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.)
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.)
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.
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.)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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