The Best San Francisco Restaurants

My Personal Guide to San Francisco Dining

While I'd like to believe that the dedicated followers of this blog read every article from start to finish, hanging on every word I write, I'd just be kidding myself - if you're like me, you skim the titles looking for an interesting post, restaurant suggestions, or really awesome food puns. So, the more I inundate KelsEats with San Francisco restaurant reviews, the more difficult it is to quickly find those 4 or 5 star rave reviews.

This page is my quick and dirty solution for helping you sift through the ever-growing posts archive, and find your way to my articles on the best San Francisco restaurants: a comprehensive list of the best San Francisco restaurants. And unlike more traditional food publications, this list will grow as this blog, and my waist line, grows.

"But Kelsey, with so many types of cuisine and such a wide range of prices, what does "best" mean? How do you choose?" Great question! My approach towards writing reviews and determining the best San Francisco restaurants is this:

First, I ask myself, "For the kind of restaurant this place is trying be (a taqueria, a French bistro, or an Michelin awarded establishment), is it at the top of its league? When the answer is yes, expect to see it on my list.

Secondly, my bottom line is the quality of the restaurant's food. While atmosphere, drinks, and service certainly mold an experience, those are not factors that will get a restaurant listed here. I judge a place primarily by what I'm putting in my mouth, which means that almost anything, from a food truck to an award-winning restaurant, can be included.

Now, with no further ado and in no particular order....

The Best San Francisco Restaurants

SPQR - San Francisco Examiner SPQR Review (July), Examiner SPQR Review (Jan), SPQR on KelsEats

Frances - San Francisco Examiner Frances Review, Frances on KelsEats




Mr. Pollo

Fifth Floor



Bar Agricole

Pizzeria Delfina

Benu - Benu Part 1 on KelsEats, Benu Part 2 on KelsEats

One Market - San Francisco Examiner One Market Review, One Market on KelsEats

Bar Tartine - San Francisco Examiner Bar Tartine Review, Bar Tartine on KelsEats

Baker and Banker - San Francisco Examiner Baker and Banker Review, Baker and Banker on KelsEats

NOPA - NOPA on KelsEats, San Francisco Examiner NOPA Review

Hapa Ramen - Hapa Ramen on KelsEats

Chairman Bao


Flour + Water - San Francisco Examiner Flour + Water Review, Flour + Water on KelsEats

Quince - San Francisco Examiner Quince Review

Cotogna - Cotogna on KelsEats

Local Mission Eatery - Local Mission Eatery on KelsEats

Saison - San Francisco Examiner Saison Review (Aug), Examiner Saison Review (Feb), Saison on KelsEats

Chez Maman

Cafe Claude - Cafe Claude on KelsEats

Udupi Palace - Udupi Palace on KelsEats


Han Il Kwan

Limon/Limon Rotisserie

Pesce - Pesce on KelsEats

Bar Crudo

Rosamunde Sausage Grill - Rosamunde Sausage Grill on KelsEats

Taqueria Cancun - Taqueria Cancun on KelsEats

Mario's Bohemian - Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe on KelsEats

Ironside - Ironside on KelsEats

Acquerello - Acquerello on KelsEats

Jardiniere - San Francisco Examiner Jardiniere Review, Jardiniere on KelsEats

Boulevard - Boulevard on KelsEats

Maverick - Maverick on KelsEats

Il Cane Rosso

Saigon Sandwich