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The 10 Best American Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: October 6, 2021

Looking for the best American restaurants in San Francisco? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues San Francisco has to offer.

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Gary Danko

American, $$$$, Russian HillAmerican, $$$$San Francisco, Russian Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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State Bird Provisions

American, $$$, Western AdditionAmerican, $$$San Francisco, Western Addition
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Spruce

American, $$$$, Presidio HeightsAmerican, $$$$San Francisco, Presidio Heights
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Benu

New American, $$$$, Yerba BuenaNew American, $$$$San Francisco, Yerba Buena
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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The Progress

American, $$$, Western AdditionAmerican, $$$San Francisco, Western Addition
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Rich Table

American, $$$, Hayes ValleyAmerican, $$$San Francisco, Hayes Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Firefly Restaurant

American, $$$, Noe ValleyAmerican, $$$San Francisco, Noe Valley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Park Tavern

American, $$$, Telegraph HillAmerican, $$$San Francisco, Telegraph Hill
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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3rd Cousin

New American, $$$, Bernal HeightsNew American, $$$San Francisco, Bernal Heights
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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AL's Place

New American, $$, MissionNew American, $$San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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How was this list created?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best American restaurants in San Francisco. We analyzed 28808 San Francisco restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 San Francisco restaurant reviews, and 1901 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater had to say – and applied our boam magic. These spots have been featured in Eater - Where to Eat and Drink in Bernal Heights, Eater - The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants and Eater - San Francisco’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped. 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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