October’s Most Talked About Restaurant Openings
Farm-to-table with a twist
Surprise! Another slew of restaurants has hit the dining scene. It was hard work (hey, somebody had to do it), but we sussed out the best of the best. Here, the five that have us salivating.
Popular Marina restaurant Delarosa has opened a second location downtown, rounding out Yerba Buena Lane’s growing culinary scene (Wise Sons, Bluestem Brasserie, Tropisueno). Expect the same simple but delicious fare as the Chestnut Street outpost: Roman-style pizza, burrata bruschetta with hazelnut and honey, and craft cocktails.
37 Yerba Buena Lane; 415-872-7363 or delarosasf.com
Two-Michelin-starred chef Matthew Lightner (some New Yorkers might know him from Atera) packed his bags and came to wine country. He left his avant-garde attitude on the East Coast and is creating more approachable dishes at this brand-new Napa hot spot. Think cod marinated in brown-butter dashi, smoked foie gras skewers, and thousand-layer s’mores.
813 Main St., Napa; 707-226-7821 or ninebark-napa.com
The name refers to the typical late-night Spanish bar crawl, but they’ll be serving up tapas and paellas during normal dinner hours, too. (La Marcha's two happy hours go from 4-6 p.m and 10 p.m. to midnight.) Bring a group and order up some of the several paellas on the menu. We recommend the classic paella Valenciana, with rabbit, duck, snails, green beans and rosemary.
2026 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley; lamarchaberkeley.com
São Paulo’s hot restaurant Tavares has opened its first stateside location right here in SF. We’re talking farm-to-table with a sizzling Brazilian twist in the form of shrimp potpie, fresh fish served with hearts-of-palm salad, and Brazilian chicken stew.
300 De Haro St.; 415-558-9461 or tavaresbrazil.com