4001 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122Neighborhood:
OrganicPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://outerlandssf.com/
- Phone: 4156616140x
- Hours of Operation:
Cafe Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11am
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm
Cocktail Hour: 3-5:30pm daily (small plates starting at 4pm)
Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm daily
Brunch: Sat-Sun 9am-3:00pm
*Reservations are available for dinner service only.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Bayani Inclano & Brooke Mosley
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
A word from Outerlands
Locally sourced, organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.Continued
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Outerlands reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (20)hot spot (19)romantic (19)great for brunch (17)great for outdoor dining (14)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Food not greatOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/17/2014We love the new remodel but the food was not up to snuff, particularly for the price. We won't be returning for dinner.
- Hipster in the SunsetBknessyDined on 10/15/2014So the new Outerlands is a great setting with a really nice interior for sure. The food however is still not that good. We had two entrees which both included the same ingredients as part of the side offering. The plates were very small the still pricey. My entree the lamb breast was more fat than meat. More like 3/4 fat 1/4 meat. Not a good choice or meal for sure. Really the entree was my girlfriends' choice but she didn't like it at all so I traded her my salmon which I would say was fair at best before I traded her. I can say that the $5 toast appetizer with "house made" butter was good although both the first and second course came out together. Overall for $100 was way to much for a city with much better options. Will I go back...noSpecial Features:
- Close, but....GibsonDined on 10/13/2014this is a restaurant that you really want to root for. But most things there are just slightly off the mark. That goes for the service, the description of the food, what actually comes out instead of the description of the food. (Seared beef cheek came out like a meatloaf) But that doesn't detract from the really cool reclaimed wood on the walls that the owner gathered from the beach. With a few tweaks here and there this could be a real winner.Special Features:
- Beautiful InteriorOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/12/2014Beautiful space with delicious choices. Everything on the menu has an interesting combination of tastes!! The dishes are complex without being overwhelming. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- Outerlands Review 10th Octoberblueboy777Dined on 10/10/2014Really cool restaurant. Hidden secret. Superb food. Excellent service and atmosphere. San Francisco restaurants are good but not many have the WOW factor and this does. You have to be patient with booking but it pays off. It is an all day restaurant and at lunch time it is worth just dropping in. South of Market is getting a bit old hat so it is pleasant to find this place. Ian PagetSpecial Features:
- YummyDined on 10/10/2014Wonderful bread, house cultured butter, delicious locally sourced food - wonderful space and wonderful service. Thank you!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DownhillDiscerningpalateDined on 10/9/2014I just found out they changed chefs in March. This used to be a great restaurant, but after my last two visits, I do not plan to return. food overcooked, not as exciting flavor profiles. Two members of my party felt their food was oversalted. Very disappointing.Special Features:
- 4 beans.LDeverauxDined on 10/8/2014My 3rd visit. The food was great. Beef cheeks entree was excellent, incredibly tasty. But the portions for the appetizers were far too small. We ordered the legumes, and there were 4 legumes on the plate. Outerlands isn't inexpensive, and I understand we're paying for quality and creativity, but 4 beans is extremely ungenerous. I was really disheartened by this. For service, our waitperson was okay, but didn't seem to have a lot of knowledge about the wine, and demeanor was professional but rather impersonal. For 4 people, we spent almost $400 on dinner, and for that price, a little more warmth from waitperson would have been appreciated. I enjoyed my food, but I'm not sure I'd return, given those portions and service.Special Features:
- Another great restaurantKikiVIPDined on 10/4/2014If you like great testing food, this is for you. Just love everything we order.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014Good food, extremely noisy . AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaSpecial Features:
- Light dinnerScottWDined on 10/1/2014I enjoyed a light dinner at Outerlands two weeks ago. The food was fresh, delicious, and intriguing in its preparations. The wine list had several nice glasses available. I would like to go back, and I recommend it for its ambiance, decor and tasty menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- seriously downhill since reopeningThinkerDined on 10/1/2014Outerlands used to by one of my favorite restaurants. They have been closed for dinner for a while after doing a major remodel and expansion as well as having a few chef changes. This week went for dinner anticipating the usual fabulous food. I was extremely disappointed. The food was over designed and badly executed. Fresh Anchovy appetizer was over battered and served as tasteless gummy yuck. Melon with Beets was more like melon in dirt with tasteless sauce. Entrees, shared Beef Cheeks and Charred Baby Octopus. The beef Cheeks were an undercooked slimy gummy mess with a look and texture of dog food, the Charred Octopus (my favourite food) was undercooked (no charring) and nauseatingly oily.
- super!noitasinagroDined on 9/28/2014Great an super kind team, cool place and awesome food! Highly recommended!!!Special Features:
- Creative dishesEatlotsDined on 9/26/2014Their menu was creative, delicious and varied. It was loud but you could still hold a conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Must tryOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 9/23/2014Best meal in SF! I typically don't write reviews, however this one was pure perfection. Must try!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/21/2014I've loved you since the beginning--love the expansion! The food is killer!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Old vs Newnot2girlishDined on 9/14/2014The new Outerlands still has great food and drinks, and the newly finished space is beautiful, but I don't think some of the price increases are justifiable (imo). I miss the old Outerlands. The prices were a bit more reasonable, you got bread with your soup, the deserts were better (imo) and the menu wasn't seafood heavy as often as it now seems. Also, I will go back to requesting to sit outdoors as the indoor chairs are very uncomfortable after about 20 minutes (for me and two of my friends at least). The new Outerlands will probably move to my special occassion list from my regular late night dinner list. I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who I think would appreciate it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Food and Service to MatchSF2DCDinerVIPDined on 9/13/2014Outerlands is well worth a trip to the Outer Sunset. Many others must have felt the same as there was quite an exuberant crowd on the Saturday night we dined there. The tomato soup may have been the best we ever had and that includes comparisons with restaurants such as Jardiniere and the Presidio Social Club. The chocolate and honey dessert almost tempted us to order a second round: the chocolate ganache garnished with crispy forbidden rice and bee pollen, accompanied by a smudge of salted caramel was the highlight of the evening. Our server, Brendan, was attentive and affable. A return visit is definitely in our future!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ourterlands - good, not outstandingNanookDined on 9/12/2014I was anticipating my dining experience at Ourterlands to be fantastic, given the rave reviews it has been given. I thought that it was quite good, but not necessarily worth all of the accolades. Everyone at my table had a nice dinner. The cabbage that was served with my friend's salmon was quite bitter and she did not like it. The dessert menu looked a little too experimental and did not offer anything of substance that tempted our group. Our waiter was a bit timid in his approach, but very nice. The atmosphere was very nice.Special Features:
- It was fineSaleemDined on 9/11/2014I had been waiting to go to Outerlands for years. Did not live up to all the hype. Ambiance was great and it was not to noisy, but the food was so-so. We had the bread, the salmon, tomato soup and chicken stew. All were fine, but nothing special. Prices were decent--above food and 3 glasses of wine and a drink for about $100. But the shocker was the service. Staff seemed really young and inexperienced (don't think there was a person over 30 working there) like what you would expect at the local coffee shop. The place was not crowded (went on a weeknight) and it took 30 min to take our drink order, another 30 min for apps, and we could not get our check in a timely manner. We physically had to block a waiter to get another glass of wine!Special Features:
- Great dinner, but....dak1Dined on 9/5/2014We really loved the food here...inventive, fun, different and well prepared. However, strangely, we were there on a Friday night and it was not that crowded, but we seemed to struggle to even get a drink. Drinks came out separately, so we had to sit around and wait until everyone got one. The food was served in a similar way. We had great expectations about the food, and despite the fact that we understood that the chef recently left, the food was fantastic. Its too bad the service lacked the same level of quality. Our waiter was great, friendly and helpful, but the issues seemed to be in the kitchen and/or bar....getting the food/drinks out in a logical, timely order. seemed to be a problemSpecial Features:
- Wait and seePJDivaVIPDined on 9/4/2014We had been here before but wanted to see the renovations and try out the new chef. We read in the paper that morning that the new chef left! We were game any way and went. This may have explained the shortened menu. For the four of us, we ordered everything on the menu except the soup (we wanted to try different things but there were only 3 entrées). We were split on the entrées--two of us thought they were adequate and two thought they were superb. We all enjoyed the smaller plates. We ordered three desserts and they were fine. No doubt we'll be back when they hire another chef, but what's up?Special Features:
- Has ProblemsHavePalateWillTravelDined on 9/2/2014Outerlands has lost its chef and dumbed down of its menu. Website lists five mains with meat proteins. We were offered two--a fish and a chicken both in broth. When we asked for bread for the broth, we were charged $5 for bread and butter. Bread and marrow spread is an appetizer on its website, but it was dumbed down to bread and butter. The chicken was "braised" had bones and bits of gristle attached. We do a better job at home. This was amateurish. So, what you have is an attractive, sort of groovy/'funky place with ordinary food, a dumbed down menu and a wine list with no wines you have ever heard of. Now, if the food were truly imagninative, I could get it. But, that is not the case. Stay away for a bit. We will try again later on.Special Features:
- What is it?pepskiVIPDined on 8/30/2014Not clear on the concept here. Are they going for beachcomber/hippie shack that just happens to have an exceptional kitchen or a fine dining experience dressed down in $700 hoodies? First I'll say that some of the food was exceptional. The service was, well, interesting. Our server was a sweetheart, but our first courses came out 5 minutes apart with no explanation. Low point was when a server(?) slammed a candle down on our table like a cup of dice on a bar. Get a front of house manager already! If I lived in the neighborhood and it was easy to get into, I might put it in my rotation. I wouldn't fight for a reservation nor would I recommend it as a destination for out-of-towners.Special Features:
- InconsistentDTMVVIPDined on 8/29/2014Both the food and the service were inconsistent on our recent visit. The servers and hostess were pleasant and competent yet completely abandoned us to talk to each other several times. The food was mostly very good but my halibut was overcooked. The bread was absolutely delicious and the best thing we ate.Special Features:
- Out thereMickyVIPDined on 8/25/2014Been here before it remodeled so was looking forward to it. Love what they did to the place - warm wood and great bar. Sat down at prescribed reservation time, staff very pleasant but disappointed in both the food. Our server spent a long time describing each meticulous dish and when presented they were for the most part small and esoteric. Way too much preparation - wish food were as easy and uncomplicated as the space design and the neighborhood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding service&delicious foodLuluDined on 8/25/2014Our server was simply wonderful. Everyone greatly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Love the expansion and very pleased that you now take reservations!Special Features:
- KringDined on 8/13/2014I like the new remodel and was excited to try Outerlands for dinner. I think they are still adjusting because our main course took about 45 minutes from when we got our appetizers. The waiter was apologetic and the food tasted good, but after having waited that long, the price seemed a little too much for the experience and the amount of food we got. The dessert was my favorite course. We had the chocolate with honey, sea salt, and forbidden rice. I would definitely come back and sit at the bar, enjoy the atmosphere and eat that chocolate dish by myself!Special Features:
- Just awesomeOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/10/2014First time there and I am in love!!! Killer food Awesome staff Can't wait to go backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Beautiful Food!SFFoodNerdsDined on 8/7/2014We went to Outerlands for a Date Night and were not disappointed. Now that they take dinner reservations, we will be back for more outstanding meals. Beautiful food, very expressive of the ingredients. Great ecclectic wine list. Wonderful ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Limited menu, esp for vegetariansOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/6/2014No vegetarian entree. I was told I could have bread and a salad. Salads looked good, but I've been eating salads at home incessantly. Could they do a vegetarian entree? They could do they halibut without the halibut and add more cabbage. Who wants more cabbage? It was a strange combination to begin with. So I pushed again. I ended up with a very bland bowl of corn, squash, and egg, nothing special. Plus those short little hard chairs do not cause one to want to linger. I won't ever go back for dinner.
- food missed the markOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/3/2014I went anticipating the toast and all other goodies. The toast was OK, a little spongy. Wish it came with something else in addition to the butter, which should have been salted. The Tomato salad with smoked tomato water and lovage oil was EXCELLENT.The pork belly had a bonito broth; the fish taste overpowered the pork. The fruit pieces on top were too large to be included in each bite of pork (I think it was supposed to cut the richness of the pork). The fish was very good. Not enough vegetables in the entrees. Too much broth. Grilled octopus was excellent. I just wish there was more of it for $15. I bought an entire octopus for $20; it should be possible to provide a larger portion for that price. Or make it an entrée. BF won't go back.Special Features:
- NancyVIPDined on 8/1/2014We had a lovely time. Our server, Wendell, was terrific! He was very attentive and very professional. We tried many small dishes, the octopus, the tomato dish, the melon dish, oh and the bread - levain - was fabulous!!!!!!, We shared the lamb entree....nice wines and beers..........Everything was wonderful.....we even purchased a loaf of the bread, baked on site, to take home.....great for french toast! Thanks.......We will come back....hope that you add more things to the menu....Thank you!Special Features:
- The following 76 reviews are from the Outerlands reviews archive.
- Great food + ambience = many starsMaiTaiDined on 12/27/2013This 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too cold if you sit by theOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/20/2013Too cold if you sit by the door. They should really invest in a curtain...Special Features:
- Limited menu. Not food friendlyBjonesVIPDined on 12/19/2013Limited 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!!!
- Holy wow, that dinner was awfulAlexVIPDined on 12/17/2013As 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.
- OutstandingOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 12/17/2013The flavors were delicious and I loved the rustic decor. A real find.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The best !OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 12/12/2013This is one of my favorites of S.F. The food is really outstanding and original,Special Features:
- Great SF restaurantPJDivaVIPDined on 12/10/2013Outerlands 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!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.