New Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco

Hot newcomers to put on your dining wish list
February 26, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

You can't stay on top of the San Francisco dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Toribashi
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Chef Sam Park puts a global spin on slow-cooked ramen and a few meat, seafood and vegetable bowls at this low-key Japanese destination on Monterey's Alvarado Street, where the narrow, counter-serve interior is outfitted with cozy tables and counter seats.
Cafe Réveille
Cafe · Lower Haight · $

The San Francisco outposts of this popular downtown coffee truck promise piping hot coffee, espresso, tea and more, plus affordable New American breakfast and lunch items. Expect a contemporary atmosphere with blond wood, cement floors, modern tile and big windows, along with counter and table seating perfect for watching the crowds.
Pasta Armellino
Italian · $$

From chef Peter Armellino of Saratoga's Michelin-starred The Plumed Horse comes this more relaxed Italian spinoff, where seasonal ingredients, elevated pastas and a selection of Italian and American wines (including Plumed Horse Collection releases) line the menu, and patrons are seated in simple, airy environs.
BottleTaps
Asian · $$

Craft beer comes to Pleasanton with this spacious gathering spot that serves a rotating menu of 30 draft brews and an extensive bottle selection, plus wines, craft sodas and highbrow bar snacks ranging from cheese and charcuterie plates to sliders, in a contemporary interior with walls of windows, modern furnishings and group-friendly seating options.
Nobuyuki
Sushi · Outer Richmond · $$

In the Outer Richmond, this Japanese dinner destination offers a rotating chef's choice omakase menu and a la carte of sushi and seafood options, plus sake, in a snug interior with slate-colored walls, small tables and some counter seats.
Gio Gelati
Ice Cream · Cow Hollow · $

Italian gelato gets the California treatment at this Cow Hollow scoop shop that spins local elements into smooth, creamy combinations (expect non-dairy options, as well) in classic and creative flavors like sour cherry crunch and hazelnut-chocolate capriccio. Helmed by a team of Italian friends, the Union Street corner space is bright and airy, with big windows, white tile and limited seating.
Saigon Bistro
Vietnamese · $

A Vietnamese kitchen lands in Alameda, where noodles, rice plates, vegetarian entrees and soups are on offer and lunch specials spotlight banh mi and American sandwiches. Expect tea, smoothies and sodas, too, served in simple, spacious surrounds.
Locanda Positano
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A Naples native shares the flavors of home at this homey Lafayette Italian bistro that's a sister restaurant of Danville's Locanda Ravello, offering salads, flatbreads, pastas and mains (plus happy hour specials) in a charming indoor-outdoor space with rustic wood, bright tile and chic furnishings.
Chow
American · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

A "home away from home - with better cooking than home" - this "super-popular" mini-chain is a "staple" for fans of "consistent" American comfort food and "good value" ; since it's like "eating in a cozy diner in a small town" , regulars don't mind the "loud" decibels and "hit-or-miss" service. P.S. This location also has a gourmet market.
Lotus SF
Indian · The Mission · $$

From San Rafael's Lotus Cuisine family comes this colorful Mission district destination for North Indian dishes (including vegan and gluten-free eats) made with free-range poultry, wild-caught seafood, non-GMO grains and spices sourced from India, and all served in welcoming quarters with bright walls, bold artwork and banquette and table seats.
Del Mar
Bar · Cow Hollow · $$

A lively tropical lounge with lush plants and leafy wallpaper lands in the Marina, offering punch bowls, slushies and classic mixed drinks, plus happy hour specials on beer, wine and well pours, in a spirited space with hand-built swings, a walnut slab communal table, custom-crafted cypress bars and a spray-painted surf mural.
Himalayan Curry House
Nepalese · $

Nepalese and Indian traditions shape the menu at this Montclair lunch and dinner destination that serves curry, biryani, tandoori and vegan dishes, along with beer and wine, in a light-flooded, no-frills interior with dine-in, takeout and delivery options.
Shalimar Garden
Pakistani · $

Housed in a simply-outfitted space on Oakland's Piedmont Avenue, this casual lunch and dinner spot serves Pakistani and Indian curries, biryanis, tandoori dishes and vegetarian items for lunch and dinner. P.S. Don't miss the colorful, cozy outdoor patio.
Jijime
Outer Richmond · $$

Korean fusion and classic Asian snacks, bowls and entrees are dispatched at this stylish Outer Richmond lunch and dinner spot that also serves sake, wine and beer in lowly lit Geary Boulevard quarters with concrete floors, rustic wood walls and San Francisco-inspired artwork.
Wago Sushi SF
Japanese · Marina District · $$

Sushi, sashimi and an array of Asian eats, including rolls, donburi, teriyaki combos and children's meals, are on offer at this casual Marina eatery that serves lunch and dinner in simply outfitted quarters with natural wood, white walls and cozy tables.
Bar at Hotel Kabuki
Asian · Japantown · $$

The Hotel Kabuki's modern lobby bar pours wine and highbrow cocktails, including a boozy chai blend, plus traditional tea, Asian bar bites, vegetable bowls and grilled meats. Warm, welcoming and stylishly outfitted, the Japantown bar and lounge areas feature beamed ceilings, big windows, a sleek, slate-hued bar and chic furnishings.
The Halal Guys Berkeley
Halal · $

NYC's Middle Eastern favorite brings its gyros, falafel, chicken platters and that storied white sauce to the Bay Area, keeping the lines moving in colorful, low-key spaces that stay open late.
La Boulangerie de San Francisco, College
Cafe · $

French baker Pascal Rigo returns to his roots, bringing Parisian pastries, open-faced tartine sandwiches, salads and other classics to a handful of former La Boulange locations. With well-priced menus and European charm, this Bay Area mini-chain offers a convivial local alternative to the corporate cafe and coffee shop.
Bluestone Lane
Coffee · Downtown · $

Expect tea, coffee, pastries and an all-day breakfast and lunch menu of health-minded Aussie-style cafe fare (think open-faced sandwiches, grain bowls and flat-white coffee) at these airy, stylish San Francisco destinations with modern interiors and free Wi-Fi.
PASTA POP-UP
Italian · North Beach · $$

The Il Casaro team created this casual North Beach eatery that focuses on housemade pastas, starters and other Italian classics crafted with sustainably minded elements and served in an intimate corner locale with cozy tables and some counter seats.
The Board
SoMa · $

The spacious sister spot to Adam Mesnick's Deli Board brings a rotating menu of creative American sandwiches to SoMa, including hearty breakfast and lunch items with housemade sauces plus a few soups and salads, all served in light-filled surrounds with vintage design accents.
Zazzi Foods
Coffee · $

Cassandra Chen of Cafe Fanny Granola and CC Made created this modern gathering spot on University Avenue in Berkeley, where the breakfast and lunch menus showcase toast, fruit bowls, organic granola, coffee and other health-minded combos (expect some packaged food items, as well) in a homey space with cushioned benches and cozy tables.
85°C Bakery Cafe - Pleasanton
Bakery · $

Berkeley and San Jose sport Bay Area outposts of this popular Taiwanese cafe, bakery and coffee shop serving budget-friendly pastries, pies, cookies, espressos, mochas and seasonal sweets and savory items. The concept is playful and casual, with bright colors, glass display cases, flat-screen menu boards and a small seating area.
Fillmore Social Club
Korean · Fillmore District/Western Addition · $$

Expect Korean snacks and creative fusion dishes at this Fillmore neighborhood gathering spot that also presents playful cocktails like the matcha mojito, marshmallow latte and yakurtzu (soju, lemon and yogurt). The modern interior has homey touches, plus a colorful custom mural depicting a traditional Korean wedding celebration.