Ready, Set, Refuel! Where to Eat After the San Francisco Marathon?

You’ve run your race, now it’s time to refuel. Where to eat after the San Francisco Marathon? Whether you like a good burger, prefer some fresh oysters, or crave the best Japanese vegan food inspired by Zen Buddhist recipes, you’re in the right place in San Francisco. Dive into the food scene of the City by the Bay, dig in, and enjoy!

Written by Pavlína Marek

The Perfect Post-Race Meal

There are as many perfect post-race meals as there are runners—and you can (most likely) find them all in San Francisco.

The Ferry Building

If you’re a beer-and-burger kind of marathoner, what about heading to the Ferry Building after the race? It’s right by the finish line and houses the Fort Point taproom and Gott’s Roadside which serves burgers and other American classics. From there, you can go on a full-blown beer tour and see all the best breweries San Francisco has to offer.


Fancy a bowl of clam chowder as your first non-sugary food after getting your medal? Say no more. Clam chowder is one of San Francisco’s signature dishes, the perfect hearty meal to lift up the spirits when Karl the Fog pays a visit. Try Chowders on Pier 39 (a walkable distance from the finish line) or choose from the best clam chowder spots on this comprehensive list.

Cha-Ya San Francisco

Are plants more your speed? Are you looking for a calm experience after the rush of a race day morning? Cha-Ya San Francisco can offer just that. With its plant-based cuisine inspired by the principles of Zen Buddhism, this family-owned and operated restaurant is the perfect spot to share a meal with your (newly-made) friends or reflect on your race in peace.

Looking for something else? Find the best seafood spots, eat at Michelin Restaurants, visit the top five farmers markets, or eat your way through each of San Francisco’s neighborhoods. The possibilities are endless!

Next-Day Brunch

Did you sleep in the day after your race? Good for you! Look at you, kick-starting the recovery process like a champ. After you find your way out of bed, it’s time to get in more good food—and the best way to do that is with a big brunch.

Sweet Maple

There are countless places in San Francisco where you can find just what you’re looking for. Is it time for some classic American bacon-and-eggs combo? Sweet Maple with their famous sweet and spicy Millionaire’s Bacon is just the place to go.

Yank Sing Restaurant

Is dim-sum the new bacon? Three generations have been serving guests dim-sum for brunch for nearly 70 years at the family-owned Yank Sing restaurant. Choose from more than 100 rotating dishes served from traditional pushcarts and enjoy a brunch like no other.

Son & Garden

If you’re looking for an Alice-in-Wonderland kind of experience with your brunch, Son & Garden is the place to go. Smell roses and become bedazzled by the bright décor as you enjoy unique dishes and drinks like Bear Belly Benedict, Bobamosa, or Sakura Latte. 

Now you know where to eat after the San Francisco Marathon! Looking for something else? See the full SF Travel list of best brunch spots.

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