Culinary Delights: Exploring the Best Restaurants in San Francisco

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In the midst of traveling and taking in the sights, you also need to eat. San Francisco is a great place for foodies, with tons of variety and options available for the pickiest eater all the way to the generalist taste-buds. Take a look at this list for the best fine and casual dining options in San Francisco.

Fine dining

1: Gary Danko

This is a fixed-price menu of American cuisine, in an elegant but not stuffy setting. This restaurant was listed on the list of 101 Best Restaurants in America, earning the 31st place for its accolades from Michelin and the James Beard Foundation since its opening in 1999. According to the website, reservations are available within 60 days of the calendar date. A credit card is required for reservations, and your reservations must be changed or canceled within 24 hours of the date to avoid a $50 per person cancellation fee. Reservations can be placed online with OpenTable and Resy, or you can call to speak to someone at the restaurant to score a reservation at 415-749-2060, extension 4. They also offer a private dining room which can accommodate 5-10 people for a special celebration. There are two seatings available – 5:30pm-8:30pm, and then 8:45pm-11:45pm. You have to reach out via call or email to inquire about reserving the dining room.

You can take a look at their menus online, which are their Tasting Menu, Main Menu, Wine List, and Cheese Cart menus.

2: Lazy Bear

This is a highly-celebrated pop-up, which was then transferred to a permanent setting with a midcentury space. They have a very unique booking structure, which takes the form of tickets, like the ones you’d buy for sports events or concerts. These tickets are not refundable, but are transferable.

Tickets are released monthly, on the 15th of each month at precisely 10am, for dinners in the following calendar month. If the 15th falls on a weekend, they’ll be released the Monday following the 15th. Prices range from $275-$295 per person, depending on the day of the week. You can sign up for their mailing list to be kept informed and made aware of all monthly ticket releases. You can also view all available reservations online through Explore Tock.

Their menus change frequently, but you can take a look at what they offer online. They also suggest following their Instagram to see recent dishes, so you might want to take a look over there as well. They also have a wine and bar menu, again available online for your viewing.

Lazy Bear also hosts a ton of events, which you can take a look at on their website. It looks like they offer off-site events outdoors or at private residences; cooking classes; cocktail and spirits classes; and wine tastings.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, Lazy Bear is certainly an option!

3: Rich Table

The third and final place on our list of fine dining belongs to Rich Table, which serves Californian fare from local ingredients. Served in a gorgeous, salvaged barn wood space with an open kitchen, the atmosphere is described as rustic North Californian, being both classy and cozy.

They have four menus – Dinner Menu, Drink List, Wine & Spirits List, and finally, their Family Style Menu. They even have their very own cookbook available for sale, which has some of the restaurant’s favorite recipes so you can make your own Rich Table-inspired meals at home.

Pricing-wise, there’s a group dining/family style option which is for parties of 6–8, allowing 3 hours of dining time. They are $95 for a 4-course, family-style diner, and seating starts at 5:30pm nightly. There’s also the option of a buyout/private event reservation, which allows for an hour of passed canapes followed by a 4-course, seated dinner. These reservations are available from 5pm-10:30pm, and the entire restaurant is closed to the public during this time. The maximum seating is 40 people, and maximum standing is 70 people. For the buyout reservation, you’ll need to contact them. For general reservations, you can check out Resy.

More casual dining

If you’re still looking for something elegant and elevated, but a little more casual than the above options, this is the section for you.

1: Trestle Restaurant

Trestle is a New American restaurant, offering 3-course, fixed-price meals in a quiet space with modern flair. Their menu is available online. Reviews online boast about how flavorful each dish is, with a reasonable price point, and excellent service. Customers come back again and again for the variety of dishes and the ability to pay one fixed price upfront to enjoy a delectable meal. Reservations are available online through OpenTable.

2: Merchant Roots

Merchant Roots is a boutique fine-dining restaurant, with heavily theme-driven and immersive menus. Every three months, they change their service format, plateware, menus, and decor dramatically to match the current theme.

They host dinners Wednesdays-Saturdays and every other Sunday, with seatings available at 5:30pm and 8pm. The current theme for Spring 2023 is London 1814 | Vanity Fair. You can look at their Our Experiences page to see more about the themes of the past. London 1814 explores opulent culinary affairs that fuse English, French, and Indian cuisines. You can expect a dramatic feast, inspired directly from the 19th century and modernized by Chef Ryan Shelton and the Merchant Roots Team. They even have a correlating playlist online to get you in the mood with music! You can reserve your place online through ExploreTock. It appears that reservations start at $168 per person.

3: Cafe Boho

If you want a cozy cafe atmosphere, Cafe Boho is the place for you. The last on our list of restaurants in San Francisco, Cafe Boho is open for both indoor and outdoor dining, featuring a brick-lined haunt with elevated brunch and dinner menus, alongside their happy hours and artisanal cakes.

Menus are available online: Dinner, Weekend Brunch, and Wine. They also offer specific menus and options for private events and have varying packages depending on the event. You can reserve your table with Cafe Boho online right from their website.

It doesn’t matter if you’re parking at a high-end restaurant or a small, cozy spot in the Bay – On Air Parking has got you covered with our city and airport parking. With free cancellations up to the start date of your reservation, and an Apple and Android compatible app, reservations are a breeze. Any questions? No problem! You can reach customer service Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm ET, by calling 888-487-2754 or by texting 424-532-8940. Prefer emails? You can reach us at Happy travels!