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Here’s my list of where it’s hot to eat right now in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some I’ve visited and feel it’s worth the buzz while others I just keep hearing the buzz and am still trying to get there! (Be sure to bookmark this page because you know this list will change often. And if you want to know where’s my favorite spots, check out my picks here.)

 

 

themorrisboxThe Morris
2501 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.612.8480

In the former Slow Club space, The Morris is creating buzz for its wine program and meaty dishes, like the smoked duck. The somewhat small space also keeps people waiting at the door.

Read about my visit to The Morris.

 

 

insituboxIn Situ
151 Third St. (Inside SFMOMA)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.941.6050

A restaurant that doesn’t serve an original dish is definitely a risk taker, but when it’s a concept from Chef Corey Lee (Benu) it becomes the talk of the town. The restaurant on the ground floor of SFMOMA features signature dishes from chefs from around the world.

Read about my visit to In Situ.

 

 

nomicaboxNomica
2223 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
415.665.3280

Refined Japanese cuisine seems to be on the upswing in the Bay Area, and Nomica is the latest entry, getting a boost with its pedigree in the kitchen (it’s the team behind Sausalito’s Sushi Ran).

(photo courtesy of Nomica’s website.)

 

 

ainaboxᾹina
900 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.814.3815

This contemporary Hawaiian eatery in Dogpatch is putting a modern twist to island favorites, focusing on brunch dishes. Being a small spot, weekend reservations are hard to come by and walk-in waits can be more than an hour. (And now it’s serving dinner!)

Read about my visit to Ᾱina.

 

 

sasaki-boxSasaki
2400 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.829.8997

Omakase sushi comes to the Mission with the new 12-seat Sasaki from Chef Masa Sasaki, who consulted for the restaurant Omakase and Oakland’s Delage.

(photo courtesy of Sasaki’s website)

 

 

Mensho TokyoMensho Tokyo
672 Geary St. (between Leavenworth and Jones)
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.800.8345

With hours-long lines, there’s no question this new ramen eatery from Japan is creating all the buzz in town, especially a town with such ramen lovers. Mensho opened in mid-February and crowds have been gathering to check out the noodles.

Read about my visit to Mensho Tokyo.

 

 

Mister Jiu'sMister Jiu’s
28 Waverly Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.857.9688

The long anticipated restaurant from Chef Brandon Jew (formerly of Bar Agricole) has gotten people to go back to San Francisco Chinatown with its modern take on Cantonese banquets.

Read about my visit to Mister Jiu’s.

 

 

juniJu-ni
1335 Fulton St. (near Divisadero)
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.655.9924

To guarantee your restaurant is always packed, limit the seating to just 12 seats. That’s the concept behind Ju-ni (which means 12 in Japanese), the new sushi restaurant in the former Candy Bar space in NoPa. Only an omakase (or chef’s choice) menu is offered for $90 over two seatings per night.

(photo courtesy of Ju-ni’s website)

 

 

calaboxCala
149 Fell St. (between Van Ness and Franklin)
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.660.7701

This new Mexican restaurant, which opened in the Civic Center area last fall, is courtesy of Gabriella Camara, who owns two noted restaurants in Mexico City. The broad seafood menu with intricate ingredients have opened people’s eyes to Mexican cuisine.

Read about my visit to Cala.

 

 

perennial buzzThe Perennial
59 9th St. (between Market and Mission Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.500.7788

The latest brainchild of restaurateur Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese Food) is a stylish and environmentally focused restaurant that GQ named one of this year’s “Best New Restaurants in America.”

Read about my visit to the Perennial.