Farallon

4.5
5567 reviews
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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. 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. Our jellyfish lounge offers a comfortable bar with tavern-esque dishes to meet the casual setting. The raw bar is full of wonderful raw/chilled options. 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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San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service very good. Very respectful of your privacy and very knowledgeable about the cuisine. Prix Fix me u 3 or 4 course. Add one for oysters and other chilled seafood. Haven't been there in 15 yrs. Was amazing.

M
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to restaurant when we are in the area for top quality atmosphere, dining selections and srvice.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. My husband said it was one of the best meals he has ever had. Can't wait to go back.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time dining there and hit the mark again! Server was excellent!

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I did not think it was a pleasant dining experience.

T
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been there several times. The service, wine list and atmosphere are all very good but the food has become very average.

a
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and wait staff superb; very engaging and helpful in menu choices

PK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr schönes, eindrückliches Ambiente. Ausgezeichnetes Essen (frisches, leckeres Brot zur Vorspeise!!), frisch zubereitet mit offener Küche. Freundliche Bedienung. Meiner Meinung nach etwas überteuert.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and dining experience. The price points were actually not bad. The service was great! Thank you guys.

MG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

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TB
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Birthday for my friend. The seafood was old and it tasted fishy and had that soft mouth feel that you get when fish, calamari and oysters begin to decay. Our server, Katja was very attentive to start the meal but we did not see her for the last 30 minutes when I needed her to send my tuna back because it was horrible.
The noise was insanely loud and the staff allowed a child to be on their iPad with the volume so loud that all tables around were visibly bothered.
I think the restaurant is resting on it’s laurels. It used to be amazing, but lately it’s less than average.

AO
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Did not live up to the hype. Food was salty and did not taste fresh. Will not be back.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been a staple in San Francisco for more than 25 years. The food quality and service have all remained consistent over that time. There really is nothing there that isn’t fantastic.

MS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really unusual venue. Menu is a bit limited, service is good. Worked well for a nice date.

JO
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in every category, Delicious Creative food, freshest of ingredients great wine list and overall consistently perfect😋👏

w
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Farallon and it did not disappoint!! Everything was superb from our entering to leaving: great food and super service!

M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance was great. Our waiter was AMAZING!

JA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice restaurant in the hart of San Francisco. Very friendly service but noisy!

R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The menu is much smaller than the last time I was there. I was unimpressed by the fish selections. Sorry to see a former great restaurant in decline.

A
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was excellent. Server was rather disinterested and needed to be reminded of requests for bread and beverages. Our chief complaint was about the bill. We ordered 2 plates of plain pasta with butter for our granddaughters (ages 5 & 6), and added a piece of plain salmon for them to share. When the bill arrived, we saw that we were charged for a third complete salmon dinner (we had ordered 2 full salmon meals for adults), although we were not informed that this would be the case when the order was placed. Had we known that, we would have ordered one more complete entree and shared it. We pointed this out to the server who told us that the chef set the price. We also spoke with the manager, who could not have cared less about the issue. This put a huge damper on a good meal and special occasion. We are extremely disappointed in your staff. FYI, the total bill was $720 plus $125 tip.

FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I spend a week in San Francisco and the Farallon was our favorite restaurant. Ambience of the restaurant, quality of food and service was great!

ZB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The portions were too small

s
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This was My second time here-
First time was three years ago.
Billed as a seafood establishment, there were only three seafood entrees. The salmon I ordered was a very small portion. My wife’s Mushroom risotto had three small mushrooms. Soup and bread were excellent. Service was excellent, but entrees were so disappointing (and expensive) that I cannot return again. It is too bad since this was supposed to be the highlight meal of our three day San Francisco trip.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting, the sommelier Luke, our server Tim, and the amazing food we could not have been more pampered. What an experience.

S
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Meal was adequate but certainly not special. Presentation was upscale but food was average and overpriced. Because we are both gluten free,we called to see if they could accommodate us. They said yes but because of the limited menu there were only 2 entrees available to us. My husband ordered the tuna entree but the grade and portion size left a lot to be desired. My filet was far from top grade.

PR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my wife's favorite San Francisco restaurant. Very good sea food, but the ambiance is what sets Farallon apart from restaurants that serve similar fare.

SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course was delicious and a sight for the eyes. The sommelier recommended a wonderful Cabernet which was worthy of two bottles for our party of six. And the desserts were well worth the splurge of calories. Fabulous service and fabulous food with their amazing decor. Always a very special treat to go to this restaurant.

f
Minneapolis
171 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for 20 years and the quality stays incredibly high. Bibb salad was amazing; pasta course was perfectly cooked and presented; and the rare tuna entree was spectacular. My only complaint is cost. It’s on the absolute high end of reasonable - and, yet, I keep going back every time I’m in town because the setting, food and service are so good. Bring your expense account and enjoy!

w
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s been a number of years since my last visit to Farallon and that one was great! It’s nice to know that little has changed. A thoroughly enjoyable evening with great food and service. I look forward to the next visit.

JT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent sustainable food options with a phenomenal wine list. Service started off a bit slow but once they got started we were extremely pleased. From the first welcome and the Wine Steward, we were treated to a first class dining experience. Highly recommended. I encourage diners to ask about the ceiling, its very interesting to say the least.

AJ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food all completed with superb service, I couldn’t recommend Farallon highly enough.

JB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice restaurant with great decor. The service was great. As it was midweek the place was a little quiet. However it was still very good!

EL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a girls night out, we shared basically one of everything! Each dish was not only beautiful, but also cooked to perfection. What a lovely and welcoming experience. We had some car trouble on the way and were told our table would be there whenever we got there safely. The staff are so kind and professional , we felt very special and taken care of. I can’t wait to go back again!

BH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love how the menu changes and we drive three hours to go to dinner here

BB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good; but, not great. The main courses were very good as were the deserts. The look and feel of the restaurant was good, bordering on very good. However, the noise level became quite loud as the room filled up. The price paid was out of line for what we received.

However, the star of the evening was Michael. He excelled in every moment. He adapted to our needs and was available when we had a need to be filled and was invisible the rest of the time. A ready smile, a good sense of humor and a very professional manner made him a "Rock Star" as a server.

R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! We felt like we’d entered a time warp, and were dining under the sea in this incredibly elegant and timeless setting. What a special, unique place - don’t miss the chance to experience Farallon!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved being able to make our reservations online with OpenTable and not having to call to talk to someone! Pleasant surprise to find much lower priced valet parking compared to hotel next door and parking garage down the street! The staff were all very pleasant and the food service attention was perfectly timed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beat meal I’ve had all year. Absolutely outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great experience as usual. I had an appetizer and the kitchen brought out a stuffed blossom for my father. The food was spot on and the staff was friendly. I can’t wait to go back again.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to eat at new establishment and to try new foods. The food was amazing and the staff makes you feel at home. The wine selection, food and service where 5 stars! I highly recommend Farallon to others who want a special night.

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