Enjoy top dishes from some of the best San Francisco fine dining restaurants. You will find everything from fresh seafood to the finest local ingredients.
Read on for details on some of my favorites.
Michael Mina is another great choice for those looking for a fine dining experience. This lovely place is right in the Financial District and it never disappoints. Their menu is amazing, but I always point people to the chef’s menu. It’s a nice sample of the best of everything on their menu. The only difficulty is that everyone at the table has to participate with this menu.
If that doesn't work for you, you can also order from the 4-course dinner menu, which has plenty of options for each course. If you plan to come to Michael Mina for dinner, make sure you come hungry!
Average Price: Tasting Menu is around $195 per person (not including drinks), 4-course menu starts at around $100 per person (it also does not include drinks)
Address: 252 California Street
District: Financial District
Boulevard opened in 1993. It’s a San Francisco institution and one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in the city. It combines both French and New American Cuisine. I recommend trying their Angus Filet Mignon or the Pork Prime Rib Chop. Both are wood oven roasted and have incredible flavor.
Boulevard also has an extensive wine list with an amazing selection by the glass.
Average Price: Main dishes range from around $35 to $55 per person
Address: 1 Mission Street
District: SOMA/Financial District
Atelier Crenn is truly a dining experience like no other. The chef, Dominque Crenn, takes great pride in every dish she serves to her patrons.
Something I love about this restaurant is instead of having a standard menu, they have a single tasting menu that is explained as a written poem. Each line describes the dish you will be served that evening. This tasting “menu” includes up to 20+ courses in one sitting.
As of the writing of this book, it has two Michelin stars.
Average Price: The tasting menu is $220 per person, the wine pairing menu is an additional $150 per person
Address: 3127 Fillmore
District: Marina District
Gary Danko is a fine dining experience that is hard to match. They pay special attention to every single detail and you will notice this from the moment you walk through their doors. If I have a special occasion dinner, Gary Danko is usually first on my list.
They use fresh, local ingredients and change their menu frequently. They offer several wonderful fish dishes as well as meat and game birds. They also have a wonderful selection of cheeses and some of the best desserts in the city. Make sure to check out their wine list too.
Just be warned, you will need to call several weeks in advance to book a table.
Average Price: Usually a minimum of around $75 to $100 per person
Address: 800 North Point Street
District: Fisherman’s Wharf
Spruce has been one of my favorite fine dining places for a long time. The first time I ate here, the entire neighborhood lost power, but Spruce was still able to serve up an amazing meal and they served it by candlelight! That takes some serious talent and a lot of skill.
They focus on California inspired American cuisine. Some of my favorites include the Wild Pacific Halibut, 14-Day Aged New York Strip, and the Sonoma Chicken.
They are located off the tourist path in the Presidio Heights District but it is more than worth the effort to get here.
Average Price: Main dishes range from around $30 to $50 a person
Address: 3640 Sacramento Street
District: Presidio Heights
6. Jardiniere: French & New American, Hayes Valley Neighborhood, 300 Grove Street
7. Acquerello: Italian, Nob Hill, 1722 Sacramento Street
8. Quince: French & Italian, Financial District, 470 Pacific Avenue
9. Californos: Mexican, Mission, 3115 22nd Street
10. Kokkari Estiatorio: Greek/Mediterranean, Financial District, 200 Jackson Street