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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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!

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5.0
5 (701)
$30 and under
Italian
North Beach
About the restaurant
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness.
Top review
LVSFvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Outstanding food, really special service from the owners who personally connect and vest in their clients. The ambience is second to none at SF - true to the city, neighborhood and its character. Our favorite restaurant in SF.
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4.9
4.9 (2065)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing Terzo!

*STANDARD tables that are booked will be placed INDOORS
*Indoor reservations may be placed at a high-top table

*OUTDOOR tables that are booked will be placed OUTSIDE
Heaters are first come first serve

We allow a 15 minute grace period for reservations, please call if you're going to be late. Reservations will be marked as no shows after 15 minutes.
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LFBOvip
Dined 7 days ago
At this venerable Cow Hollow dining institution, they continue to innovate with wonderful seasonal selections, almost weekly surprises, phenomenal ingredients and THE most wonderful service team in the city. We never fail to have a fantastic
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4.9
4.9 (446)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Los Gatos
About the restaurant
Bienvenidos a PintxoPote! (pronounced 'pincho potay') a pintxos (tapas) bar offering a dining experience showcasing the range of traditional flavors typical of the Basque country in Northern Spain. Here, you will be transported to the world's most acclaimed culinary region: the seaside resort of San Sebastián, a region whose cuisine is distinguished by the excellence of the ingredients and the simplicity in cooking techniques.

Pintxo Pote is the only place in the SF Bay area that offers a current expression of authentic pintxos.
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Linervip
Dined 2 days ago
I've been coming here on and off (ie. every 6 months) for a while (including pre-pandemic). PintxoPote never disappoints. The service is personable and friendly, and I appreciate that the waitress/hostess takes the time to review the menu (and does this with pride). The rack of lamb is delicious!!
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4.9
4.9 (214)
$30 and under
Japanese
Healdsburg
About the restaurant
Online reservations are limited, please call for full availability. Open Thursdays through Mondays, seating ends 30 mins prior to closing.
The Taste of Tea is The is real Taste of Japan; A hidden gem in Downtown Healdsburg, loved by locals and tourist for 8 years. Serving the best Ramen, prepared by executive Chef Nez Tokugawa and his passionate team, using family recipes with the finest local and imported ingredients. Mixologist crafted beverages; Adult tea cocktails, sake, beer and tea reimagined. Our sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining spaces are spacious and comfortable. Online ordering and retail shopping available www.thetasteoftea.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thetasteoftea
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MarySvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
We were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant really did specialize in teas, and not just ones sourced from Japan (though they are our favorite). The fare is more hardy Japanese dishes with Ramen being a specialty. The gyoza were unique with having thin rice "skins" and not the common dough (like pot stickers). Only tried the vegetarian ones and will have to try the pork next time. The entrees were very good but we have to recommend their desserts. The panacotta was EXCEPTIONAL.
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4.9
4.9 (95)
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
Mission District
About the restaurant
ATTENTION: 18+ on Thursday-Saturday.
Family Days are Wednesdays & Sundays!

Our specialty is Hapa-Hawaiian cuisine, representing a modern melting-pot of Asian cuisines. Signature dishes include our house-made Spam Musubi, guava wood-smoked Pig Melt, and Lilikoi Malasadas.  Within our welcoming retro/modern space lounge you'll find an island bar and a rotating selection of pinball machines. Our beverage program embraces wine, sake and a large variety of craft beers including our personal passion, sour beers!

Outer Orbit is a unique restaurant focused on delicious food and a fun time. We're located in Mission-Bernal SF, across the street from neighborhood institutions Blue Plate and Emmy's Spaghetti Shack.
Are you in the neighborhood because of a live show? We're near El Rio and The Knockout!
For late night cocktails, we suggest The Royal Cuckoo.
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FauxChef
Dined on May 25, 2024
What a fun venue! Great eats, good music, entertainment. It was a unique 18+ FAC spot
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4.9
4.9 (245)
$50 and over
Japanese
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
**Welcome to Sushi Hakko on Union St. + Fillmore St.**
We'd like to offer our tasting menu that's reflecting Chef Alex Kim and his team's pursuit of top notch sushi experience. Our approach is a harmonious crossover of authentic Edo-mae style with Western skill. From fish to rice, cooking rice to garnish prep - a true synergy of not only Californian but Japan.

**Sushi Bar Experience**
For the best experience of our tasting menu, we'd recommend the sushi bar seating, where chef will serve and explain the dish by dish, piece by piece with an extensive information of the skills and ingredients.

**Regular Tables**
Our regular tables are also available for the tasting menu and you can make a reservation at any time slot to your convenience.

*Large Group*
For any party of 7 or more, please kindly call us at 415.814.2886​ or email at sushihakko@gmail.com. We will get back to you asap.

All parties will be subject to a 20% service charge.

We look forward to serving you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
One of the best omakase spots in SF, Chef Alex does a wonderful job
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4.8
4.8 (2028)
$50 and over
Italian
Russian Hill
About the restaurant
The flavors of Milano's food and the rhythm of the dining room are reminiscent of trattorias in Italy's cities, according to Gourmet Magazine. It is a charming, intimate restaurant with an Italian staff, top quality ingredients, homemade pastas, exceptional veal, polenta, risotto, and fresh seafood delivered daily, served in warm surroundings. Known as the "hidden jewel of Russian Hill" The San Francisco Chronicle calls Milano "one of the most consistent restaurants in the city".
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DeanOvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great local neighborhood feel. Excellent pasta and good Italian wine offerings. Good value and service with an Aldo the owner overseeing the dining room.
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4.8
4.8 (263)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Although we try to accommodate every request for the back patio, we are experiencing high demand and have limited seating in order to observe social distancing. We also offer outdoor seating on the sidewalk and new parklet, as well as limited indoor seating. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We are following the health guidelines to keep our guests and staff safe. Due to these circumstances, we kindly ask that you do not show up early or late, and honor a 1.5 hour maximum duration to your reservation.

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Top review
MonaHvip
Dined 6 days ago
Love the small and large plates concept . With a party of 8 we got to enjoy a wide variety of menu choices . Staff is great and love the ambiance of the enclosed garden . A great spot for small or larger celebrations!
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4.7
4.7 (37)
$30 and under
Thai
Richmond District
About the restaurant
Bringing our childhood & local Thai cuisine with a modern twist to your table. We are open every day and provide a beautiful and cozy atmosphere. Our space is suitable for gatherings of all sizes. We look forward to hosting you all!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Last Sunday, 16 June was my second time at Oraan Thai Restaurant. The food is as always excellent. I just gave them a 4-star overall because they still didn't honor my Tax Exemption Card which exempts me from paying taxes for restaurants dine-in/take out. As a member of the consular corps, we were given by the Department of State tax exemption for purchases including hotels taxes and restaurants tax charges. I hope that the Oraan management could exert efforts to check on how they can honor the tax exemption I am requesting from them.
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4.6
4.6 (559)
$50 and over
Californian
Bernal Heights
About the restaurant
Cozy, intimate and romantic...Chef Greg Lutes has created a unique, innovative dining destination in Bernal Heights.
Renowned for his Uni Crème Brûlée as well as well as his global approach to Californian Cuisine. Take a journey of the senses with his tasting menu or sit back and create your own menu. Polished service and a extensive wine list make dining at 3rd Cousin an event to savor and remember.
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Wendy
Dined 6 days ago
It all began when our friend from Maine met another friend who told him he must eat at 3rd cousin when in SF. Luckily that is where we made our reservation. From the beginning to the end each dish was served beautifully and artistically which matched the deliciousness as well. The urchin dish was amazing! texture and flavors were delightful, the hamachi crudo melted in our mouths, the soft shell crab was the best we have ever had! big in size, crunchy and tender inside, Our friend ordered the Octopus which was tender and the best. Finally I had the halibut with fiddleheads, and veggies. Sooo tender moist and perfectly cooked fiddleheads. Sadly, we were too full to order dessert. Wines were excellent. J3rd Cousin is not to be missed!
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