The Best Restaurants in San Francisco, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

San Francisco, the west coast's reigning capital for tech and innovation, also shines when it comes to cooking. Sourdough, seafood, dim sum, and more merge with world-class nightlife for an unforgettable foodie experience. Famous for its culinary legacy and an unmatched diversity of international cuisines, the San Fran culinary scene means a multitude of Michelin stars. Dim sum rivals the best in Hong Kong, and impeccable haute cuisine plays off against Parisian contenders. The city's celebrated bar scene certainly holds its own alongside countless restaurants, serving creative food from shared plates to full sit-down meals to augment their drinks lists. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one of the best Restaurants in San Francisco tonight!

Restaurants:The Commissary, Garibaldi's on Presidio, MICHAEL MINA San Francisco
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Spanish, Californian, American
Neighborhoods:Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Presidio Heights, Financial District / Embarcadero

The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Worth the Drive
  • Bar Seating
There's an engaging back story to Commissary, the restaurant from celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins. Commissary is in the historic San Francisco area known as the Presidio. The restRead more
83% recommended
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,973 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Visitors enjoying the beauty of San Francisco' s Presidio Heights neighborhood should put this spot at the top of their lists. Garibaldi's is a mixture of elegant and casual diningRead more
98% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in San Francisco
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MICHAEL MINA San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,965 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The Michael Mina culinary empire started here in San Francisco at Mina's flagship restaurant. Traditional spices and flavors abound across the menu. There's a six-course tasting meRead more
93% recommended
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,265 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Boulevard presents one of the most beautiful dining views in San Francisco from its landmark building next to the Embarcadero. Diners in this happening restaurant can get some unfoRead more
98% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,068 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Jackson Fillmore sits in between Alta Plaza and Lafayette Parks in Pacific Heights. This lovely local spot serves traditional Italian fare in a casual, cozy setting. It's pure ItalRead more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Francisco Bay Area
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
646 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Otoro Sushi earns acclaim for their great sushi, from a menu developed by the classically trained chef Fukuji Sagai. Otoro also features one of San Francisco's most creative diningRead more
81% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco

Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
3,746 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Spruce delivers elegant and ethically sourced California-inspired offerings in an upscale Presidio Heights setting. There are plenty of options for dining styles at Spruce. Sit dowRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
262 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for Birthdays
Gibson is a stylish, art deco jewel inside the downtown district's Hotel Bijou. Its 90-seat dining room, bar, and lounge all boast eye-catching modern art. The restaurant's gourmetRead more
100% recommended
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La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,479 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
La Ciccia is an acclaimed standout in the crowded San Francisco Italian restaurant scene. Husband and wife owners Massimiliano and Lorella Conti infuse La Ciccia with Sardinian flaRead more
97% recommended
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,623 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This Market Street hot spot has been a favorite of San Francisco natives and visitors for decades. The two-level Zuni Café delivers a menu of sophisticated California cuisine to diRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in San Francisco
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,829 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Kokkari Estiatorio provides a taste of authentic Greek cuisine and atmosphere. Its buzzy Jackson Square location gives off an intimate, old-world ambiance. Customers eat alongside Read more
96% recommended
Best Food in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fun
Meat is on the menu at the lively SoMa gastropub called Marlowe. The always-bustling location has a butcher-shop theme, with heads of cattle on the wall and specials written on butRead more
85% recommended
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Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,551 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Trestle presents a unique dining concept that guarantees something interesting for diners. Trestle's chefs create a new three-course prix-fixe dinner for their customers every nighRead more
92% recommended
Best Value in San Francisco
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,898 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Tyler Florence of Food Network fame created this engaging pub in the Financial District. The after-work destination spot is a mixture of classic British tavern and upscale club, wiRead more
92% recommended
American in San Francisco
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Le Soleil

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Richmond District
244 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
“Garlic roasted Dungeness crab” will be the first four words out of your mouth as you sit down in La Soleil. Melt-in-your-mouth goodness will soon await as the chefs begin fresh-prRead more
92% recommended
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
The Mission District's Heirloom Café is one of San Francisco's unique dining experiences. At Heirloom Café, house-made and local are critical characteristics of the three-course (pRead more
96% recommended
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Celebrated chef-owner Mourad Lahlou created Mourad, housed right in the heart of downtown at the base of the PacBell building. At Mourad, Lahlou blends the cuisines of his native MRead more
92% recommended
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Bistro Aix - SF - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
1,006 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Nature makes its mark on the bright and pleasant Bistro Aix in the Marina district. Patrons can head in for a relaxed meal under the shadow of a century-old olive tree in the BistrRead more
100% recommended
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La Folie - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,642 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
La Folie is one of San Francisco's most outstanding French options. La Folie is the brainchild of owner-chef and James Beard Award winner Roland Passot. The restaurant presents claRead more
92% recommended
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Locanda Osteria & Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Mission
256 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: A Roman-inspired Osteria and Bar. Owned by Anne and Craig Stoll. Our menu changes dailyRead more
94% recommended
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