Leo's Oyster Bar

4.6
491 reviews
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Seafood
Fashioned after the great cocktail and oyster bars of the golden era, Leo’s Oyster Bar is a glamorous 3-star seafood-focused restaurant in FiDi from Big Night Restaurant Group co-owners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas, along with executive chef Jenn Puccio. The transportive “1950's Beverly Hills meets Manhattan club" was designed by Ken Fulk alum Jon de la Cruz and has received critical acclaim for its interiors, earning the title of Best Designed New Restaurant from Bon Appetit as well as a nomination for the James Beard Foundation's Best Restaurant Design award. Whether you're posted up with a decadent raw bar plateau in Leo's light and fern-filled conservatory, or enjoying vintage Champagnes within the restaurant's speakeasy-style cocktail lounge The Hideaway, Leo's Oyster Bar offers luxurious, timeless experiences that have earned its place on every San Francisco hit-list.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Leo's Oyster Bar involves pricey, but tasty seafood in an '80s power yacht come to life. Obviously it's in the Financial District.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 491 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters in town, in my view - fresh, cold and sweet. The accompanying sauces are perfect. Great spot

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience, wonderful place, excellent food and serving. They reserved a very awesome treatment for my wife’s birthday. Thank you all

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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for a business meal, particularly to celebrate a team accomplishment. The food was delicious, and staff was very friendly and helpful. I appreciate that they were accommodating when our group had some trouble. The ambiance is fun and different. It was easy to hold conversation with people next to you.

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BQ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great and delicious! Shrimp sandwich is wonderful and pork sliders are a must!!!

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KC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service; from the servers, to the bartenders, to the manager/owner. It was very expensive...…..but the food and drinks were to die for.

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BA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great venue and cocktails. I have never had dinner there before and I would not recommend. The service was extremely slow and we were there for three hours, not by our choice. I’ve ordered oysters there before and the sever prior was so much more descriptive and helpful with selection, so maybe it was an off day.

We also boxed up our food and they took it away to being bring it back to us but they never did and we left without it (partly our fault) . Server seemed preoccupied and never really checked in with us.

Great for happy hour, but maybe just stick to the bar.

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m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I had to check in several times with the hostess and wait 20 minutes after our reservation time before we were seated. We got a tiny table deep inside, near a small bar area. Place was very loud, food okay but not more than that.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

So noisy that we couldn’t talk about the movie we had just seen. Everything was average but prices high. Not a good combo

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RP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have no complaints and I would definitely recommend this place!

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately the crab did not taste fresh but the server graciously took it away with no fuss. Loved everything else otherwise! So consistently wonderful!

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DB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food and service were quite good. But, the plan is fair too noisy to carryon normal conversation even in a back room.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first off, thank you open table for making reservations seamless. leo’s was everything i imagined it would be and so classy. they were accommodating and sweet! made what appeared to be a simple lunch as special as the occasion. it felt like we were in another world. thank you!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters! Amazing service

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, amazing ambience, 5 star place

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very mediocre at best and extremely expensive. The ribeye wasn’t even grilled, tasted like roast instead. Very disappointed.

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RJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting tasty food, great service, fun music (however, too loud), super friendly staff, very accommodating to requests.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit here and it’s a favorite destination whenever we’re visiting from the East Coast.

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. The plates lacked presentation. Service was good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, a very nice Valentine’s Day dinner with solid choices on the menu

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service by the staff. Very caring, friendly but non-obtrusive. The ambiance of the back room Hideout was really nice. The Valentine's day set menu was great. Everything tasted really good for each course. Even the desserts were good. They included a sparkling wine as part of the set menu, so they did not try to nickle and dime you. The place ran like a fun machine.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. And a warm welcome!

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o
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YEET YEET YEET YEET YEET

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We were pleasantly seated in the interior room with the adjacent bar. Unfortunately, two seats over was a couple and clearly the female had been overserved or simply can’t hold her liquor. Service started out attentive, but there was an extremely long gap between our appetizer and then next course. A great deal of shuffling of staff and apologies with some blaming on “new people”. I would come back for drinks and bites/oysters but sadly found the menu a bit all over the place. Being that the name has “oyster” in the name, but not a great deal of seafood offers on the menu. Don’t bother with the crab & artichoke dip, heavy and came with literally Kettle chips.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great especially our bar side service by both server and bartenders

Great 80’s music !!!

Coming back for sure

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Charleston
123 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Leo's because I am a huge oyster fan and they have a great reputation. I loved every bite, plus I was impressed with Maria's professional and personable service. I was also impressed at the creative approach they took to preparing oysters and drinks. My "Bubble Bath" drink was delicious and beautiful with pansies floating in them. It might have been my most expensive lunch of my lifetime and worth it!

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the atmosphere at Leo's. It feels special, like you're in the Caribbean, and the food is great. The service tends to feel cold, though, like the server is annoyed with you.

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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fries nothing out of the ordinary
Brussels a bit salty and bitter
The octopus was more chorizo than octopus...
tuna needed some sauce/liquid...not interesting...

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DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is really very good and the service and staff were terrific. But the noise level was not tolerable. There were 3 of us and we had to scream to hear each other and I'm not kidding. There are nice sound absorbing solutions available that would help the situation. Everything was great except for that.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect place to celebrate my boyfriends birthday! The food was amazing (we just shared lots of appetizers to try a bit of everything). Service was extremely attentive and friendly, we never get service like this is SF it was so nice for a change! Music and decor are so fun and different, they really thought of every detail to make it a unique experience. Already recommending to my friends and will be back!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Insufferably loud. I measured the decibel level at 95, which is unsafe.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love that spot!
Always a good place to go for some sea food and a glass of wine

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L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The beautiful interiors make it a delightful place to visit. Go for cocktails an raw bar. And lots of money.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love Leo's Oyster Bar and it is my go to for amazing food, service, and ambiance in the FiDi.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been to Leo’s a year ago, decided to go back. Oysters are excellent, mussels were over cooked, fries were oily. Service was very good too but the overall food quality did not live up to my expectation.

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SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night of surprising menu items and ambiance and great wine!

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, decor, and service were excellent. I like a place with buzz and energy; however, Leo's was painfully loud on a random Tuesday even after the happy hour crowd cleared out. So loud, it was near impossible to have a conversation with my husband sitting across the tiny table from me. So loud, everyone must shout and conversations at neighboring tables become intrusive. And so cramped the woman at the next table kept whacking me with her long hair. I want to love this place because of the food and design. . . but the strongest lasting impression was the ear-splitting din. So go there to have a delicious cocktail with someone you don't want to have a deep conversation with and then leave quickly before your hearing is permanently damaged.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Booked a few days in advance so my wife and I could take our out-of-town friend to a classic SF restaurant. The front of the house looks nice and friendly, though small, but bar seating looked good. We were given a table in the back of the house, where we could only seat in one side of the 4-person table and the end of the table due to the proximity to next table that did not enable us to seat of both sides of the table -bad table layout in the room. The room was LOUD, very LOUD! The food was good but the menu was very, very limited and main courses were un-inspiring. The oysters were fresh and delicious. Was very disappointed with the table; will not go back.

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AH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always seamless service and obscenely yummy food. Such a great gem downtown - I keep coming back for more. Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in SF...

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food and ambiance

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved everything about this place! Great atmosphere, food and music. Highly recommend!

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