Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.6
1545 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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MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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NL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 14, 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 13, 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 12, 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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AZ
1 review
Dined on February 10, 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
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 8, 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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JE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Commonwealth did not disappoint. My wife and I wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day a week early (because we would not get the chance later). We wanted a Michelin-rated restaurant in SF that had decent parking; so, the dedicated parking lot was a big plus. If not for its location in the Mission district (with colorful residents walking by the window intermittently), ambience would have been perfect. The tasting menu was incredibly flavorful and beautiful with nice variety and amazing originality. Portion sizes were perfect for the average person, but a tiny bit much for my petite wife. Also, they tell you it's a six-course meal, but that doesn't count the complimentary seaweed chips, the sorbet like palate cleanser nor the salted taffy bites after dessert. So, really, it's a nine-course meal. The staff was extremely attentive, warm and engagingly friendly. Total price, including a 20% tip for our awesome experience, came out to a couple of Benjamins; but for our special occasion, it was well worth it!

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t
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Really not a fan of this place. I've been going to check out all of the starred restaurants by michelin in the Bay Area, and I can't figure out why this place has one. Food for the most part was incredibly salty. Opted out of doing the tasting menu to try a little bit of everything from the a la carte menu and didn't like anything of it except what the new sous chef made, which was amazing with mushrooms and egg. But the server almost seemed condescending about the dish, even though it was the only good thing my friend and I had during the whole service. Drink menu was out of date, we wanted to try a couple of different drinks, a sparkling rose and one of the beers and they weren't sure they had them. Turns out they didn't. Pretty pricey and small portions, left the place hungry and annoyed with the service and food. My least favorite of the one stars by far. If you were to compare Mourad and this place which each have a star, you wouldn't think they were even on the same scale. The table next to me had a guest that kept spitting out the food.

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y
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing on a Sunday night. The restaurant was not full, which is surprising. Gorgeous, creative dishes, and interesting wine pairings, including one sake pairing. Highlights were the oysters (my husband who is not an oyster lover practically licked his plate) and the beautiful squash course. Burnt honey ice cream on a bed of meringue was also delightful. We'll be back!

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JF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We splurged with the tasting menu and wine paring and given the price, one would expect near perfection. Instead, some of the courses missed the mark and while the individual servers were consistently pleasant, overall the service suffered in that we were seated approximately 45 minutes after our reservation and in the end felt rushed when offered the bill prior to being finished as we hadn't had the chance for after dinner coffee. Given the non-descript space, it all comes down to service and cuisine and based on that combination I recommend considering somewhere else for that special evening.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to celebrate a new job!

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit trying tasting menu. It was my friends first visit. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for the 3 hour Chef’s tasting menu (maybe next time)

Ordered the tasting menu. Salmon that evening replaced a trout dish. Both the salmon and wagyu steak cooked perfect. However, both dishes was just a tad too salty. Everything else tasted great and executed wonderfully.

I did ordered coffee during dessert. Personally, I preferred previous coffee vender better.

Staff was very friendly and professional (like usual) 👍

Thank you for the extra dessert that evening. 😋

Looking forward to my next visit

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The portions are ridiculously tiny on the a la carte menu, and the flavor just wasn't there. Really surprised that this place has a Michelin star, because it's not that impressive. Somewhat affordable for a Michelin restaurant, but the food isn't good enough and kinda boring.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Not sure if I will recommend to a friend... Service was pleasant; dishes were creative, and the presentation of each dish was pleasing. We have the extended Chef's menu, which composed of 13 different dishes. 6 of the 13 were exceedingly SALTY. We are uncertain if the high level of sodium is intended or by mistake. At any rate, those dishes did not taste good.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but overpriced.
Noise level was too high, I couldn't hear my spouse

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place: the food was awesome and the wine pairing really interesting!!! I would highly recommend it !

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AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for dinner with a friend and his mom and was totally smitten. My highlights were the creative foods that were totally recognizable and fresh but prepared with funky moxie and paired with totally unique wines as well as the totally delightful staff who made the evening memorable, fun and charming! My kind of creativity while keeping to the roots- I think this appropriately embodied the "farm to table" vibe as advertised!

The interior is a bit chilly, very open space vertically but tight corners on the floor. We were sat in a little corner booth that I could strategically slip in and out of to access the bathroom from my cushion bench, but not without worrying our neighbors that I'd knock over their wine.
The ceiling is really fun to admire, almost like an inverse pool of water a disco ball casts a shimmery mirage on a rectangle that hovers magically above throughout dinner.

I had written ahead to request 1 pescatarian, lactose free, gluten free meal and was instantly greeted with a plethora of amazing options that kept true to the spirit of the menu but affording small changes that would make it a totally comfortable and non-compromising experience. I was delighted and selected my pescatarian tasting menu accompanied by the wine pairing while crunching on the delightful homemade potato chips offered at the beginning paired with a light and airy vinegar mousse.

I will definitely consider coming here again, I'm curious to try the 13 course tasting, I really appreciate the folks who worked with us to make this a great evening and almost want to go back just to hear more fun stories.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food but so little of it. Eat before going or have a plan of where to eat after.

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b
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have eaten at a good number of one-, two-, and three-starred (Michelin) restaurants in the Bay Area, France, and Spain. The tasting menu we had recently at Commonwealth is definitely two-star food. No dish was less than absolutely delicious, imaginative, and a joy to discover. Typically, in each one could taste several ingredients and textures that blended wonderfully and complemented one another. The vegetarian course was perhaps the best such dish I've ever had. Sorbet accompaniments were marvelously subtle. Portions were calibrated perfectly so that a diner is completely satisfied but not overstuffed. The wine pairings were interesting, very thoughtful and somewhat unusual, and always successful in matching the food and enhancing the experience. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and charming. All in all, a thoroughly delightful experience that made us eager to return when we're prepared to face the three-house extended tasting menu.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and environment. Interesting wine list . This is a true gem for foodies.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was very experimental and innovative, but for us the flavors didn't mesh well. We only really liked 2 out of the 6 items on our tasting, the other 4 were okay, but not amazing.

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FM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Location in the Mission is a bit seedy but the ambiance inside is nice. The food was complex with varying flavors in each dish. Loved the mix without the pretentiousness of other high end restaurants. Will be coming back and highly recommend!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food is good and we really enjoy it. However the water which comes before we order other drinks has something dirty floating in it so it is really bad impression for us. After we ask for replacement, they brought a glass of wine here, as we are underage, we don’t even order alcoholic beverages. Then we asked them they then realise they brought it to a wrong table. Foods are good, but services are not worth one star in Michellin Guide.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

After hearing that this restaurant was receiving its second Michelin star, I could not wait to have my New Years Eve dinner here. Sadly the result was not as expected. Each plate of food was served luke warm to cold. I kept hoping for something extraordinary and was left with six courses of disappointment. Our server returned untouched plates to the kitchen without any mention or apology. How this has been given 1 star, I’m unsure. 2 is a joke! Over priced and bland. Would not recommend anybody wasting money here.

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RO
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the New Years Eve menu which was amazing. Each plate surprised us with the unusual combinations of tastes and textures. A really unique dining experience. We had the pairings as well and was so glad we did. The pairings were perfect with just enough to savor with each serving. Highly recomended!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was undoubtably one of the best meals I have ever had. Worth every single penny. Been to multiple Michelin Star restaurants and this comes out on top. A must visit.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal at Commonwealth! The staff couldn't have been better, and the tasting menu was delicious.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything about this place. The food was artful in presentation and delicious. Every dish was unique and flavor able, wine selection was good as were the cocktails. Seasonally appropriate and organic food that left us satisfied. Sat by the window and was a bit chilly. Would definitely go again.

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AF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Unique and unusual. Great attention to detail and easily adapted to individual needs and requests.

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A treat, with outstanding service and wine pairing. Sara has proved that her knowledge of wine pairs beautifully with the chefs creative cuisine.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered a variety of dishes from the menu and they had great flavor profiles and beautiful presentation. Our server helped suggested 2 wines we would otherwise not have considered and the were great paired with the food selections.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty, but the portions were TINY. Don't come hungry, or if you are, know you're going to be racking up a big bill. The food is very thoughtfully crafted.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service and really nice atmosphere for a date night. The cuisine was spectacular throughout the course of the tasting menu. Definitely need to come back again soon!

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I really wanted to like but unforunately our experience there went the other way. Food was mediocre, more on the very buttery side. Food portion is very small. Service was great tho. Everyone was very nice.

Overall a disappointing expereince, probably won't go back.

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JM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth is our go-to outstanding restaurant. It's simply laid out menu, straightforward pricing, spectacular low key service, and across the board amazing tastes and dishes that evolve every time we go (monthly) and yet satisfy every time. It's such a win.

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