Chef-owner Bruce Hill and his team were out hanging string lights in the alley outside Bix today, and the restaurant has announced it is taking reservations for outdoor dining starting on June 18. Now at least two dozen SF restaurants have announced plans to reopen following Mayor Breed's earlier-than-expected announcement this week, with a few ready to start taking guests as soon as Friday, June 12.
Not everyone may be ready to be out, eating in public with a masked server, but some of you are no doubt dying for a meal you didn't cook or get delivered. Keep in mind that tables are going to be in high demand given there won't be as many of them at any given restaurant — as an example, Starbelly is reopening with capacity only for 19 people on the back patio and six people out front. But snag a reservation now!!
All SF restaurants will get to open for limited indoor seating starting on July 13, but some are getting ready to do the al fresco thing, SF summer be damned, starting tomorrow and next week. As the Chronicle reported today, some restaurants, including Kim Alter's Nightbird in Hayes Valley and Alexander's Steakhouse, are still trying to work out an outdoor set-up, and they're not sure if it will work.
If your restaurant (or your neighborhood fave) is swinging open in the coming days, email us at [email protected]. This list is no doubt far from complete and will be expanded in the coming days.
Updated Wednesday, June 17
Who's open or about to be open?
4505 Burgers & BBQ - They have reopened as of Friday for patio dining.
54 Mint - Taking over Mint Plaza will be 54 Mint starting on Monday, with hours from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and a capacity of just 24.
620 Jones - The outdoor space in the heart of the Tenderloin will be open from 2 p.m. to sundown (about 8 p.m.) starting Tuesday (June 16), and reservations will ultimately be available on the website but don't appear to live just yet. For weekend brunch, they'll be open 11 a.m. to sundown on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
All Good Pizza - This Bayview spot has a big outdoor space with plenty of room, and they opened for service over the weekend.
ATWater Tavern - The patio is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with $2 off beer and wine during happy hour (3-6), as well as $1 oysters.
Bask - Spanish tapas spot Bask, over in North Beach, has reopened with sidewalk seating.
Bix - The beloved supperclub on Gold Street will take over Gold Street for cocktails and appetizers starting Tuesday, June 16th, and dinner starting on the 18th.
Blackwood - They're taking reservations on Yelp for parties no bigger than four people, and it looks like they'll be operating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to start. The restaurant website still hasn't been updated.
The Brazen Head - The Marina hang is now open nightly for outdoor eats and drinks from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Burma Superstar and B Star - The downt-the-street Clement Street sister restaurants are reopening for outdoor service.
Caffe Trieste - This North Beach haunt has been doing takeout, and they'll be back open for al fresco eats tomorrow.
Canela - The Castro Spanish spot has been selling paella kits to go and various other stuff through the lockdown, and they open Friday for sidewalk dinner dining.
Capo's - Tony Gemignani's North Beach spot dedicated to Chicago-style pizza is pivoting to showcase the trendy Detroit-style square pies instead. It will be open starting Wednesday, June 17, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Wed-Thurs), and Friday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m, with outdoor seating, no reservations required.
Casements - The new Irish bar in the Mission barely got open before it had to close, and now it's open again for outdoor seating with savory meat pies and great cocktails.
Charmaine's - The lounge atop the Proper Hotel will reopen at 25-percent capacity, and by reservation only. It was never easy to get a spot on this swanky patio before the pandemic, so now it will likely be impossible. Evening hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and 3 to midnight Thursday to Saturday, but there are also reservations available for breakfast and lunch.
Chouquet's - Pac Heights bistro Chouquet's is opening for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seating in a street parking "parklet" — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Chubby Noodle - With capacity for just 16, this North Beach spot will swing open Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cioppino's - The Fisherman's Wharf seafood spot has a patio with an 80-person capacity.
Curio - The restaurant in the former Vestry space has reopened its patio for dining featuring a new menu from Chef Jason Raffin that includes a Fernet-smoked pork sandwich, and Ritual coffee-rubbed fried chicken strips. Open Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Dorian - They'll be open for oysters and more starting Wednesday the 17th, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekend brunch will be served 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eats - The breakfast and brunch spot at 50 Clement is reopening for sidewalk service.
Epic Steak - This Embarcadero spot can apparently take up to 72 people on its expansive patio, and it will be serving dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends, with an afternoon happy hour after that.
Florio - The upper Fillmore stalwart of 22 years is opening for outdoor dining on Monday, and plans to open seven nights a week but only from 5 p.m. to 8p.m., with capacity for 16 people. Call 415.775.4300 for details, or look for reservations on OpenTable.
Fog City - The iconic former Fog City Diner is reopening for lunch and dinner starting Friday, using outdoor space. They'll be open to start from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. Call 415-982-2000.
Front Porch - Some of the best fried chicken in the city will be in high demand, and apparently Front Porch is only "soft opening" for outdoor seating, with plans to reopen for real on July 1 (online reservations appear abundantly available starting in July). You can, however, still order to-go food and drinks.
Gott's - The Ferry Building burger spot reopens Monday if not sooner for outdoor eats.
Grubstake Diner - The late-night haunt is back open for outdoor service from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Hi Dive - The Embarcadero dive's patio is back open serving burgers, tacos, beers, and more.
Just for You Cafe - The Potrero Hill spot at 732 22nd Street has reopened for outdoor service, and they're still doing takeout.
The Lister Bar - Take a trip to Park Merced for an afternoon or evening on the Lister Bar's expansive patio. They're open daily from noon to 10 p.m.
Local Brewing Co. - The brewery at 69 Bluxome has opened up its front patio.
Local Tap - Over near the ballbark on Third Street is this bar and grill with patio seating.
Lupulandia Brewing - New Mission brewpub Lupulandia (2243 Mission Street) is reopening its patio Friday, offering new fruited sour beers along with tacos de chicharrón and more. They'll be open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Magnolia Brewing - The Dogpatch brewpub reopens Monday, June 15 with outdoor seating.
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana - The big deck facing the Bay at La Mar seats 54 people with adequate distancing, and they'll be serving up ceviche and pisco sours starting on Tuesday, June 16. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with reservations available on OpenTable.
Le Marais Bakery – The place is continuing to operate its takeout window at 2066 Chestnut, but starting this weekend they'll also be serving chicken dinners and more outdoors at this location. Call 415-359-9801 for details.
Mochica - Mochica in Potrero Hill is still doing takeout daily, but they're now open for outdoor service Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Momo's — The Giants may not be home at Oracle Park, but you can still sit out on the front patio at Momo's.
Monk's Kettle - The popular Mission beer bar is opening Thursday, June 18, for outdoor service from noon to 10 p.m.
Montesacro - The cozy SoMa pinseria is taking over the roof patio at next-door Dottie’s True Blue Cafè (which is continuing to do brunch takeout). Make a reservation on OpenTable. (Do note that the roof patio is not ADA-accessible).
The New Spot on Polk - Serving breakfast all day (as well as lunch and dinner), the New Spot is open for outdoor dining from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (but Wed-Thur it closes at 2 p.m.).
Nob Hill Cafe - This Nob Hill pizzeria and Italian spot at 1152 Taylor Street is reopening seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. only.
Original Joe's - Much of North Beach has reopened its sidewalk dining, including the classic Original Joe's.
Pakwan - Both the 16th Street and Ocean Avenue locations have opened with plexiglass dividers separating sidewalk tables.
Palette Tea House - The dim sum spot in Ghirardelli Square reopens for outdoor seating Monday, June 15. Call 415-347-8888 for details.
Piqueo's - The Peruvian spot in Bernal Heights is now open from noon to 8 p.m. daily for outdoor eating.
The Pig & Whistle - This bar and tavern up on Geary in the Western Addition/Anza Vista neighborhood is opening up for outdoor dining starting Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. They're also still doing food and cocktails to go. Call 415-885-4779 for details.
Piperade - Downtown favorite Piperade will reopen for tapas and Spanish cuisine starting next week. Get a Resy between 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays only.
Red's Java House - The patio was back open for business as of Friday.
San Francisco Brewing Co. & Restaurant - The beer garden in Ghirardelli Square will be open for limited service, with beer, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday, June 15. They're doing $3 beer specials during happy hour starting at 3 p.m., with prices rising a dollar every hour until 6 p.m.
Scoma's - This Fisherman's Wharf classic spot is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, with 20 seats and counting on its patio.
Son's Addition - They're opening at 4 p.m. on Friday for burgers and more at 24th and Mission.
Squat & Gobble - The local brunch spot's two locations, in the Marina and West Portal, opened Friday morning for outdoor service.
The Stable Cafe - It's opening for breakfast, lunch, and evening beer and wine. Call 415.552.1199 for updated hours.
Starbelly - The Castro's Starbelly will only be taking 25 people at a time (19 in back, 6 in front), but they'd love to have you have by reservation only.
The Sycamore - Mission hang The Sycamore opens its patio Friday at noon, and they're recommending you make reservations at 415-252-7704.
Tacolicious - The Marina and Mission locations will both be open Friday with very limited capacities (18 and 14 people, respectively). Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It's unclear if or how reservations will be taken.
Tupelo - The North Beach bar with Southern food has occupied a couple parking spots out front.
The Vault - Down at 555 California, Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group is opening up The Vault Garden in an expansive patio space on Thursday, June 18, as they tell the Business Times. Find reservations here.
Verjus - The restaurant and wine bar reopens Saturday, June 20, for outdoor dining (walk-ins only), and this weekend also marks the revamp of the Verjus Marketplace storefront, and Lindsay and Michael Tusk's annual flea market sidewalk sale of kitchen and dining stuff.
Waterbar - Go get your oysters and champagne from noon to 9 p.m. daily.
The Winery SF - The Treasure Island spot has opened for drinks and snacks.
Yank Sing - The dim sum favorite is opening its patio at 49 Stevenson Street starting Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and reservations are required either online at yanksing.com or through OpenTable.
Zazie - The popular Cole Valley brunch spot and bistro reopened its patio at 8 a.m. Friday, per ABC 7, after remaining open for takeout for much of the last few months.
Upcoming with no certain reopening date:
Flour + Water Pizzeria - The pizzeria reopened last week for takeout, and outdoor dining (which it already had) should be a logical next step, though the announcement has not yet arrived.
Foreign Cinema - The iconic Mission spot is reportedly aiming for a June 24 reopening.
Gozu - Chef Marc Zimmerman tells the Chronicle that he's trying to set up an elaborate outdoor patio dining area, with a Japanese grill, in the courtyard next to the restaurant, by the end of the month.