This is a list of the Bay Area’s most notable restaurant and bar openings, with new updates published once a week. Did we miss something great? Please, drop us a line.
SOMA — Boochmania arrived in SoMa from the same team behind Berkeley’s Boochman Kombucha. It’s a small cafe serving lentil miso burgers and hummus, plus a range of fermented beverages including kombucha, of course.
EAST CUT — Downtown residents can get high-end wines from France and Napa Valley at the new Mili Wine Bar, located on the ground floor of the Mira luxury apartment building near the Embarcadero. The Chronicle reports owner Shubhra Sarkar is a first-time bar owner who fell in love with wine during her global travels. Mili’s wine list includes pricey pours like a $75 glass of Chablis and a $90 glass of Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
MISSION BAY — Backed by a team of San Francisco bar and restaurant industry pros, Cavaña touches down atop the 17-story Luma Hotel in Mission Bay on February 2. The rooftop bar offers cocktails and food inspired by Latin America — think cocktails made with Venezuelan rum and coconut, Peruvian pisco acholado and papaya, and flaky Brazilian pastels.
MISSION — Piglet & Co, the long-awaited restaurant from chef Chris Yang and partner Marcelle Gonzales Yang, quietly opened its doors in the Mission. For now, there’s a tight menu — as previewed by the San Francisco Chronicle — of non-traditional Taiwanese street food-inspired plates and non-alcoholic beverages. The restaurant begins brunch service on Sunday, February 12 and currently serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday.
INNER SUNSET — Third Culture Bakery has officially arrived in the Inner Sunset and will celebrate the grand opening of its latest outpost at 549 Irving Street on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. Look forward to matcha drinks and mochi muffins.
BERKELEY — Mind Coffee, a “specialty coffee shop dedicated to spreading mental health awareness,” according to the business website, opens on February 7 at 1816 Euclid Avenue in Berkeley.
OAKLAND — Self-taught bagel master Reesa Kashuk will open the first permanent home for her business Poppy Bagels on Thursday, February 2, the Chronicle reports. Located at 5004 Telegraph Avenue, the shop will serve not only loose bagels, but also sandwiches stacked with ingredients like local honey, Nova lox, and whitefish salad.
OAKLAND — Dave’s Hot Chicken, the ever-growing hot chicken chain backed in part by Canadian rapper and actor Drake, opened a new restaurant in Oakland, East Bay Nosh reports. Head to 2228 Broadway at Grand Avenue for chicken so hot it’ll make your eyes water.
FOLSOM — Tao’s Hotpot and Shabu owner Taobo He didn’t plan to open an all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant when he immigrated to the U.S. from China. But the Sacramento Bee reports he found his passion for cooking while studying mechanical engineering at Sacramento State. His new restaurant at 510 Natoma Station Drive serves lunch and dinner seven days a week.
EMBARCADERO — After nine years as a catering outfit, La Cocina incubator program graduate Peaches Patties opened its first-ever storefront at the Ferry Building. Owner Shani Jones is serving three types of patties, as well as jerk chicken with plantains, beans, and rice, and Rastafarian Stew, a vegetarian option with black beans, chickpeas, and diced tomatoes.
MARINA and SOMA — Mins Group is expanding yet again with the addition of, not one, but two new sake and wine bars, Dento Union and Dento Coffee & Wine. Dento Union opened in mid-January on Union Street with a lengthy list of sake and wine, along with a bites menu and plans to expand into brunch. Meanwhile, Dento Coffee & Wine opened across town in SoMa on Folsom Street with coffee to start, before adding on a food menu to accompany the sake and Champagne bar that will start up in the evenings on February 1.
UNION SQUARE — A Thailand-based restaurateur brings her style of Thai khao gaeng-style food to Union Square with her new restaurant Hed. Expect Isaan and Northern Thailand dishes at this new spot located at 88 Hardie Place.
MISSION — Mission bar Buddy now has a new friend in sister space, House of Seiko, an art gallery just two doors down from the bar favorite. Opened by Buddy founder and beverage director, Nick Torres, and co-owned by Cole Solinger, House of Seiko will feature six- to seven-week exhibitions of artists and group shows.
MISSION — It’s not quite an opening, but Mission restaurant Luna recently overhauled its menu with the help of new executive chef Michelle Mathews. Luna debuted its new menu January 20, kicking the brasserie concept to the curb and reimagining itself as a restaurant for the neighborhood.
MISSION — Dumpling Club gained a reputation for its unique style of small-batch dumplings stuffed with seasonal, not-so-traditional fillings. The business recently expanded to a Mission storefront, which open January 20, and acts as a multi-functional space for customers to pre-order and pick up frozen dumplings, take cooking classes, or purchase food- and dumpling-related items such as sauces, cookbooks, and ceramics.
MISSION BAY — An excited Eater SF tipster shared the news that Somisomi — the dessert shop known for its fish-shaped waffle cones called taiyaki filled with soft serve ice cream — has made its way to the city. Get your ah-boong fix in Mission Bay on 4th Street.
DOGPATCH — San Francisco bakery Butter& opened the doors to its new space in Dogpatch on January 21, with new offerings on the menu. Along with serving as a pickup spot for pre-ordered cakes, the bakery is also offering single-serving cakes and a new “breakfast cake,” a round frittata filled with vegetables, bacon, and topped with piped mashed potatoes.
OAKLAND — New “contemporary Colombian” restaurant Parche opened on Broadway in Oakland on January 13. The menu centers around small plates and shareable items, such as build-your-own ceviches, arepas, and stuffed yuca fritters.
ORINDA — The owners of Anya’s Deli in Berkeley opened another restaurant, this time in Orinda, the Mercury News reports. Anya’s Kitchen debuted in late December, serving items such as lamb and seafood biryanis, chicken vindaloo, and extensive vegetarian options like paneer tikka masala.
SAN RAFAEL — The new SANkorean Cafe in San Rafael is Monica Chang’s expansion of her wholesale food business into a restaurant, the Marin Independent Journal reports. The cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, serving banh mi, rice bowls, bi bim bap, and cheese and scallion breakfast burritos.
MENLO PARK — The Springline development will see an influx of restaurants open this coming year, but chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel will be the first to open with his restaurant Canteen. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Canteen will throw open its doors on January 25, focusing on shareable snacks inspired by coastal European cities including San Sebastian and Lisbon.
ELK GROVE — Indian fast-casual restaurant Curry Up Now is set to open its latest location on January 28 in Elk Grove, nestled inside the Ridge Shopping Center. And yes, the “Sexy Fries” and “Naughty Naan” will be on the menu.
BERKELEY — East Bay diners welcomed the latest outpost of Curry Pizza House on January 18, when the restaurant celebrated its grand opening at 2380 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. The restaurant, which also has locations across the South Bay, serves pizza, appetizers, and sides with Indian influences. Think curry chicken masala pizza and chicken wings marinated in tikka spices.
SANTA CLARA — Palo Alto Online reports a second location of Shawarmaji is now open in Santa Clara. The restaurant serves “Jordan-style street food” including chicken shawarma wraps, vegan falafel, and sides including tabouleh and tahini salads.
ELK GROVE — Chef Willie Ng’s Palette Group officially opened the doors to its latest outpost of dim sum destination Dragon Beaux at Sky River Casino in Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento. Known for its legendary dim sum, the restaurant joins Palette Group’s Koi Palace, a fast-casual dining option inside the casino’s food court.
SACRAMENTO — Hand rolls continue to proliferate across the Bay Area with the opening of Kinjo Hand Roll Bar in midtown Sacramento. The Bee reports the restaurant opened on January 10 and comes from owner Dennis Ng, who also owns a sushi restaurant in the area.
ROSEVILLE — Also from the Bee comes news of Moksa Barrel House, a collaboration between the teams behind East Sacramento restaurant Hawks and Moksa Brewing Co. in Rocklin. Star menu items include a $9 burger and $7 chicken tenders.
UNION SQUARE — Beacon Lounge in the Beacon Grand Hotel in Union Square added breakfast and dinner to go alongside the powerful fireside drinks it’s been serving since opening. In mid-December, the lounge began offering new American fare by night and eggs Benedict by morning.
INNER SUNSET — Inle Burmese Cuisine, a Church Street favorite, opened the doors on its second location the first week of January to much fanfare. The restaurant took over the longtime defunct Patxi’s location at 822 Irving Street, though what will become of the outdoor parklet remains to be seen.
INNER SUNSET — Kothai Republic opened on 9th Avenue and Judah Street in the first week of January, too. The San Francisco Standard reports friends and owners Sung Park and Gof Sanguanwong ran Spork and Stix before opening their new Korean and Thai restaurant in the Inner Sunset.
OUTER SUNSET — Gao Viet Kitchen, the popular San Mateo Vietnamese restaurant, just opened its first San Francisco location in December. The Instagram famous destination for Phozilla took over the corner of 20th and Irving Streets with its second outpost.
OAKLAND — Kitava opened its Temescal location on January 9 at 375 40th Street in Oakland. Fans can expect a similar menu to its Mission District location, though this new outpost also features 22 beverage taps with gluten-free beer, cider, kombucha, and low-intervention wine options.
MILLBRAE — Miyuki and Koji Murakami’s much-anticipated kaiseki restaurant Hana Izumi will open on January 17 at 293 El Camino Real. The Mercury News reports chef Koji spent two decades as executive chef and general manager at San Francisco’s Sanraku.
PALO ALTO — Graduate, the restored Hotel President at 488 University Avenue, just opened on January 9. The hotel plays host to two restaurants: Lou & Herbert’s, a lobby level all-day cafe, that’s already open, and rooftop bar President’s Terrace, which will open later in January.
EL CERRITO — Antojitos Guatemaltecos opened in December, bringing traditional Guatemalan dishes including estofada de res and Pollo Campero-esque fried chicken. KQED reports the owners, the Aguilar family, have built quite the fanbase by selling tamales in the Richmond area.
SAN RAFAEL — Café Villa just opened at 1602 Lincoln Avenue from the same owners as the Villa Inn. The Marin Independent Journal reports the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, David Sypnicki, cut his teeth at popular Portland restaurant Caffe Mingo.
SANTA CLARA — Mendocino Farms will open on Tuesday, January 17 in Santa Clara. At the grand opening, customers will have a chance to win a catered lunch for their office, and half of the proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry. Another location of the sprawling business will open in Walnut Creek later in 2023.
CASTRO — Hoodline reports that Mr. Hen Chicken Rice & Noodles will open at 4039 18th Street in the Castro on January 4. The restaurant takes over the space most recently occupied by Rooster & Rice, which closed in late December. According to Hoodline, the newcomer comes from the owners of Hungry Hub, a pop-up Thai restaurant which has been running out of the space since March 2022. Mr. Hen will not serve Thai food, a representative tells Hoodline, just chicken and rice.
BERKELEY — The south Berkeley space at 2969 Shattuck Avenue, which was previously home to Sesame, a Tiny Bakery, has reopened as the first Berkeley outpost of rapidly expanding chain Mochinut. Look for the standard menu of mochi doughnuts, boba, and Korean corn dogs, according to East Bay Nosh.
SAN MATEO — There’s a new destination for Argentine alfajores, savory empanadas, and other baked goods as of December 18. Lolita Artisinal Bakery-Cafe opened its doors at 3790 South El Camino Real, Suite 101, joining a much-smaller existing location in the Hillsdale Shopping Center. At 1,500 square feet, this new bakery has its own production space and seating, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports.
REDWOOD CITY — State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria debuted its third location in Redwood City’s Marsh Manor shopping center in late December. Palo Alto Online reports the new outpost is most similar to the restaurant in Los Altos, offering pinball machines and a menu of pizzas, salads, wings, and appetizers.
SACRAMENTO — The northeastern Sacramento suburb of Orangevale has a new beer spot: Mode Brewing opened in December at 9110 Greenback Lane, the Bee reports. It’s from the owners of Pasta a la Mode, which is now the in-house food truck. Pair pizzas and fusion pastas like a carnitas-topped fettucini with a coffee porter, cream ale, or IPA.