Leo's Oyster Bar

4.6
472 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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 472 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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TS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YEET YEET YEET YEET YEET

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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
120 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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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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DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is really very good and the service and staff were terrific. But the noise level was not tolerable. There were 3 of us and we had to scream to hear each other and I'm not kidding. There are nice sound absorbing solutions available that would help the situation. Everything was great except for that.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect place to celebrate my boyfriends birthday! The food was amazing (we just shared lots of appetizers to try a bit of everything). Service was extremely attentive and friendly, we never get service like this is SF it was so nice for a change! Music and decor are so fun and different, they really thought of every detail to make it a unique experience. Already recommending to my friends and will be back!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Insufferably loud. I measured the decibel level at 95, which is unsafe.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love that spot!
Always a good place to go for some sea food and a glass of wine

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The beautiful interiors make it a delightful place to visit. Go for cocktails an raw bar. And lots of money.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love Leo's Oyster Bar and it is my go to for amazing food, service, and ambiance in the FiDi.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been to Leo’s a year ago, decided to go back. Oysters are excellent, mussels were over cooked, fries were oily. Service was very good too but the overall food quality did not live up to my expectation.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night of surprising menu items and ambiance and great wine!

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, decor, and service were excellent. I like a place with buzz and energy; however, Leo's was painfully loud on a random Tuesday even after the happy hour crowd cleared out. So loud, it was near impossible to have a conversation with my husband sitting across the tiny table from me. So loud, everyone must shout and conversations at neighboring tables become intrusive. And so cramped the woman at the next table kept whacking me with her long hair. I want to love this place because of the food and design. . . but the strongest lasting impression was the ear-splitting din. So go there to have a delicious cocktail with someone you don't want to have a deep conversation with and then leave quickly before your hearing is permanently damaged.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Booked a few days in advance so my wife and I could take our out-of-town friend to a classic SF restaurant. The front of the house looks nice and friendly, though small, but bar seating looked good. We were given a table in the back of the house, where we could only seat in one side of the 4-person table and the end of the table due to the proximity to next table that did not enable us to seat of both sides of the table -bad table layout in the room. The room was LOUD, very LOUD! The food was good but the menu was very, very limited and main courses were un-inspiring. The oysters were fresh and delicious. Was very disappointed with the table; will not go back.

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AH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always seamless service and obscenely yummy food. Such a great gem downtown - I keep coming back for more. Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in SF...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food and ambiance

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved everything about this place! Great atmosphere, food and music. Highly recommend!

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TG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great menu, drink options, everyone was friendly and accommodating, definitely somewhere I'd go back to.

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T
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leo’s has great oysters, decor and friendly wait staff! Fun place for drinks/dinner.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the shrimp sandwich. Not many shrimp and they were tough, like they had been frozen. Not many shrimp either. It was like they mad a batch salad with a few shrimp and when the got the order, scooped it into the bread. Not very good for the price.

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Man, everything was SO salty. The kale salad is pretty much inedible with the sheer amount of salt that is thrown on there. The food was really substandard for the price- we spend a quarter of a grand on a starter, few drinks, two entrees and a few oysters. It was cute decor but honestly not worth the price or the food. I'd pass and not recommend in the future.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was quite good but the service was very slow.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty loud environment. The oysters were really good and a great selection. The hamachi was a bit fishier than we're used to. The mussels were very good and fresh. Recommended but be aware it's a bit tight and loud, but the food is great.

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Too noisy!!! They need to turn down the music.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time and the food was amazing. The stake was cooked perfect and the wine was great too. Loved the oysters and the server was great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service - poor attitude by hostess - our food was forgotten about.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and fun environment, ridiculous prices. I thought I was in midtown Manhattan

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r
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with great service, recommendations and drinks!

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GT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and food was amazing! I will definitely be back again

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LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The decor was beautiful and food was delicious, although a bit overpriced. The staff including waiter and hostess seemed disorganized and unsure of what was going on. They would be conversing and then walk away mid sentence. I’d recommend to a friend primarily for the ambiance.

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MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

After trying to get a reservation for over a year we were super excited to finally try this hot spot!
It was super packed, very small and very loud.
Menu is extremely limited and it is very expensive.
Service was very good but we wouldn’t go back.

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Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

More of a bar than a sit down restaurant. Tables are close together so I really isn’t the place for a quiet private conversation

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, an excellent experience. The tables are cramped if you happen to come in with the intention of eating a lot of oysters, but that’s my only criticism! Attentive staff, good variety of oysters, and the lobster roll is killer.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here alone for dinner on a business trip, servers were so accommodating and friendly. Oysters were incredible, tater tots aren't to be missed and the grilled octopus was unique and delish! Classy, fun Instagram-worthy vibe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Tables are too close together. Very limited menu. The Server had attitude when one of my guests had a dietary request.

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TI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit more of a date place than a business dinner place.

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