Favorite Local Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable team

You’re in San Francisco for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve rounded up the best spots to hit: the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and everything-in-betweens that will give you a definitive sampling of what the city has to offer. Let’s get to it.

Restaurants:Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco, Foreign Cinema, Zuni Cafe
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Californian, Modern European
Neighborhoods:Mission, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Mission
956 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
This Mission mainstay has a cult following of literally anyone who’s ever eaten anything they’ve baked. Inside this one-stop delicious shop, they have: a bakery and cafe, ice creamRead more
85% recommended
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Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
7,190 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
It’s hard to believe this much-loved, uber-popular, and constantly-busy Mission restaurant has been at the top of its game since 1999. Nothing about this place feels dated. The namRead more
93% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,620 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This well-lit, loft-looking space, has two-story floor-to-ceiling windows, which creates a bright and relaxing environment to eat their amazing food in. They make an epic roast chiRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in San Francisco
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The Progress & State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,443 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This restaurant—from husband-and-wife team Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski—is nothing if not progressive, much like its sister restaurant (next door) State Bird Provisions. At tRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 wRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,891 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence’s American restaurant—in the heart of the financial district—has a handsome and upscale British pub-style backdrop. This is definitely a popular spot Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco

House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
11,241 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 andRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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Monsieur Benjamin

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,228 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 their glass boxRead more
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Cotogna

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,762 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
This knockout Italian restaurant in the Financial District is always a reliable choice. Their pastas and pizzas are great to share (even if you want them all to yourself). There’s Read more
92% recommended
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Slanted Door

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
11,723 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Fit for Foodies
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 watchingRead more
82% recommended
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
This 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 with about 20% lamb and comesRead more
82% recommended
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Park Tavern

$$$$·American·
North Beach
2,615 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
This North Beach restaurant sits directly in front of Washington Square Park, and it’s ideal for weekend brunch with a small group. High ceilings, brown and slate colors, and old-sRead more
94% recommended
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Aside from their impressive menu of traditional Californian-French dishes, this iconic SF restaurant (a stronghold from the 90s) gives you a breathtaking view of the Bay. They’re nRead more
98% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Rich Table

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,735 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Though this Hayes Valley restaurant isn’t new anymore, it’s still always busy. Ironic as it sounds, Rich Table is a casual and understated place. Their seasonal and constantly-chanRead more
92% recommended
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Mourad

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

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
3,739 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Spruce is in Presidio Heights and both are quite fancy. While this upscale American restaurant is steeply priced (and probably best for a special occasion), it’s also knock-it-out-Read more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area

Bellota

$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
1,127 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 thRead more
86% recommended
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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,619 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
For a neighborhood as posh as Pacific Heights, Octavia feels quite understated, which actually matches their seasonal menu of classic and uncomplicated American dishes. This wonderRead more
91% recommended
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,276 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
This sleek and elegant restaurant serves upscale Indian food, which there isn’t much of in this city, and it’s in an area where there aren’t many restaurants either. Perhaps that’sRead more
90% recommended
Good for Groups in San Francisco Bay Area

Perbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,153 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
A busy and bustling financial district spot, which is a popular destination for all the suits who work in the area. This sister restaurant to Barbacco (next door) uses fresh and loRead more
92% recommended