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Restaurant Gary Danko

American 97 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

Gary Danko wins James Beard Awards for his impeccable haute California cuisine. — Lonely Planet

Itching to drop some bookoo cash on an unforgettable meal? Go to Gary. From the exquisite amuse-bouche to the last drop of port, every detail is flawless. — BlackBook

Whether you're seated in the "elegant" dining room or at the bar, "everything about" the place is "sublime." — Zagat

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. — Concierge

Zuni Cafe

International 94 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

After one bite of chef Judy Rodgers' succulent brick-oven-roasted whole chicken with Tuscan bread salad, you'll understand why she's a national star. — Fodor's

An institution... and there's so much more than the sublime roasted chicken. — Not For Tourists

Officially, the food's called Mediterranean, but the menu of burgers, raw oysters, and Caesar salad is pure California. — Condé Nast Traveler

"Like the Golden Gate Bridge", this venerable Hayes Valley Mediterranean “mainstay” defines San Francisco. — Zagat

Swan Oyster Depot

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

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

Super-fresh seafood in Nob Hill, hold the attitude. — Bon Appétit

Swan Oyster Depot isn't a restaurant, it's a landmark. Except for the rich, creamy clam chowder, everything here is served cold. — Condé Nast Traveler

Belly up to the marble counter and start with a bowl of clam chowder, served with a hunk of fresh San Francisco sourdough. — Time Out

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

Quince

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

The tasting menu is an event for deep-pocketed foodies, but those who can’t swallow the price can still enjoy an exceptional à la carte menu in the lounge. — Lonely Planet

Pastas are handmade, and just about everything else is culled from nearby farms. — Condé Nast Traveler

His house-made chickpea ravioli comes in a pepper-spiced squid sauce, and his Roman-style oxtail stew is subtly seasoned with cloves and cinnamon. — Travel + Leisure

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

Delfina

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

Delfina is one of those spots that is perennially popular with the Mission locals. — Michelin Guide

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

Overly moussed males, technophiles, and high-class hipsters collide in this beloved Mission District fave that’s won more awards than Titanic. — BlackBook

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

When Delfina opened, the neighborhood was a gathering place for hipsters. This small Italian restaurant broke the mold. — San Francisco Chronicle

State Bird Provisions

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

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

Who says dim sum-style dining is just for Chinese food? Not the folks behind State Bird Provisions. — Michelin Guide

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

Chef Stuart Brioza’s creative, fresh internationally influenced small plates are wheeled around on carts and carried on trays and they are impossibly good. — Frommer's

Unusual creations served dim sum-style. — Not For Tourists

Aziza

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

Chef Mourad Lahlou's inspiration is Moroccan and his ingredients organic Californian, but the flavors are out of this world. — Lonely Planet

Located in the Richmond District, this Moroccan-inspired restaurant started modestly but each year chef-owner Mourad Lahlou adds more. — San Francisco Chronicle

This one Michelin star restaurant serves Moroccan cuisine with modern California flair — Where

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

La Folie

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

La Folie means “madness,” and you shouldn’t visit unless you’re ready to lose your head a little. — Forbes Travel Guide

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

Magnificent Provencal food served without attitude or pretension. — Rough Guide

La Folie is a serious restaurant, discreet and smart, that puts forth a sense of happy romance as timeless and pleasing as the popping of a champagne cork. — Michelin Guide

It is tempting to make the analogy between the remodel of his restaurant and his seemingly reinvigorated cuisine, but the key really seems to be that Roland Passot is still having fun. — Gayot

Acquerello

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

Serving Italian fare unlike anything you'll find over the hill in North Beach, this celebrated, terracotta-toned restaurant welcomes polished crowds into its wood-beamed dining room. — Rough Guide

A converted chapel is a fitting location for a meal that'll turn Italian culinary purists into true believers in Cal-Italian cuisine. — Lonely Planet

Upon reflecting that this restaurant is housed in an old chapel, it seems perfectly fitting to drop to your knees and give thanks for this charming and inviting holy place. — Michelin Guide

This serene, urbane Cal-Med restaurant is housed in a former 1920s Mission-style chapel — Where

For the meat course, the kitchen features Kobe beef, with tiny caramelized baby squash, a pad of potato puree and a green peppercorn sauce. — San Francisco Chronicle

Nopa

International 91 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

A poster child for the current gestalt of the San Francisco restaurant scene Nopa combines seasonal “urban rustic” and “organic wood-fired” cuisine. — Frommer's

Still wildly popular several years later, the restaurant draws the city's youthful bon vivants for its rustic-urban cooking and inventive cocktails. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

One of the hottest restaurants in town, Nopa's attractions include the wood-fired oven and the late hours—unusual in a city where many kitchens pack up at 10pm. — Time Out

Coi

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

Local ingredients, skilled preparation, and impeccable presentation come together at this elegant Michelin-starred restaurant to produce superlative, innovative California cuisine. — DK Eyewitness

Overall, this newly refreshed Zen-chic look is clean and clearly Asian-inspired. Servers are professional and mod-even the surrounding conversations seem casually cool as the room fills up. — Michelin Guide

The 70s-retreat-inspired decor belies the freshness of the constantly changing seasonal menu and adventurous wine pairings. — Lonely Planet

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

Pronounced “kwa,” no relation to LA and NYC’s Koi, except that it’s equally as exceptional. — BlackBook

Benu

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

It's a "once-in-a-lifetime" dining experience that's "worth the high price." — Zagat

He takes the authentic textures of Asian ingredients, mixes them with his Western training, and gives everything a breathtaking twist. — San Francisco Chronicle

Chef-owner Corey Lee launched his contemporary American restaurant much to the delight of food-obsessed locals and travelers alike. — Fodor's

This three Michelin star restaurant distills fine dining down to the elements most relevant to modern diners: exquisite ingredients, unique flavors, precise technique and attentive service — Where

Chef Corey Lee showcases his culinary virtuosity in an elaborate 13-course tasting menu that masterfully blends Eastern and Western techniques. — Concierge

Saison

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

The pristine tuna loin is smoked for 30 days, the squab salted and air-dried for three weeks and the fresh herbs foraged daily. — Where

The most expensive meal in California is worth it. — Bon Appétit

Thankfully, the entrance to Saison is in the back covered patio, alongside the cooking hearth and dining counter that faces its embers. — Michelin Guide

This award-winning restaurant, notorious for having one of the priciest tasting menus in the United States, recently moved from the Mission District to a 19th-century, brick-and-timber building. — Fodor's

We found it to be one of the best symphonies for the senses we’ve enjoyed in a long time. — Gayot

Bar Tartine

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

"Come with an open mind and empty stomach" urge "foodie" fans of Tartine Bakery's sit-down Mission sibling where "brine is their mantra." — Zagat

An offshoot of the cultlike Tartine Bakery, this restaurant provides one way you can get a taste of their famed (and always sold-out) country loaf. — Fodor's

This stylish, rustic restaurant from the owners of celebrated Tartine bakery underwent a transformation in early 2011 as chef Nick Balla (O Izakaya Lounge, Nombe) replaced Chris Kronner. — Gayot

Upscale spin-off of popular French bakery. — Not For Tourists

Fermentation, a (sophisticated) celebration from Nick Balla and Cortney Burns. — Bon Appétit

Beretta

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

The first thing you’ll notice about Beretta is the elegant décor—industrial chandeliers dangle from the high ceilings and glass light fixtures dot the bar. — goop

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

Sleek and modern with dark wood, clean lines and vintage chandeliers, this sophisticated cocktail and pizza enclave attracts a hip crowd. — Gayot

Beretta is one of those restaurants that opened to so much buzz, it would be hard not to be let down. — Frommer's

Share a bunch of the very good Italian small plates, down probably four cocktails, skip the pizza, and try to get one of the outdoor tables on a nice night. — The Infatuation

Rich Table

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

Its rustic-chic décor, highlighting reclaimed and raw wood, gives Rich Table a farmhouse feel, and the crowds that pack it are equally shabby-sleek. — Michelin Guide

Must-order items include innovative snacks like sardine chips and porcini doughnuts and creative cocktails. — Where

Rich Table melds San Francisco's famed farm-to-table credentials with a marvelous mélange of unique flavors and ingredients. — Time Out

Casually elegant. Come for sardine potato chips and pasta. — Not For Tourists

Do not miss the legendary sardine chips—thin potato slices stuffed with fish, then fried and served with horseradish cream. — Condé Nast Traveler

Boulevard

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

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

Wonderful, classic, San Francisco institution. — Not For Tourists

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

Master restaurant designer Pat Kuleto and chef Nancy Oakes are behind one of San Francisco's most beloved restaurants. — Frommer's

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

Kokkari Estiatorio

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

Consistently recognized as the top Greek restaurant in town, Kokkari relies on Hellenic staples like lamb and aubergine (eggplant), served separately or cooked together in a marvellous moussaka. — Rough Guide

Executive chef Erik Cosselmon offers Hellenic favorites like moussaka and dolmathes, as well as daily rotisserie specials - roasted on an open fire for all to see. — San Francisco Chronicle

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

Kokkari serves “Hellenic cuisine”—essentially an inventive and seasonal update of traditional Greek—that may indeed qualify as “food of the gods” as it's described. — Time Out

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

Foreign Cinema

International 89 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

The "dinner and a movie" concept is redefined at this upscale restaurant, where films are projected onto a large outdoor wall. — Rough Guide

Classic foreign films (think Fellini) and independent features are screened nightly in an expansive, elegant restaurant courtyard. — Gayot

Foreign Cinema has persisted because its gimmick is still pretty cool, even though most patrons don't actually watch the movies. — Condé Nast Traveler

The focus is still the exceptional food, a seasonal selection of locally interpreted Mediterranean dishes such as lamb mixed grill with couscous. — Time Out

Michael Mina

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

There's more playfulness on the new à la carte menu at chef Michael Mina's namesake restaurant. — Condé Nast Traveler

San Francisco's favorite culinary son and winner of the James Beard Award has reinvented his posh namesake restaurant, which spawned an empire of 16 others around the country. — Lonely Planet

There is a warmth and excitement here that almost outshines the importance of its namesake chef. — Michelin Guide

Michael Mina, who became a celebrity chef while overseeing Aqua and was Bon Appétit Chef of the Year in 2006, takes the small-plate dining concept to extremes at this sexy, swank spot. — Frommer's

Gone are the twice-draped linens, fancy crystal, and hotel-plate silver. — Concierge

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