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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in San Francisco

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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!


A photo of Troya restaurant
4.9
4.9 (482)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Pacific Heights
About the restaurant
Troya, is a Mediterranean restaurant served delicious food in a stylish cozy settings
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Our server was fantastic. Great food and great value.
A photo of Sociale - San Francisco restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2369)
$31 to $50
Italian
Presidio Heights
About the restaurant
Sociale (say - "SO-SHEE-AH-LAY!") was born in the bistros of Florence and raised here in Presidio heights. Laughter and Italian music are heard floating up from the star-lit, heated patio greeting you from the discreet garden alley below. Families and friends leaving the frenetic pace of the city behind can experience a lighter and decidedly more Italian mood celebrating in our new private dining room, the traditional room or on the patio as the irresistible scents of warm pastas, herb-infused meats, and the sweet honey and nut coated sfingi with vanilla bean gelato shake permeate the surrounding space. Bewitching and eclectic wines from Italy and California complement the weekly changing menus that Chef Julio Mis crafts with joy and delight for our neighborhood friends!
Top review
GilbertCvip
Dined 4 days ago
It has been several years since my wife and I dined at Sociale. Their food and service remains outstanding and this will prompt us to dine here more frequently when we are in the City.
A photo of Chouquet's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1660)
$30 and under
French
Pacific Heights
About the restaurant
A couple enjoying each others company tucked into a banquette late in the evening…a group of girlfriends people-watching from the sidewalk tables over brunch…two neighbors stopping by to grab lunch at the bar.


These people all have one thing in common as they enjoy a meal here on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights- Chouquet's. Whether inside our dining room or outside under the heated protection of our large awning, diners come to Chouquet’s to enjoy fresh, seasonal French bistro fare in a casual yet refined environment. Join us for lunch, brunch, or dinner and let us satisfy you with signature dishes such as our boeuf bourguignon, duck confit, onion soup or with bistro classics such as steak frites, moules marinière, and our famous crème brûlée for dessert. To complement your meal, we offer over 20 wines by the glass from our eclectic wine list of smaller producers.

Top review
Jasper
Dined 3 days ago
The short ribs are fantastic; sitting outside on Washington Street is lovely and quiet; service response to the 5 year old at our table and getting her french fries delivered quickly made dinner pleasant for all 5 of us; this is a neighborhood favorite!
A photo of Perry's Union Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (671)
$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.

Top review
Doodlefish
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food, amazing prices especially for SF, great ambience and fabulously friendly staff! Just might be our new go-to place when we’re in SF!
A photo of Cultivar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (224)
$31 to $50
Californian
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Cultivar San Francisco is an intimate, wine-centric farm to table restaurant by Cultivar Wine. Featuring a menu inspired by locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including from our culinary garden at Caspar Estate. The menu complements hand-crafted wines from our Cultivar Winery as well as boutique wines from California and beyond. Offering our Cultivar Wine club flight and a customizable wine club. Cultivar Wine Club members get 20% off their Cultivar wine and Cultivar food. Join our Cultivar Wine Club today.

Our back patio has a fireplace, overhead heaters and festive lighting, perfect setting for a private dinner or a celebration. Sidewalk tables on Chestnut have heaters, great for people watching and guests with dogs.
Seasonal dishes and Cultivar Wines available for take out and to go.
Our location is near the Lyon St. entrance to the Presidio, near the Palace of Fine Arts and in the Marina District of San Francisco.

Top review
FoodieGalvip
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
We had such a nice brunch here. I had made a reservation, and we were seated at a lovely table by the fire on the outdoor patio. The host was kind enough to ask if we wanted shade, sun, or a mix of both. The food was very delicious, but the service was really exceptional. I had asked our server for ice to go with the water. He brought me a glass of ice with a spoon. But then, when the ice was gone, and my ice had melted over the course of our meal, he brought another glass unprompted. The service was so attentive but unintrusive that we had such a lovely time. Thank you!
A photo of Waterbar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10691)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Waterbar is a seafood-centric restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular panoramic views of the bay and city skyline, exceptional design, and a menu of the freshest sustainable fish and seafood. Featuring stunning outdoor (dog-friendly) dining on the waterfront patio, a relaxed atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums filled with an eye-catching array of fish and marine life from the Pacific Ocean. Waterbar is not to be missed.


Top review
WillyY
Dined 6 days ago
Had a wonderful lunch for 6 of us. Friendly staff was very attentive and our food selection was great.
A photo of La Mar Cocina Peruana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8253)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
Inspired by the thousands of cebicherias found throughout Peru, La Mar Cebicheri­a Peruana, was created as an attempt to globalize and enshrine one of the best guarded treasures of Peruvian cuisine: cebiche, Peruvian seafood and the scenery created to enjoy them, the Peruvian style cebicheria.
Top review
Mary
Dined 1 day ago
The staff is friendly at all levels, the patio has a lovely view and is protected from the wind and the dishes are interesting and well thought out
A photo of The Tipsy Pig restaurant
4.7
4.7 (883)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
The Tipsy Pig is as American Gastropub featuring 50 artisan local and international beers, and seasonal and simple American cuisine. Our food, beer and wine selection concentrate on small American producers and our bar is open late every night. The Tipsy Pig is our passion and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Top review
ReallyPoorManagement
Dined 7 days ago
Loved it. Will be back the next time are in town. Chicken sandwich and burger were great!
A photo of Fable - SF restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2105)
$30 and under
Californian
The Castro
About the restaurant
Fable is the best garden patio restaurant in San Francisco. In the heart of the vibrant Castro neighborhood, our patio restaurant showcases seasonal California cuisine and the best brunch in town. Join us for dinner and brunch seven days a week in a unique, all-weather outdoor dining experience. Inside Fable, our open kitchen concept shows how fresh ingredients are used to create the finished product.
Top review
btffvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and customer service. Our server was outstanding - friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We were meeting friends from out of town and they really enjoyed the ambience.
A photo of Rise Over Run restaurant
4.6
4.6 (155)
$31 to $50
Asian
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Gaze out over sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline at Rise Over Run, the lush outdoor rooftop and indoor solarium at the LINE San Francisco. Share a South East Asian inspired cocktail — by local legend Danny Louie — or snack on American Asian food offerings of Executive Chef Morgan Depaulo.

Walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged! Reservations are nice, too.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We were looking for a pet friendly, cozy and relaxed space with tasty food. On point in every respect!
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