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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses 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 book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Auro restaurant
4.9 (121)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Join us in celebrating Calistoga’s only Michelin-rated fine dining destination, Auro. Our intimate dining space showcases a seasonally inspired, five-course tasting menu by acclaimed Chef Rogelio Garcia and his team. Set against the stunning backdrop of sprawling the Palisades Mountains, this is wine country dining at its finest.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Superb! We would highly recommend- wonderful in every respect.
A photo of The Progress restaurant
4.8 (2223)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Western Addition
About the restaurant
The Progress is a vehicle for a completely local production. Innovative meals are served with memorable wine & cocktails. The Greatest Dinner Party Ever.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Not a single item failed to impress. Would go back again, very much worth the price.
A photo of Nightbird restaurant
4.8 (750)
$50 and over
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
About the restaurant
Nightbird offers a $195/person 6 Course 6 Bite Menu, from chef, owner and James Beard Nominated, Kim Alter. It is an elegant boutique restaurant in the heart of San Francisco (Hayes Valley) embracing California's freshest, seasonal, local ingredients.
Please understand we have 10 tables in our dining room, for that reason we do have the policy below.
Cancellation policy: If cancelled after the 48 hour window,
we charge the card on file $195 per person.
For parties over 4 people, one weeks notice is needed for a cancellation. If cancelled after the 5 working day window, we charge the card on file $195 per person.

Top review
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
HUGE KUDOS for the plentiful and delicious non-alcoholic offerings. So many SF restaurants have yet to embrace this trend and it is appreciated that Nightbird is promoting inclusivity. The Valentine's Tasting Menu was filled with charm, whimsy and deliciousness. Jordan and Mark were especially warm and welcoming and the special touches throughout - from heart shaped beets to the pre-dessert dessert - made for a special evening.
A photo of Kothai Republic restaurant
4.8 (97)
$30 and under
Sunset District
About the restaurant
*** WE HAVE MOVED RESERVATION PLATFORMS *** Book your reservation at https://www.exploretock.com/kothai-republic-san-francisco
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Very friendly service, funky fusion food with unexpected mix of flavors that tasted really good.
A photo of State Bird Provisions restaurant
4.7 (2905)
$50 and over
Western Addition
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: A 'standard table' is indoor dining. Reservations marked with an *asterik* will include 'counter' seating.

If you are interested in booking for 6 to 8 guests, please visit our website!

Due to limited space, we ask our guests to dine within the following time frames:
1-2 guests - up to 1 hour and 30 minutes
3-5 guests - up to 1 hour and 45 minutes

Tables will be held for 15 minutes after the reservation time, at which point we will make the table available to our waitlist.

If you are feeling less than your best we do ask that you reach out about your reservation, we will gladly find a time to reschedule!

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food - every dish thoughtful and well executed
A photo of Little Saint Café & Lounge restaurant
4.6 (43)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Little Saint is a vegan restaurant, café, bar, wine lounge and events venue located in downtown Healdsburg with two separate dining options and unique wine tasting experiences.

The Café & Lounge at Little Saint continues the 100% plant-based ethos with informal à la carte menus served downstairs from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Thursday-Monday. The Café & Lounge offers a casual and cozy living room vibe and is open for walk-ins or reservations. Please note we close the kitchen between 3-5pm.

Unique wine tasting experiences are also offered in the Café & Lounge at Little Saint and can be reserved separately between 11:00am and 5:00pm, Thursday-Monday.

The Second Story at Little Saint is a 100% plant-based dining concept located upstairs. The multi-course menu highlights the seasonal ingredients available at Little Saint Farm and the surrounding area, and it will change based on availability. To book The Second Story please visit littlesainthealdsburg.com.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We took our vegan friend to Little Saint for his birthday. The food was delicious!
A photo of JooDang restaurant
4.6 (17)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Nestled at the intersection of Korean and Japanese culinary traditions, Joodang offers more than just a fusion of flavors; it's a confluence of cultures, creating an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and liberating. Our hand-picked, extensive collection of premium sakes and sojus beckons both the novice and the connoisseur. Our friendly staff stands ready to guide you through the nuances of each spirit, ensuring every sip is a journey in itself. At Joodang, we celebrate the art of drinking and encourage our patrons to indulge in our curated selections. Yet, even as the spirits flow freely, our ambiance remains one of class and distinction. While we wholeheartedly encourage a memorable time, we also emphasize drinking responsibly, ensuring every evening at Joodang ends on a high note.
Top review
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
Everything was very enjoyable. Worth the trip especially of cost doesn’t matter to you.
A photo of Elevation LVK restaurant
4.5 (387)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Open for In-door & Patio Dining! Lunch/Small Plates/Dinner Wed-Fri, Brunch Sat/Sun, DJ Thurs at 6 pm, Live music Fri/Sat 6-9 pm, and Sun 11-2 pm.

Elevation LVK is a full service restaurant at the Livermore Airport in the terminal building overlooking the jet runway.

Every aspect of our service is geared towards fine dining and the most unique experience in a relaxing and inspirational setting while seasonal recipes provide the finest quality of food from California Farmers and Foragers, prepared with love and care.

We strive to make your experience a memorable one, while we change our menu by the season, we will always have your favorites.

Our wine list features the finest local wines.

The dining experience includes calming views of the rolling hills of Livermore Valley in the backdrop to the Airport setting with airplanes and helicopters in the foreground.

The year around aviation events add a novelty to the experience at Elevation LVK.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Highlight of the evening was the live music featuring Joey Torres and friends.
A photo of 3D Dining — CIA at Copia, Napa, CA restaurant
4.1 (301)
$50 and over
About the restaurant

Join us for this one-of-a-kind dining experience—a dinner and movie like no other. Enter the world of 3D animation, right at your dinner table, and join Chefs Nya and Ned as they save the world from the villainous Dr. Animator. You’ll encounter flying forks, knives, fire-breathing dragons, and even a pasta monster as you’re transported across the globe without ever leaving the table.

Throughout the immersive experience, you’ll dine on a four-course meal designed by CIA at Copia’s Executive Chef Dominic Orsini to transport you along your global travels with Chefs Nya and Ned.

This one-of-a-kind dining experience features cutting-edge 3D technology and visual storytelling by the world-renowned TableMation™

Top review
Dined on 11 Nov 2023
Very pleased with the food, my kids enjoyed the 3D experience
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A photo of Desi Contemporary Indian & Gabru Bar restaurant
4.1 (156)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Desi Contemporary Indian Casual is a modern casual Indian restaurant in Bay Area featuring Cal Indian Food. Our flavors are firmly rooted in Indian food with influences from around the world, resulting in adventurous, delicious dishes. We believe that the world's cuisines are more similar than different, and celebrate how various signature dishes, worlds apart, have striking similarities. We started in December 2019 in San Jose, California. Our primary location is in Campbell between Pruneyard restaurants and Downtown Campbell, California. Our craft cocktail program at Gabru Bar is designed to compliment your mood, offering a variety of delicious options to pair with how you’re feeling. Cheerful, romantic, introspective, lighthearted, or mysterious — we’ve got cocktails to match your frame of mind! Let us know if you can spot our cocktails around our space. "Discover Bold and Flavorful Cocktails at Gabru Bar: Elevate Your Mood! "
"Featured on CBS National TV series Destination SF"

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 19 Feb 2024
Our server was polite, knowledge and very helpful. All of which added to the good food to make for a nice evening.
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