3rd Cousin

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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 as well as A daily-changing menu reflects modern California sensibilities and focuses on ingredients from local markets, farms and producers in a casual, neighborhood setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was a little bit strange- host’s tone was a bit sassy, the spaces were kind of tight and one of the waiter’s booty kept hovering over our drinks. There was a very long wait inbetween some of our dishes (we had the 7 course tasting menu). Servers were all different and got some of our dishes mixed up. Overall food was good and made well but not a unique experience. This is a cute neighborhood gem but not phenomenal especially for the price.

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TatyanaH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had very high expectations, but thought that instead the restaurant was okay.
We ordered the gem salad, uni verme brûlée and the halibut. Gem salad was great, uni creme brûlée was a little underwhelming likely due to high expectation :) the halibut was a little plain, but overall meal was healthy, but not as flavorful as anticipated.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Excellent service. Some of the food was over seasoned and the fish was dry/overcooked. Overall the meal was overpriced for the quality.

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vipDineDontEat
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time dining at 3rd Cousin. We decided to try the 10-course tasting menu as the variety looked great and opted for one wine pairing. We have nothing to complain about. The dishes were nicely presented. The staff was pleasant and knew enough about the menu to explain what was being served. There was one very loud table and I felt it detracted from the overall quiet ambiance. We loved the porcini pasta, lobster risotto, and the duck. My wife was very fond of the uni cream brulee. As we reflected on the overall experience we thought it would be worth going back for items ala carte. On a scale of 1 to 10 we thought the food was an 8. Our feeling was the dishes, although very good, were dishes we could prepare at home. Nothing that made us wonder about how the chef did this or did that. Nothing that was a surprise to our pallette or pushed the limits of a taste to the 'wow' factor. I'm sure we will be back for those items we very much enjoyed.

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vipElizabethK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is decent, but it is overpriced. We did the prix fixed Valentine's day weekend menu and everything was good, but for the price, nothing was especially outstanding or different.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful understated space, very attentive service. Great place to enjoy a memorable meal.

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vipsfeater
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We've eaten here before and the quality of food is as good as I recall. That said, after the Valentine's pre-fixe meal we were both still hungry. In spite of the 3 course and dessert, we could have continued eating. The portions were a bit minimal. The "background" music was also a bit loud for what we wanted in a "romantic" evening, but overall this is a top notch operation well worth a visit.

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sfindyguy
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No question, this is a neighborhood gem and a lovely intimate restaurant. We had a lovely 4-person birthday celebration, and we enjoyed everything about our experience. Very good and friendly service overall. Unique and tasty menu (in love with the Oyster Tempura, the Crudo and the Brussel Sprouts). 3rd Cousin has a wonderful formula that invites return visits for sure. A bit on the pricey side, but to be expected and reflects the quality of the experience, which is very high!

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RobB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Delightful, perfectly portioned, amazing preparation, presentation and flavors. Worth it.

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Sage
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth it! Uni creme brûlée was incredible. Highly recommend their tasting menu!

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vipRingLeader1
San Francisco
303 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Didn’t live up to the hype. Three people had the wagyu, too salty and had a fair share of gristle. The duck and soup were good.

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vipMichelleK
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and simple restaurant with a lovely ambience. Went there for our 3 year anniversary and they had a sweet and thoughtful card ready for us. Will be coming again for special occasions!

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MalikahK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was simple but very well done. Plates were pretty but portions a little small. We did sf restaurant week and it was a great first kick off of the event. Additions to the 4 course meal were a little pricey but worth it. We had the lobster risotto for $25 more and Black truffles, also $25. We picked a wine off there suggested wine pairings. It was a great Sancere....until we received the bill and saw that it was 75 for 4 glasses of wine. Mind you I will pay for good wine....but our waiter never told us how much it was or suggested the bottle. Sneaky waiter...service not on par with the quality of the food. All in all a great experience, would definitely come again. Waitstaff needs to loosen up, it's a small restaurant relax, it shows in the service.

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Yumm
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu was delicious. I had the gem salad, fried oysters, wagyu, and hibiscus sorbet. Will definitely come back for a special occasion. Thank you 3rd Cousin for a wonderful dining experience.

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RachelZ
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We waited 15 min for a 9 pm reservation, would prefer to have been seated on time

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RonenB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was me second time here. Food was still only just acceptable, Service was still subpar, the value for what you get absolutely ludicrous. Avoid.

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Jimmy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Came here for restaurant week, one of the few places that offered 4 courses for $65. The plating was nicely done but I don't think I would come back, food was good but not worth the price point. The prices for drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic were expensive. My partner did the wine pairing and they were very light on the pours, like the amount you get with a wine tasting. We sat at the counter which I do not recommend, I sat on the corner when the food comes out and almost every server bumped into my chair multiples times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. High-quality, excellent flavor and upscale without being inaccessible.
The head chef was very personable and walked around to chat with the clientele even as he gave orders to the kitchen. A totally underrated gem.

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vipTNT2EAT
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

intimate, small restaurant. If you like a lot of space not your place. But if you want quality food - this is it! So good we will be back. The Raviolis to die for!

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RobertB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very disappointing. The room was very cold. Two small electric heater were not efficient. The waitress ignored us a couple of time. We had to request 2 orders that were placed but not recorded. The salmon was overcooked. expensive dinner. Will not return.

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, lovely local gem

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MORBAM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Environment and service really good. However, it is too price for what they offer. The food is good, but the price is not worth. Another negative point is the wine prices. The cheapest bottle $60 and HORRIBLE wine! A good wine is like $88. Honestly I would not recommend to a friend. They have to improve a lot to charge what they do.

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vipTomB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve and the place was packed. Great menu plan and we loved the 3 piece band.

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JanR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening, and the staff went above our expectations serving a truly amazing meal. I highly recommend the tasting or grand menu (we did the grand!).

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viplisar
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Every bite was delicious. Fantastic wine list. All around perfect experience. We’ll be back!!

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NatashaL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food was delicious and service was awesome! My personal favorite dish was the truffle ravioli. Our server was kind enough to throw in a few extras for us! He really knows how to treat guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! I had a wonderful time.

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vipAmySF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a Thanksgiving dinner here. They had a fixed course menu so we had to choose it. The price was expensive but that is understandable because they are working at Thanksgiving day. The volume was good and fulfilling for myself and for my son who is a big eater. But the food was a bit salty for us overall and the service was okay. I wanted to explore a new restaurant in this neighborhood but I do not think I will come back here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambience. We have been coming here for Thanksgiving for the last couple years, and love it. We now take our 9-month old and the entire staff was very accommodating!

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LisaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

3rd Cousin’s Thanksgiving dinner menu was expertly prepared and refreshingly unpretentious. The service was friendly and elegant at the same time.

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vipDavidC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!

DJ
DJ0103
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

So, we went here for our anniversary dinner night. I had a reservation at 8PM, we arrived at 7:50 but was not seated till 8:35pm. There was not really a space to sit down during wait or the bar, so we were squeezed in at the corner entrance, which was not very pleasing experience. As soon as we were seated, it followed with 1st course meal and after. The timing of the foods are great, as you don't wait 10~20 mins per dishes, and their just keep coming as soon as you finish one another. We added white/black truffles on our dishes, and it was great experience. Was charged for the bread, but never received bread and butter :( (realized after I've got home). Overall experience was good, this time we didn't open any wines as we had other plans for the next day. Our bill was $340, and including tip it was right on about $400. Was it worth it? well in a sense yes, and no. Not sure if the quality of the food is worth $200pp, but definitely different experiences you get for trying seafoods to meats, and different vegetables was definitely an experiences. The only negative thing about the food was that steaks could've cooked a lot better (meaning may be I just prefer slow cook and seared to medium rather than rare cooked), and duck breast was really chewy. The Uni puree over biscuits were great, and so was the ravioli with truffles. Will probably go back, and next time will be with more wines to enjoy.

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DupedinBernal
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Underwhelming, and in some cases off-putting, food, weak service, and no dessert. For a $300+ bill there are Michelin starred restaurants you can go to to have amazing experiences. Skip this place and head for one of those. I wish we had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Pretty mediocre food, service was so so. There was nothing bad about it but the place is trying to be a fine dining experience which it is definitely not. Also, they charged us $3 for bread on a $400 check (lol). We won’t come back.

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LauraC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Pasta delicious. The service wasn’t consistent throughout the night, one minute they are constantly filing our water up then next our plates sat in front of us for 25 minutes. Food was really good and fresh quality. Nice presentation. Would go again for sure

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FourTop
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

When you want to stay local and want a good meal. Friendly service, well curated menu. Truffle season! We will come again soon.