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New Restaurants in San Francisco

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.

The Bird

NewFast FoodSoMa
Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House group (Super Duper, Beretta, Delarosa) brings the counter-serve concept to chicken with this SoMa cafe offering a slim, affordable menu of free-range sandwiches, French fries and ice cream treats (plus beer and soda) for lunch and dinner. The storefront keeps things simple with white walls, exposed ductwork and high-top tables.

True Food Kitchen

NewHealth FoodWalnut Creek
Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox teamed up on the Bay Area locations of this casual, health-minded chain serving a well-priced menu of seasonal New American eats (think gluten-free, organic and vegan options) in modern, industrial-chic digs incorporating nature-inspired design accents.


NewNob Hill
The Hat Trick Hospitality team (The Brixton, Redford) lands at the Hotel Zeppelin with this vibrant Tendernob bar and kitchen that dishes up shared plates and highbrow modern American mains along with beer, wine and seasonal cocktails. Exposed brick, rustic wood, intricate metalwork and modern furnishings give the bi-level space a classic feel, but expect edgy accents reflecting the hotel’s rock ‘n roll vibe, as well.


NewSalad ShopSoMa
Farm-to-table fare goes casual at this Bay Area American mini-chain serving a seasonal set menu and build-your-own salads and bowls incorporating organic ingredients from local producers, plus agua fresca and tea. The bright, airy spaces have high ceilings, big windows and modern design accents.

Lao Table

The Osha Thai team expands with this SoMa bistro that presents moderately priced fare inspired by the menus of Northeastern Thailand and Laos, including curries, noodle and rice bowls, wok dishes and more. Expect banquette, bar and table seating in quarters that skew masculine, with exposed brick, dark wood, gilded hanging lights and plaid accents.

Tava Kitchen

NewSouth AsiaAlameda
“Build your own Indian creations” made with “the freshest ingredients” at these “cheap and delicious” Bay Area quick grabs offering customize-your-own bowls and 'burroti' wraps (think burritos made with roti bread) featuring locally sourced meats and house-roasted spices; the staff is “friendly and fast”, and though there's “sometimes a wait”, the “tasty” eats are “worth it”; P.S. seating is limited at some locations.

Handline Coastal California

From the duo behind Peter Lowell’s in Sebastopol comes this modern roadside eatery serving sustainable, local seafood, burgers, tacos, ceviches and other midpriced coastal California eats. The cafe has outdoor picnic tables, and the stylish interior features counter and booth seating, wide windows, weathered wood and splashy murals.

True Food Kitchen

NewNew AmericanPalo Alto
Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox teamed up on the Bay Area locations of this casual, health-minded chain serving a well-priced menu of seasonal New American eats (think gluten-free, organic and vegan options) in modern, industrial-chic digs incorporating nature-inspired design accents.

dakshin: A South Indian Canteen

NewIndianRussian Hill
Russian Hill gets this casual lunch and dinner cafe serving midpriced South Indian starters, dosas, rice bowls and combo platters, plus beer and lassi yogurt drinks, in simple, cozy quarters with a wall of windows facing Polk Street.

Cat & Cloud Coffee Co.

NewSanta Cruz
A team of experienced baristas brewed up this Santa Cruz cafe and coffee roasting operation that serves a full menu of well-priced coffee drinks, bread and pastries, all in an open, airy setting outfitted in light wood and modern accents. P.S. There’s some outdoor seating, as well.

The Halford

NewGastropubSanta Clara
Look for 70-plus tap beer selections that skew Californian plus a midpriced American gastropub menu at this Santa Clara tavern that opens for lunch and dinner, welcoming patrons in spacious, lively quarters with flat-screens for sports.

Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea

NewCoffee ShopInner Richmond
For locally roasted coffee, teas, pastries and Belgian waffles, head to this cozy, contemporary Inner Richmond coffee shop on the edge of Golden Gate Park. Rustic wood beams and banquettes give the industrial interior a softer feel, and there are also counter seats along the front wall of windows.

Foundry & Lux

NewSouth San Francisco
Situated in a mixed-use development between San Bruno Mountain and San Francisco Bay, this chic food hall and event space offers morning coffee and pastries, midpriced Californian fare and drinks in a casual South San Francisco setting with pool tables, bowling lanes and ample indoor and outdoor seating.


Expect dark wood, vintage accents and a pub-like backdrop at this Pleasanton coffee shop and event space that serves Stumptown Coffee, espresso and tea, plus well-priced pastries, in a roomy, welcoming neighborhood space.

Poke Koma

Alameda gets a casual Hawaiian cafe providing affordable, customized poke bowls that pile a choice of seafood, toppings and sauces on rice, salad or crab chips. It's all served in modern quarters with exposed brick, plenty of tables and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.

Danville Brewing Co.

Downtown Danville gets a brewpub offering housemade pints, growlers filled to go and guest beers, along with a modern American menu featuring midpriced sandwiches, salads and sides. Floor-to-ceiling windows separate the brewing tanks from a spacious, industrial-chic seating area that’s outfitted in stone, subway tile and light wood, and there’s outdoor seating, too.


NewRussian Hill
A lively cocktail bar and Oaxacan grill from the team behind Andale lands on Polk Street, providing an expansive mezcal menu plus craft cocktails, wine and beer (including daily happy hour specials). There’s also a midpriced selection of Mexican small plates, all offered in a modern, chic Russian Hill space with soaring ceilings, colorful artwork and a casual vibe.

Cityscape Bar & Lounge

Located high up in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, this upscale lounge serves New American small plates and a full bar menu in spacious, modern environs. While the cocktails aren’t cheap, the panoramic city views make the investment worthwhile.

Doppio Zero

The South Bay gets a mini chain serving small plates, salads and moderately priced pizzas for lunch and dinner, plus happy-hour specials on bites and drinks. Expect a long bar, low lighting and an upscale Western vibe that distinguishes the eateries, from beamed ceilings and wagon wheel–inspired lighting to wooden booths and piles of logs.


NewCoffee ShopTenderloin
Marble, rustic wood, white subway tile and bright pops of yellow lend a warm, welcoming feel to this tiny Tenderloin neighborhood coffee stop serving well-priced coffee, hot chocolate and tea, plus toast, croissants and pastries.

Dancing Bull Korean BBQ Restaurant

NewInner Richmond
Korean food gets the modern treatment at this midpriced Inner Richmond lunch and dinner spot serving all-you-can-eat bulgogi (grilled, marinated beef) specials plus a la carte additions, wine and beer in low-key quarters outfitted in slate, stone and simple decor.


NewKoreanMission Terrace
Putting a California spin on Korean and Asian classics, this modern, well-priced Outer Mission cafe welcomes guests on weekdays for lunch and dinner (weekends are dinner only). The sleek, bustling space features a long bar, ample table seating and minimalist design accents.

Cinco TacoBar

NewSan Leandro
Mexican goes modern at this well-priced San Leandro spot with a simple menu of meat and vegetables prepared in taco, burrito, bowl, quesadilla or torta form, plus a few dinner plates and sides. The cozy space goes industrial-chic with white tiles, rustic wood and metal accents, along with a colorful cultural mural along one wall.


For happy hour specials, bar bites and midpriced New American mains, head to this fourth-floor Market Street lounge overlooking the bustling Financial District. Expect spacious, modern trappings, including a sleek white bar, cozy two-tops along a wall of windows, and a rustic wood communal table that’s tailored to large groups.

Tartine Manufactory

NewThe Mission
San Francisco’s legendary bakery expands into spacious, multi-purpose Mission quarters that also house a coffee counter, ice cream parlor, and midpriced Californian cafe and bar serving wine, beer and low-proof cocktails. With soaring ceilings and a modern, industrial-chic look (including stoneware from neighboring Heath Ceramics), this production kitchen and food hall-style destination hopes to elevate local cuisine to a new level.
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