You’ve been making the most of your summer—spending long weekends in Tahoe and seeking out the Bay Area’s best swimming holes. Now it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled program of checking out the city’s best new restaurants as often as possible. Here are ten to get you started.
Next time you’re headed to a Giants game and you don’t feel like garlic fries and a hot dog (hey, sometimes the stomachache isn’t worth it), head to Petit Marlowe for fancier fare instead. We’re talking oysters on the half shell, Tasmanian ocean trout crudo and three types of deviled eggs, plus wines by the glass and rosé ice cream because why not? You can even make pre-game reservations so you don’t miss any of the action.
234 Townsend St.; 415-923-8577 or petitmarlowesf.com
The Absinthe Group brings Catalan-inspired tapas to Hayes Valley. Think cauliflower fritters; fried egg with caviar and jamón iberico de bellota; lamb meatballs; and rotating paellas. Save room for the churro ice-cream sandwich and a nightcap of Spanish brandy.
399 Grove St.; 415-430-6590 or barcinosf.com
ALTA @ MINNESOTA STREET PROJECT
The long-awaited second outpost of Daniel Patterson’s Alta restaurant is now open at the Minnesota Street Project. Walk the galleries and then stay for a Cindy Sherman sparkling-wine cocktail, brown rice puffs (addictive as crack), roast chicken and Monterey squid porridge. Or try Alta @ MSP’s new bottomless mimosa lab with weekend brunch. (For $20, you get all-you-can-drink bubbly with beakers of OJ and other juices.)
1275 Minnesota St.; 415-580-7662 or altaca.co
Miami meets Cuba at the most Instagrammed restaurant in San Francisco. Order a, duh, media noche, a pressed Cuban sandwich with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. The ceviche with plantain chips is our second fave.
3465 19th St.; 415-655-3904 or medianochesf.com
Omakase-style sushi is definitely having a moment in SF, but expect something a little different at Robin. For one, you can choose from three menu options ($79, $139 and $179), so you don’t have to break the bank. Then your server will work with the kitchen to curate your meal. You really can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu, but some of our personal favorites include the cold sesame noodles with shaved black truffle and Japanese chimichurri; the akamutsu (black throat seaperch); and the Wagyu beef sprinkled tableside with foie snow. Yep, you read that right.
620 Gough St.; 415-548-2429 or robinsanfrancisco.com
Our mouths are watering over the thought of fresh, handmade pastas like agnolotti with roast chicken and pork from chef Freedom Rains (from Flour + Water). But be prepared to wait. This happening new neighborhood spot doesn’t take reservations.
450 Hayes St.; 415-506-7401 or amanosf.com
Taste your way through the newest dumplings in town, from gyoza to xiao long bao. The King-Dum soup dumpling is so big that you’ll have to slurp it with a straw. It’s a novelty, for sure, but so fun. Just remember to save room for green-tea-and-milk buns or steamed egg custard buns for dessert.
11 Division St.; 415-525-4797 or dumplingtimesf.com
Now you can sample the simple kind of food that Evan and Sarah Rich (yes, of beloved Rich Table) like to cook on trips to Tahoe. Think classic rotisserie; cauliflower steak with beet hummus; and sweet potato fries dusted with porcini powder (a la Rich Table’s famous doughnuts). The new Sally Hurricane fried chicken sandwich can be your guilty pleasure.
101 Oak St.; 415-829-7086 or rtrotisserie.com
If you work downtown, you must know about City Counter. The new old-school-style luncheonette (with very sleek, modern decor) is the perfect excuse to eat your midday meal somewhere other than your desk. Our faves are the ooey-gooey tuna melt and the Rubenesque—a twist on the classic sandwich served with roasted beets, cheddar and pickled cabbage. And if you’re at the office late, they’re also serving a daily dinner option (like chicken potpie with a glass of wine) for eating in or taking home after a busy day.
115 Sansome St.; 415-844-0633 or citycountersf.com
The Divisadero corridor continues to blow up with the addition of Namu Stonepot. Here, you’ll get late-night hours, a special takeout window and Caviar delivery. Expect an affordable menu of dishes like kimchi stew served in a stone pot, mochiko fried chicken (that’s even gluten-free!) and a savory okonomiyaki pancake packed in a pizza box. And at $6 a pop, the “budget bap” (a bare-bones bibimbap) will be your new go-to lunch.