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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in San Francisco Bay Area? 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 All Spice – San Mateo restaurant
4.9 (1103)
$50 and over
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Enjoy our oft-changing 3, 4 or 5-course Chef's menu for dinner inside our charming cottage or on our heated outdoor patio.

Come take a special journey when you dine at our charming restaurant.

Husband-and-wife team Sachin Chopra and Shoshana Wolff have turned a 1906 Victorian house into a pioneering dining destination that showcases Modern Californian Cuisine. It's local and seasonal whenever possible, but is also so much more. Sachin stretches beyond his classical training to create elegantly composed dishes that subtly hint at Indian, Japanese, Norwegian, Mediterranean and other worldly influences. The result is a unique cuisine with its own distinctive point of view. Warm, professional service and a thoughtful wine list enhance the experience.

We can't wait to see you!

Top review
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Everything was just perfect for our anniversary. Look forward to our next visit.
A photo of Bodega SF restaurant
4.8 (7)
$30 and under
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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Amazing food, amazing service, highly recommend for any occasion.
A photo of Orchestria Palm Court restaurant
4.7 (454)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
San Jose
About the restaurant
Our player pianos make us unique! But our food makes us special. We feature rich European-influenced American dishes using things like:
- Eggs from vegetarian-fed free-range chickens, high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids
- White whole wheat flour, a variety naturally high in fiber yet light enough for pastry
- Vegetables from local farms that are certified organic growers
- Butter, milk, and ice cream from grass-fed cattle, another Omega 3 source.

Our food is not low-fat or low-calorie, but its ingredients are healthful. The meal will leave you feeling reinvigorated, not weighed down!

Top review
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
We so enjoyed our first visit to this unique restaurant! Fun and Delicious!
A photo of Lao Table restaurant
4.7 (356)
$30 and under
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
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 Mago restaurant
4.7 (24)
$50 and over
Contemporary Latin
About the restaurant
Mägo is a family owned and operated fine dining restaurant from Chef Mark Liberman. We offer an exciting tasting menu cooked over wood fire, offering our take on Contemporary Colombian fare, anchored in an understanding of using Northern California ingredients, simple flavors in bold combinations.

Our tasting menu focuses on ingredients that are at their most peak in deliciousness .This usually means produce that is in season, which in turn means they are their most flavorful, which is one of the reasons why we change our menu daily. In order to ensure the proper planning of your evening, please allow for 2.5 hours.

We also offer an a la carte dining experience at our bar that is available for walk in guests.

The restaurant’s informal atmosphere features an open kitchen surrounded by intimate tables, outdoor heated garden patio and chefs counter seating. From the warm greeting you receive upon entering until your final goodbye, we invite you to feel at home.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Such unique combinations of flavor, but delicious sums it up. :) love the open kitchen layout and the overall vibes
A photo of Jang restaurant
4.6 (9)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Korean
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Experience Korean & Japanese Dining Like Never Before
Embark on a gastronomic journey like no other at Jang, where the artistry of Japanese Zuke (づけ) and the heritage of Korean Jang (장) techniques converge to create a truly remarkable culinary experience.

Step into a realm where the boundaries between two rich culinary traditions blur, giving rise to an innovative fusion of flavors and techniques.​ At Jang, guests are invited to savor the exquisite craftsmanship of professional chefs as they meticulously blend the distinct essences of Japan and Korea into elegant Omakase Level Japanese Cuisine and Korean Cuisine Yori & Charcoal Korean BBQ.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing food and service. I will definitely be back!
A photo of Tacolicious - Palo Alto restaurant
4.5 (197)
$30 and under
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Tacolicious is a casual, modern Mexican restaurant with locations in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Manhattan Beach (LA). We source our ingredients responsibly, take our tacos as seriously as our cocktails, and offer a fun sit-down, full-service experience.

Large party of 12 +? Email us at palo_alto_management@tacolicious.com and we'll fit you in. We have outdoor dining, a great private room and do off-site catering. Go to tacolicious.com for more information; catering requests can be sent to events@tacolicious.com.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Excellent food and drinks. Service was excellent and the vibe was outstanding.
A photo of The Barrel Room - San Francisco restaurant
4.1 (282)
$31 to $50
Financial District / Embarcadero
About the restaurant
We're happy to announce that we are reopening! We are now accepting reservations for October 18th, 2022 and beyond.

The Barrel Room offers guests a unique experience with our regionally focused rotating menus. Our menus feature the cuisine, wines, and spirits of regions from around the world, changing each quarter. Our wine list offers our guests small-production, responsibly farmed wines from iconic and influential producers organized into flights or by the glass.

Join us for our current focus: the wines and cuisine of Spain. This menu will be available through October.

Top review
Dined on May 15, 2024
Sent a few team members here for dinner after a business meeting. The food was delicious, the wine was even better :)
A photo of Fairchilds Public House restaurant
4.1 (102)
$30 and under
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Fairchilds Public House, serves as the central gathering place for guests . Based on locally-sourced ingredients, the diverse menu serves up favorite fare with a California twist. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour, Fairchilds Public House is the perfect spot for a meal or event. Indoor and outdoor spaces include a fresh-air veranda with fireplace nook, breakfast lounge, dinner seating, and a group dining room that holds up to 40 people. ***Due to high demand our outside patio seating cannot be guaranteed therefore there may be a wait when you arrive. If seating is available inside we can seat you right away if you have a reservation.
Top review
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Our server was very kind and considerate so without us even asking, he saw our 2 kids and got us 2 ketchups for our 1 order of truffle parmesan fries without our even asking! We came on a Monday so it was pretty quiet. Ambiance in the back where we say was definitely the look of a hotel lobby where you get your breakfast because it’s part of the package. But the food itself was tasty! I’d get take out or eat at the bar, but not sit in the back. We would have done outdoor patio but it was windy.
A photo of Encanto restaurant
4.1 (70)
$30 and under
San Jose
About the restaurant
American Restaurant and full bar. An elevated dining experience in the heart of Willow Glen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Beautiful place!!! I went with my family for breakfast one weekend and everything was delicious, especially the ricotta pancakes were our favorites. 10/10 Encanto
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