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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,366 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
88% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
307 people mentioned the Roasted Chicken
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
87 people mentioned the Short Rib
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nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,450 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
91% recommended
Californian in San Francisco
96 people mentioned the French Toast
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
243 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • 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 Read more
88% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in San Francisco
7 people mentioned the Sourdough Bread

Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
88% recommended
American in San Francisco
833 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
723 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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
84 people mentioned the Monkey Bread

Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,549 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
108 people mentioned the Beignets
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,601 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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Sessions at the Presidio

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
861 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
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
20 people mentioned the Cheese Dumpling
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,902 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
86 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,532 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
150 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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Hakkasan - San Francisco

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,159 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
82% recommended
Chinese in San Francisco Bay Area
91 people mentioned the Dumplings
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
593 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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
85% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
17 people mentioned the Fritters
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Lolinda

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Mission
1,907 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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
Steakhouse in San Francisco Bay Area
40 people mentioned the Churro
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,880 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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
94% recommended
66 people mentioned the Chicken Milanese

Bistro Aix - SF

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
977 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
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
20 people mentioned the Calamari
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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,622 reviews
  • Casual
  • Waterfront
  • Comfort Food
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
93% recommended
21 people mentioned the Pot Roast

Tres - SF

$$$$·Mexican·
SOMA
1,032 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
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
32 people mentioned the Carnitas

Americano Restaurant - Hotel Vitale

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
816 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Scenic View
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
148 people mentioned the Americano

Belga - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Belgian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
518 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Californian casual with a hearty helping of Belgium attention to detail has made Belga an absolute hit with the local Marina District crowd. Stop by to check out what all the fuss Read more
85% recommended
10 people mentioned the Beignets
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