Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.6
1523 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please join us on Valentine's Day. We are offering a 6 course tasting menu for $135 and a beverage pairing for an additional $75. If you have any dietary restrictions or questions pertaining to your reservation please call in to the restaurant at (415)355-1500

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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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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San Francisco
8 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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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
1 review
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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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal. Highly creative menu which we all (mostly) appreciated. A couple in our party of 4 felt the menu bordered on 'fussy' and a bit too 'precious' -- trying to be too creative and pretentious at the expense of great food -- but this was offset by others in our group who loved the flavors (amazing sun chokes!). The portions are small and the bill adds up, but in all a great meal. Whatever 'fussiness' might be on the menu design is balanced by the laid back but excellent service.

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d
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my absolutely favorite restaurant in SF. The most innovative food in the city. The food Is amazing, the service is friendly, knowledgeable,,and prompt. Check out the menu since it’s not in everyone’s comfort level. But it is exquisite.

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G
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first experience at Commonwealth. We had heard the name of the restaurant because of its listing as a Michelin one-star dining experience but didn’t realize that most of the dishes had an Asian influence, mainly Japanese. That was fine with us because we adore Japanese cuisine.

We had an early reservation because we had a theater engagement in the Mission District, but we also wanted to allow enough time to try the tasting menu. In view of the time constraint, we did not order the wine pairings, just a lovely, although small, pouring of a French Pinot Noir. Because we had arrived so early, we were given what I think was one of the best seats, right adjacent to the window. Be advised, though, that on a cold San Francisco night, I found that spot to be a bit cool and drafty.

The presentation of each of the seven courses was magnificent and we should have taken photos because each dish was like a work of art. If you expect to leave Commonwealth with a full stomach, rest assured. Portion sizes are quite small. While we were not starving at the conclusion of dinner, both my friend and I felt that we would have been satisfied with larger portions. Maybe if we had ordered the wine pairings we wouldn’t have been as aware of the austere serving size. Commonwealth offers another tasting menu with a larger number of courses (at a higher price, of course), so perhaps that would have been more satisfying.

Service at Commonwealth from the time of our entry until we paid the check was superb. Each course arrived with adequate space between the prior and subsequent courses. All the waitstaff were friendly and helpful. Commonwealth is worth at least a one-time trial for San Francisco Bay Area foodies.

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FW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food was just acceptable for a 1 Michelin star restaurant, but would not recommed the wine pairing

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O
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great service dining experience... totally what one expects fro a top tier restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and great service. Quiet place to relax and enjoy dinner.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a real gem-fabulous food, cozy atmosphere and real value compared to other restaurants to this caliber

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BF
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth is a gem. The chef is imaginative, creating dishes that are as innovative as they are well-conceived. Unusual combinations are the hallmark of this menu, and the dishes are vibrantly-flavored. Portions are perfect for the prix fixe option, with very nice wine pairings available. Love this place!

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MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting the city

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LB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here. The tasting menu was fantastic. They are willing to make adjustments based on dietary restrictions, which was very nice. The wines were unusual and well paired. The food was great and the servers were attentive and friendly.

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MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience start to finish! Loved our meal here!

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ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never disappoints - Commonwealth a true gem of SF. Bravo to Chef Jason Fox for keeping this restaurant at a top level.

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T
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great. I have never had a bad bite there

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tasting menu beautifully presented by a wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best all round restaurant in San Francisco! Love it!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The creatively-presented yet amazingly-tasting food, as well as the overall experience, never disappoints at Commonwealth. It's my favorite fine dining restaurant in SF, and I will continue to come back.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Commonwealth was not only delicious, but the service was over the top friendly and and hospitable. The burnt honey ice cream was one of the best desserts I've ever had. The food was beautifully presented and not too expensive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great casual atmosphere and down to earth service!

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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a late, light supper. The crowd had thinned and we were able to receive our server, Julia’s, thoughtful attention. Each of three courses were creative with ingredients and inspired in balancing texture and flavor. The evening was entirely enjoyable.

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MD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and enjoyed the extended tasting menu. Our 3 hours with 14+ courses was spent enjoying the delicious food that was presented. I wasn't stuffed, I was pleasantly satiated at the end. The wine pairing was one of the most unique- the pairing was fun, complex, and interesting! We learned quite a bit and I appreciated the service given some of my dietary restrictions. We'll come back, perhaps we won't have to wait for another special occasion and return just because.

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AM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Bad food. Good wines pairing

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