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Diners' Choice: Tapas / Small Plates restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Tapas / Small Plates 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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4.7
4.7 (3204)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Santa Rosa
About the restaurant
A San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Top 100 Restaurant for four years, Willi’s Wine Bar’s captures the casual, laid-back nature of Sonoma County Wine Country. Tourists and locals feel equally at home enjoying a quick bite or lingering over a glass of wine. The menu at Willi’s features international small plates, some wildly inventive and others comfortingly familiar. Staff is eager to help create perfect pairings with wines from the extensive wine list, many by local producers. Most wines are available in two-ounce tastes as well as by the glass or bottle.
Top review
sueb
Dined 3 days ago
The food was exceptional! Loved all the different flavors
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4.6
4.6 (2407)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Healdsburg
About the restaurant
We accept reservations daily. Join us for a meal or a snack at one of our three bars, a table inside or on the heated patio.

Located just north of the town square in downtown Healdsburg, the East Coast and South America meet Wine Country at Willi’s Sea­food & Raw Bar. The inviting vibrant decor and an exten­sive list of small plates combine with the eclectic seasonal cocktail menu and wide-ranging wine list to make visitors feel right at home. Designed for sharing, the menu features items ranging from New England Style “Rolls” and Latin-inspired skewers to ceviches and tar­tares. The chef’s raw bar features an ever-changing selection of fresh seafood, including at least eight varieties of fresh oysters.



Top review
luvfoodwinevip
Dined 2 days ago
Mouth watering lineup of creative tapas dishes perfect for sharing with your guests so everyone gets to experience the range of flavors. Terrific vibe, ambience, wine list and service. Willi’s always delivers! It’s our favorite spot in Healdsburg!
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4.6
4.6 (1178)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Bernal Heights
About the restaurant
RESTAURANT POLICIES :
*NO GUARANTEED ON TABLES LOCATION, Limited to availability.
Outdoor & Indoor seating choice on Open Table is a preference only.
*Tables will be assigned depending in reservation time and table availability.
*Due to Limited tables, every table has a time limit of 90 minutes.
*Punctually is important, we will patiently wait 10 minutes past reservation time, then table will be given away to waitlist.



Fusion Peruvian Cuisine. Artful ambiance. These are the ingredients that create this dynamic San Francisco restaurant, Piqueos. In our cuisine you will find an unmistakable touch of Peru. In every dish the distinct flavors of regional spices come through.
Top review
KateN
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious food, fun atmosphere, and really great service!
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4.6
4.6 (178)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Barceloneta in Downtown Santa Cruz features expertly made paellas, tapas, cocktails, sangria and churros. We pride ourselves on working with local farmers and sourcing specialty foods directly from Spain. Most popular dishes include seafood paella, patatas bravas, jamon croquetas, ibiza hippie salad and harissa ribs. Locals know we have the best vegan and vegetarian options. We are known for freshly juiced cocktails, sangria pitchers, an extensive list of Spanish wines, sherries, vermouths and gins. Diners love our cheery, bright space, open kitchen and bustling bar scene.
Owners Brett and Elan Emerson are husband and wife team who previously owned Contigo, San Francisco. They are known for hospitality, authentic service and delicious, memorable dishes.
*Winner Best New Restaurant, Best Small Plates, Best Tapas Bar, Best Spanish Restaurant North America*
Chef Brett Emerson has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Time Out, Financial Times, Via, Plate Magazine and more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
I've been wanting to try this place for so long, and I'm kicking myself for not going sooner! The service, food, cocktails, and vibe were great. I thought the server who waited on us was so kind and lovely, she was 10/10!
A photo of Amour Amour Wine Bar & Tapas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (105)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
San Mateo
About the restaurant
Amour Amour celebrates the relaxed lifestyle, where small plates, good drinks and a tranquil atmosphere are all part of the experience. Guests can start with the sachet de prosciutto wrapped with goat cheese, fig jam, almonds and herbes de Provence for an introduction to Amour Amour’s culinary style. Popular hot tapas options include the pork and beef Spanish meatballs in a sauce consisting of tomato, nutmeg and paprika, as well as the organic kabocha squash with bacon and honey butter. The roasted patatas bravas with spicy tomato aioli is another favorite. Amour Amour’s cold tapas plates, such as the Oregano octopus, capers , or the organic kale with avocado and lemon vinaigrette, are flavorful and refreshing ,Spanish Sea food Paella .

For a sweet bite, enjoy the tropical coconut panna cotta with mango puree. Be sure to wash your meal down with a house-made sangria.
Top review
LauraOvip
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely restaurant with outstanding food - have been several times and it's always excellent!
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4.6
4.6 (4317)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Serving spirited Pan-Latin cuisine, Cascal is a place to meet and linger with friends over exotic cocktails and enticing foods with bold flavors and personality from Spain and Latin-America.We have indoor and outdoor dining available. Reservations are encouraged. Take-out tapas, paella, cocktails, virgin mojitos and 30% off wine are available for pickup Tue-Sun from 11:30am-8:00pm. Online ordering and gift cards available at www.cascalmv.com
Top review
NancyB
Dined 2 days ago
Service was great! They serve small dishes if you are interested in sharing dishes with your friends. I am interested in ordering my own dish.
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4.4
4.4 (171)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Mountain View
About the restaurant
Vida Mountain View is a brand-new Spanish tapas restaurant and cocktail bar located on Castro Street, in the heart of Mountain View's downtown district. The restaurant features a spectacular interior with handpainted murals, multiple private rooms, and a two-sided 40ft bar. Perfect for a romantic night out, after-work drinks, or dinner between friends, Vida Mountain View is the go-to place in Mountain View to unwind and enjoy delicious food! Looking for some late-night fun? Our restaurant turns into a cocktail lounge on Weekends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great place to eat a bir noisy at times with commuter trains but all in all great Spanish atmosphere.
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4.5
4.5 (908)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown / Union Square
About the restaurant
Bota is an authentic Spanish style tapas and paella bar located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. A place to go to share food, savor rustic flavors and enjoy Spanish wine in a casual, yet chic, environment. Inspired by the concept behind our name “BOTA”, a vessel to share wine with the people around you.
Top review
BarrySFvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always a great experience at Bota Tapas. It's my go-to place when seeing performances at ACT Theatre. Excellent food, service and staff.
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4.4
4.4 (55)
$50 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
Menlo Park
About the restaurant
Canteen is a casual Wine Bar from Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel, of Camper fame. The restaurant is conveniently located at the corners of Oak Grove + Garwood avenues in Menlo Park just a short hop and skip away from the Menlo Park Caltrain Station.

Featuring an ever changing mix of seasonally driven small plates, tapas, and larger dishes, alongside a menu of craft cocktails, great wines by the glass and the bottle, and non-alcoholic options, Canteen is the "Urban Oasis" Menlo Park has been clamoring for. The vibe is laid back with a mix of bar, communal, informal style seating. Canteen is the perfect place to meet up with friends, family and colleagues, for whatever reason (or no reason at all).

In the warmer months Canteen features an expansive outdoor patio, perfect for sharing a pitcher of Sangria and a symphony of small plates + pintxos.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Amazing food, great service. Only drawback was occasional train noise as we were seated outside but it was worth it on such a beautiful evening. Cocktails were also delicious. This place is not inexpensive but the food was creative and fun in addition to being yummy. Similar style and price to Teleféric at Town & Country but a tad more creative. Will be back.
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4.6
4.6 (775)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Nob Hill
About the restaurant
Number 1 in California and San Francisco, and 2nd in the nation on USAToday's 10 Best Hotel Bars.

Nestled on the 19th floor of the historic InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Top of the Mark's breathtaking panoramic views of San Francisco's skyline and iconic landmarks, including the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, the enigmatic Alcatraz, Union Square, and more, will leave you spellbound. Sip on our signature cocktails as you soak in the atmosphere of timeless sophistication. Our appetizer and dessert selection will tantalize your taste buds, with options that complement our cocktails perfectly. What's more, we offer live entertainment each Saturday evening, where you can let the music move you on the dance floor. Currently, accepting walk-ins for any party less than 4 people.

So, join us at San Francisco's legendary sky lounge, the Top of the Mark, for a night filled with unforgettable moments, where every sip, bite, and dance move is a journey into the extraordinary.

Top review
KateT
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful evening with lovely staff. Food was delicious.
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