Best Restaurants in San Francisco

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Find out the best restaurants in San Francisco and SF’s neighboring cities.

I had lived in San Francisco for 8 years. I’ve personally been to every restaurant that’s on this list.

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San Francisco, CA

Top High-End Restaurants in San Francisco

Commonwealth (Contemporary) (Michelin) $$$$

Mourad (Moroccan) (Michelin) $$$$

Leo’s Oyster Bar (Seafood) $$$

Rich Table (Contemporary American) (Michelin) $$$

RICH TABLE is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. I have been to this restaurant 4 times in one year because the food is that good. The atmosphere, the staff are also a highlight. Rich Table recently published a cookbook of their recipes. Check out the book, here.

Robin (Japanese) $$$

Mister Jiu’s (Contemporary Chinese) (Michelin) $$$

Al’s Place (New American) (Michelin) $$$

Hakkassan (Chinese, Asian) $$$$

Petit Crenn (French) (Michelin) $$$$

Monsieur Benjamin (French, European) $$$

Californios (Mexican) (Michelin) $$$$

Piccino (Italian) $$

Alexander’s Steakhouse (Steakhouse, American) $$$$

Harris’ Steakhouse (Steakhouse, American) $$$$

Michael Mina (Mediterranean, American) (Michelin) $$$$

SPQR (Italian) (Michelin) $$$

A16 (Italian) $$

Cotogna (Italian) (Michelin) $$$

Quince (French) (Michelin) $$$$

Trace (Contemporary) (Michelin) $$$

Restaurant Gary Danko (American) (Michelin) $$$$

Saison (Contemporary American) (Michelin) $$$$

Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar (American) $$$$

top in between high-end and middle-end restaurants

Monsieur Benjamin (French, European) $$$

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (Peruvian) $$$

Flour + Water (Italian) $$$
Opening the doors in 2009 in the heart of the mission district in San Francisco, flour + water continues to showcase a menu influenced by regional traditions throughout Italy with Northern Californian inspirations led by Executive Chef Thomas McNaughton.

Liholiho Yacht Club (Eclectic, Asian Fusion, American) $$$

House of Prime Rib (Steakhouse) $$$

House of Prime Rib
The House of Prime Rib serves well-marbled Prime Rib in the English Tradition. The Prime Rib is carved at your table, to your specifications, from our unique stainless steel carts. The House of Priem Rib serves only the best beef available, the top 2% of all beef marketed.

Bellota (Spanish) $$$

1601 Bar & Kitchen (Modern Sri Lankan) $$$

Foreign Cinema (American) $$$

Scoma’s (Seafood) $$$

Petit Marlowe (French) $$

Marlowe (French, American) $$

Trestle (American) $$$

Lolinda (Argentinian, Latin) $$$

Elite Cafe (American) $$$

Coqueta (Spanish) $$$

Hard Water (Bar, American) $$$

The Commissary (Spanish) $$$

Central Kitchen (American) $$$

Mina Test Kitchen (American) $$$

RN74 (Wine Bar, French) $$$$

Press Club (Wine Bar, Contemporary) $$$

Top Middle-End Restaurants

August (1) Five (Modern Indian) $$

CENTO Osteria (Italian) $$

Wayfare Tavern (Traditional American) $$

Hog Island Oyster Company (Seafood) $$$

Locanda (Italian) $$$

Barcino (Spanish) $$

Zuni Cafe (American) $$

Tartine Manufactory (Bakery) $$

Skool (Seafood, Asian) $$

China Live (Chinese) $$

Elephant Sushi (Japanese) $$

Park Tavern (American) $$

Urban Tavern (Gastropub, American) $$

Red Tavern (Russian) $$

Burritt Room + Tavern (American) $$

Bask (Mediterranean, Spanish) $$

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar (Bar, European) $$$

Gaspar Brasserie (French) $$

Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market (Seafood, American) $$$

E & O Kitchen & Bar (Asian) $$

Eclipse Kitchen & Bar (American, Quick Bites) $$

barvale (Spanish) $$

Top Low-End Restaurants

RT Rotisserie (Quick Bites) $$
From the Rich Table (1 Michelin), RT Rotisserie puts a casual, counter-serve spin on rotisserie chicken & New American sides, like whole-roasted cauliflower, seared broccoli, and more.

II Casaro Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar (Italian, Pizza) $$

Bota Tapas & Paella Bar (Spanish) $$

Vive la Tarte (Bakery, Brunch) $$

Ippudo (Japanese) $$

Ginto Izakaya Japonaise (Japanese) $$

Izakaya Rintaro (Japanese) $$

House of Nanking (Chinese) $$

Fang (Chinese, Asian) $$

Flores (Mexican) $$

Pizzeria Delfina (Italian, Pizza) $$

Sparrow Bar & Kitchen (Brunch, American) $$

Oola (American) $$

Souvla (Greek) $

Lolo (Mexican) $$

Mission Beach Cafe (Cafe, American) $$

Nopalito (Mexican) $$

Fiorella (Italian) $$

Trailblazer Tavern (Bar, American) $$

Wine Kitchen (Wine Bar) $$

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Best Restaurant outside of San Francisco

Healdsburg, CA

Valette Restaurant (Contemporary) $$$$

SingleThread Farm Restaurant (Contemporary) $$$$

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar (Seafood) $$

Costeaux French Bakery (French, Bakery) $$

Guiso Latin Fusion (Latin) $$

The Brass Rabit (Contemporary) $$$$

Check out the Wine Country Walking Tour. This tour includes a classic wine and food pairing to most wineries, and restaurants in Healdsburg.

Sonoma, CA

Scribe Winery (Winery, Contemporary American) $$$

Auteur Wines (Winery, Quick Bites) $$$

WALT Wines (Winery, Quick Bites) $$$

the girl & the fig (American) $$

Cafe La Haye (American) $$$$

Harvest Moon Cafe (American) $$

Sante (American, Contemporary) $$$$

The Zina Lounge (Wine Bar, Contemporary) $$$

LaSalette Restaurant (Portuguese) $$

El Dorado Kitchen (American) $$

Oso Sonoma (American) $$

Tasca Tasca (Portuguese, European) $$

Corner 103 (Wine Bar, Quick Bites) $$$

Wild Flour Bread (Bakery) $$

Glen Ellen, CA

The Fig Cafe (American) $$$

Glen Ellen Star (American) $$$

Yeti (Nepali) $$$

Napa, CA

La Toque (French) (Michelin) $$$$

Kenzo (Japanese) (Michelin) $$$

Zuzu (Spanish) $$

La Taberna (Spanish) $$

Napa Valley Bistro (American) $$

Grace’s Table (Eclectic, American) $$

Morimoto Napa (Japanese) $$$$

Mininashi (Japanese) $$

Oenotri (Italian) $$$

TORC (American) $$$

Angèle Restaurant & Bar (French) $$$


Bistro Don Giovanni (Italian) $$$

Compline (European) $$

Charlie Palmer Steak Napa (Steakhouse) $$$$

Oxbow Wine Merchant & Wine Bar (Wine Bar) $$

Ca’ Momi Osteria (Italian) $$

FARM at Carneros (New American) $$$

Mustards Grill (American, Grill) $$$

Domaine Carneros (Winery, Quick Bites) $$$

Brix (New American) $$

Carmel, CA

Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse (7D Steakhouse) (Steakhouse, Contemporary American) $$$$

Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel (French) $$$$

Casanova Restaurant (Italian, European) $$$

L’escargot (French) $$$

La Bicyclette (Italian) $$

La Balena (Italian) $$$

Cantinerra Luca (Italian) $$

Mission Ranch Restaurant (American) $$

Anton & Michel (Modern American, European) $$$$

II Tegamino (Italian) $$

Basil Seasonal Dining (American) $$

Portabella (European) $$$

Carmel Bouchee (French) $$$

Yafa (Mediterranean) $$

Forge in the Forest Restaurant (Contemporary, American) $$

Yountville, CA

Bouchon Bistro (French) (Michelin) $$$$
In October 1998, four years after his successful debut in Napa Valley with The French Laundry, Chef Thomas Keller introduced Bouchon, offering authentic French bistro fare with Keller’s unfailing attention to detail in both ingredients and presentation.

Atelier by JCB (Wine Bar) $$

The French Laundry (French) $$$$

Bistro Jeanty (French) $$$

Bottega Napa Valley (Spanish) $$$

Ad Hoc (American) $$$

Redd Wood (American, Bar) $$

St. Helena, California

The Restaurant at Meadowood (Contemporary) $$$$

The Charter Oak (American, Grill) $$

Archetype (New American) $$

Harvest Table (American, Brasserie) $$$

Goose & Gander (American) $$

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (American) $$

Long Meadow Ranch Winery (Wine Bar, Quick Bites) $$

PRESS St. Helena (Steakhouse) $$$$

The Grill at Meadowood (American, Contemporary) $$$$

Acacia House (American, Contemporary) $$$$

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