vegetable You’ve Seen Recently Is A Photo Of A Carrot
- When You Just Want A Bowl Of Something Warm
- When You Want Something Gluten-Free
- When You Run Out Of Breakfast Food
- When You’re Craving Something Really Spicy
- When Your Sweatpants Are Telling You It’s Time To Order Pizza
- When You’re Hung Over Because Drinking In Is The New Going Out
- When You’re Vegetarian Or Vegan
- When You Want Dessert, Even If You Haven’t Had Dinner Yet
When You’ve Already Spent Too Much Money On Delivery
All of the rice plates, chicken wings, and sandwiches from this spot in the Crocker Galleria are under $10, which makes this place great when you’re looking for lunch on a budget. We like the pork sandwich with salty braised pork, cucumbers, and jalapeños on a soft roll and the Our Filipino Friends rice plate combo of wings and a fried egg served over rice and topped with a sweet and salty master sauce. They’re open Monday through Friday from 11am-3pm for takeout and delivery through apps. Check out their Instagram.
Marcella’s Lasagnaria serves the cheesy good stuff - and it’s some of the best in town. Their lasagnas are available for pick-up and delivery during lunch hours (11:30am-2:30pm) on weekdays only.
A bento box from Mitama is pretty huge - so it’s easy to split between you and your roommate, and it’ll run you just under $18.
This Jack London spot has some of the best chicken mole in town. Make sure to try their California burrito.
We recommend getting any of the momos or the chicken tikka masala when you pick-up at this downtown Oakland spot.
This new spot in the Richmond is owned by the people behind Mister Jiu’s, and has family-style platters of Chinese-American classics. Don’t skip the spicy mapo tofu.
Ba Le currently is offering a buy-three-get-one-free deal of their $4.50 banh mi sandwiches, so you can stock up on lunches for the next couple of days.
The rotisserie chickens from this place are better than anything you can get from a Safeway deli, and their roasted cauliflower is so crispy and delicious that it couldn’t be better if it was deep fried. Note that only the NoPa location is currently offering takeout.
All of the pasta is made in-house, and everything is simple and incredible.
Simple plates of poached chicken and rice, perfect when all you want is something light for dinner. Takeout and delivery is currently available at their Marina, Richmond, Castro, Redwood City, and San Jose locations.
We love their pomegranate chicken, and if you’re splitting dinner with someone get the dips, like hummus and baba ghanoush. All locations are currently offering takeout and delivery between 4-8:30pm.
Their plates of ribs and burgers made with thin patties will make you feel like you’re eating at a backyard barbecue. Both locations (San Francisco and Oakland) are open for takeout and delivery.
A plate of four huge pieces of fried chicken and rice will run you only $11 - we recommend getting it with one of the dry seasonings, like umami salt or garlic miso.
Most items on the menu run around $9 and are generously portioned. Our favorites are the crispy tacos and chile relleno.
We love coming to this Temescal spot to get their crispy baja fish tacos (one of our favorites in Oakland) or Cuban-style sandwiches. Both locations (Oakland and Alameda) are open for takeout and delivery.
We love the pollo tinga bowl, which can be shared along with a couple of barbacoa tacos or a side of chips and guacamole.
The noodles, soups, and curries at this casual spot on University Ave. are all under $13 - and you can wash them down with their house Thai iced tea.
All curries are under $14, and you’ll almost certainly have leftovers - and dreams about the incredible vegetable samosas.
This affordable spot in Sunset offers noodles, buns, and classic dim sum to-go. Each dim sum dish is only $2.60, so don’t be afraid to overorder and save some leftovers for tomorrow.
Taco salads, burritos, bowls, chips and guacamole (in other words, all the things that make a good, affordable party) are available for delivery and takeout. Place an order by calling 415-674-7745.
Two words: Cubano sandwich. This fast-casual spot in the Mission serves one of the best in the city. Check out their website on how to order for takeout or delivery.
When You Want To Stock Your Fridge Or Pantry
Nopa is selling pantry boxes with fresh produce as well as kits to make their none-hour bolognese at home. Order on their website for same day pick-up.
In addition to hot dumplings to-go, this spot in the Outer Sunset is also selling frozen dumplings to cook at home.
Prairie is now a “general store” featuring vegetables, pantry items, wine, and daily-changing meal kits (like herbed lamb chops) that will last in the fridge for up to three days Each order includes a free roll of toilet paper and Clorox wipes. Check out their website to pre-order from the store.
Swan Oyster Depot is still filling carryout orders - including raw fish and prepared dishes - from 8am-5:30pm. They have some of the best smoked salmon in the city.
Acme makes our favorite bread in the city, and they’re up and running from their post in the Ferry Building. Drop by and grab a few loaves for your pantry and freezer. And don’t forget to get at least one to eat on your walk home, too.
West Coast Wine is delivering wine and cheese in San Francisco and Marin Counties. If you don’t have anyone to share with at home, get a friend to order and have a virtual date.
Online ordering and pickup is available at their Outer Sunset location, and they have fresh fish from the case to-go.
Ready-to-heat dinners are available for pickup, including some of their greatest hits like carnitas and chicken mole. You can also stock up on their amazing pozole, snacks, and beer.
You can still get hot, ready-to-eat pasta delivered to your door from The Italian Homemade Company, plus great sauces and fresh pasta (including gluten-free) for you to cook later.
Ask for a ready-to-freeze pack if you want to stock up on bagels for the next couple of weeks. And mind their new limited hours: 7:30am-2pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Homeroom To-Go on Webster is offering their usual half-baked macs in full orders and smaller heat + eat trays, so you can easily have plenty of leftovers - and avoid having to bust into that lone can of butter beans in your pantry tomorrow.
If there’s ever been a time to stock up on 10 orders of shrimp har gow, it’s now. Pretty much everything from this dim sum spot freezes well, especially the chicken, bbq pork, and custard buns.
Aside from cranking out fresh pasta every day, Giovanni has standard grocery items like milk and eggs that are available for purchase.
The Mill is selling bread every day from 8am-2pm as well as fresh roasted coffee, milk, eggs, and butter.
Short of buying Alice Waters’ Masterclass, you can cook like they do at Chez Panisse by getting produce boxes, pantry staples, and wine they have available for pick-up. Check their website for more information.
When You Want To Have A Big Night In
Along with a modified takeout menu, alaMar is offering whole Dungeness and snow crabs for take-out, so you can host your very own mini crab feed from the comfort of your apartment.
The food at Nari is all exceptional, but we especially like the braised lamb shank and rich fish curry. Check out their Instagram for more information on their limited takeout menu.
Both Che Fico Alimentari and Che Fico have family meals available for pick-up. The menu changes every day, and there are vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, like grain salads and tri-tip steak. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine (or three) to go with dinner.
Unless you’ve trained your dog really well, there’s no one in your apartment to mix up Burma’s tea salad for you tableside, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Tea leaf salad kits are also available at Burma Love, Burma Club, and the Oakland and Alameda Burma Superstar locations.
Their beet salad is spicy and amazing and the braised lamb shank makes for great leftovers if you don’t finish it. Call 415-682-4196 to pick-up.
If it’s your birthday (or you just really want some dessert), Susiecakes will deliver cakes and individual slices right to your door. Maybe send one to your best friend.
The amazing videos that Farmhouse Kitchen projects in their dining room are all available online, so you can stream them in your home while eating their spicy papaya salad and panang neua short rib.
It’s time for date night but you’re stuck inside, so get dressed up to order in from Corso (or their sister restaurant, Rivoli). Their house-made pastas are some of the best in town, and you can’t go wrong with any appetizer. We especially like the lattuga salad and crudo.
Chubby Noodle is open for takeout and delivery, which means you have no excuse not to get their garlic noodles.
If the only dessert left in your freezer is half a bag of frozen mangoes, you can order one of Fentons’ jumbo sundaes to-go, as a treat. Some favorites are the Black & Tan, the coffee shake, and a side of curly fries.
When The Only Vegetable You’ve Seen Recently Is A Photo Of A Carrot
The lemongrass pork and curry tofu are packed with flavor and will keep you full though an entire solo dance party in your living room. All locations are currently doing takeout, and pre-paid pickup through their website.
As long as you don’t down an entire order of their porcini fries on your own, everything from RT Rotisserie is simple and light. We love the chicken sandwich, and their roasted cauliflower is on our last-meal short list.
Everything on their menu is designed to make you more fit than the Terminator, but our favorite thing is the bibimbap bowl full of fresh vegetables.
If you load your freezer full of Judahlicious’ acai bowls, you can have breakfast after every live-stream barre class you end up doing in your apartment.
The fish burrito at Hook Fish Co. is light, and completely nails the beans to rice to fish ratio.
The acai bowls and toasts are colorful, fresh, and will hit the spot after a morning doing yoga on Zoom.
The pita sandwiches from Sumac in Russian Hill are light and loaded with spinach and chickpea salad instead of rice. Our favorite thing to fill them with are their delicious kofte meatballs.
When You Just Want A Bowl Of Something Warm
A spoonful of any of Pyeong Chang’s soft tofu soups feels like sinking into a warm bath.
East Ocean offers a pretty extensive soup selection, but our personal favorites are the fish maw and crab and the hot and sour soup.
There’s almost no reason to eat a grilled cheese sandwich unless it’s to dip in their big bowl of tomato soup.
Sumac is all about wraps and rice bowls, but they recently started serving lentil soup with caramelized onions - if you want a break from chicken noodle or pho.
We love Um.ma’s mandu guk soup full of rich pork and shrimp dumplings. Order online or call 415-566-5777.
There’s a good chance that the matzo balls from Wise Sons will be as big as your bowl (in a very good way). Order online here.
For $14, you can get enough pozole for two people - or you can keep the other half in your fridge for later.
A big steaming bowl of beef pho from this Berkeley spot is the food-equivalent of being wrapped in a down comforter.
When You Want Something Gluten-Free
All of the pizzas at Lucia’s are made with gluten-free dough, and they have tons of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
Picante’s homemade corn tortillas are delicious, and best enjoyed when stuffed with their chile verde or as a cheese quesadilla.
In addition to their near-endless selection of pizzas, Tony’s also offers gluten-free crust. Order the Cal Italia with gorgonzola and figs.
You need something to scoop Oren’s baba ganoush and hummus on, and luckily, they also serve gluten-free pita. If you’re not in the mood for spreads, they make great chicken kebabs.
Nyum Bai’s “Take Care For Now” menu is currently gluten-free, and, thankfully, it includes our favorite dish - the braised pork belly with rice.
Pica Pica’s arepas are made from corn, so you don’t have to worry about anything other than what you want yours filled with. Get it with shredded beef with sweet plantains.
When You Run Out Of Breakfast Food
Head over to Fournee for one of the best ham and cheese croissants in Berkeley. They’re also offering pizzas, sandwiches, breads, and tarts.
Nabolom is offering all of their classic morning pastries to go - we really like the morning bun and orange cardamom brioche bun. Half- and fully-baked pizzas are available Wednesday Sunday.
Plow is now doing takeout orders by phone (415-821-7569), which is currently a good thing: you’ll be enjoying their lemon pancakes from your couch in no time.
Now’s your chance to use up that maple syrup that’s been sitting in your fridge for the last four years. Rick & Ann’s pancakes are available now as a part of their limited curbside menu.
Turn your kitchen into a continental breakfast station by getting all your favorite pastries from Le Marais. Or order their croissants (they come frozen and delivered to your door) to bake at home.
You have to pick up the warm grain bowls from this Lower Height/Upper Market spot, but no one will mind if you’re wearing your fuzzy morning socks while you do.
Delivery starts at 10am, so it may technically count as brunch. But however you define morning meals, you can still get Outerlands’ scones and breakfast sandwiches to start your day.
You may not be able to go to B. Patisserie right now, but you can still get their flaky kouign amann from B. On The Go. Don’t forget to try their great banh mi and cookies for good measure.
Even if you can’t hang out in the Daily Driver’s massive space in Dogpatch, you can still get their wood-fired bagels and homemade spreads delivered.
We want the amazing gingerbread pancakes from Zazie at every breakfast - and every meal after.
You can still get your pecan sticky bun fix, as well as all of your favorite classic breakfast and lunch items to-go at this Oakland spot in Laurel.
If yogurt cups or handfuls of granola simply aren’t cutting it anymore, head over to this spot on College Ave. to pick up a kippered salmon sandwich, or bagels and a tub of schmear.
When You’re Craving Something Really Spicy
Order the yum som-o. This mushroom salad has so much heat that you’ll be tearing up for an hour after you eat it.
The mapo tofu from Mamahuhu is the perfect level of spicy - it makes your lips go a bit numb without making you want to stop eating.
If there’s a spicier papaya salad in this city, we have yet to find it.
Whether you get the chicken or vegetarian momos from Dancing Yak, everything packs some serious heat.
Heat is literally in this place’s name, so you know they take spice seriously. Their menu is full of Sichuan specialties - we especially love the mapo tofu.
If you’re looking for a burns-your-mouth-so-bad-it’s-good type of spice, look to this Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown - and their chicken with explosive chili pepper. Order for pick-up or delivery by calling 415-981-8988.
The Teni Spicy Noodles at Teni East Kitchen combines two of our favorite things: rice noodles and mouth-numbing spice. Call 510-597-1860 to order, or check their website for delivery.
When Your Sweatpants Are Telling You It’s Time To Order Pizza
We have a pizza takeout and delivery guide here, but these are the CliffsNotes.
Tony’s has more options than any other pizza place in town, but our favorite is the coal-fired New Yorker with two kinds of sausage and pepperoni.
The wood-fired pizzas from Fiorella will give you more comfort than an evening around a campfire. Call 415-829-7097 (Polk) or 415-340-3049 (Clement) to order to-go.
If you live around Mission Bay, there’s nothing better than the charred, crispy pies from Casey’s.
Make sure you get extra spices to sprinkle on your margherita and funghi pies when you get them to-go.
One Zachary’s large stuffed pizza (we like Zachary’s Special with Italian sausage, green peppers, onion, and mushroom) is enough to feed you for the next three days. Plus, one of their half-baked pies can last up to four days in the fridge.
You’ll be torn whether you should save a slice of their margherita for later or just eat it all now.
Now that you’ve got all the time in the world, it’s the perfect opportunity to join the Zachary’s vs. Little Star debate (you know the one). Order one deep dish pie from each spot, and dedicate your night to this very important research.
If you’ve ever wanted your entire apartment to smell like freshly-baked pizza crust, now’s your chance. Arizmendi is offering their light bake pizzas (for you to finish baking in your own oven), along with loaves of bread, salads, and pastries.
Technically, Montesacro serves pinsas, and the lighter, airier crust is a good change of pace from the standard pizza dough you’re used to. We like the ’njuda one and the maranella with spicy sausage, broccolini, and stracciatella.
Sometimes you crave a slice of thick, cheesy pizza - nothing more, nothing less. This casual spot in Old Oakland does classic New York-style pizza (and extra-stuffed calzones) to perfection.
We love this place in SoMa for slices and beer, and plan on swinging by to pick up their Detroit-style pizzas with crispy crust for home.
Cheesy pizzas and pizza-by-the-slice (including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options) are available for takeout and delivery. Select canned beer, wine, and cider are also being offered at 20% off. Check out their website to order.
When You’re Hung Over Because Drinking In Is The New Going Out
Dumpling Time’s BBQ pork bao and shrimp toast taste good, whether you’re sitting at a dining room table, or buried underneath a pile of blankets.
While Netflix distracts you from your raging headache, Devil’s Teeth will deliver the best breakfast sandwich in the city.
Sometimes, you need a hair of the dog hangover cure. If that’s the case, get Buena Vista Cafe’s Irish coffee to-go.
If there’s a time to walk to the Pier for an In-N-Out Double-Double (animal style), being hungover is it.
When You’re Vegetarian Or Vegan
The entire menu at Wildseed is plant-based, and our favorite thing to get is the spicy yellow curry.
The Pizza Place On Noriega has a great vegan pizza with pesto and crispy potatoes. Call 415-759-5752 for pick-up and order through apps for delivery.
The granola at Jane On Larkin strikes the perfect salty/sweet balance, and comes loaded with fresh berries. Just make sure you select the vegan-gluten free option on your delivery app. Heads up: Jane on Fillmore is closed for the time being.
You can’t get Vegan Picnic’s entrees for the time being, but they’re making hot sandwiches (go for the crispy “chicken”) and also plant-based snacks for you to stock up on.
This spot in the Outer Sunset has everything raw and vegan - hearty wraps, bowls, salads, and energizing juices.
The spicy vegetable momos from Dancing Yak are some of our favorite in the city. We like them so much that we usually get a double order to-go so we can heat them up later.
Get the hummus, baba ghanoush, and muhammara and throw your own dip party (yeah, we just made dip party a thing).
This place does great spicy bibimbap with fresh vegetables, and other vegetarian and vegan options, like squash and kale alfredo with cashew cream.
Their smoothies and acai bowls are great for breakfast, but we love the bowls they make for lunch. Our favorite is the Mission bowl with brown rice, yams, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and a chimichurri dressing that’s good enough to drink on its own.
When You Want Dessert, Even If You Haven’t Had Dinner Yet
We assume it takes a lot of effort to get something federally trademarked, and in the case of Batter’s Sand Angel®, that effort was totally worth it. These secret-recipe cinnamon cookies are some of our favorite in the city, and now that their shop on Pine and Polk is a converted takeout window, we’ll definitely be stopping in for a few.
Depending on how many people are holed up with you in your apartment, you can get individual slices or whole cakes delivered from Susiecakes.
Just because your freezer is somehow still full doesn’t mean your friend’s is, too. Send them Smitten’s Shelter-In-Place Care Packages, which includes three pints of ice cream and edible chocolate spoons.
Sampling different flavors is pretty hard when you’re cooped up in your house, but as long as Humphry is offering buy-one, get-one-free pints, you can hedge your bets and get two flavors. Or, if you’re like us, just double down on their Secret Breakfast flavor with bourbon and corn flakes.
If you’re craving fresh cookies, look to Sequoia Diner. They’re offering pints of brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough. They’ll freeze well, so stock up.
Bob’s Donuts is open during their normal hours (24-hours a day), so if you want donuts for breakfast or maple bars for dessert, you can drop in and get all the sugary fried dough whenever you want.
The airy texture of the shaved ice from Powder means you can eat more without feeling like you just ate your way through a half-gallon of ice cream. Our favorite flavor is the cereal snow with cinnamon sugar - it tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and, if you have breakfast for dinner, it’s the perfect dessert.
The boozy milkshakes from The Ice Cream Bar aren’t strong enough to get you drunk, but they’ll definitely add a kick to your afternoon. We like the PX Pie with pumpkin ice cream and beer, and the Dublin Honey (Guinness with port and honey ice cream).
Fentons is offering most of their sundaes and shakes to-go, as well as pints and quarts of their homemade ice cream. As far as flavors go, you can’t really go wrong, but we especially like the coffee cookie dream and toasted almond - and don’t forget to order extra hot fudge on the side.