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.
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.
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.
Empress By Boon
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We checked out Santeria and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
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.
Tony's Style Berkeley
Tony’s Style is a new spot in Berkeley serving pizza, wings, and loaded baguettes topped with crab and shrimp, or cheese and pepperoni. And the good news for anyone with the late-night munchies: they’re open from 5pm until 2am.
Since last summer, Señor Sisig’s truck has been parked outside of Spice Monkey’s old space in Downtown Oakland (the Thai restaurant closed in June) - and they’ve now opened a takeout window in the same location. It’s their first permanent spot in the East Bay, and they’re serving both their regular and vegan menus. Stop by for a tosilog burrito or pork sisig nachos, every day except Sunday.
At Alley & Vine on Alameda’s Park St., three Waterbar alumni are serving things like braised short ribs, cod and abalone chowders, and pickled wild mushrooms. Until they can open up their spacious dining room and patio, everything is takeout only - including DIY meal kits to finish at home, and cocktails and bottles of wine. Alley & Vine is open every day from 12-8pm.
We checked out Alley & Vine and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Destapas is a new Spanish restaurant opened by a 10-year-old Spanish catering company based in SF. Satisfy your tapas fix with patatas bravas, shrimp empanadillas, and sandwiches filled with serrano ham or tortilla española. They also have a few different types of paella. Order online for delivery or pick up in the Mission.
Last December, The Taco Shop at Underdogs closed and transitioned into Underdogs Tres. This newest iteration of the sports bar and restaurant is over at the old Nopalito space in the Inner Sunset, where they now have a bigger kitchen and a heated outdoor patio. You can also expect to see a similar menu to the old spot, including tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as beer and margaritas to go.
The sourdough pizza spot in Oakland has moved one block down the street to a new, larger location (also on Shattuck) with an expanded menu. You can order pizzas with toppings like roasted sweet potato or house-made pork sausage, or build your own. They also now have deli sandwiches, bagels, salads, and a bigger selection of sourdough breads. Nick’s is open for takeout from Wednesday to Sunday.
We checked out Nick’s Pizza and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
If you’re looking for a massive jug of Vietnamese coffee to inject into your veins this week, stop by Orbit Coffee’s new location in East Oakland. In addition to the half- and full-gallon jugs, they have space-themed coffee drinks, like the “Dark Matter” (an iced latte with dark chocolate, condensed milk, and Oreos) and the “Milky Way” (iced coffee with condensed milk and vanilla). And if you’re hungry, you can grab waffles, grilled cheese, or breakfast burritos, too.
Charm Thai Bistro
For Thai dishes like massaman curry, larb gai, spicy fried catfish, and pad thai, head to Charm Thai Bistro (a new spot from the team behind Anchalee Thai) on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. The extensive menu is available for lunch and dinner every day. They also have a weekend brunch menu with egg dishes, salads, and desserts.
This is the third East Bay location of the casual Japanese donburi spot (they also have spots in Alameda and Pleasanton). At the new Berkeley location, you can order katsu bowls, noodles, curries, and other appetizers for takeout.
Bourbon Burger Bar
Bourbon Burger Bar is a delivery-only spot by the team behind Pabu and Michael Mina. You can order a black truffle steak burger or roasted mushroom burger with yuzu kosho aioli, along with sides like fries, salads, desserts, and cocktails. They’re open for delivery through the apps, or you can pick up your order at Pabu.
Joining the growing list of new sandwiches in SF is Heroic Italian, a sandwich spot originally located in Santa Monica. The Castro location uses bread from Montesacro Pinseria and meats and cheeses imported from Italy to make sandwiches like the “OMG” (five different types of meat, roasted artichokes, giardiniera, and truffle mayo), or the Quadronno (prosciutto, burrata, and roasted tomato). You can pick up a sandwich for lunch or dinner from Thursday to Sunday.
The vegan burger spot started as a food truck and recently landed a brick-and-mortar on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. The entirely plant-based menu includes a massive burger topped with bacon and onion rings, a fried chicken sandwich, and even a Captain Crunch milkshake. They’re open for takeout only, Tuesday through Sunday.
We checked out Malibu’s Burgers and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
For butter mochi, chocolate haupia pies, and Queen Emma cakes, stop by this new Hawaiian bakery in Berkeley. They also have savory snacks, like a furikake snack mix or spam musubi. Order online for next-day pickup.
The team behind the SF-based wholesale seafood company Four Star Seafood has a new market and cafe in Noe Valley. They have a huge selection of fresh seafood that you can order by the pound, or you can get clam ceviche, sashimi, smoked salmon salad on griddled brioche, and other prepared seafood dishes to go.
We checked out Billingsgate and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
La Guerrera’s Kitchen was located in Oakland’s Fruitvale for about a year, but when the pandemic hit, owners (and La Cocina alums) Ofelia Barajas and Reyna Maldonado let their lease expire and transitioned into a pop-up. Now, they’ve reopened the restaurant in a new space in Old Oakland. Their menu includes things like taquitos with barbacoa, pozole verde, and chicken mole tamales. Order for pickup here.
We checked out La Guerrera’s Kitchen and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Shake Shack is continuing its expansion into the Bay Area with its newest location in Uptown Oakland. Expect to see burgers, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, milkshakes, and, of course, crinkle-cut fries on the menu. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day from 11am-7pm.
The Epicurean Trader
The Ferry Building is now home to The Epicurean Trader’s fourth location - and this new one has a cafe that’s serving coffee, pastries, wine, and beer. You can also pick up everything from gift baskets to local cheeses or empanadas. They’re open every day from 7:30am-5:30pm.
Little Original Joe's
Little Original Joe’s is from the team behind Original Joe’s in North Beach. The new spot is located in West Portal, and has things like lasagna, stuffed shells, and a pretty extensive list of pizzas. You can also shop for pantry staples in their market, which offers everything from fresh flowers and wine to dried pasta and sauces.
YAYOI SF Kitchen
YAYOI is a Japanese teishoku (meal set) restaurant with a new virtual kitchen in Bayview. Their menu includes everything from a grilled mackerel plate to unagi donburi to takoyaki. They also have burrito-like sushi sandwiches filled with sukiyaki beef or fried shrimp. Everything is available for takeout and delivery.
T&T Seafood #2
Oakland’s Laurel District has a new spot for seafood: T&T Seafood #2. You can stop by for fried fish and oysters, as well as shrimp fried rice. They’re open for takeout every day except Sunday from 11am-9pm.
You can find Las Delicias Salvadoran Restaurant in the old Theraphu Burmese Street Food spot in Berkeley. It’s got everything from cheesy pupusas and Salvadoran antojitos to Mexican dishes like tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, all available to go Monday through Saturday.
We checked out Las Delicias Salvadoran Restaurant and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
The Berkeley burger institution closed in 2019 after a fire damaged their kitchen. They reopened their doors in November to give us the gift of their classic charbroiled burgers on sesame buns, chili cheese dogs, and milkshakes to-go. They’re open every day until 10pm if you need a late-night burger fix.
Last year, Shawarmaji owner Mohammad Abutaha set out to bring Jordan-style shawarma to the Bay. He started out as a pop-up, and now has a brick-and-mortar in Uptown Oakland. Shawarmaji’s wraps are longer and thinner than most others you’d find in the Bay, and are made with minimal ingredients - just shawarma, garlic toum, and cucumber pickles (you can add in fries if you want - which you do). Also on the menu is a falafel sandwich that’s made with a French baguette that’s pressed on the grill like a panini. Shawarmaji is open for takeout from Wednesday to Sunday.
We checked out Shawarmaji and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Wawa Thai Food
If you’re looking for a new Thai place to try, head to Wawa Thai Food in East Oakland. The Northern Thai spot is serving everything from khao soi and pumpkin curry to crab fried rice and khao mun gai. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner.
Buck Wild Brewing & Taproom
Mike Bernstein started home brewing gluten-free beer about a decade ago, and after selling it to restaurants and grocery stores for the last few years, has finally opened a taproom in Oakland’s Jack London Square. As opposed to brewing with traditional grains and removing the gluten after, Buck Wild Brewing uses 100% gluten-free grains throughout the entire process. In addition to beer, you can order wine, hard agua frescas, and food by Kitava, a gluten-free spot in the Mission. The menu has things like loaded fries and fish and chips, which you can enjoy with your pale ale at an outdoor picnic table. Buck Wild Brewing is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Flywheel Coffee’s new location is across the street from their cafe on Stanyan Street, in a kiosk on the outskirts of Golden Gate Park. You can chill with your coffee and pastries on their patio, or take it to go and people-watch at Hippie Hill.
For Thai-inspired burgers, order from this new delivery-only spot. They have a larb gai burger (crispy chicken, mint, cucumber, and larb mayonnaise), and a moo ping burger (pork patty, crispy onion, cilantro, and moo ping sauce on a sticky rice bun). You can also add on sides like chicken wings and tofu tots with sweet chili sauce. Hoopla Burger is open every day except Wednesday for lunch and dinner.
Señor Sisig Vegano
The Filipino street food spot has added an entirely vegan truck to its fleet. Señor Sisig Vegano includes plant-based and dairy-free versions of everything from their longanisa chorizo burritos to cheesy nachos with pork. For now, the truck is parked in the Mission on weekends, but may head to other Bay Area locations in the future - check their Instagram for updates.
Double Rainbow Ice Cream
Fifty years after Double Rainbow was founded in the Castro, the scoop shop is back. The new location on Castro St. has classic flavors, like Coffee Blast and It’s A Goody, and new vegan and special flavors that are all available as scoops and milkshakes. They’re open for takeout Wednesday to Sunday, 12-9pm.
States Coffee is expanding from their original location in Martinez with two new Oakland stores in the former Subrosa Coffee spaces. Only the MLK St. cafe is open for now (the one on 40th St. is still under construction). You can stop by daily for espresso drinks, pastries, and loaves of bread to-go.
Donut Savant closed their original location in Uptown Oakland after the building they were housed in was scheduled to be demolished. A year later, the donut shop has returned, this time in East Oakland’s Allendale neighborhood. They make mini raised and cake donuts, cronuts, and cinnamon rolls topped with everything from salted maple frosting to shredded coconut. Donut Savant is open Wednesday to Sunday, 7am-1pm.
We checked out Donut Savant and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Aquitane Wine Bistro
The owners behind the French wine bar closed their location in the Financial District late last year, with the intention of opening in a new spot in Duboce Triangle. After six months of shelter-in-place-related delays, they’re now operating with a menu that includes prawn tartines, duck reubens, charcuterie plates, desserts, and wine. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday, 2-9pm (Happy Hour is 2-5pm).
Juice Holick in Downtown Oakland is a juice bar that serves made-to-order juices, smoothies, bowls, wellness shots, and kombucha on tap. They’re open for takeout and delivery every day except Monday.
Carbona is a new Detroit-style pizza spot that’s operating out of Grand Lake Kitchen in Oakland’s Dimond District. They’ve got a menu of 11 thick, chewy pizzas topped with things like pepperoni, mushrooms, or prosciutto and pineapple. If you’re still hungry, you can add on sides like breaded and deep-fried ravioli, or hand-packed vegan dole whip. They’re currently open for takeout and delivery.
We checked out Carbona and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
For Honduran food, head to El Rinconcito in the Mission. The takeout-only restaurant has everything from seafood platters and carne asada plates to baleadas and tacos dorados. Call 415-341-0013 or stop by to order.
Mac 'n Cue
The International Smoke team (yes, Ayesha Curry’s restaurant) has launched a new takeout and delivery concept in the Financial District focusing on comfort food. The Mac ’n Cue menu includes pulled pork mac and cheese, a salt and pepper brisket sandwich, and cornbread. Order online for delivery or pick up at Pabu (lunch only) or Michael Mina (dinner only).
The Filipino restaurant in Oakland is serving all-day breakfast, rice plates, and desserts. Takeout and delivery options include sisig, tapsilog, pork adobo, lumpia, and kare-kare. They’re open 11:30am-8:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday.
In August, the pandemic forced Metin Yalcin to close his Mediterranean restaurant, Pera. He’s now opened a restaurant in Potrero Hill that’s focused on Creole and Cajun dishes. The menu at the new Southern spot includes things like po’boys on Dutch crunch rolls, gumbo, and guava-glazed chicken wings. Po’boys Kitchen is currently open every day for takeout and outdoor dining.
Ain’t Normal Cafe
Ain’t Normal Cafe used to be a coffee catering company, and now they have a brick-and-mortar coffee shop in Oakland’s Rockridge (in the old Bica Coffeehouse space). They feature coffees from local Bay Area roasters and also serve scones and cookies made in-house. While you currently can’t sit inside and scroll through Twitter while pretending to do actual work, you can take everything to-go daily from 7am-12pm.
The cafe in Oakland’s Pill Hill neighborhood technically opened in mid-February, but quickly shut down due to the pandemic. And after a months-long hiatus, the entirely vegetarian cafe is back with everything from cinnamon rolls and bagels to grain bowls and Red Bay Coffee drinks. They’re open for takeout and delivery, and have outdoor seating.
Grandma’s Kitchen is a new Vietnamese restaurant in the Richmond that serves everything from bun bo hue to pho to rice plates. They also have a solid selection of vegetarian dishes. You can order takeout for lunch or dinner, every day except Monday.
The chef from General Tso’s Kitchen in the Richmond is now at Chuan Yu, a new Chinese restaurant in Oakland Chinatown’s Pacific Renaissance Plaza. Fans of spice will love their menu, which has lots of traditional Sichuan and Hunan dishes like chongqing chicken and mapo tofu. You can dine on their outdoor patio (they share it with Sakura Bistro), or order for takeout or delivery.
Joining Burma Superstar’s mini Bay Area empire (Burma Love, Burma Club, and B Star) is Burma Bites, a new delivery-only concept. It’s based out of Oakland, and has a pared-down menu of popular Burma Superstar dishes, like tea leaf salad, platha and dip, garlic noodles, and basil chicken. They also have new “bites,” like a fried chicken sandwich, spicy mango wings, and steak fries. Delivery is in Oakland only.
Layalina is a new Middle Eastern halal restaurant in Oakland’s Pill Hill neighborhood that makes kebabs, shawarma plates, and desserts like baklava, knafeh, and carrot cake. When indoor dining returns, Layalina will double as a hookah lounge. They’re currently open for takeout, and also have a couple of tables outside for dine-in.
If you’re looking for yakitori, head to Izza in Oakland’s Temescal district - they have plenty, from chicken and shrimp to quail egg skewers. The izakaya also has tapas, katsu sandwiches, an extensive list of sake, and occasionally-changing specials that range from uni brioche to spicy scallop tartare. Izza is open every day except Monday for takeout and outdoor dining.
Mr. Dewie's Cashew Creamery
If you love frozen treats but can’t leave the house without a Lactaid in your wallet, you’ll be happy to hear that Mr. Dewie’s - a completely cashew-based scoop shop - has opened a third location on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. Ice cream flavors range from chocolate orange chip to mint chip to turmeric, and they also have ice cream cookie sandwiches and bon bons.
Abu Salim Middle Eastern Grill
Three months after a fire badly damaged Old Jerusalem Restaurant in the Mission, the same team behind it has opened Abu Salim Middle Eastern Grill. The Haight-Ashbury spot has the same menu - shawarma wraps, kabob plates, salads, and soups. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner, for takeout or heated outdoor seating.
There’s a new Middle Eastern restaurant in the Richmond serving things like falafel wraps, za’atar flatbreads, dolmas, and desserts like warba and baklava. They’re open for lunch and dinner daily, which you can get for takeout or delivery.
Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie
Le Dix-Sept started as a pop-up almost 10 years ago, and is now a brick-and-mortar spot in the Mission. Owner Michelle Hernández churns out colorful, botanical-inspired pastries, confections, and drinks using plants, flowers, and other natural ingredients. The menu changes daily, but typically includes things like vanilla bean canelés, chocolate almond tarts with passion fruit, and lavender hazelnut hot chocolate. They’re open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm, and will expand their hours in November.
Mochill Mochi Donut
The father-son duo behind the mochi-focused bakery in Japantown have expanded into the East Bay, and opened a second location in Oakland’s Jingletown. The new spot is takeout and delivery-only - customers can walk up to their storefront, or order using delivery apps. They serve colorful mochi donuts and mochi cupcakes (which are gluten-free), with flavors ranging from cookies and cream and Fruity Pebbles to kinako and matcha. Donuts and cupcakes are also available individually or in boxes of six or 12.
Uptown Oakland now has a new spot for breakfast all day. The diner currently serves pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and eggs from 9am-9pm. If you’re looking for something sweet, they have princess pancakes (inspired by the owners’ daughter). It’s raspberry jam slathered between two buttermilk pancakes, and topped with purple rolled marzipan. You can also order things like warm potato duck confit salad, chicken livers, and gnocchi tots, and coffee, beer, and wine (pinot and pancakes, anyone?). Takeout, outdoor, and indoor dining are available.
We checked out Daugher’s Diner and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
Central Kitchen Wine Bar
Central Kitchen has been closed throughout the shutdown, and recently transitioned into a more laid back restaurant called Central Kitchen Wine Bar. You can sit outside in their heated courtyard and have a glass of wine with things like amberjack crudo, mussels, or sweet potato and ricotta tortelloni. All the pasta is made at Flour + Water Pasta Shop, which is right next door. The wine bar is currently open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery Thursday to Sunday, 5-9pm.
Early to Rise used to be a pop-up that hosted family-style, 50-person brunches, and it’s now a restaurant in Nob Hill focusing on takeout and meal kits. The important thing to note is that chef and owner Andrew McCormack makes everything on the menu from scratch, from the hot sauce to the butter to the bagels. Also on the menu are South Carolina-style shrimp and grits, and fried-to-order donuts in weekly-changing flavors like passion fruit and coconut or peach pudding. Meal kits include bagels and lox or challah french toast, which you can get for pick-up or delivery. Early to Rise is open Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am-1:30pm, and will soon expand hours to include Thursday and Friday mornings.
We checked out Early to Rise and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
At this new spot in Bernal Heights, Julia Zhu and Sandy Zheng create dumplings inspired by their family recipes. They serve traditional xiao long bao, potstickers, and shengjian bao, all with handmade wrappers. They also make dumplings with unique filling flavors. Case in point: the Mission potsticker filled with mozzarella, corn, and chicken, and then topped with crispy cheese. If you’re in the mood for more than dumplings, they have dishes like Mongolian cumin lamb or hand-pulled noodles with guacamole. United Dumplings is open every day (except Tuesday) for takeout and outdoor dining.
We checked out United Dumplings and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Matt Horn’s ascent to the BBQ Big Leagues (a real thing, thanks) started when he began making his slow-smoked barbecue at farmers’ markets and pop-ups. And now, after months of delays, Horn Barbecue’s long-awaited debut has arrived. Located in the old Brown Sugar Kitchen space in West Oakland, Horn Barbecue is serving pulled pork, half and whole chickens, beef ribs, and brisket, which is smoked for 18 hours. You can also get sides like potato salad, pit beans, and cornbread, and desserts like banana pudding and rum cake, which are baked by Nina Horn, Matt Horn’s wife. Horn Barbecue is open Friday to Sunday from 11am-5pm.
We checked out Horn Barbecue and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.
The team behind the now-closed restaurants Nico and Gap Year At Nico recently opened Maison Nico, an epicerie/deli in Jackson Square where you can get paté en croute filled with everything from pork belly to blood sausage, flaky brioche, jams, pickles, coffee, and cocktails. They’re takeout only for now, and will soon offer nationwide shipping. Maison Nico is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and you can also find them on Saturdays at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market.
Seabreeze On The Dock
Seabreeze on the Dock is a new waterfront seafood restaurant that’s located in the former Il Pescatore space in Oakland’s Jack London Square. If it swims, it’s probably on the menu. There are lobster rolls, shrimp po’boys, crawfish and lobster by the pound, fried catfish, and garlic butter shrimp available every day for outdoor dining or to-go.
There’s a new spot in the Marina that specializes in ramen bowls that you can get topped with char siu pork belly, chicken breast, or tofu. They also have a small appetizer menu, which includes chicken karaage, mushroom tempura, and gyoza. Yondo Ramen is open for takeout, delivery, and limited indoor dining.
The new Mexican restaurant in the Richmond has breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and pambazo, a potato and chorizo sandwich fried in hot sauce. For lunch, they’re serving dishes, like enchiladas, tortas, and quesabirria tacos, which are really having a moment.
This new seafood and wine bar in the Fillmore is by the team behind State Bird Provisions and The Progress, which are both just around the corner. You can snack on raw or barbecued oysters, local anchovies, and butters, spreads, and desserts over a glass of wine on their parklet or in their dining room inside. They’re open from 11:30am-8pm.
We checked out The Anchovy Bar and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
The chef behind Perle Wine Bar in Oakland and SF’s Butterfly, which closed in 2017, just opened a new Vietnamese restaurant. The Inner Richmond spot is serving a breakfast and lunch menu with things like vegan chao, shaking beef salad, and a banh mi with a French dip-inspired pho au jus. Lily is currently open for takeout Thursday to Sunday from 10am-3pm.
We checked out Lily and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Man Vs. Fries
If you’re the type of person who could eat french fries for every meal, and then some, check out Man Vs. Fries. The mini-chain opened a food truck in the Mission where you can get curly fries topped with carne asada, or burritos stuffed with fries. They also have a “Cali Crunch” (think Crunchwrap Supreme, but with Hot Cheetos), or deep-fried Oreos. Order through the apps for pickup or delivery.
Located on the corner of Precita Park in Bernal Heights, Marlena is a new restaurant that’s doing four-course meals for outdoor dining. The prix fixe menu is seasonal, but you can expect to see things like pork collar with delicata squash, honey nut squash soup, and creme fraiche cake with huckleberry compote. And if your idea of a perfect afternoon involves cured meats and a large patch of grass, you can order their charcuterie, cheese, and dessert picnic basket (it even comes with a blanket) and take it with you to the park.
There’s no shortage of dumpling spots in San Francisco, and this Hayes Valley restaurant is the latest addition. They serve xiao long bao and crispy shengjian bao (you can only order them for dine-in), along with noodles and small plates. Dumpling Home is open for outdoor dining and takeout from Tuesday to Sunday.
We checked out Dumpling Home and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
Consider stopping by this new Vietnamese restaurant in Portola if you’re looking for pho or vermicelli bowls. Pho Nation also makes rice plates with grilled short ribs, shrimp, or pork chops. They’re open daily from 10am-9pm for takeout and delivery.
This family-owned spot near Oakland’s Lake Merritt has a menu of stir-fried noodles, soups, and rice plates available for takeout, delivery, outdoor, and indoor dining. The dishes on their extensive menu are mostly Vietnamese, with some Cambodian and Chinese items, too, and include everything from hu tieu to wonton noodle soup to chicken wings.
If you’re looking for plant-based lunch or dinner, and also want your fill of Southern-style dishes, Saucy Bandits seems like a good place to start. They have vegan cauliflower nuggets, pulled pork sandwiches, and a variety of sauces (like bacon ranch, hot honey, buffalo, and BBQ) you can get on everything. They’re operating out of a Bernal Heights ghost kitchen, which is open for pickup between 5-10pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - or you can get it all delivered through the apps.
This new Japanese spot in Oakland focuses on nigiri, sashimi, and maki. The menu changes daily, but look to the website or Instagram for the latest updates. You can also get a seven-piece nigiri combo ($25) or 16-piece sashimi omakase ($35). Mujiri is open every day for lunch and dinner, but they close early if they sell out of fish, so make sure to call ahead.
Our spot for hat yai fried chicken and papaya salad recently expanded to the Peninsula, with a similar menu to their San Francisco and Oakland locations. The new Thai restaurant in Menlo Park is open every day for takeout, delivery, and indoor and outdoor dining.
Kin Khao’s Union Square location remains closed for now, but you can still get their excellent wings or khao soi at their new fast-casual outpost in the Dogpatch. Expect a pared-down menu, which includes dishes like nam tok, chilled prawn noodle salad, and, of course, khao soi. They’ll also be serving wine, beer, and seasonally-flavored popsicles, all for takeout and outdoor dining.
We checked out Kin Khao Dogpatch and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
The Vietnamese restaurant opened in the former Slurp Noodle Bar space in the Castro, and is offering vermicelli bowls, banh mi, garlic noodles, and more. You can stop by for takeout or outdoor dining every day from 11am-10pm.
Buena Vida Cantina
The new Mexican spot in SoMa has taken over the old Oola space, serving things like elotes, tacos, and chicken mole. You can also get a variety of cocktails for takeout and outdoor dining. They’re open for dinner every day except Monday, and for brunch on weekends.
Duboce Triangle has replaced one sushi spot with another: Sushi Urashima has opened in the recently-closed Amasia Hide’s Sushi Bar space. And Sushi Urashima does it all - nigiri, maki rolls, donburi, and appetizers like gyoza and seaweed salad. They also have a $30 omakase that comes with 10 pieces of fish.
SF now has another spot for Nashville-style fried chicken sandwiches. Until Hotbird opens their permanent space in the Twitter building food hall, they’re temporarily operating out of The Market’s prep kitchen, which is also in the Twitter building. Their sandwiches are made with chicken breast, and have five increasingly numbing levels of spice. Pre-orders start at 11am every Tuesday to Saturday.
We checked out Hotbird and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.
This new spot in the Mission has a variety of Korean-Mexican fusion dishes, like a kimchi burrito and bulgogi tacos. They also have Japanese bento boxes with things like chicken katsu and crispy tofu. They’re open for takeout and delivery every day except Monday.