Onsen

4.6
142 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

About

*****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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jenni
1 review
Dined on March 7, 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!

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IdanB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bathhouse followed by the most delicious Japanese fare

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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Steph
Oaxaca
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome awesome awesome, seriously love this place

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMarianH
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 6, 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.

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INDRAT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LoisK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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!

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Maria
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Amazing service!!! The menu is very different and innovative :)

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vipGCGC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

good food but worst location and terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 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!

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Pragya
1 review
Dined on January 17, 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.

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mooncake
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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.

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kmbrly
1 review
Dined on January 5, 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).

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 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!

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jennifereatssf
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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!

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Ario
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipdavid
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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

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AmandaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friend’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 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.

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yogablu
San Francisco
7 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.

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

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

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vipEric
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.

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amandaaa
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

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vipeat2much
Philadelphia
13 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!

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LaurenP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AdeleW
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.

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NazliP
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.

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MichaelS
San Francisco
11 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Real, leave it at that.

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OpenTable Diner
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 !!

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vipRider24
New York Area
11 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.

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AnahitaS
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.

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Onsen is rated 4.6 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.