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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in San Francisco? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. 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 (1945)
$31 to $50
Southern
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of San Francisco's historic Theater District, Biscuits and Blues is a West Coast musical landmark where every seat provides an up-close, live music experience. Our all-ages supper club is a great place for the whole family to experience America's greatest musical heritage! We have live music six nights a week featuring national and Bay Area acts. Our full bar and soulful Southern menu compliments the savory sounds of our top-notch talent. If you’re trying to decide between food and music, you can indulge in both with us!

Our typical show schedule**:
Wednesday & Thursday: 1st Show starts at 6:30pm , 2nd Show at 8:45pm | $25 Presale & $30 Day of show
Friday & Saturday: 1st Show starts at 6:30pm, 2nd Show at 9:15pm | $35 Presale & $40 Day of show

Show times and prices may vary and are dependent on specific acts.
No refunds-no cancellations for show tickets. Every ticket comes with a table.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We didnt eat but couldn’t move through the survey without grading the food
A photo of Mr. Tipple’s Jazz Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (799)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
***Best Jazz Club in the City, by San Francisco Magazine***
Mr. Tipple’s is a craft cocktail bar featuring live jazz.
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Reservations have a 90min time limit from reservation time.
There is a $20/guest min for table service
Mr. Tipple’s heralds back to a 1950s NYC basement. Cozy. Dark. Boozy. The intimate setting features local jazz artists up close and personal. It’s a joint where you come as you are, hear great music, tap your toes, and sip a properly chilled cocktail.
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My name is Mr. Tipple. Just a simple and laughable bloke hailing from London. I run a recording studio. My friends joke that you’ll oft find me spinning cocktails, not reeling tape. After a few too many, I usually just sit back and enjoy the music, having forgotten to hit record. Regardless, the band is always jiving, the whiskey is always cold, and we’re having a smashing good time.

Top review
AliB
Dined 4 days ago
Great spot and good food. I wish there was hoisin sauce and spoons for the dumplings
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4.8
4.8 (10)
$30 and under
Vietnamese
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Bodega SF is an evolution of Matthew Ho’s family's restaurant, Bodega Bistro, which operated from 2003-2017 out of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, serving traditional Northern Vietnamese cuisine. The brand’s success continued as Ho organized pop-up events, eventually transitioning to meal packages throughout the pandemic to meet demand. In 2022, Ho and his partners opened Bodega SF’s brick-and-mortar location, again located in the Tenderloin District, bringing high-quality Vietnamese cuisine back to the community with a modernized, casual fine dining experience. The family-style concept allows visitors to sample its variety of authentic, creative dishes.
Top review
AlexWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Really good! I think this def live up to its reputation :)
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4.8
4.8 (67)
$31 to $50
Chinese (Canton)
Chinatown
About the restaurant
cantonese food cooked by cantonese dudes. also, drinks.
Top review
Dwhw
Dined 7 days ago
Loved the food and service was impeccable I’ll be back
A photo of BIX restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4846)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful restaurant, ambience was incredible, attention from waiter was outstanding, food, martinis, overall service were great. I definitely will come back next time at SF
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4.7
4.7 (356)
$30 and under
Thai
SOMA
About the restaurant
Lao Table on Second Street is a contemporary restaurant and lounge that serves traditional Thai cuisine as well as a variety of Asian fusion dishes. There are various branches located throughout San Francisco and each is popular for its trendy ambiance and swanky presentation. The menu at Lao Table includes several vegetarian options so that everyone can enjoy something. There’s also a wide selection of specialty cocktails that you can choose from to accompany your meal.

Popular starters at Lao Table include “TUM MARG HOONG" grand papaya salad, Crispy garlic wings tossed with garlic caramel and house special spring rolls featuring rice paper rolls stuffed with shrimp, lettuce and mint. For your main course, try an entrée like the volcanic beef made with premium USDA certified flank steak or Pad Mee Lao.

Top review
lukuvip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We haven’t been back at Lao Table in ages, and were really happy to return to one of our favorite restaurants. The food was good, as always. The restaurant was packed with diners. Remarkably, the staffers were attentive. Good food, good service - couldn’t ask for anything else, really.
A photo of Z & Y Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (305)
$30 and under
Chinese
Chinatown
About the restaurant
Chef Han has served two Chinese Presidents and was the previous Executive Chef in the office of the Consulate General of China in San Francisco.

Z & Y Restaurant is an award winning and Michelin Guide recommended San Francisco Chinese restaurant which prepares all your favorite authentic Chinese cuisine, Szechuan regional specialties including spicy and non-spicy dishes, Mandarin style dim sum and family dishes.

San Francisco residents, as well as tourist and dignitaries from all around the world come to Z & Y Restaurant for business lunch, dinners, special events and to order our fast and reliable Chinese take out.

At Z & Y Restaurant, we prepare delicious Chinese cuisine that is full of flavor. We consider ourselves to be the best Chinese food restaurant around and with one bite from our amazing menu, we are confident you will feel the same. We invite you to come in and become a new loyal customer.

Top review
TaceyTvip
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food, well priced. Hidden gem in Chinatown
A photo of Fusion Dumpling restaurant
4.6
4.6 (18)
$30 and under
Asian
Chinatown
About the restaurant
A NEW TAKE ON TRADITIONAL DUMPLINGS

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown in San Francisco, Fusion Dumpling is a Shanghai Dumpling House with a menu fusing Szechuan, Shanghai, and Northern delicacies.

Our take on a traditional dumpling combines Chongqing-Szechuan Bun style Xiao Long Bao, Shanghai soup dumpling pan-fried buns, and Northern-style dumplings to create a “Flavored in one” dumpling unlike any other.

Chef Du and his team, known best for savory soup dumplings, presents a menu for both the adventure seeker and traditional Chinese food lover alike. From mini hot pots, noodles and rice, and private home cuisines, to classic dishes and of course dumplings – the new menu is exploding with flavor.

Each dish is made to order.
Seating is limited. Peak times can lead to wait times.

Reservations are recommended.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Great food. Great service. Friendly staff.. Came with a group of 6 and shared bunch of things. It was perfect right for our show at the great star.
A photo of Chotto Matte San Francisco restaurant
4.5
4.5 (26)
$50 and over
Asian
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Coming Soon Fall 2023! Situated in Downtown San Francisco, Chotto Matte is renowned for its signature Nikkei Cuisine, expertly crafted cocktails, and electric atmosphere. Chotto Matte’s chic, contemporary interior is inspired by its Japanese & Peruvian roots, making it a unique dining experience, every time. Key highlights include Chotto’s recognisable bold design, tropical foliage and theatrical robata grill.
Top review
SaraZ
Dined 3 days ago
Everything is really good, love that water doesn't come with ice, but serves should chill a bit with visiting table so often and offering to eat and drink more when we didn't even get what we first oreder. Like check in on us 3x a night or from a far, see that we’re still eating or drinking half full glass. They are kind and all, but just, give some space for indulgence in the company of the people we came with.
A photo of Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar - Fairmont San Francisco restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1915)
$31 to $50
Asian
Nob Hill
About the restaurant
A visit to San Francisco is not complete without experiencing Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar. The Tonga Room offers exceptional Polynesian Cuisine in a tropical setting that includes thunder and rainstorms. It is the perfect escape after a busy day of meetings or shopping along Union Square. Be sure to try the Mai Tai, voted the City's best by Conde Nast Traveler.

Dinner is seated on a first-come first-served basis for all parties under 10. Hurricane Bar guests are welcomed on a first-come first-served basis.

The Island Groove performs a live set starting at 7:00 pm. A $15 per person cover charge applies to all guests seated in the restaurant or bar during the entertainment, regardless of the time they arrive.

If you would like to make a reservation for 10 or more people to the Tonga Room, please give us a call at 415-772-5000 or email us at tongaroom@fairmont.com.

Top review
KristaF
Dined 2 days ago
We loved the Tonga room!! My son was celebrating his birthday and I can’t think of a better way to ring in 17!
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