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The Best Bars for Foodies in San Francisco

San Francisco knows how to party. In fact, the city by the bay boasts more bars per capita than any other city in the USA. What this means for both locals and visitors is a true abundance of options when it comes to a night out on the town. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to San Francisco classics, craft beer bars to white-tableclothed bistros—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

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11 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:Zuni Cafe, Nopa - San Francisco, Wayfare Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern European, Californian, American
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, North Panhandle / USF, Financial District / Embarcadero
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$
Modern European
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.6
6895 reviews
Opened in 1979, Zuni Café is often credited as being one of the founding members of San Francisco’s high-end dining scene. But besides the James Beard award-winning food menu, Zuni is also known for its craft cocktails and a stellar list of wines by the glass. Enjoying a drink at the long coppertop Zuni bar, which sports views out onto bustling Market Street and is perfect for people watching, is a must-do experience while bar hopping around San Francisco.

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Nopa - San Francisco

$$$$
Californian
North Panhandle / USF
4.8
2958 reviews
Head “North of the Panhandle” to check in to one of San Francisco’s favorite gathering places. Ready to drink some snakebite? Nopa’s eclectic bar selection includes a whole list named after venomous snakes, including the Japanese whiskey infused “Cottonmouth”. Not only is Nopa one of San Francisco’s best bars, but it is also known for offering some of the best bar food in the city, including savory bar snacks like mixed nuts and dates that are meant to pair perfectly with the cocktails.

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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.6
6984 reviews
Although reminiscent of a British pub, this downtown tavern actually tries to recreate a turn of the 20th-century American eating and drinking experience. Seriously, top hats and overcoats are welcome! Considered one of the best bars in San Francisco by locals and visitors alike, the Wayfare Tavern is a cozy place to warm up with a craft cocktail or a microbrew – the dark wood lined drinking den offers a great selection of local Bay Area beers on tap!

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Spruce

$$$$
Contemporary American
Presidio Heights
4.7
4602 reviews
Pull up a seat at the posh bar of this Presidio Heights institution for a full immersion into what makes San Francisco’s bar scene world renown. Besides handcrafted cocktails and a selection of local and international craft beers, Spruce boasts a Wine Spectator award-winning list of varietals from around the globe that will impress even the most experienced connoisseur. At over 100 pages long, Spruce’s wine selection is one of the most progressive in the country and includes custom made and proprietary offerings.

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Marlowe

$$$$
American
SOMA
4.3
2615 reviews
Top shelf bourbon, Scotch and other liquors are the star attraction of the bar at Marlowe, a New American style bistro in the South of Market (SoMa) area. The cocktails created from these match perfectly with the bar menu, everything from oysters on the half shell to the house made deviled eggs, so we advise showing up with a bit of an appetite! It’s also worth swinging by nearby Petite Marlowe, the restaurant’s charming wine bar offspring, for a great selection of sparkling and other wines by the glass.

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Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$
Californian
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4.6
1536 reviews
With both indoor and outdoor seating and a lush Presidio National Park location, be prepared for some serious fun at this SF gastropub. In fact, those that love craft beer will be in heaven on earth. Sessions offers up over 100 different kinds of micro-brewed suds from all over the world, categorized by flavor profiles to make it easy to choose the right one! Add on the craft cocktails and craft dishes, its going to be a uniquely SF night out in a truly stunning setting.

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Boulevard

$$$$
Californian
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.8
8300 reviews
Chef Nancy Oakes award-winning waterfront restaurant also sports one of the best bars in San Francisco to hit up for quality cocktails over awesome bay views. A daily cheese selection also pairs up quite magically with the restaurant’s 20+ page wine list, which travels the entire globe to get that perfect glass of vino right into the customer's hand. Pop into this Embarcadero hotspot for a sunset session and prepare to be blown away!

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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$
Mediterranean
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.9
7936 reviews
An upscale take on the traditional Greek Inn, Kokkari Estiatorio is driven by the philosophy of philoxenia – the art of turning a stranger into a friend. Locals and visitors flock to this Jackson Square eatery and bar for the stand out cuisine and excellent service, both of which can also be enjoyed at the intimate bar as well as at the table. Wines from both the old and new world are the stars of the menu here.

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Lolinda

$$$$
Argentinean
Mission District
4.7
2590 reviews
Head to San Francisco’s Latin Quarter, the Mission District, for a taste of Argentina by the bay at Lolinda. Besides the famous churrasco steaks and ceviche’s, the restaurant also draws locals to its two bar areas, including an upstairs mezzanine bar, which overlooks the dining action below. From San Francisco’s classic Old Fashioned to Argentina’s favorite Fernet and Coke, the craft cocktails at Lolinda are as sought after as the food itself!

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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$
Californian
Presidio Heights
4.6
2088 reviews
A Pacific Heights icon for more than 20 years, Garibaldi’s is a neighborhood eatery in full San Franciscan glory, a place where friends and family meet up at the end of the day. Stop by the cozy bar area to see why, and enjoy wines by the glass, local beers and a small but well thought out selection of quality cocktails. Garibaldi’s also hosts a popular happy hour daily!

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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.5
2070 reviews
With two locations in San Francisco, one on the Embarcadero and one in the Marina District, Perry’s has been serving the city by the bay since 1969! While known across town for their bombastic cobb salads and French Onion soup, Perry’s also does classic cocktails and local beer and wine by the glass. Whether on the waterfront or strolling down Union Street, popping into Perry’s for a pick me up is always an excellent idea!

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