The Best Restaurants in San Francisco

Designating a short list of the best restaurants in San Francisco means plucking from a multitude of award-winning spots. These include State Bird Provisions, which calls on California’s heritage and local bounty, and Montesacro SF, which imports traditional ingredients from Italy to give diners a taste true to the country it honors. Some neighborhoods are home to more options than others. SOMA and the Financial District feature in the list frequently. But, in almost every district within the Golden City, there’s either a hidden gem, a local staple, or a world-renowned restaurant that should be booked in advance.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:State Bird Provisions, A16 - San Francisco, Campton Place
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Western Addition, Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Downtown / Union Square
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State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,952 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

Serving unique American food since 2011, the iconic State Bird Provisions in the Western Addition provides diners with rustic, artful dishes bursting with color and richness, like red trout with a toa...

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A16 - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,475 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Boasting a cozy, lively trattoria-style setting, the celebrated A16 restaurant in the Marina serves dishes that take inspiration from classic Italian and Californian cuisine. But founding chef Christo...

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Campton Place

$$$$·Californian·
Downtown / Union Square
1,735 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of the MICHELIN Star restaurant, Taj Campton Place in Union Square, has reached culinary excellence by using classical European techniques to craft Cal-Indian dishes...

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Buena Vida Cantina

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
SOMA
35 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

Chef Erik Hopfinger has presented diners with unique dishes highlighting Northern Mexico’s most tantalizing flavors at Buena Vida Cantina since its opening in SOMA in May 2021. A casual, friendly atmo...

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Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

$$$$·Greek·
Financial District / Embarcadero
46 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

In September 2021, Estiatorio Ornos a Michael made its entrance to the San Francisco restaurant world to much fanfare. The casual dining spot located in Aventura is geared toward food with rich Greek ...

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KUSAKABE

$$$$·Sushi·
Financial District / Embarcadero
342 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Offering Kyoto-style omakase, KUSAKABE is a Japanese restaurant pioneered by owner and chef Mitsunori Kusakabe in May 2014. The MICHELIN Star restaurant ranks highly in San Francisco year after year. ...

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Wako Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond District
519 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Joyful, rustic and communal, with a surprisingly elegant menu, Wako Japanese has been exciting diners’ taste buds since 2014. The restaurant, located in the Richmond neighborhood, is listed in the MIC...

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Boulevard

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,171 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Owner Nancy Oakes and executive chef Dana Younkin pay homage to Californian cuisine at this bistro-inspired upscale spot that features Golden State classics like wolfe quail—buttermilk fried quail wit...

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Maruya

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission District
262 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Originally serving only Tokyo-style sushi when it opened its doors in the Mission District in 2013, the menu at Maruya has evolved. Today, it caters to different palates by offering both sushi omakase...

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Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
4,193 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Dishes are presented with a focus on the art of the food on each plate served at Spruce in Presidio Heights since it opened in 2007. That same year, the restaurant was awarded "Best New Restaurant in ...

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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,840 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Octavia opened its doors in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights in 2015, and is helmed by award-winning executive chef Melissa Perello of sibling restaurant Frances. The simple, country décor lets the foo...

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Luce - InterContinental San Francisco

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,813 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu

Tucked into the InterContinental Hotel in SOMA, the Luce Restaurant served its first dish in 2010. The contemporary American food of this MICHELIN Star establishment is highlighted by the dining room’...

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The Progress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,523 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Chefs and proprietors Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the husband-and-wife team of State Bird Provisions and The Anchovy Bar, opened the doors of The Progress in 2011. A buzzing banquet-style dini...

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One Market Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
4,202 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

Executive chef Mark Dommen celebrates contemporary Californian cuisine at this spacious and elegant fine-dining spot tucked into the Financial District. Serenaded by tinkling piano keys upon entering,...

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Frances

$$$$·Californian·
The Castro
3,227 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

A simple and intimate setting operates as the casual backdrop to owner and chef Melissa Perello’s contemporary Californian restaurant Frances, located in The Castro neighborhood. Opened in 2009 and na...

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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,661 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

An icon in the San Francisco food scene since 1979, Zuni Café has counted among its achievements the coveted James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant in 2003 and Outstanding Service in 2018. The ...

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5A5 Steak Lounge

$$$$·Steak·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,409 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

High-end steakhouse 5A5 Steak Lounge opened in the Financial District in 2009 with a grand dining room that suggests movement and energy. It’s a perfect pairing for the inventive menu that showcases c...

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COQUETA - San Francisco

$$$$·Spanish·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,526 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Delightful and classic Spanish small dishes served at Coqueta highlight the rich tapestry of seafood fare made possible by this waterfront city—and at a waterfront restaurant. Feast on dishes such as ...

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Harborview Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Chinese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
410 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch

Boasting a large, elegant dining room that accommodates a couple hundred diners, the Cantonese menu at Harborview in the Financial District is both uncomplicated and enticing. With dim sum and banquet...

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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,419 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Chef Erik Cosselmon’s Mediterranean menu at Kokkari Estiatorio is comforting and intimate. Rich shareable plates, mezethes, and honey-coated desserts are both casual and elegant—and the white tableclo...

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Z & Y Bistro Wine Bar Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Chinatown
23 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies

Located on the same block as the original Z and Y Restaurant, this sibling bistro in Chinatown serves more contemporary Sichuan menu items, like the chef-recommended hot and numbing spicy beef jerky, ...

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Z & Y Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
220 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual

This original Chinatown favorite has been offering a Chinese fine-dining experience since 2008. The menu includes Sichuan offerings like the chicken with explosive chile pepper or the ox tripe with gr...

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Sociale - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Presidio Heights
2,059 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Notable Wine List

Fusing Italian and California culinary traditions, chef Julio Mis of Sociale has etched out a menu that is elegant and satisfying. With twinkling lights and a chic European bistro vibe, dishes like se...

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Komaaj Kitchen

$$$$·Persian·
Mission District
55 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

Family-style tables and a casual dining room mark the character of Komaaj Kitchen, which opened in 2019. The restaurant’s hearty Northern Iranian menu is focused, and it features forward-thinking fare...

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Sasaki

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission District
153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu

In 2016, chef and owner of Sasaki, Masaki Sasaki, opened the doors to his counter-only Japanese restaurant that heavily features coastal pickings. The seafood-driven omakase menu at this Mission Distr...

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The Anchovy Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Western Addition
296 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem

One of the three restaurants under the stewardship of husband-and-wife co-owners and chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, The Anchovy Bar offers a seafood-driven menu that takes advantage of the ...

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The Matterhorn Restaurant and Bakery

$$$$·Swiss·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
188 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

With an eclectic vibe that feels like Black Forest meets American diner, The Matterhorn in the Marina serves as both a Swiss restaurant and bakery. The hearty menu, with ingredients that have been tho...

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Lokma

$$$$·Turkish·
Richmond District
377 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic

In early 2018, Lokma, a Turkish and Mediterranean place in the Richmond District, opened its doors. With broad windows, brick walls, and contemporary seating, the spot offers a casual and unpretentiou...

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Sushi Hon

$$$$·Sushi·
Mission District
321 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

Moody lighting, community tables, and an elegant setting offset the bright, but minimalist presentations at Sushi Hon. Opened in 2016 in the Mission, the restaurant’s omakase dishes can feature delica...

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Sushi Shio

$$$$·Japanese·
Mission District
162 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

From executive chef Alex Kim, who also oversees the creations at Sushi Hon, Sushi Shio is a fine-dining Japanese restaurant that offers simple, preparation-focused dishes served omakase-style. Playing...

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Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,819 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

From executive chef Jason Halverson comes this home-style contemporary American restaurant in the Financial District. Serving farm fresh ingredients in a rustic, raw brick, and wood setting, Trestle o...

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Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,790 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Dimly-lit, trendy, and a bit moody, the upscale Seven Hills Restaurant, which first opened its doors around 2010 in Russian Hill, serves farm-to-table food that is both fresh and delightful. Executive...

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Sushi Ondo

$$$$·Japanese·
SOMA
110 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy

With a communal table, minimalist design, and an inviting vibe, omakase enthusiasts will rejoice at the opportunity to try the creations found on executive chef Jason Shimizu’s menu at Sushi Ondo in S...

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Caffe Macaroni

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
582 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Comfort Food

An unassuming orange-lit sign identifies the entrance to a Neapolitan restaurant situated in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach. Here, at Caffe Macaroni, which opened its doors in 1990, executiv...

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Montesacro SF

$$$$·Pizzeria·
SOMA
1,525 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem

A casual pizzeria with metal chairs and traditional tile flooring, Montesacro SF, America’s first pinseria, specializes in the art of blistered Roman-style flatbread. The restaurant, which made its de...

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Palette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
294 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Seasonal selections and a bustling atmosphere make Palette an exciting, can’t-miss farm-to-table contemporary American restaurant. With vaulted ceilings, specially curated art, and a black and walnut ...

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Notable Wine List in San Francisco
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Fiorella Clement

$$$$·Italian·
Richmond District
916 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

At Fiorella Clement in the Richmond District, the clanking of dishes adds energy to its black-walled modern and casual aesthetic. Here, chef Brandon Gillis has designed an Italian and pizzeria menu vi...

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