Permanently Closed - Commonwealth - San Francisco

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1633 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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p
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I am so disappointed it is closing! I hope Jason will open another restaurant in San Francisco soon.

d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best dining experience I have had in SF. It’s Michelin’s Star quality and food experience with cool relaxed setting.

MG
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Closing on August 31st after 9 years.
Great food and presentation.
If you getvin before the closing vat the end of month, highly recommend the price fix. Special of the night. You can substitute if the selection doesn't meet your diet.
We'll miss them..... hope fully they will return soon and open another great experience .

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places - the ideal combination of creative food and friendly, efficient service. A shame that another greedy landlord is closing down another San Francisco restaurant destination.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy to have visited Commonwealth before they close. The amazing staff was knowledgeable and friendly and attentive to detail, and the food really spoke to the restaurants spirit and showcased the wonderful rooftop garden. The wine pairing went perfectly as well. The bill in the end was also very nice considering the awesome level of food we had!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience

j
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding experience! Remains my favorite tasting menu in the city last 10 years. So sorry to see them have to leave due to greedy landlord. It is sad and they will be missed tremendously ❤️

p
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was stellar. Best restaurant in SF.

D
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The server said the chefs tasting menu would take about 3 hours, so we passed and went with the regular tasting menu with few courses. It still took 3 hours.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fresh and innovative food. Service was attentive but not stuffy. So sad it is closing!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in SF. Service is impeccable. Food is unbelievable in its originality, quality, and flavor.

SF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was superb. Sadly, the restaurant is closing.

PI
London
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Parking is an issue here, need additional arrangements for customers

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Regret that our first dining experience at Commonwealth is also our last as the restaurant will be closing soon. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Great value for the quality. Beautiful presentation and wonderful service. Servers are very knowledgeable about both the food and wine.

DS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, even better considering the price! Not the nicest neighborhood, but that explains why they’re able to sell Michelin starred food at regular restaurant prices.

BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth is a gem in San Francisco and its a shame and tragedy that it is closing in August. The restaurant, the exceptional front of house staff and of course Chef Jason Fox and his kitchen team will be sorely missed.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food/wine, exceptional service and a really kind and attentive staff. We had a great time and highly recommend Commonwealth.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The greatest modern food bargain in the city. Farewell, Commonwealth.

CJ
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine experience was amazing! We did the extended tasting menu and we were there for nearly 4 hours. The wait staff was friendly and explained each dish and wine to us. We went with 4 people and it was a pretty expensive meal but for the full experience it was worth it. We loved the atmosphere, it was busy (even on a Sunday) but didn’t feel loud and you could really enjoy your conversations. Would want to come back for another special occasion!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food has small portion sizes but the prices are reasonable and the food is good. The young hen and the shrimp mouse was to die for.

KG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here almost yearly to see how this restaurant has progressed, and last night was possibly the best meal I have had in the last decade. The food was precise without any superfluous elements and the wine service was deft and on point. Sadly Commonwealth will be closing next month, but I have no doubt that the talented people who work there both in front and back of the house will move on to bigger and better things, but this place is special, so check it out before it is too late.

RN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better make your reservations before August 31 as Commonwealth will be closing after that date. A wonderful restaurant forced to close due to another greedy landlord. I tried the extended tasting menu. It was incredible. With the variety of cooking styles and different paired wines it felt like a trip around the world at a much lower cost!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was great .

PW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nothing interesting about the food. Lacked flavor. Bland. The wait staff was nice. We did the tasting menu. Approximately $500 for 3 people including a bottle of wine. Expected more. Would not recommend.

B
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the full menu for dinner at Commonwealth. It was a great experience. The food was delicious and the service staff was excellent. I anticipate a return visit shortly.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great service and ambience. We definitely will come back.

CM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, innovative food and interesting, delicious wines.

JW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for this many course, pre fixed menu. I would definitely return!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has won my heart, and is my favorite in the city! ❤️

BC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small, sparse and tastefully decorated restaurant in the heart of the Mission. The hay-smoked carrots were tender and delectable, the desserts were a treat, and the service was impeccable and particularly patient with the non-English-speaking guests I had for the evening. Every dish we tried was very conscientiously prepared, and there are a wide variety of vegetarian options that are just as sophisticated and delicious as the meat dishes.

HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I have had 3 amazing meals here before. Unfortunately this time the quality of the dishes was poor. Everything is in place for a fantastic experience, including great service but when the food quality isn’t there it all falls apart.

DK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are excellent. The ambience needs improvement. They need more elegant sophisticated furnishings (e.g., tablecloths, sound dampening window treatments, etc.). I understand they may be moving to a new location in the future and hopefully this issues will be addressed. My only food criticism is that seaweed chips just do not work well this the rest of the menu. They should serve bread.

JM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth is just EXCELLENT.

S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my 5th time here and its still as amazing as the first time. Creative, delicious and such a memorable experience.
Thank you to the superb culinary team, to depth of knowledge of the sommeliers and impeccable service from the servers.

JJ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing. Tables are a bit too close together. We got the tasting menu but had to replace the seafood dishes due to allergies. None were replaced with meat dishes which was underwhelming. Food was really good but wished they replaced a seafood dish with a meat dish. Left still feeling a bit hungry!

FC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu. It was our anniversary and the server brought us free glasses of champagne!

DS
London
51 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The service was very good, the food was beautifully served but the quality and taste were average at best and somewhat pretentious. Too much reliance on foams and the like, which is somewhat dated! Portions were very small. My dessert was not bigger than a large coin and twice as thick as a coin - one mouthful!

R
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an insiders San Francisco restaurant with $100 tasting menu worth $300 at other places. The beet tartare and tongue and shrimp were the best ever. We also had several delicious amuse bouche. They even have a parking lot. They are hidden away on Mission near 18th a few doors down from Mission Chinese. They were careful about my guests gluten intolerance. The staff were both knowledgeable and friendly. The guests appeared to be SFfoodies about 1/3 Chinese Americans. This was my 6th visit. You may order tasting menu for whole table or alacarte

GW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food - great wine

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience at Commonwealth. The ambiance was open with lots of light. The food was delicious. I went for a surprise birthday dinner. We opted to not go for the tasting menu. Instead, we had: 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, a dessert, and drinks (2 beers, and 2 glasses of sake). Everything was so thoughtful and incredibly delicious. The service was also top-notch. I can't wait to come back to try some more of their dishes!

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