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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:The Commissary, Morimoto - Napa, Michael Mina – San Francisco
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Spanish, Japanese, American
Neighborhoods:Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Napa, Financial District / Embarcadero
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The Commissary

$$$$·Spanish·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
586 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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
88% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto - Napa

$$$$·Japanese·
Napa
5,803 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
85% recommended
Most Booked in Wine Country

Michael Mina – San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,871 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
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
84% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Firefly Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Noe Valley
2,147 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area

Gibson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
235 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • 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
92% recommended

Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,413 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Best Value in San Francisco Bay Area
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La Folie

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
2,531 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
La Folie is a French restaurant located in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Opened in 1998, Chef Roland Passot and his wife Jamie wanted a space where they could serRead more
89% recommended
French in San Francisco Bay Area

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,826 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
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La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

$$$$·Peruvian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,250 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
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
88% recommended
Peruvian in San Francisco Bay Area

Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco
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Benu

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,528 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
699 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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
90% recommended

Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,313 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
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nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,424 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
89% recommended
Late Night Find in San Francisco
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Arguello

$$$$·Mexican·
Pacific Heights
401 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
Outdoor Dining in San Francisco
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Hayes Street Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,770 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Seafood in San Francisco

Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,142 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Ad Hoc

$$$$·American·
Yountville
6,291 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
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,097 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Cozy
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
86% recommended
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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
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