This is a curated list of the Bay Area’s most notable restaurant and bar openings, with new updates published once a week. See an opening we missed? Then drop us a line.
STONESTOWN — Stonestown Galleria not only has a new movie theater with “scent effects,” but it’s also becoming a fun food destination, with jiggly souffle pancakes, chewy mochi donuts, and now, arguably the greatest mall dining experience of them all — conveyor belt sushi. Kura Revolving Sushi Bar opened on October 16, and for every 15 plates, you get a prize. Kura is a chain with existing locations in Cupertino and Sacramento, but this is the first in San Francisco. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what TikTok has to say.
RICHMOND — There’s a new pho spot in the Richmond neighborhood that’s blowing up on Yelp. Pho Huong Viet seems to have quietly opened on Geary a couple of months ago, and is now ladling comforting bowls of Hanoi-style pho with flat noodles and tender meat.
SAN JOSE — And Hoodline reports there are several new eateries at the Westfield Oakridge mall: Meet Fresh is now serving sweet Taiwanese desserts, and Umai Savory Hot Dogs is coming soon and promising an array of 27 different hot dogs.
HAYES VALLEY — The owners of Le Fantastique originally said they were hoping to open by the end of August, but after many pandemic delays, the chairs have finally, the team is ready to rock, and the opening date is officially confirmed for next Friday, October 22. Recall that it’s that cool new wine and seafood bar from the Bird Dog team, serving luxe bubbles and caviar eclairs and spinning vinyl. Eater already did the big photo reveal of the space, drinks, and dishes, but flip through the final menus below, which just dropped this week and are looking so fresh.
MISSION — The latest restaurant from the Flour + Water group is now serving classic cacio e pepe to a cozy heated courtyard. Penny Roma opened on October 11 in the former Central Kitchen space, offering simple but satisfying fresh pastas, shinko pears and prosciutto, and woodfired ribeyes every night of the week in the Mission. Click through for those sexy pasta photos and menus.
CIVIC CENTER — La Paloma cocktail bar opens within La Cocina Municipal Marketplace on Friday, October 15. An award-winning female bartender developed the drinks, which were specifically crafted to pair well with the female entrepreneurs’ diverse food offerings, and from the tequila cocktails to the tinga tostadas, it promises to be a happy hour scene.
RUSSIAN HILL — Nisei fine dining restaurant opened back in August, and now Bar Iris is opening just next door on October 14. Cocktails come courtesy of the same team, with lots of riffs on highballs, starring Japanese whiskey and spirits.
SOMA — Family Name is a new bistro tucked inside the encyclopedic City Beer Store on Mission. Opening on September 22, it’s now serving a menu of deviled eggs, little gems, hamachi crudo, and steak frites, with plenty of excellently curated wine and beer, of course.
TIBURON — Celebrity chef Michael Mina and nightlife producer and reality TV personality Brent Bolthouse (the Hills) are finally opening Bungalow Kitchen on November 3. Illustrations and photos reveal a haute-hippie, two-level space with waterfront views and a menu of oak-fired steaks and duck-fat fries.
CASTRO — Step inside the colorful new all-day dining destination Copas, a casual Latin-leaning restaurant and bar from Jessica Kapoor. Kapoor brings experience from Saison Hospitality Group, where she serves as chief of staff, to this breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot.
MISSION — Don’t let the name deceive you: The Korner Store is actually a family-run spot for Korean food and soju in the former Mission Cheese space. Tablehopper spotted the opening first.
LOWER NOB HILL — Tahona Mercado opened its doors in late-August but has been expanding its offerings as it slides into fall. Now there are made-to-order and take-and-bake food options including tortas and quesadillas and products like pupusas and tamales from Estrellita’s Snacks; Cuban flan from What The Flan; vegan ice cream from Lobo’s; and conchas and other modern Mexican pastries from Norte 54.
SACRAMENTO — Plant-based Mexican food pop-up Bambi Vegan Tacos has a permanent home at 1725 I Street. The restaurant is open Thursday through Saturday and serves margaritas and tacos loaded with “crimini beef” and cider battered cauliflower.
LOS GATOS — Silicon Valley restaurateurs Jim and Angelique Stump want Los Gatos diners to enjoy weekday caviar and champagne at Shepherd + Sims, a fine dining restaurant decked out with colorful murals, tile mosaics, and burnished brass.
SAN JOSE — Oakland’s Orbit Coffee, a stellar spot for Vietnamese iced coffee and buckets of miniature doughnuts, has landed in San Jose. The new location can be found inside an office complex and is open Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m.
MISSION BAY — Chef Tyler Florence of Food Network fame debuts his glitzy new steakhouse Miller & Lux near the Chase Center on September 28, the Marin Independent Journal reported first. Per the Chronicle, Ken Faulk handled the mid-century modern design and the menu offers Cesar salads tossed tableside, dry-aged steaks, and a really fancy burger.
HEALDSBURG — Marine Layer Wines has opened its new Healdsburg tasting room featuring a list of California chardonnay and pinot noir to be enjoyed alongside mezze plates curated by soon-to-open Little Saint, the farm-forward spot from SingleThread owners Kyle and Katina Connaughto.
SANTA ROSA — Los Angeles hot chicken chain Dave’s Hot Chicken landed in the Bay Area on September 24 bringing its bright-red fried chicken tenders in varying levels of spiciness to Santa Rosa, the Chronicle reports.
CAMPBELL — Former Atelier Crenn chef Trent Lidgey has struck out on his own with One Raw Fish Bar, a new seafood-centric restaurant in the South Bay. Mercury News reports Ora King Salmon drizzled with black garlic molasses and salsa and a lobster roll star on the opening menu.
SAN JOSE — Cheers to the arrival of Cash Only, a self-described “West Coast Honkytonk” in San Jose. The bar, which serves six beer-shot combos and a $5 jar of pickles, opened on September 23.
FIDI — The Michael Mina flagship in downtown San Francisco has officially flipped into a fishy new Greek restaurant. Estiatorio Ornos opened on September 18, the SF Chronicle reported first. Come through for prawns with crushed tomatoes and feta, sole wrapped in a phyllo crust, and wild mushroom moussaka.
OAKLAND — La Santa Torta, the quesabirria food truck sensation, has finally opened its highly anticipated brick-and-mortar restaurant. La Santa Torta “soft” opened on September 21, with a mechanical bull, raffle, and tacos. The permanent location is at 95 Linden Street, and the truck is still roaming.
SAN JOSE — Santana Row is adding two new restaurants and a boba tea shop, Mercury News reports: Left Wing Bar for Korean fried chicken (opened September 16), Boba Guys for milk tea (coming later in November), and Dumpling Time (slated for end of year).
MARKET — La Bande is reopening within the Proper Hotel on September 22, but it’s really a whole new opening because the former coffee bar is flipping into a full-service tapas bar. Star chef Jason Fox, of the now-closed Commonwealth, has been waiting a pandemic year and a half to debut this new menu of grilled squid, tomato toast, and gin and tonics, all served in the gorgeous green corner cafe.
TENDERLOIN — There’s a new dessert tasting menu coming to the Tenderloin. Luis Villavelazquez, a dessert “ghostwriter” behind desserts at Citizen Cake and Absinthe, is now opening his own spot called Les Elements, according to the SF Chronicle.
OAKLAND — Binny’s is a new cocktail bar and restaurant in Old Oakland, now serving steak frites and classic cocktails in Art Deco interiors, Berkeleyside spotted first.
BERKELEY — University Ave has a fresh option for croissants, cookies, and zlabia. Belmo Cafe is a new bakery, now serving French and Algerian pastries, Berkeleyside reports.
RICHMOND — Assemble Marketplace is a big new restaurant, bar, market, and events spaced all combined, Berkeleyside explains. And Tommy’s BBQ Company has also set up shop just outside, serving brisket, ribs, and chicken, with mac and cheese and sweet corn on the side.