Best of ezCater: Top San Francisco Caterers for 2020
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It’s said that San Francisco is home to more restaurants and farmers’ markets per capita than any other city in the country. It’s no surprise, then, that the choices for catering are practically endless. Whether it’s vegan, gluten-free, or Thai flavors for breakfast or Turkish specialties for lunch, this progressive city has it all. Use this list to quickly and efficiently find the very best caterers in San Francisco.
Best in San Francisco
1. Corner Bakery Cafe (665 Market St., San Francisco)
With sandwiches like Mom’s Turkey Sandwich or D.C. Chicken Salad Sandwich served on artisan bread, and freshly-baked sweets like brownies and Bundt bars, you can’t go wrong with any order from this chain.
2. Gyro Xpress (499 Castro St., San Francisco)
In the heart of the Castro, you can rely on this restaurant to provide generous portions of kebabs, Vegan Falafel, and even the Grilled Salmon Plate which is served with salad, rice, pita bread, and tzatziki.
3. Tuba Express Mediterranean Kebab & Gyro (1550 California St., San Francisco)
Just one bite of flaky Sigara Boregi (phyllo dough stuffed with potatoes and feta cheese) from this Nob Hill restaurant will transport you to Turkey.
Best Catering for Large Meetings
1. Mr. East Kitchen (276 5th St., San Francisco)
For something a little different, try the Pho Bar that comes with your choice of broth and proteins like chicken, grilled shrimp, fried tofu, or beef.
2. Beard Papa’s (99 Yerba Buena Ln., San Francisco)
Perk up your next event with a Variety Cream Puff Box brimming with flavors like chocolate with strawberry filling or green tea with vanilla filling from this beloved Japanese chain.
3. The Five Rivers Indian Cuisine (314 Westlake Center, Daly City)
This Daly City restaurant uses authentic Punjabi recipes to create their shareable Vegetable Samosas, creamy Chicken Tikka Masala, and spicy Lamb Vindaloo.
Best for Small Meetings
1. Corner Bakery Cafe (665 Market St., San Francisco)
Customers rave about the incredibly fresh salads. Like the Southwest Salad composed of romaine topped with chicken, cheddar, tortilla strips, and avocado or the Spinach Sweet Crisp tossed with sliced strawberries, oranges, red grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, and goat cheese.
2. Poke Life (1700 Owens St., San Francisco)
Bring the warm breezes of Hawaii to the office with a Create-Your-Own-Poke Bowl package that includes rice and your choice of proteins like salmon, tuna, chicken, or tofu. Toppings include spicy mayo, ponzu sauce, ginger, edamame, cucumber, and more.
3. RocknWraps & Kabobs (2053 Broadway, Redwood City)
In addition to Middle Eastern favorites like falafel and shawarma, this Redwood City restaurant offers a few out-of-the-ordinary items like Mansaf, a Jordanian dish of lamb cooked in fermented, dried yogurt and a type of cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup called Kunafa.
Best for High Stakes Meetings
1. Bamboo Asia (98 7th St., San Francisco)
All-inclusive catering packages featuring Vietnamese, Japanese or Indian flavors make for a hassle-free order and feed a minimum of 20. Each package also includes plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options so your colleagues with dietary restrictions won’t feel left out.
2. Sweet Dreams Bakery (7743 El Camino Real, Colma)
Impress an important client with a spread of cupcakes in quirky flavors like Ube Macapuno (purple yam-coconut cake), Almond Brittle, and Banana Split.
3. Sini (322 Kearny St., San Francisco)
Both Turkish and Lebanese flavors combine at this financial district restaurant that wraps fluffy pita bread around fillings like eggplant, free-range chicken, and beef brisket doner kebab.
Best for Last Minute Orders
1. Sunrise Deli (54 2nd St., San Francisco)
Since 1984, this Middle Eastern restaurant in the Sunset has been cranking out the highest quality food like dolmas, kafta, and the Leg of Lamb Dinner served with cucumber-yogurt salad and pita bread.
2. Truly Mediterranean (3109 16th St., San Francisco)
This Mediterranean restaurant in The Mission comes through under the wire with all-inclusive platters heaving with falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouli, cucumber salad, dolmas, feta cheese, and pita bread.
3. Golden 9th Deli (500 9th Ave., San Mateo)
If you find yourself in a pickle, this San Mateo deli is to the rescue with platters of smoked turkey, pastrami, salami, veggie sandwiches, and delicious desserts like Baked New York Style Cheesecake or White Chocolate Flavored Raspberry Cheesecake.
Best Mexican Catering
1. La Salsa (1230 El Camino Real, San Bruno)
Taste a little bit of everything with the La Salsa Sampler Tray that’s practically overflowing with tacos, chicken taquitos, cheese quesadillas, and guacamole, chips, and salsa.
2. Bayshore Taqueria (300 Bayshore Blvd., San Francisco)
Try one of the best burritos in the city (and that’s saying a lot in San Francisco) with the Super Burrito Boxed Lunch filled with your choice of hearty meats like the chorizo, al pastor, or chile verde.
3. The Green Enchilada (444 Manor Plz., Pacifica)
On this extensive menu, find both Mexican and Peruvian favorites like the Spectacular Taco Bar with your choice of two fillings such as al pastor, carne asada, and roasted veggies or Mary’s Rotisserie Chicken Platter with chimichurri.
Best Sandwich Catering
1. Soma Eats (186 2nd St., San Francisco)
This downtown cafe’s flavorful sandwiches like Salmon Nicoise and Slow-Roasted Lamb with spinach, dates, and goat cheese draw inspiration from global flavors.
2. Mission Picnic (983 Valencia St., San Francisco)
Order lunch in an instant with catering packages like the Golden Gate Picnic with a choice of ten sandwiches such as Cranturkey, Loaded Lox, Devil’s Egg, and more.
3. Breaking Bread SF (4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco)
This sandwich shop in the Embarcadero Center strives to make sandwiches more exciting with fillings like Curried Chicken Breast or Roasted Market Vegetables with goat cheese and hazelnut pesto.
Best Italian Catering
1. New York Pizza (700 San Bruno Ave. E, San Bruno)
For the best pizza outside of Manhattan, order a New York Specialty Pizza pie topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese.
2. Villa Italian Kitchen (3251 20th Ave., San Francisco)
This Italian chain prepares menu items like Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken Florentine Parmesan, and pizza using recipes that founder Michele Scotto brought over from Naples, Italy.
3. Mr. Pizza Man (201 E 4th Ave., San Mateo)
Even the gluten-free can feast on unique pies like the Peninsula Pizza topped with marinated chicken, green onions, tomatoes, bacon, and garlic.
Best Mediterranean Catering
1. Gyro Xpress (499 Castro St., San Francisco)
Classic chicken kebabs, falafel, and even veggie skewers served with hummus, Mediterranean salad, tahini, and pita bread earn accolades from customers.
2. Tuba Express Mediterranean Kebab & Gyro (1550 California St., San Francisco)
Lunch is ordered in an instant with an all-inclusive package centered around mousaka, roasted vegetables, or shawarma, from this Turkish restaurant
3. Tuba Authentic Turkish Restaurant (1007 Guerrero St., San Francisco)
Menu items like Karniyarik (baked eggplant stuffed with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and chopped parsley) or Kuzu Sis (lamb skewers with peppers and onions) represent the heady flavors of Turkey.
Best Breakfast Catering
1. Noodle Bar & Grill (631 Broadway, San Francisco)
At your next morning meeting, try some Thai-inflected flavors with the Hot Breakfast Bar with items like Scrambled Tofu, Curry Scrambled Eggs, Sriracha Bacon, and Thai Tea French Toast & Mixed Fruit.
2. FG Bakery Cafe (2561 El Camino Real, Redwood City)
In addition to the Breakfast Burrito and Croissant Sandwich, the Caribbean French Toast made with brioche bread topped with caramelized bananas and coconut is a must-try morning treat.
3. PSC (3122 16th St., San Francisco)
With Vegetarian Biscuits & Gravy, Country Potatoes, and Chicken Apple Sausage, this Haight-Ashbury diner is a San Francisco institution.
The Best of ezCater Awards recognize top performing ezCater catering partners in 25 cities across the US. Selection criteria include catering performance over the past 12 months, customer reviews and ratings, and adherence to ezCater editorial guidelines. All winners must have a location in the 25 designated metro areas.
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