Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.5
1574 reviews
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Contemporary American
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 ($95) to local non-profits.
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DM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the great pleasure of dining at Commonwealth while a recent business trip to San Francisco. The tasting menu was an imaginative adventure of well-balanced, delicious dishes paired with great wines. My personal favorite was the smoked trout. The service was attentive without being intrusive. Kudos to the entire team. I’m looking forward to dining with you again the next time I’m in San Fran.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Maybe they just had an off night since we came here based on the great reviews. Went on a weekday night and it was pretty empty up until we left (around 8 pm). The ambiance wasn't great since it felt cold and dead. We ordered most of the options from the a la carte menu. The food was creative, but the flavors were pretty muted. A number of the white plates we used were very scratched and worn (looked dirty), which really detracted from the experience. Overall, it was pretty underwhelming.

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J
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A very special restaurant, serving food as good as any in the Bay Area, for prices that are quite reasonable.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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GB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for an experience with food you should try this place. We got the Chef's extended tasting menu which had 12 courses (I think, definitely more than 7). They ranged from hot to warm to cold dishes on the temperature scale. The last three courses were desserts. Every course was unique and pleasantly presented. Depending on your preference you'll like some more than the others. The staff was very courteous.

Beware the extended tasting menu is a lot of food! so if you have the appetite go for it, you'll be pleased. The place had a full bar but we didn't get any drinks as we had to drive back.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have eaten here many times...the food is unique...wonderful flavors...well served..

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A
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. We were transported to different places with coherent and consistent dishes. We recommend the extended chef tasting menu.

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j
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remains one of my top SF restaurants. Best vegetarian tasting menu anywhere.

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TG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very creative food. Friendly and very informative staff. The duck confit was excellent!

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

First off, the quality and creativity of the food/menu here are top notch. The three adults in our party each had the tasting menu. The two young adults shared the Brussels sprouts and duck confit. Everything was delicious. Unfortunately, the portions are beyond tiny. They do give you endless bowls of their seaweed dusted homemade potato chips with vinegar mousse, and they're delicious. But you can only eat so many of those. There were long delays between courses. Service was impeccable and friendly, but slow. Finally, you'd get served (literally) three bites of food. The main course was lamb. We all love lamb and it tasted incredible. Sadly, if you had put our three portions together, you still would not have an average-sized cut of lamb. The wine list was over-reaching. I'd say they might be trying a bit hard with that. Pushing the envelope maybe too much. The result was a bit of a hodgepodge of selections. One friend ordered the Greek wine by the glass and did not re-order it for his second glass. The tasting menu is available with pairings, so maybe we would have been more satisfied leaving the selections up to the establishment, but part of the fun (for us) is to make our own choices. The decor is trendy and cool., perhaps a little bit sparse. Loved the window in the ceiling with a view of the rafters. Commonwealth is really trying. They get a lot right. It pains me to say this. I don't think I'd return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

大膽的食材組合,產生十分成功的美食!主廚是現代的錬金術士!Wine pairing 也不錯!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great special occasion restaurant. Food and service are exceptional. Dining there is an event.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special celebration. Staff were attentive and accommodating. Plus there is a non-alcoholic beverage pairing option for the tasting menu!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Food options were very limited

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E
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, lackluster. While the plates look great, taste and service fall short. Glad to have tried but won’t be going back. Didn’t appreciate the server trying to guilt us into ordering more plates. Mannerisms of (some) staff were rough and rushed. Not sure if our server thought we would tip better after he patted my back after so-so service. Many of the dishes were too sweet for savory dishes and I didn’t quite get the Asian infused flavors.

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AP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend is a chef and we decided to visit San Francisco (from Seattle) and knew we wanted to eat well and try to eat at a Michelin start restaurant and this place looked amazing and with not being insanely expensive! All I can say is WOW!! We were both thoroughly impressed with the food, the service, and the knowledgeable staff!! We walked away from Commonwealth still talking about the amazing food the next day! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an outstanding high end meal, (that won’t break the bank) and with extremely friendly staff as well!! 5 stars for sure!!!

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very romantic evening. The staff are very kind and their passion for their work shows. The food was lovely.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location seems a little sketchy and the building is not well marked. Look for the actual address 2224 on the window and enter at the side. Once inside the experience was simply perfection! Highly recommend the extended tasting menu.

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TP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth was Outstanding! Such great pairings of wine & sake - so much knowledge and the food was incredible! Thank you for an amazing experience ✨✨✨

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PT
San Francisco
411 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I wanted to try this restaurant because it has a Michelin star. The service was very attentive, but there’s no ambiance or atmosphere and it’s quite loud (to be fair, most restaurants in SF have little atmosphere). As for the food, most of it is worth the star. We had carrots, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, sweetbreads and fish (those are five separate dishes). The first four were superb, but the sablefish was really disappointing. I love dessert, but nothing excited me enough to bite. I’d recommend it once, but there are far better restaurants, so I won’t return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dining experiences of all time. Get the tasting menu with wine pairings. Unbelievable service too!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was delicious! A few highlights...smoked trout, oysters, squid noodles, lamb shoulder and the salted date ice cream. All dishes were excellent. I didn’t do the wine pairing but I ordered a bottle of Rossese di Dolceacqua "Beragna," Ka Mancine 2017.

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DJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Way overpriced, and too precious. Tiny, tiny portions of ridiculous combinations.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and friendly staff, excellent food.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Although the food was great, I am disappointed that they did not prepare anything for my boyfriend as I have mentioned that the dinner is for his birthday. The guy who responded on my email confirmed that he made a note about it, but after serving the complimentary dessert (tasting menu), the waiter handed me the bill. Sad. Other Michelin star restaurants that we went to on his previous birthdays never missed that part. They would even email me to make sure they get extra details about the celebrant.

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JM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The entire experience was overall very impressive. I ordered the extended tasting menu, 140 for 14 courses (I don't drink wine), many of which were carefully designed and perfectly cooked. The arrangement of dishes was reasonable as well. Desserts were less favorable, but several other dishes were mind-blowingly good.
Service was okay. Waiters/tresses were professional, but my waiter could have been nicer.
The environment was clean and cozy, more on the modern/casual side. Only thing to complain is its location. Doesn't seem to be very safe to walk around at night. Drive/uber might be a better choice.
In general, the experience is totally worth the cost. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ordered the “chef’s extended tasting menu”. The courses were good but not mind blowing. They need to speed up the food prep and delivery. Our dinner took nearly four hours from start to finish. There was a lot of time between courses and not enough paired wine poured with each course to make me forget about it. While I walked away full and happy, I also feel like the wine pours should have been heavier given the cost.

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MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the better restaurants in SF. Solid on everything. Details were dialed in. Service was great. I can't think of a single thing I'd do differently.

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m
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very happy to get a last-minute reservation for five at Commonwealth my last day in San Francisco. SF is a great foodie town (the Bay Area has more Michelin stars than New York City) and I was happy to see COMMONWEALTH had space.

We didn’t pick the tasting menu because we aren’t a fan of Wagyu beef. Together the group of us ordered lots of fun items from each of the three sections of the menu.

Personally I ordered the sea urchin, the squash and the duck confit. Of these three the duck confit was the most memorable. Overall, the ingredients are unusual and the flavors intriguing.
The dining experience is very memorable.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really creative use of vegetables and unique food overall.

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NL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing hidden gem of a Michelin starred restaurant. Food is outstanding and creativity is top notch. We visited on Vday and low expectations on food and service but the surprised us completely. Food quality is not compromised and we enjoyed every bites.

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t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice music - thanks for that. It contributed to the easy-going but elegant vibe of the place.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner with the hubby on Valentine’s Day.
We are both foodies and often dine at Michelin star restaurants and we thought the food was pretty well done. Some of the dishes are a little too salty. One of the desserts was too sweet for us to enjoy.
Service was good for a relaxed and casual setting.
Pretty good experience in general.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great, as expected for a Michelin star restaurant. However the service was subpar, dishes were left out for a long time between courses and no one acknowledged us as we were leaving, normal for a dingy Chinese restaurant (actually even then, the people say bye to you), but for a restaurant at this level, seems a bit strange.

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p
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't eaten here in a while and forgot how really delicious the food is. Did not disappoint! Such a delicious meal -- all fish dishes -- fantastic flavor, beautiful presentation, perfect evening.

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I
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We did the tasting course with some extras. Definitely good value for the price as well!

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh! this restaurant is specialize with fresh herbs and seafood. will definitely come again

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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for an early Valentine's Day meal — we each had a glass of wine with the tasting menu. Their Michelin star is well-deserved — we had a lovely time! Left feeling very comfortably full (I couldn't even finish the dessert, as delicious as it was).

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CT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful!!!
The staff is as delightful as the food.
The quality of this food is competitive with San Francisco’s best.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only three minor issues with this restaurant. 1. The chairs were not comfortable so go for the bank seats. 2. The door leads to a car park and allows the cold air to invade the restaurant every time someone comes in or out (smokers) making the place cold enough to be just a little uncomfortable. 3. They do not have a liquor licence (just beer and wine) so forget the gin and tonic to start or an Armagnac to finish.

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