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Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among San Francisco's most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Marlowe, Cotogna, Monsieur Benjamin
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:SOMA, Financial District / Embarcadero, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,378 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
AMERICAN: This American eatery is the third restaurant from the great team behind Park Tavern and the Cavalier. They serve the same beloved burger at Park Tavern, which is made witRead more
88% recommended
56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,328 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
ITALIAN: Cotogna is a knockout Italian restaurant in the Financial District, and it’s always a reliable choice. Their pastas and pizzas are great to share (even if you want them alRead more
94% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
61 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,793 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
FRENCH: The chefs—Corey Lee (Benu) and Jason Berthold—behind this awe-inspiring French restaurant worked together at the French Laundry. That should be enough to get you to this glRead more
88% recommended
French in San Francisco
86 people mentioned the Arctic Char
$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown / Union Square
1,051 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
JAPANESE: Akiko’s (go to the right one, there’s another place with a nearly identical name) sashimi—sourced locally and from Japan’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market—is so fresh, it’s easRead more
89% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
104 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District / Embarcadero
456 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
SEAFOOD: Even though the seafood at Leo’s is spot-on delicious, they’re not resting on their laurels. In addition to outstanding food, they won an interior design award, and when yRead more
88% recommended
Seafood in San Francisco Bay Area
13 people mentioned the Oyster Bar
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,038 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
MEDITERRANEAN: There are many things about this financial district spot that make you feel like you’re either in an ornate ski lodge or someone’s large home in the mountains. High Read more
97% recommended
Mediterranean in San Francisco Bay Area
145 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
449 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
MEXICAN: It’s not often that we’re invited to eat in what feels like a large and airy greenhouse atrium filled with natural light, but the Mexico City chef at the helm of this gem Read more
89% recommended
Mexican in San Francisco Bay Area
25 people mentioned the Sweet Potatoes
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$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
782 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Even though this oh-so-cool looking Spanish restaurant is in the lobby of the Airbnb offices, it’s so phenomenal, you won’t care. You could close your eyes and pick blindlRead more
91% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
192 people mentioned the Paella
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$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
664 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Creative Cuisine
CHINESE: Inside China Live Market, there are several dining options, the most exceptional of which is Eight Tables by George Chen. It’s definitely not where you go for dim sum brunRead more
87% recommended
Chinese in San Francisco Bay Area
57 people mentioned the Dumplings
$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
882 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
INDIAN: A sleek and elegant restaurant serving unbeatable upscale Indian food, which there isn’t much of in this city, and it’s in an area where there aren’t many restaurants eitheRead more
82% recommended
31 people mentioned the Chaat
$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
9,581 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
STEAKHOUSE: This SF classic has been around since 1949 (it’s as good as ever), and they devotedly follow the traditional steakhouse model: you’re here for one thing, steak’s what tRead more
97% recommended
Steak in San Francisco Bay Area
4,368 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,763 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
MOROCCAN: Beautiful and modern Moroccan spot, Mourad—in the ornately Art Deco and historic Pacific Bell building—has some Californian and Mediterranean hints to their Michelin-starRead more
93% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
78 people mentioned the Couscous
$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
10,496 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
VIETNAMESE: This iconic Ferry Building spot—from famed Chef Charles Phan—sits on the embarcadero and has enormous windows, with a front-row view of the Bay Bridge, for some epic waRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
551 people mentioned the Shaking Beef
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$$$$·Global, International·
SOMA
552 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
GLOBAL, INTERNATIONAL: Wouldn’t it be incredible to be able to eat the most famous dishes from some of the world’s most exceptional restaurants (you know, all the places you’ve droRead more
91% recommended
24 people mentioned the Carrot Soup
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$$$$·Thai·
Mission
383 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
THAI: Some dinners out should give you more than just delicious food and quality service—they should be lively, fun, and entertaining experiences—and Hawker Fare delivers all of thRead more
84% recommended
Thai in San Francisco Bay Area
24 people mentioned the Green Bean
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