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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 PYLOS - San Carlos restaurant
5 (123)
$30 and under
San Carlos
About the restaurant
We have a focus on dishes with the flavors of Greece and the true Mediterranean.
We make everything homemade in the kitchen and only use top quality items imported directly from Greece and Turkey so our customers are getting high quality fresh and healthy food.
Our menu consists of Greek classics such as Whole Lavraki (Mediterranean Seabass), Souvlaki, Pitas, Pastitsio, Moussaka and traditional sauces such as Tzatziki, Kalamatiano, Tirokafteri, etc.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food was great as well as most of the service. Pouring wine was unconventional to say at least.
A photo of Ichika Izakaya restaurant
4.9 (8)
$31 to $50
San Bruno
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Excellent food and service. Fun lively environment.
A photo of Biscuits and Blues restaurant
4.8 (1945)
$31 to $50
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 4 days ago
We didnt eat but couldn’t move through the survey without grading the food
A photo of Bodega SF restaurant
4.8 (10)
$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
Dined 2 days ago
Really good! I think this def live up to its reputation :)
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Cupertino, CA restaurant
4.7 (886)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
The food was amazing and cost was a good value. Service was friendly, efficient and attentive
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 Z & Y Restaurant restaurant
4.6 (305)
$30 and under
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
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious food, well priced. Hidden gem in Chinatown
A photo of Fusion Dumpling restaurant
4.6 (18)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

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 (26)
$50 and over
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
Dined 4 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 Taj Mahal Flavors of India restaurant
3.8 (39)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Our exquisite fine dining restaurant is poised to redefine Indian Cuisine in Livermore, California. Experience the perfect blend of tradition and innovation as we take you on an unforgettable flavorful journey.
Top review
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
This is a special place. For Indian cuisine I think it has few competitors in the Bay Area. The authenticity of the ingredients, the blend of tradition and originality in the recipes, gives a complexity and richness to the flavors that is remarkable. And the presentation is stunning.Two appetizers that reflect these qualities are Dahi Batata Puri, a semolina shell filled with a garbanzo potato masala, curd and chutney, and Avocado Jahlmuri, a dish that incorporates puffed rice and multiple other textures. The 4 of us were so smitten with these flavors we almost couldn't resist reordering both and focusing on appetizers. But we were glad we continued to order, two vegetarian entrees and two chicken entrees, all superb. And the various naans were wonderful accompaniements. The black carrot pudding was a good finish. And the cocktails and mocktails were artistic and photo worthy. You leave Taj Mahal with joy. Comfortable, relaxed ambience, and the owner is a gem. Don't miss this experience.
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