The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in San Francisco

The OpenTable team

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.

Restaurants:Marlowe, Cotogna, Monsieur Benjamin
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:SOMA, Financial District / Embarcadero, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
AMERICAN: This American eatery is the third restaurant from the great team behind Park Tavern and the Cavalier. They serve the same beloved burger at Park Tavern, which is made witRead more
100% recommended
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Cotogna

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,762 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
  • Fun
ITALIAN: Cotogna is a knockout Italian restaurant in the Financial District, and it’s always a reliable choice. Their pastas and pizzas are great to share (even if you want them alRead more
100% recommended
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Monsieur Benjamin

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,228 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
FRENCH: The chefs—Corey Lee (Benu) and Jason Berthold—behind this awe-inspiring French restaurant worked together at the French Laundry. That should be enough to get you to this glRead more
100% recommended
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Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / Union Square
1,279 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Tasting Menu
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 easRead more
100% recommended
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Leo's Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
643 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Cozy
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 yRead more
100% recommended
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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 Read more
96% recommended
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Bellota

$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
1,130 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
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 blindlRead more
100% recommended
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China Live

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
1,497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 brunRead more
89% recommended
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
INDIAN: A sleek and elegant restaurant serving unbeatable upscale Indian food, which there isn’t much of in this city, and it’s in an area where there aren’t many restaurants eitheRead more
100% recommended
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House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
11,243 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
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 tRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
MOROCCAN: Beautiful and modern Moroccan spot, Mourad—in the ornately Art Deco and historic Pacific Bell building—has some Californian and Mediterranean hints to their fantastic menRead more
92% recommended
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Slanted Door

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
11,723 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
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 waRead more
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In Situ

$$$$·Global, International·
SOMA
787 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Pre/post Theatre
GLOBAL, INTERNATIONAL: Wouldn’t it be incredible to be able to eat the most famous dishes from some of the world’s most exceptional restaurants (you know, all the places you’ve droRead more
100% recommended
36 people mentioned the Carrot Soup
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Hawker Fare- SF

$$$$·Laotian·
Mission
482 reviews
THAI: Some dinners out should give you more than just delicious food and quality service—they should be lively, fun, and entertaining experiences—and Hawker Fare delivers all of thRead more
31 people mentioned the Green Bean
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