Restaurants for History Buffs in California 

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  • 21

    Wayfare Tavern

    28 reviews

    Tyler Florence's Wayfare Tavern is beautiful, adorned with decor celebrating the history of San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Service was superb, as expected, and the food was really tasty. Note: I came here for a private event that let me take in the space, drinks and some small bites, so I cannot comment on the dining experience here.

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  • 22

    Manor Coffee Shop

    4 reviews

    Manor is my favorite coffee shop EVER. Growing up in SF, I used to be taken here for meals at least once a week. (life was so simple when people visits their regular spots once a week at least) I now can take myself here but sadly, I just don't come here often enough anymore. Nostalgia aside, the food offerings ...

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  • 23

    The Prado at Balboa Park

    37 reviews

    Great place to relax, have some food and drink after enjoying Balboa Park

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  • 24

    The Turf Supper Club

    7 reviews

    Top pick from Bo and I is a short walk up the street to the famous Turf Club: •Classic Drinks • Old-School Charm • Tons of History Come pay a visit to San Diego’s Original Grill-Your-Own supper club. Love the vibe and energy, cuts of meat you grill yourself are amazing... Cook it the way you really want it !

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  • 25

    Cavalli Cafe

    2 reviews

    Mamma mia! I think I've just found my new favorite cafe! Everything is premium (imported and/or organic) and the desserts are made from scratch! They serve some of the best espresso shots I've ever had, and I'm pretty sure it's the only place in San Francisco where you can get Danesi coffee. Santo is a really friendly proprietor, and he's ...

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  • 26

    Sutro's at the Cliff House

    25 reviews

    Fascinating site .history in view and among the photos and ambiance of the location.

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  • 27

    Lefty O'Doul's

    2 reviews

    We just call it Lefty's. One of the last bastions of old SF, and I fear for their long-term future given their landlord's track record. Hofbrau-style cafeteria servings of solid comfort food at incredibly reasonable prices; very well-stocked bar; and lots of TVs for watching sporting events, especially in the huge back room. Pianists/vocalists/Karaoke at night (I've never been). Their ...

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  • 28

    Geoffrey's Restaurant

    6 reviews

    Before becoming Geoffrey's this place was a resort where the rich and famous hung out. An oft repeated story is that this is where the Kennedy - Marilyn Monroe romance began. Today it is still a hang out for the rich, the famous and the occasional interloper like you and me. It is so nice to find a restaurant that ...

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  • 29

    La Trappe Cafe

    4 reviews

    Located in North Beach in a building used during the Prohibition, it’s main seating area is actually downstairs below the building. Intimate and classy, it’s a great place for a date or just hanging out with friends. With table service, a bar and even a lounge area that’s rarely taken during weekdays, you’ll never have to worry about fighting the ...

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  • 30

    The Old Clam House

    3 reviews

    San Francisco's oldest restaurant with old school charm and ambiance. Warm service and tasty fare. Steamed clams, clam chowder, linguini with clams. Thats not all! Fresh fish, crab and shrimp galore. Great cocktail selection.

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  • 31

    White Horse Restaurant

    1 review

    It's the oldest bar on the block! The bartender is a real local and so are many of the clientele. They had free hot dogs and popcorn when I went, but I heard they now serve food, so I'm not sure if that still exists.

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  • 32

    Somoa Cookhouse

    5 reviews

    I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay. I sleep all night and I work all day... The Samoa Cookhouse, is one of the last remaining original, lumber style cookhouses. It was established in 1890 and after a delicious and hearty family style meal (I prefer breakfast here), there's an interesting logging museum and lots of historical photos. This place is right ...

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  • 33

    The Bridgeport Inn

    2 reviews

    An old, well-maintained Victorian house that now provides lodging and a fine restaurant, the Inn is worth walking through even if you're not staying there or eating there. But, if you don't have a meal there you're missing an opportunity for a taste treat.

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  • 34


    2 reviews

    Ignore the reviews pre-2014. This is under new ownership and they are up and coming, so worth your consideration for Dim Sum anytime, right in Chinatown! Some background: Hang Ah is the oldest Dim Sum place in San Francisco, perhaps California. It has been serving Dim Sum since 1920! That is 94 years folks! Yes, it has waxed and wained ...

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  • 35

    The Garden Court

    2 reviews

    So elegant! So much glass and so many sparkling chandeliers, it seems like you're dining in Vienna or Paris. I had a lovely lunch there with the girlfriends. I totally loved my crab salad, and was so happy I could eat all that fresh crab with out the bother of cracking and picking. Service was professional. It was fun looking ...

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  • 36

    Food Tours

    2 reviews

    This mission district culinary walking tour stops at six local food purveyors in three hours, during which tour guests meet the owners, chefs and industry experts, while noshing on their artisan specialties. The progressive meal visits a coffee roastery and continues as guests sample savory bites and stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood learning about its murals and history. Then, ...

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  • 37

    Hotel del Coronado

    2 reviews

    After an awe-inspiring walking journey, we returned to catch the next trolley. This time, we headed for Coronado. More class and elegance and incredible views. It was especially relaxing to enjoy a waffle cone on the ocean-view deck at the Hotel del Coronado. Talk about class! Naturally, we took off our shoes and walked the beach.

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  • 38

    Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions

    Great selection on beers and wines. Not to mention those whiskeys as well. Nibbling on their special BBQ is a great pairing. Love to come back here again. Fun, chill, and very cool atmosphere.

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  • 39

    Red's Java House

    6 reviews

    A funky ol' place right on the waters of San Francisco Bay. Creaky floors, wooden walls, in the shadow of the Bay Bridge. I go for the atmosphere, but some folks love the food.

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  • 40

    Schroeder's Cafe

    6 reviews

    If you're looking for a bootful of German beer in the FiDi, Schroeder's Cafe is your place. This place is legit, both historically and beer...ically. They offer a lot of German beers that you can't find in most any other bars in the city. The space is large and, when it's not wicked crowded, it's a really nice spot to ...

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