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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 The Caviar Co. restaurant
5 (34)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The Caviar Co. Champagne Lounge is nestled in charming downtown Tiburon. Our menu features caviar flights, light bites, and an extensive champagne list to indulge in. Whether you are new to caviar or a seasoned connoisseur, our tasting room has offerings for every palate!

Our tasting room is currently licensed for guests 21+.

Top review
Dined on 1 Feb 2024
If you love cavier this is the place! Everything is so well done and they do know their cavier. Will return on a regular basis, as we live close by.
A photo of Sushi Hakko restaurant
4.9 (240)
$50 and over
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
**Welcome to Sushi Hakko on Union St. + Fillmore St.**
We'd like to offer our tasting menu that's reflecting Chef Alex Kim and his team's pursuit of top notch sushi experience. Our approach is a harmonious crossover of authentic Edo-mae style with Western skill. From fish to rice, cooking rice to garnish prep - a true synergy of not only Californian but Japan.

**Sushi Bar Experience**
For the best experience of our tasting menu, we'd recommend the sushi bar seating, where chef will serve and explain the dish by dish, piece by piece with an extensive information of the skills and ingredients.

**Regular Tables**
Our regular tables are also available for the tasting menu and you can make a reservation at any time slot to your convenience.

*Large Group*
For any party of 7 or more, please kindly call us at 415.814.2886​ or email at sushihakko@gmail.com. We will get back to you asap.

All parties will be subject to a 20% service charge.

We look forward to serving you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 Feb 2024
We did the bar omakase experience and it was incredible. I’d highly recommend!
A photo of Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant restaurant
4.8 (1047)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Our fine-dining restaurant has long been the cornerstone of Farmhouse Inn. Fueled by ingredients straight from Joe and Catherine Bartolomei's ranch or discovered by Chef Craig Wilmer on his daily farm stops en route to the inn, our menus are ever-changing and rely exclusively on not only what is fresh and seasonal in Sonoma County, but on what is perfect, unexpected and delightful.

Our service is friendly yet infinitely professional and sophisticated, carefully orchestrated down to the smallest detail. The wine program offers opportunities to experience not just the finest wines of the Sonoma and Napa wine country, but those most perfectly suited to complement the dining experience we strive to create.
Let us take you on a culinary journey, bite-by-bite, through the beautiful terroir of Sonoma County.

Top review
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
The food was amazing. Innovative, multiple distinct tastes in each course. Very falvorful sauces. Perigord truffle on the dessert course was unconventional but really worked. We will be back!
A photo of Blue Plate restaurant
4.7 (1469)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bernal Heights
About the restaurant
The Blue Plate opened in 1999 as a casual spot where friends and neighbors can enjoy the best ingredients our seasons have to offer. Owners Cory Obenour and Jeff Trenam have created a space that feels like a home, with three distinct dining rooms each appointed with the work of local artists. In the back, a lush, night-fragrant garden offers an exotic retreat from the bustle of the city. The kitchen stays committed to using the highest quality local produce and meats in classic American and rustic Mediterranean dishes. Through a working friendship with Bay Area farmers, the Blue Plate is expanding the notion of "the blue plate special" to include dining that is casual, affordable, delicious and responsible.
Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
I hadn’t been back to Blue Plate in years, and am so glad I returned! It was as amazing as always - service, vibe, food. I had just returned from Brooklyn and was lamenting “why don’t we have cozy, cool neighborhood restaurants like they have in San Francisco?” which is what prompted me to wander into Blue Plate again. Williamsburg and Greenpoint, eat your heart out!
A photo of Camino Alto restaurant
4.7 (17)
$31 to $50
Cow Hollow
About the restaurant
Camino Alto is a new Farm to Table restaurant in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. Owner Josh Copeland's idea of serving fresh, seasonal food was born at the height of the pandemic, from his deep desire to bring people together with remarkable food and ambiance that will fill you up in all ways -- clean, unprocessed food with no hidden chemicals. Josh and his team shop at farmers' markets and buy only the highest quality produce, oils, meat and seafood. They believe the best meals start with great farmers, ranchers, roasters, brewers and winemakers who understand Mother Earth and her seasons like few do. You can find deeply flavorful dishes including market salads, seafood, steak (and many great brunch options). Camino Alto is both vegan and GF friendly and the team cheerfully promote the philosophy "Eat what you love. Do it with thought, do it with the season, and whenever you can, do it with others." Now let's eat!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 Jan 2024
This was a great find. The appetizers and main course were great excellent. Parking can be hard to find on the street but there is a parking garage only a few blocks away
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Cupertino, CA restaurant
4.6 (870)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Niki-niku, cook meat and shrimp at each table. Fresh and tasty. A few choices already cooked. Some salad and several veggie items. Large choice, various cuts of meat from which to choose. Small plates so fun to taste various dishes. The chicken wings are crisp and delicious. Cold air helps to mediate the heat of the grill. Glad I had a jacket. Service helpful and there when you need them.
A photo of Sushi Shio restaurant
4.5 (285)
$50 and over
Mission District
About the restaurant

Check out our new menu offerings. We are also offering Pick-up/Delivery options for your added convenience. Please search us at DoorDash.

Please kindly leave a note if you have severe food allergy or dietary restrictions.

Thank you and we look forward to serving you soon.

Top review
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Recommended - high quality food and superlative service!
A photo of Show de Carnes Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.5 (45)
$50 and over
Brazilian Steakhouse
About the restaurant
Bringing the national barbecue of Brazil, where the meat has been raised to the level of art.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great Meal! It was pretty good on the service, so attentive. The meats tasted good, though maybe should add more different types of meat and fruits. But overall pretty good. For the prices, I wish desserts were included.
A photo of Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.2 (592)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
San Jose
About the restaurant
Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse is proud to share the traditions, culture and food of southern Brazil.
Rodizio is a popular Brazilian style barbecue, a continuous service of a wide variety of different cuts of beef, pork, lamb and chicken that is slowly cooked with special grills to preserve all their natural juices and flavors. You may enjoy as much as you like, all for one fixed price. Enjoy this gastronomical adventure called Rodizio along with the unique style and tradition of the Brazilian Gaucho.

Top review
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
I’ve been to plenty Brazilian steakhouses but never to this one in particular. Took my lady for Valentine’s Day since she’s never been to a Brazilian steak house ever & they didn’t disappoint 👌 thank you. Will definitely be back.
A photo of Wilder SF restaurant
4.1 (41)
$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
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
Wilder was an excellent spot for a nice yet also casual meal out. The cocktails are delicious especially their featured cocktail of the month and espressotini. Meal was cooked perfectly, nicely seasoned and balanced. Have already recommended Wilder to coworkers and friends. Can't wait to visit again.
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