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13 Exciting Fall Restaurant Openings Across America

These fall restaurant openings are worth adding to any itinerary.

Fall is typically the busiest time for new restaurants to open up, but just like how everyone seems to be getting engaged or married these days, it feels like there are more restaurants opening now than ever. While you probably don’t have enough time (or energy) to keep up with all the great new spots, we made this cheat sheet to help you find the best new restaurants in your city and beyond. These are all the great restaurant openings across America that we can’t wait to check out this fall, from a pasta bar in the Pacific Northwest to a Vietnamese street food spot in Miami that’s sure to be the starting point for many memorable nights to come.

EAST COAST


Jupiter

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620 5th Ave, New York
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New York City, NY
Expected opening: Late September, early October

Jupiter is another Rockefeller Center restaurant that makes us actually want to come to the area for dinner, and not just begrudgingly show up with out-of-towners to roller skate or see a Christmas tree. The team from sort-of-Italian and kind-of-French restaurant King is behind this spot, and while the menu at Jupiter will focus on regional Italian dishes, there hasn’t been a ton of other info released. Still, it’ll probably be a great place to grab a bite and drink some great wine among a bunch of tourists. 


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Masalawala & Sons

New York, NY
Currently open

The Dhamaka culinary universe is expanding again with Masalawala & Sons, this time in Brooklyn. The team bringing this restaurant to Park Slope have become Indian restaurant powerhouses in New York City, with places like Semma, Adda, and Rowdy Rooster. The new spot draws its dishes from the owners’ family recipes, like braised lamb in dark masala sauce and tapioca pearl and potato fritters that add extra texture to the traditional tea-time snack. Masalawala also has some dedicated retail space, so you can pick up pantry staples like spices, chocolates, and coffee on your way out.


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Unnamed Kwame Onwuachi Restaurant

New York, NY
Expected opening: TBD

Not much is known about this upcoming spot, but head chef Kwame Onwuachi (who you might recognize from Top Chef) has posted on Instagram saying the restaurant will be a “love letter to NYC with an Afro Caribbean touch.” The unnamed restaurant will open in Lincoln Center, so it’ll likely be a hot spot for a pre-ballet dinner. 


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Honeysuckle Provisions

Philadelphia, PA
Expected opening: Mid-October

This grocery store and takeout spot celebrates centuries of Black food traditions, with nods to Haitian cuisine like the spicy pikliz found in the veggie patties. After initially launching the concept through pop-up dinners, the chefs originally set their sights on opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, but later realized that a grocery store with a casual food counter could better serve the West Philly community. Once Honeysuckle Provisions is open, expect to find fresh produce from local Black farmers and plenty of dishes you’d want for a quick meal or casual lunch. 


Philadelphia, PA
Expected opening: November

Kalaya’s first restaurant is one of our favorite Thai spots in all of Philly, so we were thrilled to find out they’re opening a much bigger spot in Fishtown later this year. We can only hope that the next iteration of Kalaya has dishes similar to ones we’ve fallen in love with at the original location, like blue tapioca dumplings and wok-fried monkfish. And since the Bella Vista locations is almost always packed, we hope that the additional space in Fishtown will make it easier to nab a table.


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WEST COAST


Waitsburg, WA
Expected opening: TBD

Bar Bacetto is the most exciting restaurant opening in all of Washington (yes, that includes Seattle). It comes from the same chef behind closed Seattle favorite Il Corvo, but will open in quaint Waitsburg, in southeast Washington. Diners at the bar will be able to peer into the open kitchen and chat with the chef while enjoying handmade pasta with seasonal vegetables from local farms. Waitsburg is also a short drive from Washington’s wine country, making it an ideal spot to stop for dinner after a day of tastings. 


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Smoke Queen BBQ

Garden Grove, CA
Expected opening: TBD

Orange County isn’t the first (or tenth) place that comes to mind when thinking about barbecue, but Smoke Queen BBQ might be the restaurant to change that. Their pit master started experimenting with live-fire cooking during the pandemic, combining traditional American smoking methods and dishes with Chinese and Malaysian influences. Smoke Queen’s first brick and mortar will open later this year in Garden Grove, and will feature hits like crispy char siu, brisket, and gochujang ribs. Until their restaurant opens, you can find Smoke Queen on Sundays at Smorgasburg LA.


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Berkeley, CA
Currently open

Cafe Ohlone, which was originally operated within University Press Books in Berkeley, has now opened a new space inside the Hearst Museum. As the only Ohlone restaurant in the world, the cafe celebrates the life and culture of Ohlone peoples, in a space thoughtfully designed with native plants that are incorporated into the meal, trees with speakers that sing in Chochenyo language, and murals from Indigenous artists. The food itself incorporates ingredients traditionally found in the area, such as San Francisco Bay Dungeness crab, Olympia oysters, and black oak acorns. Cafe Ohlone is now currently open for weekly tea hours, lunches, dinners, and brunches, but you’ll need to purchase your ticket in advance


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MIDWEST


Minneapolis, MN
Expected opening: TBD

Vinai will be one of the first restaurants in the United States to highlight the food and culture of the Hmong people, a group indigenous to Southwest China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. The cooking will span dishes like whole roasted chicken with purple sticky rice, whole fried fish, and housemade sausage. Vinai’s chef has cultivated years of hype through the food hall stall Union Hmong Kitchen, a beloved food hall stall, and this will be their first full-service, sit-down restaurant. If you simply cannot wait until they open, you can order a communal feast of rice, noodles, and proteins served on banana leaves for your next dinner party.


Chicago, IL
Expected opening: October

A chef from one of the largest omakase spots in Chicago, Mako, is opening a more casual sushi restaurant in West Loop that hopes to fill the gap between luxe 23-course omakases and weeknight sushi bars. Tamu will offer the same high-quality cuts of fish as Mako, but the 12-seat bar will exclusively serve handrolls, while a small dining area will serve nigiri. Tamu is also part of a larger wave of handroll-focused sushi spots opening across the country, further proving that everything is more fun when you get to eat with your hands.


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THE SOUTH

Birmingham, AL
Currently open

True to its name, this modern French bistro from a popular Birmingham restaurant group behind The Essential and Bandit Pâtisserie promises to bring the party with a gigantic wine list that has more than 130 bottles to go with rich dishes like potato pavé and country pâte. The brightly-tiled bathrooms and floral wallpapers will make you feel like you’re dining in a Parisian bistro, without the hassle of redownloading Duolingo for a couple months and renewing your passport.


Miami, FL
Expected opening: TBD

After gaining a following through pop-ups and supper clubs featuring hearty bar food you'd typically find in Vietnamese taverns called quán nhậu, Tâm Tâm is opening a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Miami. Expect dishes like steamed mushroom rice cakes and coconut duck curry, as well as items you might not have seen elsewhere like steak tartare with fire ant salt or grilled pork cheeks. A key component of the restaurant will be Tâm Tâm’s drink list, which will include local and Vietnamese beer options, as well as a long list of biodynamic and natural wines that go down easy with whole fried snapper and Vietnamese fried chicken. 


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Austin, TX
Expected opening: October

Este is from the team behind Suerte, which quickly became one of our favorite Mexican spots in Austin for their housemade masa and confit wagyu brisket tacos. Their new restaurant will have a Mexican menu, focusing on coastal dishes and seafood like seasonal aguachiles commonly found in CMDX. They’ll also be implementing a large charcoal grill to cook ingredients from their back garden, like the burnt onion in their tuna tostada with. 


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