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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in San Francisco? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Alamo Square Seafood Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1616)
$30 and under
Seafood
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
We specialize in fresh seafood in generous portions. Come and visit us on Wednesday evening when you can "Bring Your Own Wine" and corkage fees are waived. In the last 28 years, we have become a neighborhood favorite for a delicious meal at a great price. When Michael Bauer reviewed us he said, "Good seafood value at Alamo Square." and "The owners of Alamo are veterans at offering good food at great value." as well as "Snapper, salmon, tuna, swordfish, and petrale sole are all priced at $19.75 for a generous half-pound portion. Even with nothing else on the plate, it would be a good deal, but when you add the myriad side dishes, it's astounding."
Top review
MollyM
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We love this neighborhood spot. The food is always delicious—salads, seafood, roasted chicken, and creme brulee are our favorites—but the best part is the host/owner/server. He makes each visit so fun and special. We can't wait to go back!
A photo of Caffe Macaroni restaurant
5.0
5 (701)
$30 and under
Italian
North Beach
About the restaurant
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness.
Top review
LVSF
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Outstanding food, really special service from the owners who personally connect and vest in their clients. The ambience is second to none at SF - true to the city, neighborhood and its character. Our favorite restaurant in SF.
A photo of Presidio Kebab restaurant
5.0
5 (55)
$30 and under
Turkish
Pacific Heights
About the restaurant
Turkish food inspired by our chef from Istanbul. Fresh dishes made daily prepared in house!
Top review
EllenR
Dined on May 30, 2024
Wonderful restaurant! Great food, excellent staff. Highly recommend.
A photo of Ristorante Milano restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2028)
$50 and over
Italian
Russian Hill
About the restaurant
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
Top review
DeanOvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great local neighborhood feel. Excellent pasta and good Italian wine offerings. Good value and service with an Aldo the owner overseeing the dining room.
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4.6
4.6 (630)
$30 and under
Italian
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Il Borgo is a small gem located in Hayes Valley, with one of the best Chef’s, he comes from Milano and makes homemade pasta and bread from scratch. If you really want to go to Italy but don’t want to travel that far, stop by Il Borgo’s cozy & charming Italian restaurant where Chef Sergio Frigero will make you some of the best Italian cuisine in the entire city.
Top review
RoyAvip
Dined 6 days ago
Pastas and salad were excellent. Saltimbocca was OK but not great
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4.9
4.9 (386)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Serafina is a little gem of a restaurant, perched on top of Nob Hill, with views overlooking the city and Bay Bridge. Serafina was owner Maurizio Bruschi’s grandmother, and the name of her eponymous restaurant in the heart of Trastevere (Rome), where Maurizio first began making pizza at the age of 14. The executive chef is Umberto Cannarsa, a successful chef from Rome, who left his own restaurant in Rome to work with Maurizio again. The menu offers everything, including vegetarian options, but specializes in innovative Italian fish dishes, including fresh calamari, stuffed with olives, escarole, anchovies, drizzled with a potato leek sauce, as well as homemade pastas and dolci. The space is warm and elegant, where neighbors and friends can come together.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Always great and just around the corner from He house
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4.9
4.9 (25)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
SOMA
About the restaurant
Fare Play is a pop-up restaurant created by Chef Brenden Blaine Darby, a San Fanfrisco chef, farmer, and artist with a diverse background of culinary collaborations with NOMA, Manresa, Martin Berasategui, and Yoshi's SF. The menu of Fare Play is inspired by Brenden's grandmothers while also showcasing hyper-local and their time working at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as jungles, deserts, and regenerative farms across the globe.

Our atmosphere strives to be a new third place for SF Locals with a unique service style reminiscent of eating with family.

Definition:
Fare (/fer/) -noun
A range of food of a particular type.

Play (/plā/) -verb
-engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

Our menu features local produce from queer farmers across the Bay Area from roots, stems, seeds, and flowers.

Come with an open mind and leave with a full heart.
Top review
Tapbirds
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
The decor was fun, and the chef was personable and gracious.
A photo of Pazzia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (243)
$31 to $50
Italian
SOMA
About the restaurant
Authentic Tuscan restaurant serving seasonal Italian fare with all the convivial charm and allure of the Florentine neighborhood of San Frediano.

Opened in 1998 and located in the heart of what was then considered the city’s industrial warehouse district, tucked away on SoMa's Third Street, PAZZIA's buzzing dining room and outdoor patio quickly became a local favorite and destination spot for those “in the know”.

From fresh house made pasta, thin crust pizza, grilled meats and seasonal specialties to classic Italian aperitivo cocktails and convivially energetic Italian staff, PAZZIA is the perfect spot for a date night, family gathering, office function or delicious night out with friends.

PAZZIA offers indoor seating in a spacious dining room with banquette seating and views of the open kitchen, a more intimate lounge room with bar seating and tables around a fireplace and sheltered outdoor tables with heat lamps along the wide front patio.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great neighborhood restaurant -- we had the caprese, the brazinno ( which was enought for two!) and the salmon... all were delicious ! Nice ambiance -- outside tables too- would definelty go back for more!
A photo of L'Ardoise restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3291)
$31 to $50
French
The Castro
About the restaurant
French Bistro serving traditional and authentic fare in a cozy atmosphere.
Top review
SeanM
Dined 3 days ago
Rack of lamb and coq au vin were both delicious. Great service with attention to details. Lovely neighborhood spot for special occasions.
A photo of Oraan Thai restaurant
4.7
4.7 (37)
$30 and under
Thai
Richmond District
About the restaurant
Bringing our childhood & local Thai cuisine with a modern twist to your table. We are open every day and provide a beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Our space is suitable for gatherings of all sizes. We look forward to hosting you all!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Last Sunday, 16 June was my second time at Oraan Thai Restaurant. The food is as always excellent. I just gave them a 4-star overall because they still didn't honor my Tax Exemption Card which exempts me from paying taxes for restaurants dine-in/take out. As a member of the consular corps, we were given by the Department of State tax exemption for purchases including hotels taxes and restaurants tax charges. I hope that the Oraan management could exert efforts to check on how they can honor the tax exemption I am requesting from them.
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