Upscale Dining in the Marina

March 23, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Live lavishly by dining at one of these upscale restaurants in the Marina.

Japanese · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Beautifully presented and scrumptious" small plates – including "excellent" sushi, skewers and novel combos like bacon mochi ( "worth the visit alone" ) – are matched with real "izakaya atmosphere" at this Marina Japanese; "great sakes" and "wonderful service" are further incentives, though the cost can depend on how long you linger.
Isa Restaurant
French · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

There's "lots to love" at this "lively" "small-plates palace" in the Marina, home to "terrific" Cal-French nibbles, an "enthusiastic staff" and intimate digs that are ripe for "date night" ; though some feel the "volume-to-price ratio" could be better, the Sunday–Thursday prix fixe menu is a "good deal."
Greens Restaurant
Vegetarian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"You can taste the Zen" marvel fans of this Marina "vegetarian institution" that transforms "fresh-from-the-garden" organic produce (some from its own Green Gulch Farm) into "outrageously good" , elegantly plated meals that even "satisfy the pickiest meat eaters" ; an "innovative" wine list and "friendly" service in a "serene" setting with "polished wood" and "magnificent" "views overlooking the Golden Gate" seal its status a "consistent winner."
New American · Marina District · $$

A pair of BIX and Fog City vets team up on this midpriced Californian bringing elevated comfort-food entrees and large-group shared plates plus classic cocktails and plenty of wine, beer and spirits to the Marina. The decor in distinctive seating areas ranges from upscale diner-inspired banquettes to a posh lounge with vintage accents, and there’s a buzzy, bustling vibe throughout.
Bistro Aix
French · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

This Marina "mainstay" is beloved as a "hidden gem" whose "delicious" Cal-Provençal fare (including a "mean burger" ) and "on-point" wines are served by a "helpful" crew in "rustic" surrounds; it's a "fave" for a "romantic date or small group of friends" , though some "prefer the back room where the decibel level's lower."