Leo's Oyster Bar

4.6
563 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.

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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.
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ER
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took clients to dinner here and they loved it! The service was perfect! My client is gluten free and diary intolerant- they went over and beyond to help. Really delicious meal and good drinks

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere. Drinks, appetizers were all good. Staff very friendly.

TC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in San Francisco for business and wanted to arrange a dinner out for a group of 8 persons of different ages and culinary tastes. Leo’s had been highly recommended by a local, and did not disappoint! We had a great evening and everyone was very complimentary about the creative menu, delicious dishes, attractive atmosphere and engaging servers. A top notch dining experience!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I got food born illness here after my reservation. I think it was the oysters. I am so bummed! I love this place and everything about it- just not a good day for oysters i guess. I will continue to go back and get other things from the menu

LM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak was preferred medium rare, but came out more medium well. The server made it right, and now we know for the future to order rare to get medium rare. Otherwise a fantastic experience, I will be back!

TP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so tasty. Ambiance was amazing and the service was outstanding!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This place is incredibly overpriced, but the interior is cute.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I booked it because I heard they had a New York style seafood tower and the photos look cute on Insta. The seafood tower left a lot to be desired. Device was great and ambiance was great but the seafood tower wasn’t even close.

AM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My foodie Dad was visiting from out of town and I wanted to show him where the current state of seafood is at; We were not disappointed. Oysters Eloise were delicious and their "tater tot" was wonderful. I could go back and try so many new things. Dad loved his lobster roll and the crab mac and cheese was tasty. Looking forward to my next visit!

HK
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Happy hour cocktails and oysters! I like the interior of the place - very cozy and chic. Staff was professional and friendly. Overall, great date night spot.

HC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot for oysters and martinis anywhere.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous food and atmosphere but expensive

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The music was too loud, causing everyone to talk loudly - making for a poor ambience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the ambiance is above par!

KB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very fun night at Leo’s - these guys know the business of proper shellfish care - awesome theater. Fantastic service. Bar is very loud - only downside - we chose the raw bar end so it was acceptable.

EW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved every single thing about the place, from the food to the spectacular service by our server, Chris. Will definitely be back!

LA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very aesthetic restaurant, consistently good food - each dish was very delicious. The atmosphere is fun and eclectic. Would come here again.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

I was really looking forward to a nice night out with my boyfriend - nice cocktails, great food etc. The evening was a complete disappointment. I had the lobster roll and a salad. The lobster roll was all claw meat - no tail meat and was very grainy and mealy and not a lot of meat. My salad was ok but a little boring. the beets were overcooked and the greens were not very fresh. My boyfriend had the octopus and some oysters. He was not unhappy with his meal but equally did not think it anything special. For the price we expected more. But even worse than the food was our table. It was right at the beginning of the dining room and everyone walking past kept bumping into it. It was also the size of a side table and nowhere near big enough to hold food for two. We had a lovely couple sitting next to us but they were literally right on top of us. there was maybe an inch between the tables so we had no privacy whatsoever. And then there was the issue of extremely loud and off-putting music playing. All in all this was an atrocious experience and one which we payed a pretty penny for. Totally not worth it.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We were sat in the back by a table with a big party, I could only assume it was a group that was hard of hearing because they never stopped yelling, which made it hard to hear anything and lessened the experience.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brilliant time at Leo’s Oyster bar. The food was outstanding with lots of fresh and unique flavours. The waitress was really helpful with her recommendations and she made our meal really special with a few extras as we were celebrating our honeymoon. The decor was also really trendy and fun! If we’re ever in SF again we will definitely come back!

G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Awful decor; terrible, unbearable noise level; raw bar primarily-no baked or grilled fish.

KJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent seafood, oysters were great along with the crab claws.

FY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Arrived at 6:20 for my 6:30 reservations and got seated right away. The dinner lasted 5 glorious hours and we left at 11:30 pm full and happy.
Cocktails of vodka martini, gin gimlet were to die for, specially the 21 seeds hibiscus gapefruit paloma which is new on the menu.
started with the kampachi ceviche and it was fresh and tasty with large pieces of fish.
As always the see food plateau was fresh and delicious filled with different oysters, shrimp and other seafood. We then got a complementary caviar dish which was perfection and salty and tasty and pop in your mouth.
salads, fries, lobster pasta, the amercian wagyu and lobster roll were all to die for. Could not pick a favorite as they were done to perfection.
After 2 bottles of Ruinart Rose, we ordered a beautiful bold bottle of red for our entrees with the help of the knowledgeable sommelier.
To add to our happiness we then ordered desserts, OMG it was instant satisfaction and ended the evening with chocolate espresso martini.
Can't wait to go back and do it all over again. Thank you Leo's Oyster Bar for making it another unforgettable evening for us. See you soon.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, and super cute décor! GM Stefan and staff went above and beyond

DI
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual.

w
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Do not sit in the back room. Deadly feel, dark, and slow service.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible. Best oysters in SF in my opinion.

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

Great service , very nice experience

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at Leo’s and I wanted to do something special for my boyfriend because I had a surprise announcement. They sat us in the corner I requested and helped make my surprise extra special. I seriously will never forget the kindness of this restaurant. Thank you so much for everything from the attention to detail and service to the delicious food!

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Our server wasn't that attentive. Actively walked passed us. Messed up on our order twice. First time, I specifically asked to take off the tater tot and replace with hummus. He forgot, so the tater tot was on the house and the hummus came later. Fine. But the worst offense of it all was he forgot the Hawaiian roll we placed when we first ordered. When we inquired about it, he passed it off as if we are adding it as a later addition. Fine. Then came the bill, which included the Hawaiian roll that was allegedly added, but was never delivered. We had to ask him to take it off. On top of that, our drinks were just sitting at the bar and I had to ask him if he can check on our drinks. One of our dirty martini literally tasted like salt water, because there was so much olive brine in it. Overall, disappointing. And if you were wondering which table we were, we paid $300 total inclusive of tip. And the tip is at full 20%, because why make everyone else suffers for one bad waiter's inattentiveness. Mind you, this is Friday night in FiDi, no long line and not all tables were filled. Our hostess, on the other hand, was the most wonderful person ever. She was always attentive and thoughtful.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

All of the food tasted off. The lobster smelled old and fishy. The raw tuna was mushy.

a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

the food was really good but the service was hit or miss and we were sat in the tiki section which i really didn't like - does not feel like the rest of the restaurant.

P
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Lively vibe at 9 when we were there. Amazing drinks and food was so good. We had pasta and seafood and everyone loved their dish. The brussel sprouts were the best I have had. Sat at bar and service was friendly and prompt.

MR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very bad experience and very bad quality/price ! Poor menu ! Crazy prices ! Not confortable and very noisy ! Will never recommand !

FD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff. Quite mediocre flavor

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EM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Almost too loud to carry on a conversation. I mean really loud! Food was solid but underwhelming. Service was fine. I’d go elsewhere.

FM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oyster bar I’ve ever been to! Felt so classy and upscale!

KM
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Leo's. They have a wonderful selection of oysters. The regular menu is very creative and delicious! Great service, too!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

So great! Love this place for lunch. Sad the tea leaf salad is gone but raw bar is great and so is rest of the menu!

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