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4001 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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$31 to $50
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm
Lunch: Sat 10:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Tues-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Sun 10:00am-3:00pm
*Reservations are available for dinner service only.
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Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Muni: N-Judah, 46th Ave. stop; Bus: #18, 46th Ave. stop.
A word from Outerlands
Locally sourced, organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.
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This is a beautiful wood-paneled
restaurant in the sleepy Outer Sunset neighborhood just minutes from Ocean Beach. Their food knocks it out of the park with high quality ingredients, small but reasonable filling portions, and most importantly great taste. We have gone several times and would have booked our wedding reception there, if possible, for the fantastic food and ambience except they were planning for their restaurant expansion/renovation. As part of that, we had their tasting menu event several days ago including their famous in-house Levain toast (now they're making their own butter?!) as well as a melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked leg of lamb and wonderfully creamy risotto-type dish with truffles and root veggies. Yum."
Dined on 12/27/2013
Too cold if you sit by the door.
They should really invest in a curtain..."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Limited menu. Not food friendly
for a finicky eater, I had the soup and duck ragout which were very good but others at our table had the crab & scallop stew which was tasteless and the pork belly which was just OK. Bread and butter were of course delicious. My special cocktail made with rum had a very medicinal taste which was not pleasant. Should have gotten something else!!! For all the raving I have heard about this place, I was very disappointed. Maybe lunch is better!!!"
Dined on 12/19/2013
As a relatively satisfied brunch
customer of Outerlands, I figured I'd try their dinner. Well, nothing about the experience left a good taste in my mouth (the food especially). From the lack of apology for the 30-minute wait after our reservation time (which we would have been fined $50 for missing, by the way), to the flavorless roasted sunchokes that tasted "like a paper bag" (-my girlfriend), to the eight-dollar toast with two tiny slces of mediocre cheese, to the mealy cavatappi, to the overcooked duck, to the aloof and unhelpful service staff (10 min to acknowledge us upon walking in; 8 min to get honey for tea i'd ordered), to our gross table between a dishwashing station and high chair storage, everything was a complete mess. AVOID."
Dined on 12/17/2013
The flavors were delicious and I
loved the rustic decor. A real find."
Dined on 12/17/2013
This is one of my favorites of
S.F. The food is really outstanding and original,"
Dined on 12/12/2013
The food is excellent, as is the
service. Cocktails were heavenly. The glitch: no heat on in the restaurants. We were given blankets for our legs ( not good....but only choice). I will recommend restaurant for warm days only."
Dined on 12/10/2013
Outerlands epitomes what San
Francisco is all about --a local (neighborhood) place with great food that's organic, wholesome and fresh. It's a hip place without being pretentious. I've introduced many friends to the restaurant (and they've all loved the food) . One drawback is that the restaurant can be very cold (I know it's by the beach but really) . If they double in size through the projected expansion next door, they better hire another chef or two. This is not a fast food place. We had the octopus and sunchokes as appetizers. For dinner we had the duck, seafood stew, pork chop, and congee. All very tasty though pork chop looked the best. For dessert --OMG --the monkeybread with salted caramel sauce!!!"
Dined on 12/10/2013
Based on positive feedback from
friends on their Outerlands experience, we were really looking forward to our first time there. Unfortunately our experience turned out somewhat different from that of our friends. The service was fine but the food was not on par with the service. We were two couples and all four of us rated the food experience as marginal at best. Perhaps they were having a bad night, so our intention is to give them another chance."
Dined on 12/7/2013
A gem in an unusual spot, go for
it you will not be disappointed."
Dined on 11/30/2013
What a great place. And the food
is remarkable. The turnip soup was lovely. Carmelized sunchokes were beyond wonderful. And the seafood stew was perfect."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I think I dreamt about the
sunchokes, they were that good. The soup was also a winner - a good-size portion, amazing flavors and warm on a cold outer sunset night. The bread is a must - try it with one of the cheese. The only downside to Outerlands is that the wines by the glass are mediocre at best. Opt for beer or cocktails, though and you'll have an incredible experience overall. I wish they didn't ask for a credit card to hold the a reservation. Parking is sometimes a bit tough but we've always had good luck one block over on Kirkham. We'll definitely be back."
Dined on 11/15/2013
We were rushed between our
appetizer and main course. It was intense and not relaxing, not the kind of experience I was seeking. Perhaps it's because we chose an early seating. It made sense to do so after watching the sun go down on beautiful Funston Beach."
Dined on 11/13/2013
both the duck and pork were a
little tough the night we had dinner."
Dined on 11/9/2013
Amazing!!! Food was creative, and
flavorful with nice sized portions. Cocktails are delicious and inventive and the ambience is very comforting and relaxed. I can't wait to go back! Food was SO good."
Dined on 10/29/2013
It was a bit of a haul to Sunset
from the City, but it was worth every Duck, Octopus, Black Cod bite of it."
Dined on 10/25/2013
We went for my husband's
birthday--we both thought of Outerlands right away. We wanted (and got) great food that was genuinely prepared and served by people who cared about the food as more than sustenance. This may sound airy-fairy but it's true; I felt we were being nourished. We had the duck breast (the largest I've ever had in a restaurant) and accompanied it with the green beans. The flavors were complex but not overwrought. For dessert we had the monkeybread which had fresh Asian pears, toasted almonds, coconut, and cream. It was sublime and delightful. The setting is a funky, plain vibe and suits the food and the Sunset neighborhood."
Dined on 10/22/2013
Service slow; restaurant cold,
door wide open and our table right in line of draft. I'm never cold, had to leave jacket on. hostess said no other table available; said she'd close door but would need to reopen in a few mins; kitchen gets stuffy. would have left but was being hosted by companion; they did leave the door closed. table opened up farther from door soon, hostess seated other party of 2. slow service continued. we had tomato soup-excellent. I had pork loin-tough; companion had duck-delicious; sauces very good; side dish of sunflower buds were interesting but dry. wines were very good-server able to help with pairings. coffee extremely weak; server said it wasn't possible to make stronger pot of decaf-beans too mild"
Dined on 10/12/2013
We started with awesome cocktails
& spot on appetizers. Kale salad, uni, & the tomato soup ( which wasn't hot ) were all executed well. The entrees included Cod and Pork. The cod was bland & the corn fritters that accompanied the fish were luke warm. The pork was overcooked so you lost the juiciness that pork delivers. The flavor profiles were good but with the meat being tough it was hard to enjoy. We had a fancy rice pudding that had their version of a homemade rice crispy in it. The crunch was good but the flavors were muted. Overall, I wouldn't rush back for dinner. The service was adequate but nothing to write home about. To come out to 45th Ave and wait in the lines that this places demands the food need to be elevated a few notches."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Outerlands has a warm interior
made of wood creatively utilized as a decorative form. It feels like you are dining in a far off forest somewhere in Scandinavia rather than a beach community on the outer lying area of San Francisco. The food is impeccably prepared displaying an interesting combination of unique flavors. The service is knowledgeable, warm, and unpretentious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an intimate date, catching up with an old friend, and trying out some new flavors."
Dined on 10/11/2013
Food was DELICIOUS...beautiful
presentation...the bread was absolutely heavenly."
Dined on 10/9/2013
We made a reservation to celebrate
our 10th wedding anniversary at Outerlands and requested a window table when reserving, mentioning our special occassion. In addition to not getting a window table, despite being the first ones there and on time for our reservation, there was no acknowledgement of our request. The food was adequate, not as good as we recall it being previous times. The lack of concern for our request, the high prices, and the attitude of the staff at Outerlands have moved this restaurant on to our 'never again' list."
Dined on 10/4/2013
The food was good as expected. But
I was quite impressed with the wine list. They carried wines and varietals such as Jacquere from the Savoie and Savagnin from the Jura in France. If you never tried these wines it's time to get adventurous."
Dined on 8/24/2013
Great food, great service, great
venue. And now they take reservations for dinner!"
Dined on 8/15/2013
3.5 stars rounding up to four
because they now take reservations. Pros: The food is fantastic - inventive, fresh, delicious. I love that they're now taking reservations - 1 hour waits in the chilly, foggy night are a thing of the past. The beers are quite good. You can usually get parking within a 3 (long) block radius. Lovely homey feel. Cons: Small portions on the mains. Supplement with sides and bread. But the most disappointing part about Outerlands is the mediocre wine list. Either bring your own or go with beer or cocktails. Which is too bad given how great this place is otherwise and how easy it is to find decent wines in the $9-12/glass category."
Dined on 7/19/2013
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