3rd Cousin

4.6
395 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Cozy, intimate and romantic...Chef Greg Lutes has created a unique dining destination in Bernal Heights
Renowned for his Uni Crème Brûlée along with carefully curating a seasonal menu of California cuisine. The Uni Crème Brûlée has been chosen by Zagat as one of the 30 essential dishes in the USA. Join us for a tasting menu or an ala carte experience. 3rd Cousin one of San Francisco's neighborhood gems and an icon in Bernal Heights .
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary French / American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sun 5:30 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 814-3709
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Greg Lutes
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Private party facilities
Hold your company dinner or private event at 3rd Cousin!
From 10-40 guests we can customize your event just for you.
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Private party contact
Greg Lutes: (888) 982-0150
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Gates
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Public transit
#24
#65
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special Thanksgiving Day Menu. 3 Courses $72 for Adults $29 for kids 12 and under. No other menu offered. 2pm-8pm

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special 3 Course Christmas Eve Menu. No Ala carte menu will be available

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 395 People Are Saying
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DW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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B
Denver
76 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
23 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
6 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
146 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
38 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
14 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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WL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve eaten here a couple of times. The food is great; very fresh and tasty while not “overly presented” so much that it takes awake from the taste. Their plating is simple and beautiful with fresh on the pallet ingredients; It’s a tad on the pricey side for the amount of food but they make up for it in quality. My one suggestion: be more keen on seating those that made reservations(days in advance) and showed up on time.

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L
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best fine dinings we've ever had. The ravioli was insane!

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TA
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

My husband and I dined at 3rd Cousin this past weekend. I have to say, we were very disappointed in our dining experience. We had 8:15pm reservation and arrived 10 mins prior. The hostess proceeded to tell us it that it would be a momentary wait but we completely understood since we had arrived a bit early. Unfortunately, the delay continued for way too long with the hostess apologizing multiple times. The excuse was that earlier diners were lingering longer than expected. What? Really? We are not unreasonable people and are okay with a 10-15 min delay but we were not seated until 9PM! It should be noted that the only reason we were seated at that time was because the couple that had an 8pm reservation before us left in disgust because of the unexpected delay. I don't know if they were having an off night but it was a really rough start for our anniversary dinner.
Beyond that the point, the food and service was good. Our waiter (and other servers) was very attentive throughout our meal which we appreciated. I'm sorry did not catch his name. They provided complimentary wine and champagne because of our delay so kudos to them for kindness extended. I want to stress that the waitstaff were awesome and very nice once seated so I'm unclear where the blame is placed here for such a significant delay. Maybe it's overall restaurant management that is the issue here.
Another issue I had is that we were looking forward to trying their 10 course tasting menu but because of the initial delay the courses led us into closing hours with us being the last diners there. Our waiter told us it was not an issue but it is a bit uncomfortable when lights go out in the kitchen because it's closed and the wait staff are packing up heading out. Who wants to wrap up the last 3 courses in that manner? Unfortunately, we will not return to this establishment.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We had numerous mistakes from our wait-staff. The music was distracting and definitely catering to an under-30 crowd (which I'm not).

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to 3rd Cousin because our first visit was outstanding. We decided to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday here and we were not disappointed. We ordered the seven-course tasting menu plus one extra order of foie gras to make it eight courses and were impressed by the quality, presentation, quantity, and taste. My wife and daughter didn't care for the foie gras but I loved it. It was their first time tasting it so, it's a matter of taste. The protein course was chef's choice and we had the duck breast. We aren't fans of duck but it was still tasty. I would have preferred the pork chop, fish, or beef instead if given the choice. The service was outstanding and our wait staff was extremely attentive. I really appreciate their attention to detail and the visit from the chef. That was really nice. Overall, 3rd Cousin proved to be a great find in Bernal Heights and will absolutely be sure to visit again. Thank you for making our daughter's birthday celebration memorable and special.

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f
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great experience. Little gem in the neighborhood. It was almost comparable to the Boulevard, although it was different cut of meat being compared. The Wagyu ribeye was cooked to perfection, it was as my husband wanted it. The taste was fabulous and the crisp polenta was very interesting and very good. I liked the duck breast, but the sauce was little salty for me but overall very yummy good. Would love to go back again to try their pork chop and their dessert white chocolate bread pudding

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the service superb even though it was a tad slow. We noticed that the pork (with scallop) was just ever so slight drier that expected, and the chef came out with a new piece of roast pork that was fattier and juicier. Few restaurants would do that now. Dined at Benu where they asked about food allergy. After stating my allergic food of mountain yam, I bit into a chunk of it in the fourth dish. The restaurant didn't comp the coffee! So we were very impressed that the chef took such care of his creation and his customers.

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EG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third Cousin has been in our neighborhood for a while now, and we have only been able to go twice, but we absolutely love this restaurant. The dishes are flawless, and all with a unique edge that makes everything feel special and like a fancy splurge. At the same time, the prices are so reasonable, our splurge comes without the usual guilt- making it even sweeter! Best things to try? Really everything, but we especially love the savory creme brulee and the Maine lobster ramen. Even as I type these words, it makes my mouth water!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great vibe and even better food.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The wine is way over priced, however, the quality is not good at all.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Pork chop not seasoned, Heirloom tomato over ripe, parpadelle meh, green beans & lobster ramen good. Need more champagne selection.

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RM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The menu had quite a variety with some interesting combinations. Everything we had was very tasty and very good!!
Would definitely go back again!!

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a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was decent but service was horrible and for somewhere hard to get to that’s unacceptable. Avoid.

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AT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice meal overall! Food was delicious (little gem salad great, duck stood out with subtle flavors, ravioli was good) and had a cozy feel. Tables a little too close together but overall had a nice "date night" ambiance and wasn't too loud. Service was attentive. Nice spot!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice, wine pairing decent and food was amIng

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NR
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They were almost half hour late honoring our reservation. Food came out poorly timed with more than one course arriving at the same time. Wanted another bottle of wine but by the time anyone got around to getting it for us we decided to forgo.

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