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About 3rd Cousin

Chef/Owner Greg Lutes has created a stylish, elevated neighborhood gathering spot serving up California Cuisine that is ingredient and seasonaly focused. Relaxed and polished the service is warm welcoming. Beverage program has new and old world gems that pair well with Lutes' cuisine.
We reserve a good portion of the restaurant for walk-in parties. We also have a small bar serving beer and wine.

919 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Saturday- 5:30-10pm
Sunday 5:30-9pm

Cross Street:
Gates

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 814-3709

Website:
http://3rdcousinsf.com/

Catering:
Offsite and in house catering

Public Transit:
#24
#65

Executive Chef:
Greg Lutes

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.

Private Party Contact:
Greg Lutes: (888) 982-0150

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners
Guest Chefs

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us at 3rd Cousin for a special Christmas Dinner. Ala Carte will not be offered. $79 per person for a 4 Course Dinner

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3rd Cousin Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
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Romantic (10)
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Tasting Menu (8)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
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Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food and wines, the ambiance was very pleasant and the service was outstanding. A bit pricey but the quality was high. Recommended.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was my third time at this restaurant and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself each time more than the last. The food, the service and the cozy atmosphere are without reproach.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is a wonderful find and only 10 minutes from our home. The food is outstanding, and worth the price charged. Our dinner with two glasses of wine and a shared first course, was $146 before tip. The service is excellent; the noise level perfectly acceptable; the choice of plates is quite good, although somewhat limited on entrees. This was our second time at this restaurant, and we look forward to many meals there in the future. This is a gem.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Well done neighborhood spot. The tasting menu was well done but service could honestly be a little more professional given the price point. They now charge $35 corkage (up from $25) but they waive it if you buy a bottle - which seems fair. All and all a great meal and we will be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My husband and I shared Thanksgiving dinner at 3rd Cousin. We loved the food and atmosphere. We hope to go back to the restaurant for another nice dinner out.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

wonderful food served in a charming setting with a rustic decor in Bernal Heights.The atmosphere is very cozy. The hostess greeted us with a genuine welcome and the waiter was very attentive and not rushed. We started with a variety of appetizers; all wonderful, each presented in their own style. Among my favorite dishes were the sauteed fois gras, the octopus, the hamachi, and the fritters. I shared some of my delicious grilled porkchop and tasted some other dishes like the juicy duck and the flavorful ravioli. The chocolate souffle is a must!. Overall a cozy setting where you can enjoy delicious food, enjoy the company of your guests, and have a wonderful evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server was great, experienced, accommodating, pleasant! The food IS expensive but good quality, well cooked and tasty.
We had a good time until the end.
An individual in an apron came by at one point and asked us how everything was. He did not introduce himself. We acknowledged we were fine. We had dessert. Paid the bill and we getting ready to leave. The owner came by and said that he had “a large party to accommodate “and asked us to leave. We were about to leave and had just paid the bill. The large party were staring at us unfavorably from the front window behind our table.
I went back after leaving and discussed this event with my server. She was profusely apologetic; she was not aware of the episode and said he was the owner.
As a follow up: I did receive a personal phone call from the owner Greg, to make amends along with a sincere apology.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Simply outstanding experience. Absolutely delicious food, the best service I can ever remember and a very special birthday dinner with one of my best friends. We each had the tasting menu plus the foie gras for two. When my friend asked if the uni creme brulee was sweet at all I didn't give it another thought (I know she prefers savory.) But when our hostess noticed that after a bite she gave me the plate to finish they added another tasting to her menu without a blink. That's attentive service. Grilled octopus, perfectly cooked wagyu steak, short ribs, seared scallops, crispy pork belly, celery root puree, caramelized brussel sprouts and chocolate souffle (a surprise birthday treat). Every plate was beautiful, full of flavor and new combinations in every bite. We were both thrilled.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was disappointed with our experience at 3rd cousin... everything was very hit or miss; some of the food was fantastic (bread, crudo, fried green beans), and some of it was just ok (pork, a tiny sad portion of cod).
The service was friendly but not amazing, our server seemed about 12, and was so quiet I couldn’t hear the special over the music.
Nothing terrible, but for these prices you expect more grace and presentation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Incredible!! Definitely a fave.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Loved the truffle ravioli. Everything was bright and fresh. We will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I highly recommend doing the tasting menu. The progression of courses were very complementary and built to the meat courses very well. The service was impeccable and the wine pairings were delightful and unexpected. Of particular note was the Uni and Creme Brulee with caviar and trout roe. The taste was like breathing in the sea wrapped in the warm blanket of the uni and creme brulee; very comforting and refreshing. Also, the final meat course of Duck Breast with crispy risotto and fois gras was a lovely play of textures and flavors. Everything was uniformly inspired and delicious; just calling out my favorites.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Everyone ordered a different dish & we were all impressed and pleased!
Will definitely return!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Everything about the experience was phenomal. Creative and quality food in a really warm and inviting neighborhood space. Service was thoughtful and knowledgeable. Pro tip: skip dessert and do another order of the uni creme brûlée

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Dishes were creative and blended flavors from different cuisine. We shared several appetizers to try a variety of plates and enjoyed them all, especially the uni creme brulee and scallop with pork belly. Cozy atmosphere and quiet on a Monday night made for a relaxing, slow meal and good conversations.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always amazing!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Colleague and I in town for business, this was a good respite from our week. Went here based on the reviews. Nice spot. The flavor combinations are intriguing. We got the octopus, scallop and pork belly and we both got the duck entree. Beautiful meal and priced well. Can't comment on the wine selection, we stuck with beer. I would go back again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

3rd Cousin was simply amazing. The ambience is great as you walk in. They took the time to outfit the place acoustically by installing noise buffers. Food was wonderful and everything tasted great, service was polite yet not overbearing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

we had a lovely meal and there was a nice card from wait/kitchen staff for our anniversary, which was a very nice touch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I really wanted to hit this spot up and I wanted to like it, but honestly was left feeling pretty "meh". We had the Uni & Crème Brûlée, Pappardelle, and Maine Lobster & Crab Ramen. And for desert shared a White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding. It was all sub-par at best.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been going to 3rd Cousin for about a year now, perhaps 7 times and each meal and experience has been outstanding.
The chef and owner Greg puts his heart and soul into the food selection and preparation.
The service is stealth and the staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine.
Trust the tasting menu and wine pairings for a great dining experience that magically arrives at your table .

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at 3rd Cousin. It was our 1st time, even though we live a block away! It was fantastic. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful and a lovely ambiance. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was lovely! Staff were very welcoming! Chef Greg came to greet all the diners and it was very nice talking to him! Highly recommend the uni creme brulee! It was fantastic! And the foie gras french toast was so delicous!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Super impressed with the food and staff. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious meal with fresh ingredients. Had the hamachi, avocado salad, fried green beans and halibut. Wasn't heavy but very filling. Ended with the chocolate molten cake and banana bread pudding which were amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Nice evening catching up with good friends. Attentive service, calm ambiance, and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great food, innovative preparations, lovely service and good ambiance.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very disappointing. Pricey 'creative' cuisine that completely misses the mark... Expected better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Just discovered this place in our neighborhood and been there twice in two weeks. Uni brulee is favorite. Crispy green beans. Pasta with mushrooms be sure to get with pancetta. Staff very nice. Only suggestion is to slow down the delivery of courses at small table.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I recommend sharing plates - the portions are good for sharing. The food was yummy, the service was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

My in-laws took us there to celebrate my husband and my birthday. All of us had their tasting menu except my 6 yr old son. Everything was amazing and we had a great time. Thank you to the chefs and our waiter.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our reservation was for 8:15 and we arrived early. They had no seating available yet, which is expected. However they also have no waiting area and each staff member would tell us to go somewhere else. It felt really off-putting, like we were such a nuisance. First they told us we could go to the bar and sit. I had my elderly parents with me and In Particular my mother needed to sit. So she did, at the bar. But then after we ordered drinks, someone came in off the street and wanted to sit so they came and told us we had to leave the bar. There is not enough space by the door for 4 people and nowhere to sit. What they should do is if they offer the bar area to waiting guests, especially if those guests were by this time waiting past their reservation time due to the group eating before them, and if someone comes without a reservation they can tell them the estimated time for the guests to get their proper seats. At the point the couple came to kick us out of the bar, we were 5 mins past our reservation time and had another 10 or so minutes to go. I'm sure the couple without the reservation would've waited that long for a table. Either this or don't tell your patrons to go sit at the bar, which isn't really a bar!

The food was fun and very good. This made up for all the dancing around before being seated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The atmosphere and service was wonderful but the food was unfortunately disappointing. I expected so much more with the execution of food. The soup was lukewarm in one bite and then hot in another. Lacked attention to detail in most of the dishes we ordered. Halibut entree was dry, one note and overall lackluster. I wanted this place to be so much better.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Really nice food and a good menu. I do think the food is overpriced though.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Third time to Third Cousin and my first impression remains as accurate as ever: this place is great! The tasting menu included uni, pasta, pork belly, scallop, and duck (and we included the extra fois gras which was well worth it!). Everything done to perfection with creative and balanced taste profiles. Just all around yum.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food! Will come again. Ramen and Uni creme brulee were excellent!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We on time for our reservation for 2 and waited several minutes to be acknowledged by the hostess who informed us unapologetically that our table wouldn't be ready for 15 or 20 minutes then walked away. About 15 minutes later I managed to flag her down through the curtain to inquire about the status of our table and was told that the party ahead of us was paying the check currently.

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Almost 40 minutes after our reservation time—and still with no acknowledgement that this delay was considered irregular in any way—our first interaction with our server consisted of her introducing herself to us, going over the specials and walking away without taking a drink order.

The experience did improve somewhat from there out, but fell far short of redeeming itself. Will not be returning, would not recommend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was excellent with very service friendly staff. Quite a find in Bernal Heights.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had a fantastic time! Everything was delicious. I can't remember the last meal we had that was so consistently good. Loved the ambiance as well. A real find...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I will return.

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