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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Zuni Cafe, Nopa - San Francisco, Gibson
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Modern European, Californian, Contemporary 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
6,652 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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 i...

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Nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,692 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 s...

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Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
268 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 creating new takes o...

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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,496 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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...

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Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
829 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine

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 classic cocktail offerin...

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Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
4,142 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 ...

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Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 perfec...

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56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,309 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 in heaven on earth. ...

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20 people mentioned the Cheese Dumpling

Boulevard

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,159 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 qu...

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Best Ambiance in San Francisco Bay Area
99 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,352 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 to this Jackson Squa...

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Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
166 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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Lolinda

$$$$·Argentinean·
Mission District
2,322 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 draws locals to its ...

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48 people mentioned the Churro
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
2,038 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. Stop by the cozy bar a...

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Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
79 people mentioned the Chicken Milanese
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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,938 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 sa...

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31 people mentioned the Pot Roast

Commons Club

$$$$·Californian·
SOMA
160 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

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 for a world-class mea...

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4 people mentioned the Fish Chip
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