3rd Cousin

4.5
434 reviews
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Cozy, intimate and romantic...Chef Greg Lutes has created a unique, innovative dining destination in Bernal Heights.
Renowned for his Uni Crème Brûlée along with carefully curating a seasonal menu of luxury ingredients all crafted in the style of California cuisine. His Uni Crème Brûlée has been chosen by Zagat as one of the 30 essential dishes in the USA. Join us for a bespoke tasting menu or an ala carte experience all fashioned with organic, local ingredients. 3rd Cousin is one of San Francisco's neighborhood gems and an icon in Bernal Heights .

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and excellent service

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FW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The only drawback on this resturant is the service level, services can use improvement on both hosting and the servicers. When we arrived we just stand there for couple of minuates, they were setting up the table for a party of 6 or 8 ( they arrived 20 min after we set down ), and there were available tables for 2 ppl ( my party ) , and there were another guest come in they almost try to set them down before us ( she come in 1 minuate after we arrived ), and i was just confused a bit. We had the tasting menu, the food was good for most of the dishes, the surf and turf was great.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Bad value. Food is good but way over priced for the portion size and service. 125-150 per person a in easily. There are a lot better places to spend your money.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place, amazing food, great service!
We ordered the tasting menu since we were visiting this place for the first time, and every single course was a delight. The wine pairings really complemented and accentuated all the dishes too.
Chef and staff was friendly and made sure we enjoyed everything.
Definitely looking for a reason to come back soon!

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W
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliably great food. Interesting combinations. Cabernet worthy.

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EA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an INCREDIBLE experience! Visited for my fiance's birthday, and ended up doing the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing, which was out of this world. The service was impeccable - we were there for 3 hours and every course was timed perfectly, we didn't feel rushed, and both our server Deon (!!!) and the chef were happy to chat, answer questions, and discuss the pairings.

Would 100% recommend and go back to visit again - a superior experience at this hidden gem!

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CH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overpriced for what you get, had the tasting menu and nothing on it really wowed me. Service were friendly and attentive. Unfortunately nothing exploded with flavor and left me a little flat. Good wine selection.

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RM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a great meal & visit. Second time there, will go again.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Really fun combinations of meat & seafood. Worth it for a nice dinner night. It's also BYOB so feel free to get your favourite bottle of wine for the evening.

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was Valentines Day, so it was super busy. Our server seemed overwhelmed and kept forgetting what we and the people next to us ordered. Yet he was still very nice. It seems they got backed up in the kitchen with the main courses, so we had to wait quite a long time for ours. They were kind enough though to give us each a free glass of wine on the house.

The food was good, but it was quite expensive for what we got. Third Cousin is never cheap, but their V-Day menu was even more expensive because it was pre-fix. I liked the items I ordered, but, for the price, I’d hoped it would be exceptional.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cuisine and friendly staff. Portion sizes are fairly small so not so easy to share most dishes . Overall very good experience

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant that I want to be able to go to for a long time. It’s creativity is off the charts, the beauty and tastefulness of each dish was exemplary and the small scale of the space made all the energy that went into the meal feel so personal.

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been to this place for a few times. For some reasons this time, the temperature of each dish was not warm enough which impacted the taste.

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a delightful find in the Bernal Heights area. The neighborhood is busting with quaint dining spots and third cousin is a jewel in the crow. The food was delicious! We did the four course menu and where stuffed I can’t imagine the 7 course but willing to work up to the challenge. We also went all the way with the wine pairing and it was fantastic. From the fried oysters & proseco to the choate tart ad desert wine we where enamored with 3rd cousin. The staff and atmosphere where relaxing and casual. An excellent night all around.

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P
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here during restaurant week for a special occasion. There were 3 of us, and we each chose different things for each course. All of the small plates were quite delicious in different ways. I had the oysters for first course and though I’m generally not an oyster fan, these were quite tasty. Second course for me was the soup-sooooo good! Third was striped bass which was also delicious and well prepared. Had a chocolate torte for dessert. Yum!

We had the wine pairing, and all went well with each course. The service was attentive, but not overbearing. The bill for dinner was way more than what we usually spend, but for this spcial, celebratory occasion it was worth it!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was the saving grace. Staff made no effort to greet us or make us feel welcome. They seemed to welcome their regulars first even though there was a line in their small entry way. The waiter forgot our bread (which would have cost 6 dollars extra). If you’re going to drop $200 on a meal that at least should be free. Waiter did not check on us throughout the service or even ask if we enjoyed the meal. It was also too noisy and the tables were spaced very close together.

Many other places much better than this for the same price. Wouldn’t recommend this place.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb was really good! We had a good experience enjoying the SF restaurant week menu.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered via SF Dine About menu were excellent! Definitely a place for quality over quantity.....Portion is small.

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JC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here for Restaurant Week. Overall the prix fixe menu had a fairly diverse offering. Overall the food was fairly good.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Solid. Loved the dessert and the pasta. Fish and meat dishes were too sour and didn't feel balanced enough (due to overly acidy sauces & vegetables). Service looked a bit bored all night.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The meal was terrific and we had fun experiencing it for SF Restaurant week. Such a special place in a great family neighborhood. The only bummer was that the server forgot to bring me my leftovers!

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu and wine pairing was fantastic. Service was wonderful. And the chef came out to thank us for dining with them. Really enjoyed it.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Uni appetizer is SUPER tiny. Two bites max for $24. Tt was okay not great.
Entrees were ok but nothing amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic. A bit highly priced.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Menu and flavor of food was overall delicious as was service. Overpriced for ratio of plating by $1-2/plate. Good variety to choose from.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is outstanding, the ambiance cozy. The delicious cookery and fine plating that goes on here merit a look by all foodies in San Francisco. Cabs and Pinots dominate the red list. I will return!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Food portion was extremely extremely small. I can not stress how small the portions are. Not worth the money. They charge for everything, even for bread they offered. They would add a big tip for themselves on your bill. That will be the last time I go there

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NN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite new restaurants!

My friend and I came here to celebrate our birthdays. I contacted them a day or two before our reservation, and they were able to get a nice arrangement of flowers and a card at our table. They were also able to make us a special birthday cake (with an extra charge). Great service!

The whole experience was amazing! We had the grand tasting menu and it was so worth it. Usual 10 dishes, but we got an extra appetizer since it was our birthdays. My favorites: Uni creme brulee, seared foie gras on french toast, surf and turf (scallop and pork belly), and truffle ravioli. Splitting the grand pairing between the two of us was more than enough. Also adding the white truffle for the ravioli is worth it; they only charged you once for both of us for the addition.

I really wanted to try the wagyu, but they won't offering it that night. I'll definitely come back again!

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PP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We were excited to visit the restaurant. However, the overall experience wasn't that great and left
a lot to be desired considering the price point (~$200 per person with tips and tax). The first glass of red wine was bad (tasted sour and flat). The bottle has probably been opened for a week or two. I informed the waiter, who did not apologize or offered a complimentary wine back. The restaurant doesn't seem to have a sommelier. I asked for another wine and opted for a large pour ($32), suggested by a the waiter (up-sell), but received a regular size serving since he poured what was left in the bottle. Waiter probably can't be bother to open a new bottle. We asked what was in the tasting menu but the waiter have problem listing out all the courses with certainty. Restaurant should have printed separate menu for the tasting menu. Nonetheless we ordered the tasting menu and added foie gras supplement, suggested by the waiter (another up-sell). The food was pretty good but wasn't outstanding. The restaurant missed one of the courses, unless the foie gras supplement was meant to replace one of the course. We didn't inquired because it was getting late. As mentioned earlier, the overall experience wasn't that great. I have been to many SF restaurants, with better food, wine and ambience, to spend ~$200 per person.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is simple, but if going the simple end, need really good execution. Some of the flavors could have been a bit more bold, things were just very subtle. I would say average for the price point and the far distance from anything. Staff were super friendly, that was definitely a strength of the restaurant

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H
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I went here with my partner to celebrate our anniversary. Honestly, for a 200 some odd dollar meal, this was extremely mediocre. The first dish we had was the pork belly and scallop . I understand how the portions work with dishes like this but I don’t understand why the meat was cold and the pork frayed. The pasta was al dente which I liked and understood the pricing and quality. The last dish we had was the Ny steak and short ribs. For the price again, didn’t really match the quality. There were a lot of people there so maybe that was the reason for the quality issue and maybe this was a fluke but the next night, redid our anniversary dinner at Red Hill Station and for half the cost, we received high quality food. Again, i hope this was a fluke but I’m disappointed that we went out of our way to eat here only to be underwhelmed.

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PN
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had eaten here once before a few years ago.

Our recent experience will deter us from going again. The bill for two was $290.00 without tip!

We won’t return again but some highlights:
- Appetizer. - fore gras...$27
- bread... $6
- desserts ...$11 each...not worth it at all

My husband said his appetizer and main course was “ok”...not acceptable for $290.00

I alerted my neighbors, since this a neighborhood restaurant, and to date 3 people have confirmed my impressions.

Too bad...Bernal Heights residents have good taste.

Mary Nennig

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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l
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, ambiance, and service. I highly recommend it for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was very friendly. Lovely experience again.

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N
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection!!!! Every bite is phenomenal, creative, delicious food. The service is fantastic. Ambiance is beautiful, comfortable.
One of San Francisco’s best kept secrets. Hidden gem.

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NP
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my 2nd or 3rd Thanksgiving with 3rd Cousin. They never let me down for an imaginative delicious meal. I appreciate also their flexibility: they were willing to substitute a 2nd First Course for the dessert. Festive atmosphere. I shall return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving Dinner

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went there for an expensive Thanksgiving dinner. The appetizers and dessert were delicious but for the price, the main course should have had had special touches like a mix of light and dark meat (only served light), more stuffing, veg, cranberry sauce, etc. Will give the restaurant another chance but not for a special occasion. It would have been just as nice and less expensive to cook A turkey and trimmings for a group at home.

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DW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu that we tried was outstanding, from the amazing Uni Crème Brûlée to the Scallop & Pork Belly, not to mention the Foie Gras that we treated ourselves to as it was a special occasion. The portions are ample, but you don't come away over-stuffed, which is good because you need to keep your taste buds active for each succeeding course. Truly a delightful culinary experience!

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