San Francisco's 5 Most New & Notable Culinary Destinations

Allie Pape counts down the 5 most new & notable restaurants and bars in town. Add these to your itinerary.

Updated: April 30, 2012

New & Notables


Rock Bar

80 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The owners of The Front Porch, the popular La Lengua Cajun spot, have snapped up the former International Club across the street and transformed it into a homey neighborhood bar. The rock-covered exterior wall was the inspiration for Rock Bar's mining theme, expressed via old lanterns, stone-themed ephemera, and drinks like the Dirty Metamorphic (a dirty martini with muddled Fresno chilies) and the Basil Mudstone (bourbon, Pineau, basil, lemon, and white tea). Also on offer: eight draft beers, a selection of classic cocktails like the Vieux Carre and Corpse Reviver #2, and a nightly $5 mystery cocktail. Drinkers can order a bucket of the Porch's famous fried chicken delivered to their barstools, perfect for soaking up any sins incurred during the two nightly happy hours (5-7:30 pm and 12 am-close).


Gold Star Bar

1548 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109


The Ice Cream Bar

815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117


Jake's on Market

2223 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114


Wise Sons Delicatessen

95 Orange Alley # 101, San Francisco, CA 94110