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Cassava

4.5
208 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (252)
  • Fit for Foodies (223)
  • Great for Brunch (162)

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About

Cassava is an intimate neighborhood restaurant located in San Francisco's the Outer Richmond serving modern California cuisine.

We serve cafe style breakfast and lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends and dinner 6 nights a week.

Our restaurant is available for large dinner party reservations and private dining restaurant buy-out. Please visit the Private Dining page on our website for details, or simply give us a call or stop by and say hello ;-)

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
5:30am – 9pm


Brunch
10am – 2:30pm
Saturday and Sunday


Breakfast
8:30am – 11am
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Lunch
11am – 2:30pm
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


Closed on Tuesdays
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Phone number
(415) 640-8990
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kristoffer Toliao
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Private party facilities
Cassava is an intimate neighborhood restaurant located in San Francisco's the Outer Richmond serving modern California cuisine. We serve cafe style breakfast and lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends and dinner 6 nights a week.
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Private party contact
Yuka Ioroi: (888) 508-3093
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
36th Avenue
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Public transit
Muni 18 & 31
Balboa St & 37th Ave, one block East
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

The intentions are good, but the result does not fulfill them.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Always a pleasure to eat here. Chris and Yuka put so much thought and love into everything that comes out of their kitchen, it is truly like being invited into their home.
Everything on the tasting menu was outstanding, but I have to say, I am obsessed with the fried chicken now!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

After a month of American food, this place was amazing! The plates combined fine tastes and are served with a friendly smile. The focus of Cassava is clearly on quality and creativity. We enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Simple menu. Nice mix of brunch classics (eg. waffles, eggs and bacon) and more unusual dishes (eg. Japanese breakfast bowl). They were able to adapt menu items to be gluten free. Relaxed atmosphere. They did not seem accustomed to/particularly welcoming to children.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Tasty local food in a friendly neighborhood bistro setting. Extra points for careful and thoughtful presentation. Short dinner menu with enough variety to suit most appetites. I was welcome to sit at a sidewalk table with my border collie. We were happy to return for a second visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant. Delicious food. Interesting wine list and the day we went, the wines were half price. Can't be beat

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Again, a fantastic dining experience!! Great ingredients cooked simply( in an elegant way) with such flavor. Looove this place!!

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vipMust2eat (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2017

I went on a Sunday night with two friends (one visiting from North Carolina, the other from San Francisco), and we all had the Tasting Menu (which the entire table must choose, by the way). Such a deal! Each of the four courses was excellent and the service could not have been warmer or more professional. Truly a lovely evening. This is my first visit for dinner (I had lunch here a couple of weeks ago), but it will not be my last.

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EvelynW (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

We are ecstatic to have them in our neighborhood. The food is delicious, they always remember our names and welcome us warmly, and they take beer seriously! The menu is small but I've never ordered anything there that wasn't really good.

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theatira (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Cassava was delicious and the service was fantastic. I would come back here every weekend for brunch, if I could. My only complaint was ventilation. The place is super small, so after being open for a few hours, the smoky air was a bit strong from the kitchen. Nothing to prevent me from coming again though. So yummy!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

This is a nice place in the outer Richmond. Great people & service. But the food is just okay - the problem being it's pretty bland. We really felt like they could spice it up a bit. The friend chicken was boring as hell. Just battered thighs. Even the packaged karage coating you can buy in Japantown is much more flavorful. The DiStefano salad was ok. Not much there for $13. The Quinoa Porridge was really disappointing. The corn they over-added made the dish taste like corn porridge. The other flavors simply were not able to come through. I defy anyone to tell me otherwise, and for $23. No. Not even worth it. I expected more. Way too many 5 stars given for this place. Come on people, be real - It's 3 stars at best until they can create flavors that make you think, wow! I wonder how they did that...

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MiLo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2017

Attentive service and accommodating. One person at our table requested vegetarian substitutes for her tasting menu and was very happy with the alternatives. Wine pairings were interesting--I've not had a sake with a fish course at any other restaurant. Cornish game hen was tender, moist, and particularly delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Everything was delightful, we split a bottle of Chardonnay and enjoyed the tasting menu. It was our first time here but will not be the last, looking forward to the next visit!

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OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Wonderful staff and friendly people. You get the feeling that the people who own and operate this restaurant have a passion for their work and a desire to deliver the best possible customer experience. It is a small restaurant, which prevents a broad menu, but the choices that were offered were interesting and tasty. Suggested wine parings were thoughtful.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Often come here for lunch before or dinner after a show at the Legion of Honor and this past weekend was no exception. Cassava never disappoints and actually gets better and better. Recent dinner was fantastic with kudos to the entire staff ( waiter, runner, busser) led by the very gracious owner/manager Yuka ( her adorable hubby is the chef). Makes me feel like I'm in a charming European village.

Started off with new Blood Orange Margarita made from sake tequila and it was a total winner. Perfectly balanced and very refreshing. We split a very pretty and tasty Stone Fruit Salad starter and then moved onto perfectly cooked Salmon on a bed of corn and tomatoes and Yellowtail served in a bowl over lentils with peppers and watermelon rind which gave it a nice tang without overwhelming the delicacy of the fish. Ended with the very light Panna Cotta . Wine list here is always great too- not your usual California suspects, but a mix with European offerings by the glass and bottle that clearly have been chosen for their compatibility with the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Cassava is an absolute gem! Incredibly creative and delicious food, with such attention to detail. Everyone is so friendly, service is great, and the prices are reasonable. Been there for both dinner and brunch and both were outstanding. We'll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Consistently well done. The four course menu and pairing was on point.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

Great brunch spot with unusual brunch selection. The food was fantastic. Small space, but well designed.

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Rosa (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

The Japanese breakfast was interesting and good, but there was a bit of an overload of potatoes on the pork sausage dish. Those potatoes were also very bland. Service was fine. The restaurant itself is super cute, inside and out.

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