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2022 INKIND HOLIDAY RESTAURANT GUIDE

5 of Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in San Francisco

Guide By Cole Bubenik
San Francisco is a culinary destination and home to plenty of high-end restaurants. Whether you're traveling home for the holidays or visiting somewhere new, dining in San Francisco is sure to make your holidays merry and bright.
When putting together this Holiday guide to the best high-end restaurants in San Francisco, the inKind team considered a lot of different factors. What are their main course offerings? How hard (or easy) is it to get a reservation? Is the menu chef-chosen, or decided by the diners? All of these questions helped us narrow down our list of restaurants to highlight some of the best high-end restaurants currently available in San Francisco.

The restaurants we've included in this guide are currently available on the inKind app and through inKind Pass. That means you can use inKind Pass to dine and drink at any of these locations, all from one account. Plus, you'll get spending bonuses every time you dine at these, and other, restaurants on the inKind app.

If you're looking for more of the best high-end restaurants in SF to visit over the holidays, make sure to check out the hundreds of other restaurants currently available on inKind too.

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Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in San Francisco

Ornos

252 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Explore and enjoy the majesty of Greece at this restaurant by famed chef Michael Mina. Ornos celebrates the spirit of the Greek Isles, transporting visitors to Ornos Beach for a menu full of flavourful seafood dishes and warm Mediterranean-style hospitality. Elevate your dining experience through the Ornos tasting menu: a four-course meal highlighting beautiful seafood, perfectly grilled octopus, sweet desserts, and perfect wine pairings.

For diners not interested in the tasting menu, be sure to order from their world-class fish market offerings to get a taste of what makes Ornos such an unforgettable dinner.
Our Recommendation
Enjoy the Ornos Experience, a 4-course tasting menu featuring dishes like yellowtail, grilled octopus, grilled lamb chops, and delicious desserts paired with expert wines.

International Smoke

301 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
International Smoke "celebrates food as the heart of the community" creating a space where diners, guests, friends, and family are encouraged to connect over delicious food and drinks.

Founded as a collaboration between award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restaurateur, chef, and philanthropist Ayesha Curry, International Smoke is guaranteed to delight diners. Their menu focuses on wood-fired steaks, seafood, ribs, and craveable dishes full of flavor.
Our Recommendation
Order their Jamaican-braised oxtail, an excellent cut of meat with red bean coconut rice, baby carrots, habañero, and green seasoning.

Omakase

665 Townsend ST, San Francisco, CA 94103
Omakase is a celebrated restaurant with a well-earned reputation for offering one of the highest quality and most authentic sushi restaurants in San Francisco. This Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Chef Jackson Yu focuses on the finest ingredients and the freshest high-quality fish from the world-renowned Fish Market in Tokyo.

Diners will fall in love with Omakase's traditional approach which brings out the true flavor of their sushi menu while celebrating the team's creativity and adventurous spirit with each bite they take.

Niku Steakhouse

61 Division St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This Michelin-starred restaurant from Chef Dustin Falcon features a meat-driven menu, highlighting the elevated and exclusive cuts of Japanese A5 wagyu. Located in San Francisco's Design District and emphasizing wood-fired cooking, diners will fall in love with this marriage of American and Japanese sensibilities.

Niku Steakhouse serves a seasonally-changing menu of small plates and innovative sides like "chawanmushi, maitake mushrooms confited in wagyu fat, and crispy pig ears." Wine lovers will also adore their award-winning wine program focusing on both Old and New World offerings.
Our Recommendation
Order from their ember roasted menu to get prime cuts of meat cooked with a wood-fired grill. Pair it with their crispy potato sides and finish with a black sesame ice cream with hints of mochi cake, passion fruit, and candied peanut.

Lolinda

2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Lolinda is an Argentinean steakhouse founded in 2012 and housed in San Francisco's Mission District. This menu features a wide selection of perfectly cooked wood-fired meats complimented by ceviche, empanadas and specialty dishes. This spot is great for diners searching for a high-end restaurant with a lively atmosphere that celebrates group dining.

Crafted by Chef Alejandro Morgan, owner of popular restaurants El Techo, Flores, The Tailor's Son, and others, Lolinda features an elegant dining experience complemented by innovative cocktails, delicious wines, and tasty desserts.
Our Recommendation
Order from their wood-fired grill to get perfectly grilled cuts of meat and perfect flavor. If you're looking for a full plate option, try their Seco de Carne: malbec braised short ribs served with carrots, creamy polenta, and spinach.

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