State Bird Provisions

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Details
1529 Fillmore St (btwn Geary & O'Farrell St)
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 795-1272
New American
$ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu, Sun: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 5:30 PM–11:00 PM

What started off as a place to serve fried quail to the masses ended up as one of California’s hottest restaurants, even snagging a 2013 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant of the Year. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the husband-and-wife team behind State Bird Provisions, serve about 30 small, clever plates via dim sum-style rolling carts (a trend that reached beyond Chinatown restaurants to none other than David Chang’s Má Pêche in 2014). The fried quail (that is, the official state bird of California: California valley quail, known for its hardiness and adaptability), buttermilk-marinated and encrusted with bread and pepita crumbs, is the signature dish, but don’t overlook the section devoted entirely to pancakes and toast (ham mousse with kohlrabi toast and broccoli Cheddar pancake!).

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips

  • Ask for the extinct menu. 10k will get you 5oz of bald eagle. Worth every penny.
  • Bon Appetit's 2012 winner 'Best New Restaurant in America' - Congrats! Well deserved!
  • Say yes to everything.
  • Want a prime-time reservation? Wake up at around 4 AM 60 days before your date of choice. It's worth it!
  • Order the quail, deep-fried and set on a tangle of soft, lemony onions, then topped with shavings of Parmesan cheese.
  • Sit down and have a chat with Mark Twain, then enjoy the prime rib :)
  • Def get the sturgeon pancake, hamachi, state bird, duck, and ice cream sandwiches! Get a reservation or show up and wait in line at 5pm for 530 seating.
  • They serve good things like sourdough kraut ricotta & pecorino pancakes until midnight. And there is quail on the menu, served with lemon stewed onions.
  • Ice cream sandwich. On point. Save room for it.
  • Waiters roam the room serving innovative small bites from dim-sum-style carts. The seafood selections are particularly worth flagging down for delicacies like black-garlic aioli on a fried nori chip.
  • It's gotta be one of the most fun restaurants I've ever visited! Long lineups, impossible te reserve, but so worth it!
  • Eat here as soon as you can. Build up an appetite and then eat everything.
  • Even late reservation are fine -- the dim sum style means there is food on your table just seconds after you sit down, and you won't be hungry for long.
  • "The food is 'dim sum'. Order a few hot items off the menu but also try the items brought around on carts or trays. It was all universally delicious and novel. It's worth a visit if you're in town."
  • Oh my god. Get the burrata.
  • Must try the glazed pork ribs!
  • All but one table is reservation only. Book Early! Ps no bar area but fat angel and social study are nearby
  • Lively, exciting, and flavorful, the nouveau dim sum-style dinner at State Bird is as high energy as it is delicious.
  • Order the Paul Mathew Russian River Valley Pinot to go with your dinner. Fairly priced and quite tasty.
  • Quail, lobster salad, octopus, burrata garlic bread and birdseed dessert were delish!