Best Restaurants in SoMa

November 2, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top-rated restaurants in SoMa. 

New American · SoMa · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.8

"You’ll be overwhelmed by the creativity and imagination" put into each "breathtaking" dish at this "stylish" SoMa "food temple" , a "Zen-like" venue where chef-owner Corey Lee’s New American tasting menus showcase an "incredible" "melding of Asian and Californian flavors" ; staffed by a "superb" team that ensures you "feel very much pampered" , it’s an "experience that won’t soon be forgotten" – and that includes the "super-expensive" cost.
Moroccan · SoMa · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"A beautiful place for a splurge" , this "hot" Moroccan from chef Mourad Lahlou (Aziza) "delights" with "nuanced" contemporary cuisine, "elegant" presentations and "polished" service in a "dreamy" SoMa setting with a "high-style" bar mixing "awesome cocktails" ; the soaring "downstairs is where the liveliness is" , especially if you go for the "mind-blowing" "family-style" experience.
Yank Sing
Asian · SoMa · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

There’s always a "rolling cart" coming ’round the corner at these dim sum palaces featuring an "unrivaled" selection of "exceptional" tidbits – including some of the "best damn dumplings around" – in a white-tablecloth setting; despite weekend and lunchtime mobs, service is "wicked fast" , and though prices are rather "upscale" , you "get what you pay for" here.
Asian · SoMa · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.8

"Awesome" chicken wings, dumplings and noodles ( "any kind" ) along with "delicious" veggie options draw diners on a budget to this SoMa Asian-fusion outfit; regulars advise it's most satisfying if you "don't expect ambiance – just enjoy the food."
Pazzia Restaurant
Italian · SoMa · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.4

The thin-crust pizzas, homemade pastas and other "simple" Northern Italian dishes are "always on the mark" at this SoMa trattoria, a "go-to" neighborhood spot near the convention center for down-to-earth cooking at "affordable prices" ; cheerful Italian-speaking staffers man a casual, compact space that often overflows to sidewalk seating.
Dottie's True Blue Cafe
Cafe · SoMa · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

"A terrific breakfast" rewards those who arrive early to "get in line" at this SoMa daytimer known for its "outstanding" chili-cheddar cornbread with jalapeño jelly and other down-home brunch classics; despite being in a "run-down" part of town, it’s "full all the time" , but fans assure it's "worth the wait" ; P.S. closed Tuesday–Wednesday.
The Sentinel
Sandwich · SoMa · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.1

Lines run "long" at this SoMa "takeout-only" shop from Dennis Leary (Golden West) cranking out "superb" morning pastries and "incredible" "artisanal sandwiches" on "fantastic breads" ; "they frequently sell out" , but regulars "don’t mind spending a little extra" for the "tastiest lunch you can get" ; P.S. open weekdays only till 2:30 PM (with a break after breakfast).
New American · SoMa · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

"Another winner" from Boulevard’s Nancy Oakes, this "high-end" SoMa New American spot’s "top-notch" seasonal menus showcase "creativity in the kitchen" ; the "luxurious" "modern" space on the bottom floor of the posh Infinity Towers boasts an "active bar" with an "extensive" wine list and a "professional" staff, so while the tabs may be "expensive" , it’s "a home run" for "an upscale treat."