Leo's Oyster Bar

4.6
458 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Leo 's Oyster Bar is exclusively offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for $100/person. Please call the restaurant for more information. The menu will be available on our website soon. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us! Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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 458 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 9, 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 8, 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 5, 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 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food and ambiance

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TG
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great menu, drink options, everyone was friendly and accommodating, definitely somewhere I'd go back to.

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T
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leo’s has great oysters, decor and friendly wait staff! Fun place for drinks/dinner.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the shrimp sandwich. Not many shrimp and they were tough, like they had been frozen. Not many shrimp either. It was like they mad a batch salad with a few shrimp and when the got the order, scooped it into the bread. Not very good for the price.

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Man, everything was SO salty. The kale salad is pretty much inedible with the sheer amount of salt that is thrown on there. The food was really substandard for the price- we spend a quarter of a grand on a starter, few drinks, two entrees and a few oysters. It was cute decor but honestly not worth the price or the food. I'd pass and not recommend in the future.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was quite good but the service was very slow.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty loud environment. The oysters were really good and a great selection. The hamachi was a bit fishier than we're used to. The mussels were very good and fresh. Recommended but be aware it's a bit tight and loud, but the food is great.

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Too noisy!!! They need to turn down the music.

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CC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time and the food was amazing. The stake was cooked perfect and the wine was great too. Loved the oysters and the server was great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Horrible service - poor attitude by hostess - our food was forgotten about.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and fun environment, ridiculous prices. I thought I was in midtown Manhattan

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r
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with great service, recommendations and drinks!

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GT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and food was amazing! I will definitely be back again

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LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The decor was beautiful and food was delicious, although a bit overpriced. The staff including waiter and hostess seemed disorganized and unsure of what was going on. They would be conversing and then walk away mid sentence. I’d recommend to a friend primarily for the ambiance.

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MR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

After trying to get a reservation for over a year we were super excited to finally try this hot spot!
It was super packed, very small and very loud.
Menu is extremely limited and it is very expensive.
Service was very good but we wouldn’t go back.

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P
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

More of a bar than a sit down restaurant. Tables are close together so I really isn’t the place for a quiet private conversation

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, an excellent experience. The tables are cramped if you happen to come in with the intention of eating a lot of oysters, but that’s my only criticism! Attentive staff, good variety of oysters, and the lobster roll is killer.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here alone for dinner on a business trip, servers were so accommodating and friendly. Oysters were incredible, tater tots aren't to be missed and the grilled octopus was unique and delish! Classy, fun Instagram-worthy vibe.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Tables are too close together. Very limited menu. The Server had attitude when one of my guests had a dietary request.

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TI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit more of a date place than a business dinner place.

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N
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Leo;s and have been there a few times. It's the perfect romantic spot and fabulous for drinks, snacks and conversation. Lovely waitstaff and terrific food. I just keep coming back for the sparkling rose brut.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a captivating space. Great cocktails. Shrimp roll perfect to share at lunch. Oysters so fresh, they deserve to be included in name. Just yum.

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MF
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Been at Leo's a couple times -- at the suggestion of others. I had the salmon salad for $29. If I had 3 oz of salmon, I'd be surprised. It was undercooked and just ok. The salad was a mix of greens, sesame seeds, and other items that I don't think really went together. It was heavily dressed & tasted like it was sitting around in dressing. The prep on the greens was poor as I bit into bits of dirt.

Leo's is popular -- and a cute place, but I'm not a fan of the food.

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LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food beautiful venue

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent, but it was hot. There isn’t good air flow especially in the back room. We were over heated and uncomfortable bc of it.

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EA
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From service to food, Leo’s did not disappoint! I would recommend to anyone, local or tourist.

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RK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Muscheln geschmacklos und winzig,Austern winzig aber geschmackvoll, bei uns nicht zu servieren wegen Minigröße, angeblich Muscheln in Champagner bei geschätzt 300ml Muschelsud (kaum zu glauben bei den Champagnerpreisen in den USA) , Preise exorbitant : 1 Auster 4,75 😖USD plus Tax . Warum kommt ein Ribeye Steak in Scheiben auf den Tisch ? Das kann der Gast selber schneiden ! Es handelt sich nicht um ein Seniorenessen im Altersheim !
Schade um den Abend und das Geld- SF hat Besseres zu bieten !

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Back room was booked so only available space was the front diner area; which with the fixed open door (the Financial District is wind tunnel central) was freezing. The diners were so cramped together it was uncomfortable as first and comical when another patron's meal fell onto my shoulder. Not the server's fault, just really tough to navigate for diners and servers.

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good menu, excellent oysters. Random things were a bit disappointing (steak tartare and moules frites) but pretty solid. Super nice bartender and waiter, one nice hostess and one snotty hostess the second time we went, and they messed up our reservation slightly. Would recommend if someone was looking for good oysters, wouldn't bother otherwise.

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D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can wait to go back. What a gem the food was amazing! I’ve finally found a Bay Area restaurant that rivals the east coast!

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AL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and great service. Too loud for older people but enjoyable

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KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and exceptional atmosphere.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best happy hour oysters in town!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great lunch, friendly staff, large portions.

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