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November 9, 2020
Señor Sisig Just Launched A Vegan Food Truck: The Weekly SF Restaurant Update
San Francisco restaurant news for the week of 11/9/2020.

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with SF restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city - and beyond. If you have any tips or questions, send us an email at newsletter@theinfatuation.com.


  • Señor Sisig now has a vegan food truck: The Filipino street food spot recently launched Señor Sisig Vegano, which serves meatless versions of their popular dishes. There’s a vegan pork sisig burrito, vegan sisig nachos, and more. For now, the truck will be parked at 701 Valencia St. in the Mission.

  • You can now have dinner at Silver Clouds: The 40-year-old family-run Marina spot for karaoke and cocktails recently reopened, with a brand new dinner menu. You can get everything from poke and ceviche to fried chicken, prime rib, burgers, and seafood pasta. They also have a bottomless mimosa brunch and weekday Happy Hour.

  • Donut Savant is back. A year after closing in Uptown Oakland, Donut Savant is bringing their bite-sized donuts back - this time to a new location in Oakland’s Allendale neighborhood. Starting Nov. 12, they'll be open Wednesday to Sunday from 7am-1pm. You can place an order here.

  • Contra Costa County isn't upping the capacity: Thanks to a spike in COVID cases, the East Bay county will not reopen restaurants at 50 percent capacity. Contra Costa County is currently at the “moderate” stage in the state’s reopening guidelines, and will stick to 25 percent for now.


  • Dining rooms won’t reopen at 50 percent capacity on Nov. 3: Last Friday, Mayor London Breed announced the city was delaying its reopening plans due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This means, restaurants will have to stick to indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, for now. If you’re curious where other Bay Area counties are at with their restaurant reopening plans, head here.

  • Looks like Tadich Grill isn’t opening after all: Tadich Grill, which was going to start serving meals indoors on Nov. 9, is halting plans, the SF Chronicle reports. The 171-year-old restaurant will remain closed until 50 percent capacity.

  • Birdsong is reopening: The Michelin-starred restaurant is now accepting reservations, and will reopen their dining room on Nov. 5. Birdsong will also still offer takeout.

  • In non-restaurant related news… The iconic Coca-Cola sign at 5th and Bryant Streets was removed last Wednesday. And we’re feeling feels.


  • Horn Barbecue is officially, officially open: After months of delays, the hotly-anticipated BBQ spot in West Oakland finally debuted over the weekend. And, as expected, there were long lines to get Matt Horn’s specialties, like smoked brisket, tri-tip, and house-made sausages.

  • Tadich Grill is reopening for indoor dining: Ready for cioppino and clam chowder? San Francisco’s oldest restaurant announced on Instagram that it will start seating diners inside starting Nov. 9th. Tadich Grill is also accepting reservations for the first time in 171 years. If you’re curious about what other restaurants around the city are open indoors, head here.

  • Niku Steakhouse is refiring its binchotan grill. The incredible wagyu steakhouse in the Design District is reopening on Wednesday with indoor and patio seating - and a new menu. But you can still expect melt-in-your-mouth A5 Japanese wagyu.

  • Welcome back, Tommy’s Joynt. Despite rumors over the summer that Tommy’s Joynt had closed for good, the Van Ness hofbrau is still kicking - they’re planning to reopen for takeout on Oct 29th.

  • Mahila now has patio seating: The Malaysian restaurant in Noe Valley announced last week that patio seating is now available for dinner from Thursday to Saturday. They’re also accepting reservations.


Hetchy’s Hots chicken sandwiches are even hotter: The Square Pie Guys spin-off has been one of our favorite new takeout spots of the quarantine era. And now, they’re leveling up the heat of their excellent Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches with a new “hotter oil” option. Can’t wait to see where the heat level lands on this list.

One Market is now serving Boichik Bagels. The fine dining restaurant by the water on Market Street has launched a new spin-off called Mark ’n Mikes. The New York-style deli serves everything from matzoh ball soup to meaty pastrami sandwiches to Berkeley’s Boichik Bagels. They’re open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

We’re here for this Mister Jiu’s x Four Horsemen collab: Mister Jiu’s and the Brooklyn restaurant/wine bar Four Horsemen have teamed up to create a special takeout menu that’s available from Nov. 13 to 21. Items include smoked ducked with peanuts and chicories, and silken tofu with gooseberries, sorghum, and chanterelles.

Well, those reservations went fast. House of Prime Rib reopened last week for the first time in seven months. And if you were looking for a place to sit down indoors and enjoy an extra-large dry-aged stake, you may have to wait awhile - House of Prime Rib is booked solid through January.


  • House of Prime Rib is reopening for indoor dining: After SF reopened for indoor dining last week, House of Prime Rib announced it will reopen mid-October. According to their social media, they need this time to rehire staff, age the beef, and prepare the salad dressing (it apparently takes 10 days to 2 weeks to make the base).

  • Cholita Linda is coming to the Ferry Building: The East Bay-based Latin American restaurant is officially expanding into San Francisco. Later this winter, Cholita Linda will open in the Ferry Building in the former home of Mijita Cocina Mexicana. So, prepare to enjoy Baja fish tacos and Cubano sandwiches by the water.

  • House of Nanking is officially offering takeout: The Chinatown restaurant has been closed for the last six months due to COVID. They recently reopened - and started offering takeout for the first time in 32 years.

  • Pour one out for Starline Social Club: Last week, the Uptown Oakland bar/restaurant/concert venue announced that the building and business were both up for sale, thereby ending Starline Social Club’s five-year run as we know it. According to KQED, the owners hope that whoever buys Starline will continue the venue’s legacy as a local concert venue.

  • You can now get Reem’s at Alkali Rye: Since April, Reem’s Oakland location in Fruitvale has operated as a commissary kitchen that prepares meals for vulnerable communities. And now, you can once again get dishes in the East Bay. Reem’s is partnering with the Oakland new wine and spirits shop, Alkali Rye. They’re offering their falafel and Pali Cali wraps, and mezze combo for pick-up.


  • San Francisco will reopen for indoor dining on Wednesday: On Tuesday, SF moved to the orange tier in California’s reopening plan, and Mayor London Breed announced that the city will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity (or up to 100 people) starting on September 30. We’ll follow up with more information as we learn more.

  • Kingston 11 has new outdoor dining: The Jamaican restaurant in Uptown Oakland has launched a new “speakeasy social club” in their parking lot out back with room for 20 socially-distanced diners. They’re serving their classic menu of things like oxtail stew and curry goat, but are also adding new dishes to the menu, like a curry shrimp dish. The patio is open Thursday to Sunday, 2-8pm.

  • Al’s Place is open for outdoor seating: The Mission restaurant has returned with new outdoor seating. They’re also accepting reservations two weeks in advance.

  • Hotbird has a temporary new location: While they wait to open their permanent location sometime next year, Hotbird is now operating out of the Twitter building on Market Street. Right now, they’re serving only their Nashville hot chicken sandwiches and Arnold Palmers to go Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30am to 3pm. You can place an order online.


  • Zuni is open for outdoor dining: You can now get roasted chicken with bread salad on Zuni’s sidewalk patio for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Call 415-552-2522 to make a reservation.

  • Lord Jiu’s is ending its run: Mister Jiu’s and Lord Staney will be ending their collaborative project, Lord Jiu’s after six months. That means, you have two weeks left to order meal kits, and order for pick-up and delivery. Lord Jiu’s grand finale will culminate in an outdoor dining event at Mister Jiu’s parklet on Oct. 1-3. The dining experience is $150 a person and includes five courses.

  • Miss Ollies is coming to Elda: Sarah Kirnon, the force behind one of our favorite restaurants in Oakland, is starting a three-month residency at the Mission cocktail bar Elda on Sept. 24. The pop up is called Sarah Kirnon and Miss Ollie’s Present the Cook Shop at Elda. The menu will change every week, but will include her amazing skillet-fried chicken.

  • Welcome back, Sobre Mesa: The Afro-Latino bar, which debuted in Oakland several weeks before shelter in place, has reopened for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining. Sobre Mesa is also now open for breakfast, so you can start your day with their Sobre Doissant with coconut lime cream.

  • Palette is officially open: The SoMa restaurant has officially opened for outdoor dining, with enough space for 25-30 socially distanced diners. Palette’s terrace has heat lamps and blankets, and is also serving a menu of things like fried chicken bites, kombu black cod, New York strip, and sorbet.


  • Wise Sons is officially in Oakland: Wise Sons acquired Beauty’s Bagels in August, and recently took over Beauty’s former Downtown Oakland location. They have bagels, matzo ball soup, brunch all day, and new menu items like a kimchi reuben.

  • Trick Dog is now a hot dog and burger takeout spot: The boisterous cocktail bar in the Mission has pivoted to a new concept called Quik Dog. It’ll launch Thursday, and will feature dishes adapted from Trick Dog’s menu, plus a new take on the Mission’s bacon-wrapped hot dog. They’ll also have batched cocktails and high balls to-go.

  • Southern Pacific Brewing is up for sale: The massive brewery in the Mission has permanently closed after nine years, and the building is up for sale. Sept. 6 was their last day. Look for Southern Pacific Brewing beer at pop-up events in the near future.

  • Some restaurants recently reopened for outdoor dining: With terrible air quality plaguing the Bay Area over the last few weeks, you probably missed some of these recent restaurant reopenings for dine-in:

    • Che Fico Alimentari is open for outdoor dining on their parklet from 4-8pm. Reservations are available online.
    • Rich Table now has outdoor dining (with heat lamps), and are taking reservations up to a month in advance here
    • Flour + Water reopened for outdoor dining at the end of the last month. Reservations are available on their website.


  • Horn BBQ is (almost here): We’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for Matt Horn’s West Oakland spot for Central Texas-style brisket and beef ribs to open up. And now the wait is almost over. Horn BBQ is set to open Sept. 24, and will serve brisket, house-made sausages, smoked turkey, and more.

  • When is indoor dining coming to SF? Not for while: After the state released a new color-coded system, San Francisco was allowed to reopen for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. But, it looks like it’ll be at least mid-October until you can sit inside your favorite restaurant.

  • Aziza now has outdoor dining: Aziza, one of our favorite restaurants in the Richmond, recently opened for outdoor seating. They’re serving dinner on their new parklet Wednesday to Sunday, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Khal Drogo was at Tacos Oscar in Oakland: Which is great news, but also sad. We recently ordered some excellent tacos from them, and apparently missed our star encounter by a few days. If we could turn back the hands of time...


  • Napa County restaurants can reopen for indoor dining. No, this isn’t a glitch in the Matrix. You have heard this news before. Napa County is going to try this reopening thing again, in response to the state’s new color-coded system. Napa County closed (again) for indoor dining on July 6th, after allowing restaurants to reopen their dining rooms two months prior. Look for us to update our North Bay restaurant reopening guide soon.

  • San Francisco can reopen for indoor dining... But won’t reopen... For now. Are you confused? Do you have whiplash? We do, too. Despite the state approving the city to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity (or 100 people, whichever number is smaller), San Francisco has yet to announce a reopening timeline for indoor dining.

  • Hina Yakitori is teaming up with Gozu for one night only. Chef Tommy Cleary of the excellent yakitori spot on Divisadero will join the team from the wagyu-focused restaurant for a 15-18 course tasting menu on Sept. 24. The event will go down in the courtyard next to Gozu in the Financial District. It’s $185 a person, and you can get your tickets here.

  • Palette is reopening on Sept. 18. The fine dining restaurant in SoMa is reopening after five months of renovations, and includes an art gallery and a sidewalk parklet with heat lamps. They’ll serve everything from snacks and sorbet to caviar and seafood. You can make a reservation online.

  • Oakland Restaurant Week is happening Sept. 1. The Late Summer Edition is going down through Sept. 13, and will feature deals and special for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining from restaurants around the city.

  • Beshram is temporarily closing its doors. The Indian restaurant in the Dogpatch cites “economic pressure” as the main reason for the closure.


  • It’s Black Restaurant Week in the Bay Area. And if you’d like to support, head to their website to find out which restaurants are participating and offering special Black Restaurant Week menus.

  • Two bagel spots are now one. Wise Sons Delicatessen has bought Beauty’s Bagel Shop in Oakland, Eater SF reports. The two shops will change up the Beauty’s bagel recipe and won’t be wood-firing them anymore. Beauty’s Temescal location has already started offering Wise Sons menu items like smoked pastrami and challah. You can also get Beauty’s fried chicken bagel sandwich and other things at Wise Sons in SF. And in September, Wise Sons will open their first East Bay outpost in Beauty’s spot in Uptown Oakland.

  • Two blocks of Castro Street will be car-free on Sundays. Hoodline reports that the city’s Shared Spaces program recently approved the Castro Merchants’ request to shut down 18th Street between Hartford and Castro streets and Castro and Collingwood streets every Sunday through December 27th.

  • Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen will serve its last arepa on Aug. 30th. In an email to customers, owner Adriana López Vermut announced that she’s closing the Venezuelan arepa spot in the Mission after 14 years in business, but is remaining “open to new possibilities.”

  • Ton Kiang, a neighborhood dim sum spot, is saying goodbye after 42 years. Owner Richard Wong told The SF Chronicle that he’d been thinking about retiring for awhile. The restaurant was known for classic dim sum and Hakka-style dishes.

  • Closings:

    • The Riddler, the Hayes Valley champagne bar with free popcorn, will not reopen when the pandemic ends. The Riddler, which opened in 2017 with the help of an all-female investment team, will also be shutting down their New York location.
    • Farallon, the upscale seafood restaurant in Union Square with the under-the-sea decor is calling it quits, and closing permanently.
    • Mini taco chain The Little Chihuahua closed their Mission location on Valencia Street over the weekend. Takeout and delivery are still available at their other three spots around the city.


  • Kin Khao is coming to the Dogpatch. Tablehopper reports that Pim Techamuanvivit is opening a fast-casual outpost of her Michelin-starred restaurant. It will take the place of the recently closed Noon All Day, and the menu will feature Kin Khao’s spicy chicken wings, and grab-and-go salads and sandwiches.
  • A legendary music venue is being replaced by a nightclub. Slim’s, the iconic live music venue, will soon be the home of a new nightclub called YOLO (yes, as in, you only live once). Two San Jose nightclub owners are currently applying for a permit from the SF Entertainment Commission. When it opens, YOLO will predominately feature “EDM, Top 40 DJs.”
  • Souley Vegan is expanding across California. The Oakland-based vegan restaurant is opening three new takeout and delivery-only locations across California, and will operate out of CloudKitchens’ ghost kitchens in SF, Oakland, and LA.
  • A new spot for dinner + a movie: The Avenue, our favorite Oakland bar that perenially feels like Halloween, is now hosting outdoor movie nights on their front patio.
  • The Beretta pop-up on Divisadero is here. You can now get cocktails and thin-crust Italian pizzas at Beretta’s second location at 661 Divisadero. Outdoor seating and reservations for weekend brunch and Happy Hour are available online.
  • If you love Tacos El Patron: The people behind the Mission spot for birria tacos have opened a new taco spot called Los Guisados Del Patron. According to the SF Chronicle, it will feature 12-15 guisados served over home-made tortillas and cost $3 each.
  • Other Openings:
    • Farmhouse Thai has opened a new takeout spot in the Lower Haight called Farmhouse Thai Express. The restaurant is operating as a takeout window for now. There’s also a second Farmhouse Thai Express location that’s currently operating out of Son & Garden, the restaurant they opened back in March.
    • There’s a new spot to get sandwiches, chips, and soda near Alamo Square. It’s called Lucinda’s Deli & More, and it quietly opened several months ago.
    • A new taqueria called Uarhi is now open near Oakland’s Lake Merritt, and serves quesabirria tacos, burritos, and burrito bowls every day from 9am to 8pm.
  • Closings:


  • Quarantine bubbles have taken over Mint Plaza. Upscale sushi spot Hashiri Sushi has debuted three clear, geodesic “garden igloos” in their new outdoor dining space in Mint Plaza. Part of the motivation for buying the $1,400 apiece domes, the general manager revealed, was to ensure his diners a safe, peaceful place to enjoy their $200-a-person meal. “Mint Plaza is a phenomenal space, it’s just sometimes the crowd is not too favorable,” he said in an interview with KCBS. Of course, the comments have been met with some criticism.

  • Nice to meet you, Routier. B. Pattisserie, our favorite spot for kouign amann, has opened a new French restaurant called Routier - with the help from the chef from Manresa. It’s located down the street from the Pac Heights bakery, and makes things like swordfish rillets, a grand aioli with lobster, and braised lamb. They’re open Friday to Sunday for takeout only.

  • Welcome Back...

    • After a brief hiatus, Beauty’s Bagel Shop in Oakland is once again serving bagels, sandwiches, and matzo ball soup out of their Temescal location. The return also includes a bit of new branding: their website now says they’re making “kettle-boiled” instead of “wood-fired” bagels.
    • Whitechapel has opened a casual beer garden in a Tenderloin parking lot called Barbican Cocktail & Beer Garden. The pop-up will serve cocktails, and a new breakfast menu with things like poutine, french toast, and salad. Dogs are welcome. You can grab a reservation here.
    • Temescal Brewing in Oakland also recently returned with outdoor seating, with a “beer-o-matic” ordering system that includes ordering by phone and then picking up your items from a numbered case. Reservations are available here.
  • Closings:

    • Mauerpark, the two-year-old German pastry spot for apfelkuchen, coffee, and charcuterie boards, announced it was permanently closing on Aug. 14, SF Gate reports. A limited menu will be available leading up to the restaurant’s closure.
    • Serpentine in the Dogpatch is closing after 13 years. The owner cites coronavirus-related issues as the main reason, and also tells Eater SF that he’s thinking about reimagining the space once diners are more comfortable eating out.

Week of august 3

  • Chez Panisse is now serving sandwiches to-go: At the beginning of Covid-19, Chez Panisse quickly pivoted and began offering farmhouse boxes for pick-up on Sundays. And in recent weeks, the legendary Berkeley restaurant has added a new takeout offering: sandwiches. They’re offering a sandwich-of-the-week, which has included a $15 BLT with Fatted Calf bacon, heirloom tomatoes, basil mayonnaise, and rocket, and a veggie sandwich with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. To get one, you’ll have to go through a few small hoops: Place an order on their website on Tuesday for pick-up on Friday from 12-3pm. The online marketplaces launches at noon, and things tend to sell out quickly - so be sure to set a reminder.

  • Jane The Bakery may takeover the Toy Boy Dessert Cafe. Two months ago, the Inner Richmond cafe went up for sale with furniture and all. And now Hoodline reports that the owner of Jane The Bakery is interested in buying it a revamping it with “a little bit of Jane brought into a lot of Toy Boat.”

  • Tadich Grill is temporarily closing: The 171-year-old restaurant in FiDi announced it was temporarily shutting down, even for takeout, due to the pandemic. The restaurant for martinis and cioppino won’t reopen until indoor dining is approved. With no date in sight, this temporary closure could last awhile.

  • Closings:

    • 4505 Burgers & BBQ recently announced it was closing its location in Oakland’s Laurel neighborhood “indefinitely.” Their San Francisco location will remain open. “As you all know, it’s been a tough year, and we are so grateful for our team’s hard work and the support of the Laurel community. Unfortunately, this hiatus is the best option available to us,” a statement on their website reads. The 4505 team also announced they have “new, creative” things in store for the East Bay.
    • After 45 years, the Castro bar and nightclub Badlands is closing permanently, and a new bar is set to take its place this fall.


  • Fire badly damages Eko Kitchen’s commissary space: On July 28th, a fire broke out near Central Freeway, destroying multiple buildings - including the commissary kitchen space belonging to SF’s only Nigerian restaurant, Eko Kitchen. Owner Simileoluwa Adebajo had planned on fully moving Eko Kitchen’s operations to the space on 14th St. in the coming days, a plan she’ll have to put on hold as she recovers her inventory, including ingredients she imports from Nigeria. A GoFundMe has been set up for Eko Kitchen’s recovery, along with the four other businesses that shared the kitchen (ChiliCali, Crêpe-Madame, Fulfilled Foods, and VeganBacon).

  • The Ferry Building is back: The Ferry Building shut down last week briefly after the city ordered all indoor malls to close, and limit businesses within to curbside pick-up. On Thursday, the state reclassified the Ferry Building as a transportation terminal, meaning the historic food hall is back - with more improved safety measures.

  • Bars and restaurants are teaming up: The historic Castro gay bar Twin Peaks Tavern recently reopened for outdoor dining - with the help from Orphan Andy’s, the nearby 24-hour diner. Bar and restaurant collaborations will probably be more of a thing, especially as bars are forced to stay closed for indoor and outdoor dining, unless they serve food.

  • Welcome back: 7th West, the bar and event space in West Oakland, has reopened their massive outdoor patio. They’re serving beer and cocktails, and a new menu, which includes Filipino fried chicken and lumpia. In Berkeley, Saul’s Deli recently re-opened and is now selling warm bagels. Wait, didn’t Saul’s always sell warm bagels? Well, not exactly.

  • Temporarily closing... Perbacco, the Italian restaurant in FiDi announced it’s ceasing takeout and delivery operations, due, in large part, to the lack of a set reopening date for indoor dining in SF.

  • New Food Hall Alert: There’s a new food hall in Castro Valley, and it’s bigger than the one planned in Jack London. Right now, there are three vendors (Castro Valley Natural Grocery, Baron’s Quality Meats & Seafood, and Seven Hills Baking Co.), and more will be added later this year.

  • Closings:

    • After seven years, Independent Brewing Co. is calling it quits. The Jack London brewery announced the news in a Facebook post on their seventh anniversary.
    • Barvale, the Spanish restaurant on Divisadero, is closing after two and a half years. They plan to start operating as a pop-up out of Beretta soon.
    • Izakaya Roku in the Mission and JapaCurry in FiDi announced that they’ll be closing on July 31st.
    • Anchor & Hope, the seafood spot in SoMa, is closing, SF Chronicle reports..


  • The Cliff House Is Temporarily Closed: The historic 157-year-old restaurant overlooking Ocean Beach announced that it will close for outdoor dining and takeout effective on Monday, July 20th. “Because of economic pressure during this unprecedented situation we have concluded that it would be best to preserve our remaining resources to ensure a continuance of future operations. This was not an easy decision to make especially considering the support we have received from all of you,” the official statement on Facebook reads. The city currently has no plans to open indoor dining back up any time soon, and with restaurants unable to survive on takeout alone, let’s hope this closure is temporary.

  • Car-Free Valencia Is Coming: Mission Local reports that the SFMTA has approved a three-month pilot program that will close Valencia Street for car traffic between 16th and 17th streets and 18th and 19th streets from 4-10pm, Thursday-Sunday. The program starts July 23.

  • Nopalito: Nopalito shuttered their Inner Sunset location a few weeks ago, but not before announcing a new takeout window in the Mission. That walk-up window opened over the weekend at 3690 18th Street with a limited menu of things like totopos con chile, tacos, and a carnitas meal kit.

  • Reopenings: Lazlo, the casual bar next to Foreign Cinema, is back serving cocktails, wine, beer, and burgers - all to-go. They also have outdoor dining out front. Also, teahouse Maison Danel recently started offering their French pastries, soups, and salads for takeout and delivery.

  • Devil’s Acre Is Changing It Up: The people behind Rickshaw and Bourbon & Branch are turning the Barbary Coast-inspired bar into a walk-up Cask store. For those of you keeping tabs, this will be the Bay’s forth one.

  • Closings: The pandemic has forced many iconic and beloved restaurants in the city to close in recent days, including Louis’ Diner. The 83-year-old breakfast spot at Land’s End announced it’s shutting its doors in an emotional Facebook post. Also closing is the “Frenchiest French” restaurant Jeanne d’Arc. The Union Square restaurant is closing after 48 years in business. And over in the Inner Sunset, the old-school diner Art’s Cafe, won’t reopen after shelter-in-place is over. The SF Chronicle reports the owners will retire after helming Art’s Cafe for 31 years.

    • Other restaurants we recently had to say goodbye to include Velvet Cantina in the Mission, Mikaku in the Financial District, and Vive La Tarte’s location outside of the Ferry Building.


  • Openings:

    • Masabaga, a new spot for toro and wagyu burgers from the people behind the Mission’s Sasaki, opened last week in Uptown Oakland for takeout only. They’re offering tuna belly and saba sandwiches, tapioca crackers with black sesame, and fries from Thursday-Monday.
    • The quesabirria pop-up El Garage finally opened its brick-and-mortar location in Richmond on July 11th. They’re offering birria tacos (three for $9) and quesabirria tacos (three for $12) on weekends only. Order online to pick-up during a specific timeslot.
    • There’s a new tart pop-up in the Ferry Building called Smooth Tartshop. You can now pick-up ube coconut, mango passion fruit, drunken pear, and tiramisu tarts every Saturday from 9am-5pm.
    • A new restaurant in the former Arlequin Cafe spot in Hayes Valley is now open. Arbor will serve burgers, sandwiches, and plant-based dishes, plus wine from Arlequin Wine Merchant.
  • State Of Reopening:

    • Governor Gavin Newsom announced on July 13th that every county in California must shut down indoor dining, and all bars for indoor and outdoor drinking. In the Bay Area, impacted counties include San Mateo (which reopened for indoor dining on June 17th) and Sonoma County (which reopened on June 6th).

    • On July 10th, Alameda County shut down outdoor dining after the state revised its guidelines.

  • Temporary Closing: Trouble Coffee in the Outer Sunset will temporarily close to remodel.

  • Closings: Nizario’s, the pizza place for drunk people, has closed its location in the Castro. Their Mission and Richmond locations remain open. Also, The House in North Beach.


  • On Friday, Souvla, the fast-casual Greek restaurant, reopened its Hayes Valley and Marina locations for pick-up, and its SoMa location for lunchtime delivery. Have fun with all those lamb salads, wraps, and Greek fries, everyone.

  • Señor Sisig’s Oakland pop-up at 1628 Webster St. (in front of Spice Monkey) will continue throughout the summer every day from 11am-8:30pm. For East Bay folks, that means sisig burritos and nachos without having to cross a bridge.

  • There’s a new wine, beer, and spirits shop and tasting room in Oakland’s Grand Lake district called Alkali Rye Beverage Shop. They’re open from Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm. You can drop by the shop or place an order by calling 510-488-3637 or emailing hello@sipalkalirye.com.

  • A new Burmese restaurant called Herbal recently opened in the Tenderloin. It’s from the same owner behind Oakland’s Grocery Cafe, which closed back in February. They’re open for takeout Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-8pm

  • As of Tuesday, July 7th, restaurants in Yolo County will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to comply with state and local health orders, AP reports.

  • Rocky’s Market has opened a second location in Oakland’s historic 9th Avenue Terminal Building at Brooklyn Basin, and will be celebrating their grand opening this Friday. The SF Chronicle also reports that their all-day restaurant called Kitchen, featuring breakfast sandwiches, salads, and half roasted chicken, will also debut on that day.

  • Mayor London Breed announced on July 7th that restaurants will not be reopening for indoor dining on July 13th. Napa County will also roll back on indoor dining starting Thursday.

  • Over the weekend, restaurants in Marin County were ordered to close indoor dining for a minimum of three weeks.

  • A new plant-based restaurant is set to open in Hayes Valley on August 1st, the SF Chronicle reports. The restaurant is called Baia (it will open with a shorter menu as A Taste of Baia), and will take over the spot once occupied by Jardiniere.

  • Petit Crenn will temporarily close until January 2021. In the meantime, the kitchen will be used in partnership with Rethink Food NYC to create free meals for low-income communities.

  • After losing their physical space at University Press Books in Berkeley, the only Ohlone restaurant in the world will turn to takeout and curated dinner boxes while the owners search for a new permanent location.

  • Closings: Mama Papa Lithuania, the Bay’s only Lithuanian restaurant, will close down at the end of the month, the SF Chronicle reports. Also, Nico in Jackson Square, Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen in the Outer Sunset, Independent Brewing Company in Jack London Square, and Velvet Cantina in the Mission are also closing permanently.


  • For the first time in its 171-year history, Tadich Grill is accepting reservations for dates after July 13 (when SF restaurants are permitted to reopen for dine-in service).

  • The famous Ghirardelli Square marquee will soon be coming down, letter by letter, so it can be replicated and preserved. But don’t worry - a new sign will take its place by the end of summer.

  • Nick’s Pizza in Oakland is moving down the street from their current home at 6211 Shattuck to a larger space at 6400 Shattuck starting Sept. 1. They’ll remain open at their current location through the end of July before taking a month off to prep the new space.

  • Picante in Berkeley has started a new drive-thru service. You can order burritos, tostadas, and tamales online or by calling 510-525-3121.

  • Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that bars will not be permitted to reopen for outdoor drinking on June 29th, citing a rise in coronavirus cases. A new reopening date has yet to be announced. Even though you can’t drink outside just yet, you can still order beer, wine, and cocktails to-go. Check out our full list of alcohol takeout spots here.

  • Double Rainbow, the ice cream company that was founded in the Castro back in the ’70s, is opening a scoop shop this summer. It’ll be located a few doors down from Hot Cookie.

  • Closings: Estela’s Donburi in Lower Nob Hill, Stacks in Hayes Valley, Pacific Standard Taproom in Berkeley


  • On June 22nd, the Ferry Building opened a new 76-table outdoor dining area in the back plaza. Tables (with umbrellas) are 10-feet apart, and are open to the public throughout the summer. If you’re looking for a shaded spot with great views to eat your goods from Acme Bread or Cowgirl Creamery, this is it.

  • The team behind Comal in Downtown Berkeley is opening a second location of their casual spin-off, Comal Next Door, on Grand Ave. in Oakland. You can get tacos, burritos, and cocktails by Lake Merritt starting June 22nd.

  • The Emeryville Public Market recently debuted new outdoor seating in the breezeway behind the market. Additional changes are expected in the coming weeks.

  • Capo’s Pizza and Fine Italian Dinners in North Beach now officially goes by Capo’s Pizza Pasta & Cocktails. They’ve also made the switch from serving Chicago-style pizzas to Detroit-style.

  • Vegan Mob, the BBQ spot in Oakland’s Lakeshore for plant-based brisket and ribs, and vegan mac and cheese, is looking to expand into San Francisco.

  • Closings: Nopalito’s Inner Sunset location on 9th St., Ichi Sushi in Bernal Heights


  • The owner of Hi Tops bar is planning a new bar inside of the upcoming Castro hotel. It will be called Lobby Bar and open May 2021.

  • Alameda County allowed restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday, June 19th. We’ll have a running list of restaurants shortly.

  • San Mateo County announced on Wednesday that restaurants, bars, and wineries can reopen for indoor dining, effective immediately. The county has been open for outdoor dining since June 6th.

  • The people behind Trestle, Corridor, and The Vault has opened The Vault Garden, a new 100-seat, outdoor-only restaurant in the Financial District. The restaurant is designed with safety in mind (expect plenty of space for social distancing and lots of hand sanitizer), and will serve wine, cocktails, and everything from fish tacos to fried chicken sandwiches.

  • Curio Bar in the Mission will reopen for the first time since the Covid-19 closures on Friday, June 19th from 4-9pm. They’ll reopen their outdoor patio for dine-in, and also feature a new menu.

  • The Lister Bar in Park Merced has also reopened for the first time since closing due to Covid-19, and is once again offering outdoor seating in their garden patio. Reservations are available on their website.

  • Pier 39 reopened on June 18th, meaning you can once again have clam chowder bowls and chocolate fudge to go along with your view of the seals.

  • Liholiho Yacht Club returned on June 13th for takeout only, and a limited menu of spamburgers, malasadas, and an 11-pound salmon kit. You can order here for pick-up Wednesday-Saturday.

  • Closings: Dobbs Ferry in Hayes Valley, Walzwerk in the Mission, Castro Republic in the Castro, Liba in Oakland

WEEK OF June 8

  • Mayor London Breed announced on June 9th that restaurants in San Francisco can reopen for outdoor dining on June 12th, three days ahead of schedule. Under the city’s Shared Spaces Program, restaurants without patios or outdoor dining areas can apply for permits, which would allow them to take over parts of the sidewalks, parking lanes, streets, or other nearby public spaces. More guidelines for Friday’s reopening are expected later this week.

  • Cockscomb in Mission Bay has reopened and is serving meal kits and family-style suppers for pick-up, Wednesday to Saturday. Call 415-974-0700 or order here.

  • Cheese Board Collective reopened last week for takeout, and will shift from online ordering to walk-ups-only starting June 9th. You can currently get pizza, baked goods, and cheese - they’ll be expanding their offerings in the coming weeks.

  • Robin, the omakase spot in Hayes Valley, is now offering sushi boxes ($29-69), a DIY handroll box, and sake to-go. Order here.

  • Flour + Water Pizzeria recently returned for takeout and delivery with a modified menu. They’ll be open daily starting June 10th.

  • Cafe Flore in the Castro may reopen to the public, and is currently looking for a chef.

  • Closings: Angkor Borei in Bernal Heights, Miliki in Oakland, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe in the Richmond, Perch Coffeehouse in Oakland, Skool in Portrero Hill, It’s Tops on Market St.


  • This week, Marin County restaurants were allowed to reopen for outdoor dining only, while Sonoma County gave the green light for restaurants to open their dining rooms on June 6th. For the most updated list, check out our guide to North Bay Restaurants That Have Opened, So Far.

  • On June 1st, Santa Clara County also announced outdoor dining can resume on June 5th. San Mateo County can also reopen for outdoor dining on Saturday, June 6th. We’ll have a running list, shortly.


  • San Tung in the Inner Sunset reopened on May 29th with their full menu (and dry-fried wings) for takeout only. You can place an order by calling 415-242-0828.

  • La Taqueria reopened for takeout on May 27th. They also ditched their cash-only policy, and are now accepting credit cards. You can place an order for pick-up by calling 415-285-7117.

  • Zeitgeist in the Mission will reopen on May 30th and 31st from 12-5pm to test their new takeout menu (which will include margaritas, Bloody Marys, and grilled cheeses). The line will go through their beer garden, and showcase art to view while you wait.

  • Wise Sons in the Mission opened a Mediterranean delivery-only operation called Lev. The menu has wraps, rice bowls, and fries with harissa and yogurt. You can place your order here.

  • Pabu started pick-up and delivery service on May 28th, with an Omakase Box for $95 a person. They’re available in limited quantities from 5-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday. You can place an order here.

  • Aria Korean Street Food in the Tenderloin opened a new delivery-only operation called Korean Burrito Joint by Aria. The menu combines Korean-Mexican burritos and tacos, and bulgogi tater tots. Delivery is available 10am-10pm every day, and you can place an order here.

  • Foreign Cinema in the Mission started taking pre-orders for pick-up on May 28th. The menu has things like smoked salmon, fried chicken, steak. Cocktails and wine are available, too. You can place an order here.

  • Arizmendi Emeryville is taking online pre-orders for pick-up on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. They’re selling parbaked pizza, pastry boxes, and bread. If you miss the cut-off for pre-orders, they’ll have a limited menu available for walk-ups.

  • Closings: Hakkasan in Union Square


  • Napa and Solano County restaurants were allowed to reopen their dining rooms for dine-in this week. (Sonoma County restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining only.) For now, we’re simply going to focus on what we know: Which places are opening back up and what to expect based on the state-wide restrictions. For the most up-to-date information, check out our guide to North Bay Restaurants That Have Opened, So Far.

  • Bar Crudo is now offering a weekly-changing menu focused on tacos inspired by Southern California, and aguas frescas, horchata, and beer. They’re open 12-6pm from Wednesday-Saturday, and can place an order here

  • Nick’s Pizza in Oakland reopened with a modified takeout menu on May 18th. They’ll be selling light-baked pizzas (with the sourdough crust), and housemade desserts and bread 12-6pm, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. They’re not taking phone orders, so you’ll have to drop by to order.

  • Piperade, the Basque restaurant in North Beach, reopened for takeout and delivery on May 18th. The menu includes pintxos, salads, seafood, and a create-your-own meal (with your choice of protein and vegetables). You can place an order here.

  • Flour + Water has opened a new takeout and delivery operation called Flour + Water Pasta Shop. They’re selling things like pasta kits, fresh pasta, sauces, and pantry items Wednesday-Sunday. You can pre-order here.

  • Marlowe in SoMa reopened for takeout on May 22nd. They’re meals (including their burger) will be offered as kits for the first time ever. The Burger Kit is $40, and includes two burgers and dessert. You can place an order here.

  • Closings: The Stork Club in Oakland, Thieves Tavern and Blind Cat in the Mission, and The Stud in SoMa have closed permanently.

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