Kitchen Story

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$30 and under
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Cozy eatery with wood tables and modern decor serving California cuisine with Asian influences.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020

Great menu...nice variety of meals and crafted drinks. I'm a vegan and can still find something good to order. Lots of windows to allow for people watching, and the staff is always polite and attentive. A true neighborhood gem!

OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020

Great food, great ambiance.

San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020

We live in the hood but have not taken advantage of Story as much as we should. Very good meal and I like the service, ambiance. My only advice would be to 'juge' up a bit the washroom. It needed a bit of polish.


4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020

Went here for dinner before a show and the pumpkin curry was incredible! The service was a little slow but overall would go back.

OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020

Good food lots of options, great for sharing. Cocktails were good even though they don’t have their liquor license. For food get the sexy aloha :-)

San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020

We had a party of 4 the day after Valentine's, at around 6:15pm. Our order consisted of the calamari (thick pieces with squid film left on the meat, soggy breading inside, crispy outside), quesadilla (good), followed by pumpkin curry with shrimp (sauce was a bit too thin, but tasty), Pacific Pad Thai (served disassembled and too sweet for my taste, though the seafood was cooked perfectly) and basil chicken --all of which were pretty good. Dessert consisted of the caramel mousse atop a crumble, which was too tough for people to bite through -- and you do not get much for $10. Following the so-so food, however, at exactly 7pm the noise levels went through the roof and we could no longer hear each other speak. Even thinking was difficult. Never coming back.

1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020

This is generally one of my favorite restaurants, but this was an off night for them. The burger was overcooked, and the pork belly too chewy.

San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020

Great restaurant and great service

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020

Great food. Good selection of food.

San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020

Our table was ready on time and the server was very attentive, but it went downhill from there. The chairs are arguable the most uncomfortable seats to be found in any restaurant in SF; torture. The noise level was deafening. Forget having a conversation with the person sitting across the table from you.
When the waiter returned to the table he he took our order for food he took our order for cocktails informing us that they only offer beer and wine. Not a big deal. The Thai beer was good.
He returned shortly thereafter and took the food order and within several minutes the appetizers began to appear. I say began to appear because it was at least five minutes before two of the four appetizers finally arrived. The Steak Roll looked great and tasted like cardboard. Very pleasing to the eye, but as far as seasoning or creativity in preparation, it fell flat. The vegetables that were rolled up in the steak tasted like they'd been sitting in the refrigerator too long. The Castro Tower was a sight to behold, but tasted bland. The spicy sauce that accompanied the Steak Roll was full of sugar, no heat. We hadn't finished our appetizers and the entrees began to arrive, unevenly, like the appetizers. In fact none of the entrees that promised to be spicy and sounded great on the menu description either tasted bland or were loaded with sugar. This chef evidently likes sugar a whole hell of a lot because it overpowered all the other items in the Pacific Pad Thai. The Short Rib Tacos were crowded onto the plate, the meat was way over-cooked and resembled refrigerator leftovers that had to be used up. They tasted worse. The chips they served were placid and tasteless. The Pad Thai ws so sweet I couldn't finish it. We asked for the dessert menu and but the waiter bought the check, so we just left. He probably wasn't paying attention because he looked a little harried after a while.
We really wanted to like this place, but it just hit too many wrong notes

Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020

Kitchen Story turned out to be a hit among my friends and myself. The food was delicious and very fresh. The hit of the evening was the millionaire's bacon. It was so yummy, a combination of sweet and salty. My friend loved his hamburger and my other friend loved her rice with pineapple. The pineapple was so fresh; she had to wait a little longer for her dish because it took awhile for the kitchen to carve up the pineapple. The service was excellent and the furnishings were warm and inviting, lots of wood and homey touches on the wall. The only slight disappointment was the limited list of desserts. There were only about five on the menu and most of them had a creamy texture (custard or mousse). All in all, however, the restaurant was excellent. I would recommend it to my family and friends.

San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020

The food was good but strangely expensive. Twenty-something dollars for pad Thai and about the same for soft-shell crab (deep-fried and unidentifiable as crab, really) with crab fried rice. The fried rice was pretty tasty but maybe not worth the money. Also, the room is like a camp dining hall. An expensive camp but a camp nonetheless. Service was good. Overall, it’s an odd experience.

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020

Food was good, but not worth the high price. Service was inconsistent, the servers hung out in the back and didn’t seem to check in on the tables. Although he was very nice, we had to go find out server a couple of times. Lastly the music was a weird and not at all great for eating dinner.

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019

The staff is amazing. Very friendly and attentive. Any diah with the Millionaire Bacon in it is great. Save room for dessert... the panna cotta is awesome.

The only downside is that the bathroom garbage can needed to be emptied.

79 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019

Good food, fabulous service!