Creating a list of top restaurants in a city like San Francisco is a controversial effort.
Everybody has their favorites, and there are said to be more than 4,000 restaurants to choose from. In fact, according to Trulia, San Francisco has more bars and restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States.
To say there’s a restaurant on every block is a complete understatement. And new places are opening up every day.
Dining out here is the thing to do. It’s a topic of conversation, and it’s a big part of life.
In fact, you’ll almost always find Dave and me out to dinner Saturday night. Trying new restaurants is one of our favorite activities, and we already have three different reservations made at new spots during the month of August.
Choosing the best eats in San Francisco
That being said, we’ve dined at more than 150 restaurants in the Bay Area over the past two years. But I’m not judging all of those experiences here today. In order to keep it manageable, I’ve created a list of restaurants located strictly in San Francisco city proper.
My criteria for selecting restaurants:
- I’ve been to the restaurant with Dave for a sit-down dinner. Fast-casual spots are not included, nor are brunch or lunch-only spots.
- I enjoyed everything I ate and drank. That means one stand-out dish does not qualify a restaurant if something else we ordered was lacking.
- I had a good experience there and would want to return.
I’ve been to plenty of “big-name” San Francisco restaurants that I didn’t love. But all of the following wowed me with great food, good settings and excellent customer service.
So let’s get to it …
Arranged in no particular order, here are my top choices for restaurants in San Francisco.
I got Dave’s input on this list, and he agreed with me.
Since moving to the West Coast, we’ve become major foodies. And we’re just getting started, so you can certainly expect a second edition of this list in the near future.
Questions of the day
Do you keep track of the places where you eat dinner?
What’s your favorite San Francisco restaurant?