Yes, there will be a wait at Kitchen Story in the Castro. But there’s millionaire’s bacon at the end of it.
Delicious, creative, healthy and moderate pricing, who could ask for more? Also generous portions and lovely wait staff. The pumpkin tempura appetizers with soy dipping sauce were fabulous, as was the green curry. Coconut chicken soup also great!!
The burger was so f*%king good.
Quite simply, this restaurant should not take bookings at 9:30pm. Kitchen was closing, food forgotten, and meals all arrived a different times.
The overall experience was good. Service was slow but I wasn’t in a hurry. The meal was outstanding!
Food was alright but doesn’t justify the prices being charged. Service was sloppy and confused.
Really tasty food - great service - nice wine selection
We had to wait 15 mins for a table, despite a reservation. No apology from the wait staff and our waiter was gruff throughout dinner. The menu has changed since our last visit—and the fried chicken is no more.
One of the waiters was extremely unprofessional and rude when I sent back my meal. The eggplant was not properly cooked (spongy) and I couldn't eat the "salad". His colleagues did their best after his outburst, but I just patiently waited for my friend to finish her wine so we could leave.
Good food overall with wonderful presentation. Menu is diverse which makes it a good place for a group. The service was very poor. We ordered wine which never was brought out. The waiters seemed like we were inconveniencing them by asking questions about the menu and overall were rude and indifferent.
Plates are pretty generous - even go for sharing. Presentation and taste are outstanding! I would love to see more smiling servers!
Living off apparently prior value and service? Hard to tell what the fuss is about. Manager/ lead server apparently having another bad day. I’ve tried them for brunch and now dinner and won’t be back. Too many other options to try. Don’t waste your time or money with this location .... maybe one of the other locations are with a try? I’ll never know
I think the server was having an off day. We got our food before our drinks. Didn’t talk much. He second server was much more social and helpful.
I love this place except the waiter kicked the table next to us out because it was so busy. It seemed unprofessional.
This was a dinner date and our first time here since the new owners arrived. Rice Salad with prawn was very good and the presentation was beautiful. There is a nice crunchy topping infused with a well balanced dressing. The shrimp is on the overdone side. The Panang Curry with chicken and Roti Bread was good but we asked for mild and it was a bit on the hot side and we didn't finish it. Also the chicken is on the dry side. The Pacific Pad Thai was the hit. It came with a variety of seafood on a bed of Thai noodles, sprouts and a side of peanuts. We were charged $1 over the printed menu prices for the three items but it wasn't worth the effort to quibble.
I met with my friend on a Monday night for dinner. The restaurant was packed and noise level was pretty high. Food was delicious and service was decent. Tables are very close together and noise level is high so not great for a date or a conversation, but fun atmosphere for sure.
Neighborhood (Mission/Castro) dining, lunch so popular the line stretches onto the sidewalk; but they take reservations for dinner. Our superannuated party of 4 arrived on time at 5:30 PM, were promptly seated, and the service was good (server explained the exotic menu to us). The only downside was the noise level which became so loud by the time we left at 7 that a 747 taking off from SFO would be shamed. We could not converse after about 6PM (This was on a Sunday eve).
Way too loud!!!! Very hard to hear the servers and the person I was having dinner with. The Calamari was quite good. The entrees were very disappointing. The components of each dish tasted ok but when they were slopped together in a soup bowl everything become soggy. I'll never return.
Burger was delicious. Salads were beautiful. All in all a great local lunch place.
Food was excellent, but they didn't pace the food well. Bacon came 10 minutes before pancakes. When asked if they could bring it with pancakes, they just put it under the food warmer. Eggs Benedict also came out of the kitchen at least 5 minutes before the pancakes, and that just stayed under the warmer. Our server was very friendly, but one of the other servers who helped deliver food to the table had a constant scowl on her face. Rock music playing loudly didn't seem to match the upscale decor.
The food was fantastic! Creative, fun, and great service. Will absolutely come back.
So frigging good!
Delicious food, good service, very noisy. Loved the bloody mary made with soju, especially bc it comes with a slab of that great bacon.
Upscale white women who came in and had cake asked to be put in fridge were just so needy and loud and one of the young ladies was constantly looking behind her purse to make sure it was still there when I was on a date with my girlfriend this was on the afternoon of 12pm but other than that my experience was very well
I am never disappointed eating at kitchen story. Every time I go I'm seated quickly, my food comes out in a timely matter, and the service is always great!
Fabulous food. Went for dinner, everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and came out in a timely fashion. Price is reasonable for San Francisco. Small setting but that doesn’t put a damper on anything. Did feel a little rushed to order but I think that was just our waitress was of being attentive. Again food is so good. I’ve also heard really good things about their brunch!
Food and ambiance were amazing! I love this place for a nice date night or for a fun time with friends.
Great food but too noisy to have any kind of
Conversation. Not a place for a leisurely dinner because the restaurant tries to rush
Good food and service but the seating is jammed together. We were 5 at a table and barely had room for our plates. The Feisty Chicken bowl is worth trying as well as the bacon wrapped scallops.
Bad (very bad) service and seriously over priced breakfast food. We did the bottomless mimosa thing but had to beg for the 2nd pitcher. The food was tasty though! But I would not go back. If I’m going to be ignored, I’m certainly not paying $18 for 2 eggs and bacon!
Very noisy, food was average, they got the wine wrong and it was opened without showing us the bottle, we wouldn’t go back mainly because of the noise.
Everything was just ‘ok’.
Service was great and fast. Food was just ok
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.
Our first time and it was AWESOME! All of the waiters / staff were so nice, friendly, helpful. The food was amazing too! Loved it!
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.
Absolutely amazing food and ambiance! Try the fried french toast that is stuffed with mascrapone!
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..
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.