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

Local Kitchen

330 First St. (Folsom St.) Send to Phone
415-777-4200 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Thanks to generous happy hour specials, good cooking, attentive service and a crowd-pleasing menu, locals help keep Local packed.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.

* Click here for rating key

Local Kitchen Restaurant Review

: Can a restaurant live up to the name Local if the interior is concrete, steel and glass and the exterior is a four-lane speedway heading for the Bay Bridge? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Thanks to generous happy hour specials, good cooking, attentive service and a crowd-pleasing menu, there were enough locals on a Wednesday night to keep things busy. While the menu was filled with the type of Cal-Italian dishes---burrata, herb fries, macaroni and cheese---that make one think of 1990s yuppies living in a SoMa condo, those dishes were worthwhile and well priced. A nicely charred flatiron steak gave the herb fries a higher purpose: soaking up the meat juices. The burrata appetizer used Calabrian chili, sea salt and arugula to good effect. Our pizza special, however---topped with figs and pancetta---lacked the characteristic crispness of first-rate wood-fired pies. Perhaps it was because we let it sit while enjoying the steak and fries? Desserts are familiar---profiteroles and chocolate soufflé. With a full bar, drink specials and abundant wine pours by the glass, you'll be tempted to abandon the actual bottle list. Don't---there are gems to be had, especially for lovers of juicy red varietals harvested from just beyond the Bay.
Discover new San Francisco restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in San Francisco

Find all the new San Francisco restaurants that have opened recently with GAYOT's round-up.


Sign up to receive the 2019 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards. We honor America's best chefs, a top restaurateur and more.