Modern Guide to Dogpatch: Low-key Eats and Drinks Meet a Vibrant Maker Scene

by Ana Kamin and Lola Desmole | 7x7

Mural in Dogpatch, San Francisco
Dogpatch is home to a burgeoning arts and maker scene. (Courtesy of @cleaver_sf)

Located on the waterfront and home to industrial warehouses, canning factories, and shipyards, Dogpatch has lured local makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs looking for space to work and affordable living in recent years.

Lucky for us, this means the quiet neighborhood is also a decidedly chill destination to grab an organic bagel spread with homemade cultured butter, pick up a pair of custom-made clogs, pair cocktails with haute chocolates, see a contemporary art installation, or grab a cold craft beer.

Where to Eat in Dogpatch

Cafes + Restaurants

Attention, bagel lovers! Daily Driver (2535 3rd St.) is now slinging freshly made organic bagels schmeared with cultured butter, cream cheese, and spreads all homemade in the onsite creamery. Get there early (they stop serving at 2pm) for bagel sandwiches stuffed with the likes of gravlax or egg salad; bagel dogs; matzo ball soup; a couple of veggie sides; and lots of coffee drinks. // Opened in 2007, Serpentine (2495 3rd St.) was an early pioneer in Dogpatch and, under the ownership of chef Tommy Halvorson since 2017, remains a local favorite, especially for weekend brunch (hence the line). Don't like to wait? Brunch is served all week long; and at dinner, the house burger is a signature dish. // Owner Heena Patel spent years cultivating her craft at La Cocina before opening her first restaurant, Besharam (1275 Minnesota St.), where the innovative menu riffs on traditional Indian cuisine with Californian flair. // The cozy, no-frills, laid-back Just For You Cafe (732 22nd St.) has been a popular breakfast destination since well before Dogpatch landed on the radar. Make the most important meal of the day count with eggs any style teamed with pork chops, apple-sausage, or catfish on housemade breads. Their beignets are legendary. // We love the homemade pasta and thin crust pizzas served in the bright yellow Victorian house that is Piccino (1001 Minnesota St.). // Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill (2427 3rd St.) is labor of love: While chef/owner Gilberth Cab, originally from the Yucatan, is creating his Latin-fusion menus, his wife Julia sources the best wines for pairing. // Simple in decoration and with only few tables, Marcella's Lasagneria (1099 Tennessee St.) will win you over with freshly made lasagnas for carnivores and vegetarians alike. // Already an old-timer in Dogpatch, Hard Knox Café (2526 3rd St.) aims to sate your soul with Southern comfort food. Look for their exceptional Belgian waffles paired with crisp fried chicken and cornbread muffins. // Long Bridge Pizza Co. (2347 3rd St.) is Dogpatch's answer to the neighborhood pizza place. // We Californians love our Mexican food. Glena's Tacos & Margaritas (632 20th St.) quickly became a destination in the 'hood for the simple stuff done right. Bonus points for pretty green tiles and tropical plants with vacation vibes. // Organic everything—avocado toast, burger, breakfast burrito, smoothie bowl—is on the menu at The Plant Cafe(2335 Third St.). // Gluten lovers grab bagels and breakfast sandos at Wooly Pig (2295 3rd St.), a homey spot that's all about community and friendly serviced. Soups and salads are also on offer.

Snacks + Specialty Shops

One of SF's most beloved chocolatiers, Recchiuti Confections serves up more than just divine and gorgeous truffles at The Lab (801 22nd St.): Swing by for sweet little morsels, yes, but also for cocktail and chocolate flights and fanciful beverages including drinking caramel and dark hot chocolate. // Line up for scoops of homemade ice cream in such flavors as black sesame, b-day cake, and burnt sugar at Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous (699 22nd St.) . // Some of the city's best croissants, tarts, and macarons are to be found at Neighbor Bakehouse (2343 3rd St.). // Every neighborhood needs a cheese shop. La Fromagerie (2425 3rd St.) offers an impressive international selection alongside a concise of menu of cheese platters, light eats, and wines by the glass. // In the American Industry Building, Nosh This (2325 3rd St., Suite 326) is famed for its award-winning Almond Crack and Bacon Crack. But speaking of legal drugs, you can also now get cannabis-infused treats. // Olivier's Butchery (1074 Illinois St.) is a traditional style French boucherie committed to sourcing quality meats—that means pasture-raised, grass-fed, and non-GMO—from sustainable ranchers.

Where to Grab a Drink in Dogpatch

The newest spot to unwind in the 'hood, Ungrafted (2419 3rd St.) is a wine bar/store run by an all-sommelier team with an eye toward budget-friendly yet expensive-tasting wines. If that weren't enough, the food pairings are legit: Order up bratwust, fried chicken, or caviar. Want to learn more about wine? Classes are offered for $45. // Had a long day at work? Head over to School Night (601 19th St.), where on Monday through Thursday nights only you can order up Latin-inspired pisco, agave, and whiskey cocktails. But this Traci Des Jardins–helmed spot is really only posing as a bar: The food menu—including ceviche, achiote chicken wings, carnitas tacos, and Impossible albondigas—goes way beyond bar bites. // The beloved Haight Street brewery has gone full-service here in Dogpatch: Magnolia Brewing (2505 3rd St.) is a lofty, industrial space with the scent of hops lingering in the air and communal tables for devouring American fare—think roast chicken, pork chops, and sausages. Cans and growlers of beer are available to go; there's also a short but strong list of cocktails and a few wines by the glass. // Taste wine created in the cellars at Dogpatch Wine Works (2455 3rd St.), which also a terrific venue for special events. // Among SF's oldest bars, Dogpatch Saloon (2496 3rd St.) made its debut in 1912 and still gets us occasional live music and a fireplace. // Yield Wine Bar (2490 3rd St.) is perfect for intimate nightcaps or after-work drinks. The knowledgeable owner will also give you a small oenology if you happen to catch him behind the bar. // Take yourself out for happy hour or bring your buddies to watch a game on the big screens at The Sea Star(2289 3rd St.); either way, you'll have a great time in this underwater-themed watering hole. // You didn't have to see it in the Cate Blanchett movie Blue Jasmine; The Ramp (855 Terry Francois St.) has been a waterfront go-to for bloody marys for eons. // Go for $1 oysters and $7 cocktails during happy hour at Mission Rock (817 Terry A Francois Blvd.). The views of the bay? Priceless.

Shop Local Makers in Dogpatch

Fashion mavens need no introduction to Bryr Clogs (2331 3rd St.), whose Dogpatch studio offers made-to-order clogs and is open for inspiration and ogling Wednesdays through Sundays. SF is one of America's most bicycle-friendly cities, and also home to one of the top brands of messenger bags. Rickshaw Bagworks (904 22nd St.) stocks colorful eye candy that's both practical and cool; you might also get a tour of the factory. // Designing apparel and gear for serious campers and outdoor adventurers, Triple Aught Design (660 22nd St.) has its home base in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse where they also offer events and courses in self-defense, survival tactics, and more. // Founded by SF artist Ann Hatch, Workshop Residence (797 22nd St.) is part studio and part store where you can shop one-of-kind goods by collaborating local makers. // Furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and jewelry are among the handmade and vintage items to be found at Industrious Life (1095 Tennessee St.).

Arts + Activities in Dogpatch

Museums + Galleries

The neighborhood's budding creative scene is perhaps nowhere more evident than at Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnesota St. and 1150 25th St.), a collection of warehouse dedicated to providing "economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits." Check the website for a variety of special exhibitions. // The Museum of Craft and Design (2569 3rd St.) is a cultural oasis for rotating exhibits and public programming. Don't miss the gift shop, stocked with a sharply curated selection of beautifully crafted goods. // Dogpatch Arts Plaza (19th and Indiana St.) transforms a once-dead-end street into an 8,000-square-foot public outdoor art gallery for large-scale installations and concerts. Check the website for a schedule of events.

Fitness + Outdoors

Curious about rock climbing? Give it an indoor go at Dogpatch Boulders (2573 3rd St.), where the routes are set by experienced, world-class climbers who are also on-hand to catch you if you fall. // Once known as "Toxic Beach," Warm Water Cove is now a well-maintained park directly on the waterfront with walking paths, lawns, benches, and an industrial harbor feel.