Favorite Local Restaurants in San Francisco

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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Foreign Cinema, Zuni Cafe, The Progress
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Modern European, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Mission District, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, Western Addition
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission District
7,518 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 name (and restaurant) h...

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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,651 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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 chicken (for two), a ve...

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The Progress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,499 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 the latter, they roll...

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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,359 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 wood beams, oriental ...

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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,505 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 for post-work suits,...

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House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
12,123 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 and they do magical thi...

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Slanted Door

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
11,120 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Scenic View
  • Hot Spot

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 servi...

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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 comes with horseradish ai...

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Park Tavern

$$$$·American·
North Beach
2,600 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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-school tile floors ev...

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Boulevard

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,167 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 not joking around wit...

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Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
4,148 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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-of-the-park deliciou...

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Bellota

$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
1,323 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 everyt...

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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,813 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 wonderful restaurant is th...

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Perbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,405 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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 locally-sourced Califo...

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