If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in San Francisco, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. This guide tracks new eating and drinking experiences in SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond. If you know of a new spot that’s not on this list, tell us about it by emailing email@example.com.
Flour + Water is continuing its city expansion with a new place called Penny Roma. Like their other spots, this one’s also in the Mission (in the same building as Flour + Water Pasta Shop). The focus here is on rustic Italian dishes, like bistecca alla fiorentina, tagliatelle bolognese, and roast chicken, plus seafood crudis. You can sit inside or grab a table out on their covered patio.
The Vault Steakhouse
During the pandemic, The Vault transitioned into The Vault Garden, an expansive, entirely outdoor restaurant. They’re pivoting again, this time into The Vault Steakhouse. The underground dining room features a meat-heavy menu, including steak, lamb chops, and A5 wagyu. There’s also a raw bar and plenty of cocktails on the menu.
Located inside SoMa’s City Beer Store is Family Name. The new California bistro is serving everything from deviled eggs to steak frites to housemade garlic noodles. And, of course, this place is stocked with plenty of beer and wine.
Tons of wine bars have been opening up all around town lately and the newest one is Ora. Everything from this Nob Hill spot on Polk Street is available by the bottle or glass, and there are plenty of organic and natural wines to choose from. Bar seating and an outdoor parklet are also available.
Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant
Estiatorio Ornos is the newest restaurant by the team behind Michael Mina and International Smoke. At the Greek seafood spot in the Financial District, servers will roll around tableside carts showing diners the fish of the day, desserts, and spreads. A tasting menu option is also available.
Another Gott’s just opened up in Mission Bay, this one in Thrive City, the plaza at the Chase Center. It has the same menu of burgers, garlic fries, and tacos you see at their other locations, plus Warriors-specific details, like soft serve with blue and gold sprinkles.
Bake Sum started out during the pandemic by offering pastry boxes to go. And now, the bakery has a new storefront in Oakland, so you can walk up to get your hands on their Asian-influenced pastries, like an okonomiyaki danish or Vietnamese coffee milk bun.
La Bande is a new tapas spot in the San Francisco Proper Hotel. It’s home to small plates like eggplant tarts, green garlic churros, and seafood conservas, plus plenty of aperitif cocktails, wine, and beer.
You now have one more place to get excellent wood-fired bagels. At Daily Driver’s third location inside The Cheese School in Ghirardelli Square, you can fuel up with a bacon egg and cheese or grilled cheese bagel sandwich and coffee, plus some house-made butter to take home.
After closing their Oakland location several months ago, The Kebabery’s newer, larger space in Berkeley is now open. Stop by for build-your-own chicken, lamb, or mushroom kebab plates, sandwiches, and salads. The menu is very vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Sesame Tiny Bakery
The Berkeley bakery has a new storefront next to The Kebabery (the two operate out of a shared kitchen). For now, they’re serving galettes, cookies, and slices of cake from 10am-2pm, Fridays to Sundays (or you can find their cake slices those nights at The Kebabery).
Brazilian Restaurant & Brewery
Located in the Old Maverick space is this new Mission brewery for beers on tap and Brazilian dishes like moqueca, coxinhas, and a variety of kebabs. They’ve built out a parklet for outdoor dining, and have plenty of seating inside.
Stop by this new pasta shop in Lower Pac Heights to pick up everything you need for an Italian dinner at home. There’s a huge selection of fresh pastas, with everything from egg gemelli to Impossible beef ravioli, plus sauces, lasagnas, and a few ready to eat dishes like eggplant parmigiana and chicken cacciatore.
Chīsai Sushi Club
The former Ichi Sushi space in Bernal Heights is now home to another sushi restaurant: Chīsai Sushi Club, an omakase-focused spot that offers a 13- or 17-course tasting menu, along with a 12-course, entirely-vegetarian option. The omakase includes both nigiri and hand rolls filled with things like uni and ikura or bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.
Brioche Bakery & Cafe
Brioche Bakery & Cafe just opened its second location in Haight-Ashbury. Like the original location in North Beach, expect a similar menu of breakfast staples like eggs benedict or French toast. The new spot will also serve dinner with things like burgers or Moroccan-style chicken on their outdoor patio.
Bar Part Time
Another natural wine bar has made its San Francisco debut - this one is called Bar Part Time, and it’s located in the Mission. The former wine pop-up has a big dance floor, rotating DJs, and a snack-y food menu of things like mac salad or shishito peppers by Queens in the Sunset.
If you’re in Noe Valley and craving rotisserie chicken, you’re in luck. Village Rotisserie is an Australian chicken shop with sandwiches, prepared salads, and, of course, lots of slow-roasted and fried chicken. Enjoy it all on their spacious outdoor patio.
Equator at Round House Cafe
Round House Cafe, a former diner located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge overlook, is now serving espresso drinks, sandwiches, and pastries by Equator Coffee. Stop by the newly rebranded coffee shop to fuel up before walking across the bridge, or enjoy a unique breakfast or lunch spot with great views.
Binny’s is a new cocktail bar and restaurant in Old Oakland serving dishes like steak frites, burgers, tuna tartare, and salads. They also have a Happy Hour Tuesday to Friday from 4-6pm with $5 shot and a beer specials and small plates.
Cookiebar Creamery in Old Oakland is officially rebranding. Now known as Lana, the spot will continue to serve the same ice cream and pastries. Changes, however, include a new burger menu, which was created with the help of Smish Smash’s Victor Donado. Fuel up with a classic double or the Old Town Western with hand-battered fried onions. And in true Bay Area style, there’s a fried chicken sandwich you can order, too.
Vegan cafe and bakery Timeless Coffee just opened its third location in Downtown Oakland. In addition to coffee, pastries, and donuts, the new spot also carries Boichik Bagels and plant-based spreads, making it a great place to hit up for a quick breakfast.
La Vaca Birria
La Vaca Birria got its start as a food truck earlier this year, and just opened its first brick-and-mortar in the Mission. So if you’re looking for a new place to get into some halal quesabirria, birria ramen, or burritos, this spot seems like a good bet.
If you’re in the mood for Peruvian roast chicken, head to Limón Rotisserie’s newest location in Oakland’s Northgate-Waverly neighborhood. In addition to grilled chicken, they have plenty of salads, ceviches, and larger entrées (like lomo saltado or arroz con mariscos) to choose from, along with cocktails, beer, and wine.
Tannery Bend Beerworks
Napa-based brewery Tannery Bend Beerworks just opened a taproom in Oakland’s Temescal. They have an outdoor beer garden where you can chill with a pint and something from their food menu, which covers everything from artichoke jalapeño dip to roast beef and caprese sandwiches.
This is the third location of Fiorella, a pizza spot that got its start in the Richmond. This is their first location with a full bar, so now you can enjoy wood-fired pies on their roof deck in the Inner Sunset with cocktails or a glass of wine. Plus, they’ll have new items on the menu that you can’t get at their other locations, like a clam pie or a romaine cacio e pepe salad.
Joyride Pizza launched with two different locations - one in Yerba Buena Gardens and the other in the Mission. They specialize in Detroit-style pizza with crispy cheese crusts (there are six different types on the menu), plus housemade pastas, salads, and charcuterie.
We checked out Joyride Pizza and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
After starting out as a pop-up a couple of years ago, Restaurant Nisei has opened a brick-and-mortar in Russian Hill. On their 12-course tasting menu ($157), you’ll find dishes like a potato croquette topped with uni, or charcoal-grilled unagi with shishito peppers.
We checked out Nisei and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Norcina is a new Italian restaurant in the Marina with pizzas made with a sourdough crust, housemade pastas, and seasonally changing dishes like salads with stone fruit or grilled octopus. They also have plenty of cocktails, local beer, and wine.
For charcuterie and cheese, tinned fish, and other small plates, check out Chezchez in the Mission. It’s the newest spot from the team behind Trick Dog, and focuses on aperitifs - so expect to see plenty of spritzes and negronis, along with more cocktails, wine, and beer.
SF Chickenbox (previously located in the Mission) is home to one of our favorite fried chicken sandwiches in the city. And after a brief hiatus, they’ve reopened in a new location in North Beach - so you can once again get your hands on the aforementioned sandwich, along with excellent mac salad and mochi muffins.
The chef behind The Mana’eesh Lady pop-up just opened a breakfast and lunch spot in Berkeley, serving a seasonal, rotating menu of Palestinian flatbreads along with other desserts and pastries. On weekends, Lulu will also serve brunch boards with things like za’atar fried eggs or knafeh.
Now open in Oakland’s Tribune Building is Tribune, a brasserie where you can get things like beef tartare, burgers, grilled branzino, plus desserts like sticky toffee cake, and cheesecake with toasted marshmallow fluff.
Another wine bar has landed in Hayes Valley, and this one is in the old The Riddler space. Head over for glasses or bottles of wine, small plates like clam dip or stuffed apricots, and espresso drinks.
Itria opened for takeout in May, serving pizzas and salads - and now the Mission spot is officially open for dine-in with a completely new menu. On it, you’ll find housemade pastas, a rotating list of crudos, wine, and more.
We checked out Itria and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Aman Cafe is an entirely vegetarian (and vegan friendly) breakfast and lunch spot in Oakland’s Temescal focusing on Malaysian roti canai. The roti are topped with everything from plant-based meat and eggs to fruit or mixed veggies - and you can wash it all down with a Thai tea or mango lassi.
We checked out Aman Cafe and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
New to the Mission is Milk SF, a queer-owned cafe and community space serving nitro iced coffees, sodas, pastries, bagels, and more. They’ll also feature art and photography by local artists, and host monthly drag shows.
For contemporary Filipino dishes like pork belly tocino steamed buns and scallop pancit with XO bagoong, head to Abacá. The Fisherman’s Wharf spot from the Pinoy Heritage team also has an extensive cocktail program, weekend brunch, and espresso and pastries in the mornings.
Don Blanc is a new Korean barbecue restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal specializing in pork and beef intestine. You can order meat a la carte, or get into the set menu, which includes a few courses of pork and beef, plus stew and steamed egg.
Motivāt Coffee Roasters
Motivat Coffee is a new spot for espresso drinks in Downtown Oakland. They opened up in the old Slojoy Coffee Roasters window, and will continue Slojoy’s tradition of having handwritten messages on every cup.
Scott’s Chowder House
This is the third location of Scott’s Chowder House (the other two are in San Jose). The Union Square spot has chowder and bread bowls on the menu, of course, along with salads, lobster and crab rolls, and ice cream sundaes.
Hot Johnnie’s in the Castro specializes in pastrami that they smoke in-house. In addition to pastrami sandwiches on Dutch crunch or marble rye, they also use the smoked meat for tacos, sliders, and loaded waffle fries. They’ll launch a pastrami-heavy brunch at some point, which you can enjoy with mimosas on their back patio.
One of our favorite spots in the Sunset for shengjianbao and other dumplings has officially expanded into the East Bay. Dumpling Kitchen is located a block from the UC Berkeley campus, and is serving the same menu of dumplings, dim sum, noodles, and more.
Pla Daek Thai Esan Food
Pla Daek is a new restaurant on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave focusing on northeastern Thai dishes, like Esan-style pork larb and nam tok. They also have curries, soups, and salads, plus desserts like mango sticky rice or roti with ice cream.
We checked out Pla Daek and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Jo’s Modern Thai
If pad kee mao with brisket, crispy catfish tacos, or lobster pad thai sound good, head to Jo’s Modern Thai. The menu at the new Thai restaurant in Oakland’s Laurel District was developed by the chef behind Intu-on (one of our favorite pop-ups), so we have high hopes for this spot. It also features specials that change depending on what’s in season, and cocktails with coconut condensed milk or green papaya.
We checked out Jo’s Modern Thai and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Sweet Glory used to operate as a pop-up, and now they have a new brick-and-mortar in the Tenderloin. At the dessert cafe/bakery, you can get everything from taro crepe cakes and fresh fruit toasts to salted egg yolk croissants, along with coffee, Thai tea lemonade, lychee rose coolers, and other drinks.
Snail Bar is a natural wine bar in Oakland’s Temescal serving seasonal small plates, like escargot with cashew miso and garlic confit butter or tomato toast, and of course, lots of natural wine. Seating on their outdoor tables or indoors is first come, first serve.
We checked out Snail Bar and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
SPRO Mission Dolores
You might recognize SPRO from their coffee truck, which is usually parked at Spark Social in Mission Bay. They just opened their first brick-and-mortar in the Mission, where you can now go for pour-overs, espresso drinks like ube lattes with tres leches, and breakfast-y dishes like mochi waffles and avocado toast. In the future, they’ll serve wine, beer, sake, and small plates in the evenings.
If you’re looking for a new bar to check out, try Persona in Lower Nob Hill - a “subterranean party hideout” with dark, moody lighting, lounge chairs, and floating disc ceiling lights. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the couches, and sip on a cocktail featuring ingredients like kombucha or cold brew.
Barrio Ghirardelli Square
Barrio, the Mexican restaurant in North Beach, now has a new location in Ghirardelli Square. They’ll do blue corn tortilla tacos filled with things like cochinita pibil or birria - and unlike the original spot, will also have more seafood-focused dishes, like ceviche and fish tacos.
Sunset Squares Slice Shop
Shortly after opening the Sunset Squares Beerhall in SoMa, the team behind one of our favorite square pizzas debuted a new slice shop in NoPa. Here, you can get their signature pies on sourdough crust, along with thin-crust slices, salads, loaded fries, and more. To drink, they have beer, wine, and boba.
Afterwork Bar is a new sports bar in Hayes Valley serving fried chicken sandwiches and burgers by The Bird and Super Duper Burgers. They have cocktails, wine, and shareable plates like nachos and loaded tater tots, plus a weekday Happy Hour (4-6pm) with $1 wings and $20 pitchers of beer. The bar also has big TVs playing sports and will host trivia nights in the future.
Nob Hill has a new “trade-inspired” cocktail bar called Trade Routes. They’ll serve drinks like the Marco Polo made with rye and oolong tea, and the Uncharted Waters with pandan-infused reposado. If you’re hungry, nearby wine bar Amelie is providing a limited bar menu.
If you’re looking for a new spot to get your strawberry matcha latte fix, you’re in luck - the mini boba chain just opened its first East Bay outpost in Oakland’s Rockridge.
Hey Neighbor Cafe
Portola’s old Four Barrel Coffee location is home to a new coffee spot, Hey Neighbor. The cafe sources their coffee from local roasters (right now, they’re featuring Captain + Stoker from Monterey). They also have truffle and espresso pairings if you’re looking for something sweet to snack on while you drink your coffee, along with bread from Rize Up Sourdough.
Fig & Thistle Market in the Castro has officially rebranded as Millay. The new wine and sake bar focuses on natural wines, so stop in for a glass of pét-nat or grab a bottle from their large selection.
Empress by Boon is a new modern Cantonese restaurant in the old Empress of China space, a massive banquet hall in Chinatown that closed six years ago. They’re starting off with a seasonal prix fixe menu ($68) featuring dishes like Peking duck, crispy wasabi prawns, and Dungeness crab soup - and will eventually expand with an a la carte menu.
We checked out Empress by Boon and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Sunset Squares Pizza Beerhall
The team behind Sunset Squares, a pandemic-born sourdough pizza spot in SoMa, just opened the Sunset Squares Pizza Beerhall & NFT Gallery in the old Perennial space. Enjoy local craft beer with excellent square pizza, and digital art exhibits from various artists. The kitchen will also host Namu Stonepot and Uncle Tito, as well as a rotating guest restaurant.
Uncle Tito is a new Filipino spot that’s currently operating out of the Sunset Squares Pizza Beerhall. They have everything from pork sisig and loaded fries to ube buns for dessert, all available in shareable baon boxes for takeout, delivery, or indoor dining.
For pizza made on a biscuit crust, try Soul Slice in North Oakland. The contemporary soul food spot tops theirs with things like Cajun shrimp, hot links, fried oysters, and more. You can also get sides of deep-fried grit sticks, fried okra, and cornmeal chicken nuggets.
The former Caribbean/Latin American pop-up Chao Pescao now has a brick-and-mortar in Civic Center. You can order things like Colombian-style empanadas, ropa vieja, pozole rojo, tostones, and more, along with beer, wine, and cocktails.
A new Shake Shack location just opened inside Westfield at the Food Emporium. So the next time you’re in need of a mid-shopping spree power up, grab a burger, fried chicken sandwich, or classic crinkle cut fries.
Town Fare is a new spot by the team behind Brown Sugar Kitchen. It’s located inside the Oakland Museum of California, and has picnic boxes, ricotta toast, cornbread, and salads. The cafe is only open to museum-goers for now, but it’ll eventually be open to the public.
Via del Corso
Last year, Corso closed in Berkeley after 12 years of serving Italian food in the East Bay - but they recently reopened under new ownership as Via del Corso. Expect to see hearty Italian dishes like ravioli with low-simmered beef, chicken breast with brown butter, grilled pork chops, and more.
We checked out Via del Corso and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
For New York-style pizza, wine, and ice cream, stop by Pizzeria Violetta on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. It’s in the old Slicer Pizza space, and has a menu of thin crust pizzas topped with everything from pepperoni and sweet peppers to brown sugar candied bacon.
The old Luna Park space is now occupied by Luna, a self-described American brasserie where you’ll find dishes like salmon tartare, burgers, bone marrow, and more. They also have a pretty extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list.
Respectable Bird is a new takeout and delivery-only spot in South San Francisco doing fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, and more. They also have a food truck that has the occasional pop-up (keep an eye on their Instagram for pop-up details).
Bao is a new dim sum spot in the Mission where you can order everything from xiao long bao and fried curry taro puffs to steamed red bean buns decorated to look like pandas. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner, so you can satisfy your dim sum cravings at any time.
The second location of Torraku Ramen just opened in the Marina (the other is in Potrero Hill). Expect to see the same menu of ramen, yakisoba, and donburi bowls with things like pork katsu and unagi, and more - plus, they also do paitan broth (which you can only get at the Marina spot).
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is a new Italian bakery and deli in Temescal where you can load up on croissants, tiramisu, fruit tarts, cookies, and other pastries and desserts. They also have sandwiches on house-made focaccia, all available every day from 9am-6pm.
We checked out La Dolce Vita and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
You’ll find steamed and fried chicken momos, samosas, chow mein, chicken tikka masala, and more at this Himalayan/Nepalese spot in Berkeley (it’s located right next to the UC Berkeley campus). They also have daily special combinations with two vegetarian or chicken entrees ($9-11) available at lunch time.
Sojo Ramen X
If tonkatsu ramen, takoyaki, or loaded fries with furikake, pork chashu, house sauce, and bonito flakes sound good to you, check out Sojo Ramen X in Berkeley. It’s their third location (you can also find them in Fremont and Las Vegas), and they’re open daily for lunch and dinner.
SF-based cafe Coffee Cultures is expanding across the Bay Bridge, opening their first East Bay location in Alameda. So if you need a caffeine fix, grab an espresso drink, soft serve affogato, or a milkshake and enjoy it on their sunny outdoor patio.
For plant-based mana’eesh with za’atar and hummus, or a vegetable, grain, and bean soup, head over to Badan at the Berkeley Organic Market & Deli, where you can get both dishes for $4.50 each. The Middle Eastern takeout counter is situated in the back of the market, and open daily from 11am-5pm.
Abanico Coffee Roasters
Next time you’re in the Mission and in need of a serious caffeine boost, check out this new cafe by Abanico Coffee Roasters. At the wholesaler’s first brick-and-mortar location, you can get everything from a cafecito to iced coffee with housemade piloncillo and cinnamon syrup. If you’re hungry, they also have pastries by Kahnfections.
Itria is a new Italian spot in the Mission that will eventually expand their menu to include seasonal house-made pastas and crudo - but for now, they’re focusing on takeout only as they remodel their dining room. Right now, you can order appetizers like chopped salad or burrata, and pizzas topped with things like bacon, roasted pineapple, and fresno chiles, or mushrooms, roasted cabbage, and pecorino cream.
The chef behind Oakland’s Cosecha (which closed in March) just opened a new Mexican restaurant in an old fire station in the Dimond District. Bombera is currently takeout only (Fridays and Saturdays) with a changing menu of things like spicy tuna tostadas and seared halibut. When they fully open for dine-in, expect to see lots of wood-fired dishes, house-made tortillas, cocktails, and a few Cosecha favorites, like duck carnitas and fish tacos.
Red Bay Coffee
Oakland-based Red Bay Coffee continues to expand with a new location in the Ferry Building. Stop by for excellent espresso drinks, charcoal lattes, and pastries every day except Monday.
Noodle Belly started out as a pop-up, and now they’ve softly opened a brick-and-mortar in Oakland’s Fruitvale. Walk up to order noodles topped with lemon pepper shrimp, fried chicken, and locally sourced vegetables, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order. They’re also available for catering.
The East Bay is now home to a second location of Sweetgreen, the national salad chain that focuses on seasonal, local ingredients. Head over to the new spot in Old Oakland for kale caesars, buffalo chicken salad bowls topped with za’atar breadcrumbs, and more.
Harmonic Brewing Thrive City
This is Harmonic Brewing’s second location in SF (the first is in Dogpatch), and it’s got sweeping bay views and a massive outdoor patio. Stop by the Thrive City spot to grab a pint of beer or watch a Warriors game on one of their TVs. They’re also serving pizzas, soft pretzels, bagel dogs, and more from nearby Neighbor Bakehouse.
Sunday Bakeshop in Rockridge draws on Asian and French flavors to make pastries like ube snickerdoodles, chocolate hojicha croissants, and chocolate or matcha cookies made with White Rabbit candy. The bakery does monthly pastry boxes, and baked goods to go on weekends from 11am-4pm.
We checked out Sunday Bakeshop and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
The Lower Haight is now home to a new Mexican restaurant by the same people behind Son’s Addition. At Otra, they grind their own masa in-house for tacos filled with slow-cooked beef, cod, roasted sweet potatoes, and more. There’s also a full bar, so you can kick back with margaritas, cocktails with tequila and mezcal, and beer and wine.
Toscano Brothers is a new bakery by Tony Gemignani of Capo’s and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. There, you’ll find sourdough, Italian country bread, baguettes, and more. The bakery is also home to Gemignani’s other new concept, Dago Bagels (yes, named after the Italian slur). Walk up to order from 8am-3pm, Thursday to Sunday.
China Basin has a new Mexican spot for cheesy quesabirria tacos. Taqueria Mila also has burritos, tacos, and quesadillas filled with steak, chicken, lamb, or veggies, and agua fresca to wash it all down.
Lovely Day is a restaurant by Grace Street Catering that’s currently open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features what they call “elevated comfort food” - like pork shoulder plates served with cheesy sopas, or spaghetti bolognese. They also have weekly-changing specials, cocktails, and desserts.
Dinner House is a new Downtown Oakland bar and grill that is, unsurprisingly, open for dinner only. From Thursday to Saturday, you can stop by for loaded buffalo fries, burgers, fish and chips, as well as deep-fried Oreos for dessert.
Shokudou is a new izakaya in Bernal Heights from the chef behind Umi in Potrero Hill. The menu covers everything from sashimi and yakitori to a miso-marinated hamachi collar. To drink, there’s lots of sake, along with a small selection of Japanese craft beer.
Côte Ouest Bistro
Côte Ouest Bistro is a new Cow Hollow spot that’s located in the old Baker Street Bistro space. The French restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and serves everything from croissant French toast and croque monsieurs to steak frites and oysters on the rocks. They’ve also got an extensive wine list.
Wilder is a new “Tahoe chic” spot in the Marina from the people behind Westwood. They serve daily dinner with things like braised short ribs and grits, bone marrow (which can double as a whiskey luge for $8 extra), and weekend brunch. To drink, there are espresso martinis, pitchers of Aperol spritz and sangria, wine by the glass, and more.
SF is now the home of the Bay Area’s third location of the Korean grocery chain. The massive H Mart is located in Ingleside Heights, and is stocked with banchan by the pound, produce, snacks, and other pantry staples. The new location is also home to a five-stall food hall, which includes Daeho Kalbijim & Beef Soup, and a spot for Korean fried chicken.
This Oakland cocktail bar and restaurant debuted last year for takeout, and then temporarily closed in June due to the pandemic. They returned this month for indoor dining, so you can now sit down and enjoy escargot, mussels, or a 12-oz ribeye steak with cocktails, wine, or beer. Reservations are available.
Bonchon is an international Korean fried chicken chain, which now has its first SF location inside the Metreon (other Bay Area spots are in Berkeley, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale). They’re serving chicken wings, drums, or strips covered in soy garlic or spicy sauce, and also have other Korean dishes like japchae, tteokbokki, and a wrap with chicken bulgogi.
For Peruvian street food and sandwiches, stop by Sanguchon’s new brick-and-mortar in the Mission. Sanguchon previously operated as a food truck - and it’ll have the same menu of lomo saltado and fried chicken sandwiches, empanadas, and skewers, as well as beer and wine.
At this new cocktail bar and restaurant in Noe Valley, you can get everything from chicken pot pie and beef tartare to spinach dip baked in sourdough. Wash it down with a glass of beer or wine, or one of their house cocktails (they have everything from martinis to a Fiero spritz). Mr. Digby’s is currently open for dinner with indoor and outdoor dining, and you can look forward to weekend brunch starting next month.
A private, “glamping-inspired” dining experience is the latest concept from Anthony Strong, the chef behind the now-closed Prairie. From Tuesday to Saturday, he’ll be cooking meals on a charcoal grill out of the SuperStella Van, which will be parked at the Ferry Building. You can reserve it for up to four people ($110 per person, plus the option for wine or cocktail pairings). If you’d rather have the van drive to you, that’s an option, too. Book here.
Red Bay Coffee Cafe & HQ
One of our favorite coffee roasteries just opened a massive headquarters and café in Fruitvale, their fourth location in Oakland. Their new space is three floors tall, and comes complete with hanging plants and a long, sleek coffee bar. You can stop by for their usual menu of coffee and tea, and pastries.
We checked out Red Bay Coffee and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
The Colorado-based brewery has opened their first-ever restaurant and taproom - and they’ll also be brewing some of their beers on site. Stop by their space in Mission Bay to chill with a tasting flight or a pint and a truffled chicken sandwich on their patio.
If you’re in the mood for yakitori, seared Hokkaido scallops, or bacon asparagus maki, check out this new izakaya spot from the same people behind Sushi Hon in the Mission. The new SoMa spot also has wine, cocktails, and an extensive sake list.
La Cocina Municipal Marketplace
The new women-led food hall in the Tenderloin is spearheaded by La Cocina, a non-profit incubator that helps Bay Area women of color launch their food businesses. It’s currently home to six chefs who are serving everything from maafè and pupusas to jerk chicken tacos (you can read all about the chefs here). The marketplace is open for takeout and delivery.
Jolly-Jolly Coffee & Kitchen
This Nigerian spot started as a pop-up in Alameda last year, and opened its first brick-and-mortar in West Oakland in March. Stop by for stewed goat and jollof rice, baked chicken suya skewers, or Indomie jollof, a breakfast dish made with instant noodles, plantains, and eggs.
This restaurant/cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland softly opened in March, and has been serving things like corn and sweet potato fritters, burgers, Scotch eggs made with chorizo, and grilled octopus ever since. They also have a pretty extensive list of cocktails that incorporate things like shiso or ancho chile and chocolate, along with beer and wine.
If you’re in the Mission and looking for a new brunch spot, Alnico is one new possibility. Their menu has Asian-inspired dishes like steak and eggs with calamansi chimichurri, Korean fried chicken and waffles with black sesame butter, and ube pancakes. They’re currently only open on weekends for indoor and outdoor brunch.
There’s a new spot for low-proof cocktails and tapas in North Beach. At Red Window, you can sit down in their parklet and enjoy pintxos by the piece (like croquetas or crispy mushroom skewers) and a variety of tapas, from patatas bravas and jamón Ibérico to queso fundido. They’re currently open for takeout, delivery, and indoor/outdoor dining.
We checked out Red Window and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Oleis Fusion Cuisine
This new spot in Emeryville showcases Caribbean and Guamanian dishes, like a chicken kelaguen bowl, and a Puerto Rican Dungeness crab stew over rice. They also have garlic noodles, wings, and empanadas, all available for pick up.
Vegan Mob Food Truck
The plant-based soul food spot just opened their first SF location. It’s a food truck that serves a similar menu to the one you’ll find at their original brick-and-mortar in Oakland. Expect to see things like mac and cheese, gumbo, spicy fried chicken, and garlic noodles topped with shrimp. They’re typically located in a parking lot on Valencia and 18th in the Mission, but check their Instagram for updates.
If you’re in Hayes Valley and craving a fried chicken sandwich, stop by The Bird’s new location on Hayes St. Just like at their original spot in SoMa, you can order a regular or spicy fried chicken sandwich, curly fries, beer, and more. Unlike their SoMa location, though, they also serve cocktails, like palomas and gin and tonics.
After testing the waters with take-home meal kits last year, Ernest has officially opened for outdoor service in the Mission. You can order off their seasonally-changing menu, or opt for the $95 chef’s choice prix-fixe set. Either way, expect to see things like beef tartare with ikura, uni carbonara, or pork collar tonkatsu. Reservations are available here.
We checked out Ernest and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
After being closed for a year due to the pandemic, the two-Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant has reopened in SoMa in the old Bar Agricole space. Their nightly-changing tasting menu ($223) is currently available for outdoor dining in the garden patio (reservations are available here).
For Vietnamese dishes like pho, wok-fried lemongrass chicken, and bun bo hue, stop by this new spot in Lower Nob Hill. Hoi An also has fresh fruit smoothies and desserts like mango sticky rice and deep-fried banana ice cream. They’re currently open for takeout, and indoor and outdoor dining.
This plant-themed bar in Lower Nob Hill has a daily-changing menu of cocktails that incorporate plants, fruits, and other fresh ingredients. You’ll see things like an acai piña colada with champagne, an Irish coffee topped with salted cheese cream and a pistachio crumble. They’re also serving tacos by Papito. Propagation is open for indoor and outdoor drinking, Thursday to Sunday (first come, first serve).
The Tailor’s Son
The Tailor’s Son is a new Northern Italian restaurant in Lower Pac Heights. You can order a few different types of risottos, and other things like grilled octopus, agnolotti del plin, and fritto misto. They also have a cocktail menu with negronis, martinis, and seasonal aperitivos, and an entirely-Italian wine list. Make a reservation here for indoor or outdoor dining.
Understory is a worker-led restaurant and bar opened by Oakland Bloom, a volunteer-based nonprofit that supports immigrant, refugee, and women of color chefs looking to start their own food businesses. The Old Oakland spot will rotate its menus occasionally to highlight different cuisines, and on Sundays, will host a weekly-changing pop-up highlighting dishes from Oakland Bloom chefs (past pop-ups featured Burmese dishes and Hong Kong-style street food). You can pre-order from the pop-up of the week here, or walk up to order.
Sushi Hakko is a new omakase spot in Cow Hollow where you can sit down and enjoy a chef’s choice menu of things like toro tartare, nigiri, and miso panna cotta. They’re currently open for indoor dining only - you can make a reservation here.
El Talpense opened up in the space formerly occupied by Celia’s Mexican Restaurant in Berkeley. The menu has some similarities to Celia’s, like fajitas, tamales, and burritos, as well as some new vegan options like plant-based ceviche and enchiladas.
Big A Sandwiches
Big A Sandwiches is a halal sandwich shop in Downtown Oakland serving everything from lamb shawarma and falafel wraps to a carne asada gyro. You can stop by to sit down on their heated outdoor patio, or take your sandwiches to go.
What The Cluck
This is the first East Bay location for the khao mun gai spot. At their new place in Old Oakland, you can order from the same menu as the original SF location - the classic khao mun gai, chicken and rice soup, and crispy chicken over ginger rice are all available for limited indoor seating, takeout, and delivery.
Lion’s Den Bar and Lounge
Lion’s Den is a new nightclub in Chinatown that wants to bring live entertainment back to the neighborhood. Eventually, they’ll offer bottle service, along with a rotating roster of live bands and performers, but for now, they’re open for indoor and outdoor dining, with cocktails and bento boxes by RM 212. You can make a reservation here.
The team behind Irving Subs in the Sunset and Chinatown has opened a new sandwich shop in the Mission called Valencia Subs. Expect to see the same menu as the other two locations - with everything from a turkey and avocado BLT to a loaded veggie sub - plus daily specials that are specific to the Mission spot.
If you’re looking for spanakopita, baklava, or Turkish delights, head to this new Turkish and Greek dessert shop in the Castro. While you’re there, you can also pick up ceramics, jewelry, and olive oil imported from Turkey. Aegean Delights is open from 11am-7pm daily.
Stand-Up Burgers is a new plant-based burger restaurant by vegan chain Veggie Grill. They’re serving everything from shakes and BBQ bacon cheeseburgers to “Save The Animals-Style fries” topped with special sauce and grilled onions. They’re open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery every day from 11am-9pm.
Ham & Cheese Deli
Ham and Cheese is a new deli in the Richmond that serves sandwiches, soup, pastries, and coffee. There are seven sandwiches on the menu, including one with turkey, pastrami, avocado, and pickled onions, and a banh mi made with chicken and pork pate, smoked chicken, and lemongrass aioli. Right now, it’s walk-in orders only, so stop by Wednesday to Sunday to pick up your sandwiches to go.
Square Pie Guys
Our favorite spot in SoMa for Detroit-style pizza has expanded to the East Bay - so now you can get cheesy, crispy-edged pizzas topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, or vodka sauce in Old Oakland. Square Pie Guys is also serving fried chicken sandwiches from Hetchy’s Hots (their newish virtual restaurant) for takeout and delivery.
We checked out Square Pie Guys and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
For cheese katsu sandwiches and tonkatsu or ebi katsu donburi, head to the International Food Court in the Financial District and order from Katsuya. The Japanese spot has sandwiches, box sets, and rice plates available for takeout or delivery.
Awazi Kitchen Abyssinian Cuisine
Awazi Kitchen is a new Ethiopian restaurant in Old Oakland where you can get doro wot, beef tibs, and kitfo - and they have a variety of vegan options, too. They’re open for takeout and delivery for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.
For dim sum in the Richmond, stop by this new spot on Balboa. In addition to hot dishes, like baked pineapple buns, steamed chicken feet, and sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf, Dimdoduc has frozen dim sum that you can take home in bulk and save for later.
If you’re looking for a new place to add to your lunch rotation, check out this Korean spot in Western Addition. There, you can grab gimbap, onigiri, bibimbap, and lunchboxes with rice, banchan, and your choice of protein. They’re open daily from 10am-3pm.
Saigon BBQ Noodle House
This Vietnamese spot used to be located in Brisbane, but they moved to the Sunset in February. Their extensive menu covers everything from banh mi and broken rice plates to phở and bún riêu. Stop by or call 415-941-7970 to order takeout.
This is the first U.S. location of Hinoya Curry, a popular curry chain in Japan. They’re currently serving a limited menu, which includes seven different types of curries, like chicken and pork katsu or deep-fried oysters. You can currently stop by on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for takeout (they also have a few tables set up outside). Check their Instagram for updates.
If you’re in Dogpatch and craving a sweet drink, head to Honeybear Boba. They have a pretty extensive menu of drinks, ranging from fruit teas and slushies to a strawberry matcha latte, all available with boba, jelly, aloe, or crema.
Casa Barotti is a new Italian restaurant in Berkeley serving small plates and snacks like deep-fried risotto balls, mini calzones, and focaccia and porchetta sandwiches. They also have Roman-style pizza available by the slice, and topped with things like prosciutto or black truffle. They’re currently open for takeout and delivery, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am-5pm.
Joining the ranks of the many fried chicken sandwiches in SF is Rocketbird, a new takeout and delivery-only spot in Dogpatch. The fried chicken sandwiches come with things like bacon tomato jam or pineapple relish - plus, they also have a vegan option, made with fried hen-of-the-wood mushrooms. The cherry on top: for every order, Rocketbird donates a meal to the SF-Marin Food Bank.
Cancha Boutique Gastrobar
If you’re looking for Peruvian food, stop by this new spot in the Marina. Cancha Boutique Gastrobar has everything from ceviche made with the catch of the day to lomo saltado and aji de gallina. It’s all available for indoor and outdoor dining, or you can take your food to go.
Kona's Street Market
Kona’s Street Market is a new cocktail bar in SoMa by the same team that operates Pacific Cocktail Haven. They currently have an outdoor setup where you can order cocktails like the Banana Stand (bourbon, sherry, coconut-banana, coffee liquor, and bitters) or the Funky Cold Medina (whiskey, tamarind, date molasses, citrus, rose water, and bitters), and enjoy them with food from the Filipino pop-up Pinoy Heritage. Make a reservation or order to go here.
Asha Tea House
The third location of Asha Tea House is in Uptown Oakland, and you can expect the same extensive menu of drinks from their spots in Berkeley and SF (which is temporarily closed). They have everything from a matcha and hojicha latte to yuzu jasmine green tea available for takeout Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm.
Sandbar is a new Caribbean-themed bar (complete with sand on the floor) in Uptown Oakland. You can stop by Thursday to Saturday for cocktails to go, like the Buck U 2020 (whiskey, papaya, and ginger beer), or gorilla milk (rum, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, and banana liqueur).
Los Kinjas Fusion Eatery
After about three years operating out of Two Star Market in the Dimond District, the Puerto Rican restaurant now has its own space. The new location is just around the corner, and you can stop by for everything from tostones and mofongo with steak to slow-roasted pork shoulder. La Perla is open from Wednesday to Sunday for takeout.
We checked out La Perla and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Cupcakin' Bake Shop
Cupcakin’ Bake Shop’s third location is on Virginia St. in Berkeley. The bakery has the same menu as the other spots, including their standard and mini cupcakes with monthly-changing flavors ranging from caramel mocha and key lime pie to red velvet or vanilla. Cupcake delivery is available in SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville - check Instagram for details.
Popular food truck The Chairman now has a new storefront, dubbed Hawker Alley. They’ll share the space with a chicken and rice spot called Good Gais (which is also run by The Chairman team). And down the road, they hope to host other food businesses - think of Hawker Alley like a mini night market or food court. You can currently stop by Hawker Alley to order from The Chairman and Good Gais, or place an order online for takeout and delivery.
After its original owners retired and closed Art’s Cafe last March, the Inner Sunset diner is back under new ownership. Fans of the hash brown sandwiches and Samurai Omelet with teriyaki beef and American cheese will be happy to know that those items are back on the menu - along with bibimbap, club sandwiches, and pancakes. They’re open every day except Monday for takeout.
Lazy Susan is a new takeout and delivery-only restaurant in Hayes Valley focusing on Chinese-American dishes, like crab rangoon, hot and sour soup, and General Tso’s chicken. Most dishes are gluten-free - and they also have a vegan version of mapo tofu made with Impossible meat. They’re currently only open for dinner, Wednesday to Sunday - order to-go here.
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El Tiny Cafe
El Tiny Cafe in Berkeley is a new breakfast and lunch cafe where you can pick up bagels, sandwiches, avocado toast, and more, along with espresso drinks and seasonal agua frescas. They also have a house coffee blend that you can get by the bag. Order here.
Next Level Clucker
Next Level Clucker is an entirely plant-based fried chicken sandwich spot by the vegan burger place Next Level Burger. Both operate out of the Whole Foods in Potrero Hill, and have fried chicken tenders, nuggets, sandwiches, loaded fries, and more for pick up. Order online for takeout.
This is Monkey King’s first Oakland location (its other two spots are in Alameda). Their menu has a bunch of Asian-fusion-y dishes that range from pork lumpia and crab fried rice to garlic noodles and broccoli beef. Stop by for pickup or order delivery every day except Sunday.
Stop by this health-focused, vegan-friendly Berkeley spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - they have everything from smoked salmon and avocado toast to salad bowls and sandwiches. You can also grab an energy shot or green juice to go with your meal. Califa’s Greens is open for takeout and delivery.
Santeria is a new Mexican restaurant and margarita bar in the Castro with a huge selection of agave-based spirits and dishes like mole and octopus al pastor. Along with takeout, their front patio is currently open for outdoor dining, and you can also stop by for Happy Hour or a tasting flight of mezcal or tequila.
Barley is a new craft beer bar and restaurant between Polk Gulch and the Tenderloin with 20 local beers, wines, cider, and hard kombucha on tap. You can currently stop by for sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie on their parklet - but if you’d rather enjoy your beer at home, you can subscribe to their beer and wine box, a curated selection available for regular delivery or pick up.
The team behind La Mar has opened a sister restaurant called Jaranita. It’s a new Peruvian spot in the Marina focusing on wood-fired rotisserie. Jaranita’s pollo a la brasa, along with other dishes like ceviche, empanadas, and tri-tip sandwiches, are available for takeout and delivery.
The Bussdown is a takeout and delivery-only spot operating out of a virtual kitchen in Fruitvale. You’ll see Nigerian, Jamaican, and West African-influenced dishes, like a smoked shrimp sofrito, jerk wings, and smoked brandied yams - and be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram for daily specials.
After a fire destroyed their original location in Oakland Chinatown, the Shanxi-style noodle spot is back open in a new location up the street in Swan’s Market. You can expect to see the same menu of knife-cut noodle dishes and Sichuan entrees. Huangcheng Noodle House is open every day for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.
We checked out Huangcheng Noodle House and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
The international Japanese barbecue chain has opened their first East Bay location in Downtown Oakland. They’re not currently doing outdoor or indoor dining, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to sit around their communal grills - but for now, you can order things like black pepper wings, bento boxes, and rice bowls for takeout and delivery.
Ayesha Curry’s Sweet July project (which also includes a lifestyle magazine) just launched a cafe and boutique in Uptown Oakland. It’s got everything from books and ceramics to kitchen staples like Sweet July’s olive oil and coffee beans. You can also grab coffee, tea, and pastries to go.
This is the second location of Foghorn Taproom - and they’re serving the same menu of chicken and beer as their original spot in the Richmond. The chicken-heavy menu has things like fried chicken sandwiches, wings, and loaded fries. Order takeout or delivery here, Thursday to Sunday.
The Outer Sunset has a new wood-fired pizza spot. At Damnfine, you can get your pies topped with everything from mushrooms and garlic butter to pepperoni and clams. They’re currently only open for dinner to-go, but will expand their hours in the future to serve coffee and pastries in the mornings.
We checked out Damnfine and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Augie's Montreal Deli
The Montreal-style deli relocated from its original location to a new spot that’s also in West Berkeley. They have the same menu of smoked meat sandwiches (we love the brisket), as well as poutine, burgers, and deli meats to go.
The new Vietnamese spot in Berkeley has already earned a spot in our lunch rotation - they’ve got a menu of 14 different banh mi made on house-made rolls, and filled with everything from lemongrass grilled pork to sardines and tomato sauce. They also have spring rolls and iced Vietnamese coffees available for takeout.
We checked out Banh Mi & Rolls Factory and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
This is the coffee and bread shop’s second location in Oakland (the other is around the corner on MLK Jr. Way). Every day from 8am-3pm, you can stop by to grab a loaf of country sourdough, donuts, coffee, and espresso drinks to go.