Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

San Francisco Restaurant News

Whitechapel in San Francisco is worth a visit for the vibe alone, if not the incredible cocktails

 

GAYOT has the restaurant news you want to read on openings, closings, special events, and more. Learn everything you need to know about the restaurants in San Francisco here.

NEW RESTAURANTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

The permanent location of Popsons Burgers is now open on Market Street. The burger spot started as a pop-up offshoot of Causwells, and opened a temporary location on Townsend. That location, however, is slated for demolition, so this latest spot will be their permanent home. Their fast-food-style burgers are on the menu, along with fries and thick shakes. Popsons, 998 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-658-7554.
 
Fénix, the new restaurant in the former TBD space, is now open in SoMa. The restaurant serves modern Mexican food, with a selection of small dishes such as oxtail sope and coctel de atún. Larger dishes are served family-style, with a generous selection of accompaniments such as grilled pineapple adobo, sikil pak pumpkin seed hummus and housemade tortillas. There is also a $5 happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with seasonal sangria, beer, wine and a selection of appetizers. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Fénix, 1077 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-431-1826.
 
Homage café is now serving weekday breakfast and lunch in the Financial District. The menu changes daily and celebrates California-grown ingredients with a weekly “homage" highlighting the produce of a particular farm. Breakfast includes seasonal pastries and coffee; at lunch, the cafe also serves beer and wine. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri. Homage, 88 Hardie Place, San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-800-8741.
 
Modern Hawaiian enclave aina is now open in Dogpatch Modern Hawaiian enclave 'āina is now open in Dogpatch, serving a brunch menu Wednesday through Sunday. Chef Jordan Keao was raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, and brings updated favorites such as malasadas, Spam musubi and loco moco, updated with local ingredients. There is also a list of loophole cocktails, beer and wine. Brunch Wed.-Sun. 'āina, 900 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-814-3815.
 
Chef Ryan Scott of Top Chef fame will open a new restaurant on Market Street in the Castro this fall. Called Finn Town, the venue will be modeled on the classic American tavern, with a nod to San Francisco’s history during the Gold Rush. Dinner will be offered nightly until late, and there will also be weekend brunch. Finn Town, 2251 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114, No phone.
 
Wildhawk is a new Mission bar from the PlumpJack Group. The new bar features cocktails by Ken Luciano and Jacques Bezuidenhout of Forgery, as well as food from chef Howard Ko. The space, in the former beloved lesbian bar The Lexington, was designed by Jay Jeffers. Wildhawk, 3464 19th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
 

Find more recent openings with our list of the
Top 10 New & Notable Restaurants
and
round-up of all the NEW Restaurants in San Francisco

NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

WesBurger 'N' More Now Serving Lunch and Afternoon Happy Hour
The Mission’s meaty WesBurger ‘N’ More, known for a menu of burgers (including a veg option) and fried chicken dishes, now serves lunch. Hours are 11:30am-10:30 p.m. daily. They’ve also added an afternoon happy hour from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., when all Lone Star beers are only $2. Lunch & Dinner daily. WesBurger 'N' More, 2240 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-745-9371.
 
Starbelly Serving Weekday Brunch
There’s a new spot for weekday brunch in the Castro. Starbelly now offers morning dishes Mon.-Fri. from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Wi-Fi makes their lovely patio a good place to get work down or hold a casual meeting. Starbelly, 3583 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-252-7500.
 
Red Dog From Chef Lauren Kiino Reopens
Lauren Kiino’s (Il Cane Rosso) SoMa restaurant Red Dog, open since 2014, underwent a brief closure this spring and is now reopened with a new menu. The smaller and more focused list of seasonal dishes made with organic ingredients includes sandwiches and salads at lunch, and larger dishes such as roasted chicken, hangar steak and burgers in the evening. There is also weekend brunch, now with bottomless mimosas. Red Dog, 303 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-692-0211.
 
Aster Takes On Weekend Brunch
Aster in the Mission is now serving brunch on weekends. The creative menu includes sweet and savory items, as well as a range of dishes intended for sharing. There is also beer, wine and a selection of low-proof cocktails. Brunch is served Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Aster, 1001 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-875-9810.
 
Laszlo Bar Revamped
Foreign Cinema's sister bar Laszlo, located adjacent to the restaurant and with a shared menu, has reopened after a brief hiatus. The bar features an updated interior, more open space and a platform for DJ performances, as well as an all-new cocktail menu from manager Nicky Beyries. Along with the full Foreign Cinema menu Laszlo also has its own dedicated selection of bar bites. Laszlo Bar, 2526 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-401-0810.
 
The Dock at the Lake Chalet Now Open, Plus Happy Hour
The Dock at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on Oakland’s Lake Merritt is now open for the summer season. In addition to serving food and cocktails in the sunny outdoor space, the restaurant will also launch a new happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. and then later in the evening from 9 p.m.–close. The happy hour menu includes snacks, cocktails, wine and beer specials. Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-208-5253.
 
Food Truck Festivities
Off the Grid food truck market has returned to Fort Mason for a new season of eats, drinks, wine and games. Every Friday night from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. until October, check out more than 25 food truck vendors serving everything from tacos to dumplings to barbecue. Additionally, Rye on the Road will be on hand with cocktails, and live music keeps the scene hopping. Off the Grid Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-339-5888.
 

UPDATES ON SAN FRANCISCO CHEFS

Check back soon for more news.

SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Cadence closed on July 2, 2016. Cadence, 1446 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, no phone.
 
Chef Jay Porter's restaurant Salsipuedes in Oakland has closed. The food was inspired by the cuisine of Baja California and the Pacific Rim, and was generally well-received. The space is now available, but no word yet on what is moving in. In the meantime, it is available for pop-ups and special events. Porter's The Half Orange in Oakland's Fruitvale District remains open. Salsipuedes, 4201 Market St., Oakland, CA 94608, no phone.
 
After 90 years in business, North Oakland’s beloved Genova Delicatessen closed on April 30th. The Italian specialty deli cites rising costs in rent and utilities as the cause of the closure. Genova Delicatessen, Temescal Plaza, 5095 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609, 510-652-7401.
 

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for San Francisco to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. XYZ, R.I.P.



CULINARY EVENTS
Want to
learn to cook? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.


View GAYOT's calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in San Francisco

 

View archived news: June 2016 | May 2016 | April 2016 | March 2016 | February 2016 | January 2016 | December 2015 | November 2015 | October 2015 | September 2015 | August 2015 | July 2015 | June 2015 | May 2015 | April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008

RESTAURANT AWARDS 2016

Find out which restaurants and chefs top the list of GAYOT's 2016 Annual Restaurant Awards.

MASTERS OF THE SMOKERFor the best of the best in BBQ, try one of the smokin' spots on GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in the U.S..