Farallon

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The dream of Farallon was realized by Chef/Owner Mark Franz and Restaurateur Pat Kuleto over 20 years ago. Currently, the team headed by Executive Chef Jason Ryczek focuses on executing a classic San Francisco dining experience with modern sophistication through 3 and 4 course tasting menus.

Our jellyfish lounge offers a comfortable bar with tavern-esque dishes. The raw bar is full of wonderful raw/chilled options. Looking for a more casual dining experience? Ask for our Méduse menu.

At the whim of the ocean, we favor the seasonal bounty of our shores and keep true to our high expectation of seasonality, sustainability, artisan production and humanely raised animals.

Come see one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city with an artists mosaic ceiling dating back a century. Farallon is truly a unique experience in San Francisco fine dining.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

With out a doubt the most disappointing restaurant in San Francisco for the money. Well over 2 hours to be served our main course. My fish entree was 4 bites. Could not wait to get the hell out of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves. 6 people at my table asking after 2 hours of waiting for their dinner if we should just go ahead and order waffles and eggs, as breakfast and dawn were approaching. 3 people ordered steaks which came cold to the table. The entree portions were appetizer size anywhere else. Shocking!

BM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with my best friends.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a notch above.

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again, memorably well-prepared seafood. Pasta was also fresh, with a nicely complex sauce. The waitstaff is always friendly and attentive. Still one of San Francisco's best restaurants, IMHO.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Disappointing menu. Limited entree selection. Not a great value. Will not return.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attractive art deco design throughout, and a surprising large restaurant. The prix fixe $80 menu had nice selections and all of the food items we ordered were excellent. Definitely worth a visit especially for a special occasion.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Bad. Never coming back

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was too slow and not attentive to our needs. Food was good but service ruined it. Also too loud with all the tables upstairs above the bar

SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! Great place for a special evening.

b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and wine. Creative.

f
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was top notch! Our waiter at dinner was fantastic. Everyone was friendly, low key, and very efficient and helpful. The food was beautifully plated but hit and miss. The tuna tartare with octopus was very flavorful but the mushroom risotto while filling lacked depth and flavor. The gnocchi was just okay. The fish dishes were well prepared but lacking and the mashed potatoes tasted like they came from a box. Overall for almost $300 for 3 of us, I am ambivalent. Stick with happy hour, everything we had during happy hour was delicious (and more appropriately priced). Would definitely go back for happy hour.

DJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive staff, and not too exorbitant cost

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The ambience was beautiful. We were able to have a wonderful conversation.

T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is very consistent. Whether for a date or a night out on town, you will leave the restaurant feeling pleased.

SS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambiance, small portions but very tasty. Be prepared to spend some coin.

K
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have been coming here for years and always loved it......always requested and have sat upstairs....this time not open.....was seated downstairs in the dining room....albeit it is an attractive room, however, since the open kitchen is right in front of it along with a waiter’s station on the side and the bar around the corner, one can no longer have a quiet intimate dinner with conversation......too noisy.....service not nearly as good......food not nearly as good.....and now one HAS to order a 3-5 or 7 course meal, even if you don’t want that much food, turning, in this case a 3-course meal into $80.00, which would have been maybe $40.00! Too bad.....won’t be going back next time we are in the City!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic! We ate under the news 3/4 course menu and the server was extremely knowledgeable. The food couldn’t have been any better. Everything was brought to the table in a timely manner and every interruption was perfectly timed and needed. I can’t wait to go back.

N
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went to Farallon for NYE. There was a fixed menu with a fixed gratuity. I love this restaurant, but found the service to be lacking especially since they collected a 20% gratuity on the bill. The service should be stellar if you are forcing a gratuity. The food is wonderful, however. Not to be missed!

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

We were so disappointed by our New Year's Eve dinner at Farallon.

Having been to the restaurant several times before, when I made the reservation, I specified that we wanted to be seated in either the main dining room or upstairs. When the restaurant called to confirm our reservation, the reservationist noted that this request was in the system.

We arrived early for our reservation, and were kept waiting. I assumed we were waiting for one of the tables we requested, but instead, we were seated in the alcove opposite the restrooms. When I asked about our request, the maitre d' simply said he only saw a request for a booth. Not wanting to make a scene, I retreated to our table.

Our waitress was horrible. She never even introduced herself. She wasn't friendly at all. She was a robot. This was a night of celebration, and this woman could barely crack a smile. I guess you don't have to make an effort when you're guaranteed a 20% gratuity.

Then there was the food. My husband and I ordered the 4-course dinner. The lobster appetizer was basically scraps of spiny lobster floating in a glorified grapefruit juice. The gnocchi shouldn't have been considered a course - there were literally 8 gnocchi in a large bowl. I had the filet of beef with escargot. The filet was good quality and cooked well, but then served completely cold. And not the "I ordered it rare" cold. The "this has been sitting out for a while" cold. The escargot tasted like dirt. The only redeeming aspects of the meal were the desserts and the Tattinger champagne. Oh, and the valet guy was great!

Complete waste of $750!

MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Farallon for NYE with 2 couples, we were all blown away by the dinner. It was a wonderful send off to 2019. And of course the beauty of the surroundings was a joy as always.

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE Celebration. The night could not have been more perfect. You expect less on NYE and other holidays. But this was hands down outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We were disappointed in the limited menu. We had not been to Farallon in a number of years and had great memories of the menu. We did not think it was anywhere close to our memory and would not return

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner

OT
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farallon is always wonderful in every way and our latest visit did not disappoint. The chef even came over to introduce himself after our waiter told him that we were from his hometown area (San Luis Obispo)....and came by a second time after we were served to check on our satisfaction with our meals. The staff is attentive, friendly, and well educated re the menus. The menu is constantly changing and always delightful! A favorite for special occasions when we visit SF!

D
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Their Happy Hour is good however the main menu is essentially pre fix which we do not appreciate as we are fairly light eaters. It’s super expensive but the food is special.

CK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The plating of all of the dishes was beautiful.

JM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood is very fresh and the dishes superbly created and plated.
Ambiance wonderful. We had our 3 1/2 month-old granddaughter, who slept throughout while we thoroughly enjoyed dinner.
This was my husband’s and my second visit to Farallon. We visit SF frequently, and all four of us will come back.
Thank you! Service is impeccable.

L
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Go back in time and enjoy this wonderful restaurant. I have not been there since the 1980's and it is still just as delicious.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sommelier Chris did a phenomenal job. Very passionate about German wines was a great treat!

F
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our first meal at Farallon!!! The ambiance, the food and the service was just amazing!!! Can’t wait to go back!!!

SP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!! It was a prix fix menu. The appetizers were great. We also ordered a dozen of their mixed oysters! Very fresh! The dishes we chose were well seasoned. The dessert was rich and decadent! Definitely a great place. Will come back and highly recommend. They also have a happy hour which we didn’t partake.

GS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance. Wine sommelier was excellent

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had high expectations of this restaurant. The service was a huge disappointment. When we made the reservation we noted our family food allergies. Upon arriving at our table, we confirmed the food allergies with the wait staff. We were assured they were aware of our allergies and would have conversations with the chef. However, as the meal began we wanted to confirm some of the items were allergy safe one last time. The staff that delivered the food was not the staff we spoke with at the beginning. It took 15 minutes for our original wait staff to come to the table and when they did, they informed us that the dish did indeed contain the deadly allergen. This should never have happened at a restaurant of this supposed caliber. We were very lucky our son didn’t eat and waiting the 15 minutes. We will not be returning.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beautiful and unique.

a
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We were so excited to come here but quickly learned our experience wasn’t worth the money. Food was ‘ok’ at best, but our waitress should not be in service. We barely sat down, and requested if we could move one table over, and she said, “We don’t switch tables.”. Yet, the folks who came after us who had a different waitress were allowed to move. It went downhill from there. Although the food presentation was nice, the food itself was nothing to rave about. Our waitress could just have been a robot because her entire demeanor throughout our dinner was as cold and unfriendly as a heap of metal. The atmosphere and decor of the restaurant was the highlight.

I rarely give bad reviews, but I was so disappointed by our waitress, that it tainted our entire experience. We will not be returning.

D
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but a fantastic meal and service! Still a beautiful setting.

TH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a truly fabulous restaurant! It is beautiful and elegant. The service is excellent. And the food is amazing, It is expensive but well worth the cost. We went for a special occasion and it was everything we wanted and more! Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Too fancy for my 12 year old who picked the restaurant. But nice for adults with an adventurous palate

LJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening very much. The atmosphere is unique and we like the way the tables are grouped to minimize noise and give a feeling of intimacy. The food is always excellent. It would be nice if the menu listed the ala carte prices as well as the fixed 3-course or 4-course meal prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was amazing! One of the best meals I’ve ever had, and the service was great as well! That being said, it does come with the price tag.

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