One of San Francisco’s most approachable neighbourhoods, Bernal Heights is situated between the area’s peaks and valleys, providing stunning views of the city below. Bernal Heights is known for its casual charm, farmers’ market, bookstores and abundance of dog-friendly establishments. The colourful homes in Bernal Heights give residents close access to plenty of amazing restaurants in and around Cortland Avenue. Bernal Heights restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and dining experiences.

For foodies, Bernal Heights is a virtual paradise, offering a dizzying array of cultural selections, down-home cooking, and casual eats. No matter your taste or budget, you’re sure to find a delightful meal at any of these top Bernal Heights restaurants.

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack

Beloved pasta place Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack has a homey menu and simple presence that makes it a second home for many Bernal Heights’ residents. The restaurant is family-friendly and fun, with plenty of seating both inside and outside. The Shack’s quirky decor and down-home vibe make everyone feel at ease. If you crave a plate of pasta topped with giant meatballs and a side of garlic bread, then this is the place for you. Other options beyond spaghetti include orecchiette, Mayan-style prawn ceviche, and an abundance of delicious salads. Want veggies instead of meat? Emmy’s has you covered with cauliflower “meatballs” with mozzarella. Emmy’s is quite busy during the day, so snag a reservation if possible. They also offer takeout and delivery.

ICHI Sushi

If you’re on the hunt for delicious sushi on a budget, look no further than ICHI Sushi. Although you can’t go wrong with the sushi or tekka don, ICHI Sushi also happens to have some of the best Japanese hot dogs in town. Stop by during the day and try out their version of the chili dog: sausage nestled inside toasted lobster rolls, topped with radish kimchi or mapo tofu. Try it with a side of Japanese potato salad. At night, enjoy ICHI’s master sushi chefs make delectable offerings of sustainably-sourced sushi and sashimi.

Red Hill Station

Red Hill Station is San Francisco seafood with a pedigree. Its owners came from the legendary Anchor Oyster Bar, which means their standard for Red Hill Station is sky high. So are the portion sizes! The restaurant piles your plate high with the daily catch, whether it’s oysters, calamari, mussels, clams, trout, or crab. The restaurant also brings meticulous presentation to its selection of the best fruits and vegetables California’s farmers have to offer. The intimate dining room and casual style make Red Hill Station a neighborhood gem.

Little Nepal

The first Nepalese restaurant in San Francisco will knock your socks off with its dynamic presentation of the diverse cuisine of Nepal. The country is located between Tibet to the North and India to the South, resulting in a complex flavor profile that includes dishes native to the Himalayas and the Indian plains. Nepalese cuisine is not for the faint of heart; spice-lovers are in for a true treat at Little Nepal. Try the classic Nepalese dishes like kukhurako ledo (chicken with creamy tomato sauce) and lentil soup. Little Nepal also has plenty of vegetarian options. In addition to the delicious curries, samosas, naan, and rice, locals love it for the family atmosphere and attentive service.

Front Porch

In the mood for some down-home Southern food? Check out the offerings at Front Porch, where you can try which chicken and waffles, fried okra, Dr. Pepper braised beef short ribs, grits with goat cheese and ribs, and New Orleans’ style beignets with powdered sugar. Front Porch has a renowned brunch featuring perfectly fried chicken and The restaurant has a vintage, funky feel that is just right for a neighborhood dive bar with fantastic cocktails and killer food. Don’t forget to try their famous hot sauces, Red Jalapeno and Habanero.

As you explore Bernal Heights, you may want to make it your permanent home! If that’s the case, give me a call, and I’ll help you with your home search. Together, we can find your dream home.


In 2018, Danielle Lazier + Associates sold over $104,000,000 in SF Bay Area residential real estate selling more homes than any other SF Realtor (per MLS). We specialize in listing marketing and home buyer representation and are proud to say we have sold millions of dollars worth of Bernal Heights real estate. We work with a diverse clientele in terms of budget, property type, and location, but one thing remains consistent: our clients have a clear goal to maximize their San Francisco real estate investment and want us to help them because we deliver both results and an enjoyable experience.

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