The Fine Dining Guide to the City
In San Francisco, we’ve got all kinds of food, served in almost any style or setting you can imagine. Sometimes visitors are looking for something quick and casual. Other times, they want to pull out all the stops. We’re here to talk about those moments. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special event or to simply enjoy an upscale meal, these fine dining options will surely make for a memorable meal.
Waterfront Restaurant (Pier 7)
Pair fresh seafood with California cuisine—and a spectacular view of the iconic Bay Bridge—for a perfect night out on the Bay. The Waterfront has seafood galore, where you can dive into a selection of fresh oysters, oven roasted Dungeness crab and New York strip steak. Choose to dine indoors or take a seat in the cozy outdoor patio (just be sure to bring a jacket!). Afterwards, head down to PIER 39 for a leisurely stroll to say hi to the sea lions or go a nightcap in North Beach.
China Live (644 Broadway)
Just because China Live’s shorthand among locals is “Eataly, but for Chinese food” doesn’t mean you can’t have an exquisite meal here. Eight Tables, the exclusive fine dining restaurant within China Live, is run by legendary chef George Chen. His prix-fixe eight-course tasting menu will introduce you to flavors you never could have imagined. This isn’t the only Chinese restaurant to check out while you are here. We have Chinese restaurants in every neighborhood.
Chart House (PIER 39)
Chart House prides itself on creating quality seafood that is as equally impressive as its views. Coconut crunchy shrimp, mac nut mahi, and slow-roasted prime rib are just a few of Chart House’s mouth-watering favorites. Here you’ll find stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and The Pier’s famous sea lions. When you visit Fisherman’s Wharf, bring your appetite. There are plenty of delicious restaurants in the neighborhood.
Omakase (665 Townsend St.)
If you’re craving high-quality sushi and sake, Omakase is the place to be. “Omakase” is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your order. Since you won’t find a set menu at this Michelin star restaurant, it is a perfect destination for guests who enjoy a culinary surprise. If you’re in the area, but want a more casual spot to eat, check out their sister restaurant, Dumpling Time, one of our picks for restaurants you need to eat at this year.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero South)
Get up close and personal with San Francisco’s iconic Bay Bridge. Situated on the waterfront of San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Waterbar is a perfect place to dig into a delicious tray of oysters and an endless list of other seafood options. When you come up for air, you’ll have a perfect view of the Bay Lights, one of the many permanent light art installations that make up Illuminate SF.
Alexander’s Steakhouse (448 Brannan St.)
This international steakhouse combines American flare with Japanese inspired cuisine. Experience “A Study of Beef,” a custom seven-course meal of seafood, steak and sides that are never replicated. They also offer 248 wine pairings to please your palate. Can’t get a reservation here? Check out the other steakhouses in San Francisco.
Scala’s Bistro (Inside the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 432 Powell St.)
Located just steps away from Union Square, Scala’s offers a variety of fresh pastas with a focus on the best seasonal ingredients. They also feature more than 60 wines sourced locally from our Napa and Sonoma neighbors. Because of their highly seasonal menus, you’ll always find something new on the menu at Scala’s Bistro.
Michael Mina (252 California St.)
Celebrity chef Michael Mina shares his passion for the culinary arts at his Michelin-starred restaurant situated just blocks away from the Embarcadero. Made with only the finest ingredients, his five-course menu includes options like Dungeness crab, caviar parfait, Cape Cod sea scallops and much more.
Epic Steak (369 The Embarcadero)
While their steaks are the stars of the menu, you will also find a variety of fresh seafood, cocktails and shareable platters. Day or night, your fine dining experience will surely be an “epic” one. Right next to Waterbar, you’ll be able to snag a view of the Bay Lights and walk down to the Ferry Building for dessert at Humphry Slocombe.
MKT Restaurant & Bar (Inside the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St.)
With a focus on fresh, market-to-table cuisine, MKT is a great option for social drinks and fine dining in the heart of San Francisco. Their space offers sweeping views of Market Street and downtown. Be sure to taste your way through their California-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus!