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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
601 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
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Garibaldi's on Presidio

$$$$·Californian·
Presidio Heights
1,917 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
90% recommended
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Michael Mina – San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,909 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
82% recommended
American in San Francisco
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Bistro Aix - SF

$$$$·French American·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
988 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,988 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,039 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Authentic
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
90% recommended
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Otoro Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
618 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
83% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco
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Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,589 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
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
95% recommended
American in San Francisco
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
250 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in San Francisco

La Ciccia

$$$$·Italian·
Noe Valley
2,415 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
95% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,441 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,615 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
92% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,631 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
92% recommended
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Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,477 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
93% recommended
Best Value in San Francisco
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La Folie

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,566 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
French in San Francisco Bay Area
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,574 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
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
85% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
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Le Soleil

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Richmond District
238 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
“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
100% recommended

Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
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Belga - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Belgian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
518 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Cow Hollow neighborhood in San Francisco is an appropriate spot for Belga, as the restaurant's burger is one of the best in the city. That's only one of the highlights at BelgaRead more
85% recommended
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