The 23 Restaurants You Should Check Out This Fall
You’ll want to know what aranchino is, trust us…
We all know that fall is the season for arts and culture—the annual symphony gala, opera season kickoff and gallery openings galore. But for us foodies, it’s also the season for eating out. May we present our definitive fall restaurant guide, an exhaustive list of recent additions and anticipated openings that will keep you satiated for months to come. Hungry yet?
Tartine’s famous morning buns and sourdough loaves meet Roman-style pizzas, salads and porchetta, plus coffee and ice cream—all under one roof.
595 Alabama St.; 415-487-2600 or tartinemanufactory.com
A restaurant pop-up with a monthly rotating menu by the folks from Eleven Madison Park. This month’s “family meal” concept (September 8 to October 8) will bring dishes like “last night’s pasta salad” and handmade gnochetti with “whatever-herbs-we’ve-got” pesto.
2817 24th St.; nayfeldpinkertonproject.com
Hon is the Japanese word for soul—probably why they have a DJ spinning jazzy tunes while you nosh on your yellowtail nigiri.
2598 Harrison St.; 415-525-4527 or sushihonsf.com
This is where you’ll go for dumplings, fried chicken buns and frozen Sapporo. Yep, frozen beer, people.
2850 21st St.; 415-872-9332 or facebook.com/bon-nene-sf
Some of the freshest pasta you will ever eat…brought to you by a Flour + Water alum, naturally.
1270 Valencia St.; 415-285-1200 or barzotto.com
You’ll stop here for pre-game tater tots and braised ribs, if ballpark hot dogs aren’t your thing.
685 Third St.; 415-802-8398 or kokitchensf.com
The rotating menu reads like a greatest hits collection of famous plates from around the world—with dishes like The French Laundry’s Liberty duck breast and Momofuku Ssäm Bar’s spicy pork sausage rice cakes.
151 Third St.; 415-941-6050 or insitu.sfmoma.org
The city’s beloved Osha Thai chain expands mid-September with a restaurant dedicated to Laotian cuisine. Larb and sticky rice, anyone?
149 Second St.; 415-278-9991 or oshathai.com
One of the few places in the Bay Area to get southern China’s Chiu Chow dishes, like pine mushroom soup and marinated goose.
1111 Mission St.; 415-626-8366 or teosf.com
A former French Laundry chef and a tech entrepreneur joined forces to open a global-eats hot spot inspired by Avatar’s in Mill Valley (you know, of Indian burrito fame).
71 Stevenson St.; 415-236-3984 or dabba.com
LOUIE’S GEN-GEN ROOM
A bar-centric subterranean companion to Liholiho Yacht Club…but just as hard to get in to. Don’t miss the okonomiyaki waffle with housemade Spam.
871 Sutter St.; 415-440-5446 or liholihoyachtclub.com
Savory monkey bread to start; ’nilla pudding tart to finish.
100 Van Ness Ave.; 415-834-5684 or corridorsf.com
Let us introduce you to aranchino, Asian-meets-Italian breaded-and-fried rice balls with mushroom, shrimp and Chinese sausage. Get it?
1735 Polk St.; 415-829-8226 or buffalotheorysf.com
OK, so it’s not brand spanking new, but it’s a neighborhood hidden gem that we’re spilling the beans about. Think zucchini pizza and Ligurian fish stew, both dishes the chef learned from his Italian nonno.
2339 Clement St.; 415-340-3049 or fiorella-sf.com
The supper club makes its sassy return to the Tenderloin with decadent dishes like oyster-and-smoked-pork-tongue potpie.
400 Eddy St.; 415-358-1999 or blackcatsf.com
Can’t make it over the bridge to Sausalito’s Sushi Ran? No problem. Now you can check out this Castro-spinoff offering the same Michelin-star-quality sashimi.
2223 Market St.; 415-655-3280 or nomicasf.com
We know anything from the long-standing Tacolicious chef Telmo Faria is going to be good, which is why we’re waiting with bated breath for his modern Portuguese fare at this soon-to-open Noe Valley spot.
1550 Church St.; umacasarestaurant.com
It’s been a long time coming, but chef Kim Alter’s (Plum) tasting-menu-focused restaurant is finally open. Featuring dishes like lobster with hearts of palm and chanterelles, we’d say it was well worth the wait.
330 Gough St.; 415-829-7565 or nightbirdrestaurant.com
Their “mole and mezcal” motto pretty much says it all. We’d even go so far as to say it’s the best mole in the Bay Area—so you better order it.
2135 Franklin St., Oakland; 510-288-3668 or agaveuptown.com
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN
OK, health nuts, this one’s for you. The chain, a partnership between Fox Restaurant Concepts and Dr. Andrew Weil, promises flavorful dishes based on an anti-inflammatory diet. We’ll let you decide.
180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-272-5157, and 120 Broadway Lane, Walnut Creek, 480-905-6920; truefoodkitchen.com
TWO BIRDS ONE STONE
When nothing but grilled chicken skewers and a cold beer will satisfy the urge.
3020 St. Helena Hwy. North, St. Helena; 707-302-3777 or twobirdsonestonenapa.com
Working farm, restaurant and inn all in one. Farm-to-table in its truest form.
131 North St., Healdsburg; singlethreadfarms.com