The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit is about to kick off, and OpenTable, the world’s leading online restaurant reservation platform, would like to welcome you to San Francisco, where we were founded 25 years ago. SF might immediately get you thinking of the Golden Gate Bridge and the fog (it has a name—Karl), but this tiny city on the Pacific Ocean also has one of the most vibrant, diverse, and exciting restaurant scenes in America.
Waves of Italian, Chinese, and Mexican immigrants have made San Francisco a go-to destination for dishes like the hearty seafood stew cioppino, dim sum, and Mission-style burritos. Plus, restaurants like Zuni Café and Chez Panisse that were at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement have set the stage for a new generation of cutting-edge restaurants and bars in SF.
Whether it’s a coastal martini on the Embarcadero, prime rib in a stately dining room on Nob Hill, or the most extravagant omakase South of Market Street—San Francisco has it all. And to give you the warmest welcome to SF, we have all your dining needs covered with our guides to the city’s best restaurants, bars, outdoor dining, and more.
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Embrace SF’s year-round mildly cool weather, and head out to eat among eucalyptus trees, on a rooftop with stunning Market Street views, by the oceanfront with the soundtrack of waves, and more.