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Onsen, San Francisco, CA

Onsen

4.6
4.6
142 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese
*****We will be closed until at the very earliest April 1st*******


Japanese inspired small plates, sake and artisanal teas. Dishes are the creation of Chef George Meza who draws from his experience at Onsen. 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Yakitori, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-4987

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    George Meza

  • Private party facilities

    We serve a Four-Course Prix Fixe Family style Tasting Menu in our Noka dining room. Reserve for 6-12 guests | $65 per person | Wednesday thru Sunday If you're interested in reserving, give us a call at 415 441 4987 or email us at info@onsensf.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Hyde Street

  • Parking details

    We suggest using a ride-share service, if you are unable to walk or use public transportation there is a covered well lit parking garage across the street from us at 469 Eddy StreetEZ Public Parking located at 333 Jones Street (0.1 mi)Civic Center Garage located at 355 McAllister Street (0.3 mi)

  • Public transit

    BART - Civic Center Station or Powell St

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 142 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. I

    Izzy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxing escape from the bustle of the city. The food is light, fresh, and full of flavor.
  2. J

    Jenni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about Onsen - the fact that it's attached to a modern bathhouse, the restaurant feels like you're in Japan. The menu is well executed with outstanding izakaya dishes and a solid sake list. Such a hidden gem in SF!
  3. IB

    IdanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great! I had a hard time choosing what to take, everything in the menu sounds amazing. Would most definitely come back
  4. HM

    HaleyM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Bathhouse followed by the most delicious Japanese fare
  5. JK

    JonathanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fun meal with great Sake. Enjoyable atmosphere. Friendly, capable and engaging staff. Great night out.
  6. S

    Steph

    Oaxaca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome awesome awesome, seriously love this place
  7. AC

    AnnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best SF Dining experience! Highly recommend going to bathhouse and then dinner. It’s perfectly paired and staff is incredible 😃
  8. MH

    MarianH

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    Once inside the door, the dining experience was excellent. Beautiful setting, excellent service, creative food. The only reason I am not giving this restaurant a 5-star rating is because I mis-read the map and thought the location was on the edge of the Tenderloin - not in the middle. Walking from Civic Center BART to the restaurant was quite unpleasant, and more unpleasant walking back. I recommend the restaurant but not the walk.
  9. IN

    INDRAT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & baths experience were a perfect pairing. So glad I stumbled upon this place while visiting the SF area.
  10. LK

    LoisK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. Music was a bit too loud but also discordant. Could the management choose some traditional Japanese music, perhaps?
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the food was above and beyond my expectations. I’m still thinking about it three days later. Such a good meal!
  12. M

    Maria

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!! Amazing service!!! The menu is very different and innovative :)
  13. GC

    GCGC

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    good food but worst location and terrible service
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was heavenly to say the least. This place was beautiful and we tried the Onsen in the morning it was just what we needed. I can’t wait to come back! The pork skewers are to die for! The experience was amazing!
  15. P

    Pragya

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very overhyped. Food is decent and doesn’t look anything like the pictures. Disclaimer: we only went for the dining experience and not the bath or spa.
  16. m

    mooncake

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Of the four skewers that we got, the chicken meatballs was our favorite (great flavor, unique style). The cod was substantial and filling, but unremarkable. We would not order the steak or the squid again, namely because there was so little on each skewer (felt like half of a small squid separated into two portions, and two thin slices of beef). The flavor for both was also very simple and underwhelming, so they were disappointing in flavor as well as value. Wonderful sake selection. The starter dishes are the true stars of the show here. If you enjoy mushrooms, you must get the mushroom dumplings: earthy rich flavorful dumplings swimming in a silky chicken broth. We also loved the pickles assortment (full of fun veggies like romanesco, leek, okra). The sashimi was fresh and priced well.
  17. k

    kmbrly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    the food was delicious - but after a few hours at the spa, we needed more substantial food rather than the small bites (that were tasty, but expensive).
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful meal in a lovely setting. We visited the bath house before dinner and it was such a fun experience. Great date night!
  19. j

    jennifereatssf

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous!!! Would highly recommend going to the onsen baths beforehand, then enjoying the onsen restaurant. The food is small bites / bar food - perfect post-soak snack!
  20. A

    Ario

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Only the steam room wasn't working the whole time we were there, everything else was amazing
  21. d

    david

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while, finally made it. Not the most convenient or desirable location. Everyone in the group really enjoyed the food. The lamb & quail skewers were very good. The dumplings and wontons were even better. Service was attentive and well paced. Small space but nice. We’ll return
  22. AC

    AmandaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Onsen was amazing. They took well-known dishes and added an interesting flavor twist to everything. The decor was beautiful, I really loved the hanging origami birds. We will definitely be eating there again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Friend’s birthday
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    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.
  25. y

    yogablu

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 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.
  26. MD

    MarlisD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. We enjoyed the baths and dinner, both of which were outstanding.
  27. E

    Eric

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 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.
  28. a

    amandaaa

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    some of the most authentic japanese food i’ve had in sf.
  29. e

    eat2much

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 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!
  30. LP

    LaurenP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend dinner and a soak for a special occasion!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the overall experience was exceptional. Highly recommend.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 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.
  33. AW

    AdeleW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 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.
  34. NP

    NazliP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 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.
  35. MS

    MichaelS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! The food was beyond our expectations and the service was great
  37. A

    stephenA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Real, leave it at that.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 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 !!
  39. R

    Rider24

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Good not great food, reasonably priced. Trout appetizer was the highlight. Chicken wantons were cold when they should have been served hot.
  40. AS

    AnahitaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 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.

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Onsen is rated 4.6 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hyde Street

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Yakitori, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We suggest using a ride-share service, if you are unable to walk or use public transportation there is a covered well lit parking garage across the street from us at 469 Eddy StreetEZ Public Parking located at 333 Jones Street (0.1 mi)Civic Center Garage located at 355 McAllister Street (0.3 mi)

  • Public transit

    BART - Civic Center Station or Powell St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    George Meza

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 441-4987

  • Private party facilities

    We serve a Four-Course Prix Fixe Family style Tasting Menu in our Noka dining room. Reserve for 6-12 guests | $65 per person | Wednesday thru Sunday If you're interested in reserving, give us a call at 415 441 4987 or email us at info@onsensf.com.

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