Published on March 2, 2016

5 Restaurants in the Castro Locals Love

Looking to try a new restaurant near the Castro District? Here's a list of the Castro restaurants locals and critics love.

5 Castro Restaurants Locals Love

1. AatxeAatxeAatxe's menu draws inspiration from the Basque tapas culture, utilizing traditional Spanish cooking techniques and presentation. Encouraging a communal style of dining, the dishes encompass everything from traditional pintxos and small plates to large cazuelas. Guests can celebrate the region's drinking traditions with a variety of classic aperitifs, contemporary cocktails and Spanish wines.

2. Hecho

HechoHecho offers a unique twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, with nightly dinners and weekend brunch. With a focus on fresh and local ingredients, Hecho specializes in offering mix-and-match tacos, a wide variety of sides and starters, and classic entrees. The festive space features communal tables and a huge bar, where guests can enjoy rare tequilas and mezcals.

3. The Viking Room at Cafe du Nord

The Viking Room at Cafe du NordCafé du Nord has been serving San Francisco (almost) continuously since 1907. Reopened after restoration in the summer of 2015, it is once again providing San Franciscans with good food, good drinks and good times. Tucked into the back of the historic bar is the Viking Room, a restaurant serving fresh seafood, American bistro cuisine, cocktails and champagne.

4. Bisou Bistronomy

Bisou BistronomyBisou (French for "kiss") serves California-accented French cuisine. Featuring organic and locally grown produce, the menus — including a five-course tasting and incredible brunch — offer fresh takes on classic dishes. The casual dining room is the perfect setting for enjoying the rustic, beautifully presented bistro fare, varied wines and refreshing drinks.

5. Sparrow Bar and Kitchen

Sparrow Bar and KitchenSparrow Bar and Kitchen is a loftlike eatery serving healthy, locally sourced New American dishes and craft brews. The two-level spot boasts a contemporary, relaxed vibe with colorful pillows and prints, dark metal accents, and a heated redwood patio deck.

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