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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American 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!

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4.9
4.9 (2305)
$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
Foodmouth
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic meal! A group of friends and I dined in the lovely mezzanine. Nicole and Kai helped our group decide on dishes and drinks that exceeded everyone’s expectations.
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4.8
4.8 (2942)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Napa
About the restaurant
Walk into TORC and you might notice the music. It's rock & roll, blues, or soul, and it's undeniably on. You might notice the energy — it's high. And you'll definitely notice our bar. It's busy serving well-made cocktails and pouring rare wines we're proud to say you probably won't find anywhere else by the glass. There are no white tablecloths. No dabbing the corners of your mouth. No pomp, but lots of circumstance. And perhaps the only reason you noticed the aforementioned is because you haven't tasted our food. That's when the music fades into the background. Join us.

Top review
Karen
Dined 4 days ago
So good we came back for a second time this week. Tried the green salad with strawberries and fennel. Excellent. Sweet potato pakora a little disappointing but flavorful and the squash blossoms with a sauce to die for. Husband had the short rib, I had the ravioli and daughter risotto. Wine list is varied and all price points covered. Many by the glass. Zoe our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable on all aspects of the menus. Honestly, the entire staff is happy, friendly and welcoming. Can’t go wrong here!!!
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4.8
4.8 (5228)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Presidio Heights
About the restaurant
Open for lunch (two courses/$65), brunch (three courses/$98), and dinner (three courses/$125), Spruce offers seasonal prix-fixe menus crafted by Chef Mark Sullivan. Each menu offers a wide range of options, as well as luxurious additions (examples: caviar, truffles) for supplemental prices. Our cuisines is complemented by an extensive wine list which holds "Wine Spectator" magazine's highest honor, a Grand Award. The bar/lounge is available for walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis. We look forward to welcoming you to Spruce soon!
Top review
rgerbertxnvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great food and service but took forever (at least 30 minutes) to get our first course!
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4.8
4.8 (3591)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Healdsburg
About the restaurant
Contemporary American: Portraying what Sonoma County has to offer with refined elegance and simplicity.


We will showcase what the region has to offer by focusing on the amazing network of farmers and artisan producers in the area. The relationships we have formed with our purveyors have given us the opportunity to work with what is available while providing the flexibility of changing our menu weekly.


We are determined to provide warm and personable service by dedicated professionals who love what they do. Every guest will feel as if we were inviting them into our own homes.


The wine program is inspired by the incredible history and diversity of the region that surrounds us. Here you can explore classic varieties made by the pioneers whose dedication has made Northern California one of the most exciting wine growing regions in the world.
Top review
YvetteWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Loved it! The food, service, cocktails and ambiance were wonderful! We will be back!
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4.6
4.6 (1582)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Oswald is a contemporary American restaurant and bar that focuses on the abundance of delicious ingredients found on the central coast of California. Oswald features an eclectic, international wine list and an exciting, seasonal bar program. While the decor is spare and modern, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. Oswald features new art shows every two months.

We do have first come tables available in the lounge as well as bar seats.
Come by and see if there is a table or seat for you.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Always lovely lunches at Oswald — expert service from Josh and delicious offerings from Chef Damani. The BEST. BOOM!
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4.7
4.7 (609)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Hayward
About the restaurant
Welcome to our beautifully restored Victorian with a contemporary twist. Neumanali opened fifteen years ago and quickly became a neighborhood favorite.

We are open for indoor dining. Patio seating is available. We are not requiring masks for those who have been vaccinated, however, we appreciate your adherence to the state masking requirements for those not vaccinated.

The menu features both fresh and seasonal entrees in addition to a selection of fun and unusual small plates. Perennial favorites are the pan-seared day boat scallops, grilled ribeye and pan seared pork chop. The wine list is a bit eclectic and features smaller, more difficult to find winery selections. Lush garden dining is available now.
Top review
Poipubch
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Never disappoints. Excellent food and a warm quiet atmosphere.
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4.7
4.7 (89)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Danville
About the restaurant
Featuring plant based ingredients, elevated cooking techniques, a creative beverage list and a colorful ambiance with indoor and outdoor seating. Blossom & Root is the Tri-Valley dining destination for anyone curious about - or naturally inclined towards contemporary vegan fare with an "Eat Local" emphasis. Private dining is available. The pretty space is full of blue patterns and hues, with lots of plants (decorative and possibly edible). Featuring just as creative of a bar program as menu. Joe Steiner has elevated the bar program to match our eclectic menu by Chef Chris Johnson. Together the team puts out beautiful food and beverages not to be missed.
Top review
Pollyvip
Dined 3 days ago
Loved everything! large portions, couldnt finish.
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4.8
4.8 (1878)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
We are located just 6 minutes from Coddingtown Mall and 10 minutes from Downtown Santa Rosa surrounded by beautiful vineyards with an onsite garden for fresh, farm-to-table vegetables and herbs.

"An impressive new Santa Rosa restaurant that's instantly one of our best"
Jeff Cox, renowned Wine Country food critic.

If you are unable to find the reservation you want, please call us directly at (707) 546-6462. Thank you.

Top review
CindyGvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Our food was great, but we were surprised when our server offered to split our food in the kitchen rather than us doing it and then charged us $7.00 to do it. (She did take it off our bill when we mentioned it.)
A photo of The Patio restaurant
4.9
4.9 (262)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
About the restaurant
Although we try to accommodate every request for the back patio, we are experiencing high demand and have limited seating in order to observe social distancing. We also offer outdoor seating on the sidewalk and new parklet, as well as limited indoor seating. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We are following the health guidelines to keep our guests and staff safe. Due to these circumstances, we kindly ask that you do not show up early or late, and honor a 1.5 hour maximum duration to your reservation.

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Top review
MonaHvip
Dined 4 days ago
Love the small and large plates concept . With a party of 8 we got to enjoy a wide variety of menu choices . Staff is great and love the ambiance of the enclosed garden . A great spot for small or larger celebrations!
A photo of B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille restaurant
4.5
4.5 (329)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sonoma
About the restaurant
Award winning Chef Carlo Cavallo’s upscale gastropub concept, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille is located in the Historic Sonoma Creamery building across the street from the Old Mission in the Sonoma Plaza. We are Sonoma Plaza's only brew pub, whiskey bar. B&V's menu format is wine country inspired with farm to table elements, Italian and French influences, and good old fashion steak house. Chef Carlo Cavallo has won best beef in America, and been on Food Networks Guy Fieri show.
Top review
LouM
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Amazing food and great service! Highly recommend the Gamberi al Inferno, the Paglia Fieno and the Prime New York Strip. This was our best meal during our 5 days in Sonoma & Napa.
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