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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable team

You’re in San Francisco for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve rounded up the best spots to hit: the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and everything-in-betweens that will give you a definitive sampling of what the city has to offer. Let’s get to it.

Restaurants:Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco, Foreign Cinema, Zuni Cafe
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Californian, Modern European
Neighborhoods:Mission, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
For 2 people on Sun, 6/16
Party Size
For 2
Date
Sun, 6/16
Time
7:00 PM

Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco

$$$$·American·
Mission
779 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
86% recommended
13 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,401 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
150 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Zuni Cafe

$$$$·Modern European·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
6,173 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
307 people mentioned the Roasted Chicken
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The Progress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,043 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
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
22 people mentioned the Caviar
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Kokkari Estiatorio

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Financial District / Embarcadero
6,302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
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
150 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus
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Wayfare Tavern

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,288 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
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
90% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
834 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
10,107 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
94% recommended
Steak in San Francisco Bay Area
4,516 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Monsieur Benjamin

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,952 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
82% recommended
90 people mentioned the Arctic Char

Cotogna

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,517 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
62 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Slanted Door

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Financial District / Embarcadero
10,915 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
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
86% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
563 people mentioned the Shaking Beef
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,509 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
90% recommended
56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad
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Park Tavern

$$$$·American·
North Beach
2,447 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
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
87% recommended
42 people mentioned the Avocado Toast

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,597 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
87 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Rich Table

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,720 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
26 people mentioned the Raclette
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Mourad

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,009 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 menu. Try their incrediRead more
93% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
87 people mentioned the Short Rib

Spruce

$$$$·American·
Presidio Heights
3,432 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
96% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
108 people mentioned the Beignets
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Bellota

$$$$·Spanish·
SOMA
922 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
84% recommended
Spanish in San Francisco Bay Area
218 people mentioned the Paella
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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,336 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 wonderRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco
19 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,018 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
85% recommended
36 people mentioned the Chaat

Perbacco

$$$$·Italian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
5,798 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
90% recommended
142 people mentioned the Short Rib
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