As a business woman who loves to meet for a working lunch I wanted to share some of my favorite San Francisco power lunch destinations. Whether your definition of a Power Lunch means it’s delicious yet also fast, ensuring you’re not out of the office too long or a boozy power lunch that may last for hours there is sure to be somewhere on this list great for your next power lunch meeting. As always, if you have any spots in mind you enjoy and recommend please comment on this sharing your suggestions so I can check them out. Like all of my Top 10 lists there is no order to this list and it will change frequently as I discovered new additions to share with you.
1). The St. Regis Hotel Grill Restaurant
When I think of luxury, a few hotels that come to mind are The St. Regis, The Four Seasons, The Ritz…. I have to admit after my recent stay at The St. Regis Punta Mita (read more about my visit here) The St. Regis can do no wrong. They are seriously such a class act. Every time I visit a St. Regis I am blown away by the service which is always one step ahead of any request I have, their incredible gorgeous properties and the overall experience which is always spectacular. My lunch experience at The St. Regis San Francisco’s Grill Restaurant was absolutely amazing. Between the incredible service I received, their delicious menu and the lovely setting it will be hard to forget and I plan to return frequently for more of their yummy eats and the sophisticated setting. 125 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
The incredible Little Gem Caesar Salad with a lime caesar dressing and the largest, tastiest shrimp I have had in a while!
It wouldn’t be a real power lunch without a delicious class of Burgundy Chardonnay!
This kale salad with crunchy quinoa, green apple and cranberries was fabulous. I think this is the best kale salad I have ever had.
The incredible Fried Chicken, which is also on my Top 10 Fried Chicken list
2). Wayfare Tavern
It would not be a FiDi list without including the adored Wayfare Tavern. This is a spot that is really perfect for any occasion, lunch with a colleague, a lunch date or even a ladies lunch. The menu is amazing, with their house made popovers being a must try, plus their Burger and deviled eggs are a few other favorites. Hopefully you’ll run into Owner & Chef Tyler Florence who’s beyond talented and very approachable! 558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111.
The incredible Wayfare Tavern Burger. As if the burger isn’t enough it comes with avocado AND bacon. Delicious! This is so delicious it’s on my Top 10 Burger list, see the entire Top 10 San Francisco Burger list here.
Waterbar has one of the most beautiful views in San Francisco, making the setting the perfect back drop for a power lunch. If you’re a Lobster Roll fan, come on Friday when their incredible Lobster Roll is served. Regardless, any day of the week Waterbar is one of the best spots for a power lunch with delicious food, top notch service and a team that you will adore. 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
The delicious Credo Appetizer
The incredible Lobster Roll served on Fridays only during lunch. Get there early, as they sometimes sell through them all!
4). La Mar
For those of you that appreciate incredible views, delicious Peruvian fresh food and a lively setting La Mar is the spot for you. I have dined here a bunch and am always impressed by their flavorful Peruvian cuisine, the amazing service and the overall experience. I have been to their sister restaurant Tanta in Chicago which is also a must try. Read more about Tanta here. Pier 1.5 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
5). Pabu Izakaya
Pabu Izakaya has the best prix fixe lunch I have experienced in San Francisco. For $35 you select between a starter, an entree and a dessert. And let’s be honest, if you’re at Pabu you would be missing out not to have one of their delicious cocktails. I enjoyed the Seaweed Salad, Chilean Sea Bass which was to die for and a few desserts. You really can not go wrong with whatever you order during this amazing lunch experience. 101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111.
The incredible Miso Black Cod entree I enjoyed during my lunch visit. So amazing and flavorful.
The desserts on the lunch menu are so yummy. I recommend ordering a few such as Green Sea Sorbet and the Donut dessert, both delicious.
6). Leo’s Oyster Bar
One of the newer spots on this list is Leo’s Oyster Bar which since their recent opening is quite the hot spot. Leo’s Oyster Bar was opened from the team behind Park Tavern and The Cavalier and is one of the coziest intimate lunch settings in San Francisco’s FiDi. I’ve dined here for a few power lunches and had the Lobster Roll both times. It is that good! If you come in the evening have a drink in their back tiki bar which is super charming with a very swanky vibe to it. 568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
The charming back dining and bar area. So cute you’ll never want to leave!
7). Campton Place at The Taj Hotel
For a serious Power Lunch and the most luxurious dining experience on this list you must visit Campton Place at The Taj Hotel. They have a lovely tasting menu which is what I experienced and of course their champagne cart. How can you not love a working lunch that involves champagne and some Krug (one of my favorites!). 340 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
The incredible Champagne cart I enjoyed during my visit. How can you beat a cart rolling around with options like Krug Champagne, Dom Perignon….
The incredible Naan starter. I could not decide between the Lamb and Pork so the kitchen prepared one of each for me. Talk about excellent service!
The incredible Shrimp Curry entree. It was beyond flavorful and delicious.
8). Bluestem Brasserie
Bluestem Brasserie located on Yerba Buena Lane is another fabulous downtown gem. With inside and outside dining (on their second floor terrace) and a lively bar scene this is another power lunch spot to experience. Their food is incredible with one of my favorite burgers in the city. See my Top 10 San Francisco Burger list here. 1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103.
9). Bob’s Steakhouse
If you’re looking for an authentic Steakhouse power lunch experience, this is it! Located within the Omni Hotel, Bob’s Steakhouse has an upscale vibe to it with white table clothes yet the historical Bob’s Steakhouse brand is known for an authentic, yet delicious steak with simple sides and not too many bells and whistles. I say that as I was a bit caught off guard when my steak had a bit orange carrot in the middle of the plate. That’s a signature Bob’s trademark, really illustrating the simplicity of their menu and how it is truly all about the high quality, flavorful steak. Go see for yourself during the lunch crowd and plan to enjoy a delicious steak and some great people watching. Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104
10). Crystal Jade
Crystal Jade has some of the best Chinese I have experienced in San Francisco, especially if you’re looking for something in a luxurious setting with spectacular views. I visited during lunch and ate on the gorgeous patio overlooking the Embarcadero. Embarcadero Center, 4 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, San Francisco, CA 94111
Thanks to the various restaurants who generously hosted me to visit and experience their food. As always, I only write about restaurants that I experience and I enjoy and am proud to endorse and share with my readers. Happy Dining!