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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Farallon reviews from OpenTable diners
342 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (233)fit for foodies (189)romantic (181)notable wine list (152)neighborhood gem (47)good for groups (44)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a booth for two of us, the food was amazing, our waiter was excellent and I couldn't fault anything (apart from the small glasses used for cocktails!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We are foodies and we called our experience exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go there for Celebrations
    alt2033VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary. I noted on my reservation the type of special occasion it was. I also called the restaurant to remind them. The service was uneven with a server pouring water into the half filled wine glass. The was no more wine left on the the bottle we had ordered and the restaurant did not open a new bottle for us to make up for the mistake. When they brought up the check I mentioned about if they got the note about our special occassion. At that time they scrambled and as we were getting up from the table, they brought up one scoop of ice cream half the size of a golf ball. I asked to talk to the Manager but he never showed up. Unacceptable!. Do not go to Farallon for any celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go4Seafood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good seafood menu. Excellent service. Great decor and ambient.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went on my birthday, and was wonderfull, the waitress was very kind, and food was delicious, the best cheesecake ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dl
    dave
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Grossly overrated. Food was fair to good. Certainly not in keeping with prices. Restaurant staff seem to think they are far better than they are. This is at best a mid-range resstaurant that is overpriced.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Delight
    Babsariba
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Although we only make it over to Farallon from Marin about once or twice a year, we have never been disappointed. In this instance we were entertaining an important out of town guest, and his wife and we knew they adored sea food. As usual, everything was perfect. Our waiter was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    StocDoc
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was excellent. The waitress, Layla, was tremendous, knowledgeable and personable. Some of the best seafood in SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I heard it was a SF classic...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I guess I can't say for sure since I have not sampled all of the restaurants in SF, but it was really good. I am here in business and we went here as a group. They were very accommodating of my last minute reservation change. The food was all really good. Desserts were very tasty too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A MUST GO-TO PLACE
    RudyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went to this place after reading a number of positive reviews to see for myself. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service very attentive without being overbearing. The pace of the food was just right. I was seated by the bar so it was more noisy and less formal than the regular dining area. I was also next to a family with children. When dining alone, I prefer a quiet are where I can enjoy the meal and the ambiance . I enjoyed it so much that I made a return reservation 2 nights later but requested to be seated in the main dining room. I am looking forward to that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Fabulous
    KMc12
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place has it all - outstanding food, impeccable service and wonderful ambience. I will make this THE spot for our special occasion dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Among the very best
    Darthdine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Farallon is seafood restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco downtown few feet from union square. The ambience is energetic and as you enter immerses you in an atmosphere of deep sea. The menu is filled with a great combination of sophisticated courses. The service was outstanding and the wine list will please most people. You will need at least 1 one to two hours to dine at this place, so be prepared . The desert menu is delicious as well. It was a wonderful experience and as competitive as the restaurant business is in San Francisco , Farallon has a very respectable spot on the list of great places to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Divine!
    Terri
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was on a Girls Trip to San Francisco and we were told to try Farallon. I am so glad we did. It has to be one of the most beautiful restaurants I have been to in quite a while. Not only was it beautiful, the staff is superb. Our waiter gave us the history of the building and how the restaurant came into being. He even found out the name of the artist that made the "jellyfish" chandeliers and the huge "urchin" lights. Just gorgeous! He also made the best suggestions on the food and wine. We all enjoyed our visit and will definitely return to Farallon. We will also highly recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top place to dine
    Idilio
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Both food and service were first class! The ambient was very classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    ... but slow, and one of the courses was a little off, not the expected perfection. Additionally, there was some ordering confusion and I ended up with 3 courses when I only wanted 2...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    2nd visit to restaurant, after excellent 1st time. WHAT HAS HAPPENED !!!!! Travelleing for the UK. The booth I was given was facing the desert station near kitchen and not in main dining hall. I was told that all other booth tables had been filled. Unfortunately, this booth lacked atmosphere, apart from two waiters having a loud disagreement with each other at the serving station about which area they should serve. CHILLED LOUISIANA PRAWNS were over cooked, dry and hard. GRILLED HAWAIIAN TOMBO was cooked well but then tasted like a salt lick. Overall a very disappointing visit , with poor food and I will not be returning or recommending.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food- spotty service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    all the food was very good- service was spotty took along time to get drinks, different servers kept appearing and courses came one on top of another- like they were trying to turn the tables-
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous again and again!
    ginandtonic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our daughter moved to the city 8 months ago and is a foodie. She introduced us to Farallon awhile ago when she first moved to town. It is hard to go back to the same restaurant twice when we are only visitors and there are many great places to go. We have been back 3 times already and our friends that we have taken are going back when they get back to town! It was excellent and LOVE the ambiance and the service!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farallon May Be Past It's Prime
    Bueno
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been to Farallon before and it was an exceptional experience. However, this was the second time in a row where we were disappointed by the food and drink. It is one thing to have a leisurely multi-course meal, it is another to have to wait while each course snails it's way from the obviously slow kitchen. Our appetizer, the Grande Platter, arrived quickly and set the tone for what we believed would be a normal pace for the evening. From there it was downhill. We filled on three refills of bread, and the wives finished their over-priced bottle of Frank Chardonnay before the first course selections of salad, mind you, made it to the table. Second and main courses finally made it, and had to send one raw salmon back. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love this place
    yoshiloop
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    nice atmosphere and service along with tasty and right amount of portion of the foods. bit expensive but depend on what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Quartuch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great dining experience we all enjoyed food. Our waiter was wonderful service fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    GabsaacVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent food, one of the best Seafood reataurants I have been to in a long time!! Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    FrankandTeresa
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and service. Only complaint is the table we were given. There is one too many tables squeezed in and it was difficult to get in and out of the seat in the section we were in, with no room to back up without bumping into the guy seated behind me. I'm a size 4 and I was uncomfortable squeezed in too tight with the table against my stomach. My 6'2" significant other was even more uncomfortable. If we were to eat here again I'd request a larger table (there are many). Seems like we had the worst seating. Maybe because we set the reservations as out of state tourists (who may never be back).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
  • The Unexpected
    catandbear
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    What a setting! And the food and service were outstanding. Don't think many other places in SF do sea food as well as Farallon. Add to this the very exotic setting and you have the perfect recipe for a great meal and a great night out - whether just for a regular dinner or something more romantic. Truly a great find - thanks, Farallon staff! Here's to making this one of our continued destination eateries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food just ok....
    AwesomeScottVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I were travelling out west and decided to try Farallon on a recommendation. The restaurant itself is really beautiful. the service was very good. But the food was just ok, nothing very memorable or interesting. Almost like the chef saw all these great things at the market and threw them together. Just because you have ramps or purple potatoes doesnt mean they go with everything. Next time I am in SF will probably skip this one, too many other great spots.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • 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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.