The Most Fun Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

When it comes to the West Coast, many people conjure up images of the beautiful foggy Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars climbing the hills up Powell Street, beautiful oceanside settings, and the lovely row of houses along Alamo Park known as the Painted Ladies. These are just a few of the iconic sights to find in San Francisco. Whether you're a first-time visitor, a seasoned expert, or even a local, there are countless ways to have fun in this city—especially when it comes to dining. 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. Impress your friends and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Morimoto - Napa, MICHAEL MINA San Francisco, Firefly Restaurant
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, American
Neighborhoods:Napa, Financial District / Embarcadero, Noe Valley

Morimoto - Napa

$$$$·Japanese·
Napa
6,361 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Morimoto is one of the most well-known names in the world of Japanese food. This Napa Valley restaurant serves up a contemporary variety of traditional dishes infused with Western Read more
90% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
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MICHAEL MINA San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,965 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Michael Mina, the flagship restaurant by the star chef himself, is in the Financial District of San Francisco. The restaurant focuses on culinary adventures based on his Middle EasRead more
100% recommended
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Firefly Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Noe Valley
2,258 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Firefly Restaurant is in Noe Valley in a charming, unassuming space that is comfortable and quiet—it will definitely bring your stress levels down a notch. The food is inventive anRead more
92% recommended
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Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
262 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Gibson brings a new cocktail and dining experience to San Francisco that makes them one of the most fun restaurants in the area. Located in the swanky Hotel Bijou in San Francisco’Read more
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Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,551 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
At Trestle, they have a focus on the art of dining as a time to pause and enjoy the flavors, atmosphere, and company of a perfect meal. They feature a changing three-course pre fixRead more
100% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,267 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Boulevard is perhaps one of the city’s very best and most fun restaurants. Located in the Financial District just off the Embarcadero, the space conjures up the beautiful Belle EpoRead more
99% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

$$$$·Peruvian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,859 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
This Peruvian seafood restaurant is set right on the Embarcadero at the historic Pier 1 ½ lobby in a classic building with clean, minimalist decor. They have multiple lounges, an eRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area

Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
889 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
This famous seafood spot located in the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood serves up award-winning classic French cooking using local ingredients and wonderfully competent serviRead more
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Benu

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,609 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
Located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco, Benu offers a set tasting menu in a casually elegant environment. They focus on mostly seafood and vegetables cooked in a contempRead more
88% recommended
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Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
830 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
Corridor is a fine dining oasis in the Hayes Valley area that focuses on global dishes with playful and elegant presentation. Options like the crispy falafel croquettes, spicy meatRead more
100% recommended
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Zuni Cafe is a James Beard Award-winning restaurant with a modern European menu. Located in the Civic Center neighborhood, they have a Parisian-style vibe and a warm, intimate enviRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in San Francisco
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nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,558 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Nopa is a San Francisco gathering place located north of the Panhandle. They serve urban rustic dishes and specialize in organic wood-fired cuisine with simple, local ingredients. Read more
100% recommended
105 people mentioned the French Toast
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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,960 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
The Hayes Street Grill is a fish house located in San Francisco’s Civic Center district. The restaurant focuses on the freshness and quality of the fish above all else. It has a suRead more
89% recommended
76 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
One of San Francisco’s best fun restaurants, Mourad is in the historic Pacific Bell building in San Francisco’s South of Market and Financial districts. The building has a contempoRead more
92% recommended
103 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Ad Hoc

$$$$·American·
Yountville
6,298 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Originally intended to be a temporary restaurant, Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc quickly gained such a loyal following that they decided to make it a permanent fixture in Yountville. The rRead more
89% recommended
427 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Heirloom Cafe, located on Folsom Street in the Mission District, is an intimate restaurant with a focus on serving high-quality, ultra-fresh cuisine in a laid-back setting. Their pRead more
96% recommended
29 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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La Toque

$$$$·French·
Napa
2,091 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Located in Napa Valley, Chef Ken Frank’s landmark restaurant offers three different menus every night. You can choose from the Core Menu, the Vegetable Tasting Menu, or the Chef’s Read more
87% recommended
19 people mentioned the Black Truffle
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The Commissary - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
631 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Organic
James Beard award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins heads up the kitchen at The Commissary. They serve Spanish-influenced California cuisine driven by sustainable, locally sourced ingRead more
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Arguello - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Pacific Heights
464 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
Located in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club, Arguello is a delicious Mexican restaurant that serves traditional Mexican fare complemented by craft cocktails made at the contempRead more
100% recommended
17 people mentioned the Margaritas
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