Craving Mediterranean food?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Mediterranean spots around San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.
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1. Foreign Cinema
First on the list is Foreign Cinema. Located at 2534 Mission St. (between 21st and 22nd streets) in the Mission, Foreign Cinema is the most popular Mediterranean restaurant in San Francisco, boasting four stars out of 4,777 reviews on Yelp.
Open since 1999, this spot, which screens movies on its patio, has been named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Restaurants and was recently included in Eater San Francisco’s list of The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, Fall 2019.
2. Kokkari Estiatorio
Next up is the Financial District’s Kokkari Estiatorio, situated at 200 Jackson St. (on the corner of Jackson and Front streets). With 4.5 stars out of 4,449 reviews on Yelp, this Greek fine-dining restaurant has proven to be a local favorite.
Russian Hill’s Frascati, located at 1901 Hyde St. (at the corner of Hyde and Green streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the cozy Mediterranean bistro 4.5 stars out of 1,171 reviews.
4. Tuba Authentic Turkish Restaurant
Tuba Authentic Turkish Restaurant in the Mission is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 1,000 Yelp reviews. This spot offers cold and hot Turkish mezzes and entrees, as well as a full list of wines from Turkey and elsewhere. Head over to 1007 Guerrero St. (between 22nd and Alvarado streets) to see for yourself.
Last but not least, there’s Opa, a Western Addition favorite with 4.5 stars out of 250 reviews. Stop by 2401 Post St. (at the corner of Post and Broderick streets) to hit up the casual counter-service spot, which offers gyros, kebabs, salads, homemade sweets and more, next time you’re in the mood.
Deciding when to check out the top spots above? Saturdays tend to be the busiest days of the week for consumer spending at restaurants across the San Francisco area, while Mondays are least busy, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of customer relationship management software and email automation for small businesses. Last year, average daily transactions at restaurants grew to 67 per business on Saturdays, compared to 50 daily transactions on average on Mondays.