The 13 Best New Restaurants in San Francisco
From a swanky supper club to a sports bar you’ll actually enjoy
November was all about stuffing your face with as much delicious food as possible. And December is, yep, is more of the same. These 13 new spots will give you plenty of reasons to indulge all month long.
Bar Tartine went bye-bye (RIP), but everything’s OK because now we have Motze. Beloved chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns have opened a semipermanent pop-up (it will be around for 18 months only) offering three-course, family-style meals rooted in Japanese flavors. Nare rice porridge is exactly what the rainy weather calls for.
983 Valencia St.; 415-484-1206 or motze.xyz
The swanky, supper-club-style restaurant by the folks behind Spruce is plating elevated comfort classics like ’Toga Tots with Fiscalini cheddar, chorizo and scallions, plus a burger to rival the famed Spruce burger, with taleggio cheese and slaw on an onion bun.
1000 Larkin St.; 415-932-6464 or thesaratogasf.com
This long-awaited restaurant from wine guy Paul Einbund (Frances, Octavia) replaces the old Slow Club and promises another burger that’s supposedly life changing, plus smoked and roasted Muscovy duck in case you’re feeling extra fancy.
2501 Mariposa St.; 415-612-8480 or themorris-sf.com
Dip into oysters with pickle butter, Thali-style curry platters and more elaborate dishes like scallop coconut curry at this new Indian joint by a husband-and-wife team. It’s a soft open now with business as usual starting on December 12.
280 Valencia St.; 415-525-4857 or babujisf.com
Head north when you’re jonesing for a summer seafood fix in the middle of winter and indulge in classics like Crab Louis salad, ceviche and fish tacos.
935 Gravenstein Hwy. S.., Sebastopol; 707-827-3744 or handline.com
We’re not sure anyone could resist sipping on a martini in this moody, luxe new joint. And while you’re at it, snack on crispy fried sunchokes with black garlic dip or go big with grilled Spanish octopus with Manila clams, chorizo, Early Girl tomatoes and charred lemon salsa verde.
545 Post St.; 415-549-8008 or ramblersf.com
SONOMA CIDER TAPROOM & RESTAURANT
When nothing but chicken wings, a crisp dry cider and a game of Skee-Ball will do.
44F Mill St., Healdsburg; 707-723-7018 or sonomacider.com
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This jewel-toned restaurant is modern Indian defined. Think traditional dishes with a California flair, like lobster with curry leaves and coconut milk, and tamarind beet sliders. Mmmm.
524 Van Ness Ave.; 415-771-5900 or august1five.com
Call it a tavern with a twist. Its name comes from the Castro’s moniker during the days of the Gold Rush. The food is simple (deviled eggs, fried chicken sandwiches) and the drinks (a Ball and Chain with bourbon and honey) are strong—just like they were in the 1850s.
Design star Ken Fulk designed the café at Stewart Cellars, so the next time you’re in town, pencil in some time to lounge (choose from the vintage daybed, Adirondack chairs, bistro tables or communal picnic table) and nosh on healthy, seasonal fare like butternut squash soup and curry vegetable quinoa.
6752 Washington St., Yountville; 707-963-9160 or stewartcellars.com
Go down the line and pick lavash, pita or bowl; falafel or shawarma; tzatziki or hummus; plus a whole host of toppings. It’s like Chipotle for Mediterranean street food. And it’s so good.
636 Second St.; 415-658-7577 or sajjstreeteats.com
A sports bar for him, with snacks for her (think chef’s special chicken wings, pimento cheese balls with pecans, and sprouted black bean dip—all made by Bar Tartine chefs.) It’s a win-win for date night in Old Oakland.
736 Washington St., Oakland; 510-593-2172
If you’ve never had fry bread, get yourself up to Geyserville, stat. Francis Ford Coppola’s newest restaurant at his Virginia Dare Winery is serving up the traditional dish, along with other Native American-themed foods, as an homage to America’s indigenous peoples.
22281 Chianti Rd., Geyserville; 707-735-3575 or virginiadarewinery.com