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Thomas Ty Tran
September 21, 2020
A Running List Of SF Streets That Are Closed For Outdoor Dining
Where (and when) you can eat outside, car-free.
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Since May, San Francisco’s Shared Spaces program has slowly been closing down streets to cars, allowing restaurants more space for outdoor dining. In July, the Mission and Chinatown were the first two neighborhoods to close off select streets. Since then, tons of other areas in neighborhoods around the city have gone carless - in addition to smaller, one-block closures in front of specific restaurants. It’s important to note that these street closures are only expected to run through December, at the latest - and are happening only on certain days of the week, at certain times.

So if you’re looking to support restaurants in these neighborhoods by dining al fresco, here’s a running list of streets that are closed, and on what days. We’ll be updating it regularly as more are added.

Shared Spaces Street Closures:

  • Bayview: Galvez Avenue (at 3rd Street) is closed to traffic on Saturdays from 8am-12pm (through November 7th). Yosemite Avenue at Lane Street will be closed on October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th from 3-11pm.

  • Castro: 18th Street (between Hartford and Castro streets, and Collingwood and Castro streets) is closed to traffic on Sundays from 1-10pm (through December 31st). Jane Warner Plaza is closed to traffic daily from 11am-6:30pm (through December 31st).

  • Chinatown: Grant Avenue (between California and Washington streets) and Commercial Street (between Kearny Street and Grant Avenue) are closed to traffic on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-9pm (through December 27th).

  • Excelsior: Onondaga Avenue (between Mission Street and Alemany Boulevard) will be closed to traffic on Sundays from 10am-7pm, starting October 4th. The closure will last through October 25th.

  • Hayes Valley: Hayes Street (between Laguna and Franklin streets), and Octavia Street (between Hayes and Ivy streets) are closed to traffic on Fridays from 4-10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Lower Polk: Austin Street (between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue) is closed to traffic Tuesday to Thursday from 10:30am-9:30pm, Friday from 10:30am-11:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-11:30pm (through December 31st).

  • Mission: Valencia Street (between 16th and 17th streets, and 18th and 19th streets) is closed to traffic from Thursday to Sunday, 4-10pm (through November 1st).

  • Outer Sunset: Irving Street (between 19th and 20th avenues) is closed to traffic from 3:30-11pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 10:30am-11pm on Saturdays and Sundays (through December 31st). 37th Avenue (between Ortega and Quintara streets) is closed on Sundays from 6am-7pm (through December 31st).

  • Portola: Burrows Street at San Bruno Avenue is closed to traffic on Saturdays from 12-8pm (through December 31st).

  • SoMa: Starting October 4th, Folsom Street (between 6th and 9th streets) will be closed to traffic every Sunday from 8am-6pm (through November 29th). Stevenson Street (between 6th and 7th streets) is closed to traffic every Thursday from 4-9pm (through December 17th). Natoma Street (from 2nd Street to Easterly Terminus) is closed Monday to Thursday from 9am-7pm, Fridays from 9am-8pm, and weekends from 11am-8pm (through December 31st).

  • Sunset/Parkside: Taraval Street (between 46th and 47th avenues) is closed to traffic every Sunday from 9:30am-8:30pm (through November 15th).

  • Tenderloin: Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Hyde streets) is closed to traffic every Thursday to Sunday from 11am-8pm (through December 31st). And Larkin Street (between Eddy and O’Farrell streets) will be closed to traffic every Thursday to Sunday from 11am-8pm (through December 31st).

  • West Portal: The West Portal Parking Lot (174 West Portal Avenue) is closed every day from 10am-6pm (through December 31st).

Other Street Closures:

  • Beach Street: The southernmost lane of Beach Street (outside of Buena Vista Cafe, between Hyde and Larkin streets) is closed to traffic, all day, every day (through December 31st).

  • Gold Street: Gold Street (outside of Bix, between Montgomery and Balance streets) is closed to traffic Sunday to Thursday from 4:30pm-10pm, and Friday to Saturday from 4:30-11pm (through December 31st).

  • Ivy Street: Ivy Street (outside of Fig & Thistle, between Gough and Octavia streets) is closed to traffic Friday to Sunday from 3-10pm (through December 27th).

  • Jack Kerouac Alley: Jack Kerouac Alley (between Columbus and Grant avenues) is closed to traffic Monday to Thursday from 10am-10pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am-11pm (until December 31st).

  • Jasper Place: Jasper Place (between Green and Union streets) is closed to traffic Thursday to Sunday from 5-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Leidesdorff Street: Leidesdorff Street (outside of Credo, between Pine and California streets) is closed to traffic daily from 10am-8pm (through December 31st). Also, Leidesdorff Street between Sacramento and Commercial streets (outside of Wayfare Tavern) is closed to traffic every day from 11:30am-9pm (through December 31st).

  • Powell Street: Powell Street (between Columbus Avenue and Union Street) is closed to traffic Friday to Wednesday from 12-10pm, and Thursdays from 4-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Ritch Street: Ritch Street (outside of District, between Townsend and Lusk streets) is closed to traffic Monday to Friday from 4-10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm (through October 31st).

  • Shannon Street: Shannon Street (between Post and Geary streets) is closed to traffic from 10am-3pm daily (through September 30th).

  • Steiner Street: Steiner Street (outside of Izzy’s Steaks & Chops, between Chestnut and Lombard streets) is closed to traffic Monday to Friday from 11am-9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Via Bufano: Via Bufano (outside of Bodega, between Greenwich Street and Columbus Avenue) is closed to traffic every day from 12-10pm - except Thursdays, when it’s closed from 4-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Washington Street: Washington Street (outside of Chouquet’s, between Fillmore and Steiner streets) is closed to traffic daily from 9am-10pm (through December 31st).

  • Waverly Place: Waverly Place (outside of Mister Jiu’s, between Clay and Sacramento streets) is closed to traffic on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-10pm, and Sundays from 10am-7pm (through October 31st).

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