Best Restaurants in Pac Heights/Japantown

July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top rated restaurants in Japantown and Pacific Heights. 

b. patisserie
Bakery · Lower Pacific Heights · $
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"Even when compared with Paris standards" , this "charming" Lower Pacific patisserie/cafe is an "awe-inspiring" showcase for baker Belinda Leong’s "world-class" "array" of "decadent pastries" (the "buttery" "kouign amann reigns supreme" ); the space sports an "appealing" "European feel" , and while "the line can be daunting" , "dessert addicts" "pretty much can't go wrong."
New American · Lower Pacific Heights · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

"Amazing chef" Melissa Perello’s "distinctive" follow-up to Frances in Pacific Heights supplies "sublime" New American–Californian cuisine highlighting "wonderfully realized" use of local and seasonal ingredients; with "skillful" service from an "informative" staff in a "beautiful, rustic" space, it’s unsurprisingly a "challenging reservation to secure."
Kiss Seafood
Seafood · Japantown · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

When it comes to "amazing" sushi and other "superb" Japanese dishes, this "high-end" Japantown "treasure" from a "mom-and-pop" duo provides an "exemplary" experience that you'll "remember for years" , especially via the "master chef's" omakase ( "dinner and a show" ); just remember the "quiet" space has only 12 seats, so be sure to "reserve early" ; P.S. closed Sunday-Tuesday.
Italian · Lower Pacific Heights · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Sensational" Italian dishes, including "outrageously good" pastas, pair with "noteworthy" wines from the Boot at this A16 sibling in Lower Pac Heights, which consistently "nails the risks it takes" in the kitchen; "truly impressive" service helps justify the "splurge" , and while the "elegant-shoebox" setting is undeniably "tight" , there’s an "amazing" chef’s counter and even "sitting at the bar" is a "joy."
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Steakhouse · Pacific Heights · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Quality" steaks "cooked to perfection" are the hallmarks of these "bucket-list" links in the national chophouse chain that also please "big eaters" with "scrumptious" sides and "full-bodied" wines; "attentive" service, "splurge" pricing and traditional decor oozing "San Francisco charm" make them a natural for "celebrations" and "special occasions."
Pizzeria Delfina
Pizza · Pacific Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

These "gourmet" pizzeria offshoots of Delfina feature "memorable" Neapolitan-inspired pies topped with "hand-pulled mozzarella" and California veggie "goodness" , and the seasonal antipasti are just as "delicious" ; limited seating (indoors and out) can lead to "long waits" , but when the pies and vino arrive, there’s "no more conversation at the table until the last piece is spoken for."
Vietnamese · Lower Pacific Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Offering the "same" Vietnamese "goodness" without "the hassle of its parent" , the Slanted Door, these spin-offs allow fans to enjoy Asian favorites at a "less expensive" cost; the more "downscale" take-out sibling in the Ferry Building hawks lunches and home cooking kits, while the more "modern" -looking Bush Street location offers "friendly" service and "wine on tap."
Chinese · Lower Pacific Heights · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

"Generous portions" of Chinese chow are "beautifully prepared" at this Lower Pacific Heights Hunan haunt, where "quality ingredients" add up to an "excellent" meal; "reasonable" prices make it "a favorite for those in the know" (lunch is an "amazing deal" ), but some opt for takeout to avoid "the bum's rush" from the "fast" servers.