Kinfolk
Kinfolk

Kinfolk

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kinfolksf.com/
  • Phone: 4155337189x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner:Tuesday, Th-Sa 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Lutes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dinners are available. For buy outs or other options please inquire here. eat@kinfolk.com
  • Private Party Contact: Greg 4155337189x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gates
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kinfolk
Kinfolk’s owner, chef Greg Lutes, created a cozy modern American restaurant that is currently a pop up inside of 903 restaurant.
The intention is to create relationships and "building community one plate at a time" through excellence in hospitality and delivering premier local organic produce, sustainable seafood and all natural meats.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Kinfolk reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (20)great for brunch (17)romantic (13)hot spot (9)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Definitely an up and restaurant
    bjean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was beautifully presented and equally matched in taste. I thought entrees were priced a little on the high side. Where the marked up prices really became noticeable was in their wines. I ordered a glass of Elke pinoit noir rose and it was $14 dollars and bot a very generous pour. This bottle retails for $20
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    ticorbeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been here several times. Never disappoints. Scallops with Pork Belly always a highlight! Everything is prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic
    mtchapman01
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of the best meals of my life. The quality of the food was phenomenal. I am already looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was outstanding, wife said it was the best scallops she's ever had. Service a little slow, but friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best of SF
    imabigkidnow88
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I couldn't speak more highly about my experience here. The chef * owner, Greg, was extremely hospitable the moment I walked in the door. The food was about the best I have ever had in San Francisco. This was more than just a meal, it was an experience that I can't wait to enjoy many more times in the future. He has won over my support for his new restaurant '3rd Cousin' via Kickstarter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every dish amazing
    aggie107
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's hard to find a place where every bite of every dish is perfect and amazing. This place is it. Service was very warm and the place has a cozy, down-to-earth feel about it. The food, however, is extraordinary - fresh ingredients and delicious complex flavors but never pretentious or trying too hard. I would eat here every night if I could...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Run, Don't Walk
    nweinfeld
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Just a superb semi pop-up soon to transform into a brick and mortar permanent restaurant almost next door. Truly destination quality food lovingly prepared and served by a dedicated staff. We've been twice now and are returning this evening and on both occasions were personally welcomed (and checked in on as well) by chef/owner Greg Lutes. Most highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a great local gem
    YalekVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Found Kinfolk accidentially and the chef gave us so much surprise. SBP gave me WOWs, Rich Table have few great dishes and Kinfolk hits all the notes perfectly. The smoked mozarella papadella is rich in taste and full of layers. The pine nut fritters and the Dungeness crab stuffed zucchini blosooms are soft and creamy, the taste of crab sweetened the blosooms. The sauce is a bit light in quantity. Otherwise, it is a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we loved the tasting meu
    idontnormallywritereviewsVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Ordered the tasting menu and everything was delicious. I probably would not have ordered the uni brulee a la carte but then I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate, impressive
    Dub777
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A small, welcoming, attentive staff that will take their time to speak with you about all of the dishes. No pretentiousness! We had a chance to talk to both of the chefs after our dinner about cooking techniques. We loved the tasting menu, and they were happy to accommodate our dietary requests. Greg, Daniel, and Rachel are very cool people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food!
    RosieAVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Kinfolk uses mostly farm-fresh ingredients and it shows. The orange juice was squeezed in front of us and every single brunch item was fantastic. The heirloom tomato and corn succotash was so delicious that we were practically licking our plates! The quinoa cakes were crisp and spicy, and the hangar steak and eggs were perfectly cooked. I hope this popup sticks around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am very much looking forward to the expansion of this restaurant. They are super friendly and the food is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    mruss68VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great meal and service at Kinfolk. Already recommended to foodie friends. Looking forward to the launch of 3rd Cousin.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bernal Heights Gem
    JustKJ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Staff is friendly & accommodating! Chef spoke to us & other diners on food & experience. Parking is difficult so come early. Small space but nicely arrange. Food is fabulous. Pork extra juicy, pasta tender but with a bite, great drink options. Overall, worth the drive even from Soma!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find in Bernal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Kinfolk plates are well proportioned. After sharing 2 appetizers and my own entrée, there was no room for dessert, sadly. The dishes are savory with fresh local market ingredients. Looking forward to seeing their larger location when it opens in the fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish I was related to Kinfolk
    LKTinsanfran
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What an amazing experience. The food, the service - everything was wonderful. You must have the seared scallops and the pork belly. As the maitre d' said - it is the best dish in San Francisco. We just wanted to get a large bowl of the truffle sauce that was on it. The duck was the best I have had in years - moist and juicy with an incredible flavor. I also loved all of the vegetables. Each preparation was unique yet delicious. I was taught that you can always tell how good a chef is by his preparation of vegetables. Judging by this, the Chef received an A+. You have to try it. A big bonus too, you can talk in normal voice tones and still hear each other. That is seldom found in Bay Area restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous time at Kinfolk
    bernal5
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband and I enjoy the many fine restaurants here in the bay area and think our food is perhaps the finest in the world. We took another couple to Kinfolk, it was both of our anniversaries, and the other couple has wheat and dairy allergies. Eating out with them can be a trying experience. However this night at Kinfolk was perfect. They felt comfortable with the many selections they had and the wait staff's knowledge was incredible. We must have had 7 different dishes and each one was superb. Possibly one of the best meals I have ever had. All four of us were delighted-it made for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great potential
    instabretVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went after reviewing their Brunch munu. Dang, showed up and it was a Fathers Day price fix menu. Disappointed. Think when they can move into their permanent address they will be great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is AWESOME!
    MaryO
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have to say that I have been here 2 times in one week, and I plan to go as many times I can get in there. Greg is a great chef. This place has great food, great wine. The staff is WONDERFUL. I have nothing but the BEST to say about this place. (Sunday brunch is awesome too). The only thing I told Greg and staff to their face is that I won't tell anyone how great this place is because as soon as people know how wonderful this restaurant is, they will mob it. Wait...too late. Oh well. Go enjoy yourself. Greg deserves all the respect!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, low-key
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Kinfolk was a nice little neighborhood place. The food was tasty - their maple bacon was particularly yummy, and the potatoes were awesome, though the crab & cheese egg scramble could have used a more interesting cheese as the mozzarella didn't particularly register; still it was tasty even without any cheese presence. Reasonable price, no wait, quick and friendly service - nice, drama-free local eatery.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superfooddelight2
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food is excellent ! Compliment to the chef ! The service is A okay ! The only complain that I have is why can they be generous on the serving of food ? Even the main course is served in a small plate, my family is not happy about that ! Also next time,I think we will bring our own bottle of wine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small, Friendly and Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Seats 20ppl max. Chef came and talked to us. Fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    ybrob24VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and great local atmosphere. Nothing disappointed. Great beer list to go with the wine list. Will absolutely be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazeballs
    ThatguyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Having lived in the West Village of NYC for nearly a decade, and SF now for 2 years, I can easily say that this meal was te best food I've had since I've lived in SF and is as good as anything I can remember ever eating in some of NYC's best known an hottest restaurants. The bacon scallops dish was unreal. I'm still thinking about that dish several days later. I am so pumped they're moving into a permanent location and this will be a staple of my new hood. (Btw Greg and the rest of the crew were super nice and really seemed to care that their patrons were having a great time). Kinfolk FTW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food
    Omnivoregonian
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    In an area of San Francisco with many excellent restaurant choices, this is among the very best. As it is a pop-up working out of a small space, the ambience gives them much to overcome. They manage it with aplomb. The ingredients are fresh and well chosen. The preparation is exquisite. The Brussels sprouts were the best we've ever had. The steak tender and flavorful, the desserts fabulous. One of the bonuses of the small space was the opportunity to talk to the chef/owner, Greg, when all of the dinners were prepared. He is personable, knowledgeable, and interested in his clientele. Don't hesitate to give Kinfolk a try. You will savor it as a great meal and a great bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kinfolk is fantastic!
    Jody
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I recommend the 5 course chef's tasting! Several gluten-free & vegan options are available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    ticorbeVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Second visit. Was just as good as the first! The scallops, swordfish, brussel sprouts and risotto. All incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little gem in Bernal Heights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Kinfolk is a small restaurant but has a lot of character and charm. Staff is gracious and attentive. Food was delicious and the use of local purveyors and sustainable products were good to see. We came in with a party of 5. Every dish that came out was raved at by the party. Delicious food, comfortable surroundings, caring attentive service made this evening special for us.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Kinfolk reviews archive.
  • Outstanding!
    cinsolVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    While the venue is small, the chef is mighty. Amazing, creative and expertly prepared dishes that you can't believe are coming out of the tiny kitchen. The chef warmly greets each table and the waitstaff is also fantastic. Can't wait for them to move into their planned larger venue as everyone should have an opportunity to enjoy this San Francisco gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Lucia
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner earlier this week at Kinfolk! The food was delicious, the portions were perfect, and we went home very content! Try the quinoa and lentil cakes...yum!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely find
    CnapgoVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We found ourselves suddenly child-less at 6pm on a Saturday night and were so pleased that we rolled the dice on this spot. Tiny yet intimate, we both thoroughly enjoyed rib-eyes and the pork belly/scallop starter. Chef came around to make sure we were happy and the host was perceptively aware of us without hovering. Yum!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deep tasty
    SarahSupper
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Kinfolk - all of the dishes were well-thought out - wonderful and original flavors, good sized portions, and attentive staff. The setting is cozy, but they've done a nice job with what they have.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much improvement needed - 2.5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    IMHO, the current 4.5 star rating is - umm - a bit inflated. The FOH is very friendly, but clearly still learning the ropes. The food uniformly lacked appropriate seasoning, acid & finesse. Worse, an app clearly missing two key ingredients was passed off as "correct." The wine pours by the glass were stingy. To me, not a good way for a pop-up to begin its ascent to prime time. I generously rounded up to 3 stars even though I have no inclination to revisit Kinfolk.
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  • Good Food, Bad Service
    eeeeeee0
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    While the food was good (especially the appetizers), the service was slow. There were large gaps from when we sat down to when our order was placed; and worse - quite a long time from when we finished our appetizer and when the meal was served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique and cosy
    Ivanmladek
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Place is very small and cute, food is pretty good and wine is fine. Just a tad pricey but worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    And the chef visits every table. Can't wait till they get a bigger space!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired chef = inspired menu
    katiewVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My family and I were spoiled this last Saturday with a beautiful tasting menu at Kinfolk. The chef was energetic and excited about his ingredients he had found that morning at the farmers market and mixed them into 6 unique courses each paired with delicious wines. The staff was thoughtful and lovely. A fantastic dining experience. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greg is doing a great job
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Greg is doing a great job and so does his staff. This was our second time there. I had the Cod and my husband had the pork chop. Both were moist and delicious.we are very glad he is in the neighborhood. We want to try his burch....the menu for it looks great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb neighborhood spot
    ZzzzzzVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Totally blown away by the food. We were expecting it to be good but the quality and creativity of the food was excellent. There are some challenges with that space and there were some very loud patrons there that spoiled it a bit, but the food stood out regardless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go immediately to kinfolk
    yummers
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    this restaurant has fabulous food. perhaps a tad expensive for bernal heights but in two visits everything was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.