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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in San Francisco? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.8
4.8 (2907)
$31 to $50
American
Noe Valley
About the restaurant
We serve food that, more often than not, accesses that part of our deepest soul where genuine expression can flow forth. We have always tried to give our food and service our best selves, as honest and vulnerable as we can muster. We strive to be a place where you might actually have a real connection; maybe with your server, maybe with your food or maybe with your possibly gracious host who is ACTUALLY glad you’re there.

Oh, you wanted a restaurant description? Sorry. Can’t really help you there. We’re not so big on labels. Our food is hard to nail down as we are constantly evolving and entirely seasonal and personal. We’ve used “Food you eat” as a tag line on occasion and that remains accurate. We could also describe it as “Food we really want you to eat”. When you’re here, tell us what you would call it.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food cooked to perfection Lovely staff Sure value
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4.7
4.7 (113)
$50 and over
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Angler is a sea-life focused MICHELIN-starred restaurant from Saison Hospitality on the Embarcadero waterfront with views of the expansive wood burning hearth and the San Francisco Bay.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
As usual the food is absolutely amazing and delicious. My favourite restaurant in SF. Love the radicchio salad as usual. The fish was excellent. I use to live in SF and that was my place to go. Now when I come back to SF it’s definitely the first place I book. It’s a wonderful experience.
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4.8
4.8 (2594)
$31 to $50
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Hi Neighbor!

At Trestle, we remember a time, not too long ago, where people took pause to enjoy a meal in the presence of great company, giving it the reverence and respect deserved. We provide a dining experience served in courses, with the satisfaction and warmth found at a family gathering, creating the foundation to a proper meal.

Every day we feature a changing 3 course prix fixe menu with choices on each course for $42/person. We will have an optional additional pasta course for $12/person. Unfortunately, we do not offer ala-carte options.

We are able to accommodate vegetarian options nightly. We do our best to accommodate other allergies/restrictions based on the menu for that evening.

Due to our limited spacing, we can accommodate parties of 8 or less only.

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ElizabethMvip
Dined 1 day ago
Fried green tomatoes were tasty, lamb risotto was unusual but good, desserts were great. I love the prix fixe idea but of course they get you on the alcohol. Wines by the glass were pricey ($17, $18), though the yummy port was a relative deal at $12. The decor has lots of nice woods and industrial features and high ceiling but it was very loud and perhaps wasn't the best choice for catching up with an old friend.
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4.7
4.7 (7123)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
John's Grill has been a San Francisco tradition since 1908. This historic restaurant is one of the city's oldest and most famous and is a favorite of celebrities who enjoy great steaks, expertly prepared fresh seafood with excellent service and a one of a kind atmosphere. John's Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon.
Top review
JenniferU
Dined 4 days ago
This was a wonderful dinner for my visiting daughter with my husband and I. We love the food, cocktails, and old San Francisco ambience. So many places use the history of our city as a gimmick to draw people in, but John's always feel like an authentic and heartfelt place of love for San Francisco and her history. Our steaks were cooked perfectly and full of flavor, the wine list is on point, and the special dessert platter was a lovely surprise--and delicious!
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4.7
4.7 (50)
$30 and under
American
SOMA
About the restaurant
Named after Grace McCann Morley, SFMOMA’s forward-thinking founder who believed in art for all, our Floor 1 restaurant is a welcoming gathering place for the community. Enjoy American fare, drinks, and art in a casual indoor/outdoor setting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 19, 2024
This is our second time here and we will keep it coming. Thank you!
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4.8
4.8 (22)
$30 and under
American
Mission District
About the restaurant
The Monk’s Kettle is a neighborhood tavern in San Francisco’s Mission District offering upscale pub fare and a broad and balanced craft beer list.

A place where all are welcome, where the mission is simply to create a place people want to be.

Named the Best Beer Bar in California. Named one of the best Burgers and Fried Chicken Sandwiches in the region.

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GR22
Dined on Apr 3, 2024
Phenomenal food and drink. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. Love this place.
A photo of Perry's Union Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (662)
$30 and under
American
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Union Street, Perry’s remains an enormously popular San Francisco institution. Perry Butler initially opened Perry’s in 1969, bringing to Union Street the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood saloons of New York’s Upper East Side. The blue and white checked tablecloths, hexagonal tiled floor, wood-paneled memorabilia clad walls, and menu of American classics produced an atmosphere that has held true today-- comfortable, inviting and cool.

Testament to its timeless appeal, Perry’s is known today, as much as ever, for its classic American food, its warm personable service and a fun, bustling bar. Perry"s traditional yet innovative menu includes a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, steaks and grilled fresh fish.

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2lovenorthbeacheatingvip
Dined on May 14, 2024
Asked for and received a table best suited for quieter conversation. Our waitress was exceptional is accommodating our pace of dining and was alert without being intrusive in refreshing drinks and attentive to follow on requests.
A photo of MKT Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1247)
$50 and over
American
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
MKT Restaurant Bar at Four Seasons San Francisco features seafood and steak in a retro urban-chic atmosphere in the SoMa district.
Top review
JodyAvip
Dined on May 4, 2024
Our waitress was absolutely fabulous. We didn’t have room for dessert, but she brought us a few little tasting items and wrap them up to go. She was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine and we loved our experience.
A photo of Wayfare Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7611)
$30 and under
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Chef Tyler Florence brings his passion for high quality and style to San Francisco with his new flagship restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. A classic San Francisco Tavern featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century, the menu ranges from classic comforts to rustic delicacies. The beverage menu features locally-sourced wines including a selection of Florence's own label, quality draft beers and organic root beer as well as classic Victorian-era cocktails.

All three floors of the restaurant have been designed keeping historical accuracy in mind making Wayfare Tavern reminiscent of a Victorian parlor and an Edwardian men's club, where anything goes from black-tie to blue jeans. Pull up a stool to the Chef's Counter at the open kitchen and look on as Chef prepares your lunch or head to the Library and Billiard Room for a game of pool. Wayfare Tavern is a truly unparalleled dining experience translated from a century ago. Photo: John Lee.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service, as always The food is always so fresh, quality and plated with care even during their busiest hours
A photo of BIX restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4796)
$31 to $50
American
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior distinguished by a gently curving mahogany bar, fluted columns with ornate capitals, stunning original art, plush banquettes, cozy booths, starched linens, glittering glasses, and polished flatware.
Overall, the ambiance is pure 1930's and 1940's - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory days of Cunard and French Line ships. Fashionable and glamorous are the hallmarks. Trendy is simply not a part of the BIX culture.
The clientele at BIX ranges from San Francisco movers-and-shakers to "savvy travelers" - owner Doug Biederbeck's term for the many diners in the know from out of town who patronize his establishment.
All of them step from the featureless alley into another world - a world of superb cookery and libations, of sparkling service, of stylish nostalgia, of polished live jazz. That world is BIX.

Top review
kelkal
Dined 5 days ago
Literally the best service. Perfect martini. Delish food. Great ambiance. Loved sitting in the main floor with the piano player!
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