Kitchen Story

4.3
583 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
Cozy eatery with wood tables and modern decor serving California cuisine with Asian influences.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Pan-Asian, Thai
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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
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Phone number
(415) 525-4905
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kasem Saengsawang
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Catering
Please email the restaurant directly at eat@kitchenstorysf.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sanchez
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

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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first time at the Kitchen Story. I love this place and when my friends were visiting from another country, I knew exactly where I wanted to take them. This was my first dinner experience there, though. This is a wonderful brunch spot (have to try the Millionaire's Bacon!) but now I know this place is also great for a casual dinner. We all loved our experience!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Kitchen story’s food is some of the best in the city! Always a favorite!

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MP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't live in the Bay Area, but my kids do. Kitchen Story is always on our list for a great dinner out. There are favorites we order all of the time. However, in addition there is a nice variety so that we can try new things and everyone can find something that they love. Service is always great! Keep it up Kitchen Story!

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L
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The salmon spaghetti was interesting and tasty. It was a cute and cozy restaurant. I would go there for a casual dining experience.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu is very hard to navigate and the wait staff, while kind, were not that much help.

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JO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in SF.
The food is delicious and beautifully presented.
The Kitchen Story staff is beyond fantastic. (Everyone is so polite and considerate)
I’ve been there many times and never disappointed.

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BT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Any choice is a good choice! Millionaire bacon unlike anything you’ve tasted!

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Frisco Benedict and Millionaire Bacon that I ordered for lunch were delicious. However, acoustics there could be improved. I could barely listened to what my friends were saying. Overall, it’s a very good neighborhood restaurant.

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FO
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

DELICIOUS Eastern/Western food. Pad Thai and Panang Curry to die for and the Bloody Mary's were the best I've ever had in a restaurant and I have searched far and wide!

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1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Overall a very sad experience, we wanted to have a good time and ended up leaving angry and disgusted: 1) Terrible welcome: we had a reservation for 6, we arrived 15min early and had to wait 45min for our table, even though people arriving after us got seated immediately. 2) Disappointing food and drink: the Bloody Mary was absolutely disgusting, felt like it was spiced with Doritos, the other drinks (berries cocktail, Pinot noir, beer) were ok, though overpriced. The food was average at most. In one plate, there were chunks of wasabi in the sauce and some bites would left you in tears while others were hardly spiced. 3) Terrible service: the waitress looked angry and sad, and was not making any effort to hear our orders, we had to repeat 5 times, and she looked extremely annoyed (like it is our fault the place is so noisy we can’t hear each other). Three of us got their plate in 5min after ordering (do you even cook in there?) the others had to wait 15min....this is hugely unprofessional, we are dining together and none of us want to eat cold.

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived 30 min early for our reservation. As packed as it was, I didn’t think we would be able to be seated early, but the host made it happen. The food is always delicious! I finally tried the burger with the Millionaire’s bacon; it was worth every penny and calorie!

The restaurant is always packed and noisy, which we’ve come to expect. So, the ambiance doesn’t suit intimate conversations.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Kitchen Story with a group of eight friends on a Saturday night and it was the perfect volume to chat as a group. Food came at a good pace and was delicious. One downside was the waiter recommended appetizers that would be good for sharing, except some turned out to be difficult for sharing.

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GM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was only okay and the service was horrible. Probably would not go back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch with friends! Huge servings and also great for sharing.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Would come back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Drinks were way too expensive

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CE
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here on our last night here, we wished we would have tried it earlier in our stay so we could have come here for another meal. There were so many choices!! We had great service and the food was fantastic!

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food arrived cold and was not nearly as good as we were expecting, given reviews. We ate it because we were very, very hungry, but weren't too happy about it. Definitely not worth the price.

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JR
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food, great value, prompt delivery, & nice casual atmosphere. Things they can remedy: Tables are waaay too close together & the bathroom is in serious need of a renovation & update.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

At Kitchen Table sharing was a challenge. A taco with smoked salmon, once broken, could not be eaten. All the sauces tasted the same, slightly hot and sweet. The food was written in an exciting way but did not live up to expectations. Mostly everything was passable, and maybe even exciting for a tourist. It was surprisingly expensive for what you get.

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AG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not a very friendly server but the other people working there were friendly. Quite noisy and the food was hit or miss. We enjoyed the soups and the fried sweet potatoes but the crab plate wasn’t anything special and the seafood pad Thai was too sweet and the tofu was overlooked. The yellow curry was good

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Indifferently prepared cocktails, sticky table, service more interested in talking to friends than customers.

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K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Pretty bad. Very slow service and poor food.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was decent but quite expensive for what you were actually getting. The portions were huge, but seemed to be mostly rice. Bill was almost $200 with tip for four entrees, two apps, two beers and two iced teas. Service was fast and the decor is cool, but not sure I’d make an effort to go back.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit overpriced for what it was and a few people in the party complained of stomach issues following.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

The Egg Benedict was quite disappointing as the eggs were like hard boiled - the yolk was not running at all. And there were some flies in the restaurant which was not pleasing. I think the food quality has really slipped.

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KW
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an awesome restaurant. I had a fantastic brunch and the absolute BEST Bloody Mary I've drunk--ever! I highly recommend this restaurant for brunch. The food was excellent as was the service. Give it a try....

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It took 45 minutes to get waters and our orders in for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was great. Definitely recommend!

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SV
Berlin
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at this restaurant, from all points of view. Friendly staff, great service but the best of all - the food!

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to KitchenStory twice times now and it's always wonderful. Our server was lovely and the food was delicious. I especially recommend the mango panna cotta.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation for 8 people that I made at least a week in advance. I called the day of to confirm, as it ended up only being 6 people. Having worked in the restaurant industry this should be no issue sizing down a table, and I did so as a courtesy.

When we arrived, on time for our reservation, there was no table set for us and it was unclear they even had a plan for where to seat us. The place was packed and there was a line at the door. It took 10 minutes to even get a host or server to acknowledge our reservation and start looking into setting up our table. There was no apology or acknowledgement of the inconvenience. Not to mention the fact that 2 of our 6 dishes lagged behind hitting our table by nearly 10 minutes.

When i book large party lunch reservations for my office, I expect things to run on time - people have meetings to get back to, etc. So for me, this was a big miss. Very disappointed. Will definitely NOT be sending our teams back there for business meals again.

For casual dining, however, the food is great. And despite how busy they are they hustle and make an effort to keep waters filled and plates cleared (sort of).

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Pinehurst
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious but it definitely wasn’t a cheap meal. Unfortunately, we were seated in the back next to a stack of chairs and the refrigerator, so we didn’t get to appreciate the atmosphere.

I also received an email from Opentable saying the restaurant reported us as a no-show, so that’s a little irritating.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We've been many times and I order the same item off the menu.. the bulgogi skillet. It got smaller... my only complaint! Hopefully that cook was feeling stingy only for that day. May have to eat before I come for lunch.

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Interesting combination of CA and Thai. Most dishes were tasty, but the grilled fish was underdone and heavy on miso.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Based on Yelp I went ahead and made the reservation for this restaurant. It was a Sunday evening, we were in the city celebrating my wife’s birthday. We were excited to try this place out.
My wife and I were the 4th party to be seated. We ordered drinks first then dinner. Drinks arrived promptly. Noise level was moderate due to music being played in the background. Seating is extremely tight and there are no booths only tables with bench seating along the wall. As soon a another 2 person party sat next to us the noise level went through the roof. Immediately she bursts out in an extremely loud conversation with her friend.
We were forced to hear everything she said along with the other group seated on our opposite side.
So much for trying to converse amongst outselves. The staff is not very friendly, the 2 males who seat and take your order seemed to be bothered whenever they were asked a question about the menu.
We were shocked to see the “seater” get upset because a gentleman with his wife and 4year old daughter took a seat at an empty table. Right away the “seater” with his bad colored hair job went into “Diva mode” and tried to force this family to get up and move.
They ended up leaving the restaurant 30 minutes later because they were denied twice by Diva Boy and the owner a pink bendy straw for the daughter.
We waited over 30 minutes for our food while everyone else who came in after us were being served their orders before us. We finally get our dinners and the food was cold. Unbelievable. Very poor service, very poor ambience especially when you need to yell in order to converse with the person(s) in your group. I am sure this place was once a highlight but seems now that the owner has since lost his passion for great food and hospitality.
Would not recommend this place at all for a romantic occasion.
Overrated and overpriced for what it is.
Just another place with bad attitudes
They need a sign in the window thats says “We disriminate against Latinos”.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were rushed through our dinner at such a pace it was horrible. Food was completely underwhelming and the bill atrocious. Would not recommend.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise level was pretty unbearable and really cast a negative pall over the dinner. Would not go back for this reason.

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1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have a 3 year old and 1 year old and asked our friends to join us for dinner (they also have an 8 month old baby). The food was great but I’m even more impressed with the patience of our server. Three kids at one table can be a lot of work, but he was extremely kind and accommodating! It’s so hard to find a place in SF that’s kid-friendly. We’ll definitely be back with our little ones.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and great food.

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