New Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco

Hot newcomers to put on your dining wish list
January 8, 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.

Big Fish Little Fish
Hawaiian · SoMa · $

Hawaii meets California at this casual, poke-focused mini chain serving standard seafood combos, build-your-own bowls, pokeritos and shave ice in compact, counter-serve environs that skew industrial and offer take-out options.
Mr. Fu Kitchen
Chinese · The Castro · $

Expect a wide range of noodles, stir-fries, soups, dim sum and other Chinese mainstays at this casual Castro neighborhood lunch and dinner spot serving dine-in, takeout and delivery items in a cozy interior with exposed brick and nature-inspired accents.
True Laurel
The Mission · $$

Chef David Barzelay and bar director Nicolas Torres launch their Lazy Bear spinoff in the Mission, taking a more relaxed approach to their signature seasonal, nose-to-tail offerings that include New American shared plates, cocktails and wine. The no-reservations space blends whimsical and industrial features that range from concrete, wood and steel to a plaster sculpture wall and a bar topped with laurel wood laid into quartzite.
Burger Shack
Burger · North Beach · $

A low-key North Beach locale serves hearty burgers, veggie patties, fish and chicken sandwiches, fries, shakes and other all-American basics in a bright, contemporary lunch and dinner spot with family-friendly appeal.
Ushio Ramen
Ramen · The Mission · $$

White subway tiles, rustic wood, globe lights and high ceilings set a modern backdrop for this Mission ramen shop serving meat, seafood and vegan combos made with California ingredients and house-made broth, plus starters, rice bowls, beer and sake.
Torraku Ramen
Potrero Hill · $

Organic pork, fresh vegetables and al dente noodles earned this ramen food truck a following, and now the team brings its ramen and rice bowls to a permanent Potrero Hill location with counter service, bold red accents and lots of natural light.
I'a Poke
Potrero Hill · $

Expect a focused Hawaiian-Asian menu featuring well-priced, build-your-own poke bowls and sushi burritos at these low-key counter-serve cafes that are housed in petite, chic quarters in various San Francisco locations.
Junior
Cocktail Bar · The Mission · $

From the Brass Tacks-Anina team comes this neighborhood cocktail bar serving beer, wine and creative cocktails in a friendly Potrero Hill corner space with big windows, blond wood, playful animal murals and modern furnishings.
barvale
NoPa · $$

Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House group (a Mano, Beretta, Super Duper Burger) brings Spanish flavors to NoPa with this Divisadero tapas restaurant and adjacent pintxo room that offers classic European bar snacks and dinners. Expect cocktails, Spanish wines and spirits (with a special focus on cava, sherry and gin), in a casual, Barcelona-inspired interior with a standing tapas bar, communal tables, bold banquettes and hand-painted flamenco art.
Emporium SF - Arcade Bar Venue
Alamo Square · $

After an extensive facelift, the former Harding Theater houses this Divisadero Street music venue, arcade and lounge with a full bar menu and a focus on California beers, plus four floors of pinball, pool and classic games, movie nights, live acts and DJ performances. The cavernous destination blends street art accents with historic architectural highlights, and there are plenty of options for group events.
Pentacle Coffee
Coffee · SoMa · $

After 12 years in the area coffee industry, Bobby Valentino Sanchez chose a SoMa-Mid-Market corner for his sleek, airy coffeehouse that offers Four Barrel coffee, espresso, pastries and light snacks from local purveyors, all in a welcoming outpost with bold murals, exposed brick and some Latin flair.
Tea Hut
Bubble Tea Store · Lower Pacific Heights · $

A tiny California Street spot in Lower Pacific Heights features an adventurous boba, fruit and traditional tea menu (think oolong milk tea, Oreo matcha and grapefruit green tea, plus classics like jasmine and black), in a light-filled, simple space with limited window seats.
The Grotto (replaced Fisherman's No 9)
Seafood · Fisherman's Wharf · $$

A refresh brought this Fisherman’s Wharf mainstay into the modern era, with updated, ocean-hued colors, retro-chic tables and booths, an original Mahogany bar, and sweeping Golden Gate Bridge and harbor views upstairs, plus a casual street-level seafood stand. Sustainable fish, pasta and sides headline the menu (expect a few non-seafood options, too), which also includes California wines, classic cocktails and beer by the bottle or on draft.
The Snug
Pub · Pacific Heights · $$

A team of area culinary vets created this highbrow bar and kitchen on Fillmore Street, where California comfort food gets a modern touch and the extensive drink menu ranges from wines and craft cocktails to cask ales and draft beers. White walls, warm wood and modern furnishings give the bi-level space a sleek look, while leather booths, board game wall decor and cozy seating nooks impart a comfy, living room feel.
Chicken Pharm
$$

Set in downtown Petaluma’s former Tuttle Drug Store building, this casual Cal-American cafe serves comfort food classics (plus family-style dine-in or takeaway combos) created with seasonal and housemade ingredients in retro-cool quarters featuring bright tiles, ag-themed murals and rustic wood. An open-air seating area includes outdoor games and locally themed artwork, as well.
Native Burger
Laurel Heights · $

A busy stretch of Geary on the Inner Richmond-Laurel Heights border is home to this friendly burger joint that serves grass-fed Harris Ranch beef and vegetarian options, plus sausages, sides and playful desserts (think deep-fried Twinkies and chocolate cheesecake), in a petite interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek tiles and rustic wood.
Laundré
The Mission · $

Part laundry stop, part chic coffee shop, this industrial-cool Mission destination stations efficient washers and dryers in a light-filled space that serves coffee, locally sourced pastries and breakfast bites. The interior skews Scandinavian in its decor, with high ceilings, counter seats, communal tables and white walls.
Toasty
Health Food · Cow Hollow · $

Avocado toast takes center stage at this snug Cow Hollow spot serving several flavor combinations (gluten-free bread is also available), along with acai bowls, chia-seed pudding, coffee and tea, and it’s all offered in a light-filled locale with a few sidewalk seats.
Iron Horse Cocktails
Bar · Downtown · $

Through the arched doorway of an unassuming Maiden Lane storefront sits this retro-cool cocktail lounge serving classic and creative cocktails in downtown digs with exposed brick, sparkly chandeliers, a pastoral wall mural and colorful stained glass. During the day, the space is a casual coffee bar.
Giovanni Italian Specialties
North Beach · $

Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana fame expands his empire with this Italian grocery market selling pasta, charcuterie, focaccia and pantry items, plus cookware and some grab-and-go-food items, in a snug North Beach setup with bold colors and vintage design accents.
Cafe Marbella
Cafe · Lower Pacific Heights · $$

Tucked in the 1881 Payne Mansion Hotel, this tea, coffee and brunch spot brings elevated breakfast classics, global specials and other New American fare to a charming Western Addition location with sophisticated Victorian style and modern amenities.
International Smoke
New American · SoMa · $$

A collaboration between chef Michael Mina and cookbook author Ayesha Curry lands in SoMa, putting a spicy global spin on grilled seafood and barbecue dishes (including some tableside elements) paired with large-format cocktails and local brews. The elevated interior extends out from a bar with green leather stools and copper accents, while candles, potted plants and intimate tables put a cozy touch on the modern space.
Kitava
The Mission · $

Gluten-free, dairy-free, wild-caught and pasture-raised items line the menu of this health-minded Mission cafe that serves its salads, bowls and small plates in an airy, minimalist space outfitted with blond wood booths, white walls and natural accents like succulents and lush potted plants.
White Cap
Cocktail Bar · Parkside · $$

Carlos Yturria (The Treasury) and Matt Lopez created this sophisticated, surf-minded Outer Sunset cocktail lounge that pours themed cocktails, craft beer and slushies in an upmarket space with an l-shaped bar, low lighting and ocean-hued accents.