As a businesswoman 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 but fast, ensuring you’re not out of the office too long, or a boozy lunch that may last for hours, there is sure to be somewhere on this list perfect for your next power lunch meeting. As always, if you have any spots in mind that you enjoy and would recommend please comment on this and share your suggestions so I can check them out. Like all of my Top 10 lists, there is no order to these restaurants and it will change frequently as I discover new additions to share with you.
One Market Restaurant
One of the best Prix fix lunch menus in San Francisco is at One Market Restaurant located on Market basically at the Embarcadero. They offer a 3-course lunch where guests enjoy a Salad, Main and Dessert for $27 which is called the Market Lunch. Talk about a great deal that’s also delicious and a bumping scene. When I dined I ate next to San Francisco Mayor London Breed, so talk about a hot spot! And their wine director Tonya Pitts (shown below) is fabulous so as you dine she’ll make wine pairing suggestions to go with the amazing food by Chef Mark Dommen. Trust me this is a lunch spot (or dinner as well) not to be missed! 1 Market St, San Francisco.
Me and my lunch date Yasemin!
The soup which is poured tableside. This is one of my favorite touches a restaurant can do when serving soup. and the soup was just as delicious as it looked!
The Waldorf Salad is one of the salad options for the pre-fixe lunch. I’m not usually a Waldorf Salad girl but I fell in love after having this one. The greek yogurt was so light and yummy paired with perfectly seasonal ingredients. Kudos to Chef Mark and team on this delicious appetizer.
The lovely Tonya Pitts who’s their Wine Director and Sommelier surprising us with a super OLD Talbott Chardonnay from the central coast. This wine was amazing and paired perfectly with my fish entree. Thanks, Tonya and Chef Mark for spoiling us during this visit.
I ordered a fish as my main and it was beyond flavorful, juicy and delicious. It was great because I left lunch not weighted down or in a food coma as I typically would after a hearty lunch.
Luce Restaurant at The Intercontinental Hotel
Michelin Star awarded Luce Restaurant at The Intercontinental Hotel is a power lunch not to be missed. Led by Chef Daniel Corey this restaurant always offers an incredibly curated menu combining seasonal ingredients with amazing flavor and presentation. They also have a delicious dinner tasting menu at $95 which is quite a steal considering this is 9 courses and a Michelin ranked restaurant or $150 with wine pairings. I have dined here almost a dozen times each time being pleasantly surprised by the menu, ingredients and stunning presentation. Check it out and see for yourself! 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Chef Daniel Corey
The Four Seasons MKT Restaurant & Bar
As we all know, the Four Seasons is a destination for luxury, amazing service, and a fabulous guest experience which makes it perfect for an important business lunch. I’ve dined at MKT Restaurant a few times both for lunch and dinner and have loved both experiences. I think it’s an incredible spot for a business power lunch because of its beautiful view overlooking Market Street, its convenient location, and, of course, the incredibly delicious food. My favorite items on the menu are the burger (shocker, right?) and the Arnold Palmer Iced Tea. They freeze both the lemonade and iced tea into large cubes so they melt evenly at the same time. It is incredible! Visit and see for yourself. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, 757 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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, their house-made popovers are a must-try. Plus, their burger and deviled eggs are a few more 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 backdrop for a power lunch. If you’re a Lobster Roll fan, come on Friday when their incredible Lobster Roll is served. If you’re not, any day of the week is a good day for Waterbar as it is one of the best spots for lunch. Delicious food, top-notch service, and a team that you will adore make this place unstoppable. 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
The delicious Credo Appetizer.
The spectacular Lobster Roll is served on Fridays only during lunch. Get there early as they sometimes sell out!
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 if you didn’t drink 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 at this amazing lunch destination. 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.
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 by the team behind Park Tavern and The Cavalier and is one of the coziest, most 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 and has a very swanky vibe. 568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
The charming back dining and bar area. So cute you’ll never want to leave!
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 while dining here, 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 and 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.
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 you must get to. Their food is incredible and they have 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.
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, enjoy, and am proud to endorse and share with my readers. Happy Dining!