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Commonwealth - San Francisco

2224 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
415-355-1500
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Ranked #405 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 18th Street
Transit: BART stops at Mission and 16th. MUNI stops at Mission and 18th.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

While the free parking is great and the food is innovative, if you are dining with more than three people this is an incredibly frustrating experience. A great number of the dishes come with three servings, and your waiter won't bother to tell you this. So, as your three items of this, or three items of that stream to your... More

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Paris, France
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I cannot believe this place...when they mean their portions are small they mean they are small. Of course they are really tasters, not main dishes. And not that good. 1. One of my guests was vegetarian. She got a dish with mushrooms mixed in bacon. 2. There were six forks, one spoon, one massive knive on the table for dishes... More

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Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I guess you would call it nouveau cuisine. Tasting menu and we did the wine pairings. The wine pairings were adequate -- not a great deal of thought went into picking the right wine to go with the complex palate. One wine was way off target. Not a bad wine -- just badly selected. The hostess was a bit rude,... More

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The neighborhood is colorful, full of life and maybe not where you would expect to find a restaurant of this level. If you know san francisco, you'll understand. However, it really worth to go there. The food is delicious. The recipes are precise and without hesitation. The chef is a master of his art. We chose the tasting menu and... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Commonwealth has been one of our favorite restaurants every since it opened. Chef Jason Fox and his team always surprise and delight us with amazing, unique food. Service is polished and professional and we always look forward to our meals here!

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London
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The tasting menu was a selection of beautifully presented modern dishes and the service was great. We had the wine pairing too which made for an enjoyable evening and the staff were all very friendly and informative. One tiny suggestion I would have is that when servers bring plates to the table and there is clearly a conversation in progress,... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I eat at a lot of restaurants, and the tasting menu at Commonwealth was one of the single best meals I've had in my life. It was beautiful, well-paced, delicious. Staff were so great, never had to look for one, never had to ask for a thing. Honestly, if you're into food, treat yourself.

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Tucson, Arizona
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I've never eaten in a restaurant like this, so you must forgive my ignorance in understanding the "modern cuisine" I tasted. What a surprise to eat shaved raw rhubarb with cooked artichoke hearts and creme fraiche and have it work! The filet of sole was also delicious, but I have forgotten what delights were under it. The potato chips were... More

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Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

There are many restaurants in San Francisco now that are challenging our assumptions of "proper" combinations of taste, texture,smell. Some of them creating breathtakingly successful new combinations. Unfortunately, Commonwealth is simply creating different combinations that don't cohere, tastes that don't add up. One has the feeling that there is no underlying culinary philosophy underlying the combinations- just random chance.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I wanted to enjoy this place but was not inspired and won't return. Our decision to eat a la carte apparently dropped us to a lower tier of service with the waitress. Food was pretty but insubstantial. I usually get dessert with dinner, but we decided to walk to Humphrey Slocum instead.

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