San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants: May 2016

This month’s Top 25 San Francisco Restaurants list is filled with familiar names and four brand new ones!

The top 25 veteran, State Bird Provisions takes the coveted No.1 spot this May. This urban-rustic restaurant managed by the husband-and-wife team, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, features a bold menu of American small plates served dim-sum style.

Rich Table, a restaurant known for its Californian fare with a local ingredient-focused menu has not appeared on the top 25 since last year, but the restaurant makes a strong comeback at No. 2. Rounding out the top three is a newbie restaurant that made its debut at No. 17 on the last SF top 25 ranking, Ninebark. Ninebark is another restaurant creating some social buzz with its Californian cooking in the Bay.

It isn’t easy for newer restaurants to knock out the established veterans on the list, but four restaurants make their debut on the SF Top 25.

Foodable welcomes The Progress at No. 9, which is by the same team from State Bird Provisions serving family-style meals. The former pop-up concept now turned permanent, Lazy Bear lands at No. 17. The Greek eatery Souvla makes its debut at No. 20 and the contemporary pâtisserie Craftsman and Wolves is 23rd.

Check out the full list below!

Grilled Cheese with cabot Cheddar studded multi-grain pancake made with Josey Baker Bread grain, garlic aioli, and heirloom tomato at State Bird Provisions|  Instagram @statebirdprovisions

Grilled Cheese with cabot Cheddar studded multi-grain pancake made with Josey Baker Bread grain, garlic aioli, and heirloom tomato at State Bird Provisions| Instagram @statebirdprovisions

Grilled peach with house made ricotta and olive oil at Rich Table |  Instagram @richtable

Grilled peach with house made ricotta and olive oil at Rich Table | Instagram @richtable

Crab Toast at Ninebark |  Instagram @ninebark_napa

Crab Toast at Ninebark | Instagram @ninebark_napa

Salad by Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn |  Instagram @theworlds50best

Salad by Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn | Instagram @theworlds50best

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 State Bird Provisions 188.64  
2 Rich Table 186.71  
3 Ninebark 186.41  
4 Atelier Crenn 186.18  
5 Waterbar 185.61  
6 Calavera 185.48  
7 Slanted Door 185.03  
8 Bar Agricole 184.93 Play Video
9 The Progress 184.61  
10 Salt House 184.52  
11 Epic Roasthouse 183.95  
12 1601 Bar & Kitchen 183.46  
13 Quince Restaurant  183.18  
14 flour + water 182.97  
15 Coi 182.65  
16 Cadence 182.48  
17 Lazy Bear 182.36  
18 SPQR 182.12  
19 Mouard 181.99  
20 Souvla 181.45  
21 AQ 181.41  
22 Marlowe 181.37  
23 Craftsman and Wolves 181.24 Play Video
24 Gary Danko 181.01  
25 B. Patisserie 180.84  

San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants: October 2015

In this month’s San Francisco ranking, pulled from Foodable Labs’ October data, no restaurant is safe. With four new establishments joining the list — three of which are new to the area — the ranking order is completely mixed up from last month. The only restaurant that held onto the same spot is State Bird Provisions at No. 2.

After over a year of struggling in the bottom-half of Foodable’s San Francisco Top 25, Waterbar claws its way back to No. 1 with a Social Score of 185.45. Last month’s frontrunner, the eponymous Gary Danko, tumbles to No. 9.

Joining the Top 25 for the first time this month, we welcome 1601 Bar & Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in contemporary Sri Lanka cuisine that was named a Michelin Guide “Bib Gourmand” for both 2015 and 2014; Scotland Yard, a New American gastropub and lounge located in the Marina District; Calavera, an Oakland-based Mexican kitchen and agave bar; and Bon Marché Brasserie, nestled on Market Street.

Who else made the list? Check out the full ranking below!

Cornmeal fried oysters at Waterbar  | Instagram, @waterbarsf  

Cornmeal fried oysters at Waterbar | Instagram, @waterbarsf
 

"Grilled cheese" at State Bird Provisions  | Instagram, @statebirdprovisions

"Grilled cheese" at State Bird Provisions | Instagram, @statebirdprovisions

King crab legs and gnocchi at EPIC Steak  | Instagram, @EPICSteak

King crab legs and gnocchi at EPIC Steak | Instagram, @EPICSteak

Shrimp & chive dumplings at Slanted Door  | Instagram, @slanteddoor

Shrimp & chive dumplings at Slanted Door | Instagram, @slanteddoor

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Waterbar 185.45  
2 State Bird Provisions 185.40  
3 EPIC Steak 185.28  
4 The Slanted Door 185.19  
5 Salt House 184.97  
6 flour + water 184.57  
7 1601 Bar & Kitchen 184.27  
8 Wayfare Tavern 183.66  
9 Gary Danko 183.64  
10 Atelier Crenn 183.57  
11 Les Ros Thai 183.49  
12 Market & Rye 183.47  
13 Scotland Yard 183.29  
14 Bar Agricole 182.72 Play Video
15 Acquerello 182.47  
16 Aziza 182.25  
17 Calavera 182.09  
18 SPQR 181.78  
19 Frances 181.54  
20 Marlowe 181.45  
21 b. patisserie 181.42  
22 Bon Marché Brasserie 181.37  
23 Coi 180.84  
24 Maven 180.27  
25 AQ 179.90  

San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

The eponymous Restaurant Gary Danko makes its way to the No. 1 spot for the first time this month, with a Social Score of 187.83, one of the highest scores we’ve seen in Foodable Top 25 history thus far, topped only by barMASA and Sinatra, both in Las Vegas.

Restaurant Gary Danko, helmed by the James Beard Award winning chef of the same namesake, has been serving up “sophisticated contemporary cuisine” for nearly 17 years in the Wharf area with a nod to New American dishes with an emphasis on California cuisine. Guests can order from a traditional menu or choose to go the tasting menu route, which includes 5 courses for $117 or with a wine pairing experience for $85.

State Bird Provisions, flour + water and b. patisserie all fall down one spot to No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, with a big mover coming in at No. 5: The Slanted Door, which jumped from No. 15. Other big movers this month, for better or worse, include Epic Roasthouse and Coi, with Salt House resurfacing on the list for the first time since back in November 2014.

Check out the full ranking list below!

Roast Maine lobster, potato puree, chanterelle mushrooms, corn, tarragon at Gary Danko  | Yelp, Anthony N.

Roast Maine lobster, potato puree, chanterelle mushrooms, corn, tarragon at Gary Danko | Yelp, Anthony N.

Soft cooked hen egg with artichoke, cardoon, farro, preserved lemon & bottarga at flour + water  | Yelp, Timothy C.

Soft cooked hen egg with artichoke, cardoon, farro, preserved lemon & bottarga at flour + water | Yelp, Timothy C.

Ice cream sandwiches at State Bird Provisions  | Yelp, Diane M.  

Ice cream sandwiches at State Bird Provisions | Yelp, Diane M.
 

Chocolate banana almond croissant at b. patisserie  | Yelp, Jeremy N.

Chocolate banana almond croissant at b. patisserie | Yelp, Jeremy N.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Gary Danko 187.83  
2 State Bird Provisions 187.09  
3 flour + water 186.84  
4 b. patisserie 186.59  
5 Slanted Door 186.43  
6 Acquerello 186.09  
7 Epic Roasthouse 185.90  
8 Atelier Crenn 185.84  
9 Marlowe 185.59  
10 Les Ros Thai 185.34  
11 Wayfare Tavern 185.09  
12 Salt House 185.03  
13 Bar Agricole 184.84 Play Video
14 Aziza 184.62  
15 SPQR 184.09  
16 Market & Rye 183.11  
17 Coi 183.09  
18 Waterbar 181.60  
19 AQ 180.09  
20 Frances 179.13  
21 Maven 178.17  
22 Commonwealth 177.21  
23 Bar Tartine 177.07  
24 Rich Table 176.25  
25 Cotogna 174.33  

San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants: May 2015

State Bird Provisions sits tight at No. 1 with a Social Score of 187.17 this month, the highest score we’ve seen in San Francisco yet! Flour + water, which dipped a bit last month, climbs back into the No. 2 spot, while b. patisserie holds it down at No. 3, a ranking spot the European pastry & sandwich shop has seen for quite some time.

Three new restaurants to SF’s Top 25 debut on the list for May, including Lers Ros (which made Top 10 status), Commonwealth, and Cotogna. And three restaurants that have seen the list before, but not in a while (since July or August 2014) also hop onto this month’s rankings: Bar Tartine, Frances and Rich Table, meaning six restaurants from last month were kicked off the list.

Who was this month’s biggest mover?

Check out the full list below!

Cart of seafood provisions at State Bird Provisions | Yelp, Rodney H.  

Cart of seafood provisions at State Bird Provisions | Yelp, Rodney H.
 

Ham & cheese tartine at b. patisserie | Yelp, Jess C.

Ham & cheese tartine at b. patisserie | Yelp, Jess C.

Cappellaci dei briganti with polpettini, mustard greens, spring onion at flour + water | Yelp, Jean Y.

Cappellaci dei briganti with polpettini, mustard greens, spring onion at flour + water | Yelp, Jean Y.

Spot prawn with pole beans, flowering cilantro, lemon flavors at Coi | Yelp, Al L.

Spot prawn with pole beans, flowering cilantro, lemon flavors at Coi | Yelp, Al L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 State Bird Provisions 187.17  
2 flour + water 187.03  
3 b. patisserie 186.91  
4 Coi 186.45  
5 Acquerello 186.21  
6 Atelier Crenn 185.97  
7 Marlowe 184.51  
8 Lers Ros 183.82  
9 Wayfare Tavern 183.71  
10 Bar Agricole 183.33 Play Video
11 Gary Danko 182.95  
12 Aziza 182.57  
13 Market & Rye 182.19  
14 Waterbar 181.81  
15 Slanted Door 181.29  
16 Epic Roasthouse 181.05  
17 Bar Tartine 180.99  
18 AQ 180.67  
19 Frances 178.52  
20 Maven 178.32  
21 Commonwealth 177.73  
22 Rich Table 177.71  
23 SPQR 177.25  
24 Cotogna 175.04  
25 Quince Restaurant 173.12  

San Francisco Top 25 Restaurants: March 2015

Some major shifts occurred on this month’s San Francisco Top 25 List! Notably, State Bird Provisions jumped from No. 11 to No. 1 and the Slanted Door moved up a whopping twenty places from No. 23 to No. 3. 

In addition to these major shifts, two old favorites made a reappearance, the Boxing Room, which hasn’t graced the list since September and Saison which hasn't numbered in the top 25 since July.

The list also saw three newcomers this month: Acquerello debuted at No. 5, Wayfare Tavern clocked in at No. 8 and Gary Danko entered the list at No. 10 – an overall impressive ranking for all three new arrivals. 

Check out the full list below!

The Slanted Door's Hamachi  | Yelp, Autumn 

The Slanted Door's Hamachi | Yelp, Autumn 

Calamari at Wayfare Tavern  | Yelp, Zoey W.

Calamari at Wayfare Tavern | Yelp, Zoey W.

Gary Danko's Seared Filet  | Yelp, Faust T.

Gary Danko's Seared Filet | Yelp, Faust T.

Lobster Panzerotti at Acquerello  | Yelp, Summer Y

Lobster Panzerotti at Acquerello | Yelp, Summer Y

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 State Bird Provisions 185.83  
2 B. Patisserie 185.82  
3 Slanted Door 184.84  
4 Coi 184.22  
5 Acquerello 183.87  
6 Atelier Crenn 183.84  
7 flour + water 183.19  
8 Wayfare Tavern 181.27  
9 Bar Agricole 181.13 Play Video
10 Gary Danko 180.83  
11 Aziza 180.17  
12 Market & Rye 180.10  
13 Waterbar 179.73  
14 Marlowe 178.37  
15 Epic Roasthouse 178.04  
16 AQ 177.01  
17 SPQR 175.98  
18 Maven 171.89  
19 Quince Restaurant 170.98  
20 Boxing Room 170.88 Play Video
21 The Cavalier 170.62  
22 Nopa 170.26  
23 Benu 169.90  
24 Saison 169.63  
25 Perbacco 169.54