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San Francisco has a lot going for it: the weather, the wine, the great outdoors, and—most importantly—the food. From inspired French and modern Moroccan to inventive Californian and all varieties of Asian, Bay Area diners are as open to diverse flavors and cuisines as they are to the different people and cultures they come from. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll see everything from bread temples and progressively Californian exploratoriums to hardcore steakhouses and fine dining meccas—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best places to eat around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Tartine Manufactory, Foreign Cinema, Zuni Cafe
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Californian, Modern European
Neighborhoods:Mission, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
$$$$·American·
Mission
651 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
This Mission mainstay has a cult following of literally anyone who’s ever eaten anything they’ve baked. Inside this one-stop delicious shop, they have: a bakery and cafe, ice creamRead more
91% recommended
13 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,133 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
It’s hard to believe this much-loved, uber-popular, and constantly-busy Mission restaurant has been at the top of its game since 1999. Nothing about this place feels dated. The namRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco
150 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
5,934 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
This well-lit, loft-looking space, has two-story floor-to-ceiling windows, which creates a bright and relaxing environment to eat their amazing food in. They make an epic roast chiRead more
92% recommended
304 people mentioned the Roasted Chicken
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
902 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
This restaurant—from husband-and-wife team Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski—is nothing if not progressive, much like its sister restaurant (next door) State Bird Provisions. At tRead more
90% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
20 people mentioned the Caviar
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,053 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
There are many things about this financial district spot that make you feel like you’re either in an ornate ski lodge or someone’s large home in the mountains. High ceilings with wRead more
97% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
145 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,034 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence’s American restaurant—in the heart of the financial district—has a handsome and upscale British pub-style backdrop. This is definitely a popular spot Read more
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
804 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
9,607 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
This SF classic has been around since 1949 (it’s as good as ever), and they devotedly follow the traditional steakhouse model: you’re here for one thing, steak’s what they know andRead more
97% recommended
Steak in San Francisco Bay Area
4,368 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,801 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The chefs—Corey Lee (Benu) and Jason Berthold—behind this awe-inspiring French restaurant worked together at the French Laundry. That should be enough to get you to their glass boxRead more
88% recommended
French in San Francisco
86 people mentioned the Arctic Char
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$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,336 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
This knockout Italian restaurant in the Financial District is always a reliable choice. Their pastas and pizzas are great to share (even if you want them all to yourself). There’s Read more
94% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
61 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
10,515 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
This iconic Ferry Building spot—from famed Chef Charles Phan—sits on the embarcadero and has enormous windows, with a front-row view of the Bay Bridge, for some epic water watchingRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
551 people mentioned the Shaking Beef
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$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,386 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
This is the third restaurant from the great team behind Park Tavern and the Cavalier. They serve the same beloved burger at Park Tavern, which is made with about 20% lamb and comesRead more
88% recommended
56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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$$$$·American·
North Beach
2,344 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This North Beach restaurant sits directly in front of Washington Square Park, and it’s ideal for weekend brunch with a small group. High ceilings, brown and slate colors, and old-sRead more
90% recommended
American in San Francisco
40 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,323 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Aside from their impressive menu of traditional Californian-French dishes, this iconic SF restaurant (a stronghold from the 90s) gives you a breathtaking view of the Bay. They’re nRead more
95% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
86 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,621 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Though this Hayes Valley restaurant isn’t new anymore, it’s still always busy. Ironic as it sounds, Rich Table is a casual and understated place. Their seasonal and constantly-chanRead more
91% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
26 people mentioned the Raclette
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$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,776 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Beautiful and modern Moroccan spot, Mourad—in the ornately Art Deco and historic Pacific Bell building—has some Californian and Mediterranean hints to their Michelin-starred menu. Read more
92% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
78 people mentioned the Couscous
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$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,239 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Spruce is in Presidio Heights and both are quite fancy. While this upscale American restaurant is steeply priced (and probably best for a special occasion), it’s also knock-it-out-Read more
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Francisco
107 people mentioned the Beignets
$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
791 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Even though this oh-so-cool looking Spanish restaurant is in the lobby of the Airbnb offices, it’s so phenomenal, you won’t care. You could close your eyes and pick blindly from thRead more
92% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
192 people mentioned the Paella
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,169 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
For a neighborhood as posh as Pacific Heights, Octavia feels quite understated, which actually matches their seasonal menu of classic and uncomplicated American dishes. This MichelRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
18 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
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$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
888 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
This sleek and elegant restaurant serves upscale Indian food, which there isn’t much of in this city, and it’s in an area where there aren’t many restaurants either. Perhaps that’sRead more
82% recommended
31 people mentioned the Chaat
$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,612 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
A busy and bustling financial district spot, which is a popular destination for all the suits who work in the area. This sister restaurant to Barbacco (next door) uses fresh and loRead more
92% recommended
141 people mentioned the Short Rib
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