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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 favorite 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 Mayo Reserve Room - Mayo Family Winery restaurant
5 (895)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Indulge in a Casual & Intimate Wine & Food Pairing Experience unlike any other in Wine Country! At the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room, receive Personal Service and taste Exceptional Reserve Wines thoughtfully paired with 7 Seasonal Courses (each of about 3-4 bites each) that will challenge your expectations of what Wine Tasting should be...

Located in the heart of Kenwood in the beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room is situated in an unassuming building that overlooks Local Vineyards and Mountains. Relax and soak in the views while seated either Indoors or on our Front Lawn and taste through some of our Best Wines & Food Pairings, curated by Executive Chef John Locher and his team. We are personally committed to your Wine & Food Experience!

Book your reservation today at the Mayo Family Winery Reserve Room, or call 707-833-5504! Price is $80 per person for groups up to 6 guests, plus tax. 20% Auto Gratuity will be added to groups of 5 or more.
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Again a wonderful outing at the Mayo Reserve room. Chef John has created a delicious compliment of food to highlight their excellent wines. Five stars always.
A photo of Sushi Hashiri restaurant
5 (204)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
A progressive approach executed from a deep history of Kappo and Omakase Edomae Sushi. Two of Japan’s historical culinary concepts brought together combining hyper-seasonal ingredients and premium fish selections direct from our private purveyor inside the world renown Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan. Hashiri’s focus is to exemplify its re-evolving cuisine to showcase Japan’s richest seasonal ingredients.

Hyper seasonal multi course Kappo & Omakase Edomae Sushi dining experience at the sushi counter.

Hyper seasonal Omakase Edomae Sushi dining experience at the sushi counter. Tue & Wed

Due to limited seating capacity, internationally imported goods to curating your daily menu, cancellations or "no-shows" within 72-hours of the reservation will incur the full amount of their dining experience. Cancellations for parties 5 and more requires 5 day
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food and service. Delectable Sushi. Chef Ono-San was outstanding host. Will visit again.
A photo of Fare Play restaurant
4.9 (25)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Fare Play is a pop-up restaurant created by Chef Brenden Blaine Darby, a San Fanfrisco chef, farmer, and artist with a diverse background of culinary collaborations with NOMA, Manresa, Martin Berasategui, and Yoshi's SF. The menu of Fare Play is inspired by Brenden's grandmothers while also showcasing hyper-local and their time working at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as jungles, deserts, and regenerative farms across the globe.

Our atmosphere strives to be a new third place for SF Locals with a unique service style reminiscent of eating with family.

Fare (/fer/) -noun
A range of food of a particular type.

Play (/plā/) -verb
-engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

Our menu features local produce from queer farmers across the Bay Area from roots, stems, seeds, and flowers.

Come with an open mind and leave with a full heart.
Top review
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
The decor was fun, and the chef was personable and gracious.
A photo of Nisei restaurant
5 (33)
$50 and over
Russian Hill
About the restaurant
Nisei presents a contemporary approach to Japanese American cuisine by combining deep Japanese flavors, refined cooking technique, and Northern California's finest ingredients. The restaurant is a personal reflection of Chef David Yoshimura's unique experience as a chef and second generation Japanese American, or Nisei.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
This is one of the best meals I had recently. Yeah, price is $$$$, but it is in San Francisco, honestly, price is expensive everywhere. The creative is there, but still showing originality. Service is excellent. Will be back!
A photo of Caffe Macaroni restaurant
5 (701)
$30 and under
North Beach
About the restaurant
Chef & co-owner, Mario and his delightful wife, Stephanie, have a knack for making you feel as if they are cooking and serving just for you at this super-reasonable North Beach nook offering robust Southern Italian fare reminiscent of his native Naples; whether you’ve snagged an outdoor table or are in the small, casual interior, it delivers a pasta fix. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Mario and Stefani ( owners ) are fantastic. Thisca classic Pld School Italian dinning at its best !!
A photo of The Taste of Tea restaurant
4.9 (214)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Online reservations are limited, please call for full availability. Open Thursdays through Mondays, seating ends 30 mins prior to closing.
The Taste of Tea is The is real Taste of Japan; A hidden gem in Downtown Healdsburg, loved by locals and tourist for 8 years. Serving the best Ramen, prepared by executive Chef Nez Tokugawa and his passionate team, using family recipes with the finest local and imported ingredients. Mixologist crafted beverages; Adult tea cocktails, sake, beer and tea reimagined. Our sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining spaces are spacious and comfortable. Online ordering and retail shopping available www.thetasteoftea.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thetasteoftea
Top review
Dined on May 18, 2024
We were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant really did specialize in teas, and not just ones sourced from Japan (though they are our favorite). The fare is more hardy Japanese dishes with Ramen being a specialty. The gyoza were unique with having thin rice "skins" and not the common dough (like pot stickers). Only tried the vegetarian ones and will have to try the pork next time. The entrees were very good but we have to recommend their desserts. The panacotta was EXCEPTIONAL.
A photo of Sonoma Wine Shop & La Bodega restaurant
5 (58)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Gourmet Vegetarian and Gourmet Vegan dining - 5 nights a week.
We make our own pastas, soups, salads, desserts from scratch.
Headquarters for 3,000 member dine and wine club.
Over 1,500 local members live here in Sonoma County .
Cozy West County vibe. Indoor / patio / garden seating.
5 Stars on Yelp. 7 years Nextdoor Fave.
Reservations and pre-ordering preferred.
Talk with us about any dietary concerns.
A true 'find' here in Sonoma County.
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Fantastic wine dinner pairing experience. Warm friendly environment.
A photo of Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge restaurant
4.9 (391)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge is a tropical vacation spot right in the middle of your hometown! Serving award-winning, world famous classic and exotic cocktails along with many original recipes, along with some tasty snacks, Forbidden Island is a retro-oasis in the desert of your busy modern day! Now open indoors (seated capacity only) as well as outdoors in our Tiki Garden/ Patio, 7 days a week.

* Please note that all reservations are limited to 90 minutes for groups of 1-3 and 2 hours for groups of 4-8.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Drinks are fantastic and food is good. Nice place to unwind.
A photo of grace restaurant
4.7 (53)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Named after Grace McCann Morley, SFMOMA’s forward-thinking founder who believed in art for all, our Floor 1 restaurant is a welcoming gathering place for the community. Enjoy American fare, drinks, and art in a casual indoor/outdoor setting.
Top review
Dined on May 28, 2024
I love grace. I’m already thinking about when I’ll be there next. Excellent staff & delicious food, with the bonus of delightful cocktails. Don’t miss it.
A photo of Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant restaurant
4.9 (2702)
$50 and over
Bodega Bay
About the restaurant
Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious and higher quality food in a friendly atmosphere. They are always accommodating with dietary needs. A favorite of mine in Sonoma County.
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