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Where to Eat and Drink Before and After a Show in the San Francisco Bay Area

February 21, 2019 by Suzy Evans
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We don’t need to be the ones to tell you that San Francisco is a foodie haven. From hoarding gourmet cheese samples at the Ferry Building to grabbing a great seafood dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf (it’s not just for tourists) to finding the best underground dumplings in Chinatown, you really can’t go wrong. However, here are some tips of places that are near some of the theaters featured. Let us know what you think.

Berkeley (Near Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players)

Revival Bar and Kitchen

Revival Bar + Kitchen
2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Does California cuisine and craft cocktails sound like your cup of tea? This locally sourced restaurant is the farm-to-table place of your dreams, and it’s half a block away from Berkeley Rep for those of you who like to cut things close.

Gecko Gecko
2101 Milvia St., Berkeley
This Thai California eatery brings fusion to the table, with local ingredients and exotic spices. Your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

3031 Adeline St., Berkeley
If you’re headed to see a show at Shotgun Players, the options for tacos and burritos abound. Check out this Latin American joint, famous for its salsa spread and tamales. Note it’s vegetarian for all your plant lovers, but anyone can enjoy a meal here.

Tenderloin + Mid-market (near A.C.T. Geary Theatre, Curran, Cutting Ball, Feinstein’s at the Nikko)

Bourbon and Branch

Bourbon and Branch
501 Jones St.
Looking for handcrafted cocktails? Look no further. This speakeasy harkens back to the 1920s (don’t even think about using your cell phone), and you absolutely must make a reservation.

Mensho Tokyo SF
672 Geary St.
Get your ramen on at this Japanese restaurant, where you’ll forget your college Cup of Noodles and enjoy some of the most original ramen dishes.

Bartlett Hall
242 O’Farrell St.
Who doesn’t love to feel like they’re in a gastropub with a beer and a huge plate of comfort food? Whether you’re coming here for cocktails and craft brews or a hearty burger, you won’t be disappointed.

601 Eddy St.
Venture into the Phoenix Hotel for this homey restaurant serving up food with French, Mediterranean, and Japanese influences. There’s a great happy hour, and you can even sit next to the hotel pool.

Civic Center + SOMA (Near Orpheum, New Conservatory Theatre, Strand)

SAMS American Eatery

SAMS American Eatery
1220 Market St.
Musical posters line the walls of this restaurant serving up everything from burgers to Korean tacos. It’s definitely our kind of place.

Ler Ros
307 Hayes St.
Nothing beats takeout Thai, but when you’re going all out for a night on town, we have to argue that fancy Thai food definitely takes the cake. While you’ll find your typical pad thai at this restaurant, we recommend take the path less traveled.

Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
1150 Howard St.
If local brews are your jam, look no further than this intimate, small-batch brewer. A flight of beers is is a meal right?

North Beach (near Beach Blanket Babylon)
Basically just walk down Columbus Avenue, and you will have your choice of pizza, pasta, and cannoli in this Italian neighborhood. But here are some faves.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St.
Coal-fired pizza and beer on tap? Yes please. Come here before the show, after the show. Sit inside or outside. It’s up to you on how you like to enjoy delicious pizza. Come dine at this original outlet of the pizza empire.

The Italian Homemade Company
716 Columbus Ave.
Nothing beats homemade Italian food, and you’ll be raving about the handcrafted pastas here almost as much as you will about the show.

Lower Nob Hill (near Custom Made Theatre Co., and San Francisco Playhouse)

Del Poplolo

Del Popolo
855 Bush St.
Pizza and small plates abound at this rustic eatery that ranked in the Chronicle’s 100 Best Restaurants. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Hopwater Distribution
850 Bush St.
Fancy pub fare is basically our favorite kind of fare. This brick-lined taproom features local brews and delicious food. It’s great for any occasion or show.