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Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.4
1397 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, Commonwealth is a progressive American restaurant. Chef Jason Fox takes a decidedly global approach to California's tradition of showcasing local, seasonal foods by incorporating diverse culinary ingredients and techniques. Commonwealth also donates part of the proceeds from Chef Fox’s tasting menus ($85) to local non-profits.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(415) 355-1500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Fox
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th Street
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Parking details
There is a small parking lot that is available to guests for $5 while dining at Commonwealth.
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Public transit
BART stops at Mission and 16th. MUNI stops at Mission and 18th.
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BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine
What 1397 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.6
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Exceptional

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Honestly a bit underwhelmed considering the expectations. We ended up sitting at the bar because our reserved table was 15 minutes late. I like the bar but we ended up with a mixed experience server wise. The food is beautiful but not super flavorful except for the dish involving truffles. The fish dish was Rather flat ..They serve four wines by the glass and the male serving us at the bar felt it appropriate to give a lecture on why there is nothing resembling a Chardonnay...the Aligote was wonderful but was literally our only choice by he glass given the limited options. We are not inexperienced diners and with so many great restaurants in SF it would be a hard sell to make me go back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was amazing, wine was great and our server did an amazing job explaining everything and what would pair well.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The flavor combinations were slightly hit or miss, though sunchokes and truffle artichoke were delightful as were the desserts (especially strawberries).
Note to guests: restaurant is located in the area that can be pretty dangerous in the evening. I left my car outside the restaurant, 2 min walk away, under CCTV cameras and as I came back I found that someone broke my car's window and stole some items while we dined. So definitely Uber there and don't park anywhere near.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We celebrated my foodie friend's birthday and it was awesome! They were able to accommodate a vegan which I hugely appreciate! The only thing I'd recommend is for vegan or vegetarian folks maybe they could add more starch because every course was a vegetable and it left me very hungry at the end. Other than that, beautiful dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Thank you Jason and the crew for the delicious and incredibly creative dinner both visually and in taste. Thank you too for your generosity... as usual!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Commonwealth far exceeded expectations and presented some of the most beautiful dishes I've seen. Lots of detail goes into each dish. They happily provided a pescatarian tasting menu for me and a regular tasting menu for my partner.

The two stand outs for me were: the crispy oysters and the burnt honey ice cream! Both were phenomenally delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

A lovely wedding eve dinner with my fiancé

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Wine pairings were exceptional

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Creative, interesting and unbelievably delicious food with friendly and professional staff. Wine pairing with the tasting menu is always extraordinary.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Every dish was memorable. The honey ice cream dessert was so good that we had to have seconds!

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Underwhelming food for the hype given and Michelin star it received, and also for the price we paid.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was totally over priced, small portions, pretentious wait staff, awkwardly quiet and boring ambiance, we had multiple courses and the food was hit or miss, will not go back, would not recommend

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had chosen this restaurant based on previous reviews and because we always enjoy new culinary experiences. Sadly - and to our surprise - we were disappointed with the food, which was neither particularly flavoursome or memorable despite the seemingly interesting mix of ingredients. It was as if the chef was trying too hard to be novel and lost sight of the basic requirement for the food to actually taste good! However on the plus side, the meal was well presented, well served and not as expensive as we originally thought.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

3 out of 8 dishes were ordinary and didn’t taste that good. Artichoke dish was quite low on quality(esp lemon cream). Burnt honey ice cream was toooooo sweet.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Food beautiful but disappointed

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Most overpriced hilarious place ever. Don’t go here!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My girlfriend and I had a very lovely dining experience during a mid-week girls catch-up dinner. We opted for the tasting menu and were not disappointed.

We were pleasantly surprised to receive two small tastes prior to the on-menu tasting dishes. Throughout, each dish was beautifully presented, and well balanced in terms of texture, and flavor. They also had a dish that creatively played with contrasting temperatures, which we found delightful and fun . In addition, we were very pleased by how were kindly guided through the wine menu and thoroughly enjoyed the sommelier’s recommendations based on our conversation - spot on.

While all of this would have been enough for us to leave very happy, they also gratuitously presented us with a lovely dessert wine because, at the end of our meal, they had asked us to move one table over so they could accommodate a larger group coming in (and needed our table to do that). The meal had been so enjoyable and they had been so gracious, we were happy slide one table over without feeling any imposition, or expectation that they would “make it up” to us. Class act all the way.

The only reason for the four star on ambience was because the tables are very close together (it’s a small place), so there’s no privacy in conversation. That said, their impeccable service (with thoughtful, friendly & knowledgable staff) , and delicious, creative and beautifully presented plates, definitely makes up for it (deserving of 5 stars overall).

I plan to go again, and am looking forward to it!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fantastic food, excellent service. Had the tasting menu and everything was beautifully presented. The main course was lamb cheeks and that was the only disappointment, but rest of the meal was terrific.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Som service was outstanding, bringing in surprising but outstanding complements to our meal, the pairings were delightfully done, playful and changing profiles as you ate and drank. My only complaint on the tasting menu was the lamb main course. The food as well as the pairing was disappointing considering the amazing prequel. Overall smashing tasting experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Outstanding evening, meal, service. We felt comfortable, welcomed, well fed, and in our own little corner of the world. The service was seamless. The food was interesting, delicious, entertaining, and seasonal. This is a huge find. The wine pairings were international and, again, very interesting and well-paired.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Got the tasting menu again. The food was great, as always, but I wouldn't recommend the wine pairing. The pour was miniscule, even by pairing standards. Obviously you don't want a full glass of wine with each course, that would be six glasses of wine! But this was closer to what you would get in a tasting room, just a few sips in the bottom of the glass to roll around on your tongue and get the flavor. It wasn't even enough wine to cleanse the palate after each bite of food, so you have to ration it out to yourself to make sure you have a little bit at the end of the course. And then you have nothing to sip when you're sitting there talking with friends between courses, (which can be a wait of 10-15 minutes). It just felt awkward, everyone staring at empty glasses, wondering when they were going to get their next few sips of wine.

If you poured all of the different pairings together into one glass, it would probably add up to one regular sized glass of wine. Which, considering that the pairing costs $60, makes for a VERY expensive glass of wine. They were interesting wines, but it's not like we were sipping rare Burgundy here. If you get the tasting menu, just order your own wine by the glass or bottle. It will make the evening more enjoyable.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food was not that good. I was surprised and disappointed and this was the consensus from the whole table. There's a lot of better food in the city.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent meal. Very fun to watch the kitchen at work. Loved the atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I eat lots and this was a rising favorite but the service turned out to be dreadful on a recent visit. Similar declines in service at Mourad and spqr and aster so it’s becoming a pattern at restaurants that seem intixicated with turning from artisans to cash cows. a At these prices for tiny portions, that’s inexcusable. For better service and excellent food, try contrada and Contigo and Frances and Cala - all with women chefs and or managers

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything was amazing. Tasting menu was great, service was great... highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Superb food. I loved all the dishes except found the artichoke dish underwhelming. Meat and seafood were excellent. Combinations were subtle, thoughtful, delicious and beautiful. This is the type of food where going out to eat is worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I took my girlfriend here for her 50th birthday. We had a great time. The food is not only delicious but it is also beautiful. I think that is what it takes to get a Michelin star because it seems like the only places in the Bay area with them are making these extreme dishes that look so unbelievable. We both did the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. It is definitely worth adding the wine because it goes so well with the food.

This was definitely a pricy meal but was worth it for a "very" special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Tasting menu is a must! Had the privilege of meeting Jason. Well worth the trip to the Mission

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Awesome food, great wine collection and an amazing service. Will be back for sure when in the area next.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Commonwealth is our restaurant of choice and we dine there at least monthly. The plates are creative, delicious, not overworked, and focus on the ingredient flavors. We always share a taste but then keep the rest of the plate for ourselves. Service, ambience and overall experience are simple yet exemplary.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was phenomenal, unfortunately the wine paired with the food completely lessened the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food was good but definitely not amazing....

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Proprietor made me feel very at home, took the time to walk me through menu, talk about the drink pairings, answer questions. Wait staff attentive without being annoying (in fact, were delightful). Tasting menu was superb. Overall, a top rate experience.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Awesome food. Great wine pairing. Excellent service. Lousy neighborhood

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Exquisite as usual. I introduced my friend to Commonwealth. She had never been. My partner and I often had dinner here. We ordered a la carte. The amuse bouches were delicious and the creatively unusual 3 courses were perfect. Clearly Japanese technique and sensibility is at work. Chef and entire staff get high marks. Exquisite food well priced.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

What a wonderful place. The food was fresh, local, seasonal and delicious. Creative and fun. Service was excellent. They remembered my husband's birthday and my requests for the Chef's table. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Portions are very small. They advise 3 dishes per person and even then I think you would still be hungry. We wanted to try the tasting menu, which had a lot of good things on it, but was a bit pricey at $85/person. I recommend the Scallop, Sea Urchin, Cabbage and Hen. Do not recommend the Shrimp Mousse. Also would not recommend for anyone pregnant either.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Tasting menu was really good. Wine pairings were okay.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

From the outside the street you can't this place serve great food. Place is considered very small so table to table is a bit close. Tried the tasting menu with wine paring and I'm impressed by every dishes it offered. Love their sea food dishes especially! Great experience and price also very reasonable, this could be one of the most affordable Michelin Stared restaurants that won't disappoint you.

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