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Taqueria La Cocina brings the heat right outside of a bowling alley in Pinole.
Taqueria La Cocina

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.

February 27

SOMA — The hometown heroes at Sarap Shop have taken over the former Goat Hill Pizza space on Stillman Street. The new permanent location will work as a production space and to-go window, though there are a few chairs inside, serving halo halo milk tea and platters of crispy vegan lumpia.

OAKLAND — The 25 years Ruby Room spent as one of Oakland’s favorite dive bars before closing in December 2023 were not in vain. That’s because the bar will live again under new ownership as of March 1. Oaklandside reports the husband-and-wife team behind Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile purchased the business.

WALNUT CREEK — Oakland’s super popular Cholita Linda just expanded to Walnut Creek. The Peruvian restaurant took its fish tacos to Broadway Lane in late February and, according to Beyond the Creek, the lines are already quite long.

PINOLE — Located next door to a bowling alley, Contra Costa County’s newest go-to for pozole and breakfast burritos is Taqueria La Cocina. The restaurant has a bevy of items to choose from and, according to East Bay Nosh, the menu is soon to include boba tea right alongside wet burritos and enchiladas.

YOUNTVILLE — Longtime bar Pancha’s closed during the pandemic, but according to the Chronicle the business is about to pour pints once again. Ren and Marilyn Harris, owners of Paradigm Winery in Oakville, took over the business and will keep things exactly the same. The only difference is now there’s no smoking allowed inside.

February 20

CIVIC CENTER — Rounding out the LINE SF’s lineup alongside Tenderheart and Rise Over Run, Dark Bar debuted on Saturday, February 17. The intimate cocktail haven opened with menus designed by chef Joe Hou and beverage wiz Danny Louie, featuring “crushable” high-end food and drink: think custom highballs made tableside and Hanoi beef dip sandwiches.

MISSION — Sister outpost to Iranian restaurant Komaaj, chef Hanif Sadir’s Komaaj Mazze Bar opened on Saturday, February 17 at 20 29th Street. In an Instagram post, the team showed off the ornate and well-lit new space decked out with handsome wood tabletops and tremendous platters of hummus, olives, and other wine-friendly snacks.

FREMONT — East Bay food truck favorite YSG Halal, or YeeShaans Grubb, made the jump to a permanent location on Friday, February 16. On Instagram ownership showed off their new space at 4342 Thornton Avenue, complete with HFSAA-certified zabiha halal burgers, shakes, and more Pakistani-infused grub.

BRISBANE — After pulling off an impressive reopening on the Peninsula in 2021, Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery owners Dawn and Craig Saxton just expanded. The Mercury News reports the new location at 880 Sierra Point Parkway is mostly a hub for catering and packaging, but the location is also open to customers for sandwiches, cookies, muffins, and more.

SACRAMENTO — On January 13, Capital City roaster Anchor & Tree Coffee Roasting Co. opened its first permanent location. The Bee reports the business took over the former Urban Yogi studio space on 16th Street. Menu highlights include cheddar chive biscuits, gluten-free orange almond cake, and, naturally, lots of coffee drinks.

February 13

FISHERMAN’S WHARF — Napa Valley winery Cultivar Wine is set to open a second San Francisco restaurant in Ghirardelli Square on Thursday, February 22, the San Francisco Business Times reports. Cultivar Wine & Kitchen joins the winery’s Marina District restaurant, Cultivar San Francisco, and will be run by chef David Neri, formerly of Waterfront Restaurant. A third restaurant from Cultivar is slated for Sausalito later this fall.

INNER SUNSET — The restaurant formerly known as Naan N’ Curry is now Sunset Indian Cuisine, reopening under new ownership and with a new look and menu. The business debuted on February 1 and is now home to a wide array of gluten-free naan, aloo gobi, thali sets, and complimentary tea.

OUTER SUNSET — A new sports bar-esque restaurant in the Sunset merges Indian food with pizza at the new Mr. Singh’s Curry Pizza. Opening four months ago, the Judah Street spot slings 19 styles of Indian pizza, such as a butter chicken pie and chile paneer pizza, with an optional gluten-free crust. Beer and wine are inbound by summer 2024 once permits clear with the city.

OAKLAND — A new business has taken over the formerly clown-filled Stinky’s Bar at 1644 Telegraph Avenue. As East Bay Nosh mentions, Theory Bar has opened in the space as of February 1.

February 6

CHINATOWN — The highly-visible corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue is dark no longer. The Chinese restaurant and cafe 606 — fittingly located at 606 Broadway — opened on January 31. Eater SF reporter Paolo Bicchieri noticed the doors open and ducked in for a dinner of shrimp-stuffed tofu and rich Hong Kong-style tea. The iconic location housed late-night favorite New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant prior to the pandemic and is just across the street from San Francisco legacy business the Condor, as well as City Lights and Vesuvio Cafe.

WEST PORTAL — The team behind iconic San Francisco Italian restaurant Original Joe’s just opened a tremendous new Mexican restaurant. Elena’s opened on Monday, February 5 at 255 West Portal Avenue and, according to the Chronicle, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week: think pozole with pig’s feet, enchiladas, and sopes.

POLK GULCH — Friday, February 9 is the first day to experience an Asian night market on Polk Street. Or that’s what the owners of newcomer Polkcha are hoping for, as the same team behind former tenant Trade Routes bring a variety of Asian influences to the space and drinks menu. “When you step into Polkcha, we want you to feel a slice of Seoul, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh, or Shanghai,” co-owner Jay Ryoo says.

PACIFICA — Golden Sol Wellness Bar just celebrated its grand opening on Palmetto Avenue on February 4. The wellness-centered bar sells non-alcoholic beverages, espresso-based coffee drinks, smoothies, juices, and small bites including soups and salads.

WALNUT CREEK — On January 27 Pizzalina Pizzeria and Taproom rang in its grand opening at 2064 Treat Boulevard Suite B. This is the second outpost of the pizza place after owners Jacque and Michael Baker opened in San Anselmo, and this one comes with plenty of beer and wine including local favorites Drake’s and Calicraft Brewing Company.

SANTA CLARA — Mikiya Wagyu Shabu House quietly opened on January 26 and comes from the same team behind Michelin-approved Niku X in Los Angeles. The shabu-shabu restaurant is an all-you-can-eat affair for pleasure seekers: there’s beer, bottomless hot pot, and not just wagyu beef but a variety of different wagyus from Australia and Japan.

PALO ALTO — It’s time to welcome the newest pizza trend to the Bay Area: mochi pizza crust. Mochiko Mochi Pizza opens Friday, February 9, and is offering free slices from 4 to 6 p.m. in honor of its debut but, also, National Free Pizza Day. The new shop is located within Sushirrito on University Avenue and features five different mochi pizzas with vegan and gluten-free crusts.

January 30

EMBARCADERO — A16 is making its Ferry Building pop-up permanent relaunching this weekend as A16 La Pala, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Expect Roman-style pizza with eight topping options, served by the slice or as whole pies; focaccia paninis; and pasta. Beer and wine accompaniments are in the works once the liquor license is approved.

WESTERN ADDITION — Early to Rise made its name as a brunch pop-up, settling into Nob Hill for two years before closing in 2021 to find a new space. Now, chef Andrew McCormack is refreshing the former Automat space at 1801 McAllister Street and is opening a new Early to Rise on Thursday, February 29. McCormack will serve plenty of fan favorites such as bagels, English muffins, and doughnuts — and a 900-pound smoker will ensure plenty of bacon and other meats for the restaurant’s meals. McCormack also expects to relaunch the restaurant’s popular brunch boxes, as well.

OAKLAND — The new Shawarma Time M&S just opened in Oakland, offering new food options for the Maxwell Park neighborhood, East Bay Nosh reports. The restaurant is located at 3100 High Street and serves beef, chicken, falafel, and kafta wraps, as well as shawarma plates, fatoush, and tabouli salads, plus hummus and dolmas as sides.

BERKELEY — East Bay Nosh also caught the news of Bangkok Jam’s remodel and rebranding. The Solano Avenue restaurant is now Tha Siam Thai Bistro, and Nosh says diners can expect a new mural, light fixtures, and “some menu tweaks.”

DANVILLE — Danville now has a new Roman-style pizzeria in its midst with the opening of Romana Pizzeria on January 19. The Mercury News reports that the new restaurant serves both thin crust and the popular, square-cut pies, along with lasagna and a roster of salads and sides.

SONOMA — Speaking of rebranding, Delicious Dish in Sonoma relaunched itself as Delicious Dish Provisions, focusing on sandwiches, salads, soup, and house-made items, as well as a hearty pantry selection, the team shares in an email. Located at 565 Fifth Street West, Delicious Dish Provisions will keep its cases stocked with to-go items such as Ora King salmon fillets in sauce verte, as well as a rotating seasonal lunch menu that will change every two weeks.

LOS GATOS — Forbes Mill Steakhouse debuted version 2.0 this month, following a remodel of the restaurant. Returning diners can still get many of the restaurant’s classics, such as the oysters Rockefeller, macadamia-crusted Alaskan halibut, and more, the Mercury News reports. Co-owner Dean DeVincenzi told the paper they looked at the restaurant’s dishes and “tuned them up.”

SAN JOSE — And lastly, if you’ve been following along on coverage of the CloudKitchens food hall that’s been in the works in downtown San Jose, it’s finally arrived. The Mercury News reports San Jose Downtown Food Hall debuted on Wednesday, January 24 with four restaurants and plans to eventually host up to 26 restaurants in the space.

January 23

EMBARCADERO — Alora, the latest restaurant from the couple behind upscale Indian restaurant Rooh, opens on the Embarcadero on Thursday, January 25. Unlike the couple’s other restaurants, Alora serves food from countries that border the Mediterranean Sea so expect an eclectic menu offering steak shish kebab with hummus, 100-layer ‘nduja lasagna, and burnt Basque cheesecake with carrot marmalade. For now, Alora serves dinner only at Pier 3.

NORTH BEACH — Golden Sardine, a new wine bar at 362 Columbus Avenue, aims to bring back a little piece of North Beach history when it opens in the former Family Cafe space on Friday, January 26. The bar will pour lots of riesling, serve an array of tinned fish, and host regular poetry readings as a throwback to the neighborhood’s beatnik past.

NORTH BEACH — The family behind the legendary burger joint Sam’s Burgers will open a second restaurant next door called Sam’s East. But don’t expect any burgers though; instead, the new restaurant will serve shawarma and falafel-stuffed pitas starting on February 1.

UNION SQUARE — As of Friday, February 2 a new star will rise in the San Francisco skyline. Starlite, the latest manifestation of the historic Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, opens on the 21st floor of the Beacon Grand and will serve a menu of updated classic cocktails and small bar bites. Perhaps most importantly, the space — with its famously impressive views of the city — has been renovated by designer Alice Crumeyrolle, previously of Ken Fulk Inc., in a luscious green color palette with velvet, fringe, and antique accents throughout.

SOMA — A new bakery and cafe, AyDea, specializes in food from Tatarstan, a republic in the western part of Russia. The Chronicle reports the menu includes “sandwiches made with zang, a Russian variety of layered dough” and Russian crepes called blinchiki. Located at 799 Bryant Street, the cafe is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MISSION — 14 Peaks, a new Nepalese restaurant, opened at 2848 23rd Street in the Mission, Tablehopper noted. The menu offers tandoori chicken, lamb sekuwa, momos, and lassis.

CROCKER AMAZON — The former Broken Record space at 1166 Geneva Avenue in the Crocker Amazon neighborhood is now home to the Halfway Club, owner Greg Quinn shared with Eater SF via email. The bar is an ode to Midwestern dives, neighborhood taverns, and classic supper clubs with a jukebox, an extensive whiskey list, and some intriguing food options: toasted cheese ravioli, a crispy pork loin sandwich, and a HWC glizzy topped with horseradish remoulade, mustard, house pickles, and crushed Old Bay chips.

REDWOOD CITY — Hurrica Restaurant & Bar opens on Friday, January 26 in Redwood City. It’s a waterfront restaurant offering views of Westpoint Harbor and a menu that includes specialties such as kombu-wrapped lobster, seared yellowtail jack, and pan-roasted black cod.

PALO ALTO — As of Wednesday, January 17, there’s a new destination for Edomae-style sushi in the Bay Area. Iki Omakase, located at 460 Ramona Street, comes from chef Jiabo Li, who previously worked at San Francisco restaurants Sushi Hon and Michelin Guide-listed Sato Omakase. He uses cooking and curing methods from the pre-refrigeration Edomae era of Japan to deliver luxurious 18-course menus for diners.

SEBASTAPOL — Now you can head up to Sebastapol to visit the Ethic Cider tasting room, which opened to the public for tastings this winter. Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., the cider makers are offering tasting flights at 8490 Occidental Road.

January 16

UNION SQUARE — After closing in 2020, Bush Street restaurant Jeanne d’Arc is serving buttery, creamy French classics once again. The Chronicle reports former chef Bernard Moutal is back in the kitchen as the hotel it’s nestled within, the Cornell Hotel de France, is under new ownership.

SOMA — San Francisco coffee titan Saint Frank Coffee expanded to a second location for the first time ever, planting a big flag in SoMa near the Embarcadero. Located on the first floor of the MIRA building, owner Kevin Bohlin told Eater SF he wasn’t worried about the negative reputation the city’s downtown gets these days. “Doom loop? Watch me,” Bohlin says.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — For anyone headed to the office in 2024, Cafe Mademoiselle opened on January 15 at 403 Howard Street to provide sustenance. The tiny space serves fresh-baked bread, croissants, and to-go sweets. Restaurateur Fleur Anderson is hosting a grand opening at the space on Thursday, January 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

RICHMOND DISTRICT — Tablehopper has the scoop on Hokkaido Sashimi Marketplace, which opened in November 2023 at 5423 Geary Boulevard. This Outer Richmond shop slings $10 sushi rolls, onigiri, and lots of snacks.

OAKLAND – After leaving Piedmont Avenue at the end of December 2023, Malibu’s is back in Uptown Oakland as of January 12. Darren Preston’s milkshake and burger wonderland is now in the former Lumpia Company space on 24th Street with a limited menu, though that looks to change in the coming weeks.

SAN CARLOS — Izzy’s is open again in San Carlos as Izzy’s on the Peninsula with a greatly expanded dining room and menu, the Mercury News reports. New private dining areas, a garden patio, a classic bar, and event spaces are all available in the bigger Izzy’s. The Merc further reports the San Francisco outpost on Steiner Street is set to reopen in the fall.

UNION CITY — Macs By Icky’s just celebrated its grand opening on January 13, giving its super popular ube choco taco a permanent home at 3900 Smith Street. KQED reports owners Victoria and Frank Sablan serve a big menu of Filipino treats including halo-halo and pandesal alongside breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the Loyola Building.

SAN JOSE — One of San Jose’s Michelin Guide-listed restaurants is expanding with a smaller sister operation. The team behind Petiscos announced the arrival of Petiscos Little Portugal on Instagram, replacing the former Adega. Expect the same options at Petiscos but with more wine. The new restaurant is set to open on January 24.

January 9

HAYES VALLEY — After opening locations in Burlingame and Cupertino, Curry Hyuga has come to San Francisco. In an Instagram post, business ownership let fans know December 13 was the first day for battered and fried pork cutlets at 1819 Market Street.

MISSION — Polarizing San Francisco restaurateur Luisa Hanson is back at it. Luisa’s Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959 has finally opened at 1001 Guerrero Street. Mission Local reports the sister restaurant to various current and former Luisa’s Restaurants swung its doors open in mid-December. Grab a table for osso busco and decadent tiramisu.

MISSION — Cocktail bar Liliana, with its lodge-y vibes, closed in mid-December, but now the space lives again as Bar at Osito. Craft cocktails are still on the menu, but now guests can order chilled seafood and fondue from the restaurant’s resident cheesemonger. The companion location to Michelin star-holding Osito reopens on Friday, January 12. “We are transitioning Liliana into The Bar at Osito so that the building can be one complete voice,” Osito executive chef and owner Seth Stowaway writes in a statement to Eater SF. “We love Liliana and it deserves its own space hopefully in the future. For now, we want Osito to be able to live into its full potential.”


BERNAL HEIGHTS — Cortland Avenue has a new go-to for baijiu and youtiao, or Chinese liquor and crullers. The Rabbit Hole opened on Boxing Day 2023, according to an Instagram post. Mission Local reports owner Joan McCollom is bringing her Chinese and Taiwanese heritage to bear in the former Old Devil Moon space at 3472 Mission Street.

BERKELEY — On Thursday, January 4 an upscale restaurant debuted in the Berkeley Marina with an apt name. Marina Seafood Dockside Patio is the new go-to for waterfront oysters, cocktails, pastas, and ocean views. East Bay Nosh reports the new business comes from the owners of the neighboring restaurant Hana Japan Steak & Seafood.

SANTA CRUZ — For Midtown Santa Cruz residents, the Midway’s opening on December 28 was a long time coming. The Lookout reports the brunch restaurant began as a farmers market pop-up in 2020 serving savory rice porridge and black cod-topped toast.

SACRAMENTO — Mattie Groves Brewery is the new destination for pints and board games in the capital city, entering the fray with a 3,000-square-foot space in midtown Sacramento. The Bee reports the business is owned by husband-and-wife team Katie and Matt Cooper who have brewed since 2015, earning a gold medal from the World Beer Cup years before opening a permanent location.

Editor’s Note: As of Thursday, January 4, Il Parco’s opening has been pushed back to Monday, January 15.

January 2

CHINATOWN — The chef behind Chinatown restaurant Z&Y and Chili House in San Francisco’s Richmond District has opened a new restaurant called Z&Y Peking Duck at 606 Jackson Street. As the name indicates, the restaurant sells Peking duck (though, per the Chronicle, only a limited number will be available daily) as well as “dim sum dishes like spicy wontons, pork dumplings and noodles in bean sauce.”

PRESIDIO — An Italian-inspired cafe and pizzeria will open in the Presidio of San Francisco on Monday, January 8. Il Parco, located at 215 Lincoln Boulevard, comes from Buen Rallo Group and restaurateur Eduardo Rallo, who’s also behind Colibri Mexican Bistro, which opened in April 2022. Consultant Anthony Falco worked with chef Daniel Gomez on the menu, which offers “vibrant salads filled with fresh, seasonal produce, focaccia pizzas featuring a variety of Italian and Californian sourced toppings,” according to press materials for the restaurant.

Il Parco will be open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner seven days a week — and diners can look forward to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the restaurant’s patio. By day, it’ll serve coffee and light fare such as pastries or a yogurt parfait, while lunch and dinner menus will include items such as mortadella pistachio and muffuletta paninis, and potato rosemary and spicy soppressata and honey pizzas. Canned cocktails and Italian wines will also be available.

Bruce Damonte
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