Commonwealth - San Francisco
Commonwealth - San Francisco

Commonwealth - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://commonwealthsf.com/
  • Phone: 4153551500
  • 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
Commonwealth - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (83)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (45)romantic (39)notable wine list (34)hot spot (15)good for groups (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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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
    JFK2SFO
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for a celebration
    yumyum
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of the best meals of my life. Wine pairings were amazing, servers accommodated dietary restrictions extremely well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great dining experience
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    at this wonderful restaurant. We've been coming here since it opened (I followed the chef whose food I admired before) and it just keeps getting better and better. It's not everyone's cup of tea since the menu is unique and the dishes are complex. But if you read the menu and think WOW, you're right. Some of the most innovative cooking in the city and at a really reasonable price for what you get. Superb place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Homerun!
    Caroline
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Commonwealth continues to "wow" us! Without a doubt, this is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. Thanks to Chelina, Alex, and crew for amazing service yet again. We are already looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very plain decor, almost at the level of a diner. In a very sketchy part of the Mission, so be forewarned. The service was impeccable, very friendly, knowledgeable and spot on. The food was quite beautifully presented with interesting combinations and, especially, textures. VERY small protein portions. Sweetbreads were maybe 2 ounces, the Hake, maybe 2-1/2 ounces. The other problem was with the intricate platings some of the components of the dishes were, let's say, less than hot. Maybe it's me, but I guess I'm over the tiny pretty plates where you get four bites and pay $15-20 a course. Not quite smoke and mirrors on the plate, but heading in that direction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Kris10ne
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The best tasting meny I ever tried. I still dream of the scallop. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very salty food, small portions, gets very stuffy with only one door for ventilation Nice presentation--just very AVERAGE--not worth the heafty price!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thank you
    Auris
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Thank you for very good dinner! We took tasting menu with wine pairing - food was excellent and pairing was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stefan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Hands down one of the best dining experiences in San Francisco. The tasting menu was perfectly balanced, the wines perfectly paired. The scallop starter was the best Ive ever had in my entire life. Many tasting menus tries to do to much, Commonwealth hits the right mark in amounts of flavors, the arc of the meal, the casaul vibe, great wine pairings, awesome service, simplicity/complexity of dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most creative and most traditional
    FrenchAsian
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a two star Michelin restaurant that we feel should be three stars. I would encourage anyone to go there before it happens. The candied carrots served on a branch was the most creative in presentation. The tomato consommé was the most traditional. Both tradition and creativity were at their height in the lobster bisque with fried sweetbread and bone marrow. The cream made it French but the construction was Asian. The deserts showed the same combination of creativity and tradition, mixing Asian (daikon, for instance) and French (verbena, for instance) aromas. Our waiter guided us very well on the choices of wines alleviating the burden of drinking too much usually associated with pairings. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A feast for your tastebuds
    pioggerella
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Amazing food : a feast for your tastetbuds and presented beautifully. Everything from the special chips to the wine was delicious and perfect. If you want to taste original and exciting food which should be featured on a cooking magazine, don't miss this place !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful food
    Goodeater
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Commonwealth is one of my favorite dining spots. They cook simple food but in unexpected ways and combinations that really make the ingredients sing. The service can be a little slow, but forget about that and just enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 846 reviews are from the Commonwealth - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Very tasty, SMALL protions
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The food popped. The textures were amazing (if not a bit pretentious). But my main course order of sole was about 2" X 1" of fish. Not really enough for an entree. The tasting menu had extremely small bites, but there were enough courses to get by.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was texturally spot-on, and the flavors complemented each other quite well. However, our dishes were pretty underseasoned; a bit disappointing, since everything else was so well-executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flat-out Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Commonwealth was the star dinner of a San Francisco trip filled with good food. From the start (a tantalizing amuse bouche) to the end, the tasting menu featured hit after hit. Blends of subtle tastes, beautiful plating, a nice room, attentive staff, honestly. We couldn't ask for more. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.