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The Hottest New Restaurants in San Francisco, May 2022

A curated list of San Francisco’s newest and buzziest restaurants to try

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Eater tipsters, readers, friends, and family usually have the same question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s cool, and where their favorite chefs have landed — and with a host of highly anticipated openings, there are more restaurants to try than ever. To answer that question, here are San Francisco’s most exciting new restaurants, all which are open as of publication time. This should be enough to keep you going until next month, when we’ll update this list with the next class of buzzy openings.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Grande Crêperie

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Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105

Make a lunchtime escape to the French coast with a visit to Grande Creperie, the new bakery and cafe from the Le Marais family at the Ferry Building. As the name suggests, lacy crepes are the star of the show here: either savory buckwheat varieties or sweet visions wrapped around sugar, butter, and jam. Sip a strong espresso or a glass of dry white wine while you watch the ferries go by.

A view of the counter and bakery case at Grande Creperie. Photos courtesy of Grande Creperie

2. Sorella

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1760 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 359-1212
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Sorella is the little “sister” of Acquerello, so she’s benefitting from that Michelin star cred, but more chill. Opened in December, the new casual Italian restaurant is digging into cocktails and cicchetti, aka snacks, including a hundred amaros, available by the flight; “cacio e pepe” potato chips with powdered pecorino and pepper; glazed and stuffed chicken wings; grilled and truffled anchovy toast; and a “fancy lasagna” or nine-layer dry-aged beef timballo.

“Fancy lasagna” at Sorella Hardy Wilson

3. YUJI

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1700 Post St k
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 658-7128
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Kappo-style dining — described by Yujj owner Hirohiko Sato as a more casual version of multi-course kaiseki dining — landed in San Francisco’s Japantown with the the debut of this 9-seat restaurant in April. Chef Yuji Yamauchi moved to the Bay Area two years ago from Japan and is serving 12-course meals featuring ingredients like firefly squids, A5 wagyu, and nogoduro (blackthroat seaperch) five nights a week. Dinners cost $180 per person and reservations are required.

Yuji

4. BANSANG

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1560 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 697-5879
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Bansang is the latest Korean dining hit from the group behind Daeho and two experienced chefs: Ethan Min (Atelier Crenn, Saison) and Jin Lim (Michael Mina, Kinjo, Kabuto). Located on Geary and Fillmore, on the same block at State Bird Provisions, the restaurant offers an upscale menu of Korean small plates such as uni scallop toast, bulgogi salad, and lime soy fried chicken. 

5. VILLON

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1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(628) 895-2039
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Villon, the small but incredibly well-appointed restaurant inside the San Francisco Proper hotel, has reopened for dinner for the first time in two years and since executive chef Jason Fox, formerly chef and owner of Michelin-starred Commonwealth, never really got the chance to spread his wings before the pandemic — it’s practically an entirely new restaurant now. The menu highlights the diversity of produce grown around northern California, with a touch of theatricality (think tableside salads and rack of lamb brought over on rolling carts) for good measure. 

The dining room at Villon. Alina Tyulyu

6. KAIYO ROOFTOP

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701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 800-8141
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When – or if – the 2022 baseball season begins, fans will have a new pre-game bar and restaurant to hit. Kaiyo Rooftop, from the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, soared into SoMa in mid-February with topical cocktails and Nikkei cuisine. It’s a palm tree-topped rooftop oasis with a menu that blends Japanese and Peruvian flavors into tart cebiches, fresh ​​tiraditos, and inventive sushi rolls. 

Scallop tiradito from Kaiyo Rooftop in a textured shallow bowl. Kaiyo Rooftop

7. Taksim

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564 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 757-0989
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Modern Turkish cuisine including white bean stew and wood-fired oven baked bread arrived in SoMa in early February courtesy of the team behind Lokma, the popular Mediterranean brunch spot in the Richmond. The two-story restaurant takes over the former Cockscomb space and offers a full menu of wines – with funky natural options and classic European bottles – plus cocktails including the Galata, a blend of tequila, rum, homemade rose cordial, and cinnamon.

8. Automat

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1801 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94115

Former Lazy Bear sous chef Matt Kirk tried to quietly open his highly anticipated new all-day cafe, but fans went wild for those pillowy soft “Wondermat” sandwiches. After a brief regroup, the Automat will open for real on December 8. Fighting against the sourdough tide, Kirk is known for that soft white sandwich bread, but yes of course he’s still got crusty country loaves, chewy pretzels, cookies, and doughnuts, and espresso and wine to wash it all down.

A sandwich wrapped in paper on a blue plate sits on a wooden table. Lauren Saria

9. Jikasei Mensho

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1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tokyo-imported and cult-favorite ramen shop Mensho quietly opened a new location inside the Twitter building in December. This focus this time is takeout, with a streamlined menu of ramen, chashu, and extras — with the option to have noodles packed separately to better protect their texture in transit. And while the Tenderloin location is known for its ultra creamy pork broth, this location is further enriching its broths with miso, for even more fermented flavor.

10. Schlok’s

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1263 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

As of March 2, there’s a hot new destination for chewy bagels and whipped schmear thanks to Schlok’s, the pandemic-born bagel startup that consistently sold out on weekends when it called the Snug its home. Now the bakery has rolled into NoPa with a space on Fell; there are two walk-up windows so fans can get their fix. Individual bagels come in six flavors, untoasted and with your choice of scallion, garlic, baked tomato, or chopped lox-topped schmear.

A full spread of Schlok’s bagels, schmear, and coffee. Patricia Chang

11. Chuck’s Takeaway

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3332 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Slanted Door at the Ferry Building remains quiet, but chef Charles Phan has been busy preparing for the debut of Chuck’s Takeaway, a casual sandwich counter he’s tacking on to the front of his commissary kitchen in the Mission as of February 7. The tight menu of six sandwiches includes a mile-high banh mi piled with pate maison, pork cha, and chicken liver pate and a vegetarian version starring mushrooms. Everything from the bread to the shallot mayo has been meticulously perfected in-house and the Vietnamese coffee (available hot or cold) is made with Saint Frank-roasted beans. 

The CP’S No. 3 on a baguette, with pate, pork cha, chicken liver pate, shallot mayo, cucumber, and jalapeno. Patricia Chang

12. Good Good Culture Club

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3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 589-7266
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The ever-popular Liholiho group is opening a new restaurant in Mission Dolores on January 14. Good Good Culture Club is a team effort from a talented young trio, focused on what they’re calling “heritage-driven cooking” as “inspired by the Asian diaspora” — defined as Filipino and Laotian flavors featuring Californian ingredients and wood-fire techniques. The new menu looks sweet, salty, and snacky.

Two adobo glazed chicken wings from Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

13. SAN HO WON

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2170 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 868-4479
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San Ho Won, the highly anticipated new restaurant from star chef Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin), finally opened at the beginning of November. The smoky and soulful menu digs into Korean barbecue and home comforts, from ribeye and galbi folded into lettuces to pig ear salad and jook with abalone. 

San Ho Won’s spring bibimbap with ramps, fern, cordyceps, and pea leaves San Ho Won

14. Penny Roma

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3000 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7004
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The Flour + Water Group opened the new Penny Roma in the former Central Kitchen space on October 11. It’s a simple but classic menu of regional Italian pastas, crudos, and woodfired ribeye, so you can now satisfy cacio e pepe cravings in a cozy heated courtyard, any night of the week in the heart of the Mission.

Filled pasta with sage Patricia Chang

15. Mijoté

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2400 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

In a cozy corner space on 20th and Harrison streets in the Mission, chef Kosuke Tada gives Fresh plates the California cuisine treatment. A weekly four-course set menu might offer white turnips with broccoli rabe or pork loin dressed in blue berry sauce; Tada is keeping things seasonal and told Eater SF in April the menu is intentionally simple: “If I have a nice carrot, I want to serve a nice carrot.” 

Lauren Saria

16. Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine

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3349 23rd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 655-3051
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Shuggie’s Trash Pie and Natural Wine exploded into the Mission in April with bold yellow walls and sparkly green banquettes. The design-heavy and self-described “trashy-glam” restaurant specializes in pizzas made using upcycled ingredients — think dough made from spent oat flour and pies topped with blemished produce. The wine list leans into low-intervention and organic options. 

A pizza being topped with Takis chips.

17. DONAJI

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3161 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 792-6066
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Taking over a prime location on 24th Street (the former Great Gold), Donaji Oaxacan restaurant debuted in the Mission in October, with a menu that’s all about fresh masa, folded into tamales, tacos, sopes, and enchiladas smothered in richly spiced mole negro.

A tamalito on a plate topped with a vegetable slaw. Stephanie Pass

18. Birch & Rye

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Step into Noe Valley’s new modern Russian restaurant Birch & Rye for bold and beautiful dishes starring foraged and fermented ingredients from chef Anya El-Wattar. Wrapped in warm woods and birch trees, the restaurant side steps homey comforts in favor of golden khachapuri bubbling over with cheese and wild mushroom stroganoff.

19. Hotline

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3560 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 702-6301
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Hotline, the fast-casual Korean restaurant from the folks behind hit Inner Sunset suprette Queens, has been quietly open for a number of weeks. But as of April 9 it’s officially open, bringing steam trays of Korean-Chinese dishes to the Outer Sunset. Inspired by the junghwa restaurants Clara Lee and Eddo Kim grew up frequenting, Hotline offers springy japchae bap tangled with onion, carrot, and wood ear mushroom and plush pillows of mapa dubu spiced with  house fermented chili and chili oil for pick-up, delivery, and dine-in. 

A compostable container of Korean food with two mandoo on the side. Lauren Saria

1. Grande Crêperie

Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105
A view of the counter and bakery case at Grande Creperie. Photos courtesy of Grande Creperie

Make a lunchtime escape to the French coast with a visit to Grande Creperie, the new bakery and cafe from the Le Marais family at the Ferry Building. As the name suggests, lacy crepes are the star of the show here: either savory buckwheat varieties or sweet visions wrapped around sugar, butter, and jam. Sip a strong espresso or a glass of dry white wine while you watch the ferries go by.

Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Sorella

1760 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
“Fancy lasagna” at Sorella Hardy Wilson

Sorella is the little “sister” of Acquerello, so she’s benefitting from that Michelin star cred, but more chill. Opened in December, the new casual Italian restaurant is digging into cocktails and cicchetti, aka snacks, including a hundred amaros, available by the flight; “cacio e pepe” potato chips with powdered pecorino and pepper; glazed and stuffed chicken wings; grilled and truffled anchovy toast; and a “fancy lasagna” or nine-layer dry-aged beef timballo.

1760 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. YUJI

1700 Post St k, San Francisco, CA 94115
Yuji

Kappo-style dining — described by Yujj owner Hirohiko Sato as a more casual version of multi-course kaiseki dining — landed in San Francisco’s Japantown with the the debut of this 9-seat restaurant in April. Chef Yuji Yamauchi moved to the Bay Area two years ago from Japan and is serving 12-course meals featuring ingredients like firefly squids, A5 wagyu, and nogoduro (blackthroat seaperch) five nights a week. Dinners cost $180 per person and reservations are required.

1700 Post St k
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. BANSANG

1560 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Bansang is the latest Korean dining hit from the group behind Daeho and two experienced chefs: Ethan Min (Atelier Crenn, Saison) and Jin Lim (Michael Mina, Kinjo, Kabuto). Located on Geary and Fillmore, on the same block at State Bird Provisions, the restaurant offers an upscale menu of Korean small plates such as uni scallop toast, bulgogi salad, and lime soy fried chicken. 

1560 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. VILLON

1100 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The dining room at Villon. Alina Tyulyu

Villon, the small but incredibly well-appointed restaurant inside the San Francisco Proper hotel, has reopened for dinner for the first time in two years and since executive chef Jason Fox, formerly chef and owner of Michelin-starred Commonwealth, never really got the chance to spread his wings before the pandemic — it’s practically an entirely new restaurant now. The menu highlights the diversity of produce grown around northern California, with a touch of theatricality (think tableside salads and rack of lamb brought over on rolling carts) for good measure. 

1100 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. KAIYO ROOFTOP

701 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Scallop tiradito from Kaiyo Rooftop in a textured shallow bowl. Kaiyo Rooftop

When – or if – the 2022 baseball season begins, fans will have a new pre-game bar and restaurant to hit. Kaiyo Rooftop, from the team behind Cow Hollow’s Kaiyo, soared into SoMa in mid-February with topical cocktails and Nikkei cuisine. It’s a palm tree-topped rooftop oasis with a menu that blends Japanese and Peruvian flavors into tart cebiches, fresh ​​tiraditos, and inventive sushi rolls. 

701 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. Taksim

564 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Modern Turkish cuisine including white bean stew and wood-fired oven baked bread arrived in SoMa in early February courtesy of the team behind Lokma, the popular Mediterranean brunch spot in the Richmond. The two-story restaurant takes over the former Cockscomb space and offers a full menu of wines – with funky natural options and classic European bottles – plus cocktails including the Galata, a blend of tequila, rum, homemade rose cordial, and cinnamon.

564 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Automat

1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94115
A sandwich wrapped in paper on a blue plate sits on a wooden table. Lauren Saria

Former Lazy Bear sous chef Matt Kirk tried to quietly open his highly anticipated new all-day cafe, but fans went wild for those pillowy soft “Wondermat” sandwiches. After a brief regroup, the Automat will open for real on December 8. Fighting against the sourdough tide, Kirk is known for that soft white sandwich bread, but yes of course he’s still got crusty country loaves, chewy pretzels, cookies, and doughnuts, and espresso and wine to wash it all down.

1801 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Jikasei Mensho

1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Tokyo-imported and cult-favorite ramen shop Mensho quietly opened a new location inside the Twitter building in December. This focus this time is takeout, with a streamlined menu of ramen, chashu, and extras — with the option to have noodles packed separately to better protect their texture in transit. And while the Tenderloin location is known for its ultra creamy pork broth, this location is further enriching its broths with miso, for even more fermented flavor.

1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Schlok’s

1263 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
A full spread of Schlok’s bagels, schmear, and coffee. Patricia Chang

As of March 2, there’s a hot new destination for chewy bagels and whipped schmear thanks to Schlok’s, the pandemic-born bagel startup that consistently sold out on weekends when it called the Snug its home. Now the bakery has rolled into NoPa with a space on Fell; there are two walk-up windows so fans can get their fix. Individual bagels come in six flavors, untoasted and with your choice of scallion, garlic, baked tomato, or chopped lox-topped schmear.

1263 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. Chuck’s Takeaway

3332 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The CP’S No. 3 on a baguette, with pate, pork cha, chicken liver pate, shallot mayo, cucumber, and jalapeno. Patricia Chang

Slanted Door at the Ferry Building remains quiet, but chef Charles Phan has been busy preparing for the debut of Chuck’s Takeaway, a casual sandwich counter he’s tacking on to the front of his commissary kitchen in the Mission as of February 7. The tight menu of six sandwiches includes a mile-high banh mi piled with pate maison, pork cha, and chicken liver pate and a vegetarian version starring mushrooms. Everything from the bread to the shallot mayo has been meticulously perfected in-house and the Vietnamese coffee (available hot or cold) is made with Saint Frank-roasted beans. 

3332 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Good Good Culture Club

3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Two adobo glazed chicken wings from Good Good Culture Club. Patricia Chang

The ever-popular Liholiho group is opening a new restaurant in Mission Dolores on January 14. Good Good Culture Club is a team effort from a talented young trio, focused on what they’re calling “heritage-driven cooking” as “inspired by the Asian diaspora” — defined as Filipino and Laotian flavors featuring Californian ingredients and wood-fire techniques. The new menu looks sweet, salty, and snacky.

3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. SAN HO WON

2170 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110
San Ho Won’s spring bibimbap with ramps, fern, cordyceps, and pea leaves San Ho Won

San Ho Won, the highly anticipated new restaurant from star chef Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin), finally opened at the beginning of November. The smoky and soulful menu digs into Korean barbecue and home comforts, from ribeye and galbi folded into lettuces to pig ear salad and jook with abalone. 

2170 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Penny Roma

3000 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Filled pasta with sage Patricia Chang

The Flour + Water Group opened the new Penny Roma in the former Central Kitchen space on October 11. It’s a simple but classic menu of regional Italian pastas, crudos, and woodfired ribeye, so you can now satisfy cacio e pepe cravings in a cozy heated courtyard, any night of the week in the heart of the Mission.

3000 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Mijoté

2400 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Lauren Saria

In a cozy corner space on 20th and Harrison streets in the Mission, chef Kosuke Tada gives Fresh plates the California cuisine treatment. A weekly four-course set menu might offer white turnips with broccoli rabe or pork loin dressed in blue berry sauce; Tada is keeping things seasonal and told Eater SF in April the menu is intentionally simple: “If I have a nice carrot, I want to serve a nice carrot.” 

2400 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine

3349 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A pizza being topped with Takis chips.

Shuggie’s Trash Pie and Natural Wine exploded into the Mission in April with bold yellow walls and sparkly green banquettes. The design-heavy and self-described “trashy-glam” restaurant specializes in pizzas made using upcycled ingredients — think dough made from spent oat flour and pies topped with blemished produce. The wine list leans into low-intervention and organic options. 

3349 23rd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. DONAJI

3161 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
A tamalito on a plate topped with a vegetable slaw. Stephanie Pass

Taking over a prime location on 24th Street (the former Great Gold), Donaji Oaxacan restaurant debuted in the Mission in October, with a menu that’s all about fresh masa, folded into tamales, tacos, sopes, and enchiladas smothered in richly spiced mole negro.

3161 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. Birch & Rye

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Step into Noe Valley’s new modern Russian restaurant Birch & Rye for bold and beautiful dishes starring foraged and fermented ingredients from chef Anya El-Wattar. Wrapped in warm woods and birch trees, the restaurant side steps homey comforts in favor of golden khachapuri bubbling over with cheese and wild mushroom stroganoff.

1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

19. Hotline

3560 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116
A compostable container of Korean food with two mandoo on the side. Lauren Saria

Hotline, the fast-casual Korean restaurant from the folks behind hit Inner Sunset suprette Queens, has been quietly open for a number of weeks. But as of April 9 it’s officially open, bringing steam trays of Korean-Chinese dishes to the Outer Sunset. Inspired by the junghwa restaurants Clara Lee and Eddo Kim grew up frequenting, Hotline offers springy japchae bap tangled with onion, carrot, and wood ear mushroom and plush pillows of mapa dubu spiced with  house fermented chili and chili oil for pick-up, delivery, and dine-in. 

3560 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

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