Best of the Best

The 50 Best Restaurants in San Francisco

Your votes have been counted: presenting San Francisco's 50 best restaurants. High-end tasting menus coexist with burritos on this list, and you'll find a Moroccan-Californian trailblazer along with the kitchen that taught San Francisco about Sardinian specialties. Read on for reviews and recommended dishes, and be sure to check out the results of our just-released Dining Trends Survey

1. Acquerello

ItalianPolk Gulch
4.9
Food
4.7
Decor
4.8
Service

“The total package” for “a special night out”, this “world-class” Polk Gulch Italian combines chef Suzette Gresham’s “divinely inspired”, “decadent” prix fixe menus with a “top-notch wine list”, all presented by an “impeccable” staff displaying “unmatched professionalism”; despite the “substantial checks”, it's an “excellent value”, with a “beautifully serene”, “intimate” setting “in what was once a chapel” adding to the “sophisticated treat.”

What to order: Corn cappellacci pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and pistachios; squid ink risotto with charred octopus; pancetta-wrapped rabbit loin; bourbon-caramel semifreddo with Amaretti crust.

2. Gary Danko

FrenchFisherman's Wharf
4.8
Food
4.7
Decor
4.9
Service

An “oasis of excellence” that “never loses its luster”, Gary Danko’s “stellar” Fisherman’s Wharf namesake manages to “mystically balance” “world-class” New American cuisine on a “brilliantly executed” prix fixe menu (“don't skip the cheese cart”) with a “superior wine list” and “synchronized service”, leading to a “warm, customer-centric” experience that manages to be “indulgent without a trace of pretension”; it comes “at a price”, but for “a celebratory experience” in a “gorgeous” setting, you “get what you pay for.”

What to order: Glazed oysters with caviar; juniper-crusted bison; coconut Thai seafood curry; cheese cart selection; baked chocolate soufflé.

3. Kokkari Estiatorio

GreekDowntown
4.8
Food
4.7
Decor
4.7
Service

A Downtown “star for many years”, this “sublime” Greek “continues to shine” with “lamb shanks from the gods”, “flawlessly” spit-roasted meats and other “fabulous” specialties served by an “exceptional” crew in an “inviting”, “rustic-chic” space favored by “fashionable” crowds; the “memorable experience” requires a “difficult rezzie” and deep pockets to meet the “high-class” cost, but it’s widely hailed as a “must-go” “for a good reason.”

What to order: Grilled octopus; spreads and sauces with grilled pita; grilled whole fish; spiced lamb souvlaki skewer; grilled lamb chops; Greek coffee with dessert.

4. La Ciccia

ItalianNoe Valley
4.8
Food
4.0
Decor
4.6
Service

A “Sardinian wonder”, this Noe Valley “neighborhood treasure” is “well worth getting to” for its “incredible”, “honest” cooking (notably “sublime” seafood), matched with an “outstanding” wine list in a “pared-down” but “congenial” setting overseen by “charming” husband-and-wife owners; the “Downtown prices” are eased by the “reasonable” vinos, but the “tight quarters” “fill up quickly” so be sure to reserve.

What to order: Spaghetti with bottarga; baby octopus stew; seared lamb tenderloin with saba.

5. Kusakabe

JapaneseDowntown
4.8
Food
4.6
Decor
4.7
Service

Chef Mitsunori Kusakabe “takes you on a culinary adventure” with his “incredible kaiseki-style” dinners at this “intimate” Downtown Japanese, a destination for “premium sushi” featuring “beautiful cuts of fish” prepared with a “precision” that's “inspiring” to watch; rounded out with “caring service” and a “vast” sake list, the experience may put a “dent in your wallet”, but all agree it's “splurge-worthy.”

What to order: Omakase menu that includes two kinds of seasonal sushi and two kinds of seasonal sashimi; à la carte sushi like Hokkaido sea urchin.

6. b. patisserie

Lower Pacific Heights
4.8
Food
4.1
Decor
4.2
Service

“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.”

What to order: Seasonal fruit kouign amann; baguette; wild mushroom tartine; weekend macarons.

7. Boulevard Restaurant

Embarcadero
4.8
Food
4.6
Decor
4.6
Service

This “top-end” Embarcadero “landmark” showcasing the “culinary vision” of Nancy Oakes “continues to excel” thanks to the “robust flavors” of its “mindblowing”, “market-driven” American cuisine, paired with a “terrific wine list” and served with “the ultimate in professionalism”; set amid “vibrant” belle epoque “elegance” with “spectacular” Bay Bridge views and a “delightfully fun” counter “to watch the chefs in action”, it’s “always busy” with admirers who find it “well worth the hefty price tag.”

What to order: Seasonal salads like avocado, heirloom cucumbers and Spanish goat cheese; fish à la plancha; meat from the wood oven (often pork chop); chocolate and butterscotch layer cake.

8. Benu

New AmericanSoMa
4.8
Food
4.6
Decor
4.8
Service

“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.

What to order: Tasting menu is eight courses plus several small bites. Look for lobster coral xiao long bao and the thousand-year-old quail egg to be among the dishes.

9. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

PizzaNorth Beach
4.7
Food
3.8
Decor
4.0
Service

“It's hard to find a better pie” than those among the “great variety” of “incredible” pizzas (Neapolitan-style, “Sicilian, Californian, Roman”, even “gluten-free”) that famed chef-owner Tony Gemignani tosses and cooks to a crisp in seven types of ovens at his “lively” “North Beach gem”; a “brutal” wait for a table is part of the package, but a “motivated” staff keeps things humming.

What to order: Margherita pizza; Jersey's Trenton tomato pizza; meatballs; square pan "Grandma" pizza.

10. The House

AsianNorth Beach
4.7
Food
3.6
Decor
4.2
Service

Some of the city's “top” Asian-fusion fare can surprisingly be found in North Beach at this “small” but “mighty good” “eclectic” stalwart that “continues to impress” with its “phenomenal” “high-caliber” dishes (“especially the melt-in-your-mouth sea bass”), presented along with an “amazing” sake and wine list by an “accommodating” team; the “cramped, noisy” setting is “maybe not the best romantic date-night choice”, but fans attest it offers some of the best “food and value” in the city.

What to order: Warm wasabi house noodles; shrimp and chive dumplings; sesame-soy glazed salmon.

11. Tony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Slice House

PizzaNorth Beach
4.7
Food
3.7
Decor
4.1
Service

Coal-fired NY- and New Haven–style pies are the main attractions at this “takeaway” North Beach pizza parlor via namesake chef Tony Gemignani that adjoins his Napoletana outpost next door; there’s no seating, but usually “no wait”, so many consume their orders across the street in Washington Square Park.

What to order: Purple potato pizza; NY meat lover pizza; New Haven Lou pizza with spinach and ricotta.

12. La Folie

Russian Hill
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.8
Service

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.

What to order: Frog leg and snail ragout; duck preparation; edam cheese soufflé; smoked salmon lollipops (lounge only).

13. Frances

AmericanThe Castro
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.6
Service

“A neighborhood gem in the Castro”, Melissa Perello’s “exceptional” Californian reliably “rocks” thanks to “luscious” dishes that “change with what's fresh and available locally”, served with “pay-per-ounce” house wines (“best idea ever”); the “incredible” staff makes you feel “well taken care of” in the “small”, “homey” space, but being a “popular” draw with “limited seating”, it remains “a hard reservation to score” (though walk-in spots are available at the bar).

What to order: Smoked bacon beignets; salads like Little Gem "panzanella"; bavette steak preparation; lumberjack cake with medjool dates and muscovado ice cream.

14. State Bird Provisions

AmericanFillmore District/Western Addition
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.6
Service

Ever “a game-changer”, this “totally hip” Fillmore District American from husband-and-wife team Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski will “blow you away” with the “bold flavors” of its “spectacular” seasonal small plates served by “engaged” staffers from “roving carts” (think “dim sum for the foodiest”); given a “cutting-edge” “vibe as exciting as the food”, reservations remain “ridiculously tough”, though walk-ins can “stand in line” before opening time “and hope.”

What to order: Rotating provisions like cauliflower falafel or guinea hen dumplings with aromatic broth; sourdough and sauerkraut pancake; "State Bird" (fried quail).

15. Tartine Bakery

The Mission
4.7
Food
3.6
Decor
3.7
Service

“In a class by itself” for “sumptuous, buttery” specialties “fresh out of the oven”, this famed Mission bakery produces “last meal requests” including “spectacular pastries” (“especially the morning buns”), “the perfect croissant”, “spot-on delicious” hot-pressed sandwiches and “unmatched” country bread that quickly sells out; the cafe section’s “totally overcrowded”, “the wait can be grueling” and the “staff could be friendlier”, but “you’ll be amply rewarded.”

What to order: Passion fruit Bavarian; croissants; brownies; bread pudding; country loaf bread; grilled cheese sandwich.

16. Seven Hills

ItalianNob Hill
4.7
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

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.”

What to order: Charred Spanish octopus; raviolo uovo with egg yolk and brown butter; lamb sugo pappardelle.

17. Quince

FrenchDowntown
4.7
Food
4.8
Decor
4.7
Service

“Hard to top” for “fancy dining” “at its best”, this “refined” Downtown Californian from “passionate” husband-and-wife team Michael and Lindsay Tusk “sparkles” thanks to his “superbly executed” cuisine showcasing Italian accents and a “fresh, local food ethos”, complemented by a “fabulous wine list” in “dreamy” surroundings run by a “stellar” staff; you’ll “shell out some big bucks”, but for a “special occasion” that’s “absolutely over the moon”, it’s “well worth it.”

What to order: The 11-course tasting menu is always highlighted by pastas such as corntortelli with fava beans and nasturtium or agnolotti verde with cinta senese pork.

18. Lazy Bear

New AmericanThe Mission
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.6
Service

Fans roar with approval for this “revolutionary” Mission “experience”, a “can’t-miss” “dinner party with strangers” that “stuns” with “divine” American set menus matched with “world-class” drinks in a communal setting that boasts an open kitchen and “lots character”; a “humorous and engaged staff” “takes the stuffiness out of fine dining” and helps you forget you’ll need “another student loan” to settle the tab; P.S. tickets for the two nightly seatings are sold a month in advance.

What to order: Always changing 10-course tasting menu with several snacks usually starts with whipped scrambled eggs with bacon and maple syrup.

19. Mourad

MoroccanSoMa
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.5
Service

“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.

What to order: Duck basteeya; chickpea-harissa couscous; family-style roast chicken with various sides; lemon and honey puff pastry dessert.

20. Saru Sushi Bar

JapaneseNoe Valley
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.4
Service

“Look no further” than this Noe Valley storefront serving “superb” Japanese cuisine highlighted by some of the “most succulent” sushi from around the globe and “divine” appetizers that fans simply “cannot get enough” of; the “teeny”, art-adorned space is a “well-known secret”, so “show up early” to score a seat – “you won’t be disappointed.”

What to order: Tasting menu; torched mackerel; tasting spoon appetizers like tuna tartare with yuzu kosho; sushi rolls like the popcorn tuna with panko dusted spicy tuna.

21. Octavia

New AmericanLower Pacific Heights
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

“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.”

What to order: Spicy deviled egg; chilled squid ink noodles; seasonal entrees like king salmon with fresh bean cassoulet; chocolate soufflé tart with cocoa nib brittle.

22. House of Prime Rib

EnglishPolk Gulch
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

“When you want a hunk o’ beef”, this Polk Gulch “institution” remains a go-to for a “classic” American meal of prime rib “cooked to perfection” and “carved at your table”, plus “all the fixin’s”; with its “showy” service (behold the “spinning salad”), “cold martinis” and “big, old-fashioned booths”, it’s a true “throwback” that rewards the “expense” – you can even “ask for seconds” – and while “nothing ever changes” here, fans say that's “part of the charm.”

What to order: Prime rib meal with tableside tossed salad, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach and baked potato; pecan pie.

23. La Taqueria

MexicanThe Mission
4.6
Food
3.2
Decor
3.9
Service

For over 40 years, this “true original” in the Mission has been churning out affordable, “delicious” Mexican meals including “awesome tacos” and burritos (they're “traditional”, so “they don't have rice”); “seating is scarce” in the “no-frills” space, so prepare for “constant lines” – though the “speedy” counter staff keeps them moving.

What to order: Carnitas burrito; carne asada taco; dorado-style quesadilla (extra crispy).

24. Atelier Crenn

FrenchCow Hollow
4.6
Food
4.5
Decor
4.8
Service

“A master of modernist cuisine”, Dominique Crenn “stretches the boundaries” of French cooking at this Cow Hollow “treat”, where the “spectacular” tasting menus and “elegantly orchestrated” service are like “a piece of performance art” that makes foodies “swear they’ve died and gone to culinary heaven”; with only a “low-key, natural” setting and a chef-penned poem to introduce the “enchanted evening”, it’s a “memorable” way “to be surprised at every course” – even at “once-in-a-lifetime” prices.

What to order: Grand tasting menu changes often but many creative "Poetic Culinaria" bites like fish roe with basil flavored jelly and abalone and artichoke with truffle-bacon sauce.

25. Alexander's Steakhouse

SteakhouseChina Basin
4.6
Food
4.5
Decor
4.6
Service

“How do you say 'wow' in Japanese?” wonder “discriminating” diners smitten by these “luxe” steakhouses with “creative Asian” touches, where beef that “melts in your mouth” and the signature hamachi shots (“a must”) are presented alongside “fantastic” wines and “rare” spirits; if you're not a “software mogul”, you're looking at a “splurge”, but “everything is top-drawer”, right down to the “spectacular service” and complimentary “cotton candy upon departure.”

What to order: Uni and oxtail toast; "Anti-Salad" with sweetbreads, foie gras and "Animal Vinaigrette"; Flannery porterhouse steak for two; any Wagyu beef.

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations.

26. Zuni Café.

FrenchHayes Valley
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.3
Service

“Emblematic” of San Francisco, this “always-true” Hayes Valley Mediterranean is “still at the top of its game” with an “incredibly well-executed” menu of “delectable”, locally, sustainably sourced seasonal dishes, “fab oysters” and “must-haves” like the “succulent” brick-oven chicken for two; with “expertly mixed cocktails” and “pro” service enhancing a “lively” late-night scene in “stylish” yet “comfortable” duplex digs, it's a “culinary legend” that's perennially “hip and unique.”

What to order: Roast chicken; espresso granita; Caesar salad; hamburger; Bloody Mary.

27. Zushi Puzzle

JapaneseMarina District
4.6
Food
3.2
Decor
4.2
Service

Some of the “most unique and uniquely prepared seafood in the city” – including “killer” sushi, sashimi and hand rolls – “beckons” fans to this “funky little” Japanese joint in the Marina; granted, it lacks “the decor of some of the hipper” spots, but if your budget can withstand it, “sit at the bar” overseen by the “fantastic” Roger Chong and “ask for the chef recommendations” – “you won’t be disappointed.”

What to order: Ankimo (steamed monkfish liver); Chef Roger sashimi salad; sashimi and nigiri sushi selections; sushi rolls like the Romeo and Juliet with salmon and avocado topped with scallops and tobiko.

28. Delfina

ItalianThe Mission
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.4
Service

A “tried-and-true destination”, this Mission mainstay from Craig and Anne Stoll still “wows” with Northern Italian staples “done superbly well”, notably “fantastic homemade pastas” that “just melt in your mouth”; given the “vibrant atmosphere” and a crew that makes everyone “feel at home”, fans “keep coming back for more” even though it’s a “tough reservation”; P.S. there’s also a “casual pizza parlor next door” serving traditional pies.

What to order: Spaghetti with plum tomatoes; grilled calamari with warm white bean salad; roasted chicken with olive oil mashed potatoes; buttermilk panna cotta with seasonal fruit.

29. Pizzetta 211

PizzaOuter Richmond
4.6
Food
3.8
Decor
4.2
Service

The “farm-fresh, razor-thin pizzas” served at this “quaint” “neighborhood gem” “are beyond delicious”, according to the keepers of “one of the great hidden secrets” of the Outer Richmond; to avoid the “drawback” of waiting to get into the “postage stamp-sized” space, diehards arrive “early”, when there's still room “to watch” their food being made – “you realize where your dollars go” that way.

What to order: Arugula and mascarpone pizzetta; rosemary and pine nuts pizzetta; housemade flourless chocolate cake.

30. Piqueo's

PeruvianBernal Heights
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.2
Service

At this Bernal Heights “neighborhood jewel”, chef Carlos Altamirano creates “amazing ceviche” and other “beautifully presented” Peruvian dishes with a “modern flair”; the setting can be “loud, crowded” and “hard to get into”, but fans find the atmosphere “sexy” and call the “knowledgeable” service a plus.

What to order: Ceviche mixto; marinated beef heart anticuchos; lomito al jugo (beef stir fry with french fries).

31. Nopa

New AmericanAlamo Square
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

“The overall buzz has not subsided” at this Alamo Square Californian that’ll “rock your socks” with “earthy” locavore dishes to “dream about” (including “acclaimed” wood-fired burgers) delivered alongside “outstanding cocktails” in an “energizing” duplex space manned by an “efficient” crew; prices are “decent”, brunches are “fantastic” and it's a “favorite late-night spot”, so the “only disappointing thing is the wait.”

What to order: Moroccan vegetable tagine; roast chicken; hamburger; custard French toast at brunch.

32. Hog Island Oyster Co.

Oyster BarEmbarcadero
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.2
Service

This “sensational” Ferry Building seafooder is a “dream come true for oyster lovers”, now boasting even “more beautiful views of the bay” courtesy of a heated patio; ok, it’s “not cheap” and there’s always a “crowd”, but somehow the staff holds it together with “wit and charm”; P.S. there’s also a wine-country satellite in Napa’s Oxbow Market.

What to order: Oysters in the half shell; oyster stew; Cowgirl Creamery grilled cheese sandwich; local fish specials like king salmon with pea tendrils.

33. Kiss Seafood

SeafoodJapantown
4.6
Food
3.8
Decor
4.2
Service

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.

What to order: Chawan mushi egg custard; grilled hamachi collar; sashimi and sushi platters.

34. Stones Throw

New AmericanRussian Hill
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

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.”

What to order: Puffed potato and eggs with cauliflower mousse; squid ink conchiglie pasta with seafood; peanut butter and jelly donuts.

35. Sons & Daughters

Nob Hill
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

“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.”

What to order: Seven-course tasting menu changes often but might include ham with melon and bottarga and duck with pear and corn. The house-baked breads paired with the middle courses are always a highlight.

36. Harris' The San Francisco Steakhouse

SteakhousePolk Gulch
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.6
Service

Steakhouses don’t get much more “old-world” than this Polk Gulch “class act” where the chops are “serious”, the tabs are “expensive” and there’s “mahogany everywhere”; granted, as a “throwback to another era”, it can feel “a bit old-fashioned”, but “prompt and very attentive” service helps ensure it's a “welcome experience” nevertheless.

What to order: Seared foie gras with poached egg and truffle Madeira sauce; Gulf prawn cocktail; Harris steak (thick bone-in New York cut); creamed spinach.

37. Pläj Restaurant

ScandinavianHayes Valley
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.2
Service

“Savory” “modern” Scandinavian fare and “unusual, delicious” cocktails provide a “real taste treat” at this “quiet”, “cozy” and somewhat “hidden” Hayes Valley “gem” at the Inn at the Opera; “artistic preparations” and a “knowledgeable” staff round out an “upscale” experience that “brings it all home.”

What to order: House-infused aquavits; beet cured gravlax; elk tartare; Swedish meatballs.

38. Mason Pacific

BistroNob Hill
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

This “intimate” Nob Hill bistro is hailed as a “neighborhood jewel” offering a “robust” selection of New American dishes in a big-windowed corner space where you can “watch the cable cars go by”; the “low-key yet luxe” surroundings (think “Restoration Hardware”) are as “charming” as the “personal service”; P.S. a chef change may outdate the Food score.

What to order: Scallop crudo with avocado; potato and sea urchin; braised lamb with radicchio; chocolate sorbet and sourdough dessert.

39. Saison

New AmericanChina Basin

“Prepare to be wowed” by “genius” chef Joshua Skenes’ “extraordinary cooking” at this “consistently impressive” China Basin New American, which “redefines excellence” with “incomparable” tasting menus that “delight” even “unapologetic food snobs”; “immaculate” servers also curate a “superb wine list” in the “beautiful”, open-kitchen setting, and while it’s “stratospherically expensive”, it’s “worth it” to “save up and go – at least once.”

What to order: The tasting menu is around 11 courses with several other small bites included. Dishes change often but usually include sea urchin with "liquid toast" and fish cooked in wood embers.

40. Piperade

SpanishNorth Beach
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.4
Service

“Consistently terrific” Basque cuisine “continues to shine” at chef-owner Gerald Hirigoyen's “sophisticated” North Beach eatery lauded for its “top-notch”, “creative” dishes that are “expertly prepared and full of flavor”; the “intimate” dining room features a glass-paneled wall of “incredible wines” amid “rustic-yet-elegant” decor, and an “attentive but unobtrusive” staff further helps make it a “go-to place for special occasions.”

What to order: Calamari à la plancha; piperade (Basque bell pepper and onion casserole with poached egg); braised seafood and shellfish stew "Bizkaiko."

41. Chapeau!

FrenchInner Richmond
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.5
Service

Known for emerging from the kitchen to “greet his guests”, chef Philippe Gardelle demonstrates “equal parts charm and culinary skill” at this “welcoming” Inner Richmond “date spot”, serving “classic French bistro fare” in all its “bold, savory and creamy” “perfection” alongside “wonderful regional wines”; most consider it a “great value” (the early-bird special in particular is “a steal”), leaving the “cramped” conditions as the sole drawback.

What to order: Escargots; trio of salmon; cassoulet de Toulouse; profiteroles.

42. The Slanted Door

VietnameseEmbarcadero
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.2
Service

“All that it’s cracked up to be”, Charles Phan’s “vibrant” Embarcadero “icon” still draws “throngs” with its “outstanding” array of “contemporary” Vietnamese dishes fashioned from local, sustainable ingredients and an “interesting wine list” focused on German and Austrian whites; be sure to “make reservations” (or snag a seat at the bar), and don’t mind the “pricey” tabs and “deafening” din since it’s “hard to beat” the “stunning” Ferry Building berth overlooking the bay.

What to order: Spring rolls; Dungeness crab cellophane noodles; five-spiced duck confit salad; Singapore Sling cocktail.

43. Perbacco

ItalianDowntown
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

A “high-end” Italian bistro that “keeps on delivering”, this “memorable” next-door sibling to Barbacco in FiDi/Downtown will “titillate your taste buds” with seasonal Piedmontese dishes that “marry tradition with innovation”, plus a “vast wine list”, all “served with style and civility”; the “classy” space is “always packed” with “suits” and accordingly “loud”, though “seating upstairs is quieter.”

What to order: Vitello tonnato (slow roasted veal with tuna sauce); agnolotti dal plin (roasted meat stuffed pasta); braised short rib of beef.

44. Yank Sing

Dim SumSoMa
4.6
Food
3.9
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

What to order: Shanghai pork dumplings; sausage-stuffed lotus leaf; Peking duck.

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations.

45. Cockscomb

CalifornianMission Bay
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

“A home run” for “adventurous” chef Chris Cosentino, this “lively” Mission Bay duplex’s open kitchen produces “bold”, “meat-centric” Californian fare that’s “truly unique and satisfying” (“bragging rights” to those who order the oven-roasted pig’s head); “professional” staffers oversee the “industrial yet rustic venue”, and while it’s on the “pricier” side, “trendy” diners “can't get enough.”

What to order: Beef heart tartare; pin bone steak with bone marrow dip; spaghettini with cured Sardinian tuna heart.

46. Rich Table

New AmericanHayes Valley
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.4
Service

“Inventive” yet “approachable”, this Hayes Valley “destination” by Evan and Sarah Rich “wows” with its “unique”, “delectable” Californian dishes matched by a “killer wine list” and “warm” service in a minimalist (and “loud”) space adorned with salvaged barn wood; it's “hard to get into” (though walk-ins can sit at the bar or the communal table) and the “pricey”, “locally sourced” menu “changes” often, but “if the stars align, you will leave sockless.”

What to order: Sardine chips; tajarin pasta preparation; always-changing beef tartare dish; any dessert.

47. Lord Stanley

EuropeanPolk Gulch
4.6
Food
3.8
Decor
4.4
Service

“Innovative and beautiful” “contemporary” Californian cuisine rendered with European and Asian accents (a tasting menu is offered) matches the “modern”, minimal bi-level setting at this Russian Hill “winner” that “promises to have a long run”; tabs are “pricey” but the “refreshing” twist is that “the prices you see are the prices you pay” (“tip is included”).

What to order: Salt cod beignets; slow cooked short rib; seasonal fruit "Eton Mess."

48. SPQR

ItalianLower Pacific Heights
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.3
Service

“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.”

What to order: Chicken liver mousse; smoked fettuccini with sea urchin "carbonara"; cocoa strozzapreti "pugliese."

49. Mozzeria

PizzaThe Mission
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.6
Service

The wood-fired pizza is “wonderful” at this “terrific” Mission Italian with “unique”, “engaging” service by a mostly deaf staff; visitors say they “value the challenge of communicating fully in a new way” (iPad or pen and pad are available), as well as the “quiet” environs, but the food is why they “keep going back.”

What to order: Mozzarella plate; veal-pork meatballs; margherita D.O.P. pizza.

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