First time at this restaurant, and what a memorable night it was. The food, the energy from the other guests, the wait staff - all of it made for a fabulous evening! Next time I am in San Francisco, I will definitely go back. Loved the Millionaire Bacon Quesadila, and the chicken noodle soup was delicious. Campbells, eat your heart out!
Food, service was great!
Nice last minute find for a date night with husband. Food was tasty and we both enjoyed the meal.
We booked a table for 3 outside as we wanted to dine out with my dog, Luigi. It was a typical cold and windy San Francisco night, but that did not dissuade us from enjoying our meals, the Quesadilla with Millionaire’s Bacon, Asparagus with Millionaire’s Bacon, and the Beef Rib soup. Delicious food, very unique and ample portions. A great value for money I though. Service out in the gulag was spotty at the start but improved dramatically once our server realized we were out there. Looking forward to a return visit for brunch, which is their sweet spot.
Creative menu! Yummy bites. Super service. We'll be back.
A nice spot for a solid, not to fancy, meal. Service was excellent with the meals arriving quickly after we ordered. The server took special care to come up with acceptable (non-menu) vegan dishes for two of my guests. I only sampled one dessert, but it was truly outstanding. We were not rushed, but everything was done quite efficiently. I definitely would go back if in the area again.
Tasty and Great Nice people
Food was good but some dishes were way too sweet!
our guest enjoyed her dinner and then dessert at udessert, it was something new and considering she’s a teacher putting the check in the book was a nice touch
My mom and I came to Kitchen Story during our first night in San Francisco. After traveling from Boston early in the morning, all we wanted was yummy, comforting meal. Little did we know we would have one of the best meals of our lives!! Food was amazing, service was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!
The food was delicious and presentation was well done. The server was attentive. It was odd to have a flat screen on the wall with a boxing match on--it didn't add to the ambiance.
Celebrating birthday dinner.
Pleasant service. Delicious food. Nice atmosphere.
Amazing, fresh food with not too long of a wait list times. Always love taking my out of town friends here to show them California cuisine done right.
Good food, especially the soup dumpling, but the service was poor.
Famous for it's sugar & cayenne-dusted 'Millionaire's bacon', Kitchen Story is, I was told, a red-hot brunch spot with long queues. Instead we went for dinner (for which you can book) and although everything was fine, nothing about the experience really blew our socks off. Millionaire's bacon quesadillas, which we shared as an appetiser, with a spicy satay dip were the best dish, albeit somewhat messy to eat.
The bacon made another appearance in the - rather dry - burger; in neither dish could we discern anything special about the bacon, other than it being pleasingly thickly-cut. The fries with the burger were very good though. Softshell crab with Dungeness crab fried rice and a fried egg was good if a little bland; it really needed the accompanying sauces to bring it to life. The rice was very generously flecked with sweet Dungeness crab though, to its credit. There's no full bar so you're limited to the few cocktails on the list; the two we ordered weren't great and were small and expensive. We also ordered a bottle of wine and didn't appreciate the waitress's comment of "Wow, that's a lot of alcohol!" - OK this is California but a) it's the anything-goes Castro b) we're adults and c) it's really none of her business.
Overall, it was fine; nothing was bad, but nothing was great either. If brunch really is as good as people say than that's probably the time to go, and leave it to the locals at dinner.
Vegetarian options too slim and portions very small. Fried callimari could have been sliced thinner. Great taste in Panang curry, but not enough salmon. Relied on cheap pieces of fish like squid.
Don’t understand the hype with Kitchen Story. Ok wine selection, great Bloody Marys and below average food which cannot be justified for the prices. We had seafood oriented dishes and probably that’s their Achilles heel. May be their brunch is better.
The food is amazing!
I found Kitchen Story walking around the area and needed breakfast. Brunch was great, had a benedict and it was pretty darn good. Fast forward 24 hours, we're looking for Thai food and I find it again on OpenTable and suggest it to our group, who reminded me we ate there already, who know Thai restaurants had good brunch! Dinner was great as well... great pad thai and penang curry. The food is on point here, and a great value too. It was crowded and a little stuffy, but service was quick. I'll be back the next time I'm in the neighborhood!
the only thing that was terrible was the fact when trying to get hold of the restaurant to modify the reservations or have questions is their voicemail box was always full and can not get hold of anyone nor can change anything.
The main dishes were a bit on the pricey side but the Ahi scoops, pumpkin fries, and mussel curry starters were terrific.
Food was good, down to earth place. Had seafood curry dish with just the right amount of spicy flavor. Definitely louder than I usually go for. All around food good eats.
Great food. Good service. Fried quinoa salad is delicious.
Great dinner--loved the Castro tower and the overnight short rib noodle soup!
Omg I loooove this spot! Just went for the first time last time from all the hype and it's spot on! I ordered the Castro sea and it was so freaking good, pretty much everything around me looked good to. Service was great, food was pretty quick too! This is like the best Asian fusion spot, I'll def be back!
Very average food. This is not a Californian restaurant more like an pan-Asian one. I found it very heavy and not particularly tasty.
I have had previous meals there that were really great. I had the Salmon this time and it was tough, overcooked, and flavorless.
The food was great and the service was awesome.
Food was just OK. The service seemed untrained and distracted. Asked for a second glass of wine that never arrived.
We had a great dinner here a couple weeks ago. This time, it was a mixed bag. Service was weirdly slow. Some of the foot was quite good (Castro tower), sone quite meh (pad Thai).
Great food, service, decor, vibe and wine list -- super friendly too. Will be back!!
The bacon scallops and burger were amazing! The service was excellent and very accommodating.
Decor and ambiance are very inviting and interesting. Food was delicious and price was just right. We will definitely go back!
Great service. Excellent food. Not too noisy, but lively.
Was hard flagging down our waiter but I’m sure he was busy. Bussers were short at times. Amazing food, I got the French toast and my group split a fiesta bowl. Great drink! Everything was delicious. Fair prices for how good the food is.
Food was decent but not wow. I would expect a $24 pad Thai to be outstanding and it wasn’t. Samosas were delicious as were the pumpkin fries.
Service was brusque.
Great restaurant in the Castro.
Food is super delicious: we had a red curry with tofu and the Kitchen Story soup - both highly recommended. Also the raspberry lemonade with a slice of lemon.
Lovely service, great Californian interior.
Everything was fantastic! I highly recommend the Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
Overpriced and underwhelming
This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of SF. I have been coming since the restaurant opened. I brought a friend there recently whom just moved to SF a couple of months ago. I am always excited to bring people to share the experience, taste the great food, and since its my favorite. I must admit this past visit, I was a bit disappointed and so was my friend. There were staple items that were no longer on the menu. I bragged about these items to my friend prior. The salmon was not to his satisfaction - overcooked and dry. The service however is always spectacular.