The late fall/early winter blues can sometimes hit restaurants hard, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year in San Francisco.

The number of new restaurants opening up is unusually high and they all seem to be coming in at once. Here’s a quick look at some of the big names who have either just opened up or are set to in the next week.

Keiko a Nob Hill: A mix of Japanese and French fine dining hit Nob Hill this week with the opening of Keiko a Nob Hill. The former El Paseo duo of Sergio Takei and Keiko Takahashi is offering a tasting menu in the restaurant’s main dining rooms and a bar menu consisting of Japanese izakaya dishes. Located at 1250 Jones Street.

Izakaya Yuzuki: Opening in the former Ebb & Flow spot on 18th and Guerrero, chef Takashi Saito, formerly of Ame and Nojo, is bringing his own style of Japanese comfort food to the Mission. The menu features several small plates, familiar with many izakaya spots. Located at 598 Guerrero Street.

Southpaw BBQ: Southern-style barbecue has seen a major revival in the Bay Area. And residents in the Mission won’t have to go far to get their fix with the opening of Southern BBQ. Plenty of familiar items are on the menu, including brisket and pulled pork. Located at 2170 Mission Street.

Lers Ros Hayes: The second outpost for the popular Thai restaurant is now open in Hayes Valley. The original in the heart of Little Saigon on Larkin is known for its very authentic Thai cuisine. The same menu will be available at the newest location. Located at 307 Hayes Street.

House 330: A third location for the House Express team has made it’s way to Valencia Street, but while there still be plenty of Thai favorites, expect a mix of California and other Asian cuisines mixed in as well. Open for lunch and dinner, it will be more focused on in-house dining rather than takeout. Located at 530 Valencia Street.

Dobbs Ferry: Another addition to the burgeoning Hayes Valley neighborhood restaurant scene, Dobbs Ferry is docking at the former Allegro spot. Described as a “California bistro with East Coast sentiments,” the menu is expected to feature many California interpretations of East Coast dishes. Located at 406 Hayes Street.

Amazingly, these are just a handful of the openings that are happening this week and into early next week. Plenty of news to come about other hot spots around town coming soon so keep your eyes and ears peeled.



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