Kitchen Story

4.4
678 reviews
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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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Yes, there will be a wait at Kitchen Story in the Castro. But there’s millionaire’s bacon at the end of it.

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PT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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W
San Francisco
2 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.

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

The food was great and the service was awesome.

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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.

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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).

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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!!

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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.

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MR
San Francisco
6 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!

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EL
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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D
San Francisco
42 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.

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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.

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

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

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

Overpriced and underwhelming

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

Service and food are one of the best in the city! Kitchen story is one, if not, one of my favorite restaurants! Flavors are bold and unique. Can’t find one that’s even close to it.

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RL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was full of flavor and the service was great1! Towards the end of our meal the place started to fill up, it's definitely a popular spot.

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Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiters were outstanding!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ambiance overall was okay and most of the food was good but they dropped the ball on one of our entrees. They didn't put one our entrees in and then rushed itonce they noticed when the other meals came out. When it finally came out about 15 minutes after the others it was undercooked. The worst part is the service never addressed that they made an error and just tried to rush to get it out. They briefly apologized for the undercooked meal but missed on understanding how to provide customer service. Unlikely to return.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My guests did not enjoy the food or service. Food was undercooked and it arrived at different times.

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ER
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Normally a good experience was wiped by an unfavorable experience with friends we brought from out of town. The night started off on the wrong foot before even entering. We got to the front and overheard a customer complaining about the noise level. (After being seated, we did notice it was really loud that night) We walked in and there was no host to be found. There was a group of employees standing towards the back talking. When an employee did come to the front, greeted a group and sat a group that walked in after us. Then our food came out and our pad thai was so dry we ended up having to send it back. There was only 1 employee that seemed to make an effort to be helpful. Don't know that I will return here. Sad because we actually did like coming here, but not if this is going to be experience moving forward.

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RV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great unique food and excellent service . We loved the unique flavors of the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very flavorful food. Could accommodate my gluten free request. Service attentive. Would recommend to others and also would go back.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great time, great food

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went for dinner - very bland and disappointing meal. Food looked pretty but didn't follow up with flavor to match. Place felt tired, past its prime, and the staff was indifferent. Seems like its coasting on an outdated reputation.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. Great creative menu. Food was robust and full of flavor. Excellent. We will be back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and fun place! Millionaires bacon is awesome!

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Mediocre food and service. Chicken gave me an upset stomach. Server was not very attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. We will go back staff was very friendly! The food was amazing!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Must try the eggs Benedict.Great quick service.

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R
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved eating at Kitchen Story! The bacon was out of this world and the eggs Benedict was so good! We will definitely be returning.

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M
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty and the service accommodating. Would definitely return to Kitchen Story.

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JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb breakfast with imaginative menu. We'll be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family visiting

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PL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Asian fusion especially with the dancing queen and tsunami spaghetti in how they how balanced and blended the spicy and sweet together nicely. The Open face was pretty large with a pretty presentation. Great portion size for other dishes people had to bring half home.

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DA
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was really good but I thought the service was sub par. They seemed too busy to pay attention to us. However, Dessert Story next door (their sister restaurant where you eat dessert) was awesome! Service was great and the desserts had an awesome presentation. I would go back there in a heartbeat.

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