Bay Area Fall Preview: Restaurants, Events and More

By Tamara Palmer  |  August 26, 2013
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If you thought summer eating has been wonderful in the Bay Area, just wait until the fall! The change of the season will usher in a slate of exciting new restaurants and food events. Take a look at what's to come, and share your own autumn intel in the comments.

  • La Urbana

    Set to open September 4, this upscale mezcaleria comes in right before an anticipated slew of debuts later in the month. Located inside a former hydroponic plant store, the interior design details have been built from scratch by artisans and promises to be a stunning counterpoint to the creative cantina-style Mexican fare from chefs Julio Aguilera and Ben Klein.

    661 Divisadero St., San Francisco

  • Fog City

    The former Fog City Diner is turning into Fog City, with chef Bruce Hill (Bix, Zero Zero) in charge of the revamp. Hill and former Bix chef Erik Lowe have created a new menu which features local beer and wine on tap to pair with sharing plates of grilled and wood-fired items as well as a burger (since the latter is known to be one of Hill's strong suits) and made-to-order French crullers for dessert. The new Fog City is expected to open in mid-September.

    1300 Battery St., San Francisco

  • 1760

    The hotly anticipated modern ingredient-driven restaurant from the Acquerello team is expected to open in early fall. Executive chef Adam Tortosa is ready to take command.

    1760 Polk St., San Francisco

  • TBD

    Building off the immense success of the two-year-old restaurant AQ, Matt Semmelhack's Mercer Restaurant Group has targeted fall to open TBD next door. AQ chef Mark Liberman will also oversee the food program here, but its taxidermy-accented hunting-lodge feel and primal hearth-cooking will create a distinctly different environment. Funny enough, the actual opening date is still, well, TBD.

    1077 Mission St., San Francisco

  • Bleecker Street Bistro

    Joshu-ya Brasserie chef-owner Jason Kwon has been operating the 50-seat breakfast and lunch spot Ann's Kitchen since early spring, and now he'll unveil this new American comfort food concept there and add dinner service in the early fall. Kwon will continue to donate 10% of the restaurant's proceeds to Build Hope International's efforts to build orphanages.

    2498 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

  • Alta CA

    The forthcoming Market Street restaurant from chef Daniel Patterson (Coi, Haven, Plum, Plum Bar) pays tribute in name to the newspaper where Mark Twain once worked and also references California when it was still part of Mexico. Patterson still hasn't offered up too many details about the 65-seat space, but when Alta CA opens - hopefully in the fall - diners should expect a more casual and community-oriented offering than Coi.

    1420 Market St., San Francisco

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    Magnolia Brewing

    Popular Haight Street hangout Magnolia expands to Dogpatch. Eastsiders will get to enjoy all the same beer delights plus a BBQ eatery spearheaded by Namu Gaji. It may debut as soon as late fall or before the end of the year.

    2505 Third St., San Francisco

  • Verbena

    Sean Baker, chef-owner of Berkeley's Gather, crosses the bridge with his team to debut his first San Francisco-based restaurant. He'll similarly offer Californian cuisine and an innovative wine and cocktail program. While a firm opening date has not been set yet, the expectation is for Verbena to bloom in late fall.

    2323 Polk St., San Francisco

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    ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar

    From the creators of the popular but tiny sushi spot ICHI Sushi will come this more spacious neighboring spot. Owners Tim and Erin Archuleta will still be offering sushi, but the new space brings possibilities of an omakase bar and other sorts of Japanese snackery as well as the option for larger groups to dine together. No firm opening date, but it's hoped to be open by the late fall.

    3282 Mission St., San Francisco

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    Pizzeria Delfina Burlingame

    San Francisco's cult haute pizzeria is headed to the Peninsula. Owners Craig and Annie Stoll hope to be open in Burlingame by November, and then they'll concentrate on opening a location in Palo Alto.

    1444 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame

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    Eat Real Fest

    Expect three glorious days of affordable but delicious mobile food, cooking and butchery demonstrations, and craft-brew-drinking by the waterfront when Eat Real returns to Oakland's Jack London Square from September 27-29.

    466 Water St., Oakland

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    Silicon Valley Restaurant Week

    The South Bay's annual dining event takes place this year on October 16-23. Restaurants such as Blowfish Sushi, Arcadia and LB Steak will offer value-minded three-course prix fixe menu options to encourage diners to try different places. This year brings at least 24 participating venues from San Jose to Palo Alto.