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
332 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (231)romantic (180)fit for foodies (177)notable wine list (145)good for groups (44)neighborhood gem (43)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food, atmosphere and service were wonderful!! The maître d went out of his way to make the evening special. It was our 2nd wedding anniversary and I forgot to request the main dining room. He was able to accommodate us in that room. The staff and chefs provided an exceptionally nice evening for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The restaurant is very appealing, the food was excellent, and the service good, but I felt that I was pushed into ordering another course. He said the portions were small, but I am a small person and I know how much I can eat. If I don't have enough, I will order more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything about our experience was exactly right. The oysters were fresh and delicious, the prawns and soft shell crab outstanding. My halibut was seared and cooked perfectly. My wife's short ribs were tender, moist and delicious. Desert, raspberries and mousse, was great. Beyond that the service was impeccable. Dirty dishes disappeared as soon as they were pushed away, and the pace was sensitive to us. Never rushed,never waiting. The restaurant was arranged so that every booth had a sense of privacy and the noise level was very low so conversation was easy and relaxed. My best dining experience in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We received a gift card to Farallon. The dining experience exceeded our expectations. Linda, our server, was exceptional—friendly, responsive, and thorough. In fact, all members of the serving staff were attentive and accommodating. We felt welcome, comfortable, and appreciated. And we were certainly well-fed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    dineinsf
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good was pretty decent but nothing too special. Service was timely but the waiter was indifferent bordering on rude.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    MichaelV
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Overall and excellent experience, nice ambience without too much noise. The service was exceptional with lots of attention to detail. Food was very good, the starters being the highlight but all well prepared and presented
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit!
    desertdog
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was cooked to perfection, the presentation was appealing, and the unique flavors were absolutely wonderful. Plan on being here a while, enjoy every course, the oysters were especially tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JCECGE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Just great in a aspects. We were there for a memorable evening ten years ago and ten years later we were s wowed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dinner!
    showdinner
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • farallon
    foodfunforfatty
    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.
  • Beautifully appointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Ambiance and decor was beautiful but admittedly I felt rushed during our dinner - a shame...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
    AgingLikeFineWine
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    wineanddineme
    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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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!
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.