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Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in San Francisco where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Wako Japanese Restaurant, Omakase, Benu
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Richmond District, SOMA
$$$$·Japanese·
Richmond District
286 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Talk about an incredible hidden gem. This one’s Japanese, (very sleek) just barely within the Richmond District, and inside it are a mere 20 seats, so they’re usually busy. They haRead more
96% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
67 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Japanese·
SOMA
334 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
If the owners of this very traditional Japanese restaurant felt confident enough to name the place omakase, you should trust that the two they offer are some of the most incredibleRead more
90% recommended
Japanese in San Francisco Bay Area
77 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,453 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Before Chef Corey Lee opened Benu (and Monsieur Benjamin and In Situ), he harnessed his craft alongside Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. Unsurprisingly, his fine dining tastingRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in San Francisco Bay Area
30 people mentioned the Abalone
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$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,379 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Tusk serves a Californian-American 12-course tasting menu at Quince, where his food magic has earned him three Michelin stars for consecutiveRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in San Francisco Bay Area
47 people mentioned the Caviar
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$$$$·Japanese·
North Panhandle / USF
177 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Definitely one of the top omakase experiences in SF, and there’s a lot of great fish here. They do a roughly 19-course traditional omakase menu (usually starts with 5 small plates Read more
94% recommended
44 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Fisherman's Wharf
571 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Gary Danko is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the namesake of this famous fine dining institution, in San Francisco. Over the nearly two decades they’ve been in service, they’Read more
93% recommended
Best Food in San Francisco
6 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Nob Hill
1,233 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This is a fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant spearheaded by two young friends who are both highly confident in the caliber of food they’re serving (rightfully so), and their relaRead more
Notable Wine List in San Francisco
23 people mentioned the Squab
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,357 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
One of the very few SF restaurants to receive three Michelin stars for several years in a row is Daniel Patterson’s sensational Coi, in North Beach. Their prix fixe menu is a beautRead more
Notable Wine List in San Francisco Bay Area
28 people mentioned the Abalone
$$$$·French·
Downtown / Union Square
771 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
One foot inside this place and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a French manor—think tapestries, stained glass, paintings, and dimly-lit wall sconces—but the charm (and celebration Read more
92% recommended
Romantic in San Francisco Bay Area
49 people mentioned the Grand Marnier
$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
1,239 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
With a nod to SF’s seven hills, this intimate and cozy Italian spot (in Russian Hill) truly feels like a neighborhood bistro. Their menu—emphasizing and celebrating handmade pastasRead more
97% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
16 people mentioned the Panna Cotta
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