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San Francisco’s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the San Francisco dining scene. Here are San Francisco’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Kokkari Estiatorio, Foreign Cinema, House of Prime Rib
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Californian, Steak
Neighborhoods:Financial District / Embarcadero, Mission, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,541 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
93% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
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Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,682 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
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House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
10,584 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
95% recommended
Steak in San Francisco Bay Area
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,371 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
88% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
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Slanted Door

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
11,338 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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
83% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,178 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Don’t be scared off by the name, there’s no chance you’ll forget anything about your meal here (though it depends how much absinthe you drink). They’ve definitely got the whole FreRead more
91% recommended

Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,603 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
This American eatery 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 20Read more
89% recommended

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,910 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,551 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area

Perbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,953 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • 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
90% recommended
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