SF’s 6 Best New Restaurants: February 2016
Berkeley’s back, people
The restaurant scene continues to heat up with a handful of highly anticipated openings this month. Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn brings Berkeley back to hip and Marlowe’s original location gets a welcome replacement. Here are six new eateries you have to visit soon.
Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn (of Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn fame) wakes up a sleepy side of Berkeley with her new French brasserie, Antoinette. Tucked inside the iconic and newly glammed-up Claremont hotel, the restaurant serves luxe dishes like basil-fed escargot, farro with lobster and whole-roasted monkfish tail. Pro tip: Make a reservation for brunch. The outdoor patio has one of the most spectacular views over the San Francisco Bay.
41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley; 510-549-8585 or antoinettebrasserie.com
Mid-Market nine-to-fivers, rejoice. A great new grab-and-go spot just opened on Van Ness. It’s from the guys behind Stone’s Throw and Trestle, which means you know every item on the menu is going to be good. Perfect for everything from a delectable egg sandwich to a healthy homemade falafel sandwich on toasted lavash.
100 Van Ness Ave.; 415-400-4979
Leo’s Oyster Bar
The latest venture from Big Night Restaurant Group (Marlowe, Park Tavern, The Cavalier) is an update on the old-school white-tablecloth seafood buffet. Class it up with oysters on the half shell and a bottle of crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Or get casual with a New England-style lobster roll and fries--a delicious mess.
568 Sacramento St.; 415-872-9982 or leossf.com
It’s only fitting that another of SF’s best burger contenders opens in SoMa’s original Marlowe location. Popson’s--the name of the new joint slinging Causwells' famous patty--is serving up classic cheeseburgers, plus chili and bacon-blue varieties. But enough with the restaurant speak. All you really need to know is that it’s perfect for a pre-baseball game bite before heading to AT&T park.
330 Townsend St.; 415-654-5001 or popsons.com
What happens after you’ve worked at Benu and The French Laundry? Well, in the case of chef-owner Sung Anh, you open a high-end, tasting-menu-only restaurant. Mosu’s 12-course, $195 prix fixe menu includes things like sea moss and foie gras soup; a meticulously plated dish of grilled geoduck with kumquat, radish, jalapeño and lovage; and a dessert of toasted rice ice cream, black sesame and Grand Marnier. It’s a special gem you have to experience for yourself.
1552 Fillmore St.; 415-923-8146 or mosusf.com