Onsen

4.6
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120 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Japanese inspired small plates, sake and artisanal teas. Dishes are the creation of Chef George Meza who draws from his experience at Commonwealth . The menu is seasonal, with a focus on sustainable ingredients grown locally.

Onsen's modern Norcal Japanese interior design and sharable Japanese inspired dishes make an ideal choice for a date, a friends gathering, or for group outings.
The restaurant offers the Noka dining room, featuring a family-style shareable dinner for 6 to 12 guests.

For reservations larger than 6 or to learn more information about events please call us at (415) 441-4987 or email us at info@onsensf.com.

Onsen is a communal bathhouse as well, please visit our website www.onsensf.com or give us a call to reserve a soak before or after your dinner.
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friend’s birthday

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend from NYC was in town and I always wanted to give this a try. Definitely do the soak before dinner (hour and a half before) as you’ll be “blissed out” during and super calm. Food was a little pricey for the portion but was delicious and worth the cost. MUST do the wontons, we could’ve had a order per person.

y
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onsen is an exceptional find in the heart of the tenderloin. A true gem. This one of a kind restaurant offers everything that one can expect in an eclectic Japanese setting. And the food is delicious. I also enjoyed the sake flight.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We enjoyed the baths and dinner, both of which were outstanding.

E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onsen is the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day or week with a group of friends or a special someone. I highly recommend you check it out. We went after work on a Friday and made 6:15pm reservations for the spa and 8:00pm dinner reservations. The food, service and spa were all impeccable.

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

some of the most authentic japanese food i’ve had in sf.

e
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent restaurant in a bad neighborhood (Tenderloin). We walked from Union Square along Eddy Street, which we would not recommend. Take a cab or Uber or drive!

LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend dinner and a soak for a special occasion!!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the overall experience was exceptional. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

overall is good, but bathroom is small, there were over 10 people when we were there. Space is compact and little noisy. Bathroom is beautiful and steam room sauna room are great.

AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

quality has gone down from my last visit. all foods were over-salted and the price is not justifiable for what you get. chawamoshi is just steam eggs. $13 each. despite that we ordered almost everything on the menu because we were hungry.

NP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Onsen is so exquisite and thoughtful - and the drinks and cocktails compliment it all beautifully. I love the baths and the restaurant, but if you only have time for one -- go for the food, it's really special. If only the location didn't drag you through the dregs of humanity to get to the front door.

MS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to have a traditional-style Japanese bath house in the City. Loved the food too. Better than what I was expecting. Excellent sake list.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! The food was beyond our expectations and the service was great

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real, leave it at that.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner. Very Nice service. Even with three children who were expecting regular sushi and maki, they loved it very much. I can highly recommend this restaurant !!

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good not great food, reasonably priced. Trout appetizer was the highlight. Chicken wantons were cold when they should have been served hot.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food. Had the dumplings and Gyozo. Out of this world delicious! Amazing service and ambiance. Can’t wait to come back and try more dishes.

r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely spot, super chic but busier than I would have wanted on a Friday evening.

BC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the spa and then had dinner - it was honestly such a treat. It really feels like you're a world away when you're in the spa and the meal after was really delicious. The foods were fresh and the service attentive. We took advantage of the sake tastings and really enjoyed ourselves. I found the meal to be a very good value.

FD
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice atmoshpere, feels like Japan in San Francisco, great food, absurd location in the middle of all homeless.

OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite date spots! The food is incredible, and the baths are super relaxing.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Came here for date night. What's better than a bite to eat followed by a soak? The foods presentation was amazing but lacked flavor and balance. The service was awesome and he made everything fun. I was actually taken off guard by the cider. Who knew a Japanese bath house would have the best Spanish cider I've ever had? The soak was wonderful but the steam and sauna were too hot. I'd return for movie night or just a soak.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food Good Service

KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Yakitori (grilled chicken on stick) was awful. The sauce overpowered the meat and could even taste the meat at all. Also the waiter/waitress didn't know what shichimi (hot pepper) was in a Japanese restaurant and also didn't know the difference between shichimi and sansho (chinese pepper). Everything was overpriced and there wasn't a variety of food on the menu. The architect did a great job but the food was so disappointing. I might go to place next time to try the onsen (hot bath) but would never go to eat again.

TL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bathhouse. Was able to relax completely. Deep hot pool, eucalyptus/tea tree steam room, deliciously hot sauna, and cold shower. Peaceful ambiance. Well thought out meal. It was a deeply centering and intimate experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible seasonal menu and delicious, inventive dishes! Would come again and have already recommended it to multiple friends! :)

EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small intimate space for dinner. Highly recommend doing the bathhouse then going to dinner!

KA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here! Never disappointed, we eat here every time we visit San Francisco. If you are put off by the location take an Uber/taxi.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are really good. It's even better when it is paired with the bath after.

S
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Not my type of food. I'm not very adventuresome , so was disappointed in menu.
Our server wasn't very helpful with descriptions. It was a birthday dinner for me chosen by others.

L
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cute, intimate restaurant in the Tenderloin. There are only about 6 tables of 2-4 seats and some counter seating. Making reservations in advance is a must! Menu changes regularly with a few staple dishes. Many of the dishes have a unique twist to them, which I enjoyed. My favorite dishes were the Smoked Trout Crispy Rice and the Chilled Somen Noodles. Service was friendly, but they tried to charge us for two beers we didn't order...make sure to double check your receipt is correct!

N
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Onsen is always a wonderful experience for me and guest. From the relaxing bathhouse soaking session to dinner with delicious, beautifully presented dishes. I’ve been going at least once a year ever since their grand opening week. I’m very pleased with the evolution of the interiors & ambiance and the consistent quality of Chef George. This is a business I often tell my friends and colleagues to visit because it’s a favorite of mine.

ME
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

really great gem tucked into a not so pretty part of SF.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a really good dinner after the spa. Highly recommend!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and overall a very enjoyable experience!

s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Most dishes were spot on, but a couple weren’t great. Avoid the ramen. The quail was super flavorful in the ramen but the broth was a bit thin. Service was excellent

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , and great sake

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our experience here. The spa was very intimate and calming. The food was incredible. Portions were very small for the price but still very good. Chocolate cake was a great way to end our afternoon.

SC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onsen is truly spectacular. The food was like a symphony in my mouth. I think I repeatedly told the wait staff that it was the best food I've ever eaten and I'm a self-proclaimed foodie. Additionally, I had not been able to eat Japanese food in the past year since gaining of a severe Shellfish allergy. The staff at Onsen were so incredibly accommodating with the allergy and I was able to eat almost everything on the menu. It was such a dream to be able to eat Japanese food again. We ended up ordering almost the entire menu and was blown away course after course. Between the kind team working at the restaurant, the melt-in-your mouth food, and the ambiance, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and anyone. In fact, immediately after dining, my significant other and I called my parents to let them know they NEEDED to check this place out. Do yourself a favor, if you're looking for a special evening, go to Onsen. You will NOT be disappointed.