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Dreamforce Attendees: How to Eat Like a Local in San Francisco

Jeff Cunning September 25, 2018

Welcome to San Francisco, Dreamforce attendees!

This beautiful city has so much to offer, especially during this week. You’re going to be spending time at a lot of exciting sessions and networking events, but if you need moment away from the hustle and bustle, I have a few recommendations for you.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for 7 years, and it seems as though it has a limitless number of excellent restaurants. Here are some of my favorites though, so you can get a taste of San Francisco from a local’s perspective.

Top 5 places to eat and how to get to them from Dreamforce

Flour & Water – Handcrafted, casual Italian in the Mission District

Take the 27 bus from the 5th Street and Howard Street stop, and hop off at the Bryant Street & 20th Street stop. The restaurant is a two minute walk West on 20th Street.


Frances – Small plates of market-driven Californian cuisine

Take the L Taraval line from the Powell Street Station and hop off at the Castro Station. Frances is just a short walk East on 17th Street.


Rich TableLocal ingredients, served in a woodsy space with an open kitchen

Similar to above, take the L Taraval line from the Powell Street Station. Hop off at the Van Ness Station OB. Walk two blocks West on Oak Street, and you’ll be there.


Okoze – Offering classic sushi and a chance to step outside of your comfort zone by trying some more adventurous rolls

Take the 45 bus from the 3rd Street & Howard Street stop. The Union Street & Hyde Street stop will be just in front of the restaurant.

Okoze accepts reservations by phone, and not online. So call in a reservation old-school style.


Nopa – Another spot for California-sourced ingredients and creative cocktails.

Take the 5R bus from the Market Street & Grant Ave. stop to the McAllister Street & Divisadero Street stop. Head south on Divisadero Street for three blocks, and you’ll arrive.

San Francisco Dining Pro Tips

These restaurants can be difficult to get in to, so show up around 5:30 and get on the waitlist. You will likely have about a 2-hour wait, so go get cocktails nearby and plan to eat around 7:30-8.

Also, show up in groups of 2-4 if you want a puncher’s chance of getting a table. Groups of 8 or more are not going to fly at these places without reservations.

While you’re in town, let’s meet up!

That all being said, if you’d like a local’s perspective on the food scene or the tech scene, I can offer both. While you’re visiting, reach out, and I’ll meet you!