If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in San Francisco, your head would feel like it was on a tilt-a-whirl. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.
The talented folks behind Rich Table, Mister Jiu’s, and Lazy Bear have opened up a gorgeous new cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland. Drinks like the Honey Walnut Ron focus on using local and seasonal ingredients, while their food is a mix of small plates and dim sum-style desserts such as black sesame chocolate cake.
San Francisco proper finally has its own Shake Shack, and it’s in a huge location in Cow Hollow. If you’ve never had this New York-based burger chain before, order their classic Shackburger smashburger, the fried chicken sandwich, or a hotdog. This spot also has a special San Francisco-themed menu which includes the Golden State Double (with two grass-fed beef patties and smoked garlic aioli), and frozen custards with mix-ins from B. Patisserie and Dough XX.
Rise & Grind has been serving coffee in the Richmond since 2016, and now they have a second location in the Mission. The new spot has the same breakfast and lunch menu, including specialty coffee drinks like the Whopper Latte with malted milk chocolate. In addition to avocado toast, which you can find everywhere in the city, Rise & Grind has their own versions with ube jam.
People in Rockridge can now get their fix of Millionaire’s Bacon at Kitchen Story on College Ave. The new spot is open for brunch and dinner, but unlike the original Kitchen Story in the Castro - which focuses on Thai dishes - this one emphasizes Korean food.
This second location of Bonita Taqueria Y Rotisserie in the Castro recently opened in the old Squat & Gobble space. They serve tacos, burritos, and rotisserie chickens, just like their Marina spot, but this new location is open for brunch. Between 9am and 3pm, you can get things like tres leches french toast, chilaquiles, and breakfast tacos.
Cal students now have multiple new dining options with Alley Kitchens. The new spot on Telegraph Ave. looks like a street food alley in Japan, and currently has three vendors in the space: one for ramen, one for rice bowls and chawanmushi, and another that serves matcha drinks. They’ll add more vendors in the future.
The Berkeley space that was formerly home to the iconic Caffe Mediterraneum is reopening as Boileroom, a Taiwanese hotpot restaurant. Unlike a lot of hotpot places, Boileroom serves individual portions, so you don’t have to text everyone in your contact list when you just want some soup. And if you’re still hungry when your meal is over, they serve rolled ice cream and fresh fruit for dessert.
East Bay Provisions recently opened in the historic Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The new cafe serves mostly small items like quiche, muffaletta sandwiches, and cheese boards. It’s open to the general public, so even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still enjoy some breakfast and coffee.
One of Grand Lake’s newest additions is Wild Rabbit, which offers a large selection of baked goods, from scones and canelés to cinnamon rolls and quiche. It was started by a baker from Arizmendi on Lakeshore, so if you feel like doing a taste test between the two, they’re less than a half mile from each other.
San Diego’s Modern Times Beer has seven taprooms all throughout the West Coast, each one with a different design aesthetic. Their newer one near Lake Merritt in Oakland looks like a psychedelic sherbert factory with bright-colored walls and trippy designs covering the bar. This place also has 34 beers on tap to choose from as well as cold brew, both of which you can buy and take home with you.
This is the only healthy food-minded place to open up in Cow Hollow recently, which means they’re still outnumbered by gyms, 5 to 1. Superette is owned by Michael Mina, and functions as both a cafe and a wellness store where you can order from their menu of keto-friendly and adaptogenic smoothies, acai bowls, and vegan sandwiches including their Notorious IVB burger made from beets. The one challenge to their meat-free mission - it’s located inside the new Shake Shack in the Cow Hollow.
Floodwater in Mill Valley is a huge new gastropub with a 30-seat bar and multiple rooms you can rent out for private functions. If you’re a fan of sports, there are a bunch of TVs to watch games while you eat everything from Vietnamese chicken wings and pizzas to homemade currywurst.
Bizzy’s is a mocktail bar on Telegraph Ave. serving imitations of classic cocktails like a Hack and Coke made with non-alcoholic whiskey, or a Kalimotxo made with dealcoholized wine and cola. They also have their own lineup of specialty drinks like a spicy mojito mixed with muddled peppers, mint, and sugar. If you’re trying to drink less - and be able to drive home at the end of a night - this could be a great option.
One of the newest food trucks in Oakland is Malibu’s Burgers (you can usually find them on the east side of Lake Merritt). They serve only plant-based proteins, so expect Impossible and Beyond meat patties with different combinations of vegan toppings like Follow Your Heart cheese.
Yokozuna serves ramen alongside Southern fried chicken and waffles. Like most other ramen joints, this Marina spot offers different types of broth (though, we don’t see BBQ shoyu broth all too often) and a ton of add-ons like fried garlic and sweet corn. If that’s not enough, you can also get sides of karaage fried chicken, vegetable gyoza, and pork buns.
If you work in SoMa, you no longer have to journey all the way to the Financial District to get Sababa for lunch. At Sababa’s third location on Stevenson St., you can get your fill of Israeli street food like falafel stuffed pitas, bowls, and rice plates.
There’s now a third location of Matcha Cafe Maiko in San Francisco, this time in Chinatown. The Japanese chain will continue to offer a large menu of sweet treats, but the main draw is still matcha desserts like soft-serve, shaved ice, and parfaits.
This new place inside the Palihotel on Stockton is set up as an all-day cafe. They’re currently serving breakfast in the morning, and switch to burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails in the afternoon. By February, they plan on having a full dinner menu and caviar service up and running.
The owners of Nico in the Financial District are taking a one-year hiatus, but the restaurant isn’t shutting down. Instead, it’s turning into Gap Year, a temporary French restaurant run by the team from The Morris. You can choose their tasting menu ($145 for six courses) or order a la carte. Either way, expect to see things like quail consomme ravioli and duck pithivier.
A much smaller location of Daily Driver recently opened as a pop up inside the Ferry Building. The menu is shrunk down, too, with coffee and an assortment of bagels with toppings and spreads. If you’re looking for something for lunch, you can get a pretzel or a bagel dog covered in everything spice.
A second location of Rooh is now open in Palo Alto, far away from the original next to the Giants stadium. The new restaurant cooks duck seekh kebabs, prawns with burnt garlic, and roasted eggplant over a live-fire. They also serve non-grilled things like lamb keema Hyderabadi and sweet potato chaat.
Nightingale is a new bar near Union Square that really loves ferns. Aside from being filled with plants, the space is full of funky, floral wallpaper and low, colorful lighting that go with aptly named drinks like the Disco Punch.
One of the most recent additions to the Mission is Casement’s, an Irish cocktail bar. At this new spot on Mission St., you’ll be able to sip on creative cocktails, like the Running On Island Time with potato moonshine and passion fruit liqueur. Casement’s also offers small bites like soda bread and butter and larger plates like chicken curry and hand pies.
Macondray has taken the place of Bullitt on Polk St, and recently gave the space a ’50s glam facelift. The new bar now serves steamed mussels, kampachi crudo, and lobster roll bites with their cocktails, like the namesake Matthew Macondray.
Mastro’s is a high-end steakhouse that originated in Arizona in the ’90s, and their newest location is on Geary St. The menu at this chain has everything from lobster mashed potatoes to sashimi to A5 wagyu beef - basically, everything you could want for an over-the-top meal.
Another Bay Area city beat SF to its first Shake Shack - and this time, it’s San Mateo. If you want a shackburger before the Marina one opens up (or have a little extra time before catching a flight out of SFO), check out this location.
This small spot on Union St. recently started serving Istanbul street food like muhammara, hummus, and larger items like kafte meatballs in rice bowls, salads, and wraps. You can dine in, but the menu is mostly designed for takeout and delivery.
World Famous Hotboys in Oakland spent some time as a pop-up before opening a brick and mortar operation in Uptown Oakland. They specialize in Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches, and serve them with five levels of heat, from Southern to Hot Hot. If you need a break from the hot stuff, they have sides like greens, pimiento mac and cheese, and bonuts (biscuit donuts).
If the trend continues, there will eventually be more omakase places in SF than coffee shops. One of the latest spots to open up is Sushi Shio from the people behind Sushi Ondo in SoMa. It’s located in the former Tawla space in the Mission.
You can now get your fill of funghi, ham, and pineapple pizza at this new spot in Oakland. Magpie also serves calzones, burgers, and small plates like arancini and albondigas, and beers, too.
Mission Bay Wine & Cheese recently opened up on Channel St. between Third and Fourth, and is from the same people behind the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in the Ferry Building. You can have wine, beer, cheese, and charcuterie in their large space, or take it all to go.
After shutting down Doña Tomas on Telegraph Ave. earlier this year, the owner recently opened up Doña on Piedmont Ave. The new incarnation will serve a similar menu of Mexican food as the old spot including tacos, burritos, tamales, and ceviche tostadas. They are open for breakfast Monday through Friday, and for lunch and dinner every day of the week.
Solstice is a new spot on Union St. that has taken over the old Marengo space. The bar has a patio with a retractable glass roof they can open when the sun comes out. They also have 15 house cocktails, and brunch and dinner menus with things like croissant french toast, chilaquiles, wings, and juicy lucy burgers.
After being closed for a little over a year, Prubechu has reopened in a new location in the Mission. The restaurant serves Guamanian food a la carte, but you can also order a $55 per person Fiesta Table, a family-style option with things like barbecue chicken and platters of pork.
We checked out Prubechu, and put it on our Hit List
Tacos El Patron recently set up shop on the corner of 26th and South Van Ness with all the usual suspects - asada, carnitas, and lengua tacos and burritos. They’re also serving tacos birria, a beef stew version that’s been popping up everywhere around the city lately.
Hook Fish Co. and Proof Lab have teamed up to open a beer garden at the surf shop’s space in Mill Valley. In addition to drinks, you can get the same full menu of seafood that you can at Hook Fish’s Outer Sunset location. The more places we can find their crab cakes, the better.
This small cafe recently opened in Longfellow in Oakland, and serves health foods like green juices, and traditional cafe items like morning buns and sandwiches.
There’s a new all-day cafe in Bayview called Cafe Alma. The new spot is in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse they plan to use as a community space, small business incubator, and live music venue. The menu ranges from fresh bagels with lox and grilled cheeses to french onion soup at lunch.
Seven Hills on Hyde St. recently packed up and moved down the block to the old home of Stones Throw, which shut down at the beginning of this year. The new space is larger, and they plan to expand their menu of Italian food.
This new brewpub in the Mission is from one of the co-owners of Southern Pacific Brewing. Instead of burgers with beer, Lupulandia is serving a mix of American and Mexican food from Tijuana. You can expect to see things like fried chicken with churros, fish tacos, and smoked tuna chowder in a bread bowl.
There’s already a second Beit Rima location, this one in Cole Valley. The new space is built in an old Burgermeister and serves the same great Arabic comfort food as the original spot.
The people behind Old Ship Saloon have opened up a new bar in Jackson Square. The menu has flatbreads, bruschetta, and sandwiches like cubanos to go with their house cocktails.
Senor Sisig has put a lot of miles on their Filipino burrito food truck, and they finally have a brick-and-mortar storefront on Valencia. They serve tacos and burritos like the mobile restaurant, and new additions like nachos made with chicharrones. The restaurant also has a large back patio with bright murals.
The owners of Toy Soldier have recently opened up Tin Cactus next door. This bar in Belden Place focuses on Mexican food like Dungeness crab tostadas, chicken mole, and tortas.
Ittoryu Gozu in SoMa focuses on small cuts of Japanese wagyu that are served in a variety of different ways, from grilled to raw. Prices for their prix fixe options range from $95-$150. You can also make a reservation for $50, which will give you access to their la carte menu.
Chubby Noodle has moved its North Beach operation back to Green and Columbus Ave. The new space serves garlic noodles and spicy wontons like the old restaurant, and it also has a full bar.
You’ll get a bump of caviar on the back of your hand when you walk into this Sausalito tasting room, but you need to have a reservation to get one. Their six-course tasting menu is $125 and features caviar and other seafood dishes.
There’s a new spot in NoPa to get glazed donuts and apple fritters. Bob’s On Baker is only open from 7am-11pm, unlike the original Bob’s Donuts on Polk St, which is open 24 hours.
This small counter service spot (and Tacolicious offshoot) on Market St. has an equally small menu - there are only six taco options like the chicken tinga, lamb birria, and the vegan greens ‘n’ beans.
This new bar in Uptown Oakland is from the people behind Soda Popinski’s in the Tendernob. Instead of focusing on video game characters, this place is centered around comic book superheroes and has pop art murals, framed comic strips, and action figures throughout the bar. The menu also looks like a comic book and has a list of 24 cocktails as well as tacos and burritos from nearby Xolo. If you want a break from looking at heroes and villains, they also have a rooftop patio to hang out on.
Nick’s on Mission is the second location of Nick’s on Grand in South San Francisco. The new spot serves fully vegan Filipino dishes like lumpia, corned “beef” silog, and ube pancakes in a cafeteria-style space.
Misfits Bakehouse, which was previously known as Ducks & Dragons, has reopened in Palo Alto. The bakery focuses on making gluten-free breads and pastries, and has everything from hamburger buns to pizza crust to sandwich bread.
This place in Oakland was opened by a former chef of Capo’s in North Beach. Their house pizzas range from classic margaritas to ones topped with Italian cured meats and buffalo chicken. They also have salads and sandwiches like meatball subs.
The Rosamunde that shut down in the Lower Haight earlier this year has now been reopened as Berliner Berliner. It’s owned by an ex-Rosamunde employee who’s continuing to grill up sausages.
After shutting down a few years ago, the team from Mourad has reopened Aziza in the Richmond with a large menu of Moroccan food like lamb merguez, basteeya, and kefta meatballs.
Boavida is a European-style cafe in the Outer Sunset that serves a bit of everything - coffee, acai bowls, and bread, jam, and cheese boards.
This is the fifth location for Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, a mini-chain based in the East Bay. The new shop is set up on Grand Avenue in Oakland, and has a full bar but no delivery options.
The SF-based ice cream shop recently opened their second location in Berkeley. Instead of regular ice cream sandwiches, Milkbomb serves ice cream between warm donuts.
The people behind ABV in the Mission have reopened their bar upstairs called Over Proof. This place used to have a rotating menu of drinks and food before it shut down in 2018, but now it’s more permanent. The main draw here is the cocktail menu, which has three sections: a la carte, flights, and cocktail tastings. They also have food like oysters and crudos.
There’s a new Eastern European restaurant a few blocks away from Dolores Park called Dear Inga. As of now, it’s only open for dinner, and the menu is inspired by the owner’s German and Russian heritage. This includes cured salmon with potato salad, homemade sausages, and smoked pork shanks with apples and fennel sauce.
We checked out Dear Inga, and put it on our Hit List
What used to be a pop-up now has a permanent location in Grand Lake. Vegan Mob serves barbecue and Creole dishes, but uses plant-based brisket, shrimp, and other proteins in place of meat.
This is the first US location for the Tokyo-based ramen restaurant that’s famous for using black truffle oil in their broth. Tsuta in SoMa has 50 seats and is open from 5-10pm nightly.
Brenda’s French Soul Food has officially expanded into Oakland. The new restaurant has a menu of the same fried chicken, grillades, and beignets we love from their other locations, and is open for breakfast and dinner.
The Fort Point Beer Company recently opened a new taproom in the Mission that pours their most popular beers as well as some smaller batches from Black Sands Brewery, which they also own. The new place serves bar food too, with things like Dungeness crab rangoon, cheeseburgers, and a version of a bloomin’ onion that uses artichokes instead.
The second Oakland location of the Japanese fried chicken shop recently opened a block away from the original Aburya and is set up mostly for to-go orders. The menu will remain the same, but will also include a fried chicken sandwich.
Perry Lang’s in Yountville is a new steakhouse from the people behind APL in Los Angeles. This new location has a similar menu of dry-aged beef, thick-cut bacon, and oysters Rockefeller, plus a local wine list.
The short-lived Cow Marlowe in the Marina has been reopened by the same owners as The Greenwich. Despite the name change, the menu is largely identical with pork chops, burrata, and burgers.
Family Cafe is a two-story, Japanese-style cafe that recently opened in North Beach. They have a small menu of things like salads, katsu sandwiches on milk bread, and matcha drinks.
SoMa recently got the addition of VooDoo Love on Howard Street. The new spot serves Creole, Cajun, and New Orleans classics like shrimp and grits, red beans, fried chicken, and po’boys.
Hina Yakitori closed down a few years ago in Oakland but is now reopen on Divisadero. The Japanese restaurant serves a 15-course yakitori tasting menu for $110.
We checked out Hina Yakitori, and put it on our Hit List
It’s been shuttered for a few years, but Tribune Tavern is open again in Oakland. The restaurant has a large American menu with dishes like wagyu steak tartare, french fries covered in fondue and pulled pork, and pork chops with stone fruit and gorgonzola.
Wildseed recently opened on Union Street in the space where Belga used to be. It’s still owned by the same people, but all of the food is vegan now. The menu has everything from a mezze plate, Mexican corn cakes, and curried cauliflower, to Beyond Meat paella.
The best thing about all the Little Chihuahuas is the salsa bars that we feel little shame about raiding whenever we eat at any of them. They just opened a new one on Polk Street, which means the people of Polk Gulch now have their own location to fill up little cups with salsas to eat with their tacos and burritos.
New Tartine offshoots are popping up like furry creatures in a bad game of whack a mole, but at least you can get good bread from them instead of worthless tickets. It’s in the newly renovated Graduate Hotel in Berkeley, and has a small menu similar to Tartine Bakery’s, with things like morning buns, croissants, and toasts.
We checked out Tartine Bakery, and put it on our Hit List
Nido’s Backyard is a new restaurant from the same people as Nido’s, a Mexican spot in Jack London Square. It’s located is in a massive old parking lot that’s been converted into a “margarita garden,” and aside from tequila and mezcal drinks, there are things like empanadas, escabeche, and tacos.
Dumpling Time Express is the latest sibling restaurant of Dumpling Time, just down the block in the Design District. The new spot took over recently-closed Udon Time and now has the same things you can get at the other location like soup dumplings, which you can eat there or take to go.
The people behind Sababa recently opened their newest restaurant, Flybird, in SoMa. This place serves chicken sandwiches prepared in different styles from around the world, like the Tel Aviv with hummus, tahini sauce, and za’atar and the Provencal with chevre, sauteed peppers, and aioli.
After shutting down for seismic retrofitting, Namu Gaji on Dolores Street reopened as the second location of Namu Stonepot. The new restaurant has the same menu as the original on Divis with things like ramen, Korean tacos, and their awesome Korean fried chicken.
Apizza is a new fast food-style pizza place from the La Boulangerie team. Instead of pastries and coffee that comes in cups larger than most soup bowls, at Apizza, you can expect very affordable pizza - between $2 and $6 for a nine-inch pie. The types of pizza range from classics like margherita to BBQ chicken or cheeseburger.
Local Cafe recently opened near Union Square on Kearny. The new spot focuses on healthy breakfast items like acai bowls and wellness drinks like kombucha and turmeric lattes.
A new RT Rotisserie recently opened in the Panhandle. The restaurant has the same menu as the original in Hayes Valley with rotisserie chicken, roasted cauliflower, and glasses of wine that cost around $10.
Great Gold is a new Italian restaurant in the Mission. It’s from some people who used to be at Flour + Water and serves old-school Italian-American dishes. There are things like eggplant parmesan and spaghetti with red sauce and meatballs, and all of the pasta, including gluten-free versions, is made in house.
A new place called Bread N Chu recently opened in the Richmond on Clement Street, and it serves Japanese-style milk bread sandwiches filled with things like egg salad and katsu. The prices range from $8 to $16.
Horn BBQ has been operating as a pop up in Oakland for a few years, but now they’ve found a permanent home in the old Brown Sugar Kitchen location on Mandela Parkway. The restaurant will continue serving Texas-style brisket as well as things like ribs and banana pudding, only without constantly moving around.
Fava is a new lunch counter in Berkeley from some former Chez Panisse employees. The menu at this takeout spot focuses on vegetables, with things like salads with eggplant and hummus, but there are some meat options too, including lamb wraps.
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters’ original location on Union Street is a tiny shop that maybe 10 people can stand in. Their new location in Berkeley is much larger and has a second floor for people to spread out at large tables with library lamps, on couches, or on the small patio.
What used to be Tamarind Hall in North Beach has been taken over by the people behind Louie’s Bar in SoMa. The Showdown recently opened with a full bar, as well as a menu that almost feels EPCOT-inspired, with everything on it from duck fat popcorn to pork schnitzel to banh mis.
Homage LTD in FiDi is a smaller offshoot of Homage in Union Square. Both restaurants have a constantly changing menu of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, but the new one is set up as a fast-casual restaurant, making it easy to pop into in the middle of the day. They have things like cubano sandwiches, caesar salads, and if you decide to leave work early, a good selection of wines.
We checked out Homage Ltd., and put it on our Hit List
The people behind Al’s Place recently opened their second location called Al’s Deli. Instead of serving mostly plant-based dishes and meat-focused sides like the original, here there’s a mix of Israeli street food and Jewish deli items, including latkes stuffed with avocado, grapefruit, and preserved lemon, and falafel pita sandwiches with tomato salad and schug sauce. The new place is also in the Mission, on the corner of 18th Street and Guererro, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-9pm.
We checked out Al’s Deli, and put it on our Hit List
What started as a pop-up project less than a year ago is now it’s own brick and mortar restaurant in SoMa. Square Pie Guys specializes in Detroit-style, pan-baked pizzas with toppings that range from plain cheese and pepperoni to more seasonal items like corn or mushroom with ricotta cream. Aside from pizza, the small menu includes Sichuan-style dry-fried chicken wings, buffalo chicken salads, and cheeseburgers.
We checked out Square Pie Guys, and put it on our Hit List
This is the third SF location of this Tokyo-based ramen bar. The new Hinodeya is located in the Financial District and serves dashi-based ramen for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday. There are five types of ramen to choose from, including chashu pork, spicy, creamy chicken, and some vegan options. There are also small plates like gyoza, fried oysters, and karaage chicken.
The Tartine team recently opened another bakery, this time in the Sunset. The new outpost is a cafe with breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus. If you’ve been to their other locations, you’ll see familiar things on the menu like morning buns, breakfast tartines, coddled eggs, and a list of pastries including cookies and tea cakes.
This is the third location of this Filipino restaurant based in Daly City. The new Mission Tselogs is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday and Thursday, and brunch and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Just like the others, the new location serves a menu of garlic rice plates with different meats and lumpia.
Selby’s is a new restaurant from the people behind Spruce that’s trying to bring the grandeur of the mid-1900s to Redwood City. The menu at this fine-dining spot is a mix of old school dishes, like wedge salads, sweetbreads piccata, and braised rabbit. They’ll also wheel a cart to your table to mix your martini tableside if you want, and if you prefer to not drink martinis, there’s a wine list with over 2,000 different bottles as well.
Little Creatures is a brewing company based out of Australia that recently opened their first US brewery and taproom in Mission Bay. It’s a quick walk to the ballpark and the soon-to-be-open Chase Center, which will be especially convenient once fall rolls around. Aside from a variety of beers - some of which are made on-site - Little Creatures also serves wine and has a full menu with things like lamb ribs, beer-steamed mussels, and pizzas.
We checked out Little Creatures, and put it on our Hit List
This is the third location of this all-day cafe based in Napa. They serve a mix of coffee drinks, beer, and wine, along with two different food menus (morning and afternoon), with things like cornmeal pancakes, toast with grilled strawberries, rockfish tostadas, and other Latin dishes.
Elda is a bright new bar in the Mission focused on serving rum, tequila, and mezcal cocktails. They have a kitchen that serves mostly small snacks, like a Mayan pumpkin seed dip called sikil pak, carnitas tacos, and fried chicken sandwiches. If you’re not in the mood for a cocktail, they also have beer, wine, and vermouth on tap, in addition to a list of natural wines.
We checked out Elda, and put it on our Hit List
The second location of 4505 Burgers and BBQ is now open in Oakland. Like the original, it has a lot of patio seating and large picnic tables for big groups. The menu is the same as the Divis location too, with things like their Best Damn Grass-Fed Cheeseburger, brisket, and sides of mac and cheese and pozole.
Mama is a new Italian restaurant in Oakland with a $30 three-course menu designed to make you feel like you’re eating in someone’s home. You’ll see things like meatballs, linguine with asparagus and green garlic pesto, and lemon crostatas.
We checked out Mama, and put it on our Hit List
This is another new spot in Oakland and focuses on using lots of local ingredients. The bistro menu includes things like corn and lemongrass soup and Nashville hot chicken-style soft shell crabs.
We checked out Mago, and put it on our Hit List
We love the pizza at Il Casaro in North Beach, and now we can get it in the Castro with their new Church Street Location. The pizzas here have slightly different toppings than the ones at the original, and the menu also has the addition of pastas like bucatini with shrimp and squash and lumache with pesto.
This Korean restaurant in the Sunset has a large menu with everything from soup to rice bowls, while their back patio has picnic tables with built-in Korean barbecue grills.
Grandeur in Oakland serves a mix of vegan and Halal food, in addition to chicken wings and cheese fries with bacon bits. They specialize in burgers and have everything from lamb to impossible meat served on different types of buns.
Mahila is a new Malaysian place from the people behind Azalina’s, the stand inside the Twitter building. The new spot is a free-standing, full service restaurant in Noe Valley, and the menu includes things like sardine puffs, oxtail soup, and salted black cod curry.
We checked out Mahila, and put it on our Hit List
One of our favorite restaurants in the city, Flour + Water, recently opened up Flour + Water Pizzeria in the Mission. The menu at the new spot focuses on pizza, with five red pies and five white pies available, and toppings that range from squash blossom to speck ham. They do dine-in, take-out, and delivery, and there’s also a separate window where you can get single giant slices.
We checked out Flour + Water Pizzeria, and put it on our Hit List
Daily Driver is up and running in Dogpatch making wood-oven-roasted bagels. They also run a creamery on site, so the cream cheese, cultured butter, and fresh cheese that you can get on top of your bagels are all made in-house, and they do both catering and wholesale.
We checked out Daily Driver, and put it on our Hit List
Grand Lake Kitchen opened a second location in Dimond in Oakland recently. The new all-day spot has a similar menu to the original in Lake Merritt with things like pastrami benedicts for brunch and vegetable pot pies and pork chops for dinner.
We were bummed when Gioia shut down in Russian Hill a few months back, but now they’ve opened a smaller shop in Hayes Valley. The new spot has a menu of things like chicken parm sandwiches, salads, and a good-sized list of pizzas available as whole pies or by the slice for $4.25.
Sushi Nagai is an omakase-only restaurant now open a few blocks away from Union Square. The 15-course menu costs between $200 and $250 per person.
Taking the space of what used to be the Elbo Room in the Mission is a new bar called The Valencia Room. Aside from a new neon sign out front, the place looks mostly the same - they even kept the pinball machines. There are ten taps for beer and wine plus cocktails, and they already have DJ events on the calendar.
Hotel San Francisco, the FiDi bar named after the Eagles, recently opened this appropriately-named basement-level bar. If you’re a fan of the specials from upstairs like Manicure Mondays (yes, when your cocktail comes with a manicure), you’ll be glad to know you can get them at Downunder too. Along with cocktails, there’s a food menu of things like grilled shrimp and pizza.
Ichi Sando is a booth in the Japan Center that specializes in tamago (Japanese omelette) sandwiches. You can add things like cheese and cod roe, or swap out the tamago for strawberries and cream.
Despite its name and daytime hours, Plain Jane in the Mission was not opened by the Jane (on Fillmore, Larkin, or Bakery) people - it comes from the team behind Mymy. This place is open daily from 8am through lunch, and like Mymy, the new spot serves brunch dishes like salmon tartare on toast and red velvet pancakes.
One65 is a six-floor French restaurant in Union Square, and while its Patisserie section has been open for weeks, the Bistro & Grill is brand new. This place is open for lunch and dinner, serving “California/French” dishes like steak tartare, stuffed artichokes, and larger things like porchetta and skate wing.
Decant SF in SoMa doubles as a bar and a bottle shop. You can come in, buy beer or a bottle of wine, and leave. Or you can also pick a wine by the glass or have them open the bottle you purchased for a corkage fee. There’s no full menu, but there’s a selection of cheeses you can pick up or enjoy with whatever you’ve decided to drink.
One65 Patisserie and Boutique is the first place to open in One65, a six-story collection of interconnected French restaurants in Union Square. The patisserie serves pastries, breads, and chocolates as well as coffee and wine on tap.
The Brixton in Cow Hollow opened up a second location recently on 2nd Street, not far from Oracle Park. The new spot has a smaller menu than the original, but still includes a good selection of soups, sandwiches, and larger plates like steak frites.
The third spot to open up in the new Virgin Hotel in SoMa, Funny Library serves coffee, tea, and pastries from Craftsman and Wolves in a space that looks like a book fair collided with a wine bar.
Black Hammer Brewing recently opened up a second spot in the Castro called Willkommen. It’s an indoor biergarten so it isn’t subject to San Francisco’s constant weather changes and there are a ton of German-style beers on tap as well as food like sausages from Rosamunde.
The owner of Lark recently opened Blind Butcher in the Castro. As its name suggests, it will focus on things like steaks and lamb chops.
Palette in SoMa has a kitchen with a wood burning oven and rotisserie and serves things like vegetable tartares and flatbreads that change up with what’s in season. The space also serves as an art gallery and a ceramics workshop in case you need inspiration and plates for your new home since your company went IPO, but if you just really like it here, you can rent out rooms for private events.
The Vault, in the basement of the Bank Of America building, is from the people behind Trestle on Columbus Avenue, but instead of having a prix fixe menu in a tiny space, The Vault serves an a la carte lunch and dinner with things like parker house rolls with caviar, raw oysters, and braised short ribs alongside a long wine list. If you don’t want to come for a full meal, they have a Happy Hour from 4-6pm on weekdays that includes $9 martinis, $8 glasses of wine, and bar bites.
You’ve been able to pick up momos from Bini’s Kitchen around SF for a while at places like Off The Grid and at their to-go spot on Post Street, but now they’ve opened their first restaurant with a dine-in option in SoMa on Howard Street.
A rooftop bar opened up on the top floor of the Virgin Hotel called Everdene, and it has near 360-degree views of the city from its location by Yerba Buena Park. In addition to the cocktail list, Everdene serves a small menu of things like charcuterie boards that you can snack on while you sit at one of the tables lining the balcony.
We checked out Everdene, and put it on our Hit List
Hell’s Ramen in the Mission is from the people behind Iza Ramen, and focuses on insanely spicy broth with Carolina Reaper and pickled ghost peppers in the bowls. If you’re not looking to have smoke come out of your ears though, they have a few non-spicy versions as well as some small plates.
Che Fico Alimentari opened up in the former Theorita space, downstairs from the main restaurant. There’s a small menu of antipasti, seafood, pastas, and some larger plates like braised short ribs, as well as a large selection of cured meats and cheeses with an entire section devoted to mozzarella.
Moon Gate Lounge, from the team behind Mister Jiu’s, recently opened above their sister restaurant in Chinatown. The new spot will be a natural wine bar and cocktail lounge, and also serve dim sum, for people waiting to eat downstairs.
We checked out Moongate Lounge, and put it on our Hit List
This new spot in Russian Hill has taken over the old Gioia space on Polk Street. The Richmond-based restaurant has the same caricatured wallpaper as the original and is turning out pizzas from a wood-burning oven that’s larger than the original location’s.
We checked out Fiorella, and put it on our Hit List
Dim Sum Corner in Chinatown is a new fast-casual dumpling spot in Chinatown. They serve dim sim like xiao long bao, shu mai, and potstickers, as well as bubble tea and things like custard tarts. The dim sum isn’t made in-house, but is brought in from the Koi Palace commercial kitchen in Daly city.
Adolfo’s recently opened in the former Dip location on Grant Street. The new spot serves standard Mexican food such as tacos and burritos with pork, chicken, and beef.
This is the newest location of the Burma Superstar empire. The new restaurant in SoMa covers three stories of Mint Plaza, but if you’re more concerned about what you’ll be eating than how many stairs you’ll be climbing, Burma Club has the staples of the other restaurants like the tea leaf salad.
While another location opened earlier this month in the Ferry Building, now there is once again a Brown Sugar Kitchen at home in Oakland. Unlike the Ferry Building location though, the Oakland one is full service.
This new spot in Rincon Hill is a joint venture from the people behind places like Bar Agricole and Obispo and the team from Prizefighter in Emeryville. To go with house cocktails, you can get things like oysters and housemade charcuterie, as well as large plates like moules frites, boudin blanc, and a burger.
Crooked City Cider opened its first taphouse in Jack London Square. The new spot has 25 ciders on tap and 10 beers. The space is dog-friendly, and has games like darts to keep people entertained while they drink.
The Boy’s Deli, whose main location is on Polk Street, recently opened its second location in the Financial District. The new spot only serves sandwiches, but they have over 30 kinds, including breakfast options.
Niku Steakhouse is from the people behind Dumpling Time and the recently open Udon Time. The new steakhouse has a list of 100 wines by the glass, a Japanese charcoal grill, and a menu that includes pork chops and Wagyu beef.
We checked out Niku Steakhouse, and put it on our Hit List
This Oakland spot doesn’t have food, but they do have a larger vinyl collection than your high school band teacher. Bar Shiru is the first bar in the Bay Area to follow the Japanese hi-fi concept, and is specially designed for listening to music.
Elephant Sushi, which already has three locations in San Francisco, expanded across the bay to Oakland recently. The new outpost is open from 6pm to 10pm, Thursday through Saturday.
Mamo opened up in the Marina, serving a combination of Colombian and Venezuelan food. The menu is small, but includes things like blood orange burrata, marinated olives, poached fish, and braised pork shoulder.
We checked out Mamo, and put it on our Hit List
Another Andytown has opened, this one in the Financial District. They’re serving a limited coffee menu for now, but once the Salesforce Terminal reopens and the coffee shop becomes more accessible, it’ll serve breakfast and lunch options in addition to coffee.
Noosh is a new Mediterranean spot in the Fillmore. While they aren’t fully open for dinner yet, there is a limited menu available for delivery, with things like lamb belly-stuffed pitas, chicken kebabs, and Turkish flatbreads.
We checked out Noosh, and put it on our Hit List
The original Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland shut down in August with two more planned to open. The first of those is up and running in the Ferry Building, where you can get things like buttermilk fried chicken, cornmeal waffles, and gumbo.
Mom Bamh Mi recently opened in the Tenderloin. The menu is small with only six sandwiches, most of which include some kind of pork, and all of which are $4.50 or less.