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Commonwealth - San Francisco

4.5
1361 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
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.
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.
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Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine
What 1361 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Awesome food. Great wine pairing. Excellent service. Lousy neighborhood

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vipBobby (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

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usagi (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

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Sincin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Tasting menu was really good. Wine pairings were okay.

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nk42j (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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johnnypie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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vipGastronaut (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 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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vipThinman (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Still one of the best kept secrets in SF

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

fantastic tasting menu! well timed and pleasant experience

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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vipMarc90069 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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vipBob2018 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

One of SF's creative gems!

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vipDinerFromChez55 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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Coleman (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

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MichaelP (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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regthecat (London)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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vipAltamera (San Francisco)
2.0  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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vipTTEats (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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Netty (Los Angeles)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Excellent meal as always.

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vipSFLocal (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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