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Farallon - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
5795 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 956-6969

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Ryczek

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Powell and Post

  • Parking details

    Garages nearby. Valet Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-9:30

  • Public transit

    Buses: 1, 2, 3, 38, Cable Car, Powell St. Bart Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,795 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. HK

    HelenK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had dinner at Farallon just before Covid-19 was starting to cause entertainment venues to close. The restaurant was lovely, and we had a great dinner. It was half-empty downstairs, but the staff was very attentive and responsive. At the same time, if you looked closely, you could tell that precautions had been taken to keep people safe. Guests were seated several feet apart, no handshakes, very clean, etc. Looking forward to our next visit!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and amazing as usual! Top notch service and the best food you will find in SF
  3. GS

    GreggS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was perfect.. the wait staff was always easy to call on and never obtrusive(I hate when food servers always interrupt conversation or you’re always looking for them to get something) and the best of the whole night was dessert(creme brûlée) I have never experienced a complete dessert such as the dish was, the sugar topping was light and crunchy with a honey pear syrup to make this one of the finest desserts that I’ve had in years!! Will definitely go again and try the duck dish. Seating was a little funky tho.
  4. TS

    TrulyScrumptious

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Farallon just never disappoints. We booked dinner here because it was close to the Curran theater. In between the Harry Potter Part 1 and Part 2 we had a cocktail at the bar before our reservation - fun vibe there with happy hour value menu of drinks and snacks. Then dinner was fabulous: I had a sumptuous meal of filet of beef, with crab, asparagus and mushrooms (truly the perfect meal), started with crab bisque (which was ok/lacked flavor) and finished with the incredible citrus pavlova (amazing). Don't even remember what my husband had because I was so infatuated with my entree and dessert. I'm a huge Pavlova fan ... maker and consumer. Farallon's little cloud of goodness was among the best I've eaten. The citrus sauce made this dessert even more memorable. Honestly, I can't stop thinking about it. :-)
  5. SS

    SusanS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our third visit to Farallon. The food and service was consistently top notch. We had different servers each time. The service is impeccable. Our waiter, Michael, was attentive but not overly so. He was friendly and professional. The food was great!. I had the sole and my friend had beef. The sole was fresh and flaky. His beef was cooked to his preference. We will be back again.
  6. MC

    MaConKaye

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service! Victoria made our night special and fun.
  7. IG

    IGGHJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visiting from Vancouver, BC and booked this restaurant by complete luck. Went for a business dinner and L wasn’t disappointed. Food and service was great. Highly recommend it.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The “new” fixed price menu leaves me wanting for the old format. Service is very attentive and presentation is top notch, just does not feel as special as it did in the past. Still great, just not as special
  9. JK

    JasonK

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite
  10. LI

    LifeIsGood

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great staff, very interesting place (decor), average food.
  11. PS

    PeterS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Overcharged is a dessert which was included in the pre-fix menu. Otherwise not bad.
  12. AE

    AlyssaE

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We ordered a three course menu, and our dessert got delivered first! They took it away of course and corrected from there. Lovely atmosphere and presentation, but overpriced.
  13. B

    Bemo

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, sat near the open kitchen, a bit loud but entertaining.
  14. CB

    CharlesB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall the food and ambiance was wonderful. I was a little let down by my entree--but I think this was a personal preference thing (I didn't like the cut of the fish and the choice that the chef made in its preparation). I'll be back!
  15. H

    Helena

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    I was truly disappointed this time. I felt rushed and had to several times ask for attention, the service was far less than acceptable for a this type of restaurant. The food heavily sauced and pretty average. The Ambience is fabulous yet an uncomfortable experience. Sorry to say, I won’t be dining here again
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional! Absolutely no complaints. The food was luxurious and fresh, some of the best food I’ve had in SF.
  17. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At first I was taken aback at the new prix fixe menu but, after having had the most delicious dinner in memory, I have only admiration for the chef and a lasting memory of a wonderful experience.
  18. RH

    RicardoH

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Good food. Friendly staff. Very nice frozen vodka.
  19. LB

    LawyerBob

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meals I've had this year by far. Truly extraordinary venue with a spectacular menu and wine list. The perfect place to celebrate a special occasion which is what we were doing. My only caution is to study the bill which had two errors which I caught. I will definitely go back
  20. NP

    NikkiP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute place. I love that they noticed in my OpenTable profile that my birthday was in a couple days & wrote Happy Birthday on my dessert & it had a candle.
  21. LQ

    LesQ

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service; beautiful presentation/plating; every dish was a fanciful palette of ingredients that delighted the senses.
  22. SV

    SVHS76Grad

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding decor matched the fantastic service and food quality. An exceptional restaurant with inventive gourmet offerings - especially seafood.
  23. B

    Blackburn

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our experience and can't wait to come back. The food was incredible, even the non-seafood items: the duck, the pasta, the desserts, everything was amazing. But of course, the seafood is crazy good, and we love coming here for oysters. The bar is my favorite in the City because the bartender: Jaime (and the rest of the bartending staff), is just incredible. Every drink is perfect, and the service just couldn't be any better. This place is great for a night on the town or even a special occasion. We had dinner on Valentine's day, and most places can't deal with the rush, but Farallon never fails. We highly recommend this place!
  24. MJ

    MarieJT

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Too expensive for quality food. The server by mistake charge to our table one 3 course menu 80$ . I had to go back to get reimburse. The service was ok but not extra for the place. Very desapointed
  25. RN

    RolandoN

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    what can I say, both of us enjoyed every minute of it the ambience, exquisite food and attentive service. And for sure we will be back for another occasion thats for sure.
  26. D

    lafayetteDiner

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for Valentine’s Day dinner. We had an early seating. Food came out quickly but unhurried. Prix fix menu was a reasonable deal, portions were a good size. We sat upstairs towards the front where the have cool red plush seating which was fun for the occasion.
  27. SF

    SFRestaurateur

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Still the same great food BUT, they now only have a prix menu. I'm sure that moving to a prix menu saves costs but it's not the same. (-:
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice restaurant, delicious foods
  29. G

    Garrett

    St. Louis

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four enjoyed an excellent dinner here. We each went with the three course option and all meals were fantastic. Our server was informative and attentive making for a great experience. Definitely recommend and will go back next time in San Francisco.
  30. AG

    AndyGB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Quirky restaurant with a nice atmosphere. We were presented with the evening set menu which alas was unimaginative and expensive for what was presented. The food was ok but no way as good as Morton’s Steakhouse next door, which was superb the night before.
  31. b

    brytas

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are season ticket holders and love to dine at The Farallon prior to our theater outings. Food and service are always superb and timely - important for theater goers!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Farallón has changed their menu to a limited 3 or 4 course choice for a set price. It used to have much more variety of fish to choose from and the current menu is a little disappointing. The food is quite good, although the portions are a bit small. While the front desk staff and others were very warm and friendly, out waiter was not. He was efficient, although abrupt and never smiled once or displayed any human relations skills. This was in stark contrast to other staff. We used to love to go to Farallón for special occasions, but now, not so much.
  33. P

    Patty

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very well done
  34. v

    vlfoley9988

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for my friend's birthday and were not disappointed. The service was magnificent, great food, and the ambiance was wonderful. I highly recommend it!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect service, entre, plat, dessert e espresso. Pearson and Luke encroyable!
  36. c

    carmelvillager

    Central Coast

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious three-course dinner. Value received!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Waiter was a bit cold, but not rude. Overall a very good dining experience.
  38. g

    gr8food

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Still wonderful food but sad to see that the A La Carte menu has gone from dinner. Wine list fabulous and best sommelier in town. Fixed price menu offers great value and wonderful happy hour too.
  39. JK

    JKCornell

    New England

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Overall the food and experience was great, thanks to Laura, the Sommelier, she is amazing. Our waitress? Not so much.
  40. JK

    JonK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most beautiful restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area. We went for a special occasion and felt pampered by our server. Not an everyday restaurant due to the cost, but definitely a once or twice annual or special occasion place for friends and family. We were so pleased with the noise level being low in the restaurant. With its plush seats and comfy layout, it helped keep the noise level to about 50% of what most restaurants are today. No yelling across the table to be heard.

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Farallon - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 5795 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Powell and Post

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Californian, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Garages nearby. Valet Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-9:30

  • Public transit

    Buses: 1, 2, 3, 38, Cable Car, Powell St. Bart Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Ryczek

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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