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Skip The Pricey Restaurants and Head to San Francisco’s Most Delicious Cuisines Recommended By Locals

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Other travelers are already getting immersed in San Francisco with delicious & local recommended food spots from Virgil

Get to know San Francisco like a local by visiting some of their favorite and unique culinary experiences. Here are just a few that we think you might be love:

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Patrick's Pick

Sushi Shio

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $$$

There are a lot of sushi restaurants in San Francisco and it's hard to figure out what's worth it. This is the perfect spot to splurge a little and get a lot from their chef tasting



Neighborhood - Cole Valley

Price - $$

People are obsessed with brunch and so many are overrated. Zazie isn't. Grab a  bloody mary next door and wait for your name to be called for this incredible spot


Mister Jiu's

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $$$$

This is the restaurant you book a month in advanced. The kind to make memories. Don't forget the cocktails they are just as good as their fantastic modern Chinese

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El Farolito

Neighborhood - Mission

Price - $

How can you look at that picture and not think it's the best burrito in San Francisco? You'll see La Taqueria as a favorite but this is where the locals go for their burrito.

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After grinding it at work during COVID all I wanted was some good live music, cocktails, and fantastic food while avoiding the tourist traps. That's exactly what I got when I worked through Virgil!

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    After you checkout, you will receive a short questionnaire for you to fill out via email. Once we understand your budget, likes/dislikes, travel style, etc. we put together your personalized guide within 24-48 hours. If you have anything on your guide you don’t like please let us know and we’ll be happy to swap them out.
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    We use a variety of locals coming from all different backgrounds to put together a consensus of what Virgil deems is best. They not only have different backgrounds but personally enjoy finding the best places for food, culture, and sites.
  • Why should I pay for information I can find online?
    We love to travel but there comes to planning it can be serious work. Global websites. Local websites. Instagram pages. Twitter feeds. Yelp/Google. Where do you start and stop? There is too much information out there and the vast majority of it is bad, outdated, or not what you were looking for. We cut through all of that and give exactly what you are looking for. With the extra time
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