Best restaurants in SF
The best new restaurants in San Francisco
It can be hard to keep up with San Francisco's dining scene, where it seems like a new restaurant pops up on a daily basis. Already in 2018, we've been blessed with upscale Chinese fare, straight-from-Japan ramen and sushi menus and impeccable rotisserie and barbecue joints. If you're ready to embrace the best cuisine the Bay Area has to offer, head to these new restaurants in San Francisco. RECOMMENDED: San Francisco bars you need to visit in 2018
The best Portuguese restaurants in the Bay Area
As Portugal creeps to the top of Europe’s hottest travel destinations, food lovers are embracing the distinct dishes and famed seafood of the country from the traditional creamy egg tart pastry, pastel de nata to the ubiquitous bacalhau (cod in all forms, from dried to salted). If you can't make it across the Atlantic, head to these five Bay Area restaurants for an authentic taste of Portuguese food on the West Coast.
The best brunch in San Francisco
Which breakfast restaurants are worth getting out of bed for on a weekend morning? We’ve gathered the best brunch places in San Francisco, serving everything from American classics to Indian specialties (and tons of mimosas, of course). Not in the mood for a full-blown meal? Swing by one of our favorite coffee shops instead to fuel up for a day of hiking or lazy urban wandering. RECOMMENDED: Best new restaurants in San Francisco
The best restaurants in downtown Napa
It may be possible to subsist on wine alone during a trip to Napa Valley, bouncing from one vineyard to the next, but you'd be missing out on an incredible culinary experience. It's not just the Michelin-starred chefs that should have you excited at these Napa restaurants, though: downtown Napa is rife with great burger joints, steakhouses and tapas spots, along with craft cocktail bars and beer bars that offer a momentary respite from all that wine. For a truly savory visit to Napa, check out our guide to the best downtown Napa restaurants. RECOMMENDED: The best wineries in Napa
OMG! The Hello Kitty Food Truck is coming back to S.F.
Even if Hello Kitty isn't your thing, we dare you not to be charmed by the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck's return to the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. The roving pink beauty makes waves wherever she goes. Vegas? Check. Los Angeles? Check. New York? Obvi. The two-year-old SoCal-based food and merchandise truck is the cutest thing on four wheels (other than this) and will be gracing the City by the Bay on Saturday and Sunday. You can find the truck on Post Street near the concert stage from 10am until 5pm all weekend. There are actually two Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks in the United States, one for each coast. Can't catch a truck? If you're down south, visit the Hello Kitty container pop-up in Irvine. It is achingly adorable. While we've been stuck in the City, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been making the Bay Area rounds for the past few weekends. A pink-hued search through local social media reveals that South Bay and East Bay Kitty Truck fans were met with adorable treats and agonizing lines. Get in the mood to score some Sanrio sweets with some of the cutest Hello Kitty Cafe Truck uploads we could find: Hello Kitty Cafe Truck! 💕 @hellokittycafe #hellokittycafe #hellokitty #sanrio #pleasanton #california A post shared by julie sheen (@julie3667) on Apr 1, 2017 at 9:10am PDT Going from cars and coffee to waiting in line at a hello kitty food truck thing. I love a weird life y'all. — Meredith (@nekomeem) March 25, 2017 in line for the h
San Francisco's newest cafe is dedicated to all things matcha
It's been a year in the works, but Stonemill Matcha is planning to finally open at 561 Valencia Street (the former Bar Tartine space) this May. Resembling a traditional Japanese cha-no-ma, Stonemill Matcha focuses on high-quality, stone ground matcha sourced from Kyoto, Japan and served in countless ways: Freshly whisked matcha, sparkling matcha, matcha lattes and cold-brew Sencha and Genmaicha on-tap. Pastries and sweet treats are under the direction of pastry chef Mikiko Yui (formerly of Statebird Provisions and Coi) and a partnership with Tartine Manufactory means matcha croissants will soon be the go-to breakfast for most of the Mission. Heartier dishes, including a Katsu Sando, come courtesy of chef Keisuke Akabori. Our signature drink to be, #sparklingmatcha is perfect for a warm day like today! We at #stonemillmatcha are always curious to find new ways to enjoy #matcha A post shared by Stonemill Matcha (@stonemillmatcha) on Apr 23, 2018 at 5:35pm PDT A curated retail section at Stonemill Matcha will also offer matcha starter kits, handmade ceramics and art by Japanese and local San Francisco artisans. For a first taste of Stonemill Matcha, exclusive sweet and savory pastries like matcha soft serve, matcha-blood orange tarts, and matcha almond cake will be available at Tartine Manufactory beginning Saturday, April 28. Hello!! We are excited to seeing you soon in May. Follow us for updates. . . . #stonemillmatcha #comingsoon #va
Historic Mare Island is getting a new, scenic whiskey distillery
Mare Island is a well-known haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but it’ll soon be a go-to destination for craft whiskey-lovers as well. Savage & Cooke, a new craft distillery owned and operated by world-renowned winemaker Dave Phinney (creator of The Prisoner and Orin Swift wine labels), will open next month on the North Bay preserve, crafting whisky, bourbon and rye by the barrel. The island, just off the shore of Vallejo, boasts a fascinating history as a former naval shipyard and includes hundreds of acres of pristine green spaces and camping destinations in close proximity to both Napa Valley and San Francisco (just hop on the ferry). The new distillery will take over a restored brownstone building that once served as bunker and a storage facility for highly classified military documents. Savage & Cooke launched operations in May of 2017 with Ayate tequila (featuring reposado and anejo versions) and expanded in September with the five-year-old Second Glance American Whiskey and the four-year-old Burning Chair Bourbon. Both the tequila and whiskies are finished in Phinney’s wine barrels before bottling, though the tequila is not made in the United States. “The tasting room will offer visitors a unique experience on Mare Island with tastings of our core products, tours led by our master distiller, and rare tastings of our reserves which are only available onsite—including a 12-year-old Bourbon and 10-year-old American Whiskey,” says Lauren Blanchard, general manager at
San Francisco's top restaurants are taking over Tokyo
According to a recent Time Out survey, a Tokyo vacation is at the top of San Franciscans’ bucket lists. The city boasts amazing culture, cuisine and sightseeing. Best of all? They already love San Franciscans—or at least our restaurants. When you visit Japan’s biggest city, stop by these SF mainstays for a little taste of home. A16 The Marina’s Italian eatery may have been the first San Francisco restaurant to try its luck in Japan, opening A16 Tokyo in the Mitsubishi building back in 2009. But don’t expect the same menu as the one we have in the Bay Area: A16 works Japanese ingredients like shiso and myoga (ginger) into its popular spaghetti dishes. But we still love Chestnut Street’s version with bottarga. Blue Bottle Coffee Fans waited for more than three hours to get a cup of coffee at the opening of Blue Bottle’s first Tokyo store. Two years later, BBC has opened five more cafés in the city, with two at busy train stations, and perfected tasty pastries like the matcha pound cake with lemon peel and beignets with caramel sauce. Want a tasty pastry in SF? Try the addictive Liège waffle at any BBC location. Dandelion Chocolate Inside a converted wooden warehouse in the trendy Kuramae district, Dandelion Chocolate serves cups of rich, creamy hot chocolate (choose from five types ) and coffee or mocha (or a potent mix of the two), along with scones, chocolate-chip cookies and flights of brownies. It’s a recipe for success: Dandelion added two new branches
The 3 best new brunches in San Francisco
Brunch is sacred in San Francisco and there is no shortage of outstanding options. But if you're tired of your usual dishes (and the corresponding wait), these three killer new brunch services are delivering weekend morning goodness a little bit off the beaten path. The Saratoga The Saratoga celebrated its first birthday with a brand new Sunday brunch service featuring Billionaire’s bacon, mimosa donuts and Jenga tots. You heard right: they serve a Jenga-like tower of tater tots with smoked salmon and cream cheese. For drinks, there's an entire Bloody Mary section on the menu with creations like the Root, a gin-aquavit Bloody laced with carrot, ginger, habanero, pickle brine and soy sauce. For those who like to drink their calories, order the Hail Mary, and your Bloody Mary comes garnished with fried pickles, bacon, quail eggs, jerky, jalapeño poppers, fried chicken and poached shrimp skewers. Sundays 11am–3:30pm Mersea Take advantage of the storybook views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge with brunch at Treasure Island's newest restaurant. Housed in 13 recycled shipping containers, Mersea is its own island complex with a bocce court, a putting green and an array of indoor/outdoor areas to dine and drink. Breakfast includes build-your-own toast options, but we say leave brunch to the experts and order the Elvis peanut butter-banana-yogurt shake with the Jersey Girl Sandwich, a twist on a Jersey Taylor pork roll with fried egg, kimchee, aioli and arug
3 upscale new izakayas to check out this month
San Francisco is no stranger to the izakaya, a casual Japanese-style pub for tasty bites and stiff drinks. But the latest wave of izakayas opening in the Bay Area are getting a boost of chic with elevated dishes and Instagram-worthy decor. Here's where we'll be eating this month. Shinmai Shinmai has been drawing crowds to its modern, minimalist spot in Uptown Oakland. For food, choose between ramen and shared bar bites like fried potato salad smothered in tobiko (fish roe) and truffle aioli and a crudo of ocean trout with piquillo peppers. Cocktails feature house blends of shochu, Japanese whisky and even mescal mixed with toasted brown rice syrup and yuzu soda. Bar at Hotel Kabuki Fresh off of major remodeling, Japantown’s Joie de Vivre hotel unveils a sleek new izakaya and cocktail lounge. Head here to sip highballs, tea cocktails and creamy drinks like the Ichigo (rum agricole, lemon, strawberry, Calpico and St. Germain) over braised short-rib wraps and okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancakes). Tawara Sake Dining This intimate space takes Asian fusion to the next level, serving Korean kimchi and Chinese dumplings alongside Japanese treats like chicken karaage, takoyaki (ball-shaped breaded octopus) and tiger prawn shrimp toast. Don’t miss the fennel-shiso-bacon potato salad, best enjoyed over rounds of sake with friends.