Hard to Get Reservations in San Francisco

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in San Francisco where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Wako Japanese Restaurant, Benu, Quince
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Contemporary American, Californian
Neighborhoods:Richmond District, SOMA, Financial District / Embarcadero

Wako Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond District
420 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Talk about an incredible hidden gem. This one’s Japanese, (very sleek) just barely within the Richmond District, and inside it are a mere 20 seats, so they’re usually busy. They haRead more
94% recommended
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Benu

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,609 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Before Chef Corey Lee opened Benu (and Monsieur Benjamin and In Situ), he harnessed his craft alongside Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. Unsurprisingly, his fine dining tastingRead more
94% recommended
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Quince

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,578 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Tusk serves a Californian-American 12-course tasting menu at Quince. While there aren’t many choices to be made with a prix fixe menu, they dRead more
83% recommended
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Gary Danko

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
889 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Gary Danko is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the namesake of this famous fine dining institution, in San Francisco. Over the nearly two decades they’ve been in service, they’Read more
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Sons & Daughters

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nob Hill
1,405 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
This is a fabulous restaurant spearheaded by two young friends who are both highly confident in the caliber of food they’re serving (rightfully so), and their relaxed and understatRead more
89% recommended
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Coi

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,432 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Their prix fixe menu is a beautiful Californian-French marriage, so you’ll be delighted by pristine platings of meat and seafood. With mostly cream tones filling their space, all oRead more
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Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,545 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
With a nod to SF’s seven hills, this intimate and cozy Italian spot (in Russian Hill) truly feels like a neighborhood bistro. Their menu—emphasizing and celebrating handmade pastasRead more
97% recommended
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Omakase

$$$$·Japanese·
SOMA
379 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
If the owners of this very traditional Japanese restaurant felt confident enough to name the place omakase, you should trust that the two they offer are some of the most incredibleRead more
88% recommended
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Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Union Square
998 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
One foot inside this place and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a French manor—think tapestries, stained glass, paintings, and dimly-lit wall sconces—but the charm (and celebration Read more
96% recommended
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