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San Francisco’s New Restaurant Openings

The new SF restaurant openings you should know about.

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Updated November 22nd, 2021

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in San Francisco, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. This guide tracks new eating and drinking experiences in SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond. If you know of a new spot that’s not on this list, tell us about it by emailing sanfrancisco@theinfatuation.com.

NOVEMBER

Cholita Linda

Cholita Linda

$$$$ 1 Ferry Building Suite 44

Oakland-based Cholita Linda now has its first SF location in the Ferry Building. The waterfront spot is serving the same menu of Peruvian, Cuban, and Mexican dishes, like crispy fish tacos, pork shoulder sandwiches, and agua frescas.

Le Fantastique

$$$$ 22 Franklin St

There’s a new wine bar in Hayes Valley: Le Fantastique. At the vinyl-themed spot, you can listen to records while getting into crudos and other seafood dishes over a glass of sparkling wine.

Heroic Italian

Heroic Italian

$$$$ 2020 Kittredge St

Heroic Italian is an LA-based sandwich spot that opened in the Castro last year - and now, they’re expanding to Berkeley. The new location will have sandwiches you can get filled with everything from rotisserie chicken to prosciutto, plus salads, cheese boards, and wine and beer.

Wahpepah’s Kitchen

$$$$ 3301 E 12th St

Indigenous chef Crystal Wahpepah’s new brick-and-mortar is in Oakland’s Fruitvale (in the old Reem’s space). There, they’ll serve Native dishes like blue corn waffles, cranberry wild rice turkey meatballs, and buffalo kabobs. The breakfast and lunch spot will also offer desserts and Indigenous teas.

Hummus Bodega

$$$$ 132 6th St

Hummus Bodega’s second location in SoMa has a similar menu to the original in the Richmond. They’re serving lunch items like pita you can get filled with falafel or eggplant, hummus bowls, and more.

Machiya

$$$$ 570 4th St

For grilled hamachi collar, takoyaki, and sashimi and nigiri, head to this new izakaya in Mission Bay. The Japanese spot has lunch specials if you swing by during the day, along with plenty of sake and beer.

Buddy

$$$$ 3115 22nd St

Buddy is a new Mission bar and café located in the old Californios space. The natural wine spot also has cocktails, and a menu of things like fried mortadella sandwiches, tuna confit, and a chocolate brownie with halvah and butterscotch.

Eric Wolfinger

San Ho Won

$$$$ 2170 Bryant St

San Ho Won is a new restaurant in the Mission that’s focused on charcoal-grilled Korean BBQ. There, you can order everything from house double-cut galbi or beef tongue to larger dishes like chicken tteokbokki. Or, go big with the $95 per person eight-course tasting menu.

Timofei Osipenko

Hilda and Jesse

$$$$ 701 Union St

Hilda and Jesse is a new brunch spot in North Beach with pancakes, steak and eggs, and a brunch tasting menu ($45) available all day. The “retro diner-inspired” restaurant also serves cold brew cocktails, wine, and more.

Sushi Sato

$$$$ 1122 Post St

There’s another new sushi restaurant in town: Sushi Sato, a Polk Gulch spot offering a six-piece omakase for $40. You can order a la carte here too, and choose from hot and cold Japanese dishes, handrolls, and bigger entrées like a fatty tuna and uni bowl with truffle. They also have whiskey cocktails, sake, and wine.

OCTOBER

Flori's Kitchen

$$$$ 2360 Van Ness Ave

The next time you’re in Russian Hill and in the mood for ceviche, mole, or pupusas, check out Flori’s Kitchen. At this Latin American restaurant, you can get all of the above, plus wine-based cocktails like frosé and sangria.

The Red Tail

$$$$ 545 Irving St

The Red Tail is a wine bar in the Inner Sunset with wine, beer, and will start serving food soon. Stop by to watch sports on one of their TVs, or sip on a glass of prosecco out on their parklet.

Lovely's

Lovely’s

$$$$ 2344 Webster St.

Lovely’s started out as a smashburger pop-up, and just opened their brick-and-mortar in Oakland’s Northgate-Waverly neighborhood (it shares a space with the newly-opened taproom, Two Pitchers Brewing Company). They have their signature cheeseburger on the menu, as well as a fried chicken sandwich, a “fishwich” with beer-battered sanddab, soft serve, and more.

Two Pitchers Brewing Company

$$$$ 2344 Webster St

Two Pitchers Brewing Company is in the same space as Lovely’s, and is the first taproom from the Oakland-based brewery. They focus on radlers, a mixture of beer and juice, and also serve a few beers from other local breweries in their warehouse space.

Thriller Social Club

$$$$ 504 4th St.

Thriller Social Club is a massive new two-story bar/restaurant/gaming space in SoMa. That means you can head over for a beer and a smashburger or bacon lobster roll, then play a few rounds of Skee-Ball or try out the “most expensive golf simulator in the world”.

Mochinut

$$$$ 2126 Irving St

Next time you’re in the Sunset and craving something sweet, keep Mochinut in mind. They have 25 flavors of mochi donuts, ranging from ube and pistachio to strawberry funnel cake. You can also grab some boba or a Korean hot dog covered in Hot Cheetos while you’re there.

States Coffee X Bread

$$$$ 2101 San Pablo Ave

The mini-chain States Coffee just opened another East Bay location in West Berkeley. They have the same menu of espresso drinks, pastries, and toasts, along with freshly-baked loaves of bread.

Daytrip

Daytrip

$$$$ 4316 Telegraph Ave

For natural wine, sake, and a menu of “fermentation-driven” dishes like sourdough and pasta with pumpkin miso, check out Daytrip in Oakland’s Temescal. This new restaurant also doubles as a bottle shop, so you can buy wine to go, or to drink inside the colorful, bright space.

@equal_parts_cocktail

Bar Iris

$$$$ 2310 Polk St

Bar Iris is the sister cocktail lounge and bar to Nisei, a newly-opened fine dining restaurant in Russian Hill. At the bar next door, you can get izakaya snacks like smoked unagi dip and chicken karaage with black curry, along with Japanese-inspired cocktails made with things like elderberry shochu and Japanese gin.

Erin Ng

La Paloma

$$$$ 101 Hyde St

La Paloma is a new bar located inside the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace. The Tenderloin spot is open weekdays only, and serves beer, wine, and cocktails highlighting women-owned and -made beverage brands. They also have snacks made by the other Marketplace vendors, and host weekly pop-ups from La Cocina alums.

Jakob Layman

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

$$$$ 3251 20th Ave., Space #220

Stonestown Galleria is now home to a revolving sushi bar called Kura Sushi. This is the chain’s first SF location - stop by for $3.50 sushi plates of nigiri, special rolls, appetizers, and more.

Donaji

$$$$ 3161 24th Street

Donaji is a new Oaxacan restaurant by the team behind Tamalitos Catering, which you may recognize from farmers’ markets across the city. Head to the casual Mission spot for brunch and lunch, where you can get into tamales, enchiladas de mole, totopos, and more.

Flour + Water Hospitality Group

Penny Roma

$$$$
Italian  in  Mission
$$$$ 3000 20th St.

Flour + Water is continuing its city expansion with a new place called Penny Roma. Like their other spots, this one’s also in the Mission (in the same building as Flour + Water Pasta Shop). The focus here is on rustic Italian dishes, like bistecca alla fiorentina, tagliatelle bolognese, and roast chicken, plus seafood crudos. You can sit inside or grab a table out on their covered patio.

We checked out Penny Roma and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Hardy Wilson

The Vault Steakhouse

$$$$ 555 California St

During the pandemic, The Vault transitioned into The Vault Garden, an expansive, entirely outdoor restaurant. They’re pivoting again, this time into The Vault Steakhouse. The underground dining room features a meat-heavy menu, including steak, lamb chops, and A5 wagyu. There’s also a raw bar and plenty of cocktails on the menu.

SEPTEMBER

The Korner Store

The Korner Store

$$$$ 736 Valencia St

The Korner Store is a Korean bar/restaurant/convenience store in the Mission where you can get your fix of snacks, soju cocktails, and hot dishes like fried pork belly or tteok bokki. They also have banchan made fresh daily, and a projector playing music videos on the wall.

Copas

$$$$ 2223 Market St

Copas is a new spot in the Castro serving Californian/Spanish/Mexican dishes. This means things like crispy potato dumplings they call “cheesy pillows,” pan tomate with anchovies, and churros for dessert. They’re also open for breakfast, with espresso drinks and mimosas.

Miller & Lux

$$$$ 700 Terry a Francois Blvd

A new steakhouse has opened at Thrive City by the Chase Center, complete with salad and dessert carts, raw seafood starters, and, of course, lots of steak.

El Yucateco Bakery

$$$$ 2907 16th St

El Yucateco is a new bakery in the Mission where you can fill up on pan dulce, bolillos, cinnamon rolls, and more. They also have coffee, making it a great place to swing by for a quick breakfast.

Ox + Tiger

Ox + Tiger

$$$$ 552 Jones St

After starting out as a pop-up, Ox & Tiger has officially opened a brick-and-mortar in the Tenderloin. The dishes, which draw on the chefs’ Japanese and Filipino backgrounds, range from wagyu corned beef silog to a chicken karaage sandwich. While they finish setting up their dining room, Ox & Tiger is open for takeout only.

Molly DeCoudreaux

Family Name

$$$$ 1148 Mission Street

Located inside SoMa’s City Beer Store is Family Name. The new California bistro is serving everything from deviled eggs to steak frites to housemade garlic noodles. And, of course, this place is stocked with plenty of beer and wine.

Ora

$$$$ 1519 Polk St

Tons of wine bars have been opening up all around town lately and the newest one is Ora. Everything from this Nob Hill spot on Polk Street is available by the bottle or glass, and there are plenty of organic and natural wines to choose from. Bar seating and an outdoor parklet are also available.

David Varley

Estiatorio Ornos is the newest restaurant by the team behind Michael Mina and International Smoke. At the Greek seafood spot in the Financial District, servers will roll around tableside carts showing diners the fish of the day, desserts, and spreads. A tasting menu option is also available.

Hardy Wilson

Gott’s Roadside

$$$$ 151 Warriors Way #102

Another Gott’s just opened up in Mission Bay, this one in Thrive City, the plaza at the Chase Center. It has the same menu of burgers, garlic fries, and tacos you see at their other locations, plus Warriors-specific details, like soft serve with blue and gold sprinkles.

Bake Sum

$$$$ 3249 Grand Ave

Bake Sum started out during the pandemic by offering pastry boxes to go. And now, the bakery has a new storefront in Oakland, so you can walk up to get your hands on their Asian-influenced pastries, like an okonomiyaki danish or Vietnamese coffee milk bun.

Alina Tyulyu

La Bande

$$$$ 1100 Market Street

La Bande is a new tapas spot in the San Francisco Proper Hotel. It’s home to small plates like eggplant tarts, green garlic churros, and seafood conservas, plus plenty of aperitif cocktails, wine, and beer.

Frankie Frankeny

Daily Driver

$$$$ 900 N Point St

You now have one more place to get excellent wood-fired bagels. At Daily Driver’s third location inside The Cheese School in Ghirardelli Square, you can fuel up with a bacon egg and cheese or grilled cheese bagel sandwich and coffee, plus some house-made butter to take home.

Mei-Lan Tan

The Kebabery

$$$$ 2929 Shattuck Ave

After closing their Oakland location several months ago, The Kebabery’s newer, larger space in Berkeley is now open. Stop by for build-your-own chicken, lamb, or mushroom kebab plates, sandwiches, and salads. The menu is very vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Sesame Tiny Bakery

Sesame Tiny Bakery

$$$$ 2969 Shattuck Ave

The Berkeley bakery has a new storefront next to The Kebabery (the two operate out of a shared kitchen). For now, they’re serving galettes, cookies, and slices of cake from 10am-2pm, Fridays to Sundays (or you can find their cake slices those nights at The Kebabery).

Brazilian Restaurant & Brewery

$$$$ 3316 17th St

Located in the Old Maverick space is this new Mission brewery for beers on tap and Brazilian dishes like moqueca, coxinhas, and a variety of kebabs. They’ve built out a parklet for outdoor dining, and have plenty of seating inside.

Pasta Brothers

$$$$ 1734 Divisadero Street

Stop by this new pasta shop in Lower Pac Heights to pick up everything you need for an Italian dinner at home. There’s a huge selection of fresh pastas, with everything from egg gemelli to Impossible beef ravioli, plus sauces, lasagnas, and a few ready to eat dishes like eggplant parmigiana and chicken cacciatore.

Darren Samuelson

Chīsai Sushi Club

$$$$ 3369 Mission St

The former Ichi Sushi space in Bernal Heights is now home to another sushi restaurant: Chīsai Sushi Club, an omakase-focused spot that offers a 13- or 17-course tasting menu, along with a 12-course, entirely-vegetarian option. The omakase includes both nigiri and hand rolls filled with things like uni and ikura or bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado.

Brioche Bakery & Cafe

Brioche Bakery & Cafe

$$$$ 1640 Haight St

Brioche Bakery & Cafe just opened its second location in Haight-Ashbury. Like the original location in North Beach, expect a similar menu of breakfast staples like eggs benedict or French toast. The new spot will also serve dinner with things like burgers or Moroccan-style chicken on their outdoor patio.

Bar Part Time

$$$$ 496 14th St

Another natural wine bar has made its San Francisco debut - this one is called Bar Part Time, and it’s located in the Mission. The former wine pop-up has a big dance floor, rotating DJs, and a snack-y food menu of things like mac salad or shishito peppers by Queens in the Sunset.

Village Rotisserie

Village Rotisserie

$$$$ 4063 24th St

If you’re in Noe Valley and craving rotisserie chicken, you’re in luck. Village Rotisserie is an Australian chicken shop with sandwiches, prepared salads, and, of course, lots of slow-roasted and fried chicken. Enjoy it all on their spacious outdoor patio.

Equator Coffee

Equator at Round House Cafe

$$$$ Battery E Trail

Round House Cafe, a former diner located right next to the Golden Gate Bridge overlook, is now serving espresso drinks, sandwiches, and pastries by Equator Coffee. Stop by the newly rebranded coffee shop to fuel up before walking across the bridge, or enjoy a unique breakfast or lunch spot with great views.

Binny's

Binny’s

$$$$ 532 8th St

Binny’s is a new cocktail bar and restaurant in Old Oakland serving dishes like steak frites, burgers, tuna tartare, and salads. They also have a Happy Hour Tuesday to Friday from 4-6pm with $5 shot and a beer specials and small plates.

AUGUST

Lana's

$$$$ 517 8th St

Cookiebar Creamery in Old Oakland is officially rebranding. Now known as Lana, the spot will continue to serve the same ice cream and pastries. Changes, however, include a new burger menu, which was created with the help of Smish Smash’s Victor Donado. Fuel up with a classic double or the Old Town Western with hand-battered fried onions. And in true Bay Area style, there’s a fried chicken sandwich you can order, too.

Timeless Coffee

$$$$ 1700 Webster St

Vegan cafe and bakery Timeless Coffee just opened its third location in Downtown Oakland. In addition to coffee, pastries, and donuts, the new spot also carries Boichik Bagels and plant-based spreads, making it a great place to hit up for a quick breakfast.

Jooks Media

La Vaca Birria

$$$$ 2962 24th St

La Vaca Birria got its start as a food truck earlier this year, and just opened its first brick-and-mortar in the Mission. So if you’re looking for a new place to get into some halal quesabirria, birria ramen, or burritos, this spot seems like a good bet.

Limón Rotisserie

$$$$ 2450 Valdez St

If you’re in the mood for Peruvian roast chicken, head to Limón Rotisserie’s newest location in Oakland’s Northgate-Waverly neighborhood. In addition to grilled chicken, they have plenty of salads, ceviches, and larger entrées (like lomo saltado or arroz con mariscos) to choose from, along with cocktails, beer, and wine.

Tannery Bend Beerworks

$$$$ 6369 Telegraph Ave

Napa-based brewery Tannery Bend Beerworks just opened a taproom in Oakland’s Temescal. They have an outdoor beer garden where you can chill with a pint and something from their food menu, which covers everything from artichoke jalapeño dip to roast beef and caprese sandwiches.

Hardy Wilson

Fiorella Sunset

$$$$ 1240 9th Ave

This is the third location of Fiorella, a pizza spot that got its start in the Richmond. This is their first location with a full bar, so now you can enjoy wood-fired pies on their roof deck in the Inner Sunset with cocktails or a glass of wine. Plus, they’ll have new items on the menu that you can’t get at their other locations, like a clam pie or a romaine cacio e pepe salad.

Eric Wolfinger

Joyride Pizza

$$$$
PizzaPasta  in  Soma
$$$$ 730 Howard St

Joyride Pizza launched with two different locations - one in Yerba Buena Gardens and the other in the Mission. They specialize in Detroit-style pizza with crispy cheese crusts (there are six different types on the menu), plus housemade pastas, salads, and charcuterie.

We checked out Joyride Pizza and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Tina Yang

Nisei

$$$$
$$$$ 2316 Polk St

After starting out as a pop-up a couple of years ago, Restaurant Nisei has opened a brick-and-mortar in Russian Hill. On their 12-course tasting menu ($157), you’ll find dishes like a potato croquette topped with uni, or charcoal-grilled unagi with shishito peppers.

We checked out Nisei and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Rachel Grannis

Norcina

$$$$ 3251 Pierce St

Norcina is a new Italian restaurant in the Marina with pizzas made with a sourdough crust, housemade pastas, and seasonally changing dishes like salads with stone fruit or grilled octopus. They also have plenty of cocktails, local beer, and wine.

Chezchez

$$$$ 584 Valencia St

For charcuterie and cheese, tinned fish, and other small plates, check out Chezchez in the Mission. It’s the newest spot from the team behind Trick Dog, and focuses on aperitifs - so expect to see plenty of spritzes and negronis, along with more cocktails, wine, and beer.

SF Chickenbox

$$$$
$$$$ 464 Broadway

SF Chickenbox (previously located in the Mission) is home to one of our favorite fried chicken sandwiches in the city. And after a brief hiatus, they’ve reopened in a new location in North Beach - so you can once again get your hands on the aforementioned sandwich, along with excellent mac salad and mochi muffins.

Carly Hackbarth

Lulu

$$$$ 1019 Camelia St

The chef behind The Mana’eesh Lady pop-up just opened a breakfast and lunch spot in Berkeley, serving a seasonal, rotating menu of Palestinian flatbreads along with other desserts and pastries. On weekends, Lulu will also serve brunch boards with things like za’atar fried eggs or knafeh.

We checked out Lulu and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Adahlia Cole

Tribune

$$$$ 401 13th St

Now open in Oakland’s Tribune Building is Tribune, a brasserie where you can get things like beef tartare, burgers, grilled branzino, plus desserts like sticky toffee cake, and cheesecake with toasted marshmallow fluff.

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Linden & Laguna

$$$$
$$$$ 528 Laguna Street

Another wine bar has landed in Hayes Valley, and this one is in the old The Riddler space. Head over for glasses or bottles of wine, small plates like clam dip or stuffed apricots, and espresso drinks.

Angelina Hong

Itria

$$$$
PastaSeafood  in  Mission
$$$$ 3266 24th St

Itria opened for takeout in May, serving pizzas and salads - and now the Mission spot is officially open for dine-in with a completely new menu. On it, you’ll find housemade pastas, a rotating list of crudos, wine, and more.

We checked out Itria and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Julia Chen

Aman Cafe

$$$$ 4021 Broadway

Aman Cafe is an entirely vegetarian (and vegan friendly) breakfast and lunch spot in Oakland’s Temescal focusing on Malaysian roti canai. The roti are topped with everything from plant-based meat and eggs to fruit or mixed veggies - and you can wash it all down with a Thai tea or mango lassi.

We checked out Aman Cafe and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Milk Sf

$$$$ 302 Valencia St

New to the Mission is Milk SF, a queer-owned cafe and community space serving nitro iced coffees, sodas, pastries, bagels, and more. They’ll also feature art and photography by local artists, and host monthly drag shows.

Melissa de Mata

Abacá

$$$$ 2700 Jones Street

For contemporary Filipino dishes like pork belly tocino steamed buns and scallop pancit with XO bagoong, head to Abacá. The Fisherman’s Wharf spot from the Pinoy Heritage team also has an extensive cocktail program, weekend brunch, and espresso and pastries in the mornings.

We checked out Abacá and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Don Blanc

$$$$ 4390 Telegraph Ave

Don Blanc is a new Korean barbecue restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal specializing in pork and beef intestine. You can order meat a la carte, or get into the set menu, which includes a few courses of pork and beef, plus stew and steamed egg.

Motivāt Coffee Roasters

$$$$ 1528 Webster Street

Motivat Coffee is a new spot for espresso drinks in Downtown Oakland. They opened up in the old Slojoy Coffee Roasters window, and will continue Slojoy’s tradition of having handwritten messages on every cup.

Scott’s Chowder House

$$$$ 334 Grant Ave

This is the third location of Scott’s Chowder House (the other two are in San Jose). The Union Square spot has chowder and bread bowls on the menu, of course, along with salads, lobster and crab rolls, and ice cream sundaes.

JULY

@flavorfullsf

HOT JOHNNIE’S

$$$$ 4077 18th St

Hot Johnnie’s in the Castro specializes in pastrami that they smoke in-house. In addition to pastrami sandwiches on Dutch crunch or marble rye, they also use the smoked meat for tacos, sliders, and loaded waffle fries. They’ll launch a pastrami-heavy brunch at some point, which you can enjoy with mimosas on their back patio.

Dumpling Kitchen

$$$$ 2517 Durant Ave Ste A

One of our favorite spots in the Sunset for shengjianbao and other dumplings has officially expanded into the East Bay. Dumpling Kitchen is located a block from the UC Berkeley campus, and is serving the same menu of dumplings, dim sum, noodles, and more.

Pla Daek Thai Esan Food

$$$$ 4133 Piedmont Ave

Pla Daek is a new restaurant on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave focusing on northeastern Thai dishes, like Esan-style pork larb and nam tok. They also have curries, soups, and salads, plus desserts like mango sticky rice or roti with ice cream.

We checked out Pla Daek and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Angelina Hong

Jo’s Modern Thai

$$$$ 3725 MacArthur Blvd

If pad kee mao with brisket, crispy catfish tacos, or lobster pad thai sound good, head to Jo’s Modern Thai. The menu at the new Thai restaurant in Oakland’s Laurel District was developed by the chef behind Intu-on (one of our favorite pop-ups), so we have high hopes for this spot. It also features specials that change depending on what’s in season, and cocktails with coconut condensed milk or green papaya.

We checked out Jo’s Modern Thai and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Sweet Glory

$$$$ 721 Larkin St

Sweet Glory used to operate as a pop-up, and now they have a new brick-and-mortar in the Tenderloin. At the dessert cafe/bakery, you can get everything from taro crepe cakes and fresh fruit toasts to salted egg yolk croissants, along with coffee, Thai tea lemonade, lychee rose coolers, and other drinks.

Snail Bar

$$$$ 4935 Shattuck Ave

Snail Bar is a natural wine bar in Oakland’s Temescal serving seasonal small plates, like escargot with cashew miso and garlic confit butter or tomato toast, and of course, lots of natural wine. Seating on their outdoor tables or indoors is first come, first serve.

We checked out Snail Bar and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Jeff Chang

SPRO Mission Dolores

$$$$ 500 Church St

You might recognize SPRO from their coffee truck, which is usually parked at Spark Social in Mission Bay. They just opened their first brick-and-mortar in the Mission, where you can now go for pour-overs, espresso drinks like ube lattes with tres leches, and breakfast-y dishes like mochi waffles and avocado toast. In the future, they’ll serve wine, beer, sake, and small plates in the evenings.

Persona

Persona

$$$$ 685 Sutter St

If you’re looking for a new bar to check out, try Persona in Lower Nob Hill - a “subterranean party hideout” with dark, moody lighting, lounge chairs, and floating disc ceiling lights. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the couches, and sip on a cocktail featuring ingredients like kombucha or cold brew.

Carly Hackbarth

Barrio Ghirardelli Square

$$$$ 900 North Point Suite J101

Barrio, the Mexican restaurant in North Beach, now has a new location in Ghirardelli Square. They’ll do blue corn tortilla tacos filled with things like cochinita pibil or birria - and unlike the original spot, will also have more seafood-focused dishes, like ceviche and fish tacos.

Sunset Squares Slice Shop

$$$$ 553 Divisadero St

Shortly after opening the Sunset Squares Beerhall in SoMa, the team behind one of our favorite square pizzas debuted a new slice shop in NoPa. Here, you can get their signature pies on sourdough crust, along with thin-crust slices, salads, loaded fries, and more. To drink, they have beer, wine, and boba.

Megan Baley

Afterwork Bar

$$$$ 409 Gough St

Afterwork Bar is a new sports bar in Hayes Valley serving fried chicken sandwiches and burgers by The Bird and Super Duper Burgers. They have cocktails, wine, and shareable plates like nachos and loaded tater tots, plus a weekday Happy Hour (4-6pm) with $1 wings and $20 pitchers of beer. The bar also has big TVs playing sports and will host trivia nights in the future.

Trade Routes

Trade Routes

$$$$ 1750 Polk St

Nob Hill has a new “trade-inspired” cocktail bar called Trade Routes. They’ll serve drinks like the Marco Polo made with rye and oolong tea, and the Uncharted Waters with pandan-infused reposado. If you’re hungry, nearby wine bar Amelie is providing a limited bar menu.

Boba Guys

$$$$ 5925 College Ave

If you’re looking for a new spot to get your strawberry matcha latte fix, you’re in luck - the mini boba chain just opened its first East Bay outpost in Oakland’s Rockridge.

Hey Neighbor Cafe

$$$$ 2 Burrows Street

Portola’s old Four Barrel Coffee location is home to a new coffee spot, Hey Neighbor. The cafe sources their coffee from local roasters (right now, they’re featuring Captain + Stoker from Monterey). They also have truffle and espresso pairings if you’re looking for something sweet to snack on while you drink your coffee, along with bread from Rize Up Sourdough.

JUNE

Millay

$$$$ 691 14th St

Fig & Thistle Market in the Castro has officially rebranded as Millay. The new wine and sake bar focuses on natural wines, so stop in for a glass of pét-nat or grab a bottle from their large selection.

Jean Bai

Empress By Boon

$$$$
$$$$ 838 Grant Ave

Empress by Boon is a new modern Cantonese restaurant in the old Empress of China space, a massive banquet hall in Chinatown that closed six years ago. They’re starting off with a seasonal prix fixe menu ($68) featuring dishes like Peking duck, crispy wasabi prawns, and Dungeness crab soup - and will eventually expand with an a la carte menu.

We checked out Empress by Boon and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Jeremy Chen

The team behind Sunset Squares, a pandemic-born sourdough pizza spot in SoMa, just opened the Sunset Squares Pizza Beerhall & NFT Gallery in the old Perennial space. Enjoy local craft beer with excellent square pizza, and digital art exhibits from various artists. The kitchen will also host Namu Stonepot and Uncle Tito, as well as a rotating guest restaurant.

Uncle Tito

$$$$ 59 9th St

Uncle Tito is a new Filipino spot that’s currently operating out of the Sunset Squares Pizza Beerhall. They have everything from pork sisig and loaded fries to ube buns for dessert, all available in shareable baon boxes for takeout, delivery, or indoor dining.

Soul Slice

Soul Slice

$$$$ 5849 San Pablo Ave

For pizza made on a biscuit crust, try Soul Slice in North Oakland. The contemporary soul food spot tops theirs with things like Cajun shrimp, hot links, fried oysters, and more. You can also get sides of deep-fried grit sticks, fried okra, and cornmeal chicken nuggets.

Barbara Ve

Chao Pescao

$$$$
$$$$ 272 McAllister St

The former Caribbean/Latin American pop-up Chao Pescao now has a brick-and-mortar in Civic Center. You can order things like Colombian-style empanadas, ropa vieja, pozole rojo, tostones, and more, along with beer, wine, and cocktails.

We checked out Chao Pescao and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Jakob Layman

Shake Shack

$$$$ 845 Market St, concourse level

A new Shake Shack location just opened inside Westfield at the Food Emporium. So the next time you’re in need of a mid-shopping spree power up, grab a burger, fried chicken sandwich, or classic crinkle cut fries.

Kristen Loken

Town Fare

$$$$ 1000 Oak St

Town Fare is a new spot by the team behind Brown Sugar Kitchen. It’s located inside the Oakland Museum of California, and has picnic boxes, ricotta toast, cornbread, and salads. The cafe is only open to museum-goers for now, but it’ll eventually be open to the public.

Deanna Wentzel Photography

Via del Corso

$$$$ 1788 Shattuck Ave

Last year, Corso closed in Berkeley after 12 years of serving Italian food in the East Bay - but they recently reopened under new ownership as Via del Corso. Expect to see hearty Italian dishes like ravioli with low-simmered beef, chicken breast with brown butter, grilled pork chops, and more.

We checked out Via del Corso and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Pizzeria Violetta

$$$$ 4395 Piedmont Ave

For New York-style pizza, wine, and ice cream, stop by Pizzeria Violetta on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. It’s in the old Slicer Pizza space, and has a menu of thin crust pizzas topped with everything from pepperoni and sweet peppers to brown sugar candied bacon.

Shandru Photography

Luna

$$$$ 694 Valencia St

The old Luna Park space is now occupied by Luna, a self-described American brasserie where you’ll find dishes like salmon tartare, burgers, bone marrow, and more. They also have a pretty extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list.

Respectable Bird

Respectable Bird

$$$$ 317 Swift Ave

Respectable Bird is a new takeout and delivery-only spot in South San Francisco doing fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, and more. They also have a food truck that has the occasional pop-up (keep an eye on their Instagram for pop-up details).

MAY

Bao

$$$$ 590 Valencia St

Bao is a new dim sum spot in the Mission where you can order everything from xiao long bao and fried curry taro puffs to steamed red bean buns decorated to look like pandas. They’re open every day for lunch and dinner, so you can satisfy your dim sum cravings at any time.

Torraku Ramen

Torraku Ramen

$$$$ 1449 Lombard St

The second location of Torraku Ramen just opened in the Marina (the other is in Potrero Hill). Expect to see the same menu of ramen, yakisoba, and donburi bowls with things like pork katsu and unagi, and more - plus, they also do paitan broth (which you can only get at the Marina spot).

La Dolce Vita

$$$$ 3931 Telegraph Ave

La Dolce Vita is a new Italian bakery and deli in Temescal where you can load up on croissants, tiramisu, fruit tarts, cookies, and other pastries and desserts. They also have sandwiches on house-made focaccia, all available every day from 9am-6pm.

We checked out La Dolce Vita and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Momo House

$$$$ 2456 Bancroft Way

You’ll find steamed and fried chicken momos, samosas, chow mein, chicken tikka masala, and more at this Himalayan/Nepalese spot in Berkeley (it’s located right next to the UC Berkeley campus). They also have daily special combinations with two vegetarian or chicken entrées ($9-11) available at lunch time.

Sojo Ramen X

$$$$ 2475 Telegraph Ave

If tonkatsu ramen, takoyaki, or loaded fries with furikake, pork chashu, house sauce, and bonito flakes sound good to you, check out Sojo Ramen X in Berkeley. It’s their third location (you can also find them in Fremont and Las Vegas), and they’re open daily for lunch and dinner.

Jeremy Castro

Coffee Cultures

$$$$ 1926 Park St

SF-based cafe Coffee Cultures is expanding across the Bay Bridge, opening their first East Bay location in Alameda. So if you need a caffeine fix, grab an espresso drink, soft serve affogato, or a milkshake and enjoy it on their sunny outdoor patio.

Badan

$$$$ 2642 Ashby Ave

For plant-based mana’eesh with za’atar and hummus, or a vegetable, grain, and bean soup, head over to Badan at the Berkeley Organic Market & Deli, where you can get both dishes for $4.50 each. The Middle Eastern takeout counter is situated in the back of the market, and open daily from 11am-5pm.

Rocio Russo Pearce

Abanico Coffee Roasters

$$$$ 2121 Mission St.

Next time you’re in the Mission and in need of a serious caffeine boost, check out this new cafe by Abanico Coffee Roasters. At the wholesaler’s first brick-and-mortar location, you can get everything from a cafecito to iced coffee with housemade piloncillo and cinnamon syrup. If you’re hungry, they also have pastries by Kahnfections.

Angelina Hong

Itria

$$$$
PastaSeafood  in  Mission
$$$$ 3266 24th St

Itria is a new Italian spot in the Mission that will eventually expand their menu to include seasonal house-made pastas and crudo - but for now, they’re focusing on takeout only as they remodel their dining room. Right now, you can order appetizers like chopped salad or burrata, and pizzas topped with things like bacon, roasted pineapple, and fresno chiles, or mushrooms, roasted cabbage, and pecorino cream.

Bombera

$$$$ 3459 Champion St

The chef behind Oakland’s Cosecha (which closed in March) just opened a new Mexican restaurant in an old fire station in the Dimond District. Bombera is currently takeout only (Fridays and Saturdays) with a changing menu of things like spicy tuna tostadas and seared halibut. When they fully open for dine-in, expect to see lots of wood-fired dishes, house-made tortillas, cocktails, and a few Cosecha favorites, like duck carnitas and fish tacos.

We checked out Bombera and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Krescent Carasso

Red Bay Coffee

$$$$ 1 Ferry Building

Oakland-based Red Bay Coffee continues to expand with a new location in the Ferry Building. Stop by for excellent espresso drinks, charcoal lattes, and pastries every day except Monday.

Josh Felise

Noodle Belly

$$$$ 1014 Fruitvale Ave

Noodle Belly started out as a pop-up, and now they’ve softly opened a brick-and-mortar in Oakland’s Fruitvale. Walk up to order noodles topped with lemon pepper shrimp, fried chicken, and locally sourced vegetables, or email hello@noodlebelly.com to pre-order. They’re also available for catering.

Sweetgreen

$$$$ 831 Broadway

The East Bay is now home to a second location of Sweetgreen, the national salad chain that focuses on seasonal, local ingredients. Head over to the new spot in Old Oakland for kale caesars, buffalo chicken salad bowls topped with za’atar breadcrumbs, and more.

Ruben O'Malley

Harmonic Brewing Thrive City

$$$$ 7 Warriors Way Suite 206

This is Harmonic Brewing’s second location in SF (the first is in Dogpatch), and it’s got sweeping bay views and a massive outdoor patio. Stop by the Thrive City spot to grab a pint of beer or watch a Warriors game on one of their TVs. They’re also serving pizzas, soft pretzels, bagel dogs, and more from nearby Neighbor Bakehouse.

Sunday Bakeshop

Sunday Bakeshop

$$$$ 5931 College Ave

Sunday Bakeshop in Rockridge draws on Asian and French flavors to make pastries like ube snickerdoodles, chocolate hojicha croissants, and chocolate or matcha cookies made with White Rabbit candy. The bakery does monthly pastry boxes, and baked goods to go on weekends from 11am-4pm.

We checked out Sunday Bakeshop and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Otra

$$$$ 682 Haight St

The Lower Haight is now home to a new Mexican restaurant by the same people behind Son’s Addition. At Otra, they grind their own masa in-house for tacos filled with slow-cooked beef, cod, roasted sweet potatoes, and more. There’s also a full bar, so you can kick back with margaritas, cocktails with tequila and mezcal, and beer and wine.

Toscano Brothers

$$$$ 728 Vallejo St

Toscano Brothers is a new bakery by Tony Gemignani of Capo’s and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. There, you’ll find sourdough, Italian country bread, baguettes, and more. The bakery is also home to Gemignani’s other new concept, Dago Bagels (yes, named after the Italian slur). Walk up to order from 8am-3pm, Thursday to Sunday.

APRIL

Taqueria Mila

$$$$ 214 Townsend St

China Basin has a new Mexican spot for cheesy quesabirria tacos. Taqueria Mila also has burritos, tacos, and quesadillas filled with steak, chicken, lamb, or veggies, and agua fresca to wash it all down.

Lovely Day

$$$$ 4629 Martin Luther King Jr Way

Lovely Day is a restaurant by Grace Street Catering that’s currently open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu features what they call “elevated comfort food” - like pork shoulder plates served with cheesy sopas, or spaghetti bolognese. They also have weekly-changing specials, cocktails, and desserts.

Dinner House

$$$$ 329 14th St

Dinner House is a new Downtown Oakland bar and grill that is, unsurprisingly, open for dinner only. From Thursday to Saturday, you can stop by for loaded buffalo fries, burgers, fish and chips, as well as deep-fried Oreos for dessert.

Shokudou

$$$$ 1000 Cortland Ave

Shokudou is a new izakaya in Bernal Heights from the chef behind Umi in Potrero Hill. The menu covers everything from sashimi and yakitori to a miso-marinated hamachi collar. To drink, there’s lots of sake, along with a small selection of Japanese craft beer.

Côte Ouest Bistro

Côte Ouest Bistro

$$$$ 2953 Baker St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Côte Ouest Bistro is a new Cow Hollow spot that’s located in the old Baker Street Bistro space. The French restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and serves everything from croissant French toast and croque monsieurs to steak frites and oysters on the rocks. They’ve also got an extensive wine list.

Albert Law

Wilder

$$$$ 3154 Fillmore St

Wilder is a new “Tahoe chic” spot in the Marina from the people behind Westwood. They serve daily dinner with things like braised short ribs and grits, bone marrow (which can double as a whiskey luge for $8 extra), and weekend brunch. To drink, there are espresso martinis, pitchers of Aperol spritz and sangria, wine by the glass, and more.

H Mart

$$$$ 3995 Alemany Blvd

SF is now the home of the Bay Area’s third location of the Korean grocery chain. The massive H Mart is located in Ingleside Heights, and is stocked with banchan by the pound, produce, snacks, and other pantry staples. The new location is also home to a five-stall food hall, which includes Daeho Kalbijim & Beef Soup, and a spot for Korean fried chicken.

Jeanie Grant

Palmetto

$$$$ 1900 Telegraph Ave.

This Oakland cocktail bar and restaurant debuted last year for takeout, and then temporarily closed in June due to the pandemic. They returned this month for indoor dining, so you can now sit down and enjoy escargot, mussels, or a 12-oz ribeye steak with cocktails, wine, or beer. Reservations are available.

Bonchon

Bonchon

$$$$ 135th 4th St

Bonchon is an international Korean fried chicken chain, which now has its first SF location inside the Metreon (other Bay Area spots are in Berkeley, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale). They’re serving chicken wings, drums, or strips covered in soy garlic or spicy sauce, and also have other Korean dishes like japchae, tteokbokki, and a wrap with chicken bulgogi.

David Escalante

Sanguchon

$$$$ 1182 Valencia St

For Peruvian street food and sandwiches, stop by Sanguchon’s new brick-and-mortar in the Mission. Sanguchon previously operated as a food truck - and it’ll have the same menu of lomo saltado and fried chicken sandwiches, empanadas, and skewers, as well as beer and wine.

Mr. Digby's

Mr Digby’s

$$$$ 1199 Church St

At this new cocktail bar and restaurant in Noe Valley, you can get everything from chicken pot pie and beef tartare to spinach dip baked in sourdough. Wash it down with a glass of beer or wine, or one of their house cocktails (they have everything from martinis to a Fiero spritz). Mr. Digby’s is currently open for dinner with indoor and outdoor dining, and you can look forward to weekend brunch starting next month.

Mara Lopez Yokohama

SuperStella Van

$$$$ 1 Ferry Building

A private, “glamping-inspired” dining experience is the latest concept from Anthony Strong, the chef behind the now-closed Prairie. From Tuesday to Saturday, he’ll be cooking meals on a charcoal grill out of the SuperStella Van, which will be parked at the Ferry Building. You can reserve it for up to four people ($110 per person, plus the option for wine or cocktail pairings). If you’d rather have the van drive to you, that’s an option, too. Book here.

Krescent Carasso

Red Bay Coffee Cafe & HQ

$$$$ 3136 International Blvd

One of our favorite coffee roasteries just opened a massive headquarters and café in Fruitvale, their fourth location in Oakland. Their new space is three floors tall, and comes complete with hanging plants and a long, sleek coffee bar. You can stop by for their usual menu of coffee and tea, and pastries.

We checked out Red Bay Coffee and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing

$$$$
$$$$ 1000 3rd St Unit A

The Colorado-based brewery has opened their first-ever restaurant and taproom - and they’ll also be brewing some of their beers on site. Stop by their space in Mission Bay to chill with a tasting flight or a pint and a truffled chicken sandwich on their patio.

Izakaya Hon

$$$$ 917 Folsom St

If you’re in the mood for yakitori, seared Hokkaido scallops, or bacon asparagus maki, check out this new izakaya spot from the same people behind Sushi Hon in the Mission. The new SoMa spot also has wine, cocktails, and an extensive sake list.

Erin Ng

The new women-led food hall in the Tenderloin is spearheaded by La Cocina, a non-profit incubator that helps Bay Area women of color launch their food businesses. It’s currently home to six chefs who are serving everything from maafè and pupusas to jerk chicken tacos (you can read all about the chefs here). The marketplace is open for takeout and delivery.

MARCH

Jolly-Jolly Coffee & Kitchen

Jolly-Jolly Coffee & Kitchen

$$$$ 1498 7th St Suite B

This Nigerian spot started as a pop-up in Alameda last year, and opened its first brick-and-mortar in West Oakland in March. Stop by for stewed goat and jollof rice, baked chicken suya skewers, or Indomie jollof, a breakfast dish made with instant noodles, plantains, and eggs.

Low Bar

$$$$ 2300 Webster St

This restaurant/cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland softly opened in March, and has been serving things like corn and sweet potato fritters, burgers, Scotch eggs made with chorizo, and grilled octopus ever since. They also have a pretty extensive list of cocktails that incorporate things like shiso or ancho chile and chocolate, along with beer and wine.

Alnico

$$$$ 1050 Valencia St

If you’re in the Mission and looking for a new brunch spot, Alnico is one new possibility. Their menu has Asian-inspired dishes like steak and eggs with calamansi chimichurri, Korean fried chicken and waffles with black sesame butter, and ube pancakes. They’re currently only open on weekends for indoor and outdoor brunch.

Marc Fiorito Photography

Red Window

$$$$
$$$$ 500 Columbus Ave

There’s a new spot for low-proof cocktails and tapas in North Beach. At Red Window, you can sit down in their parklet and enjoy pintxos by the piece (like croquetas or crispy mushroom skewers) and a variety of tapas, from patatas bravas and jamón Ibérico to queso fundido. They’re currently open for takeout, delivery, and indoor/outdoor dining.

We checked out Red Window and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Oleis Fusion Cuisine

$$$$ 4125 San Pablo Ave

This new spot in Emeryville showcases Caribbean and Guamanian dishes, like a chicken kelaguen bowl, and a Puerto Rican Dungeness crab stew over rice. They also have garlic noodles, wings, and empanadas, all available for pick up.

Vegan Mob Food Truck

$$$$ 701 Valencia St

The plant-based soul food spot just opened their first SF location. It’s a food truck that serves a similar menu to the one you’ll find at their original brick-and-mortar in Oakland. Expect to see things like mac and cheese, gumbo, spicy fried chicken, and garlic noodles topped with shrimp. They’re typically located in a parking lot on Valencia and 18th in the Mission, but check their Instagram for updates.

Jonathan Banasky

The Bird

$$$$
$$$$ 406 Hayes St

If you’re in Hayes Valley and craving a fried chicken sandwich, stop by The Bird’s new location on Hayes St. Just like at their original spot in SoMa, you can order a regular or spicy fried chicken sandwich, curly fries, beer, and more. Unlike their SoMa location, though, they also serve cocktails, like palomas and gin and tonics.

Ernest

Ernest

$$$$
AmericanSeafood  in  Mission
$$$$ 1890 Bryant Street

After testing the waters with take-home meal kits last year, Ernest has officially opened for outdoor service in the Mission. You can order off their seasonally-changing menu, or opt for the $95 chef’s choice prix-fixe set. Either way, expect to see things like beef tartare with ikura, uni carbonara, or pork collar tonkatsu. Reservations are available here.

We checked out Ernest and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

Californios

$$$$
Mexican  in  Soma
$$$$ 355 11th St

After being closed for a year due to the pandemic, the two-Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant has reopened in SoMa in the old Bar Agricole space. Their nightly-changing tasting menu ($223) is currently available for outdoor dining in the garden patio (reservations are available here).

Hoi An

$$$$ 1608 Polk Street

For Vietnamese dishes like pho, wok-fried lemongrass chicken, and bun bo hue, stop by this new spot in Lower Nob Hill. Hoi An also has fresh fruit smoothies and desserts like mango sticky rice and deep-fried banana ice cream. They’re currently open for takeout, and indoor and outdoor dining.

Propagation

Propagation

$$$$ 895 Post St

This plant-themed bar in Lower Nob Hill has a daily-changing menu of cocktails that incorporate plants, fruits, and other fresh ingredients. You’ll see things like an acai piña colada with champagne, an Irish coffee topped with salted cheese cream and a pistachio crumble. They’re also serving tacos by Papito. Propagation is open for indoor and outdoor drinking, Thursday to Sunday (first come, first serve).

The Tailor's Son

The Tailor’s Son

$$$$ 2049 Fillmore St

The Tailor’s Son is a new Northern Italian restaurant in Lower Pac Heights. You can order a few different types of risottos, and other things like grilled octopus, agnolotti del plin, and fritto misto. They also have a cocktail menu with negronis, martinis, and seasonal aperitivos, and an entirely-Italian wine list. Make a reservation here for indoor or outdoor dining.

Understory

$$$$ 528 8th St

Understory is a worker-led restaurant and bar opened by Oakland Bloom, a volunteer-based nonprofit that supports immigrant, refugee, and women of color chefs looking to start their own food businesses. The Old Oakland spot will rotate its menus occasionally to highlight different cuisines, and on Sundays, will host a weekly-changing pop-up highlighting dishes from Oakland Bloom chefs (past pop-ups featured Burmese dishes and Hong Kong-style street food). You can pre-order from the pop-up of the week here, or walk up to order.

Sushi Hakko

$$$$ 2184 Union St

Sushi Hakko is a new omakase spot in Cow Hollow where you can sit down and enjoy a chef’s choice menu of things like toro tartare, nigiri, and miso panna cotta. They’re currently open for indoor dining only - you can make a reservation here.

El Talpense

$$$$ 1841 Euclid Ave

El Talpense opened up in the space formerly occupied by Celia’s Mexican Restaurant in Berkeley. The menu has some similarities to Celia’s, like fajitas, tamales, and burritos, as well as some new vegan options like plant-based ceviche and enchiladas.

Big A Sandwiches

$$$$ 475 14th St

Big A Sandwiches is a halal sandwich shop in Downtown Oakland serving everything from lamb shawarma and falafel wraps to a carne asada gyro. You can stop by to sit down on their heated outdoor patio, or take your sandwiches to go.

What The Cluck

$$$$ 815B Washington St

This is the first East Bay location for the khao mun gai spot. At their new place in Old Oakland, you can order from the same menu as the original SF location - the classic khao mun gai, chicken and rice soup, and crispy chicken over ginger rice are all available for limited indoor seating, takeout, and delivery.

Lion’s Den Bar and Lounge

$$$$ 57 Wentworth Pl

Lion’s Den is a new nightclub in Chinatown that wants to bring live entertainment back to the neighborhood. Eventually, they’ll offer bottle service, along with a rotating roster of live bands and performers, but for now, they’re open for indoor and outdoor dining, with cocktails and bento boxes by RM 212. You can make a reservation here.

Valencia Subs

Valencia Subs

$$$$ 1136 Valencia St

The team behind Irving Subs in the Sunset and Chinatown has opened a new sandwich shop in the Mission called Valencia Subs. Expect to see the same menu as the other two locations - with everything from a turkey and avocado BLT to a loaded veggie sub - plus daily specials that are specific to the Mission spot.

Aegean Delights

$$$$ 545 Castro St

If you’re looking for spanakopita, baklava, or Turkish delights, head to this new Turkish and Greek dessert shop in the Castro. While you’re there, you can also pick up ceramics, jewelry, and olive oil imported from Turkey. Aegean Delights is open from 11am-7pm daily.

Stand-Up Burgers

Stand-Up Burgers

$$$$ 48 Shattuck Sq

Stand-Up Burgers is a new plant-based burger restaurant by vegan chain Veggie Grill. They’re serving everything from shakes and BBQ bacon cheeseburgers to “Save The Animals-Style fries” topped with special sauce and grilled onions. They’re open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery every day from 11am-9pm.

Ham & Cheese

Ham & Cheese Deli

$$$$ 5501 California St

Ham and Cheese is a new deli in the Richmond that serves sandwiches, soup, pastries, and coffee. There are seven sandwiches on the menu, including one with turkey, pastrami, avocado, and pickled onions, and a banh mi made with chicken and pork pate, smoked chicken, and lemongrass aioli. Right now, it’s walk-in orders only, so stop by Wednesday to Sunday to pick up your sandwiches to go.

Julia Chen

Square Pie Guys

$$$$ 499 9th St

Our favorite spot in SoMa for Detroit-style pizza has expanded to the East Bay - so now you can get cheesy, crispy-edged pizzas topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, or vodka sauce in Old Oakland. Square Pie Guys is also serving fried chicken sandwiches from Hetchy’s Hots (their newish virtual restaurant) for takeout and delivery.

We checked out Square Pie Guys and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

FEBRUARY

Katsuya

$$$$ 380 Bush St

For cheese katsu sandwiches and tonkatsu or ebi katsu donburi, head to the International Food Court in the Financial District and order from Katsuya. The Japanese spot has sandwiches, box sets, and rice plates available for takeout or delivery.

Awazi Kitchen is a new Ethiopian restaurant in Old Oakland where you can get doro wot, beef tibs, and kitfo - and they have a variety of vegan options, too. They’re open for takeout and delivery for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

Dimdoduc

$$$$ 3398 Balboa St

For dim sum in the Richmond, stop by this new spot on Balboa. In addition to hot dishes, like baked pineapple buns, steamed chicken feet, and sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf, Dimdoduc has frozen dim sum that you can take home in bulk and save for later.

Katsu Kitchen

Katsu Kitchen

$$$$ 1 Maiden Ln

Katsu Kitchen is a new takeout and delivery-only concept from the team behind Flybird. The menu has katsu and vegetarian rice bowls, katsu sandwiches, and fries topped with house-made furikake. Place your order online via the apps.

Kitchen Woori

$$$$ 1545 Fillmore St

If you’re looking for a new place to add to your lunch rotation, check out this Korean spot in Western Addition. There, you can grab gimbap, onigiri, bibimbap, and lunchboxes with rice, banchan, and your choice of protein. They’re open daily from 10am-3pm.

Saigon BBQ Noodle House

$$$$ 1936 Irving St

This Vietnamese spot used to be located in Brisbane, but they moved to the Sunset in February. Their extensive menu covers everything from banh mi and broken rice plates to phở and bún riêu. Stop by or call 415-941-7970 to order takeout.

Hinoya Curry

Hinoya Curry

$$$$ 3347 Fillmore St

This is the first U.S. location of Hinoya Curry, a popular curry chain in Japan. They’re currently serving a limited menu, which includes seven different types of curries, like chicken and pork katsu or deep-fried oysters. You can currently stop by on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for takeout (they also have a few tables set up outside). Check their Instagram for updates.

Honeybear Boba

$$$$ 801 22nd St

If you’re in Dogpatch and craving a sweet drink, head to Honeybear Boba. They have a pretty extensive menu of drinks, ranging from fruit teas and slushies to a strawberry matcha latte, all available with boba, jelly, aloe, or crema.

Casa Barotti

$$$$ 3204 College Ave

Casa Barotti is a new Italian restaurant in Berkeley serving small plates and snacks like deep-fried risotto balls, mini calzones, and focaccia and porchetta sandwiches. They also have Roman-style pizza available by the slice, and topped with things like prosciutto or black truffle. They’re currently open for takeout and delivery, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am-5pm.

Rocketbird

Rocketbird

$$$$ 1030 Illinois Street

Joining the ranks of the many fried chicken sandwiches in SF is Rocketbird, a new takeout and delivery-only spot in Dogpatch. The fried chicken sandwiches come with things like bacon tomato jam or pineapple relish - plus, they also have a vegan option, made with fried hen-of-the-wood mushrooms. The cherry on top: for every order, Rocketbird donates a meal to the SF-Marin Food Bank.

BAP!

Bap!

$$$$ 90 Charter Oak Ave

The team behind um.ma has launched a new takeout and delivery-only concept called Bap! out of a space in Bayview. The menu features bibimbap made with seasonal ingredients, a few types of fried chicken wings, and mandu filled with shrimp, pork, and cabbage. Order for delivery or pick up here.

Cancha Boutique Gastrobar

Cancha Boutique Gastrobar

$$$$ 2015 Chestnut St

If you’re looking for Peruvian food, stop by this new spot in the Marina. Cancha Boutique Gastrobar has everything from ceviche made with the catch of the day to lomo saltado and aji de gallina. It’s all available for indoor and outdoor dining, or you can take your food to go.

Kona's Street Market

$$$$ 32 3rd St

Kona’s Street Market is a new cocktail bar in SoMa by the same team that operates Pacific Cocktail Haven. They currently have an outdoor setup where you can order cocktails like the Banana Stand (bourbon, sherry, coconut-banana, coffee liquor, and bitters) or the Funky Cold Medina (whiskey, tamarind, date molasses, citrus, rose water, and bitters), and enjoy them with food from the Filipino pop-up Pinoy Heritage. Make a reservation or order to go here.

Asha Tea House

Asha Tea House

$$$$ 80 Grand Ave Suite 100

The third location of Asha Tea House is in Uptown Oakland, and you can expect the same extensive menu of drinks from their spots in Berkeley and SF (which is temporarily closed). They have everything from a matcha and hojicha latte to yuzu jasmine green tea available for takeout Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-6pm.

Sandbar

Sandbar

$$$$ 2418 Broadway

Sandbar is a new Caribbean-themed bar (complete with sand on the floor) in Uptown Oakland. You can stop by Thursday to Saturday for cocktails to go, like the Buck U 2020 (whiskey, papaya, and ginger beer), or gorilla milk (rum, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, and banana liqueur).

Los Kinjas Fusion Eatery

$$$$ 366-A Grand Ave

After a fire burned down their space in Oakland last April, Kinja Sushi has opened back up in a new location under a new name - Los Kinjas Fusion Eatery. They’re serving sushi, ramen, udon, and smaller plates like agedashi tofu and chicken karaage, for takeout and delivery. Order online.

La Perla

$$$$ 3409 Fruitvale Ave.

After about three years operating out of Two Star Market in the Dimond District, the Puerto Rican restaurant now has its own space. The new location is just around the corner, and you can stop by for everything from tostones and mofongo with steak to slow-roasted pork shoulder. La Perla is open from Wednesday to Sunday for takeout.

We checked out La Perla and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Cupcakin' Bake Shop

$$$$ 1690 Shattuck Ave

Cupcakin’ Bake Shop’s third location is on Virginia St. in Berkeley. The bakery has the same menu as the other spots, including their standard and mini cupcakes with monthly-changing flavors ranging from caramel mocha and key lime pie to red velvet or vanilla. Cupcake delivery is available in SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville - check Instagram for details.

Hawker Alley

Hawker Alley

$$$$ 357 Kearny St.

Popular food truck The Chairman now has a new storefront, dubbed Hawker Alley. They’ll share the space with a chicken and rice spot called Good Gais (which is also run by The Chairman team). And down the road, they hope to host other food businesses - think of Hawker Alley like a mini night market or food court. You can currently stop by Hawker Alley to order from The Chairman and Good Gais, or place an order online for takeout and delivery.

Art's Cafe

$$$$ 747 Irving St

After its original owners retired and closed Art’s Cafe last March, the Inner Sunset diner is back under new ownership. Fans of the hash brown sandwiches and Samurai Omelet with teriyaki beef and American cheese will be happy to know that those items are back on the menu - along with bibimbap, club sandwiches, and pancakes. They’re open every day except Monday for takeout.

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Lazy Susan

$$$$ 208 Fell St

Lazy Susan is a new takeout and delivery-only restaurant in Hayes Valley focusing on Chinese-American dishes, like crab rangoon, hot and sour soup, and General Tso’s chicken. Most dishes are gluten-free - and they also have a vegan version of mapo tofu made with Impossible meat. They’re currently only open for dinner, Wednesday to Sunday - order to-go here.

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San Francisco Wine Society

$$$$ 408 Merchant St

This wine bar in the Financial District (in the old Hidden Vine space) has a very cozy-looking parklet, along with tasting flights, wine, charcuterie, cheese, and flatbreads. There’s also an outdoor bocce court available by reservation.

El Tiny Cafe

$$$$ 3219 Adeline St

El Tiny Cafe in Berkeley is a new breakfast and lunch cafe where you can pick up bagels, sandwiches, avocado toast, and more, along with espresso drinks and seasonal agua frescas. They also have a house coffee blend that you can get by the bag. Order here.

Next Level Clucker

Next Level Clucker

$$$$ 450 Rhode Island St

Next Level Clucker is an entirely plant-based fried chicken sandwich spot by the vegan burger place Next Level Burger. Both operate out of the Whole Foods in Potrero Hill, and have fried chicken tenders, nuggets, sandwiches, loaded fries, and more for pick up. Order online for takeout.

Monkey King

$$$$ 3920 Piedmont Ave

This is Monkey King’s first Oakland location (its other two spots are in Alameda). Their menu has a bunch of Asian-fusion-y dishes that range from pork lumpia and crab fried rice to garlic noodles and broccoli beef. Stop by for pickup or order delivery every day except Sunday.

Califa's Greens

$$$$ 1106 University Ave

Stop by this health-focused, vegan-friendly Berkeley spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - they have everything from smoked salmon and avocado toast to salad bowls and sandwiches. You can also grab an energy shot or green juice to go with your meal. Califa’s Greens is open for takeout and delivery.

Santeria

Santería

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Mexican  in  Castro
$$$$ 2251 Market St

Santeria is a new Mexican restaurant and margarita bar in the Castro with a huge selection of agave-based spirits and dishes like mole and octopus al pastor. Along with takeout, their front patio is currently open for outdoor dining, and you can also stop by for Happy Hour or a tasting flight of mezcal or tequila.

Barley

Barley

$$$$ 1038 Polk St

Barley is a new craft beer bar and restaurant between Polk Gulch and the Tenderloin with 20 local beers, wines, cider, and hard kombucha on tap. You can currently stop by for sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie on their parklet - but if you’d rather enjoy your beer at home, you can subscribe to their beer and wine box, a curated selection available for regular delivery or pick up.

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Jaranita

$$$$ 3340 Steiner St

The team behind La Mar has opened a sister restaurant called Jaranita. It’s a new Peruvian spot in the Marina focusing on wood-fired rotisserie. Jaranita’s pollo a la brasa, along with other dishes like ceviche, empanadas, and tri-tip sandwiches, are available for takeout and delivery.

The Bussdown

The Bussdown

$$$$ 2353 E 12th St.

The Bussdown is a takeout and delivery-only spot operating out of a virtual kitchen in Fruitvale. You’ll see Nigerian, Jamaican, and West African-influenced dishes, like a smoked shrimp sofrito, jerk wings, and smoked brandied yams - and be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram for daily specials.

Huangcheng Noodle House

$$$$ 911 Washington St

After a fire destroyed their original location in Oakland Chinatown, the Shanxi-style noodle spot is back open in a new location up the street in Swan’s Market. You can expect to see the same menu of knife-cut noodle dishes and Sichuan entrées. Huangcheng Noodle House is open every day for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

We checked out Huangcheng Noodle House and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

$$$$ 459 8th St

The international Japanese barbecue chain has opened their first East Bay location in Downtown Oakland. They’re not currently doing outdoor or indoor dining, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to sit around their communal grills - but for now, you can order things like black pepper wings, bento boxes, and rice bowls for takeout and delivery.

Sweet July

$$$$ 455 23rd St

Ayesha Curry’s Sweet July project (which also includes a lifestyle magazine) just launched a cafe and boutique in Uptown Oakland. It’s got everything from books and ceramics to kitchen staples like Sweet July’s olive oil and coffee beans. You can also grab coffee, tea, and pastries to go.

Foghorn Taproom

$$$$ 534 Irving St

This is the second location of Foghorn Taproom - and they’re serving the same menu of chicken and beer as their original spot in the Richmond. The chicken-heavy menu has things like fried chicken sandwiches, wings, and loaded fries. Order takeout or delivery here, Thursday to Sunday.

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Damnfine

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Pizza  in  Sunset
$$$$ 3410 Judah St

The Outer Sunset has a new wood-fired pizza spot. At Damnfine, you can get your pies topped with everything from mushrooms and garlic butter to pepperoni and clams. They’re currently only open for dinner to-go, but will expand their hours in the future to serve coffee and pastries in the mornings.

We checked out Damnfine and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in SF.

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Augie's Montreal Deli

$$$$ 700 Essex Way

The Montreal-style deli relocated from its original location to a new spot that’s also in West Berkeley. They have the same menu of smoked meat sandwiches (we love the brisket), as well as poutine, burgers, and deli meats to go.

Banh Mi & Rolls Factory

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$$$$ 1812 Euclid Ave

The new Vietnamese spot in Berkeley has already earned a spot in our lunch rotation - they’ve got a menu of 14 different banh mi made on house-made rolls, and filled with everything from lemongrass grilled pork to sardines and tomato sauce. They also have spring rolls and iced Vietnamese coffees available for takeout.

We checked out Banh Mi & Rolls Factory and added it to The Hit List, our guide to the best new restaurants in the East Bay.

States Coffee

$$$$ 419 40th St

This is the coffee and bread shop’s second location in Oakland (the other is around the corner on MLK Jr. Way). Every day from 8am-3pm, you can stop by to grab a loaf of country sourdough, donuts, coffee, and espresso drinks to go.

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$$$$ 252 Divisadero St

The new sushi spot in Lower Haight is run by a Kusakabe alum, and is currently in a soft opening phase. According to their Yelp page, they’re offering an omakase nigiri box, sashimi, and more for takeout only.

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