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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 Fare Play restaurant
4.9
4.9 (25)
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
SOMA
About the restaurant
Fare Play is a pop-up restaurant created by Chef Brenden Blaine Darby, a San Fanfrisco chef, farmer, and artist with a diverse background of culinary collaborations with NOMA, Manresa, Martin Berasategui, and Yoshi's SF. The menu of Fare Play is inspired by Brenden's grandmothers while also showcasing hyper-local and their time working at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as jungles, deserts, and regenerative farms across the globe.

Our atmosphere strives to be a new third place for SF Locals with a unique service style reminiscent of eating with family.

Definition:
Fare (/fer/) -noun
A range of food of a particular type.

Play (/plā/) -verb
-engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

Our menu features local produce from queer farmers across the Bay Area from roots, stems, seeds, and flowers.

Come with an open mind and leave with a full heart.
Top review
Tapbirdsvip
Dined 7 days ago
The decor was fun, and the chef was personable and gracious.
A photo of Mayo Reserve Room - Mayo Family Winery restaurant
5.0
5 (895)
$50 and over
Winery
Kenwood
About the restaurant
Indulge in a Casual & Intimate Wine & Food Pairing Experience unlike any other in Wine Country! At the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room, receive Personal Service and taste Exceptional Reserve Wines thoughtfully paired with 7 Seasonal Courses (each of about 3-4 bites each) that will challenge your expectations of what Wine Tasting should be...

Located in the heart of Kenwood in the beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room is situated in an unassuming building that overlooks Local Vineyards and Mountains. Relax and soak in the views while seated either Indoors or on our Front Lawn and taste through some of our Best Wines & Food Pairings, curated by Executive Chef John Locher and his team. We are personally committed to your Wine & Food Experience!

Book your reservation today at the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room, or call 707-833-5504! Price is $80 per person for groups up to 6 guests, plus tax. 20% Auto Gratuity will be added to groups of 5 or more.
Top review
LeslieSvip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Again a wonderful outing at the Mayo Reserve room. Chef John has created a delicious compliment of food to highlight their excellent wines. Five stars always.
A photo of Sonoma Wine Shop & La Bodega restaurant
5.0
5 (58)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Sebastopol
About the restaurant
Gourmet Vegetarian and Gourmet Vegan dining - 5 nights a week.
We make our own pastas, soups, salads, desserts from scratch.
Headquarters for 3,000 member dine and wine club.
Over 1,500 local members live here in Sonoma County .
Cozy West County vibe. Indoor / patio / garden seating.
5 Stars on Yelp. 7 years Nextdoor Fave.
Reservations and pre-ordering preferred.
Talk with us about any dietary concerns.
A true 'find' here in Sonoma County.
Top review
PaulEvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Fantastic wine dinner pairing experience. Warm friendly environment.
A photo of Caffe Macaroni restaurant
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.
A photo of Commis Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (14)
$50 and over
Californian
Oakland
About the restaurant
With only 10 bar height chairs at the cocktail bar, the COMMIS BAR experience offers a fixed 4-course menu highlighting some the best seasonal Northern California ingredients through modern and classic cooking techniques.

Diners at the bar are invited for 1.5 to 2 hours over the entire course of the meal with the shorter fixed menu compared to our full length DINING ROOM menu experience.


Top review
Nitra315
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
This review is not about the food - the presentation was beautiful and the food delicious - it's about the service. We arrived a few mins before 5pm for a 5pm bar reservation and the door was unlocked so we entered and were kindly seated near the entrance, but the BIPOC person who greeted us at the door was reprimanded by another white member of staff in our presence for the door being unlocked before 5pm. We would've happily waited outside if asked and/or the reprimand could've occurred outside of sight and ear shot. We were eventually seated at the bar and provided the drinks menu and I asked for wine recommendations given the tasting menu we were about to enjoy (because I didn't know what the meal would consist of) but the response I got was dismissive and somewhat condescending, as if we'd walked in off the street and stumbled onto a bar and were just there for cocktails and not deserving of an actual answer to the question. It was very strange and disappointing. I can't imagine this is the response white diners would've received. This particular member of staff did not remain behind the bar, and we were ultimately served by several other wait staff who were lovely, stoic, professional, I guess all the things you would expect from a Michelin-starred establishment. They explained the wine pairings, but by then I was committed to only finishing the glass of wine I'd ordered initially. Given the restaurant's location in gentrifying Oakland where a person can sell incense on the next corner, the pet food store is across the street, and the restaurant is flanked by casual fare bars, I expected it to be a little less stodgy/a little more approachable, but maybe unapproachable is the goal. Perhaps we came on an off day, but if we're wondering whether we're experiencing bias (or if the BIPOC staff are being treated differently), that's energy I'm not spending enjoying the food and experience. At the price point for how we felt, we'll call this one and done.
A photo of Sushi Hashiri restaurant
5.0
5 (203)
$50 and over
Sushi
SOMA
About the restaurant
A progressive approach executed from a deep history of Kappo and Omakase Edomae Sushi. Two of Japan’s historical culinary concepts brought together combining hyper-seasonal ingredients and premium fish selections direct from our private purveyor inside the world renown Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan. Hashiri’s focus is to exemplify its re-evolving cuisine to showcase Japan’s richest seasonal ingredients.

HASHIRI "KODAWARI EDOMAE SUSHI" - $300/pp
Hyper seasonal multi course Kappo & Omakase Edomae Sushi dining experience at the sushi counter.

HASHIRI "PETITE OMAKASE EDOMAE SUSHI" - $150/pp
Hyper seasonal Omakase Edomae Sushi dining experience at the sushi counter. Tue & Wed

Due to limited seating capacity, internationally imported goods to curating your daily menu, cancellations or "no-shows" within 72-hours of the reservation will incur the full amount of their dining experience. Cancellations for parties 5 and more requires 5 day
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 18, 2024
The most procured omakase experience that I’ve tried in the Bay Area. Ken and Chef Ono were both relaxed and focused at the same time, making the 3 hour experience felt too short. We wished it lasted for longer. Every course was immaculately designed and of the utmost quality. Hashiri remains our favorite place for omasake.
A photo of Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (390)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Alameda
About the restaurant
About
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is a tropical vacation spot right in the middle of your hometown! Serving award-winning, world famous classic and exotic cocktails along with many original recipes, along with some tasty snacks, Forbidden Island is a retro-oasis in the desert of your busy modern day! Now open indoors (seated capacity only) as well as outdoors in our Tiki Garden/ Patio, 7 days a week.

* Please note that all reservations are limited to 90 minutes for groups of 1-3 and 2 hours for groups of 4-8.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Forbidden Island is the premier Tiki bar in the Bay Area. Great cocktails, service and decor.
A photo of Nisei restaurant
4.9
4.9 (33)
$50 and over
Japanese
Russian Hill
About the restaurant
Nisei presents a contemporary approach to Japanese American cuisine by combining deep Japanese flavors, refined cooking technique, and Northern California's finest ingredients. The restaurant is a personal reflection of Chef David Yoshimura's unique experience as a chef and second generation Japanese American, or Nisei.
Top review
Courtney
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
An absolute pleasure to dine here. Ronanin and the rest of the front of house team were absolutely fantastic and very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. It was great to have some of the chefs come out to explain their food with such passion. Really impressed with the whole experience. Can’t wait to come again for the food and service!
A photo of Rosenblum Cellars restaurant
4.9
4.9 (671)
$30 and under
Winery
Oakland
About the restaurant
Since 1978, Rosenblum has become one of the most-awarded and highly-rated California Zinfandel portfolios. Having more than 50 Zinfandels with 90+ points from Wine Spectator, it’s a record for Zinfandel lovers, but for us it’s just business as usual.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a fabulous time at Rosenblum. As a club member I enjoy the discounted prices on wine and food. Our server, Sharon, as always was fabulous. The wines are delicious and the view of the harbor is beautiful and relaxing. I will be back!
A photo of Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1423)
$30 and under
Indian
Forest Hill / West Portal
About the restaurant
ROTI Indian Bistro marries casual, contemporary styling to classic Indian cuisine. The chefs take diners on a culinary tour of India, offering a taste of the North in the Tandoori meat dishes and hints of the South in the vegetarian curries. Fresh breads are available from the tandoor, a mesquite- fired clay oven unique to Indian cooking. Traditional freshly house roasted Indian spices to create a diverse fresh, menu. ROTI prides itself on the dining experience - at this popular new addition to the vibrant West Portal neighborhood, refined customer service from the attentive staff and fabulous food have established a higher standard of dining for the area.
Top review
SusanCvip
Dined 5 days ago
This is an excellent restaurant in every way. Plan to come more often.
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