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The Most Anticipated Spring Restaurant and Bar Openings in the San Francisco Bay Area

Just three months into the new year, San Francisco and the East Bay have already welcomed an impressive list of new restaurants, bars and bakeries, including a Mission District sandwich shop from a star chef, an oasis on the Nikkei rooftop soaring above the SoMa skyline, and an Oakland restaurant backed by produce from one of the region’s top producers.

But with spring fast approaching, there’s more to come. By the end of May, more than a dozen new food and drink destinations are expected to open. We follow a pizzeria committed to reducing food waste by using recycled ingredients, a Marina bar with updated riffs on 1970s disco drinks, and an Indian street food counter landing in Silicon Valley.

For a preview of what’s coming soon to wine country, look no further than our list of 14 upcoming and new restaurants to explore in North Bay this spring and summer. Here, read on for 13 of the most anticipated upcoming restaurants and bars in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the Peninsula.


Shuggie’s Trash Pie and Natural Wine

Opening: end of March

Can we fight climate change with pizza? Sounds ambitious, but that’s not stopping executive chef David Murphy (White Chapel) and Kayla Abe from trying. Shuggie’s Trash Pie & Natural Wine partners, who are also behind the eco-conscious Ugly Pickle Co., promise to feature ‘ugly’ or ‘aesthetically challenged’ products from California farms and the remains of meat on a menu of wood-fired pizzas and small plates. They’ll do two types – Neapolitan Grandma’s Pie and East Coast Rectangle Thin and Bloated – plus Whipped Ricotta Garlic Knots, Homemade Hot Pockets and Pickle Pie alongside a natural wine list . 3349 23rd Street, San Francisco. instagram.com/shuggiespizza.


Helpline

Opening: April

Lauren Saria

The duo behind Korean convenience store Inner Sunset Queens will head west with Hotline, a second restaurant taking over the former Boavida Cafe space near Ocean Beach. Clara Lee and Eddo Kim tell San Francisco Chronicle they are inspired by the Korean-Chinese hybrid junghwa restaurants of their youth. Expect steaming pans of Korean mapo tofu; japchae; crispy mandoo; and jjajang, a thick sauce of black beans and pork served over rice. This is a build-it-yourself plate situation and while some seating will be available, the restaurant is truly set up for takeout with third party delivery available. 3560 Taraval Street, San Francisco. instagram.com/hotline_asap.


Ban Blood

Opening: April

Daeho constantly draws long lines at its three locations in San Francisco and Milpitas. Now the group, known for its bubbly platters of braised rib stew, will support a modern Korean restaurant from a pair of gourmet chefs. the the Chronicle reports Ethan Min (Saison, Atelier Crenn) and Jin Lim (Michael Mina, Kinjo, Kabuto) will run the kitchen, offering a $70 menu of “Korean dishes incorporating French and Japanese techniques and ingredients.” 1560 Fillmore St., San Francisco. instagram.com/bansang_sf.


For registration

Opening: mid-April

Barry John Walsh (Future Bars) will open his first bar in the Marina this spring. Called For the Record and inspired by the 1970s, the retro bar will feature riffs on disco drinks like the Pink Squirrel and Mudslide, as well as an “Americana” menu from consulting chef Frank Hua of Hawaiian pop-up Unco Frank’s. The team plans to transform the block space of Balboa Cafe into a groovy hideaway with bright colors, eye-catching prints, lava lamps and record players. 2120 Greenwich Street, San Francisco. www.fortherecordsf.com.


Stewed

Opening: mid-April

For the past five years, chef Kosuke Tada has run the French pop-up Bistro Kosuke at Oakland’s natural wine bar Ordinaire. Now he and his wife and co-owner Grace Mitchell Tada will launch a permanent French bistro in the Mission. Look for a four-course set menu (about $82) offered five nights a week (including Mondays, so the restaurant is accessible to service workers), plus a wine list that leans heavily on natural wines Californians and French, the the Chronicle reports. 2400 Harrison Street, San Francisco. www.instagram.com/simmer_sf.


Hi Felicia Supper Club

Opening: mid-April

Hi Felicia Supper Club, the not-so-secret underground diner club that counts star chef Alice Waters among its fans, is going permanent with an actual restaurant planned for the Uptown Oakland space previously occupied by Daughter’s Diner. Owner Imana’s ambitious plans include a $195-per-person, 14-course tasting menu with optional drink pairings — all offered for a single seat Saturday through Tuesday in a dining room with just 10 tables, per the the Chronicle. 326 23rd Street, Oakland. instagram.com/hifeliciarestaurant.


Calabash

Opening: end of April

Kingston 11 chef and owner Nigel Jones is one step closer to the long-awaited debut of this East Bay restaurant. He’s teaming up with fellow chef-owners Azalina Eusope (Mahila) and Hanif Sadr (Komaaj) to bring a restaurant and market to the ground floor of Alta Waverly luxury apartments, a place where the neighborhood can grab a meal. fast and quality take-out. The menu will fuse the chef’s three cuisines – Jamaican, Malaysian and Persian – with dishes served throughout the day. 2302 Valdez Street, Oakland.


by Maybeck

Opening: May 2022

Jeff Banker and Lori Baker, the husband and wife behind the now-closed but much-loved Baker & Banker, will be making a comeback this spring, teaming up with chef-owner Aaron Toensing in the kitchen at Maybeck’s. Marina Restaurant, which is returning after an 18-month closure, will reopen this spring with a new menu, refreshed design, additional lounge seating and a wine boutique. Expect bright, light seasonal dishes, a strong dessert menu from Baker, and a renewed interest in cocktails and wine. 3213 Scott Street, San Francisco. www.maybecks.com.


Occitania

Open: mid to late May

A terracotta colored bowl with sausage, chicken, beans and sage.

Occitania

Chef Paul Canales, known for his longtime Spanish restaurant Uptown Oakland Duende, is expanding this spring with Occitania, a French-learning restaurant serving dishes from across the Occitan langue d’oc, or linguistic region. Canales plans to feature Californian ingredients in classic dishes like cassoulet, ratatouille and bouillabaisse. 422 24th Street, Oakland. www.occitaniaoakland.com.


Reserved for friends

Open: mid to late May

The team behind Restaurant Akiko, one of San Francisco’s most beloved sushi restaurants, plans to launch its exclusive Friends Only omakase counter in the coming months – but be warned: it’s an upscale restaurant of 10 places, if you know. -you know an experience that will be both an R+D kitchen and a sushi bar. 1501 California Street, San Francisco. instagram.com/friendsonlysf.


midnight bagel

Opening: Spring

There’s no denying that the Bay Area is in the throes of a bagel boom: for proof, look no further than news that fan-favorite pop-up Midnite Bagel, from the founder and former head baker of Tartine Nick Beitcher, plans to drop roots with showcase this spring. As Eater SF first reported, it’s taking it to the avenues with a “no-frills little bagel shop” in the Inner Sunset. The menu will include bagels (duh), cream cheese, smoked salmon and breakfast sandwiches, as well as coffee. 646 Irving Street, San Francisco. www.midnitebagel.com.


Little blue door at State Street Market

Opening: Spring

James Beard Award-nominated chef Sri Gopinathan has been busy. As well as debuting stylish Indian destination Ettan and heading to the Central Valley with classic fish and chips, he’s setting up Little Blue Door’s debut at State Street Market, the peninsula’s cavernous food hall at Los Alto. Along with his partner Ayesha Thapar, the chef will offer a menu focused on Indian street food in Silicon Valley, particularly dishes from Gopinathan’s native Kerala. 170 State Street, Los Altos. nstagram.com/littlebluedoorrestaurant.


Cafe Ohlone

Opening: Spring

About two years after closing its previous location, indigenous restaurant Cafe Ohlone is closing its debut at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus. Partners Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino told Eater SF in late December that they spent much of 2021 reimagining the space to be “uniquely Ohlone,” planning a courtyard filled with plants and art. natives, a tea hour, lunch with Ohlone seasonal foods and intimate dinners under the stars. Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus.