The secret’s been out for years, but in case you haven’t heard, the Bay Area is home to some of the most renowned restaurants, teams and chefs in the world. Each year, these creators and designers bring us new spots to revel in and drool over.
In 2017, we were gifted everything from the first Portuguese restaurant in San Francisco to a casual dining restaurant that brings simplicity back to Napa Valley cuisine — and literally everything in between. Keep reading to find out where you can get progressive Indian food, NOLA flavors, Japan’s favorite brewery experience and more right here in the Bay Area. Enjoy!
2293 Mission St | Facebook
Alba Ray’s brings all the Bourbon Street flavor, cocktails and atmosphere everyone loves right here to San Francisco. Complete with iconic hanging ferns, purple velvet banquettes, fleurs-de-lys decor, gaudy chandeliers and a hand-painted mosaic floor mural, you can get the NOLA experience alongside Jambalaya, Crawfish Étouffée, Sazeracs and more!
1550 Church St | Facebook
In a city as diverse as San Francisco, it may be surprising to hear how difficult it is to track down Portuguese food. Thanks to Uma Casa, our lives got a little bit easier and a lot tastier this year. Located in Noe Valley, the menu brings Portuguese flavors inspired by historic Indian, Chinese, Japanese, North African and Brazilian influences and the restaurant features a Portuguese-focused wine list, creative wine cocktails and a delectable raw bar!
333 Brannan St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of ROOH and Kelley Puleio
Designed as a communal space for relaxed social dining, ROOH is the place to go if you’re looking for inventive and progressive Indian food or artisanal cocktails. By combining uniquely Indian ingredients with seasonal California produce, they offer upscale dishes for lunch, dinner and brunch as well as an $80 Chef’s Tasting Menu.
639 Post St | Facebook
Owned by Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery and operating as the American home of Hitachino Nest beer, this Japanese pub has been on everyone’s minds for years as they were building their restaurant. And in 2017, we finally got to experience it all! Located in Lower Nob Hill, the menu is centered around kappo-style dishes (think Japanese tapas) and offers both an a la carte menu and a tasting menu alongside craft beer, sake and spirits.
644 Broadway | Facebook
Photo courtesy of China Live
It’s been in the works for years, and in March 2017, Chinatown’s interactive culinary and cultural destination opened its doors. The 30,000-square-foot marketplace offers shops, cafés, restaurants and bars while educating guests on the rich history and influence of Chinese culture. Including casual spots like Oolong Café and upscale destinations like Eight Tables by George Chen, we recommend stopping by with visitors, friends and even when you’re out running errands by yourself! Check out Eater’s guide to China Live for an inside look before you go.
1446 Market St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen and Michael David Rose
Ranging from Texas Smoke to Louisiana Creole and all the way to Georgia home cooking, Hazel offers a tour of Southern cuisine and culture in their cozy, rec-room style restaurant. With 16 TVs and two pool tables, it’s also a great place to catch the game or play your own! Stop in for a little Blackened Catfish, Oxtail and Grits or Hazel’s Fried Chicken and don’t miss the Apple Crisp Moonshine.
5000 Adeline St | Facebook
We’re pretty sure if you follow Navi Kitchen on Facebook or Instagram, you won’t need any more convincing, but we’ll take the time to rave about their food anytime. Located in Emeryville, this new spot is an all-day cafe and Indian pizzeria run by Chef Preeti Mistry. Alongside coffees, chai teas, and all-day breakfast on the weekends, they serve unheard of concoctions like Tikka Masala Mac + Cheese and Grateful Guju pizza topped with ginger Brussels sprouts, chai spiced bacon, caramelized onion and roasted squash!
101 Oak St | Facebook
This year, from the team behind SF’s beloved Rich Table, San Francisco got a new, casual spot serving rotisserie classics. Whether you opt for the famed Sally Hurricane Fried Chicken or the healthier Cauliflower sandwich, you’re in for a treat. Their menu has everything from chicken to lamb — all with a side of Umami Fries.
234 Townsend St | Facebook
Located right around the corner from Marlowe and AT&T Park, this Parisian-inspired wine bar and oysterette comes to us from Big Night restaurateurs Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas and chef Jennifer Puccio. With a rotating menu of small plates, a decadent raw bar and an even more decadent dessert menu, it’s the perfect place to go with a group!
1050 Charter Oak Ave | Facebook
Photo courtesy of The Charter Oak, photography by Kelly Puleio
In Napa Valley’s St. Helena, this beautiful restaurant serves a welcoming and approachable menu with Michelin-starred chef Christopher Kostow and Katianna Hong at the helm. In an effort to step away from the fine dining stereotype of Napa Valley, the team offers simple foods in a space that is as warm as it is trendy. Stop in to test the atmosphere and the tastes for yourself!
1825-3 San Pablo Ave | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Shinmai
Across the Bay Bridge in Oakland, this 100-seat restaurant is serving delicious izakaya and ramen in a casual, rustic space. Embracing the Bay Area’s true culture of diversity and invention, the menu showcases traditional Japanese fare, but adds to it and transforms it until each creation is all its own. Check out the dinner menu here before you go!
198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Madcap and John Storey
Owned and operated by chef Ron Siegel, this new Marin restaurant uses organic and farm-raised products to create outstanding a la carte items in addition to a chef’s tasting menu. Often featuring dishes like sea urchin pannacotta, geoduck and lobster knuckles or Devil’s Gulch rabbit tortelloni, you may find something you’ve never tried before, but you’ll definitely find something you’ll want to eat again!
1170 4th St | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Casey’s Pizza and Patricia Chang
We’ve never had a shortage of pizza here in San Francisco, but now we have a place to go for East Coast-inspired, thin crust Neapolitan pizzas, amazing craft beer, regional wine, seasonal salads and ice cream sundaes — all in one! Originally a Bay Area food truck, Casey’s Pizza uses local, organic ingredients to create everything in-house.
52 Belden Pl | Facebook
Underneath this military-themed, highbrow Belden Alley gastropub is a micro-brewery. So upstairs, you can get your oysters, artisan deviled eggs and Dungeness crab in the industrial-style dining room while sipping a beer that was brewed just a few feet away! Stop in for an entree or a few small plates, but whatever you do, order the Toy Soldier IPA.
711 Geary St | Facebook
This new Korean eatery comes to us from the creators of the Kokio Republic Fried Chicken Food Truck and the owner of Tamashisoul Sushi. In a space that merges an original 100-year-old brick wall and bright, modern finishes, you can eat shareable plates of Korean fried chicken and pork belly, bowls of wild mushroom pasta and so much more! Follow the restaurant on Instagram and you’ll want to make a trip in with every new photo.
4031 Broadway | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Copper Spoon and Daniel Telles
This lively Oakland cocktail bar serves up New American fare in the snack, raw, small plate, land, sea and dessert categories. So next time you stop by for a crafted mezcal cocktail (or the exciting Dealer’s Choice), order up a plate of Deviled Eggs or Sassy’s Lamb Merguez Burger and you’ll have a new favorite in East Bay.
111 Mason St | Facebook
Chef Robin Song and the team at Gibson have brought another upscale dining option to San Francisco. Located inside the Tenderloin’s Hotel Bijou, this restaurant and lounge stands out for its stunning urban, gold and teal decor, elegant cocktails and a food menu inspired by smoke and live fire.
1849 Shattuck Ave | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Les Arceaux and Kelly Puleio
Before opening day, we talked to co-owner Mikha Diaz about the team’s transition from San Francisco’s Two Sisters Bar & Books to Berkeley’s new Les Arceaux. Now open and thriving, each of Chef Alana O’Neal’s menus are a must-try, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner — or Mikha’s amazing wine list! Get the whole story from our blog post, Meet the Team Behind Berkeley’s Les Arceaux, A Brand New Neighborhood Bistro and Wine Bar.
2301 Fillmore St | Facebook
This comfort food pub was designed for coziness. The bar is a 31-foot piece of used Douglas Fir from the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and the food menu features everything from classic poke to the Trotter hot dog. It has nooks, it has crannies, it has a Yellow Rose cocktail that you have to try. In summary, this is your new go-to spot in Pacific Heights and you won’t be able to stay away in 2018.
661 Divisadero St | Facebook
One of the newest spots in San Francisco, NoPa’s barvale brings the true Spanish tapas experience to the Bay Area. In the spirit of togetherness, they serve both cold and hot shareable plates like patatas bravas and piquillos relleno which is a plate of blood sausage-stuffed basque peppers. Order your favorites and you may just end up with the entire menu! Then, pair it with an innovative and approachable cocktail, Spanish wine, sherry or cider.
Other notable 2017 openings include International Smoke, Craft & Spoon, A Mano, Bayou, Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company, Acacia House, Saucy Asian, Foxsister and Son’s Addition.
Let us know which ones you love in the comments below!