San Francisco

Upper Fillmore Street’s
best

Located in the second-wealthiest neighborhood in the U.S. (Greenwich, Connecticut is first), the popular Upper Fillmore Street shopping area is lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and coffeehouses.  Thrift stores keep it real. 

Bounded by:  Between Jackson St. & Ellis St., in Lower Pacific Heights. 

strollers on Upper Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California; image courtesy of venue
strollers on Upper Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California; image courtesy of venue

Upper Fillmore Street attractions

D & M Wine and Liquor Co. 
2200 Fillmore St.
This is a don’t miss for the most mind-boggling selection of whiskeys and champagnes in town.

exterior of D&M Liquors on Upper Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California; image courtesy of venue
exterior of D&M Liquors on Upper Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California; image courtesy of venue

Upper Fillmore Street restaurants

Jackson Fillmore Trattoria 
2506 Fillmore St./Jackson St. 
Those who show up at this trattoria without reservations usually find themselves standing in a line that stretches out the door; complimentary bruchetta and wine are sometimes provided to take the edge off.  Even those with reservations can wind up sitting at cramped tables or on a stool at the counter.  However, the exceptional antipastos and pastas make it all worthwhile.  Cloud-like gnocchi, fresh fish items, and truffle dishes are options.  A stellar and now hard-to-find hot zabaglione classico fresh from the stovetop makes a heavenly dessert.  Though made with just egg yolks, sugar, white wine, and Sherry, it is a show stopper.  Don’t miss it.  A cold version is also available.

Jane
2123 Fillmore St. 
This small, narrow venue features high ceilings and windows, a variety of seating options, and a scrumptious menu.  Diners order at the counter near a mouth-watering display of baked goods.  You can’t go wrong with the combo plate, most especially the veggie chopped salad combined with a tomato-basil-mozzarella-pesto panini.  More tasty possibilities include a Nicoise salad, Asian chicken salad, and Duroc ham-Gruyere panini.  Oh yeah, those pastries.  I thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate chip toffee cookie, and plan to try the chocolate cherry cake next time. 

blonde reading while dining at Jane on Fillmore Street in San Francisco
blonde reading while dining at Jane on Fillmore Street
in San Francisco

La Boulangerie San Francisco, on Pine Street 
2325 Pine St./Fillmore St. 
After being purchased by and then discarded by Starbucks, the original La Boulange location is back with a slightly different name–La Boulangerie San Francisco.  It presents a good selection of delicious bread, sandwiches, and pastries.  I got my fix with an almond croissant and a salami-and-pickle sandwich.  Only a few tables are available.  Perhaps pick up items to take home or a picnic to enjoy in nearby Alta Plaza Park, about 4 blocks away. 

pastry case at Boulangerie San Francisco on Pine Street
pastry case at Boulangerie San Francisco on Pine Street

La Mediterranée 
2210 Fillmore St./California St.  
The Middle Eastern menu offers an outstanding cinnamony chicken Cilicia in phyllo dough and succulent chicken pomegranate drumsticks, as well as soups and salads for lighter appetites.  For description and images

Noosh 
2001 Fillmore St./Pine St. 
A stellar Eastern Mediterranean menu here features ‘Everything’ bread and spreads.  More description and images

Everything bread items on Noosh menu in San Francisco, California
Everything bread items on Noosh menu

Upper Fillmore Street area hotel

Artists Inn 
2231 Pine St./Fillmores St.  3 rooms.  Continental breakfast.  No pets. 
This 19th-century farmhouse has one guest room in the main house and two in an adjacent artist’s studio.  Style is contemporary with fluffy white duvets. 

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