Liholiho’s return was one of the year’s highlights. Photo by Rasami Storm, courtesy of Liholiho Yacht Club

Best of The Hit ListSan Francisco

The 10 Restaurants That Defined San Francisco Dining in 2022


In a strong year for dining, what were the absolute standouts?  We asked our contributors to the Resy Hit List to share their top 10 dining experiences from this year in their city — restaurants and meals that left an impression, and helped to define the state of American dining right now. Please welcome back our Best of The Hit List for 2022. (You can find other cities’ top picks here.)

It’s been a dynamic year of dining in the Bay Area, as new and diverse openings have exploded throughout The City. There have been challenges, of course — the rising cost of goods and ongoing staffing shortages, to name a couple — but despite the difficulties, the restaurant industry has managed to keep things fresh and carry on strong.

Narrowing down this Best Of the Hit List to just 10 spots is especially difficult this year — there’s just so much exciting deliciousness going on right now. From recently reopened heritage-driven spots to new colorful climate-conscious cuisine, San Francisco’s restaurant scene is on fire. Consider this our attempt at highlighting not just our most memorable meals and favorite dining experiences from the past year, but also the restaurants that defined dining in the Bay in a year of constant change.