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All the recent restaurant openings in San Francisco and the Bay Area

Customers can order at the bar or from servers at tables Patricia Chang


OAKLAND — Nido’s Backyard, a Mexican restaurant and “margarita garden,” has finally opened, turning a parking lot into a colorful oasis. 104 Oak Street.

FIDI — Fried chicken sandwiches have landed downtown. Flybird, a new fast-casual restaurant, is now open on the corner of Maiden Lane. 35 Kearny Street.

SOMA — South Park Cafe has been closed for the past two years, but just reopened under surprising new ownership — a credit card startup. Instead of cozy bistro fare, it’s now serving trout and cultured butter. 108 South Park Street.

DESIGN DISTRICT — Udon Time has closed and reopened as Dumpling Time Express, replacing noodles with more and more dumplings, from the expanding Omakase Restaurant Group. 55 Division Street.

FILLMORE — DBC Restaurant has opened, bringing Nepalese and Indian food to the neighborhood, including momos and samosas, kebabs and goat curry, according to Hoodline. 1109 Fillmore Street.

CASTRO — Pho has closed and reopened as Dumpling House, as listed on Yelp. It looks like a quick and casual spot to grab dim sum, but with a couple of interesting flavors, including black truffle XLB. 335 Noe Street.

OAKLAND — Café Encina opened in the Jewel Box neighborhood of North Oakland, according to Berkeleyside. The owners have traveled in Iberia, and are starting with pintxos, tinned fish, and vermouth cocktails. 308 41st Street.


INNER SUNSET — Queens superette, a Korean market, just moved into a large space near the park, offering homemade gochujang, marinated meats, and kimchi by the pound. 1235 9th Ave.

NOPA — RT Rotisserie opened a second, larger location in the Panhandle, serving more rotisserie chicken and porcini-dusted “umami fries,” along with better delivery.

BERKELEY — Wrecking Ball Coffee opened a radically inclusive cafe on Shattuck Avenue, with a library-inspired table, comfy couches, and gorgeous mural. 1600 Shattuck Ave.

INNER RICHMOND — Bread N’ Chu is now serving picture-perfect Japanese sandwiches stuffed with katsu or egg salad. Crusts? Never. 1900 Clement St.

AT LARGE — Souvla rolled out a frozen yogurt truck to serve the ultra-popular frozen dessert topped with honey and baklava crumbles. Find it roaming the city and at parties and events.

BERKELEY — A couple of Chez Panisse alums opened a veggie-driven lunch counter in prime gourmet territory. Fava is now serving soups, salads, and a popular braised lamb sandwich. 114 Vine St. Berkeley.

BERKELEY — The Bay Area got its first kombucha bar when Boochman opened a taproom in West Berkeley. 915 University Ave., Berkeley.


OAKLAND — After 10 years in business, Chop Bar is all grown up and moved into a larger space, only half a block away. Burgers, meatloaf, and garlic mashed potatoes are still on the menu. 190 4th Street.

JAPANTOWN — Nari, the sister restaurant to Kin Khao, is now open inside Hotel Kabuki. Check out photos of the stunning space and explore the spicy menu. 1625 Post Street.

MISSION — Foxsister has been replaced with Great Gold, a new red sauce joint, still under the same ownership. Now open, it’s serving meatballs, eggplant parm, and more. 3161 24th Street.

NAPA VALLEY — Southside, a rapidly expanding coffee house and cafe, has opened its third location in three years. Known for Californian cuisine with a Latin twist, in addition to all-day breakfast, this is the first location to offer dinner. 135 Gasser Drive, Napa.

MISSION — Seven Stills is now pouring beers on 24th Street, as well as serving deviled eggs and fried chicken sandwiches, and brunch offerings, including a masa waffle. This Mission location is not to be confused with the much-anticipated flagship in Mission Bay, which is still under construction and slated for September. 2704 24th Street.


PORTOLA — Churn Urban Creamery has moved from an ice cream cart into its first brick-and-mortar in the historic Avenue Theatre in Portola. All of the flavors are egg free, including the lemon-thyme and chocolate-chicory, and several are vegan, such as the rosemary–olive oil. 2646 San Bruno Ave.

MISSION BAY — Big Australian brewery Little Creatures opened in Mission Bay, for its first American outpost. Backed by Kirin, with more than 6,000 square feet, it’s pouring 36 beers and serving fried chicken sandwiches, beer-steamed mussels, and more. 1000A 3rd St.

NORTH BEACH — A couple of industry veterans opened a new bar in North Beach, taking over an old Thai restaurant space. The Showdown is serving smash burgers, drunken noodles, and duck fat popcorn to the late-night crowd. 1268 Grant Ave.

CASTRO — Brewcade has expanded and been reborn as The Detour, in honor of a classic SF gay bar. Come for the arcade games, and fuel up on beer and cocktails, burgers and wings. 2200 Market St.

MISSION — Tselogs, the favorite Filipino restaurants in Daly City and the Tenderloin, has opened a larger location in the Mission. You can still find lechon, lumpia, and silog, the signature meat dish with garlic rice and a runny egg. 518 South Van Ness Ave.

REDWOOD CITY — Silicon Valley just got a splashy new opening with Selby’s, from the team behind Spruce and the Saratoga. Located near Atherton, the luxe menu features martinis, caviar, and steak, and a $50 black label burger with truffles. 3001 El Camino Real.

INNER SUNSET — Tartine Bakery opened in the Inner Sunset, promising a new neighborhood its legendary sourdough and morning buns, as well as soups, salads, and smorrebrods, and wine, beer, and kombucha. This is the group’s third location in San Francisco, following openings in Seoul, South Korea and LA. 1226 9th Ave.

SOMA — Detroit-style pizza has been popping up around the city, but Square Pie Guys is making it permanent with a new location, serving square pies, burgers, wings, and more. 1077 Mission St.

FIDI — Homage LTD is a new petite cafe from a former fine dining chef, catering to the financial crowd with lunch and wine. The entire menu is made to order, but easy to carry out. 214 California St.

SAN MATEO — Japanese ramen shop Taishoken opened its first U.S. location in San Mateo. It’s known for tsukemen, or cold noodles dipped into hot broth, but is also serving small plates, beer, and sake. 47 E 4th Ave.

OAKLAND — Mama is a new neighborhood pasta place in Oakland, featuring an affordable prix fixe for $29.95, with tempting additions like meatballs and bread with anchovies and butter. It’s the sister restaurant to a nearby wine shop, so expect good bottles with your red sauce. 4012 Broadway.

MARINA — Take a ride on the mechanical bull at Westwood, the new country music bar in the Marina. There’s a rowdy selection of 101 whiskeys, alongside Nashville hot chicken, animal-style nachos, and chicken-fried prime rib. 2036 Lombard St.

BERKELEY — Matcha madness continues with Amausaan Uji Matcha, a new dessert spot in downtown Berkeley. It’s a Chinese franchise with a striking array of green desserts, including soft serve, mochi, and crepe cake, all branded with a cute bunny. 1950 Shattuck Ave.

INNER SUNSET — Korean home cooking hit the Sunset with, offering soups, seafood pancakes, kimchi rice, bibimbap, fried chicken, and barbecue. Chef Chris Oh grew up in SF, but spent the last decade in LA, and is bringing “K-Town vibes” back home. 1220 9th Ave.

TOMALES — The William Tell House, a 100-year-old saloon in Tomales, reopened after an extensive renovation. Belly up to the mahogany bar for lots of seafood, including mussels and fries and cioppino, as well as burgers and tacos. 26955 CA-1.

MISSION — Al’s Place spun out and opened Al’s Deli, a more casual mashup of Jewish deli favorites and Israeli street food. The menu stars smokey brisket, falafel corn dog bites, smoked salmon “hot pockets,” and more. Take a selfie with the flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom. 598 Guerrero St.

BIG SUR — Hit the brakes on Highway 1 for a new barbecue spot. Big Sur Smokehouse is serving brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and sausages out of a historic homestead dating back to the 1800s. 48123 CA-1.


UNION SQUARE — Joining a first-floor patisserie, the final restaurants inside six-story French complex One65 are now open: fine-dining spot O’, slightly casual ONE65 Bistro & Grill, and bar Elements. One65 is a collaboration between James Beard Award-winning chef Claude Le Tohic and Alexander’s Steakhouse. 165 O’Farrell St.

MISSION — Flour + Water Pizzeria, an offshoot of pasta powerhouse Flour + Water, is now firing up not-quite-Neapolitan-style pizzas for dine-in and delivery. It also serves slices, gelato, and what chef Thomas McNaughton called “the most labor-intensive mozzarella sticks in the world.” 700 Valencia St.

SoMa — After success as a pop-up, the city’s first Nigerian restaurant, Eko Kitchen, opened on 11th Street. It serves an ever-changing menu with items like jollof rice with plantains and smoked goat. 167 11th St.

DOGPATCH — Get all the bagels at Daily Driver, which serves classic wood-fired bagels and churns its own cream cheese. Oakland-based coffeeshop Red Bay Coffee is also in the space. 2535 3rd St.

MISSION — Elda, a bar with Baja and Caribbean influences, serves rum- and mezcal-based cocktails and Caribbean and Latin bar snacks. 3198 16th St.

LAKE MERRITT — Oakland has a new red sauce Italian joint with Mama, which serves a $29.95 fixed menu nightly. It opens July 8. 388 Grand Ave.

OAKLAND — Chef Mark Liberman’s neighborhood bistro Mägo is now open, serving a menu based on 52 “microseasons.” 3762 Piedmont Ave.

CASTRO — Il Casaro pizzeria is now available outside of North Beach with a new, larger location on Church Street. It features an expanded menu with fire-roasted vegetables, pasta, and cocktails. 235 Church St.

OAKLAND — Long-awaited barbecue spot 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens today with a patio, local beer, cheeseburgers, soft serve, and smokey pulled pork. 3506 Macarthur Blvd.

NOE VALLEY — Mahila, the first permanent outpost from food hall spot and brand Azalina’s, is now open, serving Malaysian food like salted fish curry. 1320 Castro St.

MARINA — The second location of U: Dessert Story, a dessert-focused sibling to brunch restaurant My Kitchen Story, is now open. The restaurant serves sweets like matcha lava cakes and Japanese brunch by day. 2120 Greenwich St.

HAYES VALLEY — In other pizza openings, Gioia Pizzeria is now serving New York-style slices. 579 Hayes St.

MISSION — Brunch spot Plain Jane, from the team behind Nob Hill’s popular Mymy, offers decadent red velvet pancakes, benedicts, and a pancetta burger. 1000 Guerrero St.

MISSION — The Valencia Room has taken over Elbo Room’s iconic digs, but keeps its spirit alive with a $7 PBR and Old Grand-Dad special. 647 Valencia St.

FiDi — Tokyo-based ramen company Hinodeya opened its third location in the city. 668 Clay St.

MENDOCINO — Beach-adjacent Fog Eater Cafe serves hearty vegetarian southern food, natural wines, and low ABV cocktails in a cozy house with a touch of grandma vibes. 45104 Main St.

NOB HILL — Brunch pop-up Early to Rise found a permanent home on Nob Hill. The weekend-only spot features two seatings of two prix fixe brunch menus — one focused on bagels, the second on eggs benedict and apricot French toast. 1098 Jackson St.

GUERNEVILLE — German restaurant Brot from Guerneville mogul chef Crista Luedtke, brings many kinds of sausages to the suburb. 16218 Main St.

SoMa — Cafe Okawari, a Japanese lunch-only spot with chicken katsu sandwiches, is now open. 236 Townsend St.

MAY 20

UNION SQUARE — On the first floor of the six-story French masterpiece One65 is the patisserie, serving macarons and other delicate pastries. The other floors, including a bar and a fine dining restaurant, open soon. 165 O’Farrell St.

CASTRO — Black Hammer Brewing has expanded its offerings with a new indoor beer garden, Willkommen. There are steins of beer and sausages from Rosamunde inside, plus lots of communal seating. 2196 Market St.

JAPANTOWN — As the name suggests, Ichi Sando serves sandwiches. Tamago sandwiches to be exact, like the “original,” with dashimaki and tamago on white bread. There are a few variations, plus milk tea. 1581 Webster St., inside the Japantown Mall

TEMESCAL — Umami Mart has reopened with a small bar and tasting room, serving glasses of beer and sake alongside its Japanese barware and pantry staples. 4027 Broadway

UNION SQUARE — Another pricey omakase has opened in the heart of the city. Sushi Nagai has opened in the Hotel Alibri with a $180 sushi tasting menu. That price will go up in June, eventually reaching $250 per meal. 125 Ellis St.

UPTOWN OAKLAND — Cocktail superstar Jennifer Colliau has opened her first solo bar, Here’s How, with canned cocktails, handcut ice, a variety of housemade sodas, and a food menu that’s way more than just bar snacks. 1780 Telegraph Ave

SOMA — Cow Hollow hangout, the Brixton, has opened a larger, all-day outpost by the ballpark. It’s got coffee, cocktails, lunch, brunch, and dinner, plus a roomy patio for sunny days. 701 2nd St.

SOMA — City Beer’s old home has become a bright and colorful wine bar and bottle shop called DecantSF. It’s from two female wine pros, with light snacks and so, so many excellent wines to drink there or take home. 1168 Folsom St.

NOPA — The Che Fico team strikes again with Che Fico Alimentari, their downstairs restaurant and market. Buy wine, fresh bread, pasta, and more, or sit down for dinner in the cozy, red-walled room. 834 Divisadero

ROCKRIDGE — Replacing Osmanthus is Yimm, a Thai restaurant from the owners of Imm Thai Street Food in Berkeley. Its menu is full of recognizable favorites like pad thai and curries, as well as “home-style cooking.” 6048 College Ave.

BERKELEY — Bansho Ramen has opened on the corner of Telegraph and Dwight, serving $12 bowls of mayu, miso, shio, and shoyu ramen, plus donburi and small appetizers. 2505 Telegraph Ave.

CASTRO — Blind Butcher is now serving steaks and bistro fare from the chef-owner of Lark. 4058 18th St.

SOMA — Inside sports bar Trademark lurks SFChickenbox, a new fried chicken pop-up from the former owner of Wing Wings. It’s got chicken by the piece, in a sandwich, or in a box with mochi muffins and pickles. 1123 Folsom St.

FIDI —Hi Neighbor Group (Trestle, Stonesthrow) has opened an upscale lunch and dinner destination in the bottom of the Bank of America building, called the Vault. Read more here. 555 California St.

PARKSIDE — From the original owners of Dumpling Kitchen, Dumpling Specialist is a teeny, tiny four-table spot, serving — you guessed it — dumplings. 1123 Taraval


TENDERLOIN — Tender Curry & Co. has opened a fast-casual build-your-own curry restaurant, plus ramen, ginger chicken and rice, and noodles. Choose a curry (Japanese, Hawaiian, or Thai), a protein, and toppings. 655 Larkin St.

POLK GULCH — Southern California’s Klatch Coffee opened its first San Fransisco shop at the corner of Franklin and Bush streets. In addition to specialty coffee and baked goods from Craftsman and Wolves, the shop also includes an automated (and speedy) pour over machine called Poursteady. 1452 Franklin St.

OUTER SUNSET — An old favorite, Dumpling Kitchen, has reopened, with new owners and a renovation that allows diners to see dumplings being made behind glass. 1935 Taraval St.

YERBA BUENA — Another poke restaurant has opened, this one specializing in both poke bowls and sushi burritos. Bimi Poke is located at 135 4th St.

MISSION BAY — A trendy and slightly ominously named taco restaurant, Death by Taco is now open with a long list of tacos with similarly silly names (It’s Chicken Lime Time, and No Skimp on the Shrimp are examples). There’s also a good beer list, and margaritas. 301 King St. Ste. B

INNER SUNSET — An all-you-can-eat shabu restaurant has opened with prices starting at $21.99, called Sunset Shabu. It’s got tons of TVs for Warriors watching, the restaurant boasts. Check out the menu here. 1360 9th Ave.

BERKELEY — Mad Seoul, fast casual Korean restaurant specializing in bibimbap has opened on Shattuck. It’s Chipotle-esque, with diners choosing a base (rice or salad), protein, and toppings. 1801 Shattuck Ave., Ste. C

FILLMORE — A breakfast and lunch restaurant, Hollywood Cafe on Fillmore, is now open with benedicts, French toasts, burgers, and more. 1545 Fillmore St.


NORTH BEACH — The family behind Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux has opened a new concept called Palette Tea House in Ghirardelli Square. It’s an updated take on dim sum for the younger generation, with colorful dumpling wrappers, luxury ingredients like wagyu and lobster, and craft cocktails. 900 N. Point St.

LAKE MERCED — Gram Cafe and Pancakes, a Japanese chain focused on pancakes, has opened in Stonestown Galleria. The main attraction: jiggly soufflé pancakes that are only available three times per day, with 30 orders each time. Beyond that, there are plenty of whimsical pancake combinations to consume, plus French toast and savory options. 3251 20th Avenue Suite #172

SOMA — Japanese chain Hinodeya Ramen Bar has opened a second location in SoMa, taking the place of Sue’s Kitchen. It’s serving a slimmer menu than its Japantown location, with a small selection of ramen, edamame, and salads. A third location is headed to the Financial District soon. 303 2nd St.

COW HOLLOW — The second location of dairy- and gluten-free restaurant Little Gem has opened in Cow Hollow. This one will have a few new menu items, including fried chicken, plus a cozy dining room and small patio seating. 2184 Union St.

SOMA Hinodeya Ramen Bar has opened a second location in the bottom of a large SoMa building, serving dashi-based ramen and small plates. It’s open for lunch currently;

SOMA — A new rooftop bar is shaking things up atop the new Virgin Hotel. Everdene has craft cocktails, snacks, and a glamorous covered seating situation. 250 4th St.

SOMA — A fine dining chef and artist has created a hybrid art-cafe space in the former location of Lulu’s. Composed plates, an adjacent, white-walled gallery with rotating exhibits, and a retail shop for purchasing ceramics made onsite are part of Palette’s ambitious presence. 816 Folsom St.

RUSSIAN HILL — Popular Outer Richmond spot Fiorella has come closer to the general population, opening an almost identical version of itself on Polk Steet. Neapolitan pizza, pastas, charcuturie, and more can be found there. 2238 Polk St.

UPTOWN OAKLAND — Chef Tanya Holland has upgraded her restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen with a much larger space in Uptown Oakland. Find all her signature items, including fried chicken and waffles, plus cocktails. 2295 Broadway St.

UPTOWN OAKLAND — A unique addition to the East Bay cocktail scene: Bar Shiru, a Tokyo-style listening lounge, with craft cocktails, wine, beer, and some very sleek and expensive audio equipment. A giant wall of vinyl supplies the tunes. 1611 Telegraph Ave.

DUBOCE — In the former Burgermeister location, Beit Rima is bringing Arabic comfort food into a family-owned space from a fine-dining trained chef. Falafel, hummus, and more homey dishes can be found here for dinner. 138 Church St.

MID-MARKET — From its popup at the now-closed Perennial, Nick Balla’s SmokeBread has migrated to the Market in the Twitter building. It’s all about smoked potato sourdough bread, with a variety of dips made from unloved vegetables, including a spicy pumpkin seed tahini with zucchini and green chili. 1355 Market Street

RUSSIAN HILL — A new wine bar, El Lopo imagines the culinary landscape as if the Spanish hadn’t been kicked out of California. That means local ingredients, Spanish-influenced dishes, and lots of wine. 1327 Polk Street

INNER SUNSET — Kintsugi Bistro is now open with ramen, sushi, and benot boxes. Beer and wine are also on the menu. 420 Judah street

SOMA — From chef Julio Zapata,an alum of Ijji and Sushi Ran, comes Hakashi Sushi Bistro, offering a reasonably priced list of sashimi, nigiri, and maki sushi at either tables or the sushi bar. 474 Third St.

SAN JOSE — Westgate West Shopping Center at 5399 Prospect Road got a new Super Duper Burgers.