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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Four Kings restaurant
4.9 (26)
$50 and over
Chinese (Canton)
About the restaurant
cantonese food cooked by cantonese dudes. also, drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
Loved the delicious food, drinks, and desserts. The staff were very attentive even on a busy night. It was very loud so a bit difficult to hear whomever you’re dining with. But would still recommend this great new restaurant!
A photo of Mr. Tipple’s Jazz Club restaurant
4.8 (755)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
***Best Jazz Club in the City, by San Francisco Magazine***
Mr. Tipple’s is a craft cocktail bar featuring live jazz.
Reservations have a 90min time limit from reservation time.
There is a $20/guest min for table service
Mr. Tipple’s heralds back to a 1950s NYC basement. Cozy. Dark. Boozy. The intimate setting features local jazz artists up close and personal. It’s a joint where you come as you are, hear great music, tap your toes, and sip a properly chilled cocktail.
My name is Mr. Tipple. Just a simple and laughable bloke hailing from London. I run a recording studio. My friends joke that you’ll oft find me spinning cocktails, not reeling tape. After a few too many, I usually just sit back and enjoy the music, having forgotten to hit record. Regardless, the band is always jiving, the whiskey is always cold, and we’re having a smashing good time.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food and music were delicious. Wonderful service, too!
A photo of Osteria Divino restaurant
4.7 (259)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Osteria Divino offers authentic Florentine cuisine inspired by the finest local, organic, seasonal produce, meat & fish available. We serve an extensive selection of artisan pasta. Located in the local's district offering old world & modern atmosphere. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music nightly and Sunday Brunch. We are a proud member of Marin Organics.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic, authentic Italian food. Great vibe with jazz trio in the front of the restaurant. Good service.
A photo of Yoshi's Oakland restaurant
4.6 (7977)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Yoshi's has served Japan's best traditional dishes to Bay Area patrons since 1972. The menu highlights artfully arranged sushi, fresh grilled seafood, classic Japanese dishes, and vegetarian fare. Patrons can kick off their shoes in the traditional Japanese tatami seating or dine at tables. Expert sushi chefs create sushi and sashimi to order either in the restaurant or in the jazz house. Start the evening in the cocktail lounge before dinner or have a nightcap after taking in a show in the jazz house.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Visited from our of town to a couple of concerts. Venue is nice for dinner aa and a little cozy for the concert. Good quality for price of doos and concert. Would visit again.
A photo of Curio restaurant
4.5 (252)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
Curio is a bar and restaurant that honors all things unconventional. Located next to The Chapel, the Mission’s most prominent performance venue, the space brings together some of life’s greatest pleasures – well-crafted cocktails, regional American food, and live music. The eclectic space draws inspiration from the building’s past as a mortuary, exploring the mysterious themes of life and time.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We went to curio before the show to see the group Acetone.  The service was prompt. The food was good and it was very convenient having the venue next we liked how they came in to our table and checked us in with wristband so we didn’t have to go through the line when we wanted to go attend the show.
A photo of Mariposas restaurant
4.5 (13)
$30 and under
About the restaurant

Step into a culinary expedition that transcends borders and ignites the senses at our sizzling new Peruvian rotisserie restaurant. Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, our vibrant eatery invites you to embark on a gastronomic adventure that celebrates the bold and flavorful traditions of Peru. From the moment you step through the doors, the intoxicating aroma of perfectly seasoned rotisserie meats and exotic spices will transport you to the bustling streets of Lima. Our chefs, inspired by the rich tapestry of Peruvian cuisine, have crafted a menu that showcases the artistry of rotisserie cooking, delivering a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds, as we redefine the meaning of dining with an experience that is as unforgettable as the Andean sunset. Welcome to a culinary journey where every bite tells a story – welcome to Mariposas!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great vibes and delicious food! Can’t wait to try new additions to their menu on the next visit!
A photo of Alhambra Irish House restaurant
4.4 (538)
$30 and under
Redwood City
About the restaurant
Alhambra Irish House is both a pub and a restaurant; sitting in the beautiful Alhambra Theater with its brick walls and wooden columns you can really feel the history of the building.
We strive to give all our guests a genuine taste of Irish Hospitality , our menu has many Irish Classics such as Beef and Guinness Pie and Shepherds Pie, we are also well known for our Fish and Chips along with local Californian offerings.

We have a full bar with a mix of Irish Beers and Craft selections, we also have a fine Irish Whisky selection and a great Cocktail List,
We look forward to meeting you

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious pub food with attentive service and a fun crowd. The live music was great and the dance floor was full!
A photo of Bistro 880 restaurant
4.4 (162)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Bistro 880 offers a Modern American Cuisine with hints of the Pacific Rim. Bistro 880 has been awarded the Diner's Choice Award two years in a row in 2022 and 2023. We also feature signature cocktails to refresh your palate.

Thursday is Date Night and Half-Off Wine Night. Bring all your friends or a loved one and enjoy an evening out. All bottles of wine are half off of the menu price. The purchase of a dinner entree qualifies for the Half-Off Bottle of Wine Promotion.

Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 10:00am. On Saturday and Sunday, Breakfast is open from 6:30am to 11:00am.

Dinner is served from 4:00pm to 10:00pm Monday to Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, Bistro 880 is open for dinner from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Prime Rib dinner specials are available on Friday and Saturday Nights.
Dinner is served from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday.

Live Music on Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm to 1:00am
No one under 21 years of age allowed in the lounge area or dance floor.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Always great service!! Food is great, music is always great.
A photo of Wilder SF restaurant
4.4 (46)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Wilder, founded in 2020, is inspired by our time spent traveling and exploring the outdoors. We've created a sophisticated menu of casual international comfort food that's best shared. Featuring an approachable menu of seafood skillet plates, hearty salads, and delicious meat and vegetable dishes.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
The food was delicious (especially the vanilla French toast) and the ambiance was fun. Everyone was so kind and attentive to our group. Highly recommend.
A photo of Fitoor Santana Row restaurant
3.7 (37)
$31 to $50
Santa Clara
About the restaurant
Fitoor (Hindi for 'Passion’) is a contemporary Indian restaurant and cocktail lounge, with a vibrant menu and electrifying music evoke the ardor and energy of India today.
1) Dress code- dress to impress.
2) Kids - Our restaurant caters primarily to adult diners and may not be suitable for young children. We do not allow strollers in the dining area. We appreciate your understanding.
Kids below 10 years old are not allowed after 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
3) Wine - You are welcome to bring your wine bottles. We allow two 750 ml bottles with a corkage of $30 and $50
4) Cakes - We are delighted to offer cake cutting services at our restaurant for a nominal fee of $30.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Went for lunch to Fitoor today and I was blown away by the ambiance and decor. The restaurant had a beautiful and cozy atmosphere, with dim lighting and comfortable seating. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, making sure that we had everything we needed. The menu offered a wide variety of dishes, everything we ordered was delicious. Presentation was impeccable, and every bite was a delightful explosion of tastes and textures. I will definitely be returning to Fitoor for another amazing dining experience.
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