3rd Cousin

4.5
411 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 .

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

5 Course Tasting Menu with Vegetarian, Vegan and Pescatarian Options. No other menus available.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic. A bit highly priced.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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 6, 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 6, 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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 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 15, 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 14, 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 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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l
1 review
Dined on December 8, 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 8, 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 2, 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 18, 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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SS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but very expensive for the portion size. Paparadell pasta was good but the vegetables (?) that came with it were unidentifiable

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

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LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, fresh food. Brought out of town visitors to introduce a taste of San Francisco cuisine. 3rd Cousin delivered. Enjoyable all the way around.

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WB
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was GREAT! Service was a bit strange. Our original waiter seemed unfamiliar or at least uncomfortable as a waiter. Don't know why he disappeared halfway through the meal. Replacement was good.

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JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was fine. The appys were creative. Overall overpriced for what it was.

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WL
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at 3rd Cousin in Bernal Heights. This is a neighborhood gem. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was very rich and decadent. We really enjoyed the ravioli and pappardelle pasta.
The dessert chocolate souffle tart was very tasty. The uni creme brulee, the house signature dish, was very uni forward. We will be back to try out more dishes.

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M
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WOW! This was our first time dining here and it was incredible. Service was great, atmosphere rather casual for the quality and price point of the food but the FOOD! Every bite, every presentation, every paring was outstanding! Thank you for an incredible dining experience.

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BC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Spot on delicious and fabulous favors with every dish we ordered! Chef Greg came around to the tables and also thanked us for coming when we left - a nice personal touch that accompanied our great dining experience!
The only downside was that our server seemed a bit overwhelmed that evening and was trying to serve one too many tables - we had to flag another server for service but all the wait staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back for another special meal!

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Y
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Have dined at 3rd cousin for a few times. Greg is an amazing cook. The restaurant is medium size. We always love his seasonal menu, always can find some delicious dishes. We had three appetizers to share among 4 of us. Every single dish is delicious, the grilled octopus, the pate board and the pork belly.
When we got to the entrees, the wague beef is excellent and so does the duck. Unfortunately, the fish was overcooked. The pork chop was a bit tough even it was perfectly cooked. Wish they had brined the pork chop. We also noticed that Greg was not in the kitchen that night so it was an off night. We also noticed that the wine list had been expanded, they offer more wine choices. Some significant wine in the list are very impressive.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to cozy 3rd cousin in 3 years and was eager to see if my memories a favorite meal were overinflated. Happy to report that my second visit was every bit as special as the first. Highly recommend the tasting menu for understated (and delicious) creations.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd Cousin was so wonderful. Service, food and ambience was perfect. Greg the executive chef has created a menu that is tasty and well put together. LOVED IT

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EM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

expensive for what it is. I didn't find the food particularly special except for its price. The wait staff was excellent, one of the best serving experiences we have had. Never rushed, always present, very pleasant.

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

Food is great but portions are very small for the price.
Service - So so; the host sat us down and no one came to say Hi or acknowledge us for probably at least 15 minutes. For the price we were paying, I'd expected a little more service.
Brought husband there for his birthday and we were seated all the way in the back of restaurant. At first we thought it was a great table but they left the back door wide open. They finally closed the door but kept opening and closing it during our entire time there. It was very windy that night so there was a draft of strong breeze coming into the restaurant. I had to leave my jacket and scarf on the entire time. Unfortunately my husband ended up catching a cold that night on his birthday!

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PE
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked 3rd Cousin a lot the first time I went last year. I've been back a number of times since then - it's yummy and open fairly late for the area - and it's improved every time. The last two meals I've had have been truly exceptional - I loved the hamachi crudo and the pappardelle last time. The waitstaff is excellent - friendly, informed and attentive. A really nice place for a nice meal.

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R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After an initial unpleasant experience we returned to 3rd Cousin a few weeks ago. This time around, all of the things that made the first visit go sour had reversed. The atmosphere, the service and, of course, the food...all impeccable. I makes me happy to have a resto of his caliber in our neighborhood.

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RH
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding ramen and kungpo duck. Uni cream brûlée is the signature dish and should not be missed. Parking is a challenge. Public transportation is spotty. The food is well worth the trip. Do not miss this gem

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MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have given 3rd Cousin five stars because their food was really excellent, servers were attentive and knew what they were putting on the table.

They modified the tasting menu to accommodate our pescaterian preference.

Downside - we made a reservation, showed up early about half an hour. Not surprisingly, our table was not ready so we told the hostess that we’d be back. Came back at the appointed time and our table was not ready. Instead, the only other option was at the bar. It would have been ok but they had stools and sitting for a prolonged period on stools was not comfy. Hence, the four stars.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

It such a pity that this restaurant decided to put fois grois on it’s menu. We will not be returning because of it.

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r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual. I never fail to love the food here.

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came to 3rd Cousin to celebrate my fiancé's 30th birthday. The restaurant had an outstanding romantic ambiance. The food was delicious and the service was superb. I would definitely come back in the future!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The uni crème brûlée blew me away!

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MJ
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Amazing food in a cozy romantic setting.

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c
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excelent food

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