Can’t choose between deep-dish and thin crust? Check out Pie Punks in SoMa. Unlike most pizza restaurants, Pie Punks serves three types of pizza: 12-inch New York-style rounds, 8x10 Detroit-style deep-dish, and thin Grandma squares. They also specialize in tiki drinks — offering nine signature cocktails alongside beer and wine. For the perfect slice of pizza and a refreshing drink to go with it, check them out at 2nd and Minna Street in the SoMa District.
Great news for dumpling enthusiasts in the Castro! A second Dumpling Kitchen location is scheduled to open in late August in the Castro District, taking the place of Puerto Vallarta inspired bar Papi Rico. Since 2011, Dumpling Kitchen has been a long-standing favorite on Taraval Street’s “dumpling row”. While most Chinese restaurants in San Francisco serve Cantonese or North Chinese fare, Dumpling Kitchen sets itself apart by serving Shanghai-style dishes. Some customer favorites include Shanghai-style Xiao Long Bao: warm, delicate pockets of flavorful meat and broth, as well as Pan-Fried Pork Buns that strike a perfect balance between tender and crispy. The new location will highlight the on-site dumpling production process and allow customers to view dumplings being made in real time!
In the mood for Thai? Farmhouse Kitchen presents a huge menu filled with classic and innovative Thai inspired dishes including: curry spiced short rib that falls off the bone and Hat Yai Fried Chicken which comes paired with vibrant blue rice. Owner, Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang’s goal is to make sure that “people get enough spice.” Farmhouse delivers on this promise starting from its trendy interior, bright flowers adorn corners and ornate gold light fixtures call back to traditional Thai decor. The cocktails served at Farmhouse feature unique ingredients like spicy fish oil and fried grasshopper that are sure to give you an extra kick. Between the explosively flavorful dishes, drinks and all else that this restaurant offers, visiting Farmhouse Thai is always a good idea!
Opening a box of Topogato chocolates is akin to opening a jewelry box. With a variety of colors blinking up at you and demanding your attention, it’s hard to believe that it’s all made of chocolate. The owner team of Italian-trained chocolatier Simon Brown and designer Beau Monroe have been serving up unique flavor and visual treats through their online store since 2020. Highlights of the menu include a gorgeous Coconut Passionfruit Chocolate Bar and a Cherry Shiso Balsamic Truffle that looks like a glittering ruby. Brown and Monroe are now taking Topogato to the next level by opening a physical store walking distance from Union Square. While the location is currently only used for production, they plan to build up to a full scale retail location within the next year!
Mamahuhu may be a Chinese expression for “so-so” however the food is anything but mediocre. Renowned for its signature dish, a luscious and flavorful mapo tofu and the customer favorite sweet and spicy chicken sando, the restaurant is the chef Brandon Jew’s ode to Chinese-American cuisine. The restaurant opens into a vibrant passageway leading up to the cash register where diners can order and have their food brought to a table of their choice. Diners enjoy the bright aesthetic of the restaurant, fine details that belay meticulous curation, and most importantly, the sheer flavor packed into each dish. Mamahuhu opened its first location in Inner Richmond during 2020, and now the team is gearing up for the opening of their second location in Noe Valley by the end of this year!
Love Flour+Water Pizzeria? Then you’ll love Yellow Moto Pizzeria, a rebrand of your favorite led by original co-founder David White from the Flour+Water Group, and a more casual iteration of the former space. Both bright and quirky, White’s preferred mode of transport, a zippy yellow motorcycle, inspired the store’s aesthetic and new name. The menu will have some of your former favorites like the thin-crust Neapolitan, and a new emphasis on lightness like the English Pea Arancini antipasti or the unique and bright Clam Pie. The biggest addition to the physical space of the store is a full bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the menu. Come by and grab a slice of Yellow Moto's flavorful pizza or a creative signature cocktail.
Curry Ya Tomo is a new Japanese curry spot from the team behind ramen restaurant Menya Kanemaru. The idea for the new restaurant came when the team wanted to use their chicken and vegetable ramen soup in different ways to showcase the diversity of Japanese cuisine. At Curry Ya Tomo, you can find seafood, meat and vegetable curries. To enjoy the comfort and flavors of Japanese curries, you can find Curry Ya Tomo on Valencia Street in the Mission District.
After over a year-long hiatus, Maybeck’s opened in the Marina District, offering a California-inspired seasonal menu perfect for the summer months ahead. Their new menu covers any and all cravings — featuring elevated dishes, fresh handmade pastas, crudo and charcuterie bar. To explore their new menu, you can find them at the corner of Lombard and Scott Street for refined dishes that’ll be hard to forget.
Ancora is a new seafood-focused restaurant in the Mission District brought to you by Chef Nick Anichini and Joe & Andi Conte of Water2Table Fish Co. Whether it’s grilled oysters with smoked creme fraiche, halibut crudo, or a celery caesar salad with anchovies — Ancora offers a modern Italian-inspired menu for everyone to enjoy. Chef Anichini has designed a thoughtful prix fixe and a la carte menu to be shared with family, friends, and neighbors. To try it out, you can find Ancora at Valencia and 13th Street in the Mission District.
Italian spot Montescaro is opening a second location in the Marina District, spreading the joy of their signature pinsas (Roman-style flatbread) to more neighborhoods. The pinsas are similar to pizza’s but made from soy, rice, and wheat flour, with a crispy outside and soft fluffy inside. On the menu, you’ll find everything from pasta dishes and lamb chops to roasted chicken and grilled octopus. To explore Roman flavors and see how many pinsas you can handle, find Montescaro at the corner of Steiner and Lombard Street.
This fall, Flour+Water is opening a pizzeria in North Beach, and everyone is already excited about it. The pizzeria even has a glass dough room in the center of the restaurant, allowing you to watch their meticulous dough-making process. Flour+Water Pizzeria will also highlight Northern California farmers and produce — while offering Neapolitan pizzas, a selection of appetizers, and a curated wine and cocktail program. Keep an eye out for their fall opening at 523 Columbus Ave.
French specialty grocer La Fromagerie is opening up in the Marina District later this summer. The new location will be serving up a wide selection of cheeses, sandwiches, salads, and wines. They'll also offer jams, crackers, deli meats and bread — everything you need for the perfect charcuterie board. This will be La Fromagerie's fourth location in the city, and it'll be even more special, offering an expanded wine and food menu. Keep an eye out for them on Chestnut Street in the Marina District for their upcoming opening later this summer.
Nepalese spot Bini’s Kitchen recently opened a new kiosk inside the La Cocina Municipal Marketplace in the Tenderloin. This will be the third location for chef, owner and Kathmandu native Bini Pradhan — serving up classics like ghurhka chicken, palungo paneer, and lamb, turkey, and vegetarian momos served with a tangy tomato and cilantro sauce. To see how many momos you can handle, you can find them on the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street.
After a five year hiatus, beloved neighborhood spot Bodega Bistro is back as Bodega SF. The family-run restaurant serves up modern takes on classic Northern Vietnamese dishes. On the menu, you’ll find appetizers, noodles, rolls and a wide variety of entrees. At Bistro SF, you can get everything from stir fried lo mien with pancetta and oyster mushrooms to pho ap chao — crispy pan fried rice noodles with sautéed veggies atop a thick tomato-based gravy, served with either beef, seafood, or tofu. To get a taste of the best of North Vietnamese cuisine you can find them at the corner of Mason and Eddy Street in the Tenderloin.
Kaiyo is officially coming to the SoMa district, ready to showcase the diversity of Nikkei (Japanese & Peruvian) cuisine. On the menu, you will find everything from sushi and empanadas to ceviche and yakitori. The centrally located restaurant will also offer a unique cocktail experience that will keep you coming back for more, with a variety of Japanese beers, whiskey and speciality cocktails. Kaiyo SoMa will be located at the ground floor of the Hyatt Plaza Hotel and is scheduled to open later this summer.
Sourdough bagels arrive to the Sunset District with the opening of Midnight Bagel. Owner and former Tartine baker Nick Beichter focuses on naturally fermented (sourdough) bagels crafted from stone-milled flour from the Pacific Northwest. The slow, natural fermentation results in a bagel that’s easier to digest and nutrient rich. Alongside their bagels, you’ll also find spreads, cookies and three different kinds of bread. You can find Midnight Bagel at the corner of 8th Avenue and Irving Street in the Sunset District.
Elephant Sushi recently opened their third Bay Area location in Hayes Valley. The sushi spot serves up speciality rolls, nigiri, trout, tofu skin stuffed with spicy scallops along with an extensive appetizer and drinks list. The New Zealand cured trout is fresh and cooked to perfection, served on a slab of Himalayan rock salt, ready for you to enjoy. You can find their new location at the corner of Gough and Grove Street.
Summer is here and so is picnic season. Automat — the NOPA-based restaurant and bakery is now offering weekend picnic treats for you to enjoy. The automatic picnic package comes with a large and fluffy sourdough loaf along with smoked cod dip, white bean “nduja” apricot mostarda, and duck rillette. Also included is their summer farro salad with roasted asparagus, cucumbers, and mint. Last but not least they even throw in some focaccia, miso-white chocolate blondies, and a sourdough chocolate chip cookie for any sweet tooth craving you might have. Before you're off to the park or the beach, find them at McAllister and Baker Street to see how many dips you can handle.
The team behind Square Pie Guys is getting ready to officially open up their brand new location at Ghirardelli Square this Saturday, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend . This pizzeria is known for serving 8x10 Detroit-style pizzas that are always crunchy on the bottom, fluffy in the middle and crispy around the edges. The new location will be the largest to date and will offer pizza, salads, the famous crispy chicken wings and a selection of local beers and cocktails. Check them out at the corner of North Point and Larkin Street for one of a kind slices that'll keep you coming back for more.
Ha Tea in the Richmond District is now Not Latte — making it the second location of the fruit latte shop. Not Latte serves up fresh seasonal fruits and freshly roasted coffee stirred together, resulting in a cup with fruit at the bottom and coffee on top. The latte shop was launched to cater to people who desire all things fresh — whether it's fresh fruits, coffee, or pastries. Not Latte offers bold and unique drinks for you to explore, one of their most popular is the banana fruit, which consists of fresh bananas, ice, gusto crema Italian blend coffee and your choice of milk, all slowly stirred together. Alongside drinks featuring fruits like durian and mango, Not Latte also offers snacks, coconut lattes and espresso. To discover more fruit flavors, their second location is at the corner of 6th Avenue and Clement Street.
Pushkin, a family-run restaurant serving Ukrainian cuisine has been renamed — now called Leleka. The menu still has all their beloved classics like dumplings, borsch, syrniki (cheese pancakes), and piroshki — based on the owner's grandmother's recipe. What is a piroshki? They're fried or baked buns generously filled with meat, chicken, or vegetables. Make sure you check Leleka out if you’re downtown to explore the diversity of Ukrainian cuisine.
Chef Charles Phan of Slanted Door opened a sandwich shop in the Mission District, making everything in-house, from the bread and pate to the mayonnaise. The casual counter spot serves up six options from across the sandwich spectrum. The most popular are their banh mi's, like the pate rich C.P.’s No. 3 and the veggie wurster hall — a soft yet crunchy Vietnamese baguette stuffed with eggplant, shallot mayo, mushroom pate, cucumber and jalapeño. Check them out at 17th and Capp Street, they’re perfect for a day at Dolores Park or a stroll around the neighborhood.
The Mission taqueria and late-night restaurant known for its burritos, tacos and tortas opened another location in North Beach. El Farolito has become a San Francisco institution ever since it first opened in 1983 at 24th and Mission Street — today, there are more than 10 locations in the Bay Area and Central Valley. While there are many classics on the menu to choose from, El Farolito is known for creations like the boss burrito, a combination burrito of shrimp and pork with tangy sour cream, lots of guacamole, fresh pico de gallo, rice, and your choice of black or pinto beans. Check them out on the corner of Grant Avenue and Fresno Street to satisfy any and all burrito and taco cravings.
Noe Valley’s Hi-Way Burger & Fry recently opened a new spot in North Beach. The burger joint specializes in seven different specialty burgers — along with fries, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, and salads. Their 100% grass-fed burgers are served on a sesame bun topped with lettuce, onions, and their secret sauce. When it comes to fries, they have a lot of options to choose from, including sweet potato, garlic and cheese fries. To see how many burgers you can handle, check out Hi-Way Burger & Fry on the corner of Stockton and Vallejo Street.
In the Russian Hill neighborhood, Nisei offers a Japanese tasting-menu curated by Chef David Yoshimura. The tasting menu is based on California Washoku cuisine — Washoku is also referred to as Japanese traditional dishes. To make your Nisei experience complete, the restaurant also offers a variety of beverages carefully curated from around the world by Sommelier Ian Cobb. Check them out at the corner of Green and Polk Street to explore Chef Yoshimura’s bold dishes.