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Little Gem

400 Grove St. (Gough St.) Send to Phone
415-914-0501
This welcoming, fast-casual retreat wants to be your go-to meal in Hayes Valley.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Little Gem, San Francisco, CA

Little Gem Restaurant Review

: This lively eatery pairs minimalist industrial trappings and efficient counter service with the warm, unpretentious engagement and familiar plating that mark fine, fast-casual dining. Practicality and function seem to rule, as dishes from the simple, gluten-free menu are promptly delivered to guests as they gaze out a wall of windows onto the chaos of the Gough Street corridor. Sun seekers will find two dozen seats on the sidewalk adjacent to the entrance. Chef Dave Cruz’s delicate, buttery Ōra New Zealand King Salmon, while dear, is well worth the spend and beckons us back. That same delicate touch turns out a very rewarding slow-roasted pork shoulder, and Cruz’s homey approach is evident in both the playful bibimbap and a savory pulled-chicken soup. The filling Rancho Gordo bean salad is well-dressed, but wants for a heavier hand of kale. Just five carefully chosen wines join a trio of fruit smoothies, coffee service and a simple selection of teas by the carafe. Of desserts, we enjoyed the zesty lemon custard.

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