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The 10 Best American Restaurants in San Francisco

Updated: March 5, 2021

Looking for the top American food in San Francisco? To get you the definitive list of the finest American restaurants, we examined the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. You can find everything you need to know about the best American restaurants in San Francisco below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Gary Danko

San Francisco, Russian Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

State Bird Provisions

San Francisco, Western Addition
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0


American · $24 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Presidio Heights
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0


New American
San Francisco, Yerba Buena
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

The Progress

American · $30 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Western Addition
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Rich Table

American · $19 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Hayes Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Foreign Cinema

American · $27 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Firefly Restaurant

American · $20 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Noe Valley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Park Tavern

American · $34 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Telegraph Hill
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

3rd Cousin

New American · $19 avg. main dish
San Francisco, Bernal Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

How was this list created?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best American restaurants in San Francisco. We analyzed 31320 San Francisco restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 San Francisco restaurant reviews, and 1904 lists and articles – looking closely at what Zagat, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and TimeOut had to say – and applied our Feastfox magic. These spots have been featured in Zagat - Best New American Restaurants in San Francisco, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Top New American Cuisine in San Francisco/Bay Area and TimeOut - The best American restaurants in San Francisco. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita and grilled burger

    When considering how to best enjoy your grilled burger, we would highlight how well a glass of Margarita complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.

  • Go for Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    For an elevated experience, pair your heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

  • The perfect complement to fried chicken

    Experts suggest pairing a fried chicken with a glass of Kentucky 75, a popular cocktail.

Did you know?

  • chocolate chip cookies history

    Ruth Graves Wakefield is widely recognized as the first person to ever make the now-famous chocolate chip cookies.

  • Celebrating American

    Did you know that every year in July foodies in Pittsburgh, The United States celebrate their passion for American? The Picklesburgh Festivalis held annually.

Parking info

Parking can be tough around San Francisco To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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