Five Star Restaurants in San Francisco

If you're traveling for a special occasion, need to impress a client, or just want to sample the good life, San Francisco is your destination for top-notch eats. With a steady supply of high quality produce and meats and a population teeming with seasoned foodies, top chefs flock to the Bay Area. Prepare to be impressed at these five star dining establishments.

The venerable Gary Danko consistently ranks as one of the top fine dining experiences in San Francisco. With a prix fixe menu available in three, four, or five courses and a wine list that could very well be the best in the city, a high roller can't go wrong here. Make reservations at least two weeks in advance, or you'll be stuck wrestling for a spot at the small bar.

Boulevard is an easy five star choice for those looking for seasonal fare and spot-on service. The chefs at Boulevard recently opened Prospect, a hip, less stuffy space ideal for a delicious, multi-course feast. For equally elegant fare in a jazzier setting, head to Bix or Tracy de Jardin's perennial favorite Jardiniere.

If you're looking for less 'cool' and more 'swank' in the Union Square area visit the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton, or Masa's, complete with a chef whose past appointments include a stint at the French Laundry. Whichever of these top ten you choose, you're sure to have an exquisitely crafted meal with service and wines to match.

Spruce excels at California cuisine featuring organic products sourced from local farmers and ranchers. Similarly, Quince follows suit with its Italian-inspired menu, which changes nightly based on what's in season. Benu's tasting menu could be one of the best meals of your life.

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Michael Mina

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252 California St
At Geary St

One of San Francisco's premier destination restaurants... read more

Restaurant Gary Danko

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800 North Point St
At Hyde St

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Gary Danko

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800 North Point Street
(at the corner of Hyde Street)

Award-winning new American excellence ...
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1 Mission St
Between Embarcadero and Steuart sts

SF's Fine-Dining Favorite... read more

La Folie

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2316 Polk St
Between Green and Union sts

Delicious French Food... read more

The Ritz Carlton

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600 Stockton St
(btwn Pine & California)

Sophisticated splendor and style... read more


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300 Spear Street

Boulevard's less-stuffy sister... read more

Dining Room at Ritz Carlton

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600 Stockton Street
Ritz Carlton

Sophisticated Splendor And Style... read more

Fleur de Lys

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777 Sutter St
At Jones St

Elaborate Culinary Genius... read more


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648 Bush Street
(between Powell and Stockton streets)

Exquisite, decadent dining... read more

Laurel Court

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950 Mason St

Steep yourself in sophistication... read more

Asia de Cuba - San Francisco

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495 Geary St
Clift Hotel

To see and be seen... read more

Fifth Floor Restaurant

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12 Fourth Street
5th Floor, Hotel Palomar

Ingenious fusion... read more

First Crush

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101 Cyril Magnin Street
(at the corner of Ellis Street)

More than 200 California wines... read more


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373 Broadway
(cross street: Sansome)

Cutting-edge fusion takes center stage... read more

Hornblower Dinner Cruises

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Pier 33
(The Embarcadero)

Dining on the bay... read more

Teatro ZinZanni

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Pier 29, The Embarcadero
(At Battery Street)

Love, chaos & dinner... read more

John's Grill

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63 Ellis Street
(Between Stockton and Powell)

Historic and filled with mystery... read more

COI Restaurant

373 Broadway
Between Bartol Street & Osgood Place

Pleasant Dining Experience... read more

Faz Restaurant & Bar

155 Steuart Street
(in the Crocker Galleria)

A classy choice downtown... read more
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