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San Francisco’s Prettiest New Restaurants For 2019

A few of this year’s openings are real stunners

San Francisco is home to many beautiful restaurants, thoughtfully designed by cutting-edge design firms and carefully curated by chef-owners with a distinct pride of place. Of the many new restaurants that opened this year, some trends emerged: Light natural wood, bright white paint, and over-the-top plants are all trademarks of 2019. But a few restaurants stood out with striking interiors that broke from the pack. From a huge multi-level food emporium and glittering chocolate factory to lunar lounges and wild wallpaper, here are the most stunning restaurants of the year.

Overhead view of the dining room at Nari Patricia Chang

Nari

Stepping into Nari, the stunning new Thai restaurant inside Hotel Kabuki, is like entering the jungle. Designed by Lundberg Design, it boasts high ceilings, exposed concrete, raw wood surfaces, and lush greenery. There’s a reason it won best restaurant design of the year.

Patricia Chang

Dandelion Chocolate Factory

Dandelion made dreams come true when it opened a spectacular chocolate factory the size of a city block this past spring. 30,000 square feet are filled with exposed brick and beams, antique touches, and modern machinery. But it’s not all industrial. At the center of the space, the Bloom chocolate salon gleams with gold, mirrors, and black-and-white tiled floors.

Moongate Lounge

Ground control to cocktails and dumplings. Mister Jiu’s opened up its upstairs this year, introducing a swanky new cocktail lounge complete with high ceilings, oversized red velvet booths, sky blue marble table tops, and Chinatown lantern views.

Interior of AL’s Deli Molly DeCoudreaux
Leaf print blue wallpaper with flamingos in the bathroom at AL’s Deli Molly DeCoudreaux

Al’s Deli

Sure, Aaron London’s second restaurant has smoked salmon hot pockets and falafel corn dog bites. But have you seen the flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom? Can we talk about the huge windows with color-pop pink trim?

ONE65

Looking up at ONE65 is like taking in an elegant black-and-white department store. D-Scheme Studio designed all six stories of this soigné French food emporium, from the patisserie and bistro to the cocktail lounge and fine dining room, including a dumbwaiter that slides silently between them all.

Inside the Matterhorn restaurant, with wall-to-wall knotty pine Patricia Chang

Matterhorn

If anything could make the reopening of this favorite old fondue spot even more thrilling, it was definitely alpine lodge–inspired wood panels, a booth that’s actually a gondola, and cuckoo clocks.

The bright bar area at Wildseed in Cow Hollow Patricia Chang

Wildseed

Of all the restaurants playing with natural woods and ocean blues, Wildseed did it best this year. The new vegan restaurant hired ROY design studio for a full refresh, and from the turquoise tiles to the rows of plants, the space radiates wellness.

Patricia Chang

The Vault

At the base of the Bank of America building, literally in a former bank vault, the Vault opened as an underground lair and cocktail lounge earlier this year. It’s dark and clubby, with lots of booths and leather, and clever lighting details. Who needs windows, really?

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Wildseed Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

Nari

1625 Post Street, , CA 94115 (415) 868-6274 Visit Website

Matterhorn Restaurant and Bakery

2323 Van Ness Avenue, San, California 94110

ONE65

165 O'Farrell, SF, CA

Dandelion Chocolate Factory

298 Alabama, SF, CA

The Vault

555 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit Website

AL’s Deli

598 Guerrero Street, , CA 94110 Visit Website

Moongate Lounge

28 Waverly Place, , CA 94108 (415) 857-9688

Wildseed

2000 Union Street, , CA 94123 (415) 872-7350 Visit Website
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