The San Francisco Fine Dining Guide
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!).
Crystal Jade (Four Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level)
For Peking duck and dim sum lovers, Crystal Jade is a destination not to miss. From their simple dishes, like seafood fried rice and crispy noodles, to their extravagant specialties, like their apple wood roasted suckling pig, you can savor authentic Asian cuisine while taking in amazing views of the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!