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2014 Preview: 10 Hot Restaurants Coming Soon

By Tamara Palmer
January 2, 2014
Photo by: Pim Techamuanvivit

It doesn't take a crystal ball to forecast that 2014 is going to be a delicious year around here, with several seasoned culinary professionals poised to unveil their dream restaurants. Peruse our picks for future projects that are sure to dazzle the dining scene this year, and in the comments below, share the places you're most looking forward to seeing open soon.

  • Monsieur Benjamin

    Drawing upon his classical culinary training, Benu chef-owner Corey Lee will open a modern French bistro at 451 Gough Street in Hayes Valley next spring. Jason Berthold, formerly of RN74, will be the chef of the restaurant, which will seat around 100 diners between indoor and outdoor spaces. Amazingly, Lee's not stopping with this new affair: he's also in the early stages of working on an idea for a Korean barbecue place.

  • Photo by: Pim Techamuanvivit

    Kin Khao

    Pim Techamuanvivit, an author and cookbook instructor, plans to open her first restaurant in February inside the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco. She has partnered with the owner of the space's former restaurant Smooth Thai and has hired chef Michael Gaines (formerly of Central Kitchen and Manresa) to help her execute a focused menu of Thai items made from scratch. Her mission is to present dishes and flavors that are anything but the norm around these parts.

  • Traci Des Jardins' Presidio Restaurant

    Chef/restaurateur Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, Mijita, Public House) and Bon Appetit Management are expected to open a 112-seat California-Spanish restaurant at 101 Montgomery Street in February. The restaurant kitchen will be led by chef Robbie Lewis and will include a cooking classroom and retail store selling prepared foods. Food options in the sleepy Presidio are about to get a lot more interesting.

  • Long Now Salon

    The Long Now Foundation is currently sprucing up its digs in Fort Mason and building what will soon emerge as the Long Now Salon, a library, bar, museum and cafe that should be open in early 2014. Long Now's main mission is to build a 10,000-year clock (and foster the creative thinking that goes along with such an endeavor). The timelords who run it have decided that it's necessary to make time for tea, which in this case will come from Samovar, and adult beverages, such as the special Long Now gin and whiskey editions created by St. George Spirits.

  • Photo by: Flickr/garysoup

    Suvir Saran's NEMA Project

    New York-based chef, farmer, author and Top Chef Masters competitor Suvir Saran will soon take up a second residence in San Francisco in order to open his own self-described "farm-to-table" restaurant in the under-construction NEMA building at 14 10th Street in SoMa. Projections put the debut in the second half of the year, and the name has not been announced yet.

  • The Progress

    If you asked Santa for a reservation at State Bird Provisions, understand that the team behind the perpetually packed hot spot that snagged the Best New Restaurant honors at the James Beard Awards is working on a bigger restaurant for 2014. It's just a few doors down from the Bird at 1525 Fillmore Street, doubling any evening's opportunity to be fed by Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski. Announced back in 2012, the hope is to see the doors open in the 100-year-old building that once held the Progress Theatre in the first quarter of the new year.

  • Smokestack

    The long-anticipated new brewery and barbecue restaurant from Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery is expected to make a January debut at 2505 Third Street in Dogpatch. Namu Gaji chef-owner Dennis Lee is rocking the food program with the help of a righteous smoker and hearth grill. The first beer brewed at the facility is called Maiden Voyage and was recently released.

  • Shakewell Bar & Kitchen

    Jen Biesty and Tim Nugent have been friends for 15 years and worked together as executive chef and executive pastry chef at Scala's Bistro in San Francisco for five years. Now, the Top Chef alums (Biesty on Season 4 and Nugent on Season 1 of Top Chef Just Desserts) are building their dream restaurant at 3407 Lakeshore Avenue in Oakland. They are calling their food "Americlectic" with Mediterranean roots and hope to be open in March.

  • Photo by: Flickr/arndog

    4505 Meats

    Following the success of his Mission butcher shop and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market booth, Ryan Farr will take over the smoker from the former Da Pitt take-out BBQ joint at 705 Divisadero in the Western Addition. The small space will be extended with outdoor seating. The projected opening date is still to be announced.

  • Chino

    Former Bar Agricole chef Brandon Jew has partnered with Tacolicious owner Joe Hargrave on a Chinese dumpling restaurant at 3198 16th Street in the Mission, the opening date for which is currently under wraps. "I want to present the cleanest, purest Chinese food that I can," he told Zagat last spring as he was diving into learning the crafts of making his own tofu, soy sauce, rice vinegar and fermented bean pastes.

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