The Best Bars for Foodies in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Zuni Cafe, Mourad, nopa - San Francisco
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Modern European, Californian
Neighborhoods:Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Financial District / Embarcadero, North Panhandle / USF

Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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, ZuniRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Francisco
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Morocco meets California in an explosion of culinary creativity that has won rave reviews for this elegant Financial District eatery. The after-work crowd also flocks to Mourad forRead more
92% recommended
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nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,558 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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 naRead more
92% recommended
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
262 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for Birthdays
Located inside the Bijou Hotel in downtown SF, Gibson is a stylish restaurant and bar known for its exceptional cocktail menu. What’s the secret to their success? The answer is in Read more
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,890 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 oRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco

Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
830 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
The craft cocktail menu at this sleek New American restaurant is famous among the after-work City Hall crowd. But expect more than just local politics! With both specialty and clasRead more
90% recommended
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Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
3,733 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 aRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 froRead more
82% recommended
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Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,062 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
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 Read more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Francisco
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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 selectRead more
97% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
94% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Housed in a historic 19th-century mess hall in the Presidio National Park, the Commissary is a California fusion restaurant with a devoted local following. Listed as one of the topRead more
88% recommended
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Lolinda

$$$$·Argentinean·
Mission
2,073 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 Read more
90% recommended
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,973 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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. StRead more
90% recommended
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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,740 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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 theRead more
91% recommended

Americano Restaurant - Hotel Vitale

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
838 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Like drinking outdoors? How about sweeping views over the San Francisco bay? At Americano Restaurant patrons can have their cake and eat it too! Located within the Hotel Vitale on Read more
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Commons Club

$$$$·Californian·
SOMA
160 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Commons Club is a lively modern social club where locals and visitors alike can gather fRead more
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Hakkasan - San Francisco

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,291 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Hip and chic, the bar at this Cantonese style restaurant in the Union Square area is known for its extensive cocktail menu based on hand-pressed juices. Hakkasan is also one of theRead more
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Bistro Aix - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,006 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Part of the Marina District dining landscape since 1996, Bistro Aix is a great place to stop by for a refreshing beverage after a shop till you drop spree in the boutique-heavy neiRead more
100% recommended
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Tres - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
SOMA
1,046 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
Inspired by the Mexican states where tequila is produced, Tres is a margarita lover’s dream come true. Located in the South Park neighborhood, Tres is one of the best bars in San FRead more
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