Discover Trending Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

A city known for its creativity, San Francisco is just as much a culinary innovation hub as it is an artistic mecca and center of the digital age. With the bounty of the Northern California wine country and central valley close by, and a strong influence from both Asia and Latin America, the City by the Bay has always been a trendsetter for global cuisine. The best restaurants in San Francisco run the gamut from well-known and world-famous to hidden holes in the wall that are kept secret by locals. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Find everything from neighborhood bistros to Hong-Kong-style dining palaces, historic oyster bars to the best fusion cuisine in the country—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. So get on board the culinary cable car and check out the trendy restaurants in San Francisco right now.

Restaurants:Morimoto - Napa, Arguello, Corridor
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Mexican, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Napa, Pacific Heights, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

Morimoto - Napa

$$$$·Japanese·
Napa
6,266 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
A Zen-inspired dining room located right on Main Street in the town of Napa, the heart of California’s legendary wine region, Morimoto is an East meets West hot spot of internationRead more
89% recommended
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Arguello

$$$$·Mexican·
Pacific Heights
464 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Also located in the Presidio, the Arguello offers up Mexican-inspired eats in a historic building and a pleasant sun-drenched outdoor patio. From Oaxacan-style mole served with roaRead more
96% recommended
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Corridor

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
830 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Located right on the Highway 101 “corridor,” this casual but stylish bar and restaurant also specializes in modern California comfort food. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner anRead more
90% recommended
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Wood Tavern

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
San Francisco Bay Area
2,557 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Serving “sustainable Californian fare” out of their Rockridge District Oakland eatery, Wood Tavern is one of the culinary superstars of the East Bay dining scene. Appetizers come sRead more
96% recommended
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Trestle

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,541 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located right downtown in the Jackson Square area, Trestle is a New American restaurant that does a daily price fixe menu that draws the after-work crowd in droves. The three-coursRead more
85% recommended
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Zazie

$$$$·French·
Cole Valley
1,275 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A petite French bistro located in the charming Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, Zazie boasts a cozy dog-friendly covered garden as well as a small intimate dining room. TRead more
97% recommended
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The Wolf - Oakland

$$$$·American·
Oakland
996 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Located in the former home of the Baywolf, which was Oakland’s most lauded restaurant for years, the Wolf is a California-French fusion cuisine eatery that draws diners from all ovRead more
94% recommended
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Heirloom Cafe

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,098 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Pairing a California wine list with Mediterrain style fare is nothing new in the city by the bay, but the Heirloom Café does it with an attention to detail that makes it stand out Read more
96% recommended
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,856 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Styling itself after a traditional British pub and serving specials based on fare that was popular at the turn of the 20th century, the Warfare Tavern is a decidedly Old World eateRead more
88% recommended
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Jackson Fillmore Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
1,061 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
A staple of the Pacific Heights dining scene since 1985, the Jackson Fillmore Trattoria is a true San Francisco neighborhood landmark restaurant that specializes in Italian cuisineRead more
90% recommended

Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Northern California meets Morocco in an explosion of flavor at Mourad, located right in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Traditional North African staples like cousRead more
92% recommended
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Spruce

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Presidio Heights
3,700 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Situated in the mostly residential Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, Spruce is a culinary treasure well worth tracking down and visiting. With multiple awards for botRead more
92% recommended
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,232 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located right on the San Francisco Embarcadero and sporting excellent views out over the bay, Boulevard is housed in a historic building with elegant details and a large warm “old Read more
97% recommended
Scenic View in San Francisco
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Lolinda

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Mission
2,069 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
California and Argentina have a lot in common and the best of both New World culinary traditions shines through at Lolinda, a steakhouse located in San Francisco’s Mission DistrictRead more
90% recommended
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nopa - San Francisco

$$$$·Californian·
North Panhandle / USF
2,558 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
A bright and airy neighborhood gathering place named after the “North of the Panhandle Area” of San Francisco, Nopa does seasonally based fare created from local California sourcesRead more
93% recommended
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Ad Hoc

$$$$·American·
Yountville
6,298 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Another Napa Valley superstar, Ad Hoc takes seasonal California fare to its freshest extreme with a daily changing four-course menu based on what’s available at the moment from locRead more
89% recommended
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,804 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Because Northern California has a distinctly Mediterranean climate, many of the Old World staples like wine, olives, and cheese are a part of the local cuisine here. At Kokkari, thRead more
95% recommended
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,599 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Founded in 1979, Zuni Café is a mid-Market Street institution that has in many ways defined California cuisine and been a trendsetter for decades. Winner of a James Beard award forRead more
93% recommended
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HK Lounge Bistro

$$$$·Chinese·
Richmond District
551 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
San Francisco is famous for its dim sum offerings, but to really try the best the city has to offer, ditching Chinatown and heading out to the Richmond District may be in order. AtRead more
92% recommended
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