So… Let’s talk new restaurants in SF!
GUYS! There’s soooo many cool/new/hip restaurants in San Francisco that just opened up between this year and last year. I swear, I’ve tried a ton of places already, but I feel like my foodie list is never ending (it’s actually getting bigger-!!).
Plus, the culinary game in San Francisco is absolutely INSANE. Between SF and Napa Valley, we definitely have some of the best and innovative chef’s in the world.
And just for the record: none of these posts are sponsored either, I only write about places I really like!
Anyways, these restaurants are just killing it and they’re also perfect for date night (hint hint: fellas!)
So if you’re a foodie and you’re looking for something new to try, check it out:
Where: Aatxe (the best tapas!)
Why: I swear, each one of these tapas will rock your tastebuds. It’s also a great spot to sit at the bar, grab drinks, and enjoy the awesome atmosphere with great music playing in the background.
What to get: Octopus salad, mussels, crispy pork trotters, patatas bravas (think: french fries on crack).
Where: Trestle (<– my new fav!)
Why: You get three courses for ONLY $35!!! It’s a simple, affordable and brilliant concept. Seriously though, for the best bang-for-your buck, you GOTTA come here. I was super impressed with their menu and most importantly- they didn’t cut corners, the food was fantastic, and the service was on-point.
What to get: The menu changes daily. Choose an appetizer, entree and dessert.
Pro tip: If you come here on a date, you can pretty much order the whole menu and share it between the both of you. (They give you an option between 2 appetizers, 2 entrees & 2 desserts)
Why: Honestly, this is one of my FAV places this year. I’m literally saying this to everyone “OMG GUYS. THE BEST SHORT RIBS EVER-!!” (I swear I’d already be $100 richer if I got a dollar for every time I’ve said that.)
Ahem: Mourad, are any of you guys reading this? Hint hint- lol. JK.
What to get: The short ribs, duh! And any of the family-style entrees.
Pro Tip: Skip the appetizers and other dishes. Go for the family style entrees because it already comes with four different sides.
Where: Dragon Beaux (best dim-sum)
Why: Dragon Beaux just kills the competition when it comes to dim sum. Everything else in the city (chinatown) is just mediocre (sorry, I just came back from Hong Kong, so I’m a little biased).
Side: This place is opened by the owners of Koi Palace, which is probably the BEST dim sum spot in SF. But the only thing is… Koi Palace a little far from the city and the lines are RIDIC. We’re talking 1.5 hr -2.5 hr wait times.
What to get: Anything, just point and choose! For a Cyn Eats dim sum guide, read THIS!
Pro Tip: To avoid the weekend lines, call ahead for ressies (most dim sum places don’t even take them!).
Where: The Progress
Why: This place is brought to you by the owners of State Bird Provisions, need I say more??
What to get: They serve a 6 course tasting menu, where YOU get to pick and choose your dishes. It’s actually pretty genius, super fun, chill and affordable.
Pro Tip #1: Make your ressies ASAP. Like, right now.
Pro Tip #2: They have a first-come, first-served 20-seat bar with cocktails and $5-10 bar bites
Why: For all you meat lovers, this is where you NEED to be. Trust me.
Side: Chris Cosentino is the winner of Top Chef Masters and even had his own show on the Food Network (Chefs VS. City).
What to get: The massive pin-bone steak or the HUGE pig’s head (<– yeah, that’s a thing)
Pro Tip: Come here with friends so that you guys can order everything to share – do it family style!
Where: Lazy Bear (this place is a foodie’s paradise!)
Why: This is like Disneyland for foodies & anyone who loves taking #foodpics (ahem: me). They have an open kitchen where they encourage you to walk around, talk to the chefs, take pictures, and even write down notes on a lazy bear note pad.
What to get: The ~13 course tasting menu (only one menu per night).
Side: I know, I know… this isn’t exactly a new restaurant. But since it I just tried it this past month, it’s new to me! lol.
Where: Omakase (an impressive spot)
Why: They’re a brand new sushi/omakase spot that just opened up this month. There’s only 14 seats available, so get in there while they’re still new!
What to get: Omakase (the chef’s menu)
Where: Rove Kitchen (OMG. The chicken sandwich)
Why: This is your new go-to lunch spot when meeting with nearby startup colleagues or friends. It’s also a great spot for a casual “first date.”
What to get: They’ve got one of the BEST chicken sandwiches that I’ve ever tasted, it’s a MUST get!