Farallon

4.4
5092 reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
At Farallon, Chef Mark Franz serves coastal cuisine with French influence. The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh. Expect exciting combinations and show-stopping execution.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Daily 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
Daily 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 956-6969
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Ryczek
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Cross street
Powell and Mason
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Parking details
Garages nearby.
Valet Tuesday-Saturday
5:30-9:30
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Public transit
Cable Car, 38 Geary Bus, 1 California Bus
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Opened in June 1997 by famed restaurateur/designer Pat Kuleto and Chef Mark Franz, Farallon is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square in the historic Elks Building. Recognizing the demand for large parties, Pat and Mark have also created three private dining rooms on the fourth floor.

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What 5092 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful atmosphere with whimsical décor. Service was good, but could've been more attentive and less snarky, considering the price that we were paying for the service. Food was outstanding. All-in-all, a good experience, and I look forward to returning.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We went for their happy hour before a play at the SF Playhouse. It was really good food and a great deal. We had a cheese plate, ceviche, salad and a burger plus a few glasses of wine. All was quite good and a great way to experience Farallon. Next time we'll try their pre show prix fixe menu.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I loved the ambiance and the food was very good. I would defiantly go here again.

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FM
5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a special occasion, the last day before my son would get married, we ordered seafood, including the lobster sauce, and various oysters as well as crabs and lobsters, the overall was outstanding . The service was also great, I would definitively suggest to all my friends to try, once in their life

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Far too expensive. Fish quality average. Not really worth the value

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was lovely. Very expensive but for a special dinner worth it.

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P
5.0Dined 5 days ago

such a wonderful evening....the restaurant is beautiful, the service was excellent, the food and drinks were amazing. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We arrived at Farallon and were seated promptly to a lovely table for two. They wished us an happy anniversary as soon as we were seated. Our drink orders were promptly taken and delivered. The menu was very appealing. We made our choices of swordfish steak and Fruit de Mer as our main courses. Both were delicious, perfectly prepared and served. We were too full for dessert but our waiter offered two chocolate cakes with a "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is very romantic. I would recommend this restaurant any time you want a great meal in a relaxing and intimate environment.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great service food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Another great meal at Farallon! We took my daughter for a special occasion and it was quite a meal and experience she will remember for a long time. Jesse, our waiter was superb.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great service and ambiance! Valet parking and car was right in front after seeing the theatre show at the SF Playhouse in the second floor! Wonderful gem in the City!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Felt a bit rushed to order. Second bottle of champagne wasn’t put on ice.

Food quality was great. Enjoyed the caviar and oysters.

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RH
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great staff. Honest. Happy campers already looking forward to the next time

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Happy hour one of the best, especially the oysters,sliders and ceviche. Excellent, prompt service and very accommodating for those going to theatre at the playhouse next door. Seafood is Farralon’s specialty.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

As usual, Farallon was outstanding. The food is excellent, the service is helpful and friendly, and overall, it is a very enjoyable evening.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great food! The ricotta squash blossoms, Dungeness crab, the sole with ratatouille! My daughter inhaled her filet ! Everything was great!

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1.0Dined on July 10, 2018

It took a very long time to get served between courses - 2.5 hours for the entire meal to be done with. Server had a bad attitude from the beginning. No one seemed very apologetic or showed any hustle. Except the bread guy. He was the best.

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2.0Dined on July 10, 2018

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge. When I looked at the menu online there were many choice however when we arrived there were very few selections. Restaurants was very dark & dingy. Understanding the menu wasn’t easy either. This place is for the super Uber foodie with small portions. Yes everything is fresh and unique but I could have chosen a dozen other places in San Francisco. Waitress was very nice but I wouldn’t recommend this place to any family or friends. So many better choices in the area.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

One of my favorite San Francisco stops! Great seafood and better service. The staff is accommodating and informative as well as attentive.
Must visit

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OT
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The fish soup was quite mediocre as the quenelle was cold (not as in room temperature, but cold as in “ I just took it out of the fridge”), in addition, I asked for another piece of bread and they were out of it. Most important is that my wife was told that the dishes she ordered had no cheese (it is an important thing as she is allergic to cheese) and, unfortunately for them, the plate had cheese all over it. They had to restart the same.
Finally, we ordered the sole fish. Nothing fantastic, not bad but not great neither.
Definitely the best were the oysters!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and good service - recommended

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LD
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Farallon is a fine dining establishment at fine dining prices. I'm holding Farallon to very high standards because of that reason. The wine, server, ambiance, and dessert were amazing. They all met the standards one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.

Unfortunately the appetizer, entree, and sommelier were not up to par. The prawn appetizer was bland and the entree was very salty. The food, except for the dessert, was underwhelming.

The sommelier was defensive and awkward when my wife had questions about a bottle of wine. I'm not sure if he actually gave advice on the wine or just defended himself by saying how great he was at buying wines. We did get the bottle my wife asked about, so he is actually good at crafting the wine list. However, he is not great at interacting with people. I'm still giving 5 stars for service because our server was amazing and I wouldn't want his metrics to get dinged for the sommelier's poor people skills.

Again, the dessert was truly amazing.

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MF
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Everything was amazing the food was fantastic, the service is excellent. Highly recommended!!!

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BH
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful date night dining experience from start to finish. Unique restaurant decor. Jaime the bartender was knowledgeable and helped with my continuing education of Japanese whiskys. Luke the sommelier recommended a fantastic cab franc and our server Will was perfectly attentive and made a great recommendation —particularly on a custom combo foie gras and cheese platter. All around five star night. Thanks for a great time.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The menu is somewhat limited but we ordered fish dishes. Presentation was nice, hot and tasty. Our salad came with our meal so we sent it back. Too expensive to rush through! Management handled well, took off and offered a free desert. We did have the ice cream sandwich which was superb!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Always a grand experience!

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MY
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The best seafood and oysters! We had oysters at Fisherman's Wharf for lunch and they were small and fair. Then we had them at Farallon for dinner and they were plump, juicy and oh so amazing! Plus the abalone with uni sauce cavatelli!!!! Fantastic.

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RT
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Having eaten here many times, I was disappointed for the first time. My appetizer of squid with squid ink risotto was overly salty ( and I salt everything) and my rare tenderloin came cooked medium.
The service was great as was their wine offerings.
The kitchen just doesn’t seem to be paying attention to everything. My dinner companions all said their meals were wonderful.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food and service were spectacular and the restaurant is beautiful!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The decor is wonderful and so is the service. The stuffed squash blossom was excellent as was the almond ice cream with fresh peach and basil. Unfortunately my main course, Lin Cod, was extremely salty. We have always enjoyed Farallon and will return.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

My wife was disappointed with the limited selection of the seafood options. However, we both loved the tuna entrée we selected. The lobster salad was just ok. Flavors were good but the lobster portion was small and dry. Service was outstanding. Our server was very personable and was at our table often to refill our water and wine glasses, or ask how our meal was.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Every moment was perfection. Loved the Hemingway cocktail! Each morsel of food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the staff was attentive to every detail. The decor was gorgeous, it definitely felt like we were dining in an undersea palace.

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R
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Always a great meal with wonderful service. I have been coming here for many years.

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EM
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Incredible meal. Food, ambience,service were all spot on.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We were disappointed. The place is in a beautiful space but that’s where it ends. Our waiter had to be reminded to take our drink order after 15 minutes. The raw bar sampler was a rip. 2 measley shrimp, a couple muscles and clams. The Dungeness crab was tasteless and had a weird consistency.

The place has potential but if managemt reads this, I strongly reccomend you either revise that dish or hope that no other yelp reviewer reads this. Our fish was also tasteless and bland. We didnt finish either meals and won’t be going back. If you decide to try this place, I would stay away from those two dishes. Hard to believe it received good ratings on Zagat. I thought this place would be more enjoyable than it was.

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SK
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Absolutely delicious food. Great for a special occasion.

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TG
2.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We have eaten at this restaurant in the past and it was amazing but this time it was poor

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BL
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The menu seemed fairly limited and at least for us wasn’t very enticing

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AA
2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Slow service. Food was marginal. Restaurant seemed in decline. Sommelier was decent... Seemed like no one was in charge!

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SE
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Good food preparation and presentation, nice ambiance, service is on point, we thoroughly enjoyed the Ling Cod and Ahi Tuna.

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