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7 Insanely Expensive Restaurants in San Francisco When You Want to Splurge

most expensive restaurants in san francisco

San Francisco is well known as a foodie paradise. Stop by the food truck on the corner, walk into the closest taqueria, or pick up a sandwich from your favorite deli. Eating well in San Francisco doesn’t need to be expensive.

That said, San Francisco is home to some of the greatest restaurants that the culinary world has to offer. When you’ve saved a few extra dollars in your budget and have a special event you want to celebrate, you may want to take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to east a meal that costs half of your month’s rent.

If that sounds like you, read on and check out some of the most expensive restaurants in San Francisco.

If you came here looking for something more budget friendly, check out my post about The Best Things to Do in California on a Budget

But, if you’re ready to splurge, read on!

1) Waterbar

Waterbar is one of those places that stands out immediately just because of the number of reviews it has. When thousands of people have something to say about a restaurant, it means that the restaurant must be something to talk about.

How does eating wonderful seafood with a world-class view of the Bay Bridge sound? Yeah, Waterbar is a place worth splurging on.

Waterbar’s menu changes every day, so be sure to go HERE to their website on the day you plan to visit. You can also make reservations on their website to make sure that your splurge spot isn’t fully booked!

2) Kokkari Estiatorio

If Waterbar has a lot of reviews, Kokkari has A LOT of reviews, with averages well above 4.5 stars. This is a place worth visiting.

Kokkari serves modern Greek cuisine and, boy, it’s mouth watering. Have authentic Greek food without going to Greece by indulging on their dolmathes, souvlaki, moussaka, and so much more.

Be sure to head over to their website to make a reservation for your Kokkari experience.

3) Benu

Benu is the splurgiest of splurges. To give you an idea, the tasting menu at Benu costs $310 per person. Benu wins the award of being one of the most expensive restaurants in San Francisco that has out of this world food.

Benu’s website asks eaters to allow 3 hours for their meal. No menu is listed, as their offerings change day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Expect unusual and extraordinary food though. You can find shark fin, monkfish liver, cod milt, frog legs, and so much more. Bring your adventurous side to Benu!

Benu is really a culinary experience. While you may pay more for this meal than a month’s worth of rent, it’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

4) Saison

SF Gate published an article about Saison titled “Here’s what a $1,000 dinner looks like at Saison in San Francisco.” Need I say more?

Saison creates a new menu every night. But, unlike Benu, they determine the menu based upon the answers from diners that will be eating there that evening. Saison opens reservations in 90 day intervals. Spots fill up fast, so if you dream of eating at Saison, be sure to know when that window reopens again.

Dinner will cost you $300 a person for a 3 hour, 10 course culinary experience like no other.

5) Ju-Ni

If you love sushi, stop scrolling and pay attention. Ju-Ni offers an 18 course omakase menu. If 18 isn’t enough, you can opt in for more!

At Ju-Ni, every 4 guests get their own chef. Talk about feeling special! As they prepare your food right in front of you, you get a neat opportunity to not only see the artistry that goes into it, but to also connect with the chef about the details of each course.

The 18 course meal will cost you $165 per person. Be sure to go to their website and grab a reservation!

6) Atelier Crenn

Craving delicious French cuisine in a quaint environment that’s presented in a beautiful and artsy way? Atelier Crenn is a 3 Michelin star restaurant that serves a variety of French inventions every night.

With only 8 tables, an evening at Atelier Crenn is an intimate experience. Most nights, Dominique Crenn will stop in and say hello to each table herself.

Like a lot of the restaurants on this list, Atelier Crenn requires your to get a reservation and ticket ahead of time. Tasitings are either $335 or $450 per person depending on which you choose.

7) Acquerello

We couldn’t forget about Italian! Acquerello offers high-end Italian cuisine with plates ranging from risotto, seafood, duck, panna cotta, and more. Acquerello is not your every day spaghetti and meatballs, so prepare yourself for an Italian experience you’ve never had before.

Same spiel: be sur eto head to their website and make a reservation. Options start around $100 and go past $200 depending on what your belly is craving.

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