Fine Dining in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the noted foodie towns in North America, delighting guests with a huge variety of restaurants. There is something to satisfy every whim of your palate and more than a few creations you’ve never experienced before.

Gary Danko

Gary Danko is an award winning chef who brings his fantastic cuisine to your table at his self named restaurant, Gary Danko. The restaurant continues to be at the top of every fine dining list in the city and has earned six Five Star ratings from Mobil. It has also been listed as a Relais & Chateau designation. This intimate restaurant features some of the most attentive wait staff in the city and some classic food that is sure to delight. Gary Danko prides himself on his tried and true recipes and refuses to be cutting edge and trendy when it comes to food. The prix-fixe menu is probably the way to go with three, four, or five course meals. Wine pairings can be added to each course for an additional fee. The wine cellar features more than 1,500 wines so even if you decide to go off of the prix-fixe you can find a wine that will perfectly fit the meal.

Fleur de Lys

Speaking of famous chefs, there is almost none more famous than Hubert Keller, the Chef and Owner of Fleur de Lys. Noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, Fleur de Lys has been a staple in this city for more than 45 years. It wasn’t until 1986 that Hubert Keller joined the restaurant and together with his co-owner Maurice Rouas they brought Fleur de Lys to new levels. The menu at Fleur de Lys lets guests choose from three, four and even five course menus with a variety of appetizers and entrees and extras. There are also a number of vegetarian selections for the non-meat eaters in the crowd.


Firefly is an intimate restaurant that was the brainchild of two friends who worked at another local eatery. The pair decided to run with their dreams and create a restaurant that fit their visions, and after 15 years it’s quite clear that those dreams have succeeded, despite a few bumps in the road. Despite its fine dining categorization the atmosphere in Firefly is homey and comfortably with no snobby pretentions. And the food isn’t cutting edge or unrecognizable, its rustic food with solid roots in home style cooking. As a side note for vegetarians, there are always a few top notch vegetarian selections on the menu that won’t leave you feeling ignored.

Rue Saint Jacques

Rue Saint Jacques is exactly what you’d expect from a fine dining establishment in the Nob Hill section of San Francisco. Banking on their French cuisine done with a Californian flair, the restaurant earns high praises from local and regional foodies. For fans of French food, Rue Saint Jacque is a must. The entrees feature traditional French favorites as well as nouvelle treats and the flavors are rich and heavy, but in a very good and very French way.

Chez Spencer

In the mood for more French food? Chez Spencer is gaining momentum with Executive Chef Laurent Katgely at the helm. Katgely is a native of the French Alps and began his culinary career at the tender age of 14. Don’t let the neighborhood frighten you away from Chez Spencer, not the best part of town but still there’s some charm to be had, especially once you enter the restaurant. The cuisine is to be expected, French with a Californian twist, but the caliber of the food is beyond any expectations.


It’s hard to ignore San Francisco’s proximity to the ocean so it just goes to reason that there are some incredible seafood restaurants in the area and Aqua is one of the best. Aqua is upscale and elegant with a theatrical sense about it. Having earned a two star from the Michelin Guide you know that this restaurant is one of the best and with the freshest local and imported seafood its one of the best restaurants for seafood with a European flair.


Bix has chic down pat, from its charming location to its virtually hidden entrance and then the awe inspiring soaring ceilings of the two story dining room. The food at Bix is cutting edge American cuisine mixing old flavors with new techniques and fresh ingredients to create divine inspiration. The atmosphere at Bix is more than half of the charm as the trendiest restaurants understand better than most so plan on dressing appropriately and enjoying some of the best service around. This is the current place to see and be seen in San Francisco.


Since its opening in 1993 Boulevard has been a favorite in the San Francisco area with Chef Nancy Oakes at the helm. The beautiful Belle Époque style of the restaurant makes it a destination in itself but the amazing American regional flavors with French influenced style makes the meal something you won’t soon forget. Located in the popular waterfront area in the historic Audiffred Building this restaurant is the perfect way to cap off an evening after a day exploring San Francisco’s waterfront.


Masa’s in San Francisco is a fine dining experience that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area. Their noted Californian French cuisine is headed by Chef Gregory Short and marries classic French techniques with Californian ingredients. This particular region of the country is bursting with fresh produce and other ingredients which give them a variety of directions to take any seasonal fare. Expect greatness each and every time you visit Masa’s.

Kokkari Estiatorio

Kokkari Estiatorio is named after a small fishing village on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, the legendary spot where Orion fell in love with the daughter of the King of Chios. Orion proved his love by finding the best wild game and freshest seafood to prepare banquets like no mortal had tasted before. Kokkari Estiatorio attempts to recreate these godly creations with their fresh seafood and wild game created in a traditional Aegean style. In addition to the incredible food the atmosphere of Kokkari Estiatorio is something to rave about. Everything about this restaurant is fine dining amplified.