Top Restaurants in San Francisco

Top Restaurants in San Francisco

A world class culinary destination, San Francisco lies at the heart of the California cuisine movement. San Francisco--itself a fusion of European, early American, and Asian cultures--reflects the authentic spirit of its inhabitants in its food through the incorporation of high quality regional ingredients, fresh produce, and fresh seafood. San Francisco restaurants are one of the top reasons for visiting, according to the San Francisco Hotel Guest Survey, 2004, from the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse said of San Francisco, "You can't have a bad meal in this town." It's easy to see why chefs and diners alike love San Francisco — it's 49 square miles of great dining and a Mecca for the palate.

Chez Panisse

Founded by Alice Waters and a group of friends and named after a character in Marcel Pagnol's 1930's movie trilogy, Chez Panisse is known as the birthplace of California cuisine. The restaurant located in the north Berkeley neighborhood known locally as the "Gourmet ghetto", has been listed by Restaurant magazine from 2006 to 2008 as one of the top fifty restaurants in the world. In 2006 and 2007, Michelin awarded the restaurant a one-star rating in its guide to San Francisco Bay Area dining (out of 5,500 entries, there are 98 with one star). Culinary innovations include California style pizza which was invented at the cafe in 1980 and Goat Cheese Salad which was first offered in the late 1970's.


Zinc tabletops and exotic hardwoods bear this out, as does the incomparably authentic Italian fare with its top-notch ingredients. Our favorites were the grilled calamari salad, braised rabbit, steak frites, roasted chicken, or salmon with fresh vegetables.

Tadich Grill

It is the oldest in the city and state, operating since 1849. Tadich Grill began as The New World Coffee Stand and is renowned for claiming to be the first establishment to grill seafood over mesquite charcoal in the 1920s. Among its mainstays are lobster Thermidor, oyster stew, clam chowder, Dungeness crab, calamari steak, and petra le sole. Meat dishes are available, and desserts include baked apples and cheesecake.


Chef Nancy Oakes is San Francisco's most beloved chef. Since its opening in 1993, Boulevard has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in San Francisco. American regional flavors, French influenced style, enthralling design, form the entire experience at Boulevard. Located in the heart of the San Francisco's revived waterfront area, the historic Audiffred Building is the ideal home for Boulevard.In the Zagat Guide for the year 2000, Boulevard restaurant was rated #1 in the Bay Area for the 3rd year in a row.

Greens Restaurant

Greens is one of the premiere vegetarian restaurants in the country. From the airy, art-filled dining room, with floor to ceiling windows you are treated to sweeping views of the Marina, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin headlands. Since 1979 Greens has focused on organic, local, sustainable produce from small family farms and their own garden at Green Gulch in Marin. Greens has been credited in The New York Times as “the restaurant that brought vegetarian food out from sprout-infested health food stores and established it as a cuisine in America.”

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