The Best Hotel Restaurants in San Francisco
Villon restaurant at the Proper Hotel. (Courtesy of Villon)

The Best Hotel Restaurants in San Francisco


In a city filled with tourists, it makes sense that some of San Francisco's hottest restaurants would reside inside hotels.

But luckily for us, we locals get access to them any ole day of the week. Our favorites come in a variety of styles that offer everything but the turndown service.

Villon at Proper Hotel

Opened in 2017, Villon is a gorgeous, geometrically-inspired space in the hip, urban landscape of the Proper Hotel. Located in the lobby of a renovated historic building on Market Street, Villon mixes playful textures and colors—think autumn leaf wallpaper, chairs upholstered in plaid, and checkerboard floors—and sereves a sophisticated, globally influenced menu. For dinner, try delectable dishes like smoked salmon with creamed leek, sweet potato, and hazelnuts; or pork shoulder with grits, collards, and raisin jam. (Don't miss the gnudi, which landed on our 2018 Big Eat.) But whatever you choose to munch on, ordering a carefully crafted cocktail is a must. Villon's list combines 49 original creations—dreamed up by the team at Trick Dog—that pay homage to the city's seven square miles. At weekend brunch, expect the unexpected (breakfast pho!) alongside favorites including sausage and egg sandwiches and eggs Benedict. // 1100 Market St (Tenderloin),

The patio at Dirty Habit.(Courtesy of Dirty Habit)

Dirty Habit at Hotel Zelos

The restaurant/bar at Hotel Zelos in SoMa cultivates a sense of exclusivity—a classic club with a dark, industrial, reclaimed-cool vibe. Their large outdoor patio, bright and airy during the day, is carefully illuminated at night with plenty of seating and a fireplace. On the menu, you'll find an extensive list of playful cocktails like punch bowls fit for four and small bites of California-classics like oysters, fried brussel sprouts and local cheeses. // 12 4th St (SoMa),

Kin Khao at Parc 55

Bangkok-born chef Pim Techamuanvivit is on a mission to free Thai food from the tyranny of peanut sauce and her Parc 55 restaurant Kin Khao is at the forefront of the revolution. The restaurant's interior is casual and utilitarian—communal tables, black-and-white art, and a wooden bar—but its menu is full of style, originality and heat. Braised beef cheeks in Massaman curry, coconut milk and shallots and the Saeng-wah salad with prawn "ceviche", crispy catfish, lemongrass, chili and makrut leaves are perennial favorites you won't find anywhere else in the city. // 55 Cyril Magnin St. (Union Square),

Swedish meatballs at Plaj.(Ashley Batz)

Plaj at the Inn at the Opera

There's a reason dishes from Plaj are always popping up on 7x7's Big Eat list—their Scandinavian meets California cuisine is, at once, familiar enough to be comfort-food and unusual enough to write home about. The folksy-hip restaurant with its dark but bold flowered wallpaper and soft, fuzzy seating changes its menu daily based on the availability of seasonal ingredients but some Nordic favorites like herring, elk and gravlax, make regular appearances. For a dose of pillowy, meaty goodness, try Plaj's Swedish meatballs with potato puree, gravy and lingonberry. // 333 Fulton St, (Hayes Valley),

The Cavalier at Hotel Zetta

When it opened back in 2014, the The Cavalier at the Hotel Zetta could do no wrong, earning three stars from Michael Bauer, a James Beard nom for Best New Restaurant in America, and a place on the Chronicle's Top 100. The team behind the restaurant, the same group that brought us Marlowe and Park Tavern, has created a posh London-style gastropub that does everything from breakfast to brunch to lunch to cocktails to dinner to room service. Don't miss the Scotch eggs (duck eggs with heritage sausage, rock shrimp and sauce gribiche), beef dripping chips (with bone marrow and au jus) and classics like fish and chips. // 360 Jessie St. (SoMa),

The bar at Chambers Eat + Drink(Courtesy of Chambers)

Chambers Eat + Drink at Phoenix Hotel

Chambers Eat + Drink is the swanky bar/restaurant companion to the Phoenix Hotel, known for its afternoon pool parties and a deep-seated rock-and-roll cred. The spacious bar, illuminated by the lounge's oversized "Be Amazing" sign, retro chandeliers and fireplace, is full of dark corners and an impressive record collection. In the evenings, entrees and small bites like confit octopus and pork belly and ravioli pair well with Chambers' creative cocktails. Weekend brunch comes complete with choose-your-own-adventure bloody marys and classics like huevos rancheros. // 601 Eddy St, S (Tenderloin),

Campton Place at Taj Campton Place Hotel

Chef Srijith Gopinathan's exquisite California-Indian cuisine has earned Campton Place one or more Michelin stars every year since 2011. His exquisite prix-fixe menu ($155) is packed with delicate dishes full of bright, warm spices and fresh, seasonal ingredients presented in style like Campton's signature starter, the spice pot, which comes in a tiny flower pot surrounded by smoky, San Francisco fog. The sommeliers are on point, too, conjuring up pairings that fit perfectly with the chef's intensely delicious fare. // 340 Stockton St, (Union Square),

(Courtesy of the Tonga Room)

Tonga Room at Fairmont San Francisco

The kitschy Polynesian-style Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar at the Fairmont San Francisco is just as charming as she was back in 1945 when she first opened. While the hotel itself drips with formality, the tiki-themed restaurant literally drips—with the rain from regular indoor storms that shake the walls and energize the floating band in the restaurant's central pool. Dishes like macadamia-crusted mahi and ahi tuna poke tostadas are consistently good and classic drinks like the 1944 Mai Tai and the 1934 Zombie are served in proper tiki fashion—inside a coconut. Even Anthony Bourdain can't get enough. // 950 Mason St. (Nob Hill), San Francisco,

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