As a girl who finds wine a dining essential, it seems like a list of my favorite San Francisco Wine Bars would be something I made years ago when I first moved to San Francisco. Well, shame on me when I write about Wine it’s usually covering Wine Country and recently I realized this was a missing list I had to share with you all so please find my list of Favorite Wine Bars in San Francisco below….
As always, if I am missing anything or you disagree, feel free to email me and share any thoughts or insight. There is always a new spot or secret gem to learn about and I would love any of your suggestions or tips to help expand this list. In the meantime, happy reading and happy wine bar visiting for you wine lovers like me!
You really can not go wrong when you take the most talented female Chef in America, seriously Chef Dominique Crenn is the ONLY female Chef to receive Two Michelin Stars with some of the most spectacular wine talent in San Francisco. Voila! That is Bar Crenn plus their stunning interior design which is a mix of a cozy, chic French bar combined with a pop of animal print, fur, and all of the elements that evoke luxury, cozy and have a glass of wine and a bite and never leave… Go see for yourself but trust me this is the NEW hottest Wine Bar in San Francisco (wine bar doesn’t quite do it justice) with amazing food, service, setting and atmosphere. 3131 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Interior photos by Patricia Chang
The fabulous Chef Dominique Crenn. I love her attitude, passion, experience and the energy she brings to every project she touches.
Team photos and food photosby Jordan Alexis Photography
The Riddler is one of the most adored gems in Hayes Valley. Not only is this a destination for an evening drink and bite, they also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Read about the Riddler Brunch here and more about the Riddler and why it’s one of the most magical wine bars in San Francisco here. 528 Laguna St. San Francisco, CA
Riddler interior/exterior pictures by Cassie Borresson
CERF’s Après Friday night pop up
There is a new fabulous wine bar in town which both foodies & wine lovers will adore. The team from Stag Dining which has been offering underground dining series for years now has a brick & mortar location and on Friday they offer a pop up called Apres. With an extensive selection of natural wines, some made by the CERF team and some other brands plus amazing food this is a must try. Their food is quite delicious and it pairs great with their unique assortment of wines and low ABV cocktails. Après, their pop up wine bar is open every Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. 925 O’Farrell St, San Francisco.
CERF photos by David Dines
West Coast Wine Cheese
West Coast Wine Cheese is an incredible wine bar located on Union Street in Cow Hollow. From the moment they opened (approximately two years ago) I adored their unique wine assortment, their fabulous curated events bringing in some of the most renowned West Coast Wine makers as well as their team and the fabulous culinary options they offer guests. Although it’s not a full service sit down restaurant, they have a Chef creating perfect bites to pair with their hand picked wine list. This is truly one of the best wine bars in San Francisco with a list I obsess over every time I visit and a team you will adore lead by owners, Chris and Lindsey Wanner.2165 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Anyone that lives near Russian Hill, North Beach, The Marina or Pac Heights knows about Amelie as it’s one of the most beloved wine bars in the area. Not only is it super quant and charming they have a great assortment of wines and some of the most charming, engaging wine staff in town. This is perfect for a girls night out, a date, or just a get together with friends over wine, live music and or a casual setting. 1754 Polk St. San Francisco, CA
Resolute Wine Bar
Although there are not many wine bars in The Tenderloin, I suggest heading to the area to check out Resolute Wine Bar. With a super chic, high-end luxury vibe to it (which I dig), a great wine list, and some yummy bites this is a Tenderloin wine bar you must experience. 678 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Tofino Wines is another great husband and wife spot in San Francisco located on Geary, just on the edge of Laurel Heights. They are not only a wine bar but they also sell wines during the day time as well. I’ve been a few times and love their great wine assortment and their light bites. I recommend trying the grilled cheese sandwich which is divine! Their wine list is extensive and full of options you will know, and those you may not know (a sign of a killer wine bar and a talented Sommelier). Check it out and see for yourself! 2696 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
The extensive wines available to purchase
Birba is one of the most charming and intimate of the wines bars on this list. It’s located in Hayes Valley on Grove Street and is perfect for a date night, catch up with friends or even a visit by yourself (A guest was enjoying a glass of wine and working on their laptop when I visited). With an extensive wine list of some wines you’ll know, such as the delicious Veuve Champagne I enjoyed and some more unique wines there is something for everyone here. And, if you’re hungry they have a great list of small bites which smelled amazing during my visit. 458 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102.
The delicious 2018 Veuve Cliquot Vintage Rose Champagne I enjoyed during my visit to Birba. Such a perfect wine for a night out with girl friends!
Another wine bar I adore is Waystone located on lower Market Street just a few doors down from the newly opened Proper Hotel. This is run by partners Tom Patella, owner and beverage director of Causwells (read more about Causwells here) and Chef Billy Riordan. With a great wine and beer list and some delicious dining options this is a wine bar you must try and trust me, you will be going back again and again… 992 Market Street. San Francisco, CA 94102.
A newer addition to this list which opened a few years ago when I was living just a few blocks away is Scopo Divino. Located on California Street and Divisadero this is a great local Pac Heights gem. They have updated their menu and their chef since opening and the food is quite delicious with an extensive happy hour and list of other great items. The wine list is on the most approachable side (nothing from regions or wineries a guest may not kn0w)…. So, for those of you non wine geeks (like me) you’ll find plenty of options you enjoy, but for the geekier, technical wino’s, this may not be the spot to taste a bunch of unique, unknown wines and talk winemaker and vineyard knowledge with your wine tasting pal or the sommelier. 2800 California St #101, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Another wine bar to check out is High Treason. It’s located on Clement Street and has a great wine list, food and an overall very chill hip setting. I have been a few times and always find the laid back vibe great, the unique, hard to find wine list awesome and the owner is great. It’s another gem to try that I promise you’ll adore. 443 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
One of the newest gems to arrive on Chestnut Street is Howell’s WineBar. I recently visited and was impressed by this wine list, the delicious food and the over all lively setting. I was there on a Tuesday and by 6pm there wasn’t a seat in the bar to be had! 2373 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123.
Chef Sarah who is responsible for the delicious eats at Howells. I tried the Fondue (which was divine) and a cheese and charcuterie plate. I love that Howells has both a great wine list and great food to pair with it!
The cellar which is on second floor of the wine bar.