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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall 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!

A photo of Auro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (153)
$50 and over
American
Calistoga
About the restaurant
Join us in celebrating Calistoga’s only Michelin-rated fine dining destination, Auro. Our intimate dining space showcases a seasonally inspired, five-course tasting menu by acclaimed Chef Rogelio Garcia and his team. Set against the stunning backdrop of sprawling the Palisades Mountains, this is wine country dining at its finest.
Top review
FoodLoveLanguage
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Adam and all of the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable! Great experience!
A photo of Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub restaurant
4.6
4.6 (563)
$30 and under
American
San Jose
About the restaurant
Gastropub noun\ˈga-strō-ˌpəb\ : a pub, bar, or tavern that offers exceptional food in a casual and comfortable environment.

From succulent pork belly sliders to house made paté on our charcuterie plate and an incredible house-made burger - this is not typical bar food. Paired with hand-made cocktails, exclusive craft beers, and superb wines - Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub offers an experience unlike any other bar. Located in downtown San Jose in San Pedro Square

For parties over 10 please email Dale@firehouse1.com
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FunnyRunnerGirl
Dined 2 days ago
I had the stuffed chicken and my husband had the pork chop. Both were excellent and full of flavor. Their mixed drink are good too.
A photo of Fume Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2896)
$30 and under
American
Napa
About the restaurant
Fume Bistro is a locals neighborhood restaurant, nestled north of downtown Napa, off of HWY 29. We are an American bistro with French, Italian and Mediterranean influences. We like to call our food simple, honest and seasonally correct. To accompany the food, we offer an eclectic wine list which is primarily, but not limited to California wines. Comfortable, friendly service. Attention to detail. Terrific food in a great atmosphere. Come on in, let's eat!

Please note that our covered, heated terrace is open all year and super 'dog friendly' during lunch and brunch hours - during dinner in the colder months we enclose the terrace and it's considered part of the dining room. Please let us know if you have your furry family with you and we will do our best to accommodate. Thank you for your understanding.
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kkmcvip
Dined 5 days ago
Fume always delivers! Consistently solid meals, whether its a soup and salad night, or fancy entrees with dessert. Service is always spot on and the patio is lovely.
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4.8
4.8 (3867)
$31 to $50
American
Woodside
About the restaurant
We are open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery daily!

This beloved Woodside landmark brings destination dining to Silicon Valley. The Village Pub is rich with a sense of heritage and authenticity. The warm and elegant ambiance is the perfect backdrop for Chef Mark Sullivan's Contemporary American cuisine with Classic French roots.
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Laureng123
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful meal. They really made an effort to make it an experience. Service was excellent and the meal was absolutely delicious.
A photo of Firehouse Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (453)
$31 to $50
American
Woodside
About the restaurant
Firehouse Bistro serves Californian cuisine in Woodside, California.

We do private events, please call (650) 851-4988 for more information.
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Bigbear
Dined 3 days ago
Food was great and service excellent. Can't wait to go back.
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4.8
4.8 (10594)
$31 to $50
American
Yountville
About the restaurant
Aged for almost 37 years in the Napa Valley…
Since its beginnings as a local gathering spot over 35 years ago, Mustards Grill has blossomed into a destination for all who appreciate memorable food, superb wines and a warm welcome. Mustards food is Chef/Owner Cindy Pawlcyn’s mix of American regional dishes with global influences. The list of “Way Too Many Wines” represents the best from appellations throughout California and the New World.

Mustards is an American Grill, featuring flavors from around the globe. The wood-burning grill produces such favorites as Cindy’s famous Mongolian Pork Chop, Sonoma Rabbit, and the ½ pound Niman Ranch hamburger. The oakwood smoker fills the restaurant with aromas of BBQ baby back ribs, Wood Oven Duck, and our Oooeee Smoked Pork. Specialties include Seared Ahi Tuna on sesame crackers and Crispy Calamari tossed with curried slaw. The eclectic wine list features Way Too Many Wines from The Napa Valley, Sonoma, The Oregon, and Europe!
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RichardAvip
Dined 2 days ago
We've been going to Mustard's since the late 1980s, maybe 1-2x a year since then. Great comfort food to go with wine, consistent and fun. Extensive wine list, and sometimes unusual local Napa auction wines are available for sale. A wine country institution, thank heavens. I think several regional chains around the country have drawn inspiration from Mustard's.
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4.8
4.8 (2916)
$31 to $50
American
Noe Valley
About the restaurant
We serve food that, more often than not, accesses that part of our deepest soul where genuine expression can flow forth. We have always tried to give our food and service our best selves, as honest and vulnerable as we can muster. We strive to be a place where you might actually have a real connection; maybe with your server, maybe with your food or maybe with your possibly gracious host who is ACTUALLY glad you’re there.

Oh, you wanted a restaurant description? Sorry. Can’t really help you there. We’re not so big on labels. Our food is hard to nail down as we are constantly evolving and entirely seasonal and personal. We’ve used “Food you eat” as a tag line on occasion and that remains accurate. We could also describe it as “Food we really want you to eat”. When you’re here, tell us what you would call it.
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TedB
Dined 5 days ago
Very creative and delicious meal. If you are vegetarian, gluten-free, or have other food issues, you will be very happy here.
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4.8
4.8 (2488)
$31 to $50
American
Saratoga
About the restaurant
All reservations are made online at Open Table.
A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required or a charge of $30 will apply.
Multiple reservations made by the same party will not be honored. Even if you leave a note on Open Table, our reservation platform will not accommodate this request.
We allow a 15 min grace period, from your reservation time to be running late or to be sat at a table.
We have set forth dining times allotted for each party; they are as follows:
- For parties of 2 we have reserved 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- For parties of 4 we have reserved 2 hours.
- For parties of 5-6 we have reserved 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Outdoor reservations are subject to delay or cancellation depending on weather.
Please dress appropriately with warm attire if you are reserving an outdoor table. Outdoor reservations are subject to cancellation depending on weather.
If you have any questions regarding your reservation, please contact us at info@theheroranch.com
Top review
FeliciaMvip
Dined 7 days ago
Amanda was the best! Food was wonderful as well! Can’t wait to go back!
A photo of Cafe La Haye restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2948)
$31 to $50
American
Sonoma
About the restaurant
Located just off Sonoma Plaza, Cafe La Haye offers an appealingly unfussy sophistication. The split-level dining room holds just a dozen or so tables, but its open kitchen, raftered ceiling and walls adorned with modern art create a vibrant energy that’s contagious.
Convivial owner Saul Gropman and chef Jeffrey Lloyd make a formidable team. Lloyd, former executive chef of restaurant Michael Mina, offers a seasonal menu that’s discreet in its complexity, featuring the sort of dishes that seem to get better with each bite.
Gropman’s wine list comprises a modest 100 bottles, but it’s a smart, well-focused selection -

Wine Spectator
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Cafe LA Haye was fantastic. The food, ambiance, and staff were great. We went here for my wife's birthday, and we will definitely be back.
A photo of Juanita & Maude restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1644)
$50 and over
American
Albany
About the restaurant
An intimate neighborhood restaurant, Juanita & Maude features Chef Scott Eastman's personal take on American Cuisine. The daily changing menu highlights classic dishes including Michelin Guide's top 5 hamburger in California. His refined comfort food is matched with seasonal craft cocktails and an international wine list.

Juanita & Maude's lively dining room or serene outdoor patio is the perfect spot for a night out, celebration or special occasion. Conveniently located near the corner of Solano and San Pablo Avenues.
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DawnNvip
Dined 7 days ago
Another great evening! The current menu has so many flavors of summer and we had a wonderful meal on the patio. The edamame and avocado hummus was interesting, but the pork belly nam khao was a standout. Can't wait to come back again.
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