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.
New American bar food skews upscale at this lively Cow Hollow tavern open for nightly dinner service plus brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. There’s a full bar menu, too, all offered in a stylish location with exposed brick and wood beams throughout the interior along with a spacious back patio.
The Blowfish Sushi chef is behind this budget-friendly pop-up turned brick-and-mortar mini-chain, where diners slurp up slow-cooked ramen and tsukemen with traditional dipping broths, plus a range of izakaya-inspired small bites and a few sweets. Sake and beer are also served in snug, rustic spaces with bar and table seating.
California flavors take center stage at this elevated gastropub offering midpriced small plates and fermented bites plus a regionally focused beer menu. The narrow, modern space is outfitted with rustic wood, steel and slate, and a jar wall spotlights the tavern’s pickled treats.
Upscale Indian fare gets the California treatment at this SoMa bistro that serves elevated a la carte plates and a seven-course tasting menu, along with creative cocktails, wine and beer. The stylish space features bold colors and contemporary design, with bright banquettes, vibrant art and cozy corners for private conversation.
NewCafeFillmore District/Western Addition
The "artisanal" boba teas in which these bright, modern cafes specialize are "so quenching on a hot day", say fans of the "easily customizable" selection featuring "premium ingredients" (and the Asian-inspired pastries are "great" too); "small" quarters mean "long lines" for the slightly "pricey" treats, however, so plan your time accordingly.
The Outer Sunset spinoff from the Woods Beer team serves tasters, pints and to-go crowlers (think oversized cans sealed on site), plus budget-friendly El Porteno empanadas, in a cozy, neighborhood spot with a bar seating and a chill vibe.
NewBubble Tea StoreChinatown
Tucked between Chinatown and the Financial District, this casual tea shop serves loose-leaf and boba teas, plus coffee, lattes and other made-to-order hot and cold drinks, in cozy, modern environs.
NewIce Cream ShopThe Mission
A busy ice cream truck and catering business goes brick-and-mortar in the Mission, serving small-batch sorbets, sandwiches, ice cream pops and well-priced scoops made with organic elements (plus some vegan combos) in a petite corner spot outfitted in white tiles and pastel accents.
New York City’s Middle Eastern favorite brings its gyros, falafel, chicken rice platters and that storied white sauce to Union Square, serving affordable, approachable dishes in a colorful, low-key space that stays open until 2 a.m. (and 4 a.m. on Thursday-Saturday).
NewIce Cream ShopSoMa
Two friends took gelato-making courses in Italy before opening this cozy, modern SoMa scoop shop that serves smooth, house-made sorbets and gelatos in flavors like Irish coffee, rum and traditional stracciatella.
Upscale omakase comes to Polk Street, where this traditional Japanese spot from Michelin-starred chef Takatoshi Toshi (Sushi Ran) offers highbrow prix fixe dinners featuring fish sourced from Japan along with sake, wine and beer. Expect set seating times and sleek, minimalist decor in the intimate Russian Hill dining room, as well as a hinoki-cypress topped sushi bar and a petite private event space.
A go-to stop for Italian espresso, coffee and lattes, this cafe chain throughout the city also offers tea, pastries, pressed sandwiches and salads, as well as a selection of retail coffeemaking equipment, accessories and beans. The spirited spaces have white walls and splashy colors, with rainbow-hued plates and cups hanging from the ceiling, plus seating at counter stools, small tables and comfy lounge couches.
Open Monday through Thursday in ABV’s intimate upstairs lounge, this upscale cocktail den offers a reservations-only experience with a five-course tasting menu that includes food and drinks. Expect a dynamic vibe, and stylish decor and offerings built around themes that change quarterly.
For classic coffeehouse drinks, pastries and light snacks, try these modern San Francisco destinations known for bright, chic interiors and a comfortable atmosphere complete with music and free Wi-Fi.
Set not far from Golden Gate Park, this Inner Sunset lunch and dinner spot serves bibimbap, noodle combos, tofu soup and other affordable Korean classics in casual, comfortable quarters.
Hayes Valley is home to this chic champagne bar presenting bubbles by the glass or bottle, along with a slim wine and beer menu, complimentary popcorn and New American snacks that range from high-end caviar to hip tater tot waffles. Outfitted with rustic wood, sleek marble, floor-to-ceiling windows and splashes of gold, the sophisticated space skews upscale but maintains a playful neighborhood vibe.
“Succulent” rotisserie meats are the main attraction at these “simple” Greek sandwich specialists across San Francisco, where the “short menu” also features salads, Mediterranean wines and frozen Greek yogurt for “a unique sweet” finish; the “vibrant flavors” and “value” ensure the all-day counter-serves are often “packed”, but getting it to go is also “an easy option.”
For midpriced Korean fusion and BBQ, including appetizers, rice pots and all-you-can-eat options, try this modern Bay Area mini-chain where the grills are embedded in the tables and a full bar menu includes Korean wines, beer and soju cocktails.
The reincarnation of this popular cocktail bar lands in a heart-of-the-Tenderloin space, bringing back midpriced, custom-crafted mixed drinks blended to suit individual customers. Dim lights, artsy woodwork, vintage glassware and some taxidermy give the interior a cool, moody vibe, and there's bar and lounge seating.
By day, look for affordable breakfast sandwiches, salads and savory crepes at this cozy, casual Tendernob cafe with a wall of front windows and a few small tables. By night, expect more of an intimate wine bar vibe.
Seattle’s sustainable sandwich shop expands to the Bay Area, bringing affordable, health-minded deli sandwiches, salads and all-day breakfast items made with locally sourced ingredients. Expect cozy, contemporary environs, counter service and sandwiches that change with the seasons.
Chef Telmo Faria (Tacolicious) brings this contemporary Portuguese charmer to Noe Valley, offering a midpriced dinner menu of shareable small plates, seafood and entrees, plus a Portuguese-centric wine list, beer and low-proof cocktails. Clean lines, light wood and bright tiles distinguish the spacious, homey dining area, where diners choose from high-tops, banquettes or cozy tables.
An old-school cocktail joint lands in the Tenderloin, pouring well-priced cocktails (with a focus on rum blends), beer and wine in chill quarters. The destination maintains a casual neighborhood vibe despite the sparkly chandeliers and highbrow decor, and the bar is dog friendly.
Located on street level in Lower Nob Hill’s Hotel Warwick, this elevated Spanish spot dishes up shareable plates, seafood mains and wine in an industrial-chic space with big windows, ornate design accents and plenty of table seating for brunch and dinner.
NewCoffee ShopRussian Hill
Expect something for all tastes at this Russian Hill cafe serving salads, banh mi sandwiches and waffles, along with coffee shop standards, in a sleek, cozy Polk Street space with free Wi-Fi and a chill neighborhood vibe.