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These Are the Hottest New Restaurants in San Francisco, February 2023

A list of San Francisco’s newest and buzziest restaurants

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At the top of a fresh year, it’s time to revisit that long list of restaurants you’ve been meaning to try across the city. For longtime staples to check off, you’ll want this map of classic San Francisco restaurants or perhaps the Eater San Francisco 38, a guide to some of the city’s best destinations for anything from modern Filipino food to iconic bowls of cioppino. This list, however, the Eater San Francisco Heatmap, highlights recently opened spots or ones we’re particularly excited about for one reason or another. In short, it’s the answer to that ever-burning question: Where should I be eating right now?

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Bar Sprezzatura

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TableOne Hospitality’s second San Francisco venture brings an Italian oasis to the One Maritime Plaza office tower in FiDi. It’s a California-ized version of a Venetian bacaro, a traditional bar that serves wine and small plates called cicchetti. The beverage list leans into the theme with Italian wines, spritzes, and updated classics including an entire section of negroni riffs. To pair, explore chef Joseph Offner’s menu of savory bar snacks and larger plates including delicate beet-filled casunziei and sepe al nero starring light-as-air whipped Biancoperla polenta.

Patricia Chang

Peaches Patties

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Shani Jones started Peaches Patties as a catering outfit in 2013 and now, she’s taking Jamaican food to center stage with an outpost at the historic Ferry Building. Choose from individual patties, a pastry shell stuffed with fillings like beef, curry chicken, or spinach, or meals starring jerk chicken and vegan “Rasta Stew.” Beverage options include fresh brewed non-alcoholic ginger beer and sorrel, a Jamaican drink made with sweetened hibiscus. 

Carly Hackbarth

Reem’s California Ferry Building

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In November, Reem’s California became the latest restaurant to join the impressive roster at the historic Ferry Building, which now includes an outpost of Senor Sisig and Fatted Calf. Chef Reem Assil brings exclusive items and familiar offerings including her popular mana’eesh to the entirely grab-and-go operation. For a caffeine fix, try drinks such as cardamom cold brew, which can be paired with pastries like fatayer sabanikh, or spinach and onion turnovers, and chocolate chip halawa cookies.

Ben Sullivan

Kin Khao

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After a pandemic-era pop-up in the Dogpatch that ended earlier this year, chef-owner Pim Techamuanvivit has finally reopened her extremely popular Thai restaurant Kin Khao. The spicy wings, tiny jars of mushroom har mok, and coconut-scented green curry are reinstalled on the ground floor of the Parc55 hotel, just a couple of blocks away from Union Square — and it’s all just as appetizing as ever.  

A spread of dishes from Kin Khao. Lauren Saria

Anomaly SF

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Chef Mike Lanham has been running his fine dining pop-up Anomaly for years and as of January, he’s giving the restaurant a permanent home. The chef specializes in what he calls “post-modern American cuisine,” which diners can experience via an 11-course tasting menu ($121) with optional fish or caviar supplements. Expect playful plates such as a delicata squash egg custard with Asian pear and filet mignon with beet millefeuille and roasted celery root puree. 

Andrea Bartley

Prix fixe is the name of the game at Afici, the fine dining restaurant from executive chef Eric Upper and the team behind Alexander’s Steakhouse. After cooking wagyu for years at Alexander’s, the chef is branching out with a selection of fresh pasta and entrees that use less-common cuts — think wagyu beef tongue served with tomato gastrique or tangled up with rosemary fettuccine. The four-course menu costs $125 per person, with the option for luxe supplements including caviar and wagyu charcuterie that’s cured in-house.

Joseph Weaver

Suragan

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After working as a sous chef at Marlena while shoring up the idea for his own restaurant, chef Jongmoon Choi opened Suragan in the Tenderloin in December. The fine-dining Korean restaurant serves a 12-course tasting menu ($135) that features dishes inspired by ancient cookbooks. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday with two seatings per evening. 

Dishes of braised beef short rib, walnut ssamjang, rice, and lettuce leaves, from Suragan, a new restaurant in San Francisco. Nathan Choi

Tenderheart

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There’s a new all-day restaurant open on Market, specifically on the ground floor of the new LINE hotel, perched on the corner of Market and Turk. Chef Joe Hou, who comes to the Bay Area after growing up back East, says he’s blending Northern California ingredients with influences from his Chinese American identity and the result is dishes such as sweet and sour quail, bone-in lionhead meatballs, and kampachi crudo made with fermented black bean. Cocktails including the New Fashioned (rye, bourbon, banana, winter melon, Sfumato amaro) come from experienced Bay Area barman Danny Louie.

Patricia Chang

Outta Sight Pizza

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This much-anticipated restaurant extension of chef Eric Ehler’s pizza pop-up Outta Sight rolled open slowly during the fall, but as of the top of the new year, it is open for expanded hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, with delivery available after 5 p.m. On the menu look for floppy slices and excellent whole pies — plus hoagies, wings, salads, and fries expected to be added to the lineup soon.

A pizza topped with spinach and mortadella. Outta Sight

Birdbox

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The Instagram-famous sandwich known as Claude the Claw landed near Oracle Park with the opening of Birdbox, the fast-casual chicken restaurant from the couple behind Michelin-starred Birdsong. It’s a straightforward menu of fried chicken sandwiches, fried chicken boxes, and sides such as fries and cornbread. In addition to takeout and dine-in options, there are also options for delivery so you can get that sustainably sourced chicken brought right to your front door. 

The Laundromat SF

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Though the restaurant’s name might call to mind baskets of warm laundry, not hot bagels, the former is exactly what you’ll find at the Laundromat SF, which opened just up the block from the historic Balboa Theather in the Outer Richmond in November. It’s a joint venture from Jaimi Holker, who owns CinemaSF and runs the Balboa Theater with her partner Adam Bergeron, and Jenna O’Connell and Kevin Rodgers, the duo behind Holey Roller Bagels. The result is a busy bagel operation by day and a neighborhood pizzeria — with a beverage list of beer, natural wine, and low-ABV cocktails — by night. 

Lauren Saria

The former 20th Century Cafe space is now home to Loquat, a bakery from the folks behind Four Barrel Coffee and the Mill and a former pastry chef from Tartine Bakery. The Chronicle reports the Hayes Valley cafe serves “baked goods inspired by the Jewish diaspora and Levantine flavors.” Coffee, of course, comes from Four Barrel, which is now owned by Tal Mor and Jodi Geren, who took over the business after the former CEO was ousted on the heels of allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Mohammad Gorjestani

LUNA Kitchen & Cocktails

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Less than two years after its debut on Valencia Street, Luna is back with a new menu and a focus on serving Mission District locals. The team behind the restaurant banished the old American brasserie vibes in favor of a “very Twin Peaks” aesthetic (think bold red accents and quirky art) and a menu where almost every entree comes in under $20. There’s an emphasis on approachable and shareable plates, including koji-marinated fried chicken and adobo chicken wings.

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Delfina Restaurant

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After taking a years-long break spurred by the pandemic, Delfina is back in action on 18th Street — and the more-than-20-year-old restaurant has a fresh new look. Co-owners Annie and Craig Stoll are proud to show off a new bar and a new private dining room, where fans old and new can get a taste of the restaurant’s pioneering Cal-Italian cuisine. The spaghetti pomodoro returns to the menu, of course, along with mortadella pizza, porcini and cippolini spiedi, and dry-aged duck breast from Liberty Ducks.

Dumpling Club

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Though owner Cathay Bi is adamant Dumpling Club’s new home at 3233 22nd Street is not a restaurant, it’s still an exciting destination for anyone seeking small-batch and tightly wrapped dumplings. Swing through to pick up the week’s selection of frozen dumplings, which might be filled with chicken and purple shiso or brown butter lobster and shrimp. The space also doubles as a retail shop selling locally made ceramics, chile sauces, cookbooks, and more. 

Patricia Chang

Damansara Co.

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Tracy Goh found a permanent home for her Malaysian pop-up Damansara in Noe Valley, opening her first petite restaurant in mid-October. There are no reservations and just a few small tables so you’ll need to be patient if you want to be rewarded with small plates like cereal and salted egg fried chicken, sticky barbecue pork sandwiches, and the spicy noodle dish laska, either meat or vegetarian. 

Aron Pruiett

Bar Sprezzatura

TableOne Hospitality’s second San Francisco venture brings an Italian oasis to the One Maritime Plaza office tower in FiDi. It’s a California-ized version of a Venetian bacaro, a traditional bar that serves wine and small plates called cicchetti. The beverage list leans into the theme with Italian wines, spritzes, and updated classics including an entire section of negroni riffs. To pair, explore chef Joseph Offner’s menu of savory bar snacks and larger plates including delicate beet-filled casunziei and sepe al nero starring light-as-air whipped Biancoperla polenta.

Patricia Chang

Peaches Patties

Shani Jones started Peaches Patties as a catering outfit in 2013 and now, she’s taking Jamaican food to center stage with an outpost at the historic Ferry Building. Choose from individual patties, a pastry shell stuffed with fillings like beef, curry chicken, or spinach, or meals starring jerk chicken and vegan “Rasta Stew.” Beverage options include fresh brewed non-alcoholic ginger beer and sorrel, a Jamaican drink made with sweetened hibiscus. 

Carly Hackbarth

Reem’s California Ferry Building

In November, Reem’s California became the latest restaurant to join the impressive roster at the historic Ferry Building, which now includes an outpost of Senor Sisig and Fatted Calf. Chef Reem Assil brings exclusive items and familiar offerings including her popular mana’eesh to the entirely grab-and-go operation. For a caffeine fix, try drinks such as cardamom cold brew, which can be paired with pastries like fatayer sabanikh, or spinach and onion turnovers, and chocolate chip halawa cookies.

Ben Sullivan

Kin Khao

After a pandemic-era pop-up in the Dogpatch that ended earlier this year, chef-owner Pim Techamuanvivit has finally reopened her extremely popular Thai restaurant Kin Khao. The spicy wings, tiny jars of mushroom har mok, and coconut-scented green curry are reinstalled on the ground floor of the Parc55 hotel, just a couple of blocks away from Union Square — and it’s all just as appetizing as ever.  

A spread of dishes from Kin Khao. Lauren Saria

Anomaly SF

Chef Mike Lanham has been running his fine dining pop-up Anomaly for years and as of January, he’s giving the restaurant a permanent home. The chef specializes in what he calls “post-modern American cuisine,” which diners can experience via an 11-course tasting menu ($121) with optional fish or caviar supplements. Expect playful plates such as a delicata squash egg custard with Asian pear and filet mignon with beet millefeuille and roasted celery root puree. 

Andrea Bartley

AFICI

Prix fixe is the name of the game at Afici, the fine dining restaurant from executive chef Eric Upper and the team behind Alexander’s Steakhouse. After cooking wagyu for years at Alexander’s, the chef is branching out with a selection of fresh pasta and entrees that use less-common cuts — think wagyu beef tongue served with tomato gastrique or tangled up with rosemary fettuccine. The four-course menu costs $125 per person, with the option for luxe supplements including caviar and wagyu charcuterie that’s cured in-house.

Joseph Weaver

Suragan

After working as a sous chef at Marlena while shoring up the idea for his own restaurant, chef Jongmoon Choi opened Suragan in the Tenderloin in December. The fine-dining Korean restaurant serves a 12-course tasting menu ($135) that features dishes inspired by ancient cookbooks. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday with two seatings per evening. 

Dishes of braised beef short rib, walnut ssamjang, rice, and lettuce leaves, from Suragan, a new restaurant in San Francisco. Nathan Choi

Tenderheart

There’s a new all-day restaurant open on Market, specifically on the ground floor of the new LINE hotel, perched on the corner of Market and Turk. Chef Joe Hou, who comes to the Bay Area after growing up back East, says he’s blending Northern California ingredients with influences from his Chinese American identity and the result is dishes such as sweet and sour quail, bone-in lionhead meatballs, and kampachi crudo made with fermented black bean. Cocktails including the New Fashioned (rye, bourbon, banana, winter melon, Sfumato amaro) come from experienced Bay Area barman Danny Louie.

Patricia Chang

Outta Sight Pizza

This much-anticipated restaurant extension of chef Eric Ehler’s pizza pop-up Outta Sight rolled open slowly during the fall, but as of the top of the new year, it is open for expanded hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, with delivery available after 5 p.m. On the menu look for floppy slices and excellent whole pies — plus hoagies, wings, salads, and fries expected to be added to the lineup soon.

A pizza topped with spinach and mortadella. Outta Sight

Birdbox

The Instagram-famous sandwich known as Claude the Claw landed near Oracle Park with the opening of Birdbox, the fast-casual chicken restaurant from the couple behind Michelin-starred Birdsong. It’s a straightforward menu of fried chicken sandwiches, fried chicken boxes, and sides such as fries and cornbread. In addition to takeout and dine-in options, there are also options for delivery so you can get that sustainably sourced chicken brought right to your front door. 

The Laundromat SF

Though the restaurant’s name might call to mind baskets of warm laundry, not hot bagels, the former is exactly what you’ll find at the Laundromat SF, which opened just up the block from the historic Balboa Theather in the Outer Richmond in November. It’s a joint venture from Jaimi Holker, who owns CinemaSF and runs the Balboa Theater with her partner Adam Bergeron, and Jenna O’Connell and Kevin Rodgers, the duo behind Holey Roller Bagels. The result is a busy bagel operation by day and a neighborhood pizzeria — with a beverage list of beer, natural wine, and low-ABV cocktails — by night. 

Lauren Saria

LOQUAT

The former 20th Century Cafe space is now home to Loquat, a bakery from the folks behind Four Barrel Coffee and the Mill and a former pastry chef from Tartine Bakery. The Chronicle reports the Hayes Valley cafe serves “baked goods inspired by the Jewish diaspora and Levantine flavors.” Coffee, of course, comes from Four Barrel, which is now owned by Tal Mor and Jodi Geren, who took over the business after the former CEO was ousted on the heels of allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

Mohammad Gorjestani

LUNA Kitchen & Cocktails

Less than two years after its debut on Valencia Street, Luna is back with a new menu and a focus on serving Mission District locals. The team behind the restaurant banished the old American brasserie vibes in favor of a “very Twin Peaks” aesthetic (think bold red accents and quirky art) and a menu where almost every entree comes in under $20. There’s an emphasis on approachable and shareable plates, including koji-marinated fried chicken and adobo chicken wings.

Shandru Photography

Delfina Restaurant

After taking a years-long break spurred by the pandemic, Delfina is back in action on 18th Street — and the more-than-20-year-old restaurant has a fresh new look. Co-owners Annie and Craig Stoll are proud to show off a new bar and a new private dining room, where fans old and new can get a taste of the restaurant’s pioneering Cal-Italian cuisine. The spaghetti pomodoro returns to the menu, of course, along with mortadella pizza, porcini and cippolini spiedi, and dry-aged duck breast from Liberty Ducks.

Dumpling Club

Though owner Cathay Bi is adamant Dumpling Club’s new home at 3233 22nd Street is not a restaurant, it’s still an exciting destination for anyone seeking small-batch and tightly wrapped dumplings. Swing through to pick up the week’s selection of frozen dumplings, which might be filled with chicken and purple shiso or brown butter lobster and shrimp. The space also doubles as a retail shop selling locally made ceramics, chile sauces, cookbooks, and more. 

Patricia Chang

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Damansara Co.

Tracy Goh found a permanent home for her Malaysian pop-up Damansara in Noe Valley, opening her first petite restaurant in mid-October. There are no reservations and just a few small tables so you’ll need to be patient if you want to be rewarded with small plates like cereal and salted egg fried chicken, sticky barbecue pork sandwiches, and the spicy noodle dish laska, either meat or vegetarian. 

Aron Pruiett

Related Maps