Farallon
Farallon

Farallon

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.farallonrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4159566969x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch Hours:
    Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-3pm
    Dinner Hours:
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Monday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm;Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
    Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday in the Jellyfish Lounge and Oyster Bar 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Mark Franz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: http://www.farallonrestaurant.com/riesling_week.html

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Powell and Mason
  • Public Transit: Cable Car, 38 Geary Bus, 1 California Bus
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Garages nearby.
A word from Farallon
At Farallon, Chef Mark Franz serves coastal cuisine with French influence. The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh. Expect exciting combinations and show-stopping execution.
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Farallon reviews from OpenTable diners
348 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (243)fit for foodies (182)romantic (180)notable wine list (145)good for groups (49)neighborhood gem (48)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Fabulous Dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Arrived late due to traffic (we told the waiter we had a shw to get to) but we were served quickly and in enough time to make our show at the Orpheum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slowwww
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was great, but extremey over priced for the small portion sizes. The service was very slow. It took almost an hour to get our appetizers (which was from the raw bar, so cooking wasn't a factor). Given the prices and poor service, I wouldn't recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • farallon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    loved it, cant wait to go back, a little noisy but good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • farallon
    hoipolloi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent everything. The setting is magnificent but does not outshine the food, which in this case is really saying something. Lots of tourists, of course, which is fine, but the concierge should tell them that in San Francisco, in a restaurant like that, people don't usually wear sweat pants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good service. Perfectly cooked fish. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A longtime between visits
    TableHopper
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our grandson, Eric, a foody was visiting from San Luis Obispo and we wanted a treat for him. He's been to Boulevard, his favorite, so we looked a Open Table's top ten, then added several more, Farallon won out with the most convenient Friday night reservation, made a week ahead of the date. Also, we thought he'd really like the decor. We arrived 25 minutes early, the host was great and had a booth for 3 set up immediately. Our server Joseph B., an ex-chef was our server. He was great, knew the menu, and could answer all of our questions, with a touch of humor too. The food was very good. Eric and I ordered the halibut which was prepared wonderfully. My octopus starter was excellent, though two more pieces for sharing would help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable for a Romantic Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I came for my birthday. I recommend this place as a great spot for any special day/occasion between two people. Great spot for family/adults, even though I came as a kid. FOOD & DRINK: -Soft shell crab is a definite favorite -Cab Franc was a solid recommendation by our Som -Halibut served well -Shrimp cocktail was not what I had before Overall 4 Star: With that many servers, I should never have to fill my own water. Picky, but (for the price) I expect immaculate service from end to end. They should always double check their silverware before placing on tables between courses. My knife blade had fingerprints and some residue on it. Our servers positive attitude and knowledge of the menu and restaurant was nice to have.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No wonder it's still here
    JeffH
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent, interesting food served by an accomplished wait staff. That's what makes a restaurant a San Francisco institution. The mostly fish menu is creative, and they are willing to "go off the board" if necessary - substituting soft-shell crab for fish, for instance. Overall, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sat on balcony overlooking bar -
    mvh140
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Downstairs restaurant would be preference but was very enjoyable. Tables are nicely spaced for conversation. A little too much salt on the salmon entrée but the lemonfish entrée was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The wait staff is supurb. Ambiance engulfs patrons. Be in the mood for fruits of the seas. Very conveniently located, near theaters, shopping, union square, vibrant San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MariposashelVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Aside from the fact that the décor is lovely, this is a foodie paradise. Most notably for us was the gazpacho. The color was rich, the flavor sublime and lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful meal with quality staff in magnificent surroundings. Mariposa Okie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too Expensive!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This restaurant has a great ambiance and excellent service. However, the food was average and extremely overpriced. Expect to pay $400 for a meal for four -- this did not include any wine or drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Highly recommend McCormick and Kuletos over this place. The entrees were good but overall very,very expensive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-show dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My mom and I came here before seeing a show at the SF Playhouse next door. It was awesome. The service was wonderful and we got in and out in time for the musical. Will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hmm, mixed emotions
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    it is a great restaurant with very good seafood with sensational decoration but after a nice beginning we waited forever for the main course which didn't fulfill only the second time around. the restaurant manager and our waiter were super kind and nice trying to accommodate us in every way, that was perfect and I understand things can happen so we'll try again. great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    mmmSF
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    It was perfect. We had a cozy corner table as requested. The food was as impressive as expected and our server courses and plated everything perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome gem
    MidwestTracker
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wanted a place with ambience! Farallon fit us perfectly. Thanks to a friend who recommended this gem to this out of towner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious with great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife and I went for her birthday. Food was wonderful and service was great. Waiter was perfect. It was expensive, but worth it
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out
    AFH1VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was really quite good, and the setting is wonderful.....previously a pool....love it. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic restaurant
    Sarah
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I really loved the atmosphere and design of this restaurant. It has a unique aquatic feel to it, complete with ocean themed lights, chairs, and tables. Besides the beautiful decor, the food is also wonderful. The seafood is very fresh. We ordered the soft shell crab and the tuna appetizer. The soft shell crab was delicate and crispy, with just the right amount of flavor. The tuna tartare was also delicious. The pairing of apricot, creme fraiche, and tuna made the flavors of sweet, tart, and salty come perfectly together. In addition to the food, the waiters are really knowledgable, patient, and friendly. The only complaint I had was that the branzino was too salty. Yet, the overall experience was marvelous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The place is great and the food does taste superbly. The ambience is perfect for a special occasion or a romantic night out. Also the service is of high atandard. Just ger ready to pay a very expensive bill!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our meal here was good but nothing amazing, and certainly not amazing for the cost which was quite steep. Our waiter felt rushed, we are in the habit of taking our time to order but he kept coming back even though we clearly still weren't ready. He also suggested a lot more food than we needed, saying the portions were quite small. Actually they're normal sized portions so it was a lot of food. He didn't really seem to know his wines that well either. The food was good, we really enjoyed the tomato salad and the tuna tartare. The entrees were mediocre.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We eat little, but the food and wine was so fabulous we cleaned almost every course. Fantastic. Service ans ambiance went perfectly with the price point. We will be bacl again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful!
    pinkpopcorn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Farallon never disappoints. I have been here at least 4 times and every time it has always been excellent with excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic fish
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We dined in a booth early in the evening so the restaurant was not yet full. It was very quiet, which we appreciated. The waiter was attentive, and our food was served in a timely manner. We especially liked the roasted summer bean salad. Our entrees, the lemonfish and the branzino were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome place
    finedining
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was my first time at Farallon. I invited my European friends to dine there this past Friday and we had the most wonderful meal, great and attentive service and fine wine. The server, Leila and her team, were incredibly helpful and provided valuable information about the fish neither of us ever tasted. It was a success! And we are coming back. Keep up the great work, Farallon team.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife had the cheesecake. It was 2 bytes and not worth the price. Otherwise the foot was excellent. Peter
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    As a "mature" couple we wanted to celebrate our wedding anniversary in a top restaurant in San Francisco. Farallon exceeded our expectations. We were seated in a comfortable booth, greeted with complimentary champagne, and the service was outstanding throughout the evening. We shared lobster on ice, a Mediterranian bisque, and Halibut, all prepared to perfection. Best restaurant experience in a long time! Lucky us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed the ambiance, and the food was excellent. The menu was creative. Will go again the next time we are in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be sure to try this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Absolutely beautiful restaurant with great food & service! Enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Farallon
    Seafoodie2
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Delicious food, fantastic service, fascinating decor in the center of downtown SF. Best Cosmo year after year! A bit on the noisy side, but worth it! Book well ahead as this restaurant is full from opening to closing time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • civengrVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food, Service, and ambiance;outstanding!- noise level intolerable! ruined the evening completely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, outstanding service
    bellbell
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Farallon is a classic that's been consistently high quality with exceptional service. I love that the wait staff are highly trained professionals that are INTO their jobs. The food is imaginative twists to standard fish and sea food fare. The wine list is robust.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food2014VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Disappointed--ordered grilled octopus for appetizer-- 3 tiny tiny pieces of octopus $18
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinesoutoften
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food, wine list extensive, but felt that they need a smattering of wines under $100, we had a 1/2 bottle of Grevry-Chambertin at $48.00, which was very good, but might have ordered a full bottle if one would have been available and under $100.00 and from past experience I know that is possible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food - outstanding; Service - impeccable. Would recommend Farallon to foodies and non-foodies alike in search of outstanding seafood and equally impressive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farallon
    BigKahuna
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Decor was interesting if not a bit outdated. The Chesapeake soft shell crab was delicious and the Branzino perfectly prepared. Our waiter was superb and staff very pleasant and friendly. We spent nearly 4 hrs there enjoying a bottle of Chateau Margaux, catching up on old times and did not feel pressured to leave
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanD
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Nothing short of outstanding, especially for a special occassion. Extra care was shown to us, and the food was great - flaky halibut and mouth watering tombo. Our server chose an excellent wine and the desserts presentation were prepared especially for us which made the entire evening that much more memorable. A remarkable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farallon is a Find
    RichandD
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If you are looking for seafood that is expertly prepared, a seasoned and professional serve staff, and an atmosphere that is subtle yet unique, the Farallon delivers on all fronts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent choice!
    FoodieNat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    You won't regret trying all items in the menu. Menu changes daily so be sure to check back in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.