Leo's Oyster Bar

4.6
504 reviews
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Seafood
Fashioned after the great cocktail and oyster bars of the golden era, Leo’s Oyster Bar is a glamorous 3-star seafood-focused restaurant in FiDi from Big Night Restaurant Group co-owners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas, along with executive chef Jenn Puccio. The transportive “1950's Beverly Hills meets Manhattan club" was designed by Ken Fulk alum Jon de la Cruz and has received critical acclaim for its interiors, earning the title of Best Designed New Restaurant from Bon Appetit as well as a nomination for the James Beard Foundation's Best Restaurant Design award. Whether you're posted up with a decadent raw bar plateau in Leo's light and fern-filled conservatory, or enjoying vintage Champagnes within the restaurant's speakeasy-style cocktail lounge The Hideaway, Leo's Oyster Bar offers luxurious, timeless experiences that have earned its place on every San Francisco hit-list.

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The Infatuation
7.8

Leo's Oyster Bar involves pricey, but tasty seafood in an '80s power yacht come to life. Obviously it's in the Financial District.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 504 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leo's oyster bar serves amazing food! Their service is amazing and the decor is also very awesome. We hope to go back again!

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's expensive, but you're getting what you pay for. You can taste the care the drinks are made with and the food was a 10 out of 10. The Brussel sprouts were amazing and are a good portion size for two. The grilled rib-eye was cooked to perfection. Oysters are a little pricey so I would go to HH for those. Service was good—our waiter was super friendly, helpful with suggestions and gave us two complimentary pancakes with carver (so good!). Overall, the experience was great!

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HC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to take guests when they visit San Francisco. Immaculate oysters, great martinis, a lovely ambience, and unbeatable lobster rolls.

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ST
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The decor and service was lovely however it was too loud to have a conversation and the food was quite bland. I think this place could be great if they tried to make it more of a restaurant and less of a bar.

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TC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters were fantastic and the main reason we went but the bouillabaisse and pasta with lobster and crab were wonderful too. Our server was knowledgeable and very warm and welcoming. We were celebrating a house closing and it was a perfect place for a festive dinner.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A sublime dining experience & staff are the BEST!
Perfect FiDi location and happy hour is#1!

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DK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. The front room was hoping and lively and the back room was perfect for our small celebration. Employees paid attention to all the details

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Leo’s has so much character! The service was great and the food was outstanding. Only con is that the seating was alittle tight and uncomfortable

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice room in the back. Ricky R is a great server. Room in the back is great for groups. Great music sound track. Kussho oysters & Dr Loosen/Muscadet is a great choice. If they have seafood pasta special, order it!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance in here and they did a great job at making us feel special for a birthday! The decor was super cute and they were very accommodating. The food was really good. We just did a bunch of apps and it was enough food!

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AE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has emerged as one on my most epic go-to's. Superb Oysters, deviled eggs are sensational, sandos and entrees equally delicious, and the wine list complements the food with great selections at every price point. If Leo's doesn't become one of your favorite spots, there is a defect in your brain that needs curing.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Leos is always amazing when we go! The service could have been a tad friendlier but I get it, we went late on a Saturday night so I totally understand. Food was delicious!

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely a must-try restaurant. Great decor and food is awesome.
There are three dining areas and the back rooms are perfect for conversation. And i can't say enough about the service. Our waiter was amazingly patient, never rushed us, and quite knowledgeable.
My only issues was that the tables for two were quite small and tough to not knock over a glass, or hit your hand on a plate.
Overall, highly rated.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters in town, in my view - fresh, cold and sweet. The accompanying sauces are perfect. Great spot

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience, wonderful place, excellent food and serving. They reserved a very awesome treatment for my wife’s birthday. Thank you all

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for a business meal, particularly to celebrate a team accomplishment. The food was delicious, and staff was very friendly and helpful. I appreciate that they were accommodating when our group had some trouble. The ambiance is fun and different. It was easy to hold conversation with people next to you.

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BQ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and delicious! Shrimp sandwich is wonderful and pork sliders are a must!!!

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KC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service; from the servers, to the bartenders, to the manager/owner. It was very expensive...…..but the food and drinks were to die for.

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BA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great venue and cocktails. I have never had dinner there before and I would not recommend. The service was extremely slow and we were there for three hours, not by our choice. I’ve ordered oysters there before and the sever prior was so much more descriptive and helpful with selection, so maybe it was an off day.

We also boxed up our food and they took it away to being bring it back to us but they never did and we left without it (partly our fault) . Server seemed preoccupied and never really checked in with us.

Great for happy hour, but maybe just stick to the bar.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I had to check in several times with the hostess and wait 20 minutes after our reservation time before we were seated. We got a tiny table deep inside, near a small bar area. Place was very loud, food okay but not more than that.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

So noisy that we couldn’t talk about the movie we had just seen. Everything was average but prices high. Not a good combo

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RP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have no complaints and I would definitely recommend this place!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately the crab did not taste fresh but the server graciously took it away with no fuss. Loved everything else otherwise! So consistently wonderful!

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DB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food and service were quite good. But, the plan is fair too noisy to carryon normal conversation even in a back room.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first off, thank you open table for making reservations seamless. leo’s was everything i imagined it would be and so classy. they were accommodating and sweet! made what appeared to be a simple lunch as special as the occasion. it felt like we were in another world. thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters! Amazing service

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, amazing ambience, 5 star place

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very mediocre at best and extremely expensive. The ribeye wasn’t even grilled, tasted like roast instead. Very disappointed.

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RJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting tasty food, great service, fun music (however, too loud), super friendly staff, very accommodating to requests.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit here and it’s a favorite destination whenever we’re visiting from the East Coast.

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J
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. The plates lacked presentation. Service was good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, a very nice Valentine’s Day dinner with solid choices on the menu

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service by the staff. Very caring, friendly but non-obtrusive. The ambiance of the back room Hideout was really nice. The Valentine's day set menu was great. Everything tasted really good for each course. Even the desserts were good. They included a sparkling wine as part of the set menu, so they did not try to nickle and dime you. The place ran like a fun machine.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. And a warm welcome!

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o
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YEET YEET YEET YEET YEET

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were pleasantly seated in the interior room with the adjacent bar. Unfortunately, two seats over was a couple and clearly the female had been overserved or simply can’t hold her liquor. Service started out attentive, but there was an extremely long gap between our appetizer and then next course. A great deal of shuffling of staff and apologies with some blaming on “new people”. I would come back for drinks and bites/oysters but sadly found the menu a bit all over the place. Being that the name has “oyster” in the name, but not a great deal of seafood offers on the menu. Don’t bother with the crab & artichoke dip, heavy and came with literally Kettle chips.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great especially our bar side service by both server and bartenders

Great 80’s music !!!

Coming back for sure

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Charleston
123 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Leo's because I am a huge oyster fan and they have a great reputation. I loved every bite, plus I was impressed with Maria's professional and personable service. I was also impressed at the creative approach they took to preparing oysters and drinks. My "Bubble Bath" drink was delicious and beautiful with pansies floating in them. It might have been my most expensive lunch of my lifetime and worth it!

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the atmosphere at Leo's. It feels special, like you're in the Caribbean, and the food is great. The service tends to feel cold, though, like the server is annoyed with you.

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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fries nothing out of the ordinary
Brussels a bit salty and bitter
The octopus was more chorizo than octopus...
tuna needed some sauce/liquid...not interesting...

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