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Diners' Choice: Californian restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Californian cuisine in San Francisco Bay Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Commis Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (10)
$50 and over
Californian
Oakland
About the restaurant
With only 10 bar height chairs at the cocktail bar, the COMMIS BAR experience offers a fixed 4-course menu highlighting some the best seasonal Northern California ingredients through modern and classic cooking techniques.

Diners at the bar are invited for 1.5 to 2 hours over the entire course of the meal with the shorter fixed menu compared to our full length DINING ROOM menu experience.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 7, 2024
One of the best meals we've had. Inventive and interesting food with a professional and friendly staff. They have definitely earned their second Michelin star!!
A photo of Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2636)
$50 and over
Californian
Bodega Bay
About the restaurant
Terrapin Creek Cafe & Restaurant is a California cuisine restaurant located in Bodega Bay, California.
Top review
xxxxvip
Dined today
Excellent olive oil poached fish and chocolate cake and super server
A photo of Ethel's Fancy restaurant
4.9
4.9 (391)
$50 and over
Californian
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
A hip and fun restaurant with chef's counter dining, serving thoughtful American cuisine, with an emphasis on local seasonal products.

Ethel's Fancy is open at 5 PM Tuesday - Saturday.

We have a small dining room with a limited amount of reservable tables. We do keep our Bar seats and a table in the restaurant open for people to walk-ins. Walk-ins are on a first come basis.

Please do not make multiple reservations with the intention of combining reservations to increase party size.

All guests must be present before your party will be seated.

To help provide a seamless experience for all our guests, we have allocated 2-hours for your group of 2 to 4 people.

Top review
PeggyK
Dined 5 days ago
Great food, outstanding service in a very upbeat setting. We had a wonderful time and will definitely recommend this neighborhood find to our friends.
A photo of Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1099)
$50 and over
Californian
Forestville
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 17, 2024
Truly and incredible once in a lifetime experience. The sommelier was incredible.
A photo of Frances restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3557)
$50 and over
Californian
The Castro
About the restaurant
At Frances, chef Melissa Perello’s seasonal menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting. Named after Chef Perello’s grandmother, Frances is an ode to refined but comfortable sensibilities in both food and decor. Whether it’s the technique-rich, yet simple approach to food, or the open, familiar atmosphere and stellar service, Frances' honest, focused approach has resonated with customers and critics alike.


Top review
ella222vip
Dined 1 day ago
It is wonderful! Even after many years of being open has not lost a bit of the incredible taste! Loved it!
A photo of Garibaldi's on Presidio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2240)
$31 to $50
Californian
Presidio Heights
About the restaurant
Discover Garibaldis, the perfect neighborhood restaurant, pleasing loyal locals and jet-setters alike for over 30 years! Garibaldis is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. With a dining room stylish, comfortable, service professional, friendly and a seasonal Cal-Med menu loaded with reliable favorites. Garibaldis is the rare spot perfect for anything from a first date to a family supper. Devotees return again and again for the generous portions, great wine list and specialty cocktails served at the cozy, full bar.
Top review
BetsyPvip
Dined on Mar 21, 2024
It was really good! God and service were excellent.
A photo of OSO restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1130)
$30 and under
Californian
Sonoma
About the restaurant
OSO Restaurant on the Historic Sonoma Plaza focuses on chef David Bush's Modern California Cuisine in a relaxed and rustic setting. OSO has table seating for reservations and offers an a la carte menu.. The menu highlights the chef's exciting, but never esoteric, cuisine which crosses all culinary borders. OSO also offers a full bar and specialty cocktails.

Chef Bush is focused on his new world style of cuisine and presents a menu that appeals to the entire scope of one's palate. Items such as fresh raw oysters, farm to table California vegetables, local fish and meat. OSO looks forward to your visit.

Top review
LeslieGvip
Dined 6 days ago
Food was delicious, Pad Thai, steak were outstanding. Service was great. Hadn’t been in awhile, happy to have gone back.
A photo of All Spice – San Mateo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1102)
$50 and over
Californian
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Enjoy our oft-changing 3, 4 or 5-course Chef's menu for dinner inside our charming cottage or on our heated outdoor patio.

Come take a special journey when you dine at our charming restaurant.

Husband-and-wife team Sachin Chopra and Shoshana Wolff have turned a 1906 Victorian house into a pioneering dining destination that showcases Modern Californian Cuisine. It's local and seasonal whenever possible, but is also so much more. Sachin stretches beyond his classical training to create elegantly composed dishes that subtly hint at Indian, Japanese, Norwegian, Mediterranean and other worldly influences. The result is a unique cuisine with its own distinctive point of view. Warm, professional service and a thoughtful wine list enhance the experience.

We can't wait to see you!

Top review
marcibdocvip
Dined on Mar 8, 2024
Don’t listen to negativity regarding ALLSPICE— this is a hidden jewel whose cuisine will blow you away for its creativity, flavor and inventiveness. The veggie dishes fully hold up to any of the meat entrees, really extraordinary— light, luscious. The wine pairings are excellent and reasonably priced. Michelin is rarely wrong and here, doesn’t even do just to the romantic combination of class and elegance. Best place for date night I know…
A photo of Bistro Viz restaurant
4.8
4.8 (844)
$31 to $50
Californian
San Anselmo
About the restaurant
The patio is tented and heated- and well-behaved dogs are welcome!
Our hours are THURSDAY to Sunday, 5 pm to close.
We feature an eclectic, seasonal menu of 100% organic produce and wild or sustainably raised meats.
The concise, superbly curated wine list features over 35 wines by the glass as well as a rotating list of rarer wines by the bottle. Please enjoy your personal bottles at home; we do not open outside bottles.
To-go wines are 40-55% off restaurant prices.


Top review
BarryNvip
Dined 5 days ago
Consistently excellent food and the wine list is terrific.
A photo of Dinah's Poolside Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (738)
$30 and under
Californian
Palo Alto
About the restaurant
Dinah’s Poolside Restaurant offers indoor and heated outdoor dining in a relaxing environment overlooking the pool. Private dining is also available in our Fireside Room or private Lanai patio.

This casual restaurant is renowned by locals for a hearty breakfast and lunch-time favorites. In the evening, Chef Gerardo Naranjo elevates the experience with steak and seafood classics.

Fresh, seasonal and local. We offer the highest quality cage free eggs, sustainable produce and free range meats sourced locally whenever possible.

For over 55 years we have been serving the Palo Alto area with great service, consistent food, and hand squeezed orange juice!

Top review
NancyBvip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
We had a great time with friends lunching by the pool. Hugo was our server and provided outstanding service. Returned later for dessert. Best bread pudding I’ve ever had. Recommended by Hugo. We love coming to Dinah’s. Service, delicious food and ambience all excellent.
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