Editor’s Note: Updated with notable restaurants on May 12
San Francisco’s shelter in place order has temporarily transformed restaurants used to dine-in customers into hubs for takeout. In light of these challenging times, the following notable places are now available on DoorDash. Note that menus may be different from their dine-in counterparts, with family-style meal kits or a smaller, pared-down selection of delivery-only options. Hours are often scaled back. We’ll continue to update this story in real-time as additional restaurants of note become available on DoorDash.
Pre-Covid, diners would line up for hours on weekends to slurp a hot bowl of noodles at this spot housed on the second floor of the Japan Center. Now you can order them without the standing wait, and customize your bowl based on your spice and topping preferences.
Marufuku is best known for its Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen, a rich ramen from the Fukuoka Prefecture that features a cloudy pork bone broth, minimal toppings, and straight, ultra-thin wheat noodles.
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Marufuku’s sought-after Deluxe Chicken Paitan isn’t available online (during dine-in, it was limited to 15 bowls per day), you can order something similar—the Chicken Paitan ramen, featuring chashu chicken breast and a creamy chicken bone broth.
In addition to featuring USDA Prime steaks and certified Kobe beef, this Union Square steakhouse is also known for luxurious side dishes, and signature desserts.
It doesn’t get more luxurious than whipped mashed potatoes topped with butter-poached lobster. (Photo: Mastro’s Restaurants)
Mastro’s ice cream-topped butter cake is a signature dessert. (Photo: Mastro’s Restaurants)
Trattoria Contadina is a classic Italian-American restaurant in the heart of North Beach, and it’s been owned by the same family for three generations.
One of the bestselling menu items is the Il Diavolo, a penne pasta that’s coated in a spicy ‘nduja sausage, burrata cheese, and tomato sauce.
Another hallmark of the Contadina menu are the polpettini, or meatballs, which are best ordered with fresh spaghetti and tomato sauce.
San Francisco's Hometown Creamery lives by the motto "farm to cone," and claims to be the first creamery in the city to make small-batch ice cream completely from scratch on the premises.
SFHC’s vanilla, which is made using real Madagascar vanilla bean, never leaves the menu.
Hometown Creamery’s Fresh Mint Chip takes the term “fresh” to the next level; the flavor is made with several pounds of fresh mint steeped into each batch, and it’s only made when mint is in season.
In addition to—you guessed it—Japanese curry and ramen, Fumi also serves izakaya-style snacks, teriyaki, and boba drinks.
Fumi has a whole section on teppan curry ramen, which is cooked on an personal-sized cast-iron griddle plate. Pictured here: the TR3. Chashu Teppan Curry Ramen with slices of tender roasted pork.
The TC6. Chicken Katsu Teppan Curry is another house favorite.
DoorDash diners have rushed to Dumpling Time since it opened this month for their stay-at-home dumpling and dim sum needs. It is operated by the celebrated and thoroughly local Omakase Restaurant Group—operators of Omakase, Okane, Potrero Hill’s Live Sushi Bar, and San Bruno Avenue’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While you won’t be able to leisurely enjoy the sight of dumplings being made fresh, you can still enjoy Dumpling Time’s fruits of labor for pickup or delivery. Popular items sell out quickly, so order early!
Try the signature Pork XLB—Shanghai soup dumplings, or xiao long bao.
If Dumpling Time’s popular pork-based soup dumplings aren’t available for takeout, we promise you’ll be equally impressed by its satisfyingly crispy pork gyoza.
One of the restaurant’s sleeper hits is its newfangled take on shrimp toast using Chinese donuts as a base.
Operating out of the west side’s Stonestown Mall Food Court, Los Kuyas offers a Filipino-Mexican fusion menu featuring tacos, burritos, rice bowls and sandwiches. The format is primarily Mexican, but the flavors—Sisig, Adobo, Tocino—are boldly Filipino.
The Dinner Box comes with two burritos, two rice bowls, and six tacos for $50! You can feed your family, or yourself for a week.
I recommend the Sisig Street Style Tacos. Each order comes with three.
While the other restaurants in the Mina Group are closed, Mina Family Kitchen is chef Michael Mina’s take on a pickup and delivery restaurant for our current times. The menu, which represents diverse flavors like Middle Eastern, Italian, Hawaiian, and barbecue, is a highlight reel from International Smoke, Pabu Izakaya, and Mina’s other celebrated restaurants. All sale proceeds, plus a hot family meal, benefit the group’s staff.
Ken’s Roll (from Chefs Ken Tominaga and Yukinori Yamamoto) is made with shrimp tempura, avocado, spicy tuna, and pine nuts.
Michael Mina’s Spiced Egyptian Chicken Stew recipe is made with potatoes, okra, and couscous.
From chef Kevin Schantz, get the classic comfort of fried chicken made with honey butter and green beans.
This upscale Presidio Heights mainstay is currently offering a limited number of family-style meals (like chef Mark Sullivan’s Irish pot roast with cabbage, carrots, potatoes, a Parker House roll, and a berry trifle for dessert). All proceeds from sales are being distributed to the Spruce staff; add a bottle of wine to round out your meal and further support the team. Takeout hours are technically 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but meals have often been selling out before dinnertime, so plan accordingly.
This spinoff from the folks at Umami Burger is a new delivery-only brand dedicated to the popular chicken sandwiches already on the Umami menu.
Try the signature “Sammy” with its fiery diablo sauce.
On this sandwich, which is made with bacon and maple syrup, the waffles are the sweet, delicious buns.
This beloved Mission District Japanese tapas place has a limited delivery-only menu available on DoorDash. Delivery service is available between 12:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Regulars clamor for the Mentaiko Spaghetti, their signature dish.
Who can go wrong with Chicken Karaage or Japanese fried chicken nuggets? Bon, Nene’s are served with a house spicy mayo.
The Bay Area is home to several great Peruvian eateries. Fresca—a local, three-store operation—is one of them and my personal favorite. I love their Pisco Sours. Sadly, they aren’t available for delivery—but the following items are! Currently serving late lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
Lomo Saltado is my entire family’s go-to, regular, can’t-get-enough dish. Steak, french fries, and rice. Timeless.
Peruvian chicken-rice. pulled chicken stew, aji Amarillo cream sauce, hard-boiled egg, potato, walnuts, and jasmine rice.
This local Chinese dumpling spot is new to the Inner Sunset and to DoorDash. They have a huge selection of different dumplings and house-made knife-cut noodles. They also offer handmade dumplings that are frozen that you can then boil, pan-fry, steam, or microwave whenever you want (instructions and tips abound on the Internet).
Try the bestselling Shanghai Soup Dumplings.
Another favorite? The Pork Dumpling with Green Chives.
Spicy Mapo Tofu is the tofu of the moment.
This Inner Richmond taproom usually features 15 rotating beers on tap and a wall of flat-screen TVs. Alas, in shelter-in-place times, the taps are not flowing. However, the wings, fried chicken sandwich and bar sides are available for matching with your beer at home. (You can also get beer delivered on DoorDash, just not from Foghorn at the moment.) They’re open for limited dinner service between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Wings come with up to 13 sauce options and sold in five, 10, and 30 wing sizes.
We’ve declared the fried chicken sandwich as the sandwich of the year. Foghorn’s is made with fried chicken breast, slaw, pickles, and aioli on a challah bun.
Moroccan chef Mourad Lahlou recently reopened his flagship restaurant, Aziza, after a three-year hiatus. The Richmond District restaurant, which just opened its doors several months ago, is pivoting to takeout and delivery.
Lahlou’s famous for his basteeya, a flaky, sweet-savory pastry entrée. His is filled with duck confit, spiced almonds, and caramelized onions. (It’s also available to take out and bake later at a discounted price.)
You may not be able to saddle up to the gorgeously retiled bar just yet, but some of the Aziza’s most popular cocktails, including the Vesper, are available to go as well.
ONE65, the six-story culinary destination for all things French, is closed for the meantime, but if you’re feeling like something fancy, you can still order from its tony Bistro & Grill.
Not quite a pizza and yet also not quite a flatbread, the Crispy Onion Tart is decidedly delicious.