Local's Corner

Local's Corner

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.localscornersf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 800-7945
  • Hours of Operation:


    DINNER
    Tuesday - Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm

    DAYTIME
    Saturday & Sunday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jake Des Voignes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Catering: We would like to cater your party, meeting, or special occasion. Be in touch for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Street
  • Public Transit: Bart 24th St Mission
    Muni 27, 9, 33, 12, 67, 48.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there is a public lot a few blocks away at 23rd St and Utah
A word from Local's Corner
Local's Corner is a raw bar and seafood restaurant, serving only local and sustainably caught fish. Our wine and beer lists are all Californian.
There is a 3-course Winter Menu for $38, including dessert.
There is a 6-course Chef's Tasting Menu available at the Chef's Counter for $65. When you reserve, please let us know if you are booking the Chef's Counter.
We are open for six days a week and take reservation for dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Local's Corner reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (10)special occasion (10)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    Star812VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Heard about this place being great but would be closing soon, so we rushed there to try their food. We were gently forewarned that the dishes, except for entree, would be small quantity, but were not prepared for how small! The abalone dish totaled about one small teaspoonful of abalone & mushrooms, and we had to search for it among the mushroom. That dish was $15! Needless to say, we walked out feeling still hungry after spending $130+, and we are seniors w/ a small appetite. I overheard the next table was served a meat dish when they had ordered a fish dish. Guess their heart was no longer in this. Might as well close.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding cuisine at very reasonable prices.
    Nevan3
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    A small plate restaurant with great cuisine. Great farm-to-table menu. Very small restaurant with plain decor. Only eight tables and some counter seating. Nice wine list with several affordable gems. Service was a little slow but very friendly. Essentially it's fine dining at value price points.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but clubby
    groupoutingVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    people who've been here before get big smiles and handshakes and slaps on the back (and better pours of wine and all sorts of extra stuff from the kitchen). we coming for the first time get a raised eyebrow and some good food with barely a smile. that's okay, it is san francisco, but well, you know still 100 a piece for a regular meal with a couple glasses of wine; would be nice to feel a little more welcome. that said, food is great; unexpected flavors and combinations, small but just-right portions. if you're going and you're not an attractive young woman, be aggressive talking to the one waiter and the two guys in the kitchen; they seem to respond to the fraternity-type bromance stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a delight!
    ContessaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great neighbor find! Creative, delicious food. Interesting wines. Friendly staff. Even the other diners were fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My husband and I have been travelling around the world on a food safari and Local's Corner was one of our favourite little gems. Abalone appetiser was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Not too far off the Mission's beaten path, but it doesnt disappoint. Everything we had was amazing from the oysters to the dessert. I will certainly be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in SF
    onthemasspikeVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is seriously the most forward thinking place in SF. It's hard to find food that is not predictable, but here you will have wonderful and imaginative food!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible food
    Jerols808
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Found this restaurant while googling and was very impressed with the menu. Our expectations were surpassed and we can't stop talking about it to friends that live here and haven't discovered it yet. What a wonderful experience and we will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    BEall
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We didn't know much about this little place and are so glad we found it. First thing we were presented with were delicious $1 oysters, and the going was good from then on. Very terrific food not expected at such a casual corner. The people were very nice. Dishes did not all arrive in the best order, but they warn you about that. Good place to share dishes. There was a table of eight young women that evening. We would hope you would not encounter that. They were extremely loud which is the fault of today's culture, not the restaurant's. Peek in. If the tables are set for four, definitely go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food; Spotty service
    VicinSF
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our group of 4 had a good time, although it is hard to talk above the noise in the small room. The waitress meant well, but had to check back with the kitchen for almost all questions about food, which appeared "when it was ready." Luckily my main course salmon was perfectly done, not almost raw as in many restaurants. Others had halibut (excellent) and spachetti (strangely cooked and flavored). Wine list reasonable - we had the cheapest red (carignane) which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    very, very short wine list, but i would be happy to drink any wine on the list. Great choices by the glass!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food
    CanadaSanDiego
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Tapas style, incredible food, great wine choice, friendly service and all for less than $50 per person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good!
    RedClayKid
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very original and creative dishes. Wonderful tastes. Service was only moderately attentive, surprising because there are so few tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MeowfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Panzanella was vinegary to the point of being inedible. Strange apostrophe placement in the name.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beaux Alexander
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have dined at Local Corner 4 times before and always had a great experience with the food and wait staff. Friday night we sat down and it took 20 minutes to get a drink order. Two tables of couples beside us said they also were not impressed by the service and had to literally get out of their seats to request the check. The meal took over 45 minutes to come. When we asked the server when the food would come his response was "all of our entrees take 20 minutes". That's great, but we were 3 times beyond that time. There were only 2 wait staff in the restaurant and they were not able to do the job adequately. The food is no that good that you are willing to wait. I will not go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant for Locals Only!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The name says it all. "Local Corner." If you are not a local don't bother going to this place, because they do not want you there. I have never had such bad service, nor been ignored in a restaurant in my life. Thus, my party and I left after waiting more than 10 minutes to place an order. It was a very small restaurant. The waitress was clearly avoiding us. Again, if you're not a local or do not look like one, don't even bother trying this place!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    onthemasspikeVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food here is always delicious and creative! It's hard to find a place in SF where you will try new and genius flavor combinations that are absolutely amazing and delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go early!
    EpicureVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We can't tell how Local's Corner would be if it were full, but we got there during a very quiet time when only a couple of tables were occupied. (It's a tiny, unassuming restaurant off the beaten path.) We got a lot of attention and some very good advice. Excellent small plates, imaginative seafood dishes served beautifully. We'd definitely go back in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Benicia Babe Goes to Local's Corner
    BeniciaBabe55VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I think the chef at Local's Corner is one of the very best in San Francisco. The wait staff was also excellent. I had the homemade pasta with chili infused in it along with mussels and what I think was pork belly. It was so damm good I could not believe it!! The starter was anchovies with olive oil and crutons/greens and I think it was fabulous. Don't worry that it is in the heart of the Mission - take BART to 24th street and walk down 24th to Bryant. It is worth the trip, trust me. It does not get better than this. It is a true find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    Nicoya
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice small restaurant and great food. Ordered small plates and than ordered seafood combinations which were very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Awesome local food!!!! Very short wine list but every bottle is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a pop up night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    And when I made the reservation on Open Table that wasn't noted. So, when we arrived it wasn't the usual menu and it was a different chef. Open Table has got to find a way to make certain that people know this. The food was good, but it wasn't what we really wanted to eat.
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  • Corner Gem
    PenguiniVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The 4 of us shared the raw oysters ($1 a piece during happy hour!), squid salad, salmon ceviche, salmon shoulder, and rock cod. All were very tasty and fresh but my favorite was the rock cod. Service was excellent. Very disappointed that they didn't serve dessert, only a cheese plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find in the East Missiion
    WillG
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were happy with our Local's Corner experience. They've done a great job turning a super-tiny space into a cool, homey restaurant. All the seafood dishes delivered and we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 160 reviews are from the Local's Corner reviews archive.
  • Repeat Visit 98%!
    farrp
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is the 3rd time we've eaten here. Shared this wonderful spot with a friend for her birthday. Food was excellent...be advised, this is no place for someone who is starving, but fun for sharing new combinations with friends and a nice glass of wine. Food is prepared and presented wonderfully. Don't judge menu with your prejudice's against certain foods or preparation. Everything is a new and tasty adventure. Only issue we had was the volume of the music (never an issue before). This is a small, compact space and noisy enough without blaring music (which was way to hip for me). We asked to have it turned down, which it was, but it seemed to slowly creep up again. Otherwise, this would have been a 100% dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love this place, the food is incredible. I've eaten here prob about 12-15 times and never been disappointed by the food. However, the service was pretty sluggish this last time -the server took 25 minutes to check in on us after being seated. An anomaly given my previous experiences, so I will continue to be optimistic for future experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Three words: pretentious, pretentious, pretentious. We liked the food, however the service is so poor that it ruined the overall experience. We asked for some extra lemon for our oysters, and we never saw it. We order some bread, and 1) we had to pay for it 2) we had to wait 10-15 mins between the first and the second serving of bread arrived; when it arrived, it was dark for being over-toasted so we sent it back; and another 10-15 mins went by before we got a new serving. Also, we had a party of 5 and were told that plates were made for sharing; it turned out entree portions were so small they were impossible to share. And of course it was very expensive. Again, pretentious and not worth the price. I would not go back.
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  • Delicious
    sseabergVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had the six-course tasting menu and everything was fantastic. Perfectly executed, innovative dishes in an airy neighborhood location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All amazing options.
    KellyGirlSF
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Terrific food! We sampled 5 plates.. The calamari salad was amazing and the hamachi was a stand out. The service was very accommodating and everyone we encountered had a great attitude and the entire evening was truly memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food could do better
    t808
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was really good. Service was pretty poor, had to be prompted to bring menus, asked if she had already brought bread (she hadn't), generally a bit disorganised. She might have been new, but then should have been helped out. Also when serving tapas style share plates bring out dishes with strong spicy sauces later or exchange plates between dishes. The food was really very good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too little food
    lo94110
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had a slice of pizza an hour before our reservation and still left hungry after ordering an entree (a steak dinner) and a cheese plate to share with a friend. The portions were so ridiculously tiny and menu was limited. I wanted to like this place but just can't. The best I can say for it is that the breakfast I had there another time, while not at all otherwise memorable, did not make such a negative impression.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fish
    naninniVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    fish was outstanding in flavor- a lot of hot ( picante flavor) but very expensive for portion size prices would be reasonable for a more upscale restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The service was the major drawback. Although our waitress was quite knowledgeable about the food and very pleasant, she was very slow and she ultimately brought us the wrong entrees. Also, the way that the service is done -- they sort of insist that you share each order -- was not o our liking. I waited for ten minutes while my husband had his entree -- that was partly due to the waitress's mistake, and it was also due to the way that they like to serve the food -- one dish at a time. That said, the squash salad was excellent, and the bread was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little gem
    ManuZeta
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The menu is very intriguing it pairs unsusal flavours together, result excellent! following the recommendation of the waiter sharing is the best opportunity to try most of the dishes.Great wine list and fantastic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    lalalemon
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was interesting and very tasty. We especially enjoyed the oysters, caviar plate with eggs, and a cocoa-flavored pasta dish with morels. One dish, basically pork rilletes on toast, was not quite what we were expecting. Atmosphere was generally great, although we were seated next to speakers -- we felt the volume of the music was a little too loud for the vibe of the place. Cute decor, not as crowded or hipstery as we thought it might be. An enjoyable meal and interesting menu. Server was very friendly. It would be nice if the restaurant offered a dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    All seafood was amazingly fresh. Many flavor combinations were odd and didn't work well together.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite
    FerliseVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Tiny but smart use of the space. Nice neighborhood feel with four or five outdoor tables that is quaint. Had VERY different, light and extremely satisfying small plates. Started with radish, feta salad with arugula pesto that was wonderful. Followed that with a red trout that I think must have been another name for Arctic Char. Regardless, it was beautifully cooked with roasted carrots and fennel that were also very tasty. The dinner was a lovely way to spend our last night in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • letseat2
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was good to very good but the quantity was small for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Izakaya Style Dinner
    Betty
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was a nice selection of small plates that made up a very pleasant Sunday supper.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Very innovative and interesting menu. May be even better on second visits when diners are more familiar with how it works.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.