Chino (credit: Alex Farnum/chinosf.com)
San Francisco offers the ultimate melting pot of delicious dining experiences. With every option from burgers to sushi, there is an eatery to please everyone in this city by the bay. The new restaurant additions in 2014 have shown that San Francisco’s culinary inspiration abounds. Even the most well-versed city foodies will enjoy eating through the menus at each of these five best new restaurants in San Francisco.
Yuba Salad w/ Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms from Chino (credit: Alex Farnum/chinosf.com)
3198 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Mission’s Chino serves up a sumptuous blend of Chinese cuisine with a Latin flair. The restaurant’s casual, fun vibe draws patrons who enjoy a more lively atmosphere when dining. Great for late-night diners, Chino is open seven days a week until 1 a.m. The menu offers a variety of delicious dumplings, rice and noodle dishes, vegetable sides and palate-pleasing snacks like Chinese-ish Pork Riblets and Less-Chinese-ish Ono Ceviche.
2032 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
The Cow Hollow neighborhood’s Caribbean cuisine-inspired Palm House has replaced the site’s former Nettie’s Crab Shack. Patrons flock to this busy spot’s roomy interior and generous patio seating. Diners enjoy everything from tuna ceviche and friend jalapenos to Jamaican jerk chicken and tropical guava pork tacos. Amidst a sea of sushi bars and burger joints, the Palm House offers a welcome dose of spicy island food.
1096 S. Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
What could possibly be more fun than a restaurant with min-golf? The Mission District’s newly opened Urban Putt is the perfect combination of delicious food, drink and fun. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. seven days a week for dinner. Snacks and drinks are available during mini-golf hours, which range from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., depending on the day of the week. Bring the kids for a round of putt-putt and then enjoy a dinner of everything from kid-pleasing fried chicken thighs or grilled cheese, to slow-roasted pork shoulder or vegetarian cabbage rolls. Alternatively, plan a fun date night and head to Urban Putt after 8 p.m. when the mini-golf course becomes 21-and-over only.
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101 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94129
The new project of San Francisco icon chef Traci Des Jardins, The Commissary is located in an expansive brick building inside the Presidio. After the success of her restaurants Jardiniere and the Public House at AT&T Park, The Commissary is focused on Des Jardins’ signature California cuisine, combined with a Spanish flair.
This casual spot, open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, provides an excellent date-night dining option. Enjoy a variety of small bites such as salt cod fritters and pork albondigas, or indulge in a delicious entrée of lamb shoulder with candied eggplant and chermoula or tuna Basquaise with olives, peppers and tomatoes.
Red Dog Restaurant And Bar
303 2nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
SOMA’s recently opened Red Dog Restaurant and Bar showcases locally sourced ingredients into delicious European and American-inspired fare. The casual spot is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners frequent Red Dog for brunch and partake of everything from gourmet scrambles to oysters. Alternatively, come for dinner to feast on smoked duck breast or braised short ribs. For the sports enthusiast with more discerning tastes, grab one of Red Dog’s craft cocktails, pull up a stool and enjoy the game at the bar.
Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.