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.
252 California St
At Geary St
One of San Francisco's premier destination restaurants... read more
800 North Point St
At Hyde St
800 North Point Street
(at the corner of Hyde Street)
Award-winning new American excellence ...
1 Mission St
Between Embarcadero and Steuart sts
2316 Polk St
Between Green and Union sts
600 Stockton St
(btwn Pine & California)
Sophisticated splendor and style... read more
300 Spear Street
600 Stockton Street
Sophisticated Splendor And Style... read more
777 Sutter St
At Jones St
648 Bush Street
(between Powell and Stockton streets)
950 Mason St
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495 Geary St
12 Fourth Street
5th Floor, Hotel Palomar
101 Cyril Magnin Street
(at the corner of Ellis Street)
(cross street: Sansome)
Cutting-edge fusion takes center stage... read more
Pier 29, The Embarcadero
(At Battery Street)
63 Ellis Street
(Between Stockton and Powell)
Historic and filled with mystery... read more
Between Bartol Street & Osgood Place
155 Steuart Street
(in the Crocker Galleria)