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Restaurant Gary Danko

American 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gary Danko is the city's favorite culinary son; his restaurant is both a serious dining destination and a local favorite that's convivial, never stuffy. — Condé Nast Traveler

The best of the big names. Sophisticated California cuisine. — Not For Tourists

Gary Danko is a beloved institution and tourists congregate here for all things San Franciscan while locals adore it for special occasions. — Michelin Guide

Gary Danko thrives amid San Francisco'€™s fine dining scene. — Gayot

The restaurant’s ability to deliver sublime cuisine and impeccable service has made it the gold standard for San Francisco fine dining — Where

Zuni Cafe

International 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Zuni is f*cking legendary. Three things make it so: the food, the room, and the vibe. — The Infatuation

Officially, the food's called Mediterranean, but the menu of burgers, raw oysters, and Caesar salad is pure California... Zuni Café has become an icon of West Coast cuisine. — Concierge

The centrally located restaurants decor is heavy on brick and glass, but the triangular space remains light and airy. — Rough Guide

There's simply no equal for Zuni's signature Caesar salad and brick-oven roasted chicken for two. — Time Out

Make reservations and elbow past the crowded copper bar for the best roasted chicken and bread salad (for two) imaginable. — Insight Guides

Swan Oyster Depot

Seafood 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The clam chowder is considered the best in the city by many, but all the seafood here is fresh. — DK Eyewitness

"Nostalgics" insist the lively "banter with the owners behind the counter" is the extra sauce sealing its deal as “the Valhalla of seafood." — Zagat

Opened in 1912, Swan Oyster Depot isn't a restaurant, it's a landmark. — Concierge

Tiny, no-nonsense, and bursting at the gills with the freshest seafood ever since 1912. — BlackBook

For such a small place -- only 18 seats at the counter -- this oyster bar and retail shop has a mega reputation, being named an America's Classic by the James Beard Foundation. — San Francisco Chronicle

Nopa

International 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nopa is our ultimate go-to restaurant in SF. Unfortunately, it’s everyone else’s too. — The Infatuation

Located near Alamo Square inside a simple building with a tile roof, Nopa is a favorite after-work hangout of Bay Area chefs. — Travel + Leisure

Airy, sexy room serves late. — Not For Tourists

Here the Bay Area's signature organic fare gets the wood-fired treatment, where such dishes as Italian sausage flatbread with seasonal fava beans are soul-warming and delicious. — Michelin Guide

While the name sounds exotic, Nopa is actually short for North of the Panhandle, a nod to the neighborhood in which this bustling restaurant is rooted. — Gayot

State Bird Provisions

American 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nicole Krasinski describes the novel concept of her restaurant State Bird Provisions as “dim sum and a great hors d’oeuvre party morphed into one experience&=&. She and her husband, chef... — Afar Magazine

It's a clever idea—American dishes served dimsum style--but State Bird Provisions is so much more than just clever. — Condé Nast Traveler

Eating at this tiny 14-table spot can be described as a festive parade of hors d'oeuvre, with bite-sized "provisions" rolled around on carts and diners picking what they want. — Fodor's

State Bird references the main ingredient of the restaurant's signature dish: crispy fried quail, one of a small selection of items available on a printed menu. — Gayot

We're flummoxed why in 2013 James Beard dubbed State Bird America's best new restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Delfina

American 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef/owner Craig Stoll favors simplicity over whimsy, and tradition over fashion. Yet his food is never ordinary. — Time Out

“Solid” is probably the best word to describe most dishes at Delfina. — The Infatuation

Validated parking in a tough-to-park area makes this restaurant’s simple, impeccably seasoned Northern Italian cuisine even better. — DK Eyewitness

Standards include Niman Ranch flatiron steak with french fries, and roasted chicken with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and royal trumpet mushrooms. — Frommer's

Great fun, this continually buzzing dinner-only restaurant attracts nearly every sort of San Franciscan- it's hard to find someone in town who hasn't eaten at Delfina. — Rough Guide

Aziza

Middle Eastern 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Aziza is the perfect marriage of Moroccan flavors with Northern California ingredients, suffering from none of the clichés of either. — Time Out

Modern versions of Moroccan classics. — Not For Tourists

The side bar under metal lanterns is where the magic begins, as bartenders invent those signature exotic cocktails, like the red currant-thyme Pisco. — Michelin Guide

Moroccan gourmet showstopper, thanks to wunderkind chef/owner and Marrakech native Mourad Lahlou. — BlackBook

Exotic Moroccan specialties, from a fragrant couscous to quail with huckleberry, are brought to the table, as diners lounge on luxurious cushioned seats. — DK Eyewitness

La Folie

French 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

He started the restaurant 23 years ago as a modest brasserie and slowly upgraded it to four-star status, adding rich wood paneling, draperies and bronze-tinted mirrors for sophistication. — San Francisco Chronicle

One of the greats. California-French. — Not For Tourists

It's "expensive”, but perfect for “la foodie”, especially when le chef “comes out of the kitchen to mingle with diners.” — Zagat

Casually sophisticated La Folie remains one of SF's top tables – even after 30 years — Lonely Planet

This is one of the few truly French restaurants that has never bowed to the whims of fashion. — Time Out

Bar Tartine

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu capitalizes on fresh, local ingredients pickled, fermented and aged in-house, accompanied with amazing breads. — Time Out

Tantalizing signature starters like marrow bones with herb salad and savory bread pudding. — Frommer's

Bake Chad Robertson sees his restaurant... as less a static institution and more an evolving theater for showcasing the creativity of his staff, visiting chefs. — Travel + Leisure

One of the most beloved brunch temples in town. — BlackBook

Co-chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have curated a menu that’s essentially a culinary trip around the world via dishes influenced by Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Hungarian cuisines.... — goop

Coi

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This intimate beacon of refinery on bawdy Broadway offers one of the city’s best and most famous iterations dedicated to haute cuisine with molecular gastronomy influence. — Frommer's

Coi's chef (and F&W Best New Chef 1997) Daniel Patterson combines his passions for local ingredients and avant-garde experimentation. — Travel + Leisure

The highly seasonal and obsessively sourced food (some of it is even foraged by chef Patterson) matches the space in sophistication. — Fodor's

This two Michelin star restaurant from visionary chef Daniel Patterson has a gorgeous, Zen-like dining room and creates exquisite, vegetable focused dishes — Where

Pronounced "kwah", this lavish spot stands apart for its adventurous, eleven-course prix-fixe tasting menu... that changes daily. — Rough Guide

Beretta

Italian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Crazy packed all the time”, this “hipster” Italian turning out "really tasty” thin-crust pizza, “amazing small plates” and “fantastic" expertly crafted cocktails. — Zagat

The food, which concentrates on small plates, pizza and risotto, with just one main course a day, is also very good, though not as finely tuned as I remember. — San Francisco Chronicle

The formula here basically works: excellent cocktails, an array of affordable antipasti, solid pizzas, risottos, piatti del giorno (daily mains), and late dining until 1 am. — Fodor's

Beretta delivers a bang-up performance with its thin-crust pizzas and shared Italian plates. — Michelin Guide

One of the first restaurants in the city to base its menu around its (outstanding) cocktail program, Beretta is always packed—and for good reason — Where

Quince

Italian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fancy-pants darling of the food critics, with grandparents' dining room décor. Only 15 tables and smoking reputation, so good luck getting a reservation. — BlackBook

Elegant without being stuffy, this intimate two Michelin star restaurant with a superb wine list serves sophisticated Italian fare, such as a silky ricotta-filled ravioli in butter sauce. — Where

Four-star restaurants don't just happen, no matter how talented the chef. — San Francisco Chronicle

Chef Michael and Lindsay Tusk's fine dining enclave, formerly located in Pacific Heights, reopened in an historic, brick building in Jackson Square. — Gayot

Chef-owner Michael Tusk uses only the finest local ingredients to turn out his Italian-inspired cuisine. — Fodor's

Foreign Cinema

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you imagine a Venn diagram encompassing “unique dining experiences” and “classic SF establishments,” Foreign Cinema sits squarely in the center. — The Infatuation

Beloved by local foodies for nights when the multiplex won’t do. New twist on dinner and a movie mobbed by Independent Film Channel addicts and film-noir romantics. — BlackBook

While the menu and wine list change daily... the Foreign Cinema in the Mission serves up a full oyster bar and California/Mediterranean-influenced dishes with the movie. — Travel + Leisure

Foreign Cinema is an institution in the Mission. — On the Grid

Reliably tasty dishes like spiced apricot quail and grilled ancho-chili pork chops with roast fig are the main attractions. — Lonely Planet

Jardiniere

French 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A special anniversary? An important business dinner? A fat tax refund? These are the reasons you book a table at Jardinière. — Fodor's

Still glimmering after 15 years, Jardiniere serves as a sort of keyhole into all that'€™s good and fun about high-caliber California-French dining. — Gayot

Run by local big-name chef Traci des Jardins, this two-storey brick space caters to a pre-opera/ballet crowd with valet parking and plenty of pomp. — Rough Guide

Traci Des Jardins has proven to be one of the best chefs in the Bay Area. — San Francisco Chronicle

"Exquisite" French-Californian food, an "excellent wine cellar" and "über-attentive" service make for a true “fine-dining” experience. — Zagat

Boulevard

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu changes seasonally, but count on standout appetizers and generous portions of dishes like Maine lobster ravioli. — Fodor's

Boulevard makes its home in the late 19th-century Audiffred Building along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. — Travel + Leisure

Nancy Oakes was one of the first chefs to give a fine-dining twist to American cuisine when she opened 18 years ago, and her food is just as exciting today. — San Francisco Chronicle

Chef Nancy Oakes continues to offer a long list of appetizers including a tuna tartare and carpaccio accented with ginger, jalapeno and spicy mustard. — Gayot

This "jewel of the Embarcadero" "continues to be a legend", boasting an "amazing view of the Bay Bridge"as a backdrop for "superb" locavore American meals. — Zagat

Kokkari Estiatorio

Greek 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Kokkari serves stylish Greek food in a large, comfortable dining area with dark wood floors and a big, cozy fireplace. — DK Eyewitness

This romantic and elegant Greek restaurant that's popular with professionals is one of the nicest in the city for inventive spins on Mediterranean classics — Where

“High expectations are met” at this longtime, “world-class” Downtown Greek that “sets the bar” with its "electric atmosphere" and “irresistible” food. — Zagat

This is one Greek restaurant where you'll want to lick your plate instead of break it, with starters like grilled octopus with a zing of lemon and oregano, and a signature lamb. — Lonely Planet

Named for a small fishing village on the Aegean Sea, Kokkari is owned by the same partnership that runs Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto. — Gayot

Acquerello

Italian 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This true San Francisco dining gem is worth every penny. — Fodor's

The experience is "best described as ethereal" say diners who "dress up" to get "pampered" at this "romantic" Italian in Polk Gulch. — Zagat

The beauty is in the details at elegant Acquerello, San Francisco's top contemporary Italian table. — Concierge

An exquisite wine list, a knowledgable waitstaff happy to recommend food-and-wine pairings, carved glass decanters, and fine linen set the stage for a truly memorable experience. — DK Eyewitness

But most impressive is the cooking. Flavors positively sprawl across the palate in such dishes as Parmesan budino, a custardy Italian-style soufflé served with a seasonal garnish. — Condé Nast Traveler

Flour + Water

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The narrow space gets loud with patrons chirping over a squash salad with lardo, Brussels sprouts, and pistachios. — Michelin Guide

As the name indicates, flour and water are the two main ingredients here. Don't let that fool you into thinking this is glorified prison food. — Frommer's

These days it's the pasta that holds court, merging beautifully with chef Thomas McNaughton's whole animal sensibilities. — Fodor's

The restaurant serves an ever-changing menu of delectable pastas and some of the best pizza and Italian-inspired desserts in the city. — San Francisco Chronicle

Set in a restored, Mission-district Victorian house, Flour + Water focuses chef Thomas McNaughton's energy on regionally authentic Italian pasta and thin-crust pizza. — Travel + Leisure

bar agricole

American 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As for the locally sourced, mostly organic food and drinks, the restaurant seems to lean on its deserved attention for first-rate mixed drinks. — Gayot

It feels perfect for more occasions than almost anywhere we can think of: specialty cocktails, date night, late night, Bootie pre-grame... — The Infatuation

With roots in agriculture, Bar Agricole (Farm Bar) is a contemporary tavern serving ingredient-driven dishes, excellent wines and some of the best artisan cocktails around — Where

It's clear an exceptional team is in place - it showed in the care taken in the 80-seat dining room, in the attentive service and, most important, in Reitz's food. — San Francisco Chronicle

This LEED-certified beauty dishes up food whose central ingredients are locally harvested from organic and biodynamic farms across the northern Bay Area. — Frommer's

Outerlands

Vegan and Vegetarian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Outerlands feels like a restaurant that could be no other place than where it is — deep in the Sunset, only a few blocks from the ocean. — San Francisco Chronicle

Outerlands is a restaurant that always makes us feel like we're on vacation. — The Infatuation

Done up in "weather-beaten-chic" style, this all-day Outer Sunset New American rolls out “delicious”, “affordable” fare served by a "nice-as-pie" team. — Zagat

It's perhaps only a tad of an exaggeration to say that Outerlands could be the place that makes the Outer Sunset District (once a culinary wasteland) a destination dining neighborhood. — Frommer's

Brett Cooper, the chef, arrived here via the more rarefied kitchens of Coi and Saison. The vibe is homey, the organic levain bread is delicious, and you sort of do want to stay all day. — Travel + Leisure

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