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About Kitchen Story

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

3499 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Pan-Asian, Thai

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Daily 8:00am-3:00pm

Lunch: Daily 8:00am-3:00pm

Dinner: Sun - Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: Fri - Sat 5:00pm-10:30pm

Cross Street:
Sanchez

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 525-4905

Website:
http://kitchenstorysf.com/

Catering:
Please email the restaurant directly at eat@kitchenstorysf.com

Executive Chef:
Kasem Saengsawang

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kitchen Story Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (18)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for a Date (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Spicy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Authentic (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Healthy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Seasonal (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Everything was just ‘ok’.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Service was great and fast. Food was just ok

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

They sat us 15 minutes late and ignored us for the first ten minutes we were waiting, even though we had a reservation. The waiter was extremely rude both in the way he spoke to us and practically ripped the menus from our hands when we were done. The food was poor. They also did nothing for the birthday even though they called to confirm we had a birthday on that reservation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our first time and it was AWESOME! All of the waiters / staff were so nice, friendly, helpful. The food was amazing too! Loved it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was delicious. Started with their take on Tom Yum soup, hot and sour, which was delicious and full of seafood and fresh vegetables. I had the panyang curry with crispy pork belly. So good! I’ll definitely be coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Absolutely amazing food and ambiance! Try the fried french toast that is stuffed with mascrapone!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Our first experience overall was lovely and delightful. We visited KS for brunch and lunch while we were visiting Castro District. We were seated right away for brunch and our waiter Kip was polite and attentive, for brunch and lunch. Our first brunch, we ordered Belly Ranchero and Frisco Benedict and it was tastefully delightful. The two Bloody Mary is a must to taste. Our second visit for lunch, we ordered Bulgogi burger and mom’s Benedict-another amazing meal. I would recommend KS and would be back again in our next visit..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was spoiled by overly sweet and cloying sauces. Most dishes didn’t come together. Service, while very fast, was totally indifferent. Techno music was grating on the ears.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My friends ask me what is my favorite restaurant in my area and I always tell them Kitchen Story.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Everything we had was delicious. Would go back again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Nice neighborhood restaurant with fresh yummy Asian inspired food.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

"Castro Tower" is one of the Most Delicious! dishes I've ever tasted...will go back just for that. My friend said his pad thai was wonderful. Our party was rushing to a nearby movie so didn't have time to explore more dishes, but look forward to doing so in the near future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious! Delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

No idea how this place is staying open. Gloppy, uninspiring and overpriced. Won't go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Good appetizers and fried things. Coconut soup a bit sweet, noodle soup was good. We learned eggplant salad means it is braised not cooked soft! Ribs were good. Nice happening party ambiance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I've been to Kitchen Story twice and had great experiences both times. The food is tasty, and the service is great! The first time, I had a red curry which was the perfect amount of spicy (just enough to make my lips tingle!), and the second time I had the sexy Hawaiian (so much shrimp!). Appetizers were excellent, and the service was friendly. It's a great spot!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I will not be visiting this restaurant again. The service was horrible and they were very rude to my friend and I. They also racially profiled me. 👎

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The menu was varied and imaginative. The food was tasty and portions are generous.
Overall, it is a good place to go when you are hungry and want a variety of choices, including some very interesting Asian-inspired dishes. The only downside is that seating is quite cramped and the restaurant noise level is high. It is hard to have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Stopped by because it looks ever so festive and cozy. The menu is unusual, which is great. It's an Asian fusion type restaurant, with some very random seeming ingredients in traditional meals. This is kind of exciting! The service is trying but seems over worked. The food was interesting but not 5 stars. I'll go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

A quick bite to eat mid-week. Food was great and we enjoyed our time together with good service.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was good and the service was prompt but unfriendly. The drink I ordered did not come as described in the menu and was missing the "sugared berry rim" which it really needed to be any good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I have passed this restaurant many times and there is always a good crowd. On Sunday mornings, the line to get in is quite long. I went for a weekday lunch with a friend visiting and we both loved the food. Great menu. Super service. Excellent food. Definitely a must try and, for me, a must return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Truth to be told this establishment is worthless and not worthy of anyone’s time nore money. Overprice tasteless food.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was beyond amazing! I will definitely go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food- thoroughly enjoyed! Just a tad loud. Drinks were also yummy.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Upon a recommendation I tried this place with friends for a birthday. almost every dish we ordered was to sugary sweet that we couldn’t finish it. I always give a second try but am hesitant so far.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I love this place

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

I had chosen Kitchen Story because it was a half way point for my cousin and I to meet for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised, the ambiance and look was so cute and welcoming. The food was beautifully presented and tasted just as good!

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had such a nice time here! Came with my mom for breakfast on a birthday trip. Had delicious lattes and the presentation of the food was beautiful. The millionaire’s breakfast was the best bacon i’ve ever had. highly recommend!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This is the perfect brunch spot with a creative menu. The food and cocktails were so delicious! This Mississippi foodie left with a smile on his face. I’ll definitely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

It had been several years since I dined at Kitchen Story. After this visit, I'm wondering why it took so long to get back there. Perfectly delightful atmosphere with a creative presentation of delicious food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always a fun experience and great food! Bring back the Fricken Chicken!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Server took awhile 10 minutes to come to table & take our order.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Found this while looking for places to eat near a concert we were attending. Took one look at the diverse menu and new it was the best place for my crew: a vegetarian, a seafood lover, and a guy cutting out red meat & carbs. We all were happy with the selection. I was blown away with the pumpkin fries! They were gone before I had the chance to instagram them :)

Tags: Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The service was rushed and indifferent. A waiter bumped into me several times and didn't even acknowledge it. The wrong dish was brought. And it was very noisy. The curry dish was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good meal
Beautiful presentations
Noise was intolerable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Loved the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was a great surprise. We chose it because it is close to the Castro Theater where we were going to see Art Garfunkle through the Commonwealth Club. What a fantastic surprise. The food was outstanding. I had a seafood dish with great sauce and rice that had just enough hot spice to make it interesting. I also tried their Bloody Mary which was a great choice. It was also spicy enough and not too much alcohol because it was made with the Japanese rice whisky. There was actually too much food for all of us (3). The Asian influence made for tasting sensations. We will be back. A great treat and a great find.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

With the new and improved dinner menu, this is a restaurant worth dining at. The portions are big and very savory. Spacious yet intimate restaurant

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Delicious food, beautiful presentation, very good service

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