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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.)



Ippudo Berkeley
2015 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

People always go crazy for ramen, and the famous Japanese chain Ippudo (which already conquered Manhattan) landed its first Bay Area location in downtown Berkeley.

(Photo courtesy of Ippudo’s website.)



China Live
644 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

Touted as the Chinese version of Eataly, China Live brings high-end food stations in a festive space in Chinatown, serving up Peking duck, dumplings and more.

Read about my visit to China Live.



Single Thread
131 North St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Fine dining is no stranger in Napa (especially Yountville), but now Sonoma County gets the spotlight with this hot new restaurant in Healdsburg.

(photo courtesy of Single Thread’s website.)



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

Since opening last year, the Chinatown restaurant from Chef Brandon Jew (formerly of Bar Agricole) has received a variety of praise, including Bon Appetit’s recent “Best New Restaurant.”

Read about my visit to Mister Jiu’s.



620 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Robin doesn’t sound like the name of a sushi restaurant, but this new Hayes Valley spot is not your ordinary sushi restaurant.

Read about my visit to Robin.



Dumpling Time
11 Division St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

From the people behind Omakase, Dumpling Time is the new Instagram favorite with lots of snaps of their huge dumpling and others in colorful shades and flavors.

Read about my visit to Dumpling Time.



RT Rotisserie
101 Oak St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Trending on the roasted chicken wave, the chefs behind high-end Rich Table opened up this casual spot nearby giving diners delicious poultry on a plate.

(photo courtesy of RT Rotisserie’s website)



The Charter Oak
1050 Charter Oak Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574

Award-winning Chef Christopher Kostow takes a page from fellow Napa Valley Chef Thomas Keller (who opened Ad Hoc) with Kostow’s The Charter Oak, providing a slightly more casual approach than his 3-star Restaurant at Meadowood.

(photo courtesy of Charter Oak’s website)



1825-3 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

Japanese cuisine is still going strong, as evident in the latest opening in emerging Uptown in Oakland. This izakaya with ramen has a large space that’s dazzling nearby residents.

Read about my visit to Shinmai.



Finn Town
2251 Market St. (between Market and Mission Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94114

The charming Castro spot recently changed chefs, bringing in Steve Dustin. The place dedicated to upscale comfort food seems to continually draw the crowds at the bar and in the back.

Read about my visit to Finn Town.