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.
A colorful cocktail den from the Brass Tacks crew comes to Hayes Valley, bringing tropical punch bowls, low-alcohol blends, wine and draft beer by the glass or the pitcher to a splashy island-inspired space with a lively outdoor patio.
Modern Cuban food gets the counter-serve treatment at this bright Mission bistro, where a team of Nopa, Tres and Tacolicious vets presents a well-priced menu of snacks, rice bowls and Cubano sandwiches. There’s beer, wine and sangria from the neighboring Wildhawk lounge, too, offered in an Instagram-friendly corner space with whitewashed wood, splashy tiles, turquoise accents, and counter and communal table seating.
Two sisters teamed up on this posh Cow Hollow caviar tasting room and event space that serves samples and packs selections to go. The cozy, upscale space goes glamorous with marble tabletops, gold fixtures, velvet seating and other glitzy design accents.
Tucked behind the dining room of Kim Alter’s stylish Nightbird, her tiny Hayes Valley lounge pours classic cocktails and seasonal blends crafted by hand, plus a few local beers and wines, in a diminutive spot that’s big on personality – think low lights, blond wood, rich leather and textured wallpaper.
From the crew behind Benjamin Cooper and Big comes this high-class Union Square cocktail bar situated in the Tilden Hotel. Look for carefully crafted cocktails, beer and wine, plus midpriced New American bites, presented in a well-heeled space with bar and table seating.
For Japanese-style hot dogs (your choice of sausage, sauce and savory toppings, served in a bowl or on a bun), plus spicy fries and a few playful desserts, try this budget-friendly Bay Area mini chain serving diners in petite, buzzy spaces outfitted with rustic wood and modern furnishings.
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.
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.
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.
A well-priced watering hole with well-priced American fare lands in the Inner Sunset, serving lunch, dinner and happy hour specials (plus late-night snacks available until 1:30 a.m.) in a contemporary space that features table, bar and booth seats plus plenty of screens for sports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated inside the Royal Cuckoo Market, this cozy, quirky bar serves well-priced wine, beer, cocktails, and an American cafe and coffeehouse menu, in playful quarters with a few bar seats and design that feels part Western tavern, part comfortable living room.