If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in San Francisco, your head would feel like it was on a tilt-a-whirl. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Editor’s Note 7/20: All restaurants listed below are currently open for carryout, delivery, or outdoor dining unless otherwise noted.
Stepping into the old Jardiniere space is Baia, a vegan Italian restaurant serving plant-based pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts. They're also running a separate vegan sushi pop-up called Woodblock Sushi (with things like spicy crab rolls made with hearts of palm). The two will operate out of Baia’s kitchen.
Fort Point now has another location for you to enjoy hot dogs and beer, and this one’s in the Lower Haight. They’ve got sidewalk tables, or you can take your food and drinks to go from Wednesday through Sunday.
There’s a new boba spot in China Basin with classic drinks like Thai or black milk tea, and special drinks like Passion Fruit Perfume Lemon Green Tea - all of which you can get topped with cheese foam, jellies, and boba.
This new UC Berkeley-adjacent spot is serving Indian street food out of their new Telegraph Avenue location. The menu at Delhi Diner has extensive vegetarian and vegan options, and tons of chicken, lamb, seafood, and goat dishes.
PizzaHacker has officially expanded into the North Bay, and is now part of a massive new beer hall in Mill Valley called The Junction. The beer garden is serving pints, wine, and hard kombucha, and has room for over 100 socially-distanced diners. PizzaHacker’s classic pizzas, like the Yo Vinny! and Top Shelf Margherita, will be on the menu. And at 14 inches, they’re also bigger than the pies they make at their spot in Bernal Heights.
This new Afghan spot in West Oakland has a menu of wraps, kebabs, rice dishes, and freshly-baked bread, all of which you can order for takeout. They’re open every day from 10am-8:30pm.
Nopalito recently opened a new takeout window on 18th Street in the Mission with a limited menu, including totopos, tacos, and a carnitas meal kit. You can walk up to order or use the apps for delivery.
The people behind Absinthe and Bellota have opened a new casual American restaurant in Hayes Valley. It’s currently operating out of the old Arlequin Cafe space, and has a menu of things like burgers, sandwiches, and salads to-go.
We love hanging out at (and eating our way through) the Ferry Building, and now we have yet another excuse to spend an entire day snacking by the water. This colorful pop-up is serving small and large tarts with flavors like ube coconut and passionfruit mango every Saturday. You can order for pick-up and shipping on their website.
The wildly popular pop-up known for their cheesy quesabirria tacos has a permanent home in Richmond. To prevent large crowds from gathering, El Garage is asking customers to order ahead online, and choose a specific time slot for pick-up. Right now, online ordering starts on Thursday, for pick-up on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Morning Due now has a sister restaurant called Pizza Due in the Mission. They’re offering build-your-own pies, slices, and whole pizzas like the Green Goddess, and the Baconato topped with bacon, potatoes, and mozzarella.
The market known for its local produce and groceries now has a second location in the new Oakland neighborhood called Brooklyn Basin. And if it’s nice out, you can also sit down with a charcuterie platter, a breakfast burrito, or roast chicken from their new all-day restaurant, The Kitchen, and enjoy it on their massive waterfront patio.
If you’re looking for a new sandwich spot to add to your rotation, check out Masabaga in Uptown Oakland. We love it for the deep-fried toro burger with yuzu kosho aioli and pickled onions, but they also serve a grilled mackerel sandwich and a wagyu burger that are both well worth your time.
There’s a new WOC-owned beverage shop by Lake Merritt in Oakland. Their shelves are stocked with wine, beer, spirits, coffee, and tea, and, in the future, the space will also function as a tasting room. You can order everything to-go by stopping or calling ahead to pick up between Tuesday-Sunday.
There are five kinds of tacos on the menu at this new all-day spot on Solano Ave. in Albany: rib-eye, fish, pork shank, carnitas, and vegan chorizo. And if you’re sorely lacking in self-control like us, you’ll probably want to try them all (which you can do for $22). 5 Tacos & Beers also has weekend brunch, outdoor seating, and a good selection of locally-brewed beers.
If greens, rice, and proteins all mixed together sounds like your idea of the perfect meal, try Ben’s Fast Food. It’s a new virtual restaurant with rice and protein bowls topped with mounds of cauliflower, fresh cucumber, carrots, and roasted sunflower seeds. Each bowl comes with a protein of your choice, like pork shoulder, chicken, or chickpeas, and costs about $8. You can place an order on their website.
If Canasta sounds familiar, it’s because they have a food truck, and a brick-and-mortar location in Concord. And now the Mexican restaurant has expanded into Alameda’s Webster St. Canasta is serving tacos, burritos, and breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros, and smaller plates like empanadas and sopes.
Comal’s second takeout-focused location is in the old Barlago space near Lake Merritt in Oakland. Like the one in Berkeley, this Comal Next Door also offers taqueria staples like tacos, cocktails, and beer.
This new fusion spot in the Richmond is serving up everything from burgers to squid ink pasta to pork katsu curry. And if you’re hungry past what we’ve deemed as “normal dinner hours” (a social construct, really), they stay open somewhat late: until 11pm from Sunday to Thursday, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Fusion Mediterranean is a great option if you’re looking for a quick breakfast or lunch in Downtown Oakland, and they have everything from espresso drinks to falafel to bagels. Right now they’re open for takeout and delivery, and are also accepting large catering orders.
Tucked in the back of East Oakland’s La Estrella Market is this new family-owned Afghan spot. They’re serving up kebab plates, wraps, and rice plates for takeout and delivery every day from 11am-10pm.
Unsurprisingly, the menu at this new Burmese spot in the Tenderloin is pretty, well, herb-forward - their tea leaf salad and falafel are made with hemp. Herbal is owned by the people behind Oakland’s beloved Grocery Cafe, which closed earlier this year, and is open every day but Sunday for takeout and delivery.
This new chocolate shop and cafe in the Castro is serving housemade chocolates, bonbons, and espresso drinks - and a Filipino cacao porridge. They’re open Thursday-Sunday, and you can order for pick-up on their website.
If you’ve been to Katsuya in LA, you know that their spicy tuna over crispy rice is the stuff of legends. And now you can get it in the Bay at Krispy Rice, a new virtual spot by the same team. Along with the famed dish, Krispy Rice has handrolls, tempura, and nigiri, all available for delivery only.
If you’re a ramen enthusiast in the East Bay, you should hit up Kyoto Ramen in El Cerrito. They’ve got ramen bowls with black garlic broth, seafood and veggie options, and more. You can also order Japanese curry, poke, and appetizers like gyoza, chicken karaage, or spam musubi.
If you’re in Berkeley and want pasta right now, Italy on Gilman seems like a pretty good choice. The restaurant in the former La Calle 10 spot has an extensive menu of Italian dishes, like gnocchi with brown butter and sage, shrimp scampi, and seafood risotto, as well as wine, beer, and cocktails. And if the summer weather is kind (read: no fog), you can enjoy everything on their spacious lower and upper patios.
If you like your food to look like it belongs in a Dutch masters still life painting, head to Le Moon Thai. This new restaurant in Cow Hollow is making beautiful, creative Thai dishes, like massaman curry with croissants and ahi tuna larb, all of which are presented alongside colorful florals. Right now, the restaurant is open for takeout and outdoor dining.
What used to be a laundromat in Noe Valley is now a coffee shop named Noe Cafe. While we can’t currently hunker down inside at one of their minimalist wooden booths with a good book in one hand and an espresso drink in the other, we can still order coffee and pastries to-go, and enjoy it all on one of their sidewalk tables.
Oakland Street Food Co. has an extensive menu of street food favorites, like carne asada totchos, quesabirria, fish tacos, Hawaiian garlic shrimp, and more. Right now, they’re open Wednesday through Sunday for pick-up at their Downtown Oakland location. You can place an order here.
A new Chinese milk tea and snack spot has opened in Berkeley - and this one offers Ritual Coffee. They also have boba drinks, smoothies, and jianbing to-go.
The new smoked BBQ takeout window is operating out of the Aloha Club in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. They’re serving smoked quesadillas and nachos, brisket and ribs by the pound, and even vegan wings. They’re open for pick-up and delivery via the apps.
The Vault was one of the first restaurants in the city to reimagine dining in the Covid-19 era with the launch of an entirely-outdoor restaurant called The Vault Garden. The upscale American restaurant includes seats for about 100 socially distanced diners, an outdoor bar, and a menu that can withstand the chilly San Francisco winds, like ceviche and fried chicken sandwiches. Reservations are recommended.
Woods Beer & Wine Co. has expanded their mini beer empire with a sixth location in the Lower Haight. You can pick up cans of beer and bottles of natural wine from 2-7pm on weekdays and 12-7pm on weekends. And if you’re also hungry when you order, they’re serving El Porteño empanadas to-go.
One of the chefs who used to work at Rich Table has opened a new spot in the Mission with a limited to-go menu. “Ernest At Home” offers a weekly-changing dinner with things like whole roasted chicken, summer pepper shish kebabs, and cheesecake. You can order on their website for pick-up or Saturday delivery.
Aria Korean Street Food now has a delivery-only concept called Korean Burrito Joint by Aria. They’re offering Mexican/Korean fusion dishes, like carne asada burritos with kimchi fried rice, and tater tots topped with bulgogi and guacamole. You can place an order on their website.
La Crêpe à Moi is a staple at farmers’ markets around the Bay, and now you can enjoy their delicious Nutella and strawberry crepes at their new brick-and-mortar location in Berkeley. Sweet and savory crepes are available for pick-up every day except Mondays and Saturdays.
Wise Sons is home to some of our favorite bagels in San Francisco, and now they’re expanding their offerings and making Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired wraps and salads through their new virtual restaurant called Lev. You can order from them online and have everything delivered Wednesday through Sunday.
Itani Ramen in Uptown Oakland has officially entered the realm of sushi. Their new virtual restaurant, Nikkei Sushi, is offering sushi classics like maki, nigiri, sashimi, and special rolls for takeout and delivery. Since the two restaurants are operating out of the same kitchen, you can add ramen to your orders.
The team behind The Kon-Tiki in Oakland launched Palmetto, an Uptown Oakland cocktail bar specializing in tropical drinks and steaks. However, Palmetto announced in June that it was temporarily closing, due to the pandemic. No word yet on when they’ll reopen.
If you’re passing through the UC Berkeley campus and get a sudden (and very specific) craving for a 16-inch Neapolitan pepperoni pizza, you’re in luck - Paradigm Pizzas is serving pizzas, pastas, and desserts out of the dining hall at Clark Kerr. Everything is available for pick-up and delivery Wednesday through Sunday.
This new spot in Russian Hill is offering homemade pastas, eggplant parmesan, fresh calamari, and other Roman-style Italian dishes you’ll probably want to eat. They also have a selection of fruit-forward cocktails, like a white peach bellini, and a blackberry and basil champagne drink, all which you can enjoy in their outdoor dining area every day except Tuesday.
One of our favorite combinations (after Dolores Park and the Truffle Guy, or Ziwe Fumudoh and Instagram Live) is pizza and beer. And Above Ground has tons of it. The new vegan brewpub in the Mission has an extensive menu of plant-based pies, including lots of gluten- and nut-free options.
Cali Alley is a new Black-owned restaurant in Berkeley to support. They’re serving up a variety of comfort food out of their takeout window on Grayson St., like beef barbacoa plates, fried chicken, and hoisin and soy braised ribs. You can also order meals in family-sized portions that serve 4-6. For details on daily specials, check their Instagram.
Since we’re not seeing actual friends and family right now, the next best thing (that doesn’t rhyme with “vroom”) could be picking up cocktails and snacks from this new women-owned bar in Uptown Oakland. The menu is inspired by the owners’ friends and family, and ranges from Happy Hour bites and carrot cake by the slice, to cocktails like the Kaufman Sisters and Mom’s Rosy Cheeks (“just how mom likes it”). They’re currently open Thursday-Sunday from 2-8pm.
If you’re a fan of hot dogs, you’ll be happy to know that this new sandwich shop in the Castro is reopening in the former Dapper Dog location - and, yes, they’re keeping the dogs on the menu. They’ve got a build-your-own-dog option (so you can load it up with all the pepper jack cheese and jalapeños you want), as well as Impossible burgers, breakfast sandwiches, shawarma, and more.
This Black-owned, Oakland-based business specializes in Nigerian puff-puffs: sweet, lightly fried balls of dough. And if the promise of fried balls of dough isn’t enough to convince you to place an order immediately, they also come coated in powdered sugar or lemon glaze, or filled with Oreo or Nutella. You can order them in boxes of 6 or 24 for pick-up and delivery on Gourmet Puff’s website.
Time to add a new fried chicken spot to the Bay Area’s growing list. This popular Tennessee chain is now in Oakland and specializes in Memphis-style fried chicken, which is marinated in a spiced wet batter before frying. They’re currently open for takeout, delivery, and catering.
If eating a hot chicken sandwich topped with pickled jalapeños and a near-obscene amount of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos wasn’t already on your to-do list, it should be. This new virtual restaurant from the Square Pie Guys is offering five sandwiches, each flavored with different spices (like Szechuan, Calabrian, and, yes, Flamin’ Hot Cheeto dust). You can order the sandwiches for pick-up or delivery in SF.
The taco truck known for its cheesy, juicy quesabirria tacos now has a permanent home: outside of the Aloha Club on Oakland’s Fruitvale Ave. The East Oakland spot is open for takeout or delivery Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am-6pm, and may expand their hours soon.
One of our favorite spots for oysters is now open over in Larkspur. This is the fifth Bay Area location for Hog Island Oyster Co., and they’re sticking with takeout and delivery for now. They also have outdoor dining, so you can slurp down fresh or grilled oysters on their picnic tables out front.
If you’re looking for a new place to grab fresh hummus, salads, wraps, and more, this Israeli restaurant in Oakland is a great choice. The chef at Pomella used to run the beloved, casual eatery Ba-Bite, which closed last year. Pomella is open for takeout and delivery, or you can enjoy their fresh beet salad or lamb kefta wrap out on their spacious patio.
If you’re looking for a new vegan spot, look to The King’s Feet in Berkeley. It’s a collaboration between the team behind Pizza Moda and The Butcher’s Son, and has an entirely plant-based menu with Italian dishes like a Beyond beef bolognese and a pizza topped with mushroom “clams.”
It was a tumultuous 2019 for Tosca Cafe. But after an eight-month hiatus and a change in ownership, North Beach’s iconic spot is back. They’re currently offering four-course prix fixe dinners ($85 a person) in the garden courtyard at St. Joseph’s Art Society, a former church that’s now an art-focused community space. Make your reservation online.
The owner of Hahdough spent years selling cakes at farmer’s markets before opening this bakery in NoPa. The new cafe on Fell St. makes black forest and Bienenstich “bee sting” cakes, plus smaller things like German donuts and pretzels. And, of course, there’s coffee too.
The people behind this food truck in Alameda used to own a taqueria in Mexico City, and they also have a catering business they run to this day. The truck specializes in tacos al pastor and is one of the only spots in the Bay Area roasting pork on a trompo vertical spit. They also have carne asada, tortas, and quesabirrias.
Editor’s Note: Tacos Super Monilla is temporarily closed.
There’s now a second place in San Francisco to get the legendary Devil’s Teeth breakfast sandwich. The recently opened spot is in the former Marla Bakery space in the Richmond. In addition to all the original hits, the new location serves wood-fired pizza.
Maison Danel is bringing something new to the Tendernob: afternoon tea. This new patisserie on Polk St. is currently serving sandwiches, quiche, burgers, soups, and French treats for pick-up and delivery Friday through Monday.
The original Creola in San Carlos has been around for nearly 25 years, and now they’ve brought their Louisiana-style cooking to Cole Valley. The small menu has takes on New Orleans classics like fried boudin balls, wild mushroom jambalaya, and bacon-wrapped oysters.
This New York-based chain currently serves cookies, brownies, and ice cream until midnight - and, yes, that includes ice cream sandwiches. Insomnia also delivers, so the next time you’re up late and open the door to your empty fridge, you can have cookies and ice cream at your house in minutes.
This Los Gatos-based rolled ice cream shop opened their first San Francisco location on Sutter St. If you’re near Union Square, you could go to Glazier for some dessert.
The talented folks behind Rich Table, Mister Jiu’s, and Lazy Bear have opened up a gorgeous new cocktail bar in Uptown Oakland. Drinks like the Honey Walnut Ron focus on using local and seasonal ingredients, while their food is a mix of small plates and dim sum-style desserts such as black sesame chocolate cake. Right now, you can order bottled cocktails and snacks to-go through their website.
San Francisco proper finally has its own Shake Shack, and it’s in a huge location in Cow Hollow. If you’ve never had this New York-based burger chain before, order their classic Shackburger smashburger, the fried chicken sandwich, or a hotdog. This spot also has a special San Francisco-themed menu which includes the Golden State Double (with two grass-fed beef patties and smoked garlic aioli), and frozen custards with mix-ins from B. Patisserie and Dough XX.
Rise & Grind has been serving coffee in the Richmond since 2016, and now they have a second location in the Mission. The new spot has the same breakfast and lunch menu, including specialty coffee drinks like the Whopper Latte with malted milk chocolate. In addition to avocado toast, which you can find everywhere in the city, Rise & Grind has their own versions with ube jam.
People in Rockridge can now get their fix of Millionaire’s Bacon at Kitchen Story on College Ave. The new spot is open for brunch and dinner, but unlike the original Kitchen Story in the Castro - which focuses on Thai dishes - this one emphasizes Korean food.
This second location of Bonita Taqueria Y Rotisserie in the Castro recently opened in the old Squat & Gobble space. They serve tacos, burritos, and rotisserie chickens, just like their Marina spot, but this new location is open for brunch. Outdoor seating is available.
Cal students now have multiple new dining options with Alley Kitchens. The new spot on Telegraph Ave. looks like a street food alley in Japan, and currently has three vendors in the space: one for ramen, one for rice bowls and chawanmushi, and another that serves matcha drinks. They’ll add more vendors in the future.
The Berkeley space that was formerly home to the iconic Caffe Mediterraneum is reopening as Boileroom, a Taiwanese hotpot restaurant. Unlike a lot of hotpot places, Boileroom serves individual portions, so you don’t have to text everyone in your contact list when you just want some soup. And if you’re still hungry when your meal is over, they serve rolled ice cream and fresh fruit for dessert.
East Bay Provisions recently opened in the historic Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. The new cafe serves mostly small items like quiche, muffaletta sandwiches, and cheese boards. It’s open to the general public, so even if you’re not staying at the hotel, you can still enjoy some breakfast and coffee.
Editor’s Note: East Bay Provisions is temporarily closed.
One of Grand Lake’s newest additions is Wild Rabbit, which offers a large selection of baked goods, from scones and canelés to cinnamon rolls and quiche. It was started by a baker from Arizmendi on Lakeshore, so if you feel like doing a taste test between the two, they’re less than a half mile from each other.
San Diego’s Modern Times Beer has seven taprooms all throughout the West Coast, each one with a different design aesthetic. Their newer one near Lake Merritt in Oakland looks like a psychedelic sherbert factory with bright-colored walls and trippy designs covering the bar. This place also has 34 beers on tap to choose from as well as cold brew, both of which you can buy and take home with you.
This is the only healthy food-minded place to open up in Cow Hollow recently, which means they’re still outnumbered by gyms, 5 to 1. Superette is owned by Michael Mina, and functions as both a cafe and a wellness store where you can order from their menu of keto-friendly and adaptogenic smoothies, acai bowls, and vegan sandwiches including their Notorious IVB burger made from beets. The one challenge to their meat-free mission - it’s located inside the new Shake Shack in the Cow Hollow.
Floodwater in Mill Valley is a huge new gastropub with a 30-seat bar and multiple rooms you can rent out for private functions. If you’re a fan of sports, there are a bunch of TVs to watch games while you eat everything from Vietnamese chicken wings and pizzas to homemade currywurst.
Bizzy’s is a mocktail bar on Telegraph Ave. serving imitations of classic cocktails like a Hack and Coke made with non-alcoholic whiskey, or a Kalimotxo made with dealcoholized wine and cola. They also have their own lineup of specialty drinks like a spicy mojito mixed with muddled peppers, mint, and sugar. If you’re trying to drink less - and be able to drive home at the end of a night - this could be a great option.
Editor’s Note: Bizzy’s Dry Bar is temporarily closed.
One of the newest food trucks in Oakland is Malibu’s Burgers (you can usually find them on the east side of Lake Merritt). They serve only plant-based proteins, so expect Impossible and Beyond meat patties with different combinations of vegan toppings like Follow Your Heart cheese.
Yokozuna serves ramen alongside Southern fried chicken and waffles. Like most other ramen joints, this Marina spot offers different types of broth (though, we don’t see BBQ shoyu broth all too often) and a ton of add-ons like fried garlic and sweet corn. If that’s not enough, you can also get sides of karaage fried chicken, vegetable gyoza, and pork buns.
If you work in SoMa, you no longer have to journey all the way to the Financial District to get Sababa for lunch. At Sababa’s third location on Stevenson St., you can get your fill of Israeli street food like falafel stuffed pitas, bowls, and rice plates.
There’s now a third location of Matcha Cafe Maiko in San Francisco, this time in Chinatown. The Japanese chain will continue to offer a large menu of sweet treats, but the main draw is still matcha desserts like soft-serve, shaved ice, and parfaits.
This new place inside the Palihotel on Stockton is set up as an all-day cafe. They’re currently serving breakfast in the morning, and switch to burgers, sandwiches, and cocktails in the afternoon. By February, they plan on having a full dinner menu and caviar service up and running.
Editor’s Note: Fisher Loft is temporarily closed.
A much smaller location of Daily Driver recently opened as a pop up inside the Ferry Building. The menu is shrunk down, too, with coffee and an assortment of bagels with toppings and spreads. If you’re looking for something for lunch, you can get a pretzel or a bagel dog covered in everything spice.
A second location of Rooh is now open in Palo Alto, far away from the original next to the Giants stadium. The new restaurant cooks duck seekh kebabs, prawns with burnt garlic, and roasted eggplant over a live-fire. They also serve non-grilled things like lamb keema Hyderabadi and sweet potato chaat.