Boasting an impressive number of seven three-Michelin-star restaurants in the Bay Area, San Francisco sits at the heart of America’s most prestigious fine dining scene. Star chefs are bringing a polished touch to a broad range of cuisines, from Moroccan to Korean, classic French to New American. Whatever food you’re craving, there’s a restaurant that does it, and does it unquestionably well.

Benu

Korean-American chef Corey Lee has skillfully used Asian ingredients with a Western touch in a meal worthy of its three Michelin stars. Dinner opens with Lee’s signature xiao long bao and continues through several highly refined dishes. Be sure to book well in advance, as seats here go in a-blink-of-an-eye.

Octavia

Octavia’s bright and open interiors contribute to the relaxing vibes, and the food is nothing short of top-notch. The signature dish here is the so-called “Deviled Egg”, which incorporates fresno chile and marash pepper. Who wouldn’t want to try that?

Atelier Crenn

With two Michelin stars under her belt, chef Dominique Crenn is able to stand nice and tall in an industry known to be highly competitive. If you’re an artsy type of person, this place will definitely tick all of your boxes. The menu is written as a poem, an expression of the thoughtfulness and creativity that goes into every one of her dishes.

Lazy Bear

A night at this Mission restaurant starts with a relaxed cocktail hour of appetizers before the main event unfolds at communal tables in the loft. The barrier between kitchen and dining room is pretty much non-existent when chefs personally bring out dishes to diners, and diners in turn are invited to witness the art and magic that goes into making their food.

Saison

At $398 per head, you’re paying top dollar for the set menus at Saison. Before you immediately move on to the next on the list, we must say the experience is well worth it if you’re looking for the ultimate fine dining. However, If you’re feeling like something less substantial but would still like the experience, we suggest to try the à la carte menu - we encourage you to try their liquid toast and black cod.

Mister Jiu’s

Long gone are the days where Chinese food were merely seen as cheap take-out; Brandon Jew’s ode to his heritage is a destination worthy of date night. Classic dishes are reinvented with modern twists in a setting that evokes both tradition and sophistication.

Mourad

With its sleek black-and-white interior accented by yellow floor tiles and frosted glass columns, Mourad evokes glamor, and the menu is just as glamorous. Sure, the food is not exactly cheap, but for a contemporary take on Moroccan cuisine, you won’t find anywhere else that does it better. Choose from the thoughtfully created tasting menus or the à la carte options, either way we’re sure that you’ll have a great time.

SPQR

SPQR serves Italian comfort food fancied up: think handmade pastas alongside foie gras and the chef’s own line of caviar. Oenophiles (those who love their wine) will want to dig into the extensive wine list, notable even among other classy restaurants.

The Progress

Fresh off a Michelin-star win, The Progress continues to be a mainstay in San Francisco’s buzzy dining scene. The restaurant’s cheerful interior, lively atmosphere, and large-format platters make it an ideal setting for larger groups. Don’t leave without trying a martini.