Best Restaurants in Nob Hill/Russian Hill

Hill Country
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

The top-rated restaurants in San Francisco's Nob Hill and Russian Hill.

La Folie
French · Russian Hill · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.8

Each "work-of-art" course "feels like an event" at this "first-class" French "cornerstone" in Russian Hill, an "epicurean delight" where ever-present chef Roland Passot’s "magnifique" prix fixe dinners are "crafted to perfection" and accompanied by "fine wines" and "stellar" service in a setting of "intimate" "elegance" ; it's "pricey indeed but worth it" , and the adjoining lounge offers a "comfy" alternative for a less formal bite.
Seven Hills
Italian · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

This "delightful" Nob Hill Italian enjoys "neighborhood-gem" status thanks to "incredible pasta dishes" paired with a "well-selected" wine list and "warm" service; though what’s "intimate" to some is "tight" to others, locals say this "best-kept-not-so-secret" trattoria might just be "too popular."
Stones Throw
New American · Russian Hill · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Right on the Hyde Street cable car line, this "neighborhoody" Russian Hill bistro from vets of Michael Mina and Fat Angel offers a "delightful" (if "limited" ) Cal-American menu accompanied by "hard-to-find" beers and wines; the "cozy-chic" setting is in keeping with the "welcoming" service and "pricey but not-over-the-top" tabs, making it "worth many return trips."
Sons & Daughters
Nob Hill · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

"A delightful treat" for discerning diners, this 28-seat Nob Hill New American devises "fantastic" , "well-presented" tasting menus starring local and "very seasonal" ingredients (with sourcing from a house-owned farm) complemented by "daring" wine pairings; the "wonderful" servers "know all the details" , and though the "small" portions are "expensive" , the performance is "amazing."
Liholiho Yacht Club
Eclectic · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

An Nob Hill "standout" with pop-up origins, this "sleek" Hawaiian "hits it out of the park" with an "innovative menu" that features Chinese and Indian twists, leaving fans free to surf the "flavor waves" with each bite; "excellent service" and a "fun" , "hip" setting sporting wood booths, an open kitchen and island "warmth" help make it "one of the hottest" reservations around.
KEIKO à Nob Hill
French · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

For "sublime food" in an "elegant" , "old-world setting" , fans head to this "amazing" Nob Hill sleeper that turns out Japanese-influenced French tasting menus showcasing some of the "most innovative" cooking around; the "excellent" staff offers "spot" -on wine pairings from the "impressive" list, and while it comes at a "high price" , a "less formal" bar area offers à la carte izakaya options.
Seafood · Nob Hill · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

"Fantastical" "undersea decor" sets a "one-of-a-kind" scene for seafood that’s "masterfully prepared" at this "high-end" Downtown "mainstay" that remains "in a class of its own" "after all these years" ; the "top-notch" staff ensures "you’ll feel pampered" , but be sure to "bring a fat wallet" and "expect to splurge."