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The Hottest New Restaurants in San Francisco, January 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. Abacá

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2700 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 486-0788
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Chef Francis Ang’s hotly anticipated first brick and mortar arrived in early August, bringing contemporary Filipino cuisine to a space on the ground floor of a hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s perhaps not where you’d expect the face of the Bay Area’s modern Filipino food movement to set up shop, but the plant-filled restaurant is utterly drenched in sunlight and further brightened by sunflower yellow banquettes and woven baskets from the southeast Asian archipelago. On the menu: a selection of sharbale plates including sticky barbecue skewers, a light and refreshing tomato and peach salad, and, of course, a whole pastry case filled with fresh baked delights. And with a cocktail menu by Kevin Diedrich (Pacific Cocktail Haven, Kona’s Street Market) the colorful concoctions demand attention, too. 

2. Norcina

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3251 Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Chef Kaitlynn Bauman (Cotogna, Presidio Social Club, Greens) previously owned a cafe under the same name, but the new Norcina is her first full-service, sit-down restaurant. And it’s a big pizza and pasta party in the Marina, with full flights of spritzes and torch-it-yourself s’mores.

3. Hilda and Jesse

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701 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133

A popular breakfast-for-dinner pop-up has gone permanent in North Beach. Hilda and Jesse is breaking brunch expectations with a three-course tasting menu, featuring savory porridges and lofty pancakes, all in a retro-cool space on a sunny corner of Washington Square Park.

4. Restaurant Nisei

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2316 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 827-6898
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Californios alum David Yoshimura is channeling inspiration from his Japanese-American upbringing into Nisei, his ambitious debut restaurant where Japanese soul food gets the fine dining treatment. Yoshimura has taken over the former La Folie space, transforming it into a zen retreat with inky black walls and white booths. In the kitchen Yoshimura and his team pull shiny hunks of American-raised unagi off a binchotan grill and pack an explosion of banana flavor into tiny dorayaki topped with salty caviar. The 12-course tasting menu ends with a multi-component course called “ichiju sansa,” or “one soup, three sides.”

5. Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

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252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 417-3969
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Michael Mina retired his eponymous fine dining restaurant downtown and replaced it with a new Greek seafood spot in September. Diners are digging into big platters of Mediterranean sea bass and grilled octopus, but should the array of fish options overwhelm, a dedicated fish sommelier can assist with your selection.

Whole-Roasted fish at Estiatorio Ornos David Varley/Mina Group

6. 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

7. Sushi Sato

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1122 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 851-8830
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The Mins group (Sushi Hon, Sushi Hakko) continues to expand with their biggest project yet: Sushi Sato opened with affordable tastings and whiskey cocktails at the beginning of November. But it’s only the first of three restaurants in this warm and minimalist space, as Kuro upscale omakase and Bar Kuro whiskey bar are still to come.

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. Le Fantastique

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22 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 432-7888
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The Bird Dog team from Palo Alto opened a new seafood slash wine bar in Hayes Valley in August, spinning caviar eclairs and luxe bubbles into the neighborhood. The menu features small plates of raw and cured fish, alongside pours of rare white wines from France, while vinyl plays through the speakers. 

11. Miller & Lux Restaurant

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700 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 872-6699
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Celebrity chef Tyler Florence opened a handsome new steakhouse near Chase Center at the end of September. A generous 7,000 square feet and 147 seats, acclaimed designer Ken Fulk kitted it out in tan-and-gold mid-century style, and it’s now serving dry-aged Black Angus steaks with tableside-tossed Caesar salads.

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12. Fiorella Sunset

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1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 404-6997
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Fiorella has brought its popular pasta and pillowy pizza to the Inner Sunset, with a new third location close to Golden Gate Park, which might truly be the latest and greatest, featuring a full bar, wood-burning fireplace, and foggy fresh rooftop deck. Never fear, the burrata pie is here, as well as some fresh menu items, including a new housemade farfalle with octopus ragu and king salmon crudo. 

The rooftop at Fiorella’s Inner Sunset location Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

13. Copas

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2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Copas quietly opened in September as a colorful new cafe and bar on Market, serving sesame avocado toast and pillowy potato dumplings all day, from morning cappuccinos to evening cocktails. The chief of staff for the Saison team opened it as her first solo project, and the name is inspired by the warm feeling of gathering around a table to raise a glass and play cards.

A table of colorful plates of food from Copas on Marker Liz Barclay/Copas

14. 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, from adobo-glazed chicken wings to pork belly steamed buns to crispy mushroom rice balls.

15. 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

16. 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

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. Village Rotisserie

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4063 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 660-7852
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That new Australian-style chicken shop opened on 24th Street in September, to the delight of busy parents, tech personalities, and everyone else who would really rather not cook dinner tonight in Noe Valley. From a brother-sister duo who both live in the neighborhood, it’s now spinning rotisserie chickens, duck-fat potatoes, and lemony broccoli salad. Get it to go from the front counter, or slide to the back and kick it under fringe umbrellas on stripy deck chairs.

Rotisserie chicken dinner with sides at Village Rotisserie Patricia Chang

19. Chīsai Sushi Club

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3369 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

The opening of Chisai Sushi Club is a bit of a homecoming for chef Erik Aplin, who formerly worked as chef de cuisine at Ichi, the Mission Street sushi restaurant once located in the sliver of space Chisai now calls home. But Aplin is setting a new tone with his self-described affordable omakase menus: he infuses Western influences into his open-face temaki filling sheets of nori with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado and offers a “deli-style” hand roll with cured carrot “lox” on the restaurant’s vegetarian tasting menu. If you nab a reservation in the tiny dining room, take a moment to gaze up at the painting of Ocean Beach and the Cliff House of a bygone era. 

Uni carbonara made with udon noodles, bacon, uni cream sauce, and a layer of raw uni Darren Samuelson/Chisai Sushi Club

1. Abacá

2700 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Chef Francis Ang’s hotly anticipated first brick and mortar arrived in early August, bringing contemporary Filipino cuisine to a space on the ground floor of a hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s perhaps not where you’d expect the face of the Bay Area’s modern Filipino food movement to set up shop, but the plant-filled restaurant is utterly drenched in sunlight and further brightened by sunflower yellow banquettes and woven baskets from the southeast Asian archipelago. On the menu: a selection of sharbale plates including sticky barbecue skewers, a light and refreshing tomato and peach salad, and, of course, a whole pastry case filled with fresh baked delights. And with a cocktail menu by Kevin Diedrich (Pacific Cocktail Haven, Kona’s Street Market) the colorful concoctions demand attention, too. 

2700 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Norcina

3251 Pierce St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Chef Kaitlynn Bauman (Cotogna, Presidio Social Club, Greens) previously owned a cafe under the same name, but the new Norcina is her first full-service, sit-down restaurant. And it’s a big pizza and pasta party in the Marina, with full flights of spritzes and torch-it-yourself s’mores.

3251 Pierce St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Hilda and Jesse

701 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133

A popular breakfast-for-dinner pop-up has gone permanent in North Beach. Hilda and Jesse is breaking brunch expectations with a three-course tasting menu, featuring savory porridges and lofty pancakes, all in a retro-cool space on a sunny corner of Washington Square Park.

701 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Restaurant Nisei

2316 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Californios alum David Yoshimura is channeling inspiration from his Japanese-American upbringing into Nisei, his ambitious debut restaurant where Japanese soul food gets the fine dining treatment. Yoshimura has taken over the former La Folie space, transforming it into a zen retreat with inky black walls and white booths. In the kitchen Yoshimura and his team pull shiny hunks of American-raised unagi off a binchotan grill and pack an explosion of banana flavor into tiny dorayaki topped with salty caviar. The 12-course tasting menu ends with a multi-component course called “ichiju sansa,” or “one soup, three sides.”

2316 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Estiatorio Ornos a Michael Mina Restaurant San Francisco

252 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Whole-Roasted fish at Estiatorio Ornos David Varley/Mina Group

Michael Mina retired his eponymous fine dining restaurant downtown and replaced it with a new Greek seafood spot in September. Diners are digging into big platters of Mediterranean sea bass and grilled octopus, but should the array of fish options overwhelm, a dedicated fish sommelier can assist with your selection.

252 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. 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

7. Sushi Sato

1122 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

The Mins group (Sushi Hon, Sushi Hakko) continues to expand with their biggest project yet: Sushi Sato opened with affordable tastings and whiskey cocktails at the beginning of November. But it’s only the first of three restaurants in this warm and minimalist space, as Kuro upscale omakase and Bar Kuro whiskey bar are still to come.

1122 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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. Le Fantastique

22 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Bird Dog team from Palo Alto opened a new seafood slash wine bar in Hayes Valley in August, spinning caviar eclairs and luxe bubbles into the neighborhood. The menu features small plates of raw and cured fish, alongside pours of rare white wines from France, while vinyl plays through the speakers. 

22 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

11. Miller & Lux Restaurant

700 Terry A Francois Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94158
Burger at Miller & Lux Miller & Lux

Celebrity chef Tyler Florence opened a handsome new steakhouse near Chase Center at the end of September. A generous 7,000 square feet and 147 seats, acclaimed designer Ken Fulk kitted it out in tan-and-gold mid-century style, and it’s now serving dry-aged Black Angus steaks with tableside-tossed Caesar salads.

700 Terry A Francois Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94158

12. Fiorella Sunset

1240 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
The rooftop at Fiorella’s Inner Sunset location Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

Fiorella has brought its popular pasta and pillowy pizza to the Inner Sunset, with a new third location close to Golden Gate Park, which might truly be the latest and greatest, featuring a full bar, wood-burning fireplace, and foggy fresh rooftop deck. Never fear, the burrata pie is here, as well as some fresh menu items, including a new housemade farfalle with octopus ragu and king salmon crudo. 

1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

13. Copas

2223 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
A table of colorful plates of food from Copas on Marker Liz Barclay/Copas

Copas quietly opened in September as a colorful new cafe and bar on Market, serving sesame avocado toast and pillowy potato dumplings all day, from morning cappuccinos to evening cocktails. The chief of staff for the Saison team opened it as her first solo project, and the name is inspired by the warm feeling of gathering around a table to raise a glass and play cards.

2223 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Good Good Culture Club

3560 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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, from adobo-glazed chicken wings to pork belly steamed buns to crispy mushroom rice balls.

3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. 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

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16. 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

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. Village Rotisserie

4063 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Rotisserie chicken dinner with sides at Village Rotisserie Patricia Chang

That new Australian-style chicken shop opened on 24th Street in September, to the delight of busy parents, tech personalities, and everyone else who would really rather not cook dinner tonight in Noe Valley. From a brother-sister duo who both live in the neighborhood, it’s now spinning rotisserie chickens, duck-fat potatoes, and lemony broccoli salad. Get it to go from the front counter, or slide to the back and kick it under fringe umbrellas on stripy deck chairs.

4063 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

19. Chīsai Sushi Club

3369 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Uni carbonara made with udon noodles, bacon, uni cream sauce, and a layer of raw uni Darren Samuelson/Chisai Sushi Club

The opening of Chisai Sushi Club is a bit of a homecoming for chef Erik Aplin, who formerly worked as chef de cuisine at Ichi, the Mission Street sushi restaurant once located in the sliver of space Chisai now calls home. But Aplin is setting a new tone with his self-described affordable omakase menus: he infuses Western influences into his open-face temaki filling sheets of nori with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado and offers a “deli-style” hand roll with cured carrot “lox” on the restaurant’s vegetarian tasting menu. If you nab a reservation in the tiny dining room, take a moment to gaze up at the painting of Ocean Beach and the Cliff House of a bygone era. 

3369 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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