Kitchen Story

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$30 and under
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Californian
Cozy eatery with wood tables and modern decor serving California cuisine with Asian influences.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service was great!

GH
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice last minute find for a date night with husband. Food was tasty and we both enjoyed the meal.

MG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

DE
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu! Yummy bites. Super service. We'll be back.

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Tasty and Great Nice people

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but some dishes were way too sweet!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

FM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday dinner.
Pleasant service. Delicious food. Nice atmosphere.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Good food, especially the soup dumpling, but the service was poor.

HR
London
78 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

GT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

MF
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing!

M
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The main dishes were a bit on the pricey side but the Ahi scoops, pumpkin fries, and mussel curry starters were terrific.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

PT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Good service. Fried quinoa salad is delicious.

KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner--loved the Castro tower and the overnight short rib noodle soup!

CL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

VD
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very average food. This is not a Californian restaurant more like an pan-Asian one. I found it very heavy and not particularly tasty.
Not recommended.

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I have had previous meals there that were really great. I had the Salmon this time and it was tough, overcooked, and flavorless.

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was awesome.

PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was just OK. The service seemed untrained and distracted. Asked for a second glass of wine that never arrived.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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).

PR
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, decor, vibe and wine list -- super friendly too. Will be back!!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bacon scallops and burger were amazing! The service was excellent and very accommodating.

MR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor and ambiance are very inviting and interesting. Food was delicious and price was just right. We will definitely go back!

EL
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Not too noisy, but lively.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

D
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was fantastic! I highly recommend the Bacon Wrapped Scallops.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced and underwhelming

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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