San Francisco Restaurants

10 8 La Folie

Address: 2316 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
La Folie
$$$$ Top 10
With colorful flower boxes, large picture windows, and a sunny saffron-colored sign, La Folie exudes a charming Frenchness. Inside, a luminous dining room in warm hues and lush fabrics is an elegant canvas for the presentation of Executive Chef Roland Possat’s French and California-inspired creations. The prix-fixe menu whimsically explores the interplay between tradition and experimentation: classic French ingredients like foie gras, frog legs, and snails mingle with dishes featuring lobster vanilla sauce and oxtail stuffed calamari. While, as its name suggests, La Folie has a playful streak of madness, it is more the result of a masterful and supremely ...

10 8 Michael Mina

Address: 252 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Michael Mina
$$$$ Top 10
With its white marble stairs, towering Roman-style columns, and expansive dining room, Michael Mina is a monument to gastronomy. Its décor, awash in a subdued mauves, brown leathers, and soft creams, manages to be highly modern and chic, while still evoking a timeless, stately elegance. Chef de Cuisine Chris L’Hommedieu, who has had extensive experience working under Executive Chef Michael Mina in the past, expertly executes Mina’s New American culinary vision, presenting decadent prix-fixe menus showcasing fresh ingredients, culinary creativity, and epicurean artistry at its finest. Michael Mina’s namesake restaurant delivers a decadently pleasurable culinary romp in a calmingly demur ...

10 8 Quince

Address: 470 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Quince
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Under the direction of chef and owner Michael Tusk, Quince is revitalizing a sense of European charm in Pacific Heights. Utilizing only the finest organic, local, and seasonal, ingredients, Chef Tusk creates a new menu each day to exemplify his Italian and French-inspired culinary sensibility. Diners will never experience the same meal twice, but they will always recognize familiar notes of Chef Tusk’s vision. Dishes like the Warm Octopus Salad, the Tonnarelli, and the Devil’s Gulch Rabbit, deliver the classic elegance of fine Parisian fare minus the haute pretense. The ever-changing tasting menu pairs the intricacies of flavors with the ...

10 8 Spruce

Address: 3640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Spruce
$$$ Top 10 Special Offer
Simplicity is bliss: local ingredients, fresh flavors, and charming surroundings, converge to offer a truly blissful experience at Spruce. This communal watering hole encourages diners to dine, socialize, and relax, with the help of a menu that highlights the very best of contemporary American cuisine. The in-house temperature controlled curing room caters to the impressive charcuterie selection, and up to 80% of the produce used at any time may come from the restaurant’s own private farm. Savory delights include the Hot and Cold Foie Gras, the Buttered Main Lobster, and the Charred Berkshire Pork Tenderloin.

10 8 Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

Address: 2348 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
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Toi Sawatdee, owner and head chef of Lemongrass Thai Cuisine, has worked diligently to provide diners with authentic Thai fare at her restaurant in the Russian Hill District since opening in 1994. Toi takes great pleasure and pride creating her signature dishes, such as her original Thai curries, fresh seafood like prawns sautéed with basil and a combination seafood platter, and spicy noodle dishes and soups. In addition, she offers traditional vegetarian fare for those who want Thai cuisine without the game, such as sautéed broccoli in oyster sauce and eggplant and tofu with garlic chili sauce. The dining room ...

10 8 E'Tutto Qua

Address: 270 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
E'Tutto Qua
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While traditional, classic, Italian cuisine has been a hit with diners all over the world for centuries, the owners and chefs at È Tutto Qua strive to infuse cutting edge recipes and techniques from Rome into their menu. Located in the heart of North Beach, È Tutto Qua does an excellent job keeping up with the latest trends in Italy, but the focus is always on quality ingredients and superb service. Meats and fish arrive fresh daily, pasta is made in-house from scratch, and many ingredients aren't added to your dish until right before it heads to your table. Knowing ...

10 8 La Ciccia

Address: 291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131
La Ciccia
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Taste another side of Italy at La Ciccia, where the flavors of the island of Sardinia take center stage. Husband and wife team, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan, introduce patrons to the tastes of their home land, and retain authentic cooking styles and ingredients. The Fregua cun Cozzasa e Zaffaranu is a fregula with mussels in a tomato sauce with San Gavino saffron, and the Pezza de Angioni cun Tuvara is a seared lamb tenderloin with mushrooms. Over a quarter of the Italian-centric wine list is devoted exclusively to Sardinia labels, and the earthy tones of the drink selections only ...

10 8 Baker & Banker

Address: 1701 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Baker & Banker
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In winter of 2009, Baker & Banker made its debut in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco on the corner of Octavia and Bush Street. Baker & Banker is a follower of the growing farm-to-table movement that has captivated the San Francisco dining scene. Virtually all of the ingredients found in Baker & Banker’s kitchen have been obtained from local producers. This restaurant is the manifestation of the owners’ dreams to provide their clientele with artisan-made, high quality food in a hospitable and warm atmosphere. For a quick breakfast, pay a visit to the adjacent bakery where you can ...

10 8 Saison

Address: 2124 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Saison
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Saison, meaning season in French, strives to serve up the best flavors of the season: a practice for which this Michelin starred restaurant has been acclaimed. The food isn’t the only thing that patrons rave about, however. The hip and swanky décor elevates the status of this restaurant, while fireplaces used for cooking expertly crafted dishes allow Saison to glow with homey warmth. With an open kitchen, guests can keep an eye on how their meal is being created. A lucky few can even opt for the Chef’s Table, which also comes with a prix fixe menu equipped with plenty ...

10 8 Big 4

Address: 1075 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Big 4
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Nestled in one of San Francisco’s most distinguished luxury hotels, Big 4 restaurant embodies soft romanticism, rich history, and innovative cuisine. Named after the four top nineteenth century railroad tycoons, this mahogany-accented restaurant will transport you with its historical artifacts, live piano music, and forest green banquettes. Their contemporary American menu is carefully crafted to reflect the seasons by talented Executive Chef Gloria Ciccarone-Nehls, a previous recipient of the “Chef of the Year" award by the National Executive Chefs Association. Menu items include light temptations such as the Vietnamese Maine Lobster and Prawn Spring Rolls for the health-conscious, or Rack ...

10 8 Chapeau!

Address: 126 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Chapeau!
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Without the exclamation point, Chapeau! would be a restaurant named after a hat. With it, however, it is the equivalent of an exclamation of surprise and pleasure, which is also the experience of many who have dined at this French restaurant. Pristine white tablecloths and crystal clear wine glasses welcome guests upon entering. A long list of menus allows diners flexibility when ordering. An a la carte menu is available on its own, or as building blocks for the Create Your Own menus that can include either three or four courses of your choosing. Entrees include traditional French dishes such ...

10 8 Frascati

Address: 1901 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Frascati
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With its yellow walls and bright interior, Frascati fosters a sense of joy within its doors. Multiple levels allow a more open and welcoming dining room with plenty of space for diners to enjoy the Mediterranean inspired coastal cuisines available at this restaurant. In the spirit of appreciating the seasons, Frascati’s menu changes seasonally, with an emphasis placed upon paying homage to the freshest ingredients. Guests can still enjoy the staple ingredient of many popular dishes; however, they come paired with the vegetable superstars of the season. Because of an ever-changing dinner menu, many wines are only available seasonally as ...

10 8 The House

Address: 1230 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
The House
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“Truly delicious”, guests rant and rave about their time at The House on Grant Ave, serving a entrees that are fused by two popular cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, The House offers mouth watering entrees that mix Asian and American ingredients to create amazing dishes like Warm Wasabi House Noodles with Angus Flatiron Steak and Grilled Ahi Tuna with Spicy Mustard Aioli. The House’s uncommon approach on making creative dishes is a strong reason why people keep coming back.

10 8 Benu

Address: 22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Benu
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A relaxing blend of neutral colors adorns the interior of Benu, a classy restaurant located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. An extensive wine list is hand selected, and provides an ideal complement to the different menus available. Although both menus are subject to change with the availability of fresh ingredients, the Tasting Menu features unique dishes such as Thousand-Year-Old Quail Egg and “Shark’s Fin” Soup. The A La Carte dinner menu offers diners the option of building their own meal, with entrée categories such as Fish and Shellfish and Pasta and Rice. Carnivores and vegetarians alike can find ...

10 8 5A5 Steak Lounge

Address: 244 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
5A5 Steak Lounge
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Located in the Financial District is 5A5 Steak Lounge, a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. They have seamlessly blended the atmosphere of a vibrant cocktail lounge with the culinary traditions of “steak and potatoes.” The restaurant serves some the world’s best cuts of beef and features contemporary sides and modern appetizers. The décor and ambience allow the restaurant to be an attractive meeting place for friends, business associates, or romantic partners. 5A5 caters to those looking for premium ingredients, preparation, and service. Patrons can enjoy an upbeat dining experience with music provided by live DJs.

10 8 Allegro Romano

Address: 1701 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Allegro Romano
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With a graduate from a culinary school in Rome as the owner and chef, Allegro Romano is a restaurant where modern décor meets traditional flavors.With time-honored classics such as Bruschetta alla Romana, grilled Italian bread served with garlic and tomatoes, and Homemade Lobster Ravioli gracing the menu of this restaurant, diners’ taste buds will be taken on a culinary adventure through Italian cuisines. This pasta heavy menu affords a number of meatless dishes for the vegetarian to enjoy. Allegro Romano boasts that it is out of the way of many tourist heavy areas in San Francisco, resulting in an oasis ...

10 8 Bistro Central Parc

Address: 560 Central Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94117
Bistro Central Parc
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Bistro Central Parc of the NOPA neighborhood in San Francisco offers diners a unique atmosphere reminiscent of a French bistro in which to enjoy fine French dining. With a setting of quaint wooden tables and chairs, this restaurant strives to host a cozy, comfortable atmosphere for its guests. This restaurant offers guests varied dinner and brunch menus. Brunch guests can choose from a list of Omelets, Specialites du Petit Matin, and other French dishes, including Escargots Bourguignon and Moules Marinieres. This menu comes conveniently in a la carte style, placing no restrictions on the diner’s appetite. The dinner menu, a ...

10 8 L'Ardoise Bistro

Address: 151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
L'Ardoise Bistro
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A quaint, red storefront welcomes guests into the cozy space that is L’Ardoise Bistro. This restaurant takes its name from the French word meaning “chalkboard,” so it is only natural that one of the key features of this restaurant is a large chalkboard upon which the nightly specials are written. Diners can opt to sit in the general dining area amidst dark wood tables or up at the bar. This bar houses a vast selection of wines, which servers gladly recommend to their diners. The menu includes many traditional French dishes such as the Charcuterie Plate and the Cheese Selection ...

10 8 Frances

Address: 3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Frances
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Frances, located in the Castro district, serves up fresh French cuisine with a hint of California influence. A cozy interior filled with small wooden tables close together in a bistro-like style welcomes new and old guests alike. Frances uses only fresh ingredients and strives to support local farmers. Because of this, the menu is constantly changing. Diners can expect a menu in the a la carte style, however many options may be different from the week or even the day before. Some of the special dishes of this restaurant include the satisfying Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets and the Red Snapper. ...

10 8 Kiss Seafood

Address: 1700 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Kiss Seafood
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The interior of Kiss Seafood is characterized by clean white walls and delicate floral decorations. Upon entering, diners have the choice of sitting in the dining room or at the bar, where they can watch experienced sushi chefs prepare their meal. While this restaurant has many sushi and sashimi dishes to offer hungry patrons, its name makes it clear even to newcomers that their true specialty is seafood. As an appetizer, diners can try the Mushi-Uni and Japanese Green Shira-Ae, steamed sea urchin and green vegetables, or the Tai and Tofu Kabura-Mushi, a small dish featuring tai-snapper fish and tofu. ...