Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.7
1512 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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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
What 1512 People Are Saying
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AF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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d
San Francisco
8 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
20 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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San Francisco
45 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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p
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
New England
5 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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R
San Francisco
24 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
New Mexico
3 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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SR
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu was very creative and original. Actually had to google some of the items to know what they were! 6 course meal was VERY filling!

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i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and high quality meal. A little noisy, but still a nice atmosphere

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time. Very creative tasting menu that left us thinking after every course.

The smoked trout glazed in fermented juices was wonderful. The cucumber pearls and tapioca were playfully used as a metaphor for roe, while the fermented glaze added depth to the smoked trout that was skillfully balanced by the crisp and light sake lees cream sauce.

While all the courses were wonderful, I found the charred stone fruit with nasturtium sorbet course the most thought provoking. It made me uneasy as it was delivered: hanging off the top edge plate as if it were a cliff - used to accentuate the risk that was being taken putting all of this on one plate. This left the diner ample space in which to play with the many, and seemingly discrete elements on the plate: celery two ways, squash, sunflower seed pesto, wild fennel, and of course the nasturtium sorbet, and charred-until-ashy stone fruit - all the elements came together in a surprising way, beautifully balancing powerful flavors that I would not dream of putting on a plate together.

I would absolutely return the next time I'm in San Francisco, and will be recommending to anyone I know that's headed that way.

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J
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative, flavorful, and innovative dishes. Beautiful plating. Unpretentious.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was okay but I did not get the wauv factor - the way it was arranged was beautiful and the service was great.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Recipes by someone who is focused on how complex food sounds rather than by how delicious it tastes. Lovely servers

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional artistry and refined yet bright flavors. As far as food value and overall experience I rank this high for a return visit.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday !

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great waiter and sommelier who made the evening more special!

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place--one of the best restaurants in the city. The staff even asked if we wanted to move when the people next to us were being too loud. The food quality is superb--clear Japanese influence on the chef and I love that.

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T
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the very best in town. Among the most creative menus. Staff is the greatest

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