Leo's Oyster Bar

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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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4.6
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j
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I liked this place, but it was still a disappointment overall. It was pretty loud and crowded (no table or elbow room) and the service was surprisingly rude. We had a 7:30 res on a Monday night, my friend was a bit early, and at 8pm the waitress was giving us attitude about not ordering our entrees yet. We'd already had two cocktails and a $29 glass of champagne and were in the middle of ordering 6 oysters and another round of drinks!! She asked for about the fifth time in that 25 minutes if we were ready to order entrees, I said no, sorry we'll probably be a while longer, and she literally made a show of looking at her watch at the table! WTF?! We ended up spending $275 for the two of us in two hours/ 2 h 15 so it's not like we were wasting their time. But we left at 9:20 feeling totally unwelcome like we were being kicked out! I'm not used to service like that at a restaurant where I'm spending that much and actively drinking and eating and ordering the whole time
. So while the food and wine were good, the service knocks this down to 2.5 stars. Wish they'd have a talk with their servers!! My bf is a somm at a fine dining restaurant and he said he'd never treat customers this way.

EK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe all around. Nice place to catch up with friends.

BA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the atmosphere was unforgettable, and the service was the best I’ve experienced. Our sever Maria was top notch. I’ve been to many fine dining restaurants in my home town San Diego, and the service does not come close to that of Maria. She helped make my girlfriend’s birthday weekend an incredibly memorable event. Thank you for making her feel special.

v
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely time; delicious food and drinks; terrific server; and it was extremely loud in there

G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Front room only had small round 2-tops; Last time I came there were rectangular tables in the front room; this was nice for our party of 4

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Oysters, cocktails, and service were great. The pasta was overcooked and soupy. The lobster roll was chewy. For what you pay I’d expect better tasting and executed food. I’d go back for bar snacks and oysters.

SH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place was just OK. The food was OK but nothing to get excited about. The prices were high for what you get. The was again, OK . The staff was friendly enough but not particularly attentive. Just a personal opinion, but I don't care for places that reserve seats at the bar versus it being open seating. I have nothing really negative to say about this place, it just didn't get me excited about doing it again.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The seating area in the front was a bit odd, but overall it was a great experience.

PE
Anchorage
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and drink were excellent but hold on to your wallet. The noise level is deafening.

PS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food quality and service were great; price point makes it a less frequent destination than I’d prefer, but a very special date night.

TM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good, we didn’t get our appetizer, and when we mentioned it to the server it still didn’t come.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So warm and accommodating throughout and the food and cocktails were A +++

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance at Leo’s and the service was great!

NB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed with the way we were treated so specially and the overall quality of the food. Every moment of our experience was above our expectations.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was fantastic, there a little snafu with our order taking a while and my dish was cold. But restaurants that care will rectify the situation. They went above an beyond. Love this place

HD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In our top five meals of all time!!

f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fun, good food but a bit noisy for lunch. Looks great for cocktails but haven't been yet in the evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have a good time. Great food.

O
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

VERY loud place (small tables yet people had to yell at one another from across them). My waiter was great, but saw a few whom seemed indifferent. Food was ok (Lobster roll was meh, octopus with chorizo and beans was fantastic. Cold bar was hit and miss- snow crab class were small, tasted old, and very pricey for what you got- and they have wrong utensils to eat them with, had 1 dozen oysters- very good all around there). It seemed to be more of a bar than restaurant, which is fine, but not at those prices for food. Will not go back.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stefan was amazing! He was so knowledgable and friendly and truly made our experience memorable and fun.

PR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Very cool looking restaurant, but the prices are outrageous, even for San Francisco, especially for lunch. The restaurant was also empty, but it still took us over 45 minutes to get our food, which our server was apologetic for, but is unacceptable when you're there for lunch during the work week. Will not go back and would not recommend.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fun as it always is.
Server forgot 2 of the items we ordered and then brought one entree we didn’t order. He seemed new or overwhelmed. He was very nice just scattered. I love Leo’s and will def be back

E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (had the tuna poke, which was amazing - loved the different textures and temperatures of the items in the bowl), and great service. We loved our waitperson - she was great - good energy, lots of good advice regarding the menu. Loved writing the postcard at the end of the meal. Such a fun luch!!

AR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Lobster roll was excellent. We had a table in the back room where the noise level was much less than in the "energetic" front bar area. However we could have done without the explicit lyrics in the rap song playing when we were seated at our table. I think it would be wise to tone down the music in the back, both in terms of volume and content. But past that, the food was excellent throughout. Service was very attentive without being invasive. Great choice of "raw" items. Shrimp cocktail was top notch (cooked and chilled); good oyster selection and nice sauces.

We will go again, as should you!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in a charming location. Excellent upscale lunch experience.

BF
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and service and liked the atmosphere too

DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I was very disappointed in the food at Leo's Oyster Bar. I order the Seafood Louis. The crab was previously frozen as was the shrimp, both tasted like it had been sitting in water for a long time. The dressing was so salty, not very appetizing. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends and will never be going back.

SV
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent oysters. But don’t overlook the other dishes.

The bar is a lot smaller an more intimate than the photos on its website suggests.

We sat at the bar and the service was very good. Would definitely return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was below mediocre, service wasn’t great. It was loud. Wouldn’t come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!! We sat at the bar in front of the oyster shucker. The staff were very hospitable. The food was excellent!!! A bit pricey but worth it for the experience.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here for drinks and apps but this was my first dinner experience. I knew the atmosphere was great but I was expecting dinner to be average and overrated (like many trendy spots can be). However, this place really delivered. The food was delightful! I was hosting a friend from South Carolina who had never been to SF. She loved it too. We had oysters, caviar blinis, the octopus (our fav meal), ceviche, steelhead and paella. The steelhead was a generous portion of fish with crispy skin. So tasty! Great service, too. All in all, it was a wonderful meal.

G
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and ambiance. Good service

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot with innovative cuisine and great service. A bit pricey so not a place I'd go to on a regular basis but would definitely return.

LS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch and service.

MB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Leo's Oyster Bar for my birthday dinner with a couple of friends. We enjoyed ourselves so much. Our waiter was wonderful. He explained everything to us we wanted to know. We also had champagne to toast with. This was my friends first time tasting raw oysters. Believe me they are hooked now. We will have to get back over to Leo's and enjoy some more.

Wonderful Experience.

Betty

AJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Leo’s oyster bar! Not super cheap by any stretch but super good quality food and drinks (wine and cocktails!), great service, and really fun vibe. A bit loud but otherwise highly recommend for an after work drink with friends or clients!

w
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been looking forward to visiting ever since discovering Leo's on Instagram a few years back. It more than exceeded my imagination! Beautiful bivalves, great cocktails and food plus ambiance to the nines. Perfection!

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Food was awesome. Oysters were delicious and fresh. Waiter was terrible. Worst service ever. He would take your order then come back 20 minutes later asking what was it we ordered. He kept forgetting drink order, then bringing the wrong ones. Never checked on us either. He gives the service industry a bad name. Terrible.

TC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Attention to detail and cleanliness. So important with the service of raw food. Very hip place, nice crowd.