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3rd Cousin, San Francisco, CA

3rd Cousin

4.4
4.4
541 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
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 well as his global approach to Californian Cuisine. Take a journey of the senses with his tasting menu or sit back and create your own menu. Polished service and a extensive wine list make dining at 3rd Cousin an event to savor and remember.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Organic
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 814-3709
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities
  • Executive chef
    Greg Lutes
  • Private party facilities
    Hold your company dinner or private event at 3rd Cousin!From 7-40 guests we can customize your event just for you.
  • Private party contact
    Greg Lutes: (888) 982-0150
  • Neighborhood
    Bernal Heights
  • Cross street
    Gates
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    #24<br />#65
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Counter Tasting

    $185.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Our most luxurious tasting menu. Take a journey with us as we celebrate our local farmers, fishing boats, as well as flavors from around the globe as we weave them into a menu that showcases often foraged, local and international ingredients and inventive cooking techniques. Optional beverage pairings are curated to elevate the dining experience. Vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan tastings are available on request. Our chefs counter seats a maximum of 3. We can provide a similar experience at a table. *Does not include the 20% service charge and 6% San Francisco charge, and tax. *We can accommodate almost any diet restriction. Please note any dietary restriction on your reservation.
    Chef's Counter Tasting Photo
  • Chef's Tasting

    $165.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Take a journey with us as we celebrate our local farmers, fishing boats, as well as flavors from around the globe as we weave them into a menu that showcases often foraged, local and international ingredients and inventive cooking techniques. Optional beverage pairings are curated to elevate the dining experience. Vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan tastings are available on request. *Does not include the 20% service charge and 6% San Francisco charge, and tax. *We can accommodate almost any diet restriction. Please note any dietary restriction on your reservation.
    Chef's Tasting Photo

What 541 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

541 Reviews
  1. Fafa

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiting team were super nice and under . We were a group of 6 and three of us order steak all medium or medium rare cook but when the steak presented to them was well done/ burnet and chewy. So mich so that our waiteress returned all of them and brought new ones for them. All which was a bit better but still just an ok steak. Pasta and Risotto were good. All in all. 3/10.

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  2. JohnC

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My second meal there and I totally recommend it! The food is excellent! Large variety and great flavor. Will be back!

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  3. Vandi

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all LOVED this restaurant! The service was excellent- our waitstaff were delightful and engaged with us so well. They gave great wine and food suggestions. The wine and the food were simply delicious! We had a mixed group - vegetarians and meat eaters. We all enjoyed our dinner - basically overate. I was so tempted to lick my plate and the serving dishes. I recommend this place highly. We were celebrating our daughters’ birthday. Awesome place!!!

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  4. nickname

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place. Food mediocre. Overpriced. But great service

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  5. RobV

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside and it was a great experience - it was quieter than in the restaurant so we were able to talk and the food was just as amazing as when we sit inside.

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  6. VeronicaE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  7. TatyanaH

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and great service. Highly recommend!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  10. DineDontEat

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  11. ElizabethK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, beautiful understated space, very attentive service. Great place to enjoy a memorable meal.

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  13. sfeater

    San Francisco

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  14. sfindyguy

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  15. RobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Delightful, perfectly portioned, amazing preparation, presentation and flavors. Worth it.

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  16. Sage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth it! Uni creme brûlée was incredible. Highly recommend their tasting menu!

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  17. RingLeader1

    San Francisco

    338 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    338 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  18. MichelleK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  19. MalikahK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  20. Yumm

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  21. RachelZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We waited 15 min for a 9 pm reservation, would prefer to have been seated on time

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  22. RonenB

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  23. Jimmy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  25. TNT2EAT

    Los Angeles

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  26. RobertB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  27. AndreaG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal, lovely local gem

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  28. MORBAM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  29. TomB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    New Year’s Eve and the place was packed. Great menu plan and we loved the 3 piece band.

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  30. JanR

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    New Year’s Eve

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  32. lisar

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Every bite was delicious. Fantastic wine list. All around perfect experience. We’ll be back!!

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  33. NatashaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  34. SakshamG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! I had a wonderful time.

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  35. AmySF

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  36. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  37. LisaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  38. DavidC

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go back!

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  39. DJ0103

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  40. DupedinBernal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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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FAQs

3rd Cousin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 814-3709.

3rd Cousin is rated 4.4 stars by 541 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 3rd Cousin

919 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Gates
  • Neighborhood
    Bernal Heights
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Organic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    #24#65
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities
  • Executive chef
    Greg Lutes
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 814-3709
  • Private party facilities
    Hold your company dinner or private event at 3rd Cousin!From 7-40 guests we can customize your event just for you.
  • Private party contact
    Greg Lutes: (888) 982-0150
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