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The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in San Francisco

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among San Francisco's most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

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7 Restaurants
Updated January 29, 2021
Restaurants:Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Leo's Oyster Bar, Kokkari Estiatorio
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Oyster Bar, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown / Union Square, Financial District / Embarcadero
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Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

$$$$
Japanese
Downtown / Union Square
4.9
1345 reviews

JAPANESE: Akiko’s (go to the right one, there’s another place with a nearly identical name) sashimi—sourced locally and from Japan’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market—is so fresh, it’s easy to imagine the fish were just in the water a few hours ago, and they come out looking like an assortment of little edible presents. In addition to the can’t-be-beat sashimi options you’ll be drowning in, they have two kinds of uni (one’s Russian!), smoked crab with miso butter, and a wagyu beef dish topped with black truffle that’ll blow your taste buds’ minds.


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Leo's Oyster Bar

$$$$
Oyster Bar
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.7
658 reviews

SEAFOOD: Even though the seafood at Leo’s is spot-on delicious, they’re not resting on their laurels. In addition to outstanding food, they won an interior design award, and when you step inside, you’ll understand why. It looks like you’ve stumbled into some kind of chic beach-side hotel—colorful wallpaper, ferns strung about, a tortoiseshell bar, beautiful dishware, and lots of buzzing activity—so you instantly feel like you’re on vacation. If the name didn’t imply this already, their oysters are outstanding, whether you order them raw or get them fried atop their devilled eggs. The lobster roll is (pricey, but) great, the hamachi crudo is supremely fresh, and sitting at their beautiful bar (with delicious cocktails) is fun, so if you’re just one or two… that’s what you should do!


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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$
Mediterranean
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.9
7533 reviews

MEDITERRANEAN: There are many things about this financial district spot that make you feel like you’re either in an ornate ski lodge or someone’s large home in the mountains. High ceilings with wood beams, oriental rugs, warm lighting, and an oversized fireplace add wonderful ambiance to SF’s most remarkable Mediterranean restaurant. Their taramosalata and tzatziki served with warm pita are exceptional ways to start things off before the onslaught of mouth-watering meats begins (you can’t go wrong no matter what you order). Also—keep in mind—Kokkari is pricey and a conservative white-tablecloth sort of place, so choose your occasion to visit accordingly.


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Bellota

$$$$
Spanish
SOMA
4.6
1435 reviews

SPANISH: Even though this oh-so-cool looking Spanish restaurant is in the lobby of the Airbnb offices, it’s so phenomenal, you won’t care. You could close your eyes and pick blindly from their menu, and anything you order would be delicious. The food gods are good here, you can try more things by getting a half-order of something, and even more special, you can order two separate paellas—try the pollo and pluma—that they serve side-by-side in one pan. Their veggies, like the broccoli and beets (remolacha), are inventive and unusually delicious, but back to their meats…. you’ve got to try the lamb (cordero).


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China Live

$$$$
Chinese
Chinatown
4.6
2096 reviews

CHINESE: Inside China Live Market, there are several dining options, the most exceptional of which is Eight Tables by George Chen. It’s definitely not where you go for dim sum brunch on the weekends, on the contrary, it’s some of the fanciest and most exclusive style of Chinese dining available in China (and the only one of its kind in SF), and all of the kitchen staff has fine-dining résumés. As the name implies, there are just eight tables available for you to enjoy their masterful eight-course menu. Everything you’ll eat is absolutely top-notch, hard-to-get, and artfully done. These are show-stopping dishes with a steep price tag, so you’ll want a very special occasion to come enjoy them.


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House of Prime Rib

$$$$
Steak
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
4.8
12515 reviews

STEAKHOUSE: This SF classic has been around since 1949 (it’s as good as ever), and they devotedly follow the traditional steakhouse model: you’re here for one thing, steak’s what they know and they do magical things with it. They’re known for their unique food service, and have a much-loved chopped salad, which they dress tableside in a chilled spinning bowl. Their pure—21-day aged—prime rib is also carved tableside (however thick you’d like it) from roaming stainless steel carts. Your steak comes with potatoes (mashed or baked & loaded), creamed spinach or creamed corn (so good), and Yorkshire pudding. Instead of regular bread, you should opt for their special corn bread, which is amazing and served hot. This spot is a dazzling meat masterpiece, and you’ll love it.


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Slanted Door

$$$$
Vietnamese
Financial District / Embarcadero
4.3
10391 reviews

VIETNAMESE: This iconic Ferry Building spot—from famed Chef Charles Phan—sits on the embarcadero and has enormous windows, with a front-row view of the Bay Bridge, for some epic water watching. They’ve been serving elevated Vietnamese food since 1995, and this place is still constantly busy. Their shaking beef and cellophane noodles are about as famous as the restaurant itself, and their cocktails are light and delicious, so arrive early and hang out in their bar’s lounge for a bit.


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