This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable restaurant and bar openings that updates every two weeks. The compilation may highlight prominent new projects from established restaurant groups, but we also aim to emphasize under-the-radar newcomers that look just as promising.
CASTRO — Having long been one of the very best places to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, Cafe de Casa has opened a new location in the Castro, the Brazilian cafe’s second location in San Francisco proper, Hoodline first reported. (There’s also a South San Francisco shop.) Acai bowls and other sweets are on the menu, but the coxinhas and other savory pastries will likely be the most welcome addition to the neighborhood. 3985 17th Street
TENDERLOIN — The latest addition from the Farmhouse Thai team, known for its restaurants’ solid, moderately upscale Thai dishes and fun decor, Son and Garden is probably the group’s most colorful, overtly Instagram-friendly restaurant yet, with outlandishly floral wallpaper, an abundance of hanging plants, and an eclectic (and not especially Thai) brunch menu that runs the gamut from bibimbap and matcha mochi to lobster Benedict. There’s also afternoon tea. 700 Polk Street
HAYES VALLEY — Ha Do’s long-awaited German bakery, Hahdough, finally opened over the weekend, with an entire lineup of tempting, attractive sweets, from Black Forest and bee sting cakes to jam-filled Berliner doughnuts. 1221 Fell Street
OAKLAND — The owners of Alex’s Giant Burger, a tiny, beloved greasy spoon in San Pablo, have reemerged in West Oakland, reviving their original El Cerrito diner, Nibs, Berkeleyside Nosh reports. If the new restaurant follows after both Alex’s and the original Nibs, customers can expect tasty, inexpensive burgers and classic, diner-style breakfast plates, with a few Asian-American touches in the mix — say, salmon teriyaki or Spam and eggs over rice. 3112 Market Street
PALO ALTO — With Ettan, two-Michelin-starred chef Srijith Gopinathan (Campton Place) brings a fine-dining pedigree to Palo Alto’s splashiest new Indian restaurant. It’s a striking restaurant, with a huge, domed skylight, and the menu features creative offerings like naan monkey bread, lobster potli, and whole roasted red snapper. 518 Bryant Street
TENDERLOIN — February 18 is opening day for Maison Danel, the highly anticipated Parisian-style patisserie and tea salon that is bringing elegant three-tier afternoon tea stands, colorful macarons, and croissants of all shapes and sizes to Polk Street. 1030 Polk Street
OAKLAND — The newest permanent popup to take over the cafe at Oakland kitchen incubator Forage Kitchen is Shawarmaji, a Jordanian-inspired shawarma shop run by a former Noosh sous chef. The specialty of the house is chicken shawarma, sliced off a towering vertical spit — available as a wrap or loaded on top of French fries with garlic sauce and pickled vegetables. 478 25th Street
EMERYVILLE — More than a year after a car crashed into its gas line and electrical closet, the Emeryville location of worker-owned bakery and pizzeria Arizmendi is finally back up and running, as Berkeleyside Nosh first reported. Have patience as the bakery gears up to its full menu of offerings, including its excellent sourdough baguettes and its characteristic thin, sourdough-crusted vegetarian pizzas. 4301 San Pablo Avenue
REDWOOD CITY — The newest addition to Redwood City’s vibrant Mexican food scene is mostly a single-dish specialist: Per Palo Alto Online, Carnitas El Rincon will focus on slow-cooked, Michoacán-style carnitas, available in taco or burrito form and also by the pound. Like at other similar operations (Jalisco Restaurant in Oakland, for instance), customers will be able to request offal cuts like the skin and the stomach. 99 El Camino Real
CUPERTINO — After a short delay, Silicon Valley’s first location of the popular Fukuoka-based ramen chain Ippudo opened its first Silicon Valley location in Cupertino last week, continuing aggressive expansion efforts that have seen new spots open in Berkeley and San Francisco the past few years. The shop is best known for its pork-based tonkotsu broth, available in several different variations. 19540 Vallco Parkway, Suite 130
OUTER RICHMOND — Richmond district residents worried about the fate of the recently vacated Marla Bakery space didn’t have to wait long, as Outer Sunset favorite Devil’s Teeth Baking Company quickly scooped it up, ensuring that locally-esteemed baked goods would remain on the premises. As of this past weekend, the bakery’s buttery biscuit breakfast sandwiches (which sit atop numerous best-in-the-city lists) — along with its many other sweet and savory baked offerings — are now available at the bakery’s new second location. 3619 Balboa Street
COW HOLLOW — If you’ve ever had any inclination to check out Shake Shack’s heavily-hyped smash burgers and crinkle-cut fries, chances are you’ve already made a pilgrimage to one of the East Coast chain’s three other Bay Area locations. Still, the burger chain has been promising to come to San Francisco proper for so long, the arrival of its Cow Hollow location, finally open yesterday, feels like a big deal — especially since the menu features a bunch of local collaborations with folks like B. Patisserie’s Belinda Leong. 3060 Fillmore Street
OAKLAND — An early contender for the East Bay’s prettiest new bar of the year, Viridian makes its official debut today with an Asian-leaning, dessert-heavy menu (think Portuguese egg tarts and pandan-flavored banana cream pie) and stylish, produce-forward cocktails. 2216 Broadway
BERKELEY — Alley Kitchens, a new restaurant that’s loosely modeled after yokocho, or Japanese food alleys, opened last week near the UC Berkeley campus, the Chronicle reports. The idea is to approximate the experience of being able to sample several different food stalls, all crammed next to each other side by side — in this case, a rice bowl spot, a ramen shop, and a matcha cafe. 2309 Telegraph Avenue
MILLBRAE — A new Chaozhou (or Chiuchow) style Chinese restaurant called Porridge & Things made its debut in Millbrae about two weeks ago. Palo Alto Online reports that the restaurant’s specialty is rice porridge served with various preparations of live seafood such as shrimp and crab. 235 Broadway
CIVIC CENTER — The croissant spot Bon Appetit once called the best new bakery in the entire country has finally opened its long-awaited second location. Arsicault quietly opened its McAllister Street bakery early last week, bringing its much sought-after croissants and kouign-amann downtown. 87 McAllister Street
RUSSIAN HILL — A new bar called Macondray is open on Polk Street with a focus on cocktails made with fresh fruit; an approachable, neighborhood-oriented vibe; and, perhaps most notable, an honest-to-goodness Maine-style lobster roll. 2209 Polk Street
MARINA — After a long seismic retrofit, Ristobar — pastry chef Gary Rulli’s Italian restaurant (and, eventually, adjacent pastry shop) — is back in business, serving up fresh pastas and pinsas (Roman-style pizzas) in the Marina, Tablehopper reports. 2300 Chestnut Street
FIDI — Gap Year at Nico has kicked off a wildly creative, technically precise tasting menu ($145) with an all-Champagne wine pairing option. Try it before it’s gone: The Jordan Guevara and Paul Einbund–helmed project has taken over Michelin-starred Nico for just this next year while the restaurant’s owners are abroad in France. 3228 Sacramento Street
MISSION — SF’s newest Irish pub is a thoroughly modern cocktail bar where there isn’t a single plastic shamrock in sight. Casements opened in the Mission right before the holidays with a menu loaded with savory pies, whiskey and gin cocktails, and what the owners claim is the city’s best Guinness on draft. 2351 Mission Street
BAYVIEW — There’s another new khao mun ghai spot in town: Good Gai’s, a takeout window specializing in the Thai poached chicken and rice dish, is open in the Bayview from the folks behind the wildly popular Chairman food truck, Tablehopper first noted. 2723 Oakland Avenue
SUNSET — Fans of Hong Kong-style puddings and taipioca-based desserts, take note: A new branch of the popular chain Sweethoney is now open in the Sunset. 2315 Irving Street
SUNSET — For diners seeking hot, fiery soup for these cold nights, QingShu is open in the Inner Sunset, specializing in the numbingly spicy Sichuan style of hotpot known as malatang, Tablehopper first spotted. It’s a buffet-style, pay-by-weight setup. 816 Irving Street
BERKELEY — Downtown Berkeley has landed a new izakaya specializing in the kinds of modern, inventive Japanese dishes that are characteristic of sousaka, or “creative cuisine.” The Chron reports that Fish & Bird Sousaka Izakaya opens on Tuesday, January 21 in the former Saha space, helmed by alums of B-Dama and Utzutzu, two of the East Bay’s top Japanese restaurants. 2451 Shattuck Avenue
OAKLAND — Rockridge has a new brunch hotspot. Berkeleyside Nosh reports that the second location of Castro standby Kitchen Story, known for its candied “millionaire’s bacon,” opened right after New Year’s. 5422 College Avenue
OAKLAND — Just in time for “Dry January,” Bizzy’s Dry Bar — a new entirely nonalcoholic wine, beer, and cocktail bar is open in Temescal, taking over the Black Spring Coffee space in the evenings, Berkeleyside Nosh reports. 2930 Telegraph Avenue
LAFAYETTE — Contra Costa County has a stylish new New American restaurant from the proprietors of Danville’s Esin and Revel Kitchen & Bar. Social Bird Kitchen is open with a menu that emphasizes shareable appetizers, rustic bowls, and reasonably priced cocktails, the Merc reports. 3593 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
PALO ALTO — Rooh Palo Alto, the second Bay Area location of a six-restaurant international chain is open in downtown Palo Alto. It’s a follow-up to the popular San Francisco contemporary Indian restaurant, but with an all-new menu — this one focused on foods grilled over a live fire. 473 University Avenue
THE RICHMOND — Michelin-starred chef Brandon Jew is digging into Chinese-American takeout nostalgia. His newest restaurant Mamahuhu opened for delivery only on January 2, and will expand to full sit-down service on January 9.
EMBARCADERO — Daily Driver bagel bakery and creamery is bumping the bagel boom. Now, fans can get carbs and cheese not just in the Dogpatch, but also at a new quick-serve spot in the Ferry Building.
UNION SQUARE — Mastro’s Steakhouse opened the first location of the luxury surf-and-turf chain in San Francisco, as first reported by the Chronicle. At 14,000 square feet and three levels, with $240 kobe beef and $50 cocktails, let’s see if the tourists will shell out.
RUSSIAN HILL — Hoodline spotted that Union Street is getting a fresh-and-fast new Turkish spot. Sumac is now open and serving Istanbul-inspired street food.
SUNSET — A kitchen fire shut down Lavash two years ago, but the Persian neighborhood restaurant has reopened with meat skewers and tahdig, or crispy-edged rice, Hoodline reported first.
MISSION — Yet another omakase spot has taken over the old Tawla space. Sushi Shio debuted in December, letting diners pick from 12 types of nigiri to customize their $85 omakase menu, Hoodline reports.
FIDI — 70s-inspired fern bars are leaning into the plant-lady trend. The Bourbon & Branch mini empire opened Nightingale, a new cocktail bar on Kearny, and are filling it with “white spirits” and frilly plants, according to Hoodline.
SOMA — Tropisueño is bringing happy hour margaritas and tacos to the mall. Cocosueño, a new sister restaurant, is now open on the top story of Westfield, Hoodline reports.
CASTRO — Fable, the favorite neighborhood bistro, is finally back in business after a seismic retrofit, Hoodline reports.
OAKLAND — Nashville hot chicken continues to flock into the Bay Area. World Famous Hotboys finally opened for fried chicken sandwiches in Uptown on December 30.
OAKLAND — San Diego Brewery Modern Times Beer opened a new taproom called House of Perpetual Refreshment in December, offering 34 beers and psychedelic interiors, SFist reported first.
MISSION BAY — It’s game on for good wine options in and around the Chase Center. Debbie Zachareas and Peter Granoff, owners of the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, opened Mission Bay Wine & Cheese at 114 Channel Street, the Chronicle reports. They’ll also have a small wine spot in Thrive City, and they’re consulting on the wine options for the entire stadium.
MARINA — Confirming that there can never be too many drinking options on Union Street, Solstice is a new bar and restaurant taking over the Marengo space, Hoodline reports. From the owners of Blue Light, this new sister restaurant promises cocktails and small plates.
SOMA — Sababa, the fast-casual restaurant serving Israeli street food, opened a third location downtown, Hoodline spotted. Just like at the other locations, diners can pick a protein and build their own pitas or bowls.
BAYVIEW — Cafe Alma is an airy new cafe housed in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse by the waterfront at India Basin, Hoodline reports. Focused on fresh cafe fare, and sourcing ingredients from local producers in the Bayview, it’s serving morning pastries, smoothies, salads, and panini, as well as opening up the space for community events.
WEST PORTAL — Not even West Portal can hide from the juicing trend, according to Hoodline. Eddie Naser, who’s part of the Toast Eatery family, opened Juice Portal, now serving juices, smoothies, salads, and bowls.
SUNSET — The Outer Sunset is diving deeper into Chinese regional cuisines. Hoodline says that the new Guilin Rice Noodles House focuses on the food of Guilin, including noodles topped with crispy pork and beef tripe.
CASTRO — At least there’s one less empty storefront in the Castro. El Capitan Taqueria is finally taking over the old Zapata space on 18th Street, which has been vacant for a couple of years, according to Hoodline. Owner Nimer Massis owns a few other taco, burger, and fast food restaurants. Expect a fresh coat of paint and standard taco options.
HAIGHT — Wonderland Chinese restaurant closed for a renovation and reopened as YH-Beijing, a new Northern Chinese specialist serving up soup dumplings, spicy noodles, and meat pies. It has the makings of a strong brunch contender.
BERKELEY — Boichik Bagels finally opened at the end of November, promising New York-style bagels, bialys, and smoked fish for everyone who is always underwhelmed by the bagel options in the Bay.
RICHMOND — Tacos El Tucán is fueling the current obsession with Tijuana-style tacos. Taking over the former Pup Hut on San Pablo Ave, it’s already serving flame-licked meats in “quesatacos” and drawing long lines.
ALAMEDA — Spinning Bones is an aptly named rotisserie chicken joint now feeding Alameda, according to the East Bay Express. With Japanese touches, the chicken is marinated in shio koji and brushed with tare, and there’s Hawaiian butter mochi cake for dessert.
SAN RAFAEL — The Chronicle claims Marin just got a “very serious cocktail bar.” Isaac Shumway, a bar director coming from Tosca Cafe and Alamo Drafthouse, opened California Gold with an Old West theme, mahogany bar, and 1930s-inspired drinks.
SAN JOSE — Wing’s Chinese Restaurant was 94 years old when it closed in January, but it’s back as a new reincarnation, according to Mercury News. Owner Ashley Yu is reopening for takeout, delivery, and catering, while she continues looking for a brick-and-mortar space.
LAKE TAHOE — Celeb chef Michael Mina is expanding the empire north, this time as far as Lake Tahoe. Bourbon Pub at Northstar Resort is open in time for ski season and serving warm pretzels, wagyu tacos, garlic-herb fries, and general pub grub, covering all aprés-ski needs.
RUSSIAN HILL — Italian neighborhood favorite Seven Hills is finally reopening in the former Stones Throw space on December 11. All of the comforting fresh pasta is staying on the menu, and the chef hopes to expand the whole animal program. 1896 Hyde Street
COLE VALLEY — Beit Rima, the Arab comfort food mini chain, opened its anticipated second location. Samir Mogannan flipped his dad’s old Burgermeister space and is now serving falafel to the neighborhood. 86 Carl Street
MISSION — One year after closing its original location, and a few blocks down, Prubechu the Guamanian favorite, is bringing the party back to the Mission on December 3, and reopening in the former Commonwealth space. 2224 Mission Street
NOPA — After more than 40 years on Polk Street, Bob’s Donuts has finally opened a second location, bringing warm apple fritters to a new neighborhood. 601 Baker Street
MISSION — Blowfish Sushi has brought back the dynamite (rolls) after an eight-month closure, reopening the sushi standby originally founded in the ‘90s. 2193 Mission Street
FIDI — Old Ship Saloon is expanding and adding a new Prohibition-style bar to Jackson Square. Babe’s Monte Carlo is now open and serving $12 classic cocktails and snacks. 582 Washington Street
MISSION — It took a few years, but Mission locals Anthony LaVia and Marisol Gonzalez have finally opened Lupulandia, a Tijuana-inspired brewery, Hoodline reports. Taking over a long-empty furniture store, it’s a big space with an outdoor patio and plans for a roof deck. 2243 Mission Street
HAIGHT — Lower Haight lost a coffee shop when Emanuel Coffee closed for a reno, but gained a breakfast spot when it reopened as Paula’s Cafe, Hoodline spotted. 488 Haight Street
NORTH BEACH — Le Petit Paris 75 took over the old Barbary Coast Taproom in October, but it’s now officially open for business, Hoodline reports. It’s serving wine, beer, cheese, and charcuterie, and it appears there are still some stars stuck on the ceiling, courtesy of the wild decor of the previous resident. 515 Broadway Street
UNION SQUARE — Mastro’s, the national chain of steakhouse and seafood restaurants, is taking over a 14,000 square foot space in December, Hoodline reported. Mastro’s Ocean Club, with three levels and potential roof deck, looks like it’s going to be a casino of seafood towers, filet, and lobster. 399 Geary Street
SUNSET — The Inner Sunset is getting a new Indian slash Nepalese spot. Rose Indian Cuisine is now serving curries, biryanis, and momos, Hoodline reports. 1386 Ninth Avenue
NORTH BEACH — Chubby Noodle, the boozy brunch hotspot, shuffled locations and reopened in North Beach. Meanwhile, investors are complaining that chef Boutros Mrabe is playing fast and loose with his properties, and Mrabe has gained notoriety around the neighborhood for allegedly damaging storefronts and bullying baristas. 570 Green Street
HAIGHT — When Rosamunde closed in October, longtime employee Christine Blunck took over, and has now reopened the bar as Berliner Berliner, bringing the sausages back, Hoodline confirms. She’s saving the night for many drinkers at Toronado next door. 535 Haight Street
MILL VALLEY — Chef Michael Siegel (Shorty Goldstein’s, Betelnut) is opening Floodwater, a new gastropub, on November 29. In addition to pizza and burgers, he’s sliding reubens and matzo ball soup onto the menu. 152 Shoreline Highway
OAKLAND — Eden Silk Road is bringing Xinjiang cuisine to Chinatown, Berkeleyside reports, in the form of meat pies and hand-pulled noodles. 374 8th Street
OAKLAND — Mellana Cafe is a new coffee shop nostalgically named after a grocery store run by Italian immigrants, Nosh explains. It’s now serving the neighborhood espresso, juice, and sandwiches. 4539 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
OAKLAND — Chef Matt Molina, formerly the head pizzaiolo at Capo’s in North Beach, skipped across the bay. He’s now throwing down thin-crust pies at the new Graffiti Pizza in Old Town. 719 Washington Street
BERKELEY — After a temporary closure, both locations of Famous Bao are back in action and doubling down on a deeper menu of noodles, still served at affordable prices for students, Berkeleyside reports. 2116 Shattuck Avenue and 2431 Durant Avenue
PLEASANTON — Blaze Pizza, a chain backed by LeBron James, opened a new location at a Pleasanton shopping center. Rose Pavilion Shopping Center
DALY CITY — Coming from Berkeley brewers, Gilman Brewing Company opened as Daly City’s first craft brewery, now serving wood-fired pizza and short-rib burgers. 2001 Junipero Serra Boulevard
SAN MATEO — Coming out from Chicago, Pinstripes is an Italian-American chain that combines bowling lanes, bocce courts, and bolognese, Mercury News reports. Hillsdale Shopping Center
SAN JOSE — Pasteleria Adega is a new Portuguese bakery specializing in pastéis de nata or egg tarts, which are already drawing long lines, Mercury News spotted. 30 East Santa Clara Street
SAUSALITO — Sausalito now has an entire bar dedicated to caviar bumps. The Bump Bar officially opened on November 8, greeting guests with a dollop of roe the moment they walk through the door, before they sit down for bubbles and a tasting menu. 1403 Bridgeway
EMBARCADERO — Gozu, the hotly anticipated wagyu steakhouse, officially opened on November 12. The bold modern space looks like a black box with a grill fired up at the center, and the chef is breaking down whole animals and handing small bites across the counter. 201 Spear Street
MISSION BAY — Seven Stills finally opened its massive new flagship location on November 6. At 22,500 square feet, it’s the largest independently-owned distillery in San Francisco, combining beer, whiskey, and fried chicken sandwiches in one space. It’s also within stumbling distance of the new Chase Center. 100 Hooper Street, Suite 4
MISSION — Parking it like it’s hot, Señor Sisig opened its first permanent storefront on Valencia Street on November 7. The Filipino-American food truck popularized sisig in the Bay Area with Cali-style meaty burritos and Taco Bell–inspired crunchwraps. 990 Valencia Street
ROCKLIN — Pull up a rocking chair — Cracker Barrel is coming to Rocklin, about a half hour east of Sacramento, on December 2. People will drive for chicken and dumplings. 4660 Sierra College Boulevard
CUPERTINO — Afuri Ramen + Dumpling, the Tokyo ramen chain, started dishing up its yuzu shio broth and bouncy noodles on November 2. There are locations in Portland, but this is the first California outpost. 20803 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Ste. 110
OAKLAND — Comic book nerds have a new place to read. First Edition is a theme bar embracing cocktails, tacos, and villainy. 1915 Broadway
MISSION — Nick’s on Mission is bringing Filipino favorites downtown. But just like the location in South San Francisco, the menu is all vegan. 996 Mission Street
FIDI — Tacolicious opened a small lunch counter on October 31. Tacolicious Chico is now handing out tacos de guisados to the finance crowd. 685 Market Street
CASTRO — Bhoga, a new Indian restaurant, moved into a long-empty storefront right on Castro Street, and opened on November 8, Hoodline reported. The owner also has Deccan Spice in the Mission. 468 Castro Street
OUTER SUNSET — The owner of Cafe St. George in Bernal Heights has also opened Boavida Cafe & Market out near the beach, Tablehopper spotted first. A combined cafe, wine bar, and market, she’s got smoothies, salads, and pasteis de nata, the Portuguese pastries. 3560 Taraval Street
SAN JOSE — Chef Roland Passot, of La Folie in SF and Left Bank in Menlo Park, is venturing further south. Meso, his new Mediterranean restaurant, added one more hot spot to Santana Row, The San Jose Mercury News reported. 3060 Olsen Drive
SAN RAMON — SAJJ Mediterranean, the popular fast-casual chain from the peninsula, opened its eleventh location November 1, finally bringing the falafel to the East Bay. 164 Sunset Drive, Suite B7
EXCELSIOR — A cool new coffee shop rode into the neighborhood on June 27. XLCR is pouring strong coffee, and the tricked out black and gold interiors were inspired by a love of vintage motorcycles. 4495 Mission Street
EMBARCADERO — The Ferry Building just got a new and notable beverage merchant, when Bee d’Vine arrived on October 28. Winemaker Ayele Solomon is serving t’ej or honey wine from his native Ethiopia. Ferry Building
SUNSET — Sunset Cantina, which took over the space from Pisces, a popular prix-fixe spot, is now open and serving al pastor and shrimp tacos to the beach crowd. It’s from the team behind the John Colins cocktail bar. 3414 Judah Street
PALO ALTO — Baker Mina Makram, formerly of Ducks & Dragons, is back in the gluten-free and paleo-friendly carb game. Misfits Bakehouse is now open and adding Egyptian breakfast to the menu. 2706 Middlefield Road
MISSION — ABV reopened the upstairs lounge area, installing a bar within a bar. Over Proof is reservations only and serving Japanese whisky cocktails, oysters, caviar, uni, and sardines. 3174 16th Street
DALY CITY — Beit Rima, the Arabic comfort food favorite, is opening its third location in a year. Samir Mogannam is taking over his father’s last Burgermeister location and bringing hummus ma ’Lehma, chicken shish tawook, and fattoush to Daly City. 507 Westlake Center
UNION SQUARE — Tin Cactus, a loosely Mexican-inspired cantina, opens on November 8, bringing flavored margaritas and fried fish tacos to the city’s old French Quarter. 56 Belden Place
OAKLAND — Zachary’s Chicago Pizza opened its fifth location on October 21, rolling deep-dish pizzas and a family-friendly menu into the former Camino space. 3917 Grand Avenue
BERKELEY — Milkbomb, the Instagram sensation from Potrero Hill, is now open and smashing over-the-top ice cream–stuffed donuts for downtown Berkeley. 2079 University Avenue
SANTA CRUZ — The owners of Contigo, the Noe Valley favorite, packed up shop and moved to the beach. Their new venture, Barceloneta, is the only Spanish restaurant in Santa Cruz, and it’s now open and dropping sausage-stuffed potato bombas. 1541 Pacific Avenue
YOUNTVILLE — Adam Perry Lang debuted Perry Lang’s in Yountville, a spinoff of Hollywood steakhouse APL, amid questions about the chef’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, for whom he worked during the early 2000s. 6539 Washington Street
BAYVIEW — Bloomstock, a new cafe in the Bayview, is now serving banana butterscotch waffles with a side of psychedelic, cannabis-inspired decor. 1730 Yosemite Avenue
OAKLAND — Aburaya, the Japanese-style fried chicken favorite, opened a second location in the form of a lunch spot on October 14. Aburaya Go is rocking karaage that’s ready to roll. 380 15th Street, Oakland
SOMA — Tsuta, a Japanese chain, brought Michelin-starred ramen to the Metreon on October 20. The long lines prove you can never have too much ramen in San Francisco. 155 4th Street
PALO ALTO — International tapas chain Telérific Barcelona picked up a second location on the Peninsula, bringing pintxos, paella, and sangria to Palo Alto. 855 El Camino Real
JAPANTOWN — A new ramen shop named Oji set up shop in Japantown, Hoodline reported first, serving a small menu with three broth options. 1740 Buchanan Street
SOMA — In November, chef Nora Haron of Fuck You Up Bakery (FYUB) is will open a permanent storefront for her popular Singaporean-Indonesian-Californian pastries. 303 Second Street
WALNUT CREEK — Downtown Walnut Creek is getting a sweet French bakery called Brioche de Paris, now serving croissants, croque-monsieurs, and Equator coffee, The San Jose Mercury News reports. 1421 Locust Avenue
REDWOOD CITY — Zareen Khan opened a third location of Zareen’s, her popular Indian and Pakistani restaurant, bringing chicken tikka plates and complimentary chai to Redwood City, Palo Alto Online reports. 2039 Broadway Street
THE RICHMOND — Mourad Lahlou had finally reopened Aziza, the restaurant that brought him Michelin-star status, after a three-year closure. Longtime fans will find Moroccan comfort cooking, but in a fully renovated space. 5800 Geary Boulevard
NORTH BEACH — The volcano bowls have been relit at Bamboo Hut. The tiki bar has reopened following major repairs. 479 Broadway
RICHMOND — A skateboard pro decided to open an East Coast–style pizza shop, and the result is Raymond’s Pizzeria, now serving slices to Point Richmond. 130 Railroad Avenue
OAKLAND — Brenda Buenviaje of Brenda’s French Soul Food fame has opened a fast-casual spinoff in Temescal. Brenda’s is now serving po’ boys, beignet flights, and of course, brunch. 4045 Broadway
THE RICHMOND — The neighborhood just got served a very veggie and kid-friendly Japanese curry spot. Konomama is the latest venture from Takahiro Hori, formerly of Ken Ken Ramen. 4601 Geary Boulevard
OAKLAND — Vegan Mob, the popular vegan barbecue pop-up, just went permanent in a lime-green and graffiti-covered space. Former rapper Toriano Gordon is now serving mac and cheese and po’ boys. 500 Lake Park Avenue
MISSION — Fort Point Beer Co. swung open the doors to its big new beer hall Fort Point Valencia. It’s got bright colors, brews on tap, and fried pork chop sandwiches, no forks required. 742 Valencia Street
COW HOLLOW — The high-powered team behind Marlowe closed Cow Marlowe and reopened as the Greenwich. Trimmed in navy and brass with nautical decor, it’s now serving oysters, salads, and friend chicken to a preppy crew. 3154 Fillmore Street
NORTH BEACH — Family Cafe opened a jewel box of a Japanese curry shop, now serving coffee, tea, and katsu sandwiches. 362 Columbus Avenue
MISSION — The highly anticipated Dear Inga finally opened, bringing Eastern European grandma food to Mission Dolores. The all-star team hails from Nopa and Liholiho, and chef David Golovin is really into smoked sausages. 3560 18th Street