Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant
Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant

Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sf-local.com/
  • Phone: 4157774200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: LUNCH 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Monday - Friday: HAPPY HOUR 4:00-6:30
    Sunday - Tuesday: DINNER 5:30-10:00
    Wednesday- Saturday OPEN UNTIL 11:00

    BRUNCH Every Saturday & Sunday 10:00-2:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Happy hour now at Local...4pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday - that's right-Saturday!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Folsom Street
  • Public Transit: Accessible by all major Muni lines and BART. Close to the 80 freeway onramp.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking on Folsom Street and 1st Street. Free parking after 6pm. One hour residential permit parking on Guy Street and Lansing Street.
A word from Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant
Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant is in Rincon Hill serving pizzas from the wood-burning oven, savory selections from the rotisserie and fresh house-made pastas. Our style is Urban Rustic comfort food. We use organic and local ingredients while offering a global yet approachable wine selection. Our dining room serves Lunch: Monday-Friday, Dinner: Monday-Sunday. Brunch Saturday/Sunday 10:00-2:30 Sunday night is 1/2 price pizza night.
Happy Hour: 4pm to 6:30pm Monday through Friday!
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Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (24)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (14)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (8)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great spot
    Jb63VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our local go to restaurant. Brussels sprouts are off the charts and We always get the chicken and have never been disappointed. Pizzas are delicious and fresh and are the perfect size. We mostly go with a couple people so that we can share plates. It's the best way to go because you will want a bite of whatever is on the table :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Loved the food! Delicious pizza, salad, yummy brussels sprouts and creme brulee cheesecake! I would come back to try the rest of the menu:) We were sitting super close to the kitchen and it got noisy and at times disrupting to our conversation,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood eats!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    So glad that this is across the street from my apartment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's Local
    Chargold
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We walk by daily since we moved here a month ago and decided to give it a try. Sorry we waited, but so happy that we gave it a try. The restaurant is small and well designed. You can sit at a group table, small table or sit at the counter in front of the kitchen. The menu was interesting and we tried several small plates and were impressed with them all. The staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. It is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it will be there again soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had many dishes that we shared and so enjoyed each tasty dish. The service was wonderful/food is very special and we even had the luxury to be seated in the private dining room for my daughters 17th Birthday! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Bad Happy Hour Policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a great time at the Local Kitchen and the food was excellent! However, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with their bar policy. A group of us left work earlier for their happy hour. When we tried to order our drinks at the table, we were told that happy hour drinks/appetizers were for the bar and counter only. The bar and counter area is rather small (~6 seats). We arrived fairly early (around 5pm) and only 1 seat was available at the bar and there were 3 of us. As you can imagine, we were not too happy about that. I would rate them a higher score if it weren't for their happy hour policy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to visit with friends
    DaveyRVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This urban neighborhood gem has a well thought out wine list, good food, and attentive and friendly but not rushed service. Their pizza was a highlight of the evening as was the short ribs app.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh.
    MonsieurBongout1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    interesting cavelike atmosphere but food and service unimpressive tho passable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Neighborhood Spot
    KatyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time at Local, and we will definitely return. The ambience is soothing, and the staff is very friendly. John, the bartender, was especially warm. We ended up eating at the bar and would probably do so again. The heirloom tomato salads were the stars of our meals. My partner's pasta was also good as was my chicken. It's nice having a reasonably priced restaurant so close to home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SusieZVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The good - easy street parking, open fairly early. The bad - chipped cup, beverages arrived at different times, cream came after coffee was cold, had to request spoon. Refills not forthcoming. Pancakes needed salt in batter, orange flavor missing. Overall mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this Place
    CitrusgrowerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a was a great find. It was recommended by a friend and lived up to my expectations. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomach but we seemed to finish everything put in front of us. The cocktails were also amazing. My date had a great citrus Cosmo and I had a vodka on the rocks made with Corbin Sweet Potato Vodka. I will frequent this new treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service with foodto match
    DaveyRVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Attentive friendly service, nice varied wine list, our entrees were cooked perfectly; save room for the chocolate dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    Sfgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything was great except for the fact that we had to wait 45 minutes after our reservation to get our table. There were 3 other birthday parties of people that weren't leaving their tables so instead of asking them to leave they made us an hour later. Would return, but not with a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, amazing fungi pizza
    WineandDineOaktown
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was very good. Was a little surprised with the Burratta being flavored with a spicy oil (I have always had it with sweet balsamic), but the fungi pizza was amazing. The noise level, however, is a real challenge. Even with a 6:30 seating time, by the time the main course came, you can't carry on a conversation with the person next to you without yelling.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Brilliant Food and Service
    JBJB
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The evening could have been a disaster. I booked a business dinner for five but the reservation only reflected two. The hostess on a very busy night found seats for us to wait, gave us a complimentary drink and fries and treated us not as a problem but with sincere concern and desire to keep us happy. We were seated and the experience with both the food and service continued to be excellent. I highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place for food w/ friends
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    large communal tables; great service or small 2-tops for date night my wife and I live around the corner - this is our go-to spot in SOMA
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dining experience
    goodydine
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    And a great wine list. Have never been disappointed here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JLau
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food is always great. Brussel sprouts and truffle fries are must haves. My first Fungi pizza was burnt and they remade it immediately. Took some time, but it was worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Costly Lunch
    AOKAY
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Pros - The food and the wait staff were outstanding. Cons - The hostess was rude, lunch was overpriced and we received an unpleasant surprise at the end of our meal: A 4% surcharge was added to our already-expensive check "to meet San Francisco mandates."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Larry
    Larry
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was great, especially the special: steck sandwich with blue cheeses and caramelized onions. And, of course, a heap of fries! Our waiter made a wonderful recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Returning Diners
    JanButlerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have been to Local several times but this last visit was the best. Their bolognese was wonderful! The pasta was velvety smooth and the sauce was a traditional sauce with ca hint of heat. Pork chop was extremely moist, which is difficult from my experience. Wait staff was attentive and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 585 reviews are from the Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant reviews archive.
  • San Francisco Must Do!
    SF2Denver
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have been coming here for years when I am in SF....and I love it! The food is great, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the wine selection is always outstanding. And with rare exception, the service is tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left Hungry
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Their meat order had not arrived by lunchtime, so the choice of entres was quite limited. Left hungry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was lacking
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We waited for too long to be attended to by a server. Then our order was also delayed. The host comped our first glass of wine and apologized.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent as always!
    ThomasMurrayJr
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A neighborhood favorite of mine. Food is great, service excellent, and highly recommended to anyone who is looking to stay away from the tourist traps. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Tolly666
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Average food at above average prices. Greasy pizza
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very tasty!
    tryingfoodsinSF
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went here with a group of 7 for a business dinner and were so pleasantly surprised. Food was really impressive. Drinks were good but most were pretty sweet. Really looking forward to eating the leftovers for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    LuLu
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Portions more than ample; Nice variety of lunch specials; The Best Truffle Salt fries in the bay area; Really good soup - Black Bean; Gorgeous salads; Service is improving.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    FolsomFoodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food and service is always reliable and above average!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lauraVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Service was very good, portion sizes were quite large, ambiance was nice, but the food was good/okay, not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Dineeeee
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Love this restaurant. Great food, amazing ambiance, good wine and cocktail list. Also, very walkable from my home which is a huge plus!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating and delicious
    BossyP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We were late for our reservation and needed to hurry to make our next appointment, our waiter was helpful and thoughtful, allowing us to eat and leave in a very short time. The food was wonderful and the leftovers divine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Mothers Day brunch
    STMission
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our family spend Mothers Day here - mom, grandmother, grandfather, and 2 school age boys. The ambiance was great, the service excellent, and the staff was incredibly warm and receptive. The menu had choices for everyone - even the 5 year old. Bottomless mimosas, too. For our family, the option for an early reservation (9am) was also great. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza at Locale Kitchen
    pizzalovr
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had two of their pizza's and both were excellent. My favority was the funghi which is served with Truffle oil and argula. The place is small, and quite noisy. You really had to talk loud to be heard by people at your own table. Even though it was loud I would go back for the pizza.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFdiner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I can always count on a great meal. The food is delicious and plentiful and I love the communal table.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Groupon Brunch- Yummy
    FatKidAtHeart
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went to the city for a weekend trip and found this Groupon gem. Bottomless mimosas and delicious brunch choices. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food but Too Noisy
    FoodFriend
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This was my second time dining at Local Kitchen. The first time it was early and a chilly, foggy SF night. The harvest pasta and red wine were great and I really enjoyed it. The second time was just at the end of happy hour on a warm evening. There was confusion about our reservation, the service was haphazard although well meaning. The biggest problem is the noise level. Cement floor, metal stools and an open kitchen combine to make it far too noisy to hear the person across the table. I won't go back because i am tired of restaurants where the din is so loud I end up with a headache and a sore throat at the end of the meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing lunch!
    jjett
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I came for lunch with a friend who had never been before. The service was off the charts amazing, super friendly and attentive. I had the tuna and salmon salad which was very generous with the fish and the salad was really fresh. My friend had the burger w/ bacon and fries and said it was one of the better burgers he has had in a while. Food and service is always amazing here, one of my favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    foodie4life
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is a good place for a quick dinner or brunch if you live in the neighborhood. The decor is simple and the food is really good, especially the pizza and cocktails! Service could be improved a but (i.e. hostess seems stressed and doesn't smile), but it wasn't bad service either.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "BRUNCHTASTIC"
    Food4Life
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Had an awesome brunch before heading to the Giants game. The food was delish, the waiter super attendant and friendly. Will definitely be back for more.....
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate