Top 5 People Watching Dinner Scenes in San Francisco

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The San Francisco dinner scene brings out a vibrant crowd.  Celebrities, locals, tourists, foodies, and non-foodies are all part of this eclectic scene.  Make sure you check out the Haute five list of people-watching dinner spots of San Francisco.

1 Spruce

Spruce is a great place for a dressed-up dinner.  This Michelin rated restaurant's Contemporary American Cuisine will exceed expectations.  The food spans a variety of cuisines but the emphasis remains on local and organic fare.  If you want to swoon a foodie (or even a non-foodie), bring them to Spruce!  The fantastic food and atmosphere bring an elegant crowd worth every penny!

3640 Sacramento St  (between Locust St & Spruce St)

San Francisco, CA 94118

Neighborhood:  Laurel Heights


2 Lafitte

This is one of the most attractive waterfront restaurants on the Embarcadero, oozing amazing vibe, food, and people.  The atmosphere couldn't be more picturesque; a huge open kitchen, high ceilings, chunky wood everywhere, a lovely outdoor patio, groovy music, and tons of light.  Most impressively, people are flocking to Lafitte because of the food.  Chef Russel Jackson brings a rare culinary excellence to the Embarcadero.  Come for the food, stay for the crowd!

The Embarcadero  Pier 5

San Francisco, CA 94111

Neighborhood: Embarcadero


3 Delfina

Who doesn't love Delfina?  Located right in the heart of the Mission near Dolores Park, Delfina oozes the Mission pulse while offering fabulous Italian food. Outdoor and indoor seating are always full for good reason:  Delfina has, hands down, some of the best cuisine in the city.  Famous chefs, locals, tourists, and anyone passing by will sense perfection.

3621 18th St  (between Guerrero St & Oakwood St)

San Francisco, CA 94110

Neighborhood: Mission


4 Americano

Americano is a San Francisco scene during happy hour and dinner.  It's a dark, trendy-looking space with lots of professionals.  Locals always love the food and ambience here; the view is really great (bay bridge/Embarcadero) and there are heat lamps if you want to sit outside.  The dinner crowd is always hot, so dress to impress!

8 Mission St  (between The Embarcadero & Steuart St)

San Francisco, CA 94105

Neighborhood:  Embarcadero



From 6pm to 1am, NOPA is a people-watching mecca.  NOPA is known for an unpretentious ambiance and a stylish crowd, and is an all-around favorite for food, people-watching, and atmosphere.  They pride themselves for being a real San Francisco community center, as they support Bay Area artisans and serve local, rustic food. NOPA is about dining for everyone:  Tourists, celebrities, and locals alike.

560 Divisadero St (between Fell St & Hayes St)

San Francisco, CA 94117

Neighborhood: Western Addition/NOPA


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