Everywhere You Need to Eat in San Francisco Right Now

From Korean bar snacks to Korean fine dining, a funky new pizza joint, and more, these openings represent the best of SF’s restaurant industry.

Shuggie's
Photo by Erin Ng, courtesy of Shuggie's

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: San Francisco’s restaurant industry does not quit. The openings just keep on coming, each one a testament to the care and creativity of the chefs, somms, and bartenders that makes this city great. From “trash pizza” to must-try Korean fare, these new openings are quickly becoming go-to favorites, spanning the Marina to the Mission and beyond.

Pandemic regulations may be a thing of the past (we hope), but be mindful that the industry is still struggling with staffing shortages and supply chain issues. We urge you to be kind and respectful to restaurant staff who have been through hell and back over the last couple of years (and please, tip very generously).

These 20 restaurants, all of which opened in 2021 and 2022, continue to prove how essential this industry is to our city, and how joyful it can be. Do yourself a favor and start booking those reservations ASAP.

Handroll Project

Mission
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The newest project from the team behind Michelin-starred Ju-Ni in NoPa, Handroll Project is a simpler, more streamlined approach to chef-driven sushi. While Ju-Ni is all about the high-touch omakase experience, Handroll Project directs its focus to—you guessed it—hand rolls, with equal attention paid to quality ingredients and simple yet stellar flavor combinations (think salmon and ikura; spicy tuna with shiso and shichimi aioli; A5 Wagyu with garlic chips). The sleek corner space has two sushi counters and seating for 16. In addition to the ten hand rolls on offer (available a la carte or in predetermined sets of five, seven, and ten pieces), find small plates and a thoughtful beverage list including wine, beer, and sake.
How to book: Seating is first-come, first served.

Shuggie’s Trash Pie & Natural Wine
Photo by Erin Ng, courtesy of Shuggie's

Shuggie’s

Mission
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Walking into Shuggie’s, a restaurant specializing in self-described trash pizza and natural wine, is something of a sensory overload. Bright yellows and greens dominate; chairs shaped like giant hands surround tie dye-esque tables with gold lame accents popping up everywhere. It’s a proper fun house, and it's glorious, made all the better by the menu of seasonal pizzas that utilize upcycled and offcuts of meat — the Buffalo Everything, for example, includes crisp-fried chicken liver and gizzards alongside wings, and starters always include a rotating fish collar glazed in sticky sauce. The grandma-style pizza starts with dough made using whey, and includes toppings ranging from salmon belly conserva with pickle relish, to ground beef and serrano peppers with a scattering of Takis. Whatever you order, pair it all with a funky wine from their wide-ranging low-intervention list.

Available for Reservations
Il Cha
Photo courtesy of Ilcha

Ilcha

Marina
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Give us some Korean fried chicken and soju, and we’re happy. So we’re very pleased to report the arrival of Ilcha, which translates to “first round” in Korean and is the perfect spot to kick off a night out, with comforting and thoughtful Korean fare and an exciting selection of drinks. Housed in the former Nabe hot pot space, Ilcha has maintained the restaurant’s simple, sleek decor, with the addition of a mural featuring a woman in traditional Korean dress. Korean gastropub dishes dominate including fried chicken, of course, plus tater tots topped with bulgogi and cheese. But you’ll also find a selection of stews and hot pot, loaded with soybean paste or kimchi, bulgogi or vegetables and, if you’d like, SPAM, plus a tower of pork belly and fresh oysters served with fresh lettuce and perilla sleeves for wrapping. Pair your feast with premium sojus, beers, or makgeolli, a cloudy rice brew.
How to book: Call 415-613-9288 for reservations.

Bansang
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Bansang

The Fillmore
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The group behind Daeho, the San Francisco and Peninsula restaurants that have garnered a cult following for their galbijjim, have a new concept on Fillmore. Bansang, which refers to a manner of table setting fit for kings and nobles, focuses on a menu of modern Korean dishes melded with French and Japanese techniques, in a spacious, light-filled space with wood accents. Chefs Ethan Min and Jin Lim, whose fine dining cred includes time at Saison, Atelier Crenn, and Michael Mina, have created a spread of shareable small plates ranging from a Beef Gochujang Tartare, seasoned with chive creme fraiche and jalapenos, to Radish Kimchi Fried Rice made with soy-braised pork, house-made kimchi, and parmesan cheese.
How to book: Reservations are available via Tock.

Automat
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Automat

NoPa
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A sleek, all-day cafe from former Lazy Bear sous chef Matt Kirk, Automat is a magical blend of low-key daytime staple and nighttime dinner destination. The corner space is elegant and light-filled with pops of turquoise and jewel-tone banquettes, which will suit your needs whether you’re popping in for a breakfast sandwich and a loaf of bread to-go, or for a lengthy sit-down dinner. Expect childhood favorites with a strong dose of creativity and technical prowess, including two breakfast sandwiches served on house-made bread, a cheesy double smashburger, and one of the best new fried chicken sandwiches in the city. During the day, you’ll find a selection of sweet and savory treats, plus loaves of bread (from throwback Wondermat! sandwich loaves to honey tahini whole wheat sourdough bread), while dinner includes refined fare like Lamb Tartare served with shawarma hollandaise, Grilled Duck Breast with rhubarb mole, and fresh Ricotta Gnudi with peas and tom kha cream.

Available for Reservations

This stunner of a collaboration from Liholiho Yacht Club chefs Aimee Arcilla, Kevin Keovanpheng, and Brett Shaw is dedicated to transforming the way the restaurant industry works, while attempting to make it more equitable, livable, and healthy. In addition to putting that equity work front-and-center, Good Good Culture Club is all about bold flavors and shareable, heritage-driven plates anchored in local produce and top-notch products. The menu, which puts an emphasis on Filipino and Laotian flavors, showcases ample wood-fired cooking, making for a backyard party vibe, best enjoyed on the restaurant's plant-filled rooftop patio. All the dishes are winners, ranging from a Local Halibut Crudo with salsa macha to Smoked Beef Ribs glazed with pho flavors.
How to book: Reservations are available online.

KAIYŌ Rooftop
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San Francisco, a city of impossibly beautiful views, has historically had a dearth of destination-worthy rooftops. That’s beginning to change thanks to openings like KAIYŌ Rooftop, on the top of the Hyatt Place Hotel in SOMA. It’s also another showcase for chef Alex Reccio’s distinctive blend of Peruvian Nikkei cuisine, which marries Peruvian flavors with Japanese technique. In addition to the stunning views—you can scope downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island while sipping your Suntory highball—the 3,300-square-foot space is lush with plants that set off the gorgeous, jade green tiled bar. The menu runs the gamut from sushi to ceviche, gyoza to empanadas, with a must-try selection of crudo, all of which would be perfect for a cocktail-paired happy hour snack or a full, decadent spread. Don’t sleep on the stellar cocktail program centered around sake, pisco, and Japanese whisky.
How to book: Reservations are available online.

Taksim
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Taksim

SoMa
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The team behind beloved Richmond restaurant Lokma has taken their thoughtful approach to Turkish flavors and brought it to SOMA. The two-story space was previously Cockscomb, and maintains some of those industrial-chic vibes, with touches of homey warmth thanks to an open kitchen with copper cookware on display. Chef Daniel Gribble, formerly of Atelier Crenn, has created a fine dining menu with inspirations from both Turkey and California, which pairs nicely with a standout wine selection. Expect on-point Turkish dishes like Muhammara and Kebabs, which pair seamlessly with raw oysters and butter-poached sole served with crispy rice and marcona almonds. Pair everything with fresh-baked flatbreads, made in the restaurant’s wood oven, and Anchovy Rice Pilaf. The wine list deserves some serious attention, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t encourage you to start with a Raki Martini, which puts the anise-flavored Turkish spirit front-and-center.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Chuck’s Takeaway
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Chuck’s Takeaway

Mission District
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Charles Phan, one of San Francisco’s best-known chefs, has long been associated with The Slanted Door, his stunner of a restaurant housed in the Ferry Building that boasts one of the better waterfront locations in the city. But Phan and Slanted Door both got their start in the Mission, which makes the opening of Chuck’s Takeaway, his dedicated sandwich shop, all the more fitting. The pocket-sized space is designed for take-out only, complete with warm wood shelving filled with pantry products (courtesy of Phan’s own line, Wo Hing General Store), cookbooks, and local ceramics. As for the sandwiches, there are six options available, all served on house-made bread. In fact, everything is made in-house, including the pate for Vietnamese-style banh mi, the pickles which are served on the side, and the mayonnaise. In addition to banh mi, find egg salad on milk bread and a classic meatball sandwich doused in tomato sauce.
How to book: Takeout only.

Birch & Rye

Noe Valley
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A modern Russian kitchen, Birch & Rye is a true newcomer to San Francisco’s food scene, showcasing wide-reaching historic and geographic interpretations of Russian cuisine through a California lens, courtesy of chef-owner Anya El-Wattar. The bright, airy Noe Valley space is replete with warm woods tones, neutral shades and, appropriately, birch trees. Some dishes may appear familiar to lovers of Eastern fare, but Birch & Rye’s iterations of Borscht, Pelmeni, and Stroganoff have a decidedly modern, California-influenced vibe. Other hits on the changing menu may include cured salmon, wood-fired potatoes and mushrooms laced with duck fat and dill, Wagyu beef served with roasted cabbage, and Georgian Khachapuri, loaded with cheese and crowned with an egg yolk. Naturally, the caviar service is well worth exploring, and pairs wonderfully with vodka, a selection of cocktails, and a wine list showcasing Californian, French, and Georgian varietals.
How to book: Make reservations via Tock.

Sorella
Photo by Hardy Wilson, courtesy of Sorella

Sorella

Nob Hill
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Acquerello, truly one of the grande dames of San Francisco restaurants, has a new little sister—Sorella, a casual restaurant and bar with a next-level menu of fresh pastas, cocktails, Italian wines, and cicchetti at the bar. The corner restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, seating options that range from booths to barstools, and some of the best neon art we’ve seen—a pair of lips slurping up a noodle that unwinds to spell the restaurant’s name. The menu is flavor-forward and well-executed without being fussy, with fresh pasta being the star of the show and preparations including Tonarelli with Sea Urchin and Salmon Caviar, Saffron Fiorentini with Berbere-Spiced Lamb Bolognese, and Porcini and Corn Ravioli in truffle-leek cream. While we certainly could live on pasta alone, don’t skip the cocktail-ready cicchetti menu which features elevated snacks like Cacio e Pepe Potato Chips and Anchovy Toast with black truffle and cultured butter.

Available for Reservations
San Ho Won
Photo by Eric Wolfinger, courtesy of San Ho Won

San Ho Won

Mission
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Few new restaurants have been as hotly anticipated as San Ho Won, chef Corey Lee’s homage to the Korean comfort food of his childhood. While decidedly more homestyle than Lee’s venerated Benu, expect plenty of fine dining finesse. The sleek, striking space, dominated by earthy wood tones, has plenty of comfortable booths to pack a crew in for a barbecue-centric feast, plus bar top seating for a more intimate option. The menu includes everything from specialty banchan to soups and stews and, of course, an ample selection of barbecue with cuts including classic galbi, beef tongue, and a whole-marinated Cornish hen. Don’t skip Lee’s takes on traditional Korean dishes, including a blood sausage-topped Korean Pancake, Chicken and Ginseng Jook with Abalone, and Kimchi Jigae prepared pozole-style with hominy and avocado. Or skip making hard choices and go for the family-style house menu for the table.
How to book: Reservations can be made via Tock.

Hilda and Jesse
Photo by Timofei Osipenko, courtesy of Hilda and Jesse

Hilda and Jesse

North Beach
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The beloved Brunch for Dinner pop-up has finally opened in its permanent home in North Beach in the form of Hilda and Jesse. Chef Kristina Liedags Compton, along with co-owner Rachel Sillcocks, have created a bright, exuberant destination for lengthy brunches (and breakfast for dinner on Monday evenings), complete with striking murals and portraits of the duo’s grandparents alongside checkered floors and vintage, red vinyl swivel seats in a sweet nod to ‘50s-style diners. Classic comfort meets refined finesse with dishes like Cured McFarland Springs Trout, Dry-Aged Ribeye and Eggs, Hash Browns with Fermented Green Garlic Gribiche (and an optional caviar add-on), and Compton’s wildly popular “Pancakes Without Boundaries,” a double stack of souffled pancakes topped with grilled fruit and, if you’d like, white truffle. Opt for the Chef’s Adventure, a five-course tasting menu showcasing on- and off-menu items that the chef is most excited about, for $75.

Available for Reservations
Chezchez
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Chezchez

Mission
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The newest project from San Francisco bar stars Bon Vivants Hospitality, Chezchez is a glorious celebration of aperitivo culture housed in the former Bon Voyage! space. The two-level, indoor-outdoor space maintains a few decorative nods to the bar’s tropical past, but leans bright and light, evoking early evening hours in France, Italy, and Spain. Drink-friendly small plates are the name of the game, with seasonal Fritto Misto, a Brussels Sprouts Caesar, and dangerously addictive crispy potatoes that go just as well with a sherry-forward Coastal Martini or a glass of stellar natural wine, plus a selection of cheese, charcuterie, and tinned fish.
How to book: Reservations can be made via the website.

Available for Reservations
Le Fantastique
Photo by Kelly Puleio Photography, courtesy of Le Fantastique

Le Fantastique

Hayes Valley
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Our wine bar dreams have come true at Le Fantastique, where sustainable French wine, raw seafood, and records are the stars of the show. Courtesy of chefs Robbie Wilson and Emily Perry Wilson, of Palo Alto’s acclaimed Bird Dog, Le Fantastique was designed to complement the couple’s idea of a perfect night out. The high touch but lowkey space has been designed for optimal acoustics, with a custom-built Macintosh sound system built around a 1970s turntable in a golden, glowing space, centered around a curving sushi bar emblazoned with a distinctive, street art-inspired mural. Creative raw fish offerings showcase French-inspired flavors and Japanese techniques—mini eclairs are topped with caviar, fresh sourdough shokupan is served with house-cultured butter (and must-add supplements include local seaweed or spicy crab fat), and seafood can be sampled raw, smoked, or grilled. Large plates include chicken breast poached in creme fraiche, and a Wagyu Ribeye.
How to book: Reservations can be made via Tock.

The Vault
Photo by Hardy Wilson, courtesy of The Vault Steakhouse

The Vault Steakhouse

Financial District
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Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group’s classic yet modern steakhouse is perfect for special occasion outings, date nights, and satisfying the most carnivorous of cravings. Housed in a literal former bank vault, the space taps into comfort and decadence with sleek black surfaces, leather banquettes, velvet details, a slatted wood ceiling, and repurposed safe deposit boxes behind the bar. Starters include Pigs in a Blanket featuring house-made sausage and fancy tater tots topped with caviar, an on-point Caesar Salad prepared tableside, and a raw bar that’s basically begging to be paired with a martini. Of course, steak is the main event, with five cuts of Black Angus steak from Kansas, along with a whole lobster and truffle-stuffed chicken.

Available for Reservations
Chisai Sushi Club
Photo by Darren Samuelson, courtesy of Chisai Sushi Club

Chisai Sushi Club

Bernal Heights
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Few neighborhood restaurants were as universally loved as ICHI Sushi, which closed permanently in June 2020. Fortunately, local sushi star chef Eric Aplin has taken over the pocket-sized space and reopened it as a new destination for approachable, thoughtful omakase. Chef Aplin, who, in addition to spending time behind the sushi bar at ICHI, has worked at lauded establishments including Akiko’s and Robin, and is bringing a playful, American-Japanese aesthetic to the menu. Currently, there are three omakase options available, one of which is entirely vegetarian. Dishes include traditional preparations, alongside a Dungeness Crab Louie made with little gems and topped with miso-cured egg yolk, a BLTA hand roll, and an Udon Uni Carbonara.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Available for Reservations
Queens
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Queens

Inner Sunset
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This sweet little Korean superette in the Sunset quickly gained a citywide following for house-made gochujang, a stellar selection of Korean snacks and natural wine, and seasonal banchan and kimbap, available to go. Now, Queens has a new menu of well-executed Korean fare to enjoy at a few tables in their sunny backroom (or to take home), with a glass of wine, of course. The menu is anchored by classic, shareable dishes like Rice Cakes with fish cakes and boiled egg in a sweet, spicy sauce; garlic, chive-rich Seafood Pancakes; and tender lamb served with mizuna and salted cod roe. Keep an eye out for specials like Omurice, and definitely sample their off-menu (but always available) Gil Geori Toast.
How to book: Online ordering available on Clover.

Penny Roma
Photo by William Rittenhouse, courtesy of Penny Roma

Penny Roma

Mission
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The newest restaurant from Flour+Water Hospitality Group, Penny Roma has taken over the former Central Kitchen space, making use of the industrial-yet-warm interior and stunning, covered outdoor patio. Penny Roma has a slightly more casual approach than its predecessor, prioritizing classic dishes from all over Italy alongside a cozy, neighborhood vibe. The adjacent Pasta Shop also has a new enoteca menu with small bites meant to pair with their excellent wine selection (it's also a great warm up to a meal at Penny Roma). Fresh pasta, made daily in the Pasta Shop, is the star of the show here, with classic preparations like Cacio e Pepe and Agnolotti Dal Plin alongside seasonal fare, like Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli. Round out your meal with raw seafood starters, seasonal antipasti and sides, and mains including Spring Lamb with Artichokes and a Bone-In Beef Ribeye.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Available for Reservations
Fiorella Sunset
Photo by Hardy Wilson, courtesy of Fiorella Sunset

Fiorella Sunset

Inner Sunset
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Beloved neighborhood pizza and pasta joint Fiorella has finally opened their long-awaited Inner Sunset location in the former Park Chow space. The two-level, indoor-outdoor restaurant is an immediate destination, thanks in no small part to the magical, string-light and plant-bedecked rooftop space. The cozy interior features Fiorella’s signature wallpaper that honors Bay Area notables, including Alice Waters and E-40. Similar to other Fiorella locations, expect blistered wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta, and antipasti, with a few new items including Yellowtail Crudo, fresh spaghetti topped with chili-laced seafood, an excellent cocktail list, and weekend brunch.
How to book: Reservations can be made via the website.

Available for Reservations
Lauren Sloss is a San Francisco-based travel, food, and music writer who has done stints in Philadelphia, New York, London, Istanbul, and aboard a 32-foot sailboat. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.