Going out to Marina or North Beach bars and clubs is standard San Francisco protocol on weekends, especially for the post-college crowd and out-of-towners. If you’re looking to grab something to eat late at night in these neighborhoods, however, you’ll quickly realize your options are limited. After all, San Francisco is usually a pretty sleepy place after 11 p.m. Luckily, a few options stay open later to cater to the late-night crowd on the weekends. Here’s where to get some grub before grabbing a rideshare home.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all had a late-night craving for some delicious pizza and pasta, right? Don’t limit yourself to bad delivery. Delarosa in Marina has you covered until 1 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. As for the pizza, you can stick with a plain Margherita pie or add as many fancy toppings as your budget allows, such as spicy coppa, an egg, vegan sausage, or burrata cheese. You might enjoy the experience so much you end up coming back for brunch the next morning.
SF Hole In the Wall Pizza
If entire pies are out of your late-night eats budget, SF Hole In the Wall Pizza in Marina has your back. They serve single slices of cheese, pepperoni, chicken pesto, and Aloha pizza for under $5. The best part is they’re open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. If you need something more substantial, they also have a full menu of wings, sandwiches, salads, and more.
You can’t really control when the need for tacos is going to strike. Luckily, if it’s before midnight between Thursday and Saturday in Marina, just head to Tacolicious. They have all your favorite taco fillings, including carnitas, carne asada, and Pacific cod. Plus you might discover a few new favorites like pastrami or fried avocado. You can even get pitchers of margaritas and beer with your guacamole and chips, so why not just hang out here until they close?
15 Romolo is a cocktail bar in North Beach that also has a kitchen which stays open until 1:30 a.m. No need to leave and go somewhere else, if you’re starting to get hungry. Their specialty is tapas so you and your friends can share plates of Spanish tortilla, blackened octopus, tempura cauliflower, and hamachi crudo. Don’t forget to put an order in for the churro chocolate waffle before last call.
If it’s a burger and fries you crave late at night and you’re near North Beach, head to Sam’s. They’ve been serving hamburgers at this cash-only place since 1966. Its most recent claim to fame was a visit by Anthony Bourdain, who shot an episode of “The Layover” here in 2012, so expect a wait at all hours of the night for your food. (He got the double cheeseburger, by the way, and it’s strongly that you do the same.)
Golden Boy Pizza
Finding a late-night slice in pizza-obsessed North Beach is not an issue, especially not when you head to Golden Boy at least. They’re open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t expect any triangle slices here, though. They specialize in focaccia pizza, a.k.a. square slices (because “it’s hip to be square,” as their website says.) Depending on your hunger level, order a single slice or by the sheet. They’ve got lots of options, including clam and garlic, pepperoni, or pesto vegetarian.