7.0 out of 10

Irving St, Inner Sunset

Ranked 1st best street in Inner Sunset
37.7639872560874 -122.467465857178
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
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Reviews

4/5
Feb 17, 2010

"San Francisco Neighborhood Shopping Street"

Irving is another of the Sunset's neighborhood shopping streets, although, unlike Noriega or Taraval (or Judah), it does not have bus or train service and, as such, is a little easier to get around. Located only one block from Golden Gate Park, it can be a convenient place to get the necessities you need (or visit a clean bathroom) while enjoying the Park. The eastern end of Irving, centered around 9th Avenue, serves the UCSF population and has a number of particularly cool stores and restaurants. It almost has a mini-Noe Valley feel, but is almost undiscovered. It is also convenient to many of the major Golden Gate Park attractions which are located in the park's east side. If you stop at Pasquale's, think of me.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
Oct 18, 2009

"Irving-Inner Sunset"

Irving runs parallel to Lincoln and Judah. This street alleviates much of the traffic congestion found on Lincoln Way. Irving has plenty of shops and restaurants between 7th and 10th Avenues. The people are very friendly and everything you may need is within walking distance. The N Judah runs on Irving for several blocks.
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4/5
Jan 31, 2009

"A convenient place for parents"

Irving Street is a fairly even sloped street from 18th Avenue to 36th Avenue. In this section of Irving, there are many stores and shops. Like Clement Street in the Richmond District, most are Chinese grocery stores; but some, like Walgreens, The Pizza Shop, and the 22nd Ave and Irving Grocery Market, are exceptions. Nearing 19th Avenue, there will be street lights for 2 blocks. Past 20th Ave however, stop signs will appear at every intersection. People start to populate the street starting at around 9 to 10 in the morning. Perhaps it is a good thing that there is no bus line that runs along this street for, the width of the street allows at most 2 lanes of cars to pass in either direction. Nevertheless, there are bus lines that intersect Irving (28, 71, and 29.) On 18th Avenue and Irving, there is a Public Library as well as an elementary school. It is very convenient for parents to pick up their children and then shop for dinner.
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5/5
Dec 23, 2008

"Busy street filled with life"

Irving is a very popular and busy street in the Sunset district. It runs from the beach to Arguello. This street has tons of stores and businesses. Quickly’s, Baskin Robins, Irving Pizza, and Blockbuster to name a few. A great place to go out to get a bite to eat. And to get dessert right after. A great place to just hang out with some friends. There is also access to many bus lines like the 28, 29, and the N. It is pretty safe most of the time. I hang out here with my friends all the time whenever we go eat or whatever. Overall a pretty chill street.
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5/5
Dec 11, 2008

"The Commercial Center of the Sunset District"

Irving Street exists only in the Sunset District, and extends out to the Pacific Ocean. It is mainly a commercial area, although there is a bit of residential housing scattered here and there. The Inner Sunset has a lot of funky cafes, good restaurants and opportunities for retail therapy, albeit most of them expensive. Due to its proximity to UCSF, these customers have plenty of money and are not hesitant to spend it. 19th Avenue to about 28th Avenue could be described as a sort of "mini-Chinatown" and you can buy housewares, great food and salon services for a very reasonable price. I love this area and take every opportunity to visit it.
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4/5
Dec 05, 2008

"Irving Street is a heaven in the Sunset."

Irving Street is somewhat similar to Noriega Street in the fact that it’s both a major residential and small business street. Living on Irving Street is extremely desirable in that it is close to major public transportation (the N, 71, 16, 28, 36, all depending on which avenue cross street you’re on) and that shopping for groceries is extremely convenient. There is not much to see as if you’re living on Irving and 25th downwards, but from there on up, there are many different stores. The shops on Irving that go from 19th avenue to 24th avenue are mostly independent grocery stores, herbal shops, produce stores, and 99-cent shops. Sunset Super is the local supermarket and can be found filled with Asian families over the weekends. This part of Irving caters mostly to the Asian locals that live around there. There is also a Blockbuster, Walgreens, and Starbucks in the area. Once you get to Irving and 11th, the shops become more geared toward dining out, accessories, and reading. There are some wonderful gift-shops, such as Tutti Frutti and Wish Bone, which sell miscellaneous items like coloring books and cute t-shirts. The nightlife is very good when you’re on Irving and 11th up to about 5th street.
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4/5
Jul 18, 2008

"Quiet and a little boring but has great food"

Irving Street does not have much happening for me. I tried walking around there with my friend but we couldn’t find anything to do after about three hours. We ate a lot. There are excellent Japanese restaurants which are hard to get into and are expensive but so delicious. One of my favorites is called Ten. There are also some cute mom and pop stationary stores and other cute stores. The N Judah line runs right down this street and will quickly take you right to downtown San Francisco. Another plus of this neighborhood is that it is near UCSF medical center which is an excellent hospital.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 14, 2008

"Irving-sound like a dance"

Irving Street
Irving St. is one of the liveliest streets of San Francisco’s Sunset District (mostly suburban). It is adjacent to the University of California San Francisco, one of the most prestigious medical schools and hospitals in the nation. Irving St. has a plethora of restaurants and shops (Italian, Hispanic, Indian, Thai…. and more). Irving Street is mostly made up of restaurants and small business, but the intersecting streets are filled with beautiful livable houses, flats and apartments. During the weekends the Irving St. is not as busy as the weekdays. Irving intersects with the Golden Gate Park, which is a lovely place to take walks-very aesthetic. It is perfect place to eat out. The cost living in the neighborhood is reasonable and is reasonable for families, couples and senior citizens. Public buses (main line is number 44) run on and intersect with Irving Street. The neighborhood is fairly new-established less than 120 years ago.
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4/5
Jul 12, 2008

"Irving St. - enjoyable and delightful city street"

Growing up in the upper Sunset, 9th Avenue and Irving has been a common sight for me everyday. There are many various types of restaurants that serve Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, and Japanese cuisine. The streets are fairly populated everyday with people walking in and out of restaurants or waiting to catch the N-Judah line to downtown. It is nice to walk down the streets on a sunny day where occasionally there is a street artist playing the saxophone or the keyboard. One can also easily access Golden Gate Park, through the 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way entrance which is one block away.
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5/5
Jul 12, 2008

"Busy, busy, busy"

Irving street is just your average urban city street. Irving street has many places to eat, shop, and just enjoy with the family. Like other streets in San Francisco, Irving is usually crowded all day and night on the streets and sidewalks. With many places to go to, Irving street provides a new experience every time you go there. Irving street is known for the favorite Sunset Supermarket for local Asian foods. Usually there is no parking here and people jay walk all the time. The streets of Irving are always complete chaos in the afternoons and during rush hour.
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5/5
Jul 11, 2008

"One of my favorite streets in the sunset. Tons of cafes to go to and relax! GO THERE!!!!!!!!!!"

Irving street is filled with tons of great shops and restaurants. The span of Irving from 19th ave. to around 27th ave. is like a microcosm of Chinatown. It is filled with cheap Chinese dollar stores, grocery stores and cafes. My favorite restaurant of Irving has to be the sunrise deli located between 22nd and 23rd and Irving. This place serves a Mediterranean cuisine and is known to make the best Falafel in town. right across the street there is a Quickly's cafe. Another great stretch of streets along Irving is between 14th and 6th streets. This are is also known for its multitude of cafes and restaurants. On this stretch, I recommend the restaurant Plutos which is located around 9th ave. and serves a homemade style of cooking. There are also tons of cafes such as tart to tarte and Starbucks. This is overall one of the most energetic streets on Irving and is a great place to relax.
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4/5
Jul 02, 2008

"Very busy place with a lot of Asian restaurants and shops."

Irving Street is residential street extending from the Great Highway to Arguello Boulevard. Approaching 27th Avenue, you will begin to see many restaurants and shops. Irving from 27th to 19th Avenue is considered by many to be the second Chinatown of San Francisco because of the vast Asian population and Asian stores/restaurants. Also on 27th Avenue you will find a police station which can be very helpful at times when police authority is needed. From 19th Avenue onward to about 4th Avenue, you will see many stores and restaurants on Irving Street including Jamba Juice, a sweet and delicious delight for many. What also makes Irving Street so wonderful is that the N Muni train runs on Irving Street beginning on 9th Avenue. Tourists should really come by and visit Irving Street if they hope to leave with a taste of Sunset District.
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4/5
Jun 02, 2008

"Many of points of interest"

Irving is one of the more commonly visited streets in the sunset district. It has many great places to eat and some bars for people who like to go out at night. This street is quieting like clement in the Richmond district it also has many people walking around and has a variety of Chinese foods, which are really big. Irving has many points of interests like there bike shop and music shop. Irving is not a good street to drive at because there are a lot of people walking on red lights. The best thing about Irving is that there are many shopping stores and if you live there it is very convenient.
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4/5
May 04, 2008

"Great food and small local stores with residential later on."

Irving Street runs from the beach down to Arguello Boulevard. It is the home of various unique inner sunset restaurants and stores. Food options vary; there are many Asian restaurants, pizza joints and more. Moving down the street towards the beach it turns into a more residential street. This street runs parallel to Golden Gate Park so it may be convenient to park on depending on where you need to go in the park. I wouldn’t recommend living near the business area of the street however towards the beach there is less traffic. I like this street because it is flat so many people walk around on it to get everywhere.
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5/5
May 02, 2008

"Good mixture in Inner sunset"

Irving street is a popular destination in the Inner Sunset district of san francisco. This is mostly a commercial st with lots of shopping to do. There is also a large variety of dining options and bars that are great for a night out. Lots of college kids come here for great indian food.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Apr 28, 2008

"Fun To Visit, Not To Live"

Irving Street is a great destination for a day of quirky shopping, coffee drinking and eclectic eating. On the upper end, near 9th Avenue, Irving is bustling with college students getting their nails done, hitting cafes and bar hopping. On the lower end, just past 19th Avenue, Irving Street is almost like a second Chinatown. With Asian restaurants and markets galore, this side of Irving is less clean and definitely a bit less interesting. You wouldn't really "hang" here unless your interests include shopping for cell phones and drinking tapioca juices. There are a few fun bars near this end, but the street is mostly comprised of Asian restaurants and Asian variety household stores, etc. Living on Irving Street means hearing lots of traffic all the time, as it's one of the main routes of the N-Judah MUNI line. The street noise might and the uncleanliness of Irving makes it a less-than-desirable place to dwell, but an enjoyable place to visit.
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4/5
Mar 10, 2008

"Bustling street with lots of action going on!"

Irving Street is a bustling and active street in the heart of the Sunset District. It extends from Ocean Beach all the way to University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

9th Avenue and Irving is a very popular destination. It is a very pleasant area with lots of fine dining. From a cheap burrito shop to very expensive dining, 9th Avenue and Irving accommodates lots of people. Parking here is nearly impossible especially during a weekend night so be prepared to walk!

The mini-Chinatown starts on the west end of 19th Avenue. Right when you hit Irving Street from 19th, you will notice the large amount of Chinese restaurants and stores. The restaurants here are very good but a lot cheaper than 9th Avenue. There are supermarkets, video rental stores, bars, 99 cent stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, banks, produce markets, and cell phone stores all over Irving. There is nearly everything on Irving!

Housing on and around Irving are typical Sunset District homes. There isn’t much housing on Irving except for some areas not invaded by stores. However, the blocks off of Irving Street provide very nice housing close to all the action!
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Best Streets in Inner Sunset

1

Irving St

3.5/5
"Busy street filled with life"
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2

9th Ave

3/5
"Great food surrounded by great neighbors."
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3

Hugo St

3/5
"Short, flat street close to many attractions."
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4

Lawton St

3/5
"Great street in San Francisco's premiere Sunset District!"
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5

18th Ave

3/5
"Quiet, Peaceful, and Residential neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco's Sunset district."
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6

Judah St

3/5
"Quiet but worth visiting"
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Unranked Streets in Inner Sunset

4th Ave

2.5/5
"short street on UC campus"
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