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About Commonwealth - San Francisco

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.

2224 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
18th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 355-1500

Website:
http://commonwealthsf.com/

Parking Details:
There is a small parking lot that is available to guests for $5 while dining at Commonwealth.

Public Transit:
BART stops at Mission and 16th. MUNI stops at Mission and 18th.

Executive Chef:
Jason Fox

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine

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Commonwealth - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.6

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4.3

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (30)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Romantic (14)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (6)
Organic (6)
Authentic (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 days ago

Great selection of tasting menu for the price. Quiet atmosphere and great service.

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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Still one of the best kept secrets in SF

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

fantastic tasting menu! well timed and pleasant experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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!!!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fabulous restaurant. From food to service to ambiance 10’s all around

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

One of SF's creative gems!

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·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was amazing! The food! The service! The dude sommelier had a good sense of humor! Everyone was just generally very sweet and welcoming.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Did our annual trip to Commonwealth and loved it better than ever. Had the testing menu with pairings. every course and combination was fabulous.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was outstanding! And I really enjoyed their tasting menu. Husband and I had a great experience- thank you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

お料理が繊細で、とても良かったです。

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Food: 3/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 1.5/5

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Above average food, great desserts, smaller portions compared to similar restaurants

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent meal as always.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We've been to Commonwealth many times over the years and it just seems to get better with age. Our last dinner was a fantastic taste experience from beginning to end. The service was also gracious and polished. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The creative cuisine here is exceptional, the service is friendly and waiter is well informed, the ambiance is just right for featuring the delicious food on the table. The atmosphere is relaxed, but nice. There is nothing I would change. We have recommended Commonwealth to many friends and we will always return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Very kind servers. Interesting, really good food. I’d come back to experience a new tasting menu :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Quite simply, one of the top 5 restaurants in SF. Inventive and delicious food at a very reasonable price, with a social conscience as an added benefit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Foot was "Wow--that's ridiculously delicious". We sat at the bar and staff was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Bar Seating, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful food. Creative and delicious dishes. We all had the tasting menu. One person had the vegetarian version. The food was all fantastic. The sommelier was great and the wine pairings were interesting and delicious. Service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and professional. Only complaints were that the room felt more like a diner - all hard services and tables too close together, and the neighborhood was so sketchy that I was embarrassed I had invited friends there. They need to move. Stat!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Phenomenal foodie destination! Commonwealth exceeded my expectations with their successful , unique food pairings and unexpected ingredients - uni, for instance, and quince paste.
Our table of 3 ordered 9 small/medium plates - it was the perfect amount and we all shared everything. The sea urchin and squid noodles was everything I'd hoped for, and we all enjoyed the large scallop. The lighting is soft and pleasant and service was prompt, courteous and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend dinner at Commonwealth!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A bit hard to find, and not in the best part of town, but that's probably intentional. Food was very good, but you really are paying for the "foodie experience" for $140 per person before tax and tip with the tasting menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Second meal here in the last month and outstanding once again.
The food is extremely well crafted without
Being overly prepared.
The place is comfortable and well appointed
And the decibells tolerable.
Service was outstanding and both Chelsea
At the bar and Chelsea at the table were
Great.
Not cheap but for the quality of the dining experience, entirely worth it
Looking forward to my next visit

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I'm conflicted on my review. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing. We left still a bit hungry. The food is good, but as the Emperor said to Mozart in Amadeus "..there are simply too many notes.." Every dish was tasty, but all seemed to try too hard to impress. Some odd choices, again trying to impress by being different. We were not happy with some of the wine pairings. I don't think the tasting menu & wine pairing is worth the money.

We got off to a bad start. I made the reservation a month ago and said it was for a birthday. The table they had for us was the lone table in the middle of the room, a terrible table. We asked for another but there weren't any. The hostess was apologetic, but was not too helpful in accommodating our request. Tables opened that she could've rearranged to make our request work, but did not. Eventually we were moved to another table. Waitress was friendly and helpful. Atmosphere is simple.

We went for a birthday, the only thing they did was put a candle on a plate. Nothing extra offered for the birthday or our unhappiness with the seating arrangement.

Glad the place is here, I believe they've been doing well for many years, good for them. However, I would not go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very friendly! Even got to meet the chef. Great overall experience!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants is SF .. great food and very nice staff .. I recommend this to everyone !!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

They did not have a protein option/third course for vegetarians and the appetizer courses were small and not that tasty. Too minimalist of an ambience. Waitress was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It's well worth the nasty (but mercifully brief) trek from BART up Mission to this memorable restaurant. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings, and it was admirable in every aspect.
The service was efficient and friendly without being obtrusive. In many respects reminiscent of Coi under Daniel Patterson, every dish was carefully considered as a part of the whole. Nothing disappointed, nothing over-reached, nothing screamed "Aren't we clever in the kitchen!"

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (México)·Dined on November 17, 2017

My friends and I decided to dine there for a different Michelin experience and we did. Still deciding whether a Michelin restaurant atmosphere should be that laid back... We felt something is lost in the overall experience when the restaurant isn’t as creatively designed as its tasting menus.
Taking that aside, the food was amazing. Couldn’t describe it because even if I did, you’ll have to try it to know what I’m trying to tell you. The wine pairing was completely worth it. They know what they are doing to make your taste buds have a blast.
If your are in town there are a lot of amazing options to dine up and above, if you are one of those who think “why should you have to dress fancy and “behave” in order to get an upscale tasting menu”, well, here is your option...don’t push it though, casual doesn’t equal sloppy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Very beautifully plated creations. Loved everything except we thought that the celery sorbet didn't "work". And we like celery. ..actually, the crisp, fresh taste one gets from eating a celery stick wasn't there. And the verjus soda didn't add another taste...just visuals.
Otherwise, thank you for a tasteful evening.
Oh, also...special thanks to your informative wine steward.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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