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10 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
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Wako Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond District
372 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
86% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
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Benu

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

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,487 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area

Ijji Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
North Panhandle / USF
177 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Definitely one of the top omakase experiences in SF, and there’s a lot of great fish here. They do a roughly 19-course traditional omakase menu (usually starts with 5 small plates Read more
94% recommended
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Gary Danko

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

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nob Hill
1,343 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
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
84% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco Bay Area
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Coi

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,402 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
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
Contemporary American in San Francisco
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Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Union Square
916 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
93% recommended
Best Value in San Francisco

Seven Hills

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,406 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
98% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
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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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