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
Everything was amazing. Tasting menu was great, service was great... highly recommend
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.
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.
Tasting menu is a must! Had the privilege of meeting Jason. Well worth the trip to the Mission
Awesome food, great wine collection and an amazing service. Will be back for sure when in the area next.
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.
The food was phenomenal, unfortunately the wine paired with the food completely lessened the experience.
Food was good but definitely not amazing....
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.
Awesome food. Great wine pairing. Excellent service. Lousy neighborhood
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.
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!
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.
Tasting menu was really good. Wine pairings were okay.
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.
Great selection of tasting menu for the price. Quiet atmosphere and great service.
The three of us had sampled their Tasting Menu, Seven course. The food was tasty, but when they say tasting menu, they literally meant it because the food portions were really small. And unlike other restaurants, no bread was served. After the seven course meal for about $90 person, the three of us left the restaurant feeling hungry.
Too expensive and the food is not so good. Just the desert. Sorry :(
I went here a couple times way back in the day when they just opened. It was pretty good. But my most recent visit, the food just did not taste good. It's like they were trying too hard to be complex and everything just ended up not quite working out. The flavors lacked intensity and focus. Also one dish was way too sweet. A lot of the dishes were lukewarm or room temp, just personal preference, I like my food on the hot side. What happened to this place?
Staff were super! They were very knowledgeable, provided a warm welcome feeling and were attentive.
The food was beautifully presented, but the flavor combinations didn't work for us. The taste of the food was generally underwhelming.
Still one of the best kept secrets in SF
fantastic tasting menu! well timed and pleasant experience
There were a lot of things that were off for us. We had a reservation and they seated us very late. It felt crowded and we had no where to stand while waiting for our table because every part of the restaurant was utilized since the restaurant is small. Some of their dishes were definitely creative, but the beef which was the main entree on the tasting menu was extremely fatty and I couldn’t eat it. I was really bummed overall because it was an expensive night/dinner and it is rare that we get a date night out together.
What can we say? Consistent exciting food. Great service. Great sommelier. We definitely come here on occasion. And wonder why not more often. The uni and squid was amazing. The sweet bread and shrimp was so delicious and complex
The wine pairing was interesting and unique
Really had a memorable laid back evening
Kudos to Jason Fox for keeping it up!!!!
The tasting menu was good, and I really liked the wine pairings. However, the portions were very small and I was still a bit hungry by the end of the meal.
Overall this was a pleasant experience to say the least. My coworker and I are both cooks in San Francisco and were excited to go out to eat and chose this place for a couple reasons. The tasting menu was cheap and it seemed like it was off the beaten path. We sat and ate the menu and everything was perfect. The dishes were simple, elegant, and not too big or small. Portions kept you wanting more but did not fill your stomach. The wait staff was pretty cool and cooks seemed like they were knowledgable. Highly recommend to all cooks looking to eat on a Michelin budget, or people just looking for an experimental meal.
Fabulous restaurant. From food to service to ambiance 10’s all around
One of SF's creative gems!
Commonwealth is synonymous with unexpected, delightful original flavors. They artfully combine ordinary with the unusual ingredients in ways that thrill the palate. We look forward to our next visit.
It was amazing! The food! The service! The dude sommelier had a good sense of humor! Everyone was just generally very sweet and welcoming.
We had been here once before sometime back and decided to try it again. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and looking for something a little different, but not too formal.
Food was intriguing, portions looked small at first, but we both waddled out at the end. Our server was helpful, very attentive, but not intrusive.
We will go again.
I was underwhelmed. I went to Commonwealth some years ago and had a much more vibrant dining experience. This time around it was a bit "complex" and felt unnecessarily so. The vibe which is not pretentious is at odds with the menu.
Creative combinations of flavorful deliciousness make this more than just food but a real culinary joy. The service was some of the best in San Francisco.
Did our annual trip to Commonwealth and loved it better than ever. Had the testing menu with pairings. every course and combination was fabulous.
Service was outstanding! And I really enjoyed their tasting menu. Husband and I had a great experience- thank you.
Dined here NYE.
Summary: overrated food in a fun ambiance with decent service.
We dine out a lot, and understand how difficult it is to make it as a restaurant in San Francisco, and thus, prices tend to be quite high. That said, we expect value, in the form of creativity, bold flavors, pristine ingredients, and precise execution...especially from a Michelin-starred establishment.
Expectations had been raised even higher due to the NYE price hikes on the prix-fixe menu. Sadly, we left disappointed.
Service is friendly and efficient, generally speaking, although one server takes herself a bit seriously.
Ambiance is playful industrial sumptuous, with a disco-ball exposed through a sky-light above the center of the room. Kitchen is open, and music is tastefully matched to the decor and mood of the room.
Food...oh the food...while ingredient quality is high, and execution is generally on-point, it's as if the chefs lack courage. Perhaps they simply like to allow the ingredients to shine, and thus, don't embellish much. However, this lack of seasoning is a let-down on the palate, resulting in bland, boring flavors. This is a culinary sin with ingredients such as prime Wagyu!
Furthermore, the chefs manifested the ability to reveal bold flavors in both the amuse-bouche and the desserts. The 5 courses in between? Not so much.
For $400/two people, we expected much more.
Above average food, great desserts, smaller portions compared to similar restaurants
Tables are too close together, which makes it difficult to have private conversations. Food was fantastic and service exceptional. We had the prix fix menu with wine pairing and it was fantastic.