Commonwealth - San Francisco
Commonwealth - San Francisco

Commonwealth - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://commonwealthsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 355-1500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Fox
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Street
  • Public Transit: BART stops at Mission and 16th. MUNI stops at Mission and 18th.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a small parking lot that is available to guests for $5 while dining at Commonwealth.
A word from Commonwealth - San Francisco
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, Commonwealth is a progressive American restaurant. Chef Jason Fox takes a decidedly global approach to California's tradition of showcasing local, seasonal foods by incorporating diverse culinary ingredients and techniques. Commonwealth also donates $10 from each of Chef Fox’s tasting menus ($75) to local non-profits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Commonwealth - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (43)romantic (40)notable wine list (38)hot spot (23)good for groups (10)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Outstanding food!
    Renu
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Unbelievably good food. Farm to table cuisine elevated to an art form. Every single item in our tasting menu was delectable and unforgettable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not easy to find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The restaurant signage was not obvious especially at night. Had to go 3 rounds before walking on foot before I found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A TRUE FOODIE EXPERIENCE
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've visiting Commonwealth a number of times and have consistently been impressed. The service here is excellent, presented by a staff passionate about food and wine. As usual, I did the chef's tasting menu paired with wine. The courses were well presented, offering the kind of surprises that make a memorable dinner. Only one course (the lamb) seemed to clash with the smoked pumpkins, mole, and the preserved lemons. The others were simply outstanding! I highly recommend Commonwealth to diners looking for a true foodie experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Chef Birthday Evening!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Every component was so thoughtful, detailed and delightful! had heard that this place is amazing. It blew us away!! I wanted to wow my husband who is chef ( not an easy task!) and he was thrilled! We will be back. If you are reading this- just stop and make your reservation now! Right Now!! Everyone who can MUST DINE HERE!! Thank you sooo much!! WOW! Food, service, everything- perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Sophisticated, thoughtful and creative food and very reasonable prices for what you get. Portions aren't large but the flavors backed into each dish left me completely satisfied and happy! Umami is alive and very well at this restaurant! One of my favorite restaurants in SF for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    ducatisb
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The tasting menu was amazing, well thought out and expertly prepared. The presentation was artistic. I was most impressed that they were able to accommodate both gluten free and vegetarian options without missing a beat or diminishing the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overthought but not tasty
    Icequeen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Unthinkable combinations of bland ingredients. Overly complicated but not pleasing to the palette. It just wasn't a tasty meal. The ambiance is boring and the space is just too empty for my taste. I get the idea of simple, non- decorated space but this was underwhelming. I felt silly even being dressed up there. Overall a disappointing dining experience all around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Francisco Vacation Dinner
    Pkelley19
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I came here as a solo diner before my friends arrive in San Francisco the next day. Coming from Nebraska, I had really been wanting to see how their tasting menu was because in Nebraska I cannot find anywhere that has a tasting menu. When I travel in the US I try to find new places with unique menus. I had read that the tasting menu was good, and after looking at other restaurants menus I decided on Commonwealth. Like I said I arrived here alone and the staff was very friendly and chatted me up between my courses. They sat me right next to the kitchen at the bar and so I received a little show, as well as good conversation from the staff. The courses were explained well, as was the wine, and it made for a memorable dinner in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    prudenceVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've been coming to Commonwealth for several years now, and it never disappoints. The food is sublime, the service attentive, and it is such a bargain for the level of cuisine. I've been to French Laundry, and I think it is on the same par, and for a lot less money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, inspired chef
    Redf00t
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We didn't have much in the expectation department before we walked through the door, but we left feeling like rock stars! Of course, the disco ball in the ceiling may have had something to do with this, but it was more likely chef's creations coming out of the kitchen that left us feeling satisfied and wanting MORE... The wine list was well thought out and also delivered! The starter of chips with and nitrous malted vinegar, inspired genius... I had a vegetable dish of Jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, dill, in a delightful sauce such wonderful Scandinavian influences it was a party in my mouth! Chef is definitely playing with flavors from everywhere and we are ALL benefitting. Even their take on a pot de crème was new to us. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You don't want to miss this!
    Birdie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Remarkable gem on Mission St. I will never go to San Francisco without going to Commonwealth! A must when you are traveling to the bay area!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection of cuisine, and wine too
    RPaulHVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Closest you can get to a Michelin-starred restaurant, without an official star/s. Cuisine is pure Nature, plus chef creativity to reveal the purity of what God intended in Eden. Service consistently predicts what you need and when -- and the wine service is a perfect match with the food, from all over the world. Easy place to celebrate with foodies. Wish the ambience was one step up; but that just makes the prices reasonable, esp the share to charity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting flavors
    FeedMeNow
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I went with a friend and had an early dinner. We both had the tasting menu, but both asked to sub out one of the dishes due to allergies/preferences. The chef accomodated and switched around the order of the tasting menu dishes to make sure that we get the best experience. Yes, the portions are small for each individual dish, but we were plenty full when we finished the meal. Flavors are definitely interesting in a very good way, and we felt like we were eating works of art. Atmosphere was casual and not stuffy at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a hit
    chickenandeggVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    when out of town / country friends come to visit i always try to make it to commonwealth. it's one of the best representation of the inventive cuisine we have the opportunity to experience in san francisco. never a false note. if you want to try new flavors, new textures, don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Jesper
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We went here for a anniversary dinner. The staff is super friendly and charming, they had no problems making any changes and picked great wine pairings when we needed it. They kept a perfect tempo the whole night through. The food was amazing, with a few courses being truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had the prix fixe and wine pairing. All the dishes were fun and inventive and the wine was expertly paired. The sweetbreads and the beer merengue were real standouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love This Restaurant
    Oaklandish
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I love Commonwealth. Every time I go, I am astounded by the chef's creativity. We had 6 dishes (they are small) between the 2 of us. We loved 4 of the dishes, enjoyed the 5th and found one dish underwhelming. The fish - Hake - was bland as were the composite elements. Needed salt and probably a bit of spice and certainly acid. But, on the other hand, the Uni with potato fluff and trout roe with lime custard was to die for...could have eaten another plate full! When a chef experiments like this, I'm forgiving if not each dish is the best. I also thought the pork belly outstanding and the hen with liver mousse stuffed bacon crackers, absolutely yummy. I heartily recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Birthday Dinner!
    Canadianfoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food, staff and ambiance were amazingly perfect. Great evening vibe, the food I think changed my life and the staff were kind, friendly and very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top notch flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Every dish was a well orchestrated piece of various and sundry flavors, not all of which you'd expect on one place but all of which sang together. This place delivers a Danko-like level of food quality and creativity, in a more casual setting and at a lower price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong
    AredubVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After half a dozen visits, Commonwealth remains one of my top picks in SF. Each dish we tried was delicious, and I guess we ordered enough that they added a couple of extras. Our wines were great with the food, and the service was just perfect. Everything was just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is one of the most innovative chefs in SF. Fresh ingredients mixed with imaginative flavors, spices and textures. We really enjoyed the tasting menu. The scallops to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food art
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dinner at Commonwealth was a mixture of great and disappointing. The dishes were beautiful and complex but about half were great and the other half were below average. The desserts were amazing. Smoked mushroom dishes also amazing. Okra and clams dishes nothing special. The service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great dining experience
    Planetxoxo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Al around great restaurant. the only disappoint was the "sea urchin, trout roe, potato, little gem lettuce, sea bean, lime cream, pickled wasabi " The sea urchin was a little runny and not plump and fresh Ask the server before you order it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Imaginative and progressive cuisine. A great culinary experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boyfriend's birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This year I took my boyfriend to dinner at Commonwealth for his birthday where we enjoyed the tasting menu. We loved everything on the menu except the sweetbreads. We felt that the flavors did not blend together very well. The ambiance inside was very nice, but the wait staff were a bit aloof and pretentious at times. Overall, however, this was a very enjoyable birthday dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicate and inventive cuisine.
    Yummers
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Each dish was beautifully and delicately crafted and the wine pairings took the meal to the next level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delight for Foodies
    CraigSF
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very innovative dishes with the best ingredients that were cooked perfectly. My mouth still waters when I think of the seared scallop and the sweetbreads with truffles that highlighted the meal. The tasting menu is highly recommended and the wine pairings were delicious and well matched with each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great menu, gorgeous plating, reasonable prices given the quality and nicely decorated. Only downside is it felt a bit like they were trying to rush us our toward the end to get the next seating in, but can you blame them?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suzanne007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have been here before but the food is always delicious, visually stunning, and intellectually interesting. I particularly like the flavor contrasts they achieve. Well worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising and exciting
    Danny
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First time here. My friend who is a foodie recommended this. The food was very good. Portions was small so don't come hungry
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan friendly
    OTfanVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The tasting menu was successfully and creatively modified for a vegan and there were substitutions for other diners who did not want to try sweetbreads on the regular tasting menu. We all tried wine pairings, but were not so impressed there. Excellent service and explanations about the foods and wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful visually but not tasty
    JFK2SFOVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    well composed, beautiful to look at, small plates. only decent course was the tiny nuggets of sweetbreads. generally heavily salted food -- and along with the well seasoned potato seaweed chips -- must be designed to get you to order more drinks... which were definitely not generous pours. dessert was very disappointing, tiny slivers of crostini / cheese and what must have been some type of fruit jam but was the insipid in flavor and color. won't be going back any time soon. also - the restaurant has zero ventilation and was hot as a sauna. folks took turns keeping the door open to get a cool draft to flow into the dining room.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I was very disappointed in Commonwealth. The service was so so for such a highly recommended restaurant, the food was disappointing and the noise level was very high. We ordered the pork dish and the pork was very tough. The white German Pinot Noir was excellent however.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 865 reviews are from the Commonwealth - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • FANTASTICALLY FABULOUS
    chfrob1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ive dined at commonwealth on several occasions and each and every time I am further amazed; as a chef im wowed! The tasting menu is a work of art. My only complaint is the californian wine selection is very limited, and are server was a little reserved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ThinmanVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is one of the finest of the fine restaurants in San Francisco. The creativity and execution of inspired plates is rarely equaled. athe dining is very inexpensive for the quality and presentation, a small fraction of places as creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    devanicoleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved our meal at Commonwealth. Very cool, intimate atmosphere. The food was inventive and delicious. The service was friendly and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Zisman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff was lively and attentive. They knew what they were doing. Have you ever had amazing food but bad service? It is a tragedy. We ordered the tasting menu, and this is hands down the way to go here. It was spaced out very well and everything was fabulous. The wine list and the servers recommendations were perfect. My husband did not like the main dish for the tasting and our server did not bat an eye. She simply mentioned it was fine and for him to pick something else. Huh? Wow! Ok....brilliant. I would come back here a thousand times over. The food was perfect, the service was perfect. Perfect perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of Commonwealth Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food portions were ridiculous. I'm a small eater and I left hungry. There are several farm to table restaurants that are much better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ended at at Taqueria Cancun..
    Beto
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I use to live in SF and needed a place to eat with friends on this trip.. went to opentable and Commonwealth had openings - Eater recommended the spot so decide to give it a try. The restaurant next door, "maybe" called Lu Fang had scores of people waiting for a table outside.. great omen, I thought. Our server explained the menu, small plates with inventive ingredients from 11 to 18 bucks.. not bad I thought for a nice dinner in the Mission. The small plates were not small, were diminutive and bare. From the first dish I told my friends jokingly, "if we don't fill up, there's always Taqueria Cancun, a late night favorite. Everyone laughed - kind of.. We finished dinner in under 45 min and headed for some delicious Tacos al Pastor! Yum!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of noise and all together
    Chinatown
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lots of noise, tables almost together for a place to be modern
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.