Along the cable car line on Powell Street just north of Union Square is a San Francisco institution: Sears Fine Food. Sears opened it doors in 1938 and has been serving steaks, seafood and cocktails to locals and tourists alike for over 70 years. The original location was just up the street, but the restaurant became so popular that a larger location was needed, and in 1964, it moved to its current location. The neighborhood is touristy for sure, but restaurant is not as much as you may think. The aging neon sign out front indicates they were here before that Gap down the street was. When you walk in and see the photographs, posters and other memorabilia on the walls, you may think – tourist trap – but look closer. Those photos are actually old. The wooden tables on the tile floor underneath the chandeliers complete the scene. You have officially walked into a time machine.
After taking in the decor, it’s time to order. The staff is very friendly and attentive and loves to share their faves with you. The menu boasts something for everyone, all at reasonable prices. The beer-battered cod is fantastic, and coming from this fish-fry veteran, that is saying something. When you finish your delicious food, you will receive a token for the slot machine near the entrance. Try your luck and see if you win a free meal. Even if you don’t, be sure to come back anyway.
Sears serves breakfast starting at 6:30am and dinner until 10pm.
Great restaurant near Union Square.