Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant

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897 reviews
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Local Kitchen + Wine Merchant is dedicated to the joys of food, wine, and good company. We are celebrated for being a purveyor of locally sourced & organic ingredients, featuring wood-burning oven pizzas, savory seasonal selections from the rotisserie and a carefully curated wine list that is inspirational yet approachable- making each visit unique and something to remember. Local is conveniently located in SOMA near Rincon Hill at First and Folsom Streets, open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
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NG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden find on an unassuming street.

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I have had. Ever. It’s amazing. How did I not know this was here...

Pizzas were delicious, crust was crispy and flavorful.
Highlights:
Veggie Pizza... no cheese with a cauliflower purée. Wow!
Burger... apparently they won a James Beard award for the burger. Amazing.
Chicken Curry. Comfort food at its best!

Service was attentive. Ambiance - beautiful space, chill. Great by yourself or with a group.
I will come back often or order delivery. Literally 1 block from my house. Hidden Gem!!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, cocktails and service were outstanding. I love being able to enjoy conversation with a dining companion in a quiet, relaxing space. I got to catch up with an old friend visiting from out-of-town. It was perfect.

JG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was spot on - didn't order too much but I had the Laksa noodle dish with shrimp and it was the perfect combination and size. A friend and I chose to catch up at Local Kitchen on a quiet weekday night. After we finished, we sat for some time, enjoying the ambiance and each other's company. Sometimes, you're made to feel like you ought to get up and leave if you're through with your meal but, instead, we were sent glasses of sparkling wine to enjoy while we finished our time together. SO thoughtful and sweet and clearly left a lasting impression. I'll definitely be back!

BV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asma was our server she is outstanding!

d
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Found the restaurant no problem but it is near the stadium and there was a giants game tonight - super trafficy getting there so just a heads up if there’s a game , pad your time.
Food is delicious, new chef Nora is doing a great job. Started with 5 spice cauliflower appetizer with pistachio sambala- soooo good. Laksa noodles with shrimp for main course, not too spicy, nice broth (could do better if it had with more than just three shrimp!) and very tasty! Others in the group had flatbread and the James Beard award winning burger, 60% meat / 40 % shitake, loved!
Only downfall is all of our food did not come out together, usually not a big deal but there was a very large gap in food timing and half the group was almost an with dinner before the other half got their food. Still, even at that I would still go back! Great experience overall!

JM
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The new menu is not great....

s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to celebrate the life of Anthony Bourdain and to finally taste Chef Nora’s delicious Singaporean dishes. The food was exquisite - every dish a marvel including the hamburger, the best we’ve ever eaten!

L
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot with amazing new food selection!

JH
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My friend and I ordered a burger and pizza as we were less interested in the Singaporean food.

A
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and the food was amazing. What a great twist/fusion between Californian and Southeast Asian cuisine.

BM
San Francisco
347 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A new menu in this familiar spot. Just a comfortable place for an easy local dinner. Interested wines too.

H
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu is exciting and we'll definitely be back to explore other items. We tried the satay, burger, chicken rice, burrata pizza and the black sesame cheesecake - they were fantastic!

JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu is pretty limited, especially the salads

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend at open table to have dinner later in the evening. The service was very good and the food was reasonably priced. This is a place I would certainly recommend!

CB
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu and chef is terrific!

Love the new pizza crust and sauce too!

LC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Sadly, the menu to our favorite neighborhood spot changed lately. The variety is limited. There are only about 2 entrees that are not Indonesian. Even the happy hour menu leans that way. I miss the spicy chicken bites !! We tried the chicken curry, it was just ok. We will keep trying new things as we love this place. They need a protein rich salad and simple grilled meats and veggies. Current menu, all are carb heavy.

LC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and bar were great, as always. The burger with mushrooms is a winner. This is a place we repeat often, for happy hour and dinner too. It’s consistent and in our neighborhood

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fantastic! Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant always do a great job. We are so pleasantly surprised every time we have lunch or dinner there. The staff is pleasant, attentive and fun. Thank you for making every visit memorable. We so appreciate everything you do and all the small details you cover.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is great, food is mediocre, particularly fried items all seem to be overcooked. The fried okra was hard and chewy. fried chicken sandwich was overbreaded and overfried.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Menu has changed. I really like the idea of Indonesian/SE Asian food in SOMA but this isn't it. Most of the food was flavorless, especially the special "Tom Yam" soup. And even the pizza which is normally a standard, is now meh. Unfortunately a pass.

LC
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is our fav neighborhood spot. Consistently good food, service and value. Very comfortable atmosphere Open kitchen and great wine selection. Happy hour is great, good food and drink prices

AT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a great brunch. We had the Singapore Chicken Rice and the Burger. Plus the tequila cocktail and the mezcal cocktail. Chef Nora’s chicken rice was like I was back in Singapore. The burger was perfect and the fries were hearty. The cocktails were tasty and strong. The service, our server Miche, was amazing, friendly, and you could tell he loves the menu and chef Nora. He recommended we go back for dinner and we will definitely do that.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good pizzas. Fast, friendly service. Not too expensive for San Francisco.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We arrived (3 of us) before noon and the maître d' was on the phone so we waited to be seated... and we waited and waited for at least 10 minutes just standing there waiting for him to finish his call. Nobody else came to seat us. We finally sit down. Two other parties (one of 2 and one of 6) sit down well after us on either side. Their entrees are served and we wait. And wait so long that the couple next to us are almost half done eating. + she ordered the same burger with salad that we did. A pizza was served on the other table. We ask three different servers where are meals are before our 2 burgers and Singapore chicken dish are finally served. Clearly they forgot about our order. Since it was a business meal, did not make a fuss and just paid the bill. Took almost 1-1/2 hrs. I like their food but this is not the first time the wait time to get an entrée served is exceedingly long.

LS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Singapore chicken was fabulous. It was flavorful, hearty and just the right amount for lunch. Our server was attentive and provided great suggestions for lunch. It had been awhile since I was there and I'll definitely go back again sooner than anticipated!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited almost a full hour without getting the entrees during a business meal. Given the timing, I paid the check prior to receiving the food and asked for it to be packed in a box.

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Reliable for a good food experience, and occasionally exceptional. It also offers some conveniences: parking is usually good; it is near the Bay Bridge, so when meeting East Bay friends in SF, it offers an easy exit back to the EB. The ambiance is modern yet classic, warm, and personal. This is my uncomplicated choice for a quality neighborhood meal.

BC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy and quiet place; not overwhelmingly noisy, like so many other SF restaurants. Great food, great service!

YS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for brunch only - I am a follower of Chef Nora Haron ever since I've sampled her food at now defunct Dripline in Oakland. She combines the best of California with Singaporean cuisine - for example, her chicken rice is not like the chicken rice "Hainan style" - she does not poach her chicken, but flash fry it with no breadding. Chicken is marinated in Koji, and her jasmine rice is spot on delicious and truly authentic. She uses sourdough for waffles and pizza dough, among other dishes she creates - it is extraordinary good, with crunch texture and taste; best use of sourdough! Other dishes - whether she introduces you something from Singapore/Malaysia/UAE - they are crafted with her own uniqueness and delicious. Just don't show up at brunch and ask for stuff not on the menu, like eggs Benedict. If you do, you are at the wrong restaurant. Bring as many friends as you can, and share everything. That is the proper way to enjoy her food and also be a hero for introducing your foodie friends to the magic of Chef Nora.

RH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great pizza!! The broiled salmon was also outstanding!! Too bad, no bread and butter:((

CC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Love the candle light, it sets a romantic mood.

CF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating service and good knowledge of their wines and beer selection
Food was outstanding and tasty
Did not try the pizza but it looked amazing

s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a casual dinner with a friend near his place. First, the service was wonderful! I appreciated that Brian regularly checked up on us but did not wait around (as we just wanted to talk to each other). He did stay in our sight line in case we wanted something-great combo.

I had amazing wine (I forget what) and my friend loved his beer. The ambiance was just right.

As for the food, I wish I lived closer! His pizza was so juicy and tasty and my pasta was just the right amount of pasta v sauce.

We didn’t use their private dining areas (for parties) but I could see they were gorgeous!

I will definitely be back!

l
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very rustic and quaint. Casual and fun. Was perfect for a team dinner.

KC
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our team was in town for the DreamForce conference and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Appetizers were wonderful, Impossible burger was excellent, good wine selection, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff.

AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local joint. I love how the bartender really care about keeping the bar clean and neat.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was overpriced and not very good. Service was bad. One server for whole restaurant

DW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There were zero disappointments! The Impossible Burger was amaze!

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pizza - good size and taste. Good size burger, not too crowded during weekday lunch time.

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