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The Best Burgers in San Francisco

Home to the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge and the picturesque "painted ladies," San Francisco is a regular scenic city right off a Hallmark postcard. Indeed, with summer-like weather virtually all year round and beautiful beaches to boot, San Francisco is a slice of paradise right here in the U.S. And what's better than a cheeseburger in paradise? San Francisco has countless options for burgers of all styles, from classic steakhouse cheeseburgers to ones with a kaleidoscope of seasonal-inspired toppings. 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 best burger spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

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8 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:Perry's - Embarcadero, Perry's Union Street, Hard Rock Cafe - San Francisco
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Financial District / Embarcadero, Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf
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Perry's - Embarcadero

$$$$
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.5
1982 reviews

Serving an array of entrees from their classic, yet inventive, all-American menu, Perry's - Embarcadero offers a wide variety of delicious dishes that customers of all kinds have come to crave. With a cozy environment filled with warm, inviting decor, the exposed brick walls and breathtaking views of the Bay only add to its amazing ambiance. Dine on a delicious Perry's burger or a house-made veggie burger—this place has a little something for everyone.


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Perry's Union Street

$$$$
American
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4.7
458 reviews

Known for being a busy eatery with a long-standing reputation for providing yummy meals in a comfortably vibrant atmosphere. Complete with checkered floors and wood-paneled walls, this place simultaneously promotes nostalgia while embracing the new age. Try the grilled fish, pasta, steak, or a sizzling Perry's hamburger. There is almost no way to go wrong when dining at Perry's.


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Hard Rock Cafe - San Francisco

$$$$
American
Fisherman's Wharf
3.7
591 reviews

When it comes to having great food and tons of fun, the Hard Rock Cafe is tough to beat. Most well-known for hosting life-changing events featuring an range of musical superstars, dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe can be an enthralling experience. To date, they have hosted performances by the likes of Metallica, the Grateful Dead, Green Day, Third Eye Blind, E-40, Tupac, Too-Short, the Dead Kennedys, Lindsey Buckingham, the Doobie Brothers, and more. And let's not forget about the food. Serving American classic dishes of all kinds, try the Guinness bacon burger, the atomic burger, or just go for the local or original version of the burger that is literally "legendary."


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Players Sports Grill & Arcade

$$$$
Contemporary American
Fisherman's Wharf
3.9
102 reviews

Seeking some delicious food and family-friendly fun? Players Sports Grill & Arcade is the place to be. An exciting, vibrant restaurant with flat screen TVs, 15 brews on tap, and a full arcade, Players Sports Grill & Arcade is fun for everyone. Enjoy a player's burger, Baja fish tacos, or even a ribeye steak, or have a Play-N-Eat combo that's a combination of food and gaming, all for one low price. Either way, players Sports Grill & Arcade offers a massive menu and lots of fun for the entire family.


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Umami Burger - Oakland

$$$$
Burgers
Oakland
3.8
158 reviews

For those seeking tasty, juicy burgers, Umami Burger promises to serve "the best burger you've ever had." A casual dining experience that offers lunch, dinner, happy hour, and more, Umami Burger just might have the best burger in SF. Try a Manly burger or their signature Sunny Side burger. Umami Burger is the motherload of burgers and other savory comfort foods.


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Pub Republic

$$$$
Contemporary American
Petaluma
4.3
588 reviews

Serving a wide variety of delicious American comfort foods, Pub Republic specializes in juicy burgers, steak, salad, and fish and chips, as well as an array of other hearty meals. With a full menu serving traditional pub fare, their food is both unique and economical. A spirited pub able to accommodate everyone from large families to groups of business associates and more, the inviting ambiance at Pub Republic is akin to that experienced at local pubs across the nation. Have a taste of Trappist Monk burger, a truffle burger, or any other burger on their extensive menu. Either way, most customers keep coming back until they have sampled a bit of everything.


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The Farmers Union

$$$$
Contemporary American
San Jose
4.3
1423 reviews

An incredibly inviting tavern serving an array of American foods all in a relaxing atmosphere, The Famers Union is a unique eatery loved by locals and visitors. Offering large flatscreens and a variety of craft beers, there is an unmistakable home-town vibe present in this historic brick building. Enjoy a tasty grass-fed burger or a yummy farmer's bowl—The Farmers Union has savory selections for every member of the party


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The Fountain

$$$$
Breakfast
San Jose
4.1
142 reviews

With a full menu that includes breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dessert, no matter what flavors customers covet, they can find it at The Fountain. Serving up a variety of locally sourced and seasonally inspired dishes that customers crave and rave about, The Fountain is an ideal eatery for anyone who wants to enjoy delectable meals without compromising their support of a more sustainable environment. Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast or have a Masami burger and fries, and wash it all down with some bottomless cocktails. No matter what, The Fountain has an endless flow of savory selections that keep customers coming back for more.


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