Notable New(ish) Restaurants
School Night 601 19th St, San Francisco — !!
For a lively, weeknight-only (open Sunday — Wednesday) spot from Chef Traci Des Jardins. Don’t miss the Impossible Foods meatballs or the chips and salsas. Arrive early to claim a booth.
Beehive 842 Valencia St, San Francisco —
For a retro vibe and strong cocktails in a large, weirdly shaped space. Order the pigs in a blanket if you’re in need of a snack.
Marla Bakery Restaurant 3619 Balboa St, San Francisco —
For brunch in the Outer Richmond with an outdoor patio for those rare sunny days. Be warned the best pastries will be sold out if you arrive on the later side.
Stonemill Matcha 561 Valencia St, San Francisco — !
For an attractive minimalist cafe featuring drinks and treats made with matcha. Portions are small for the savory dishes, so order a few things if you’re hungry.
Notable Return Visits
Trestle 531 Jackson St, San Francisco — !
For a reasonably priced set menu that’s perfect for a special occasion. Their menu is short (you only get one choice per course), but they make up for the lack of options with stellar execution.
Lord Stanley 2065 Polk St, San Francisco — !
For inventive dishes that mostly come together nicely (with just a few misses) at an airy Michelin starred restaurant in Russian Hill. The mezzanine table is perfect for private parties.
Cala 149 Fell St, San Francisco — !!
For a fish heavy, fancy Mexican meal. The trout tostadas are extremely popular for good reason, but don’t underestimate the sweet potato with bone marrow — it’s one of my favorite dishes in SF.
Horsefeather 528 Divisadero St, San Francisco — !!
For great cocktails, a little bit of outdoor space, and food that is much better than what you’d expect from a bar — they don’t advertise it, but they’ll add meat to your salad if you ask nicely.
Ramen Shop 5812 College Ave, Oakland — !!
For delicious California — Japanese fusion from Chez Panisse alums focused on ramen and small plates. No reservations taken except for the private table in the back (8 people or more).