Want the inside scoop on the hottest spots in San Francisco? We’ve taken a look at the data-driven question, using Yelp to find out which local businesses received extra reviews this month.
To find out who made the list, we looked at San Francisco businesses on Yelp by category and counted the number of reviews each received. Rather than comparing them based on the number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that consistently increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers from to past performance.
Read on to see which restaurants are burning this winter.
RakiRaki Ramen & Tsukemen
First up, RakiRaki Ramen & Tsukemen from Bernal Heights is making big waves. Open since November at 3282 Mission St. (between Valencia and 29th Street), the San Diego-based ramen spot’s first location outside of San Diego has seen a massive 125% increase in reviews over the past month , compared to a median increase of 5.3 reviews. percent for all businesses tagged “Ramen” on Yelp.
That’s not the only outlier in the Japanese food category: Sumo at Inner Sunset saw a 15.4% increase in reviews, compared to a median of just 2% for other sushi bars.
RakiRaki offers Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen as well as tsukemen – a variation of ramen originating in the Tokyo area, where the noodles and broth are served separately and the noodles are dipped in the broth bite-by-bite. Over the past month, it has maintained a solid four-star rating among Yelpers.
have a nice trip
Open since October, this bar and Asian fusion spot from the team behind Trick Dog is trending compared to other bars in town, which saw reviews rise by an average of 1.4% in the month last. Meanwhile, Bon Voyage saw a 41.9% increase, maintaining a top four-star rating throughout.
That’s not the only outlier trend in the bar category: Emporium SF saw a 20.2% increase in reviews, and Dancing Yak and Radhaus saw increases of 17.3 and 16.4%, respectively.
Located at 584 Valencia St. (between 17th and 16th Streets) in the Mission, Bon Voyage has plenty of tiki-themed kitsch and a cocktail menu focused on Singapore Sling-inspired drinks. The kitchen, which stays open until the bar closes, offers Chinese bites like shiitake-filled bao and soup dumplings.
Barbara Pinseria and cocktail bar
Whether or not you’ve heard of Barbara Pinseria & Cocktail Bar in North Beach, the hybrid Italian restaurant from the team behind its popular sister restaurant Il Casaro is a hot topic according to Yelp data. Pinsa, the precursor to Roman-style pizza with a lighter crust, seems to be having a moment: Barbara is the first of two pinerias to open in the city this fall.
While businesses classified as “Italian” on Yelp increased their number of reviews by a median of 1.2% over the past month, Barbara saw a 30.3% increase in reviews over this period. , maintaining a solid four-star rating.
There are more trends in the San Francisco Italian scene: Doppio Zero saw a 23.6% increase in reviews.
Open at 431 Columbus Ave. (between Vallejo and Green streets) since September, Barbara has been specializing in the eponymous pina, as well as Italian starters, mains and cocktails such as Barbarella (bourbon, prickly pear, lime and balsamic). Right next door, it sells pina by the slice at Barbara Express. Find the full menu here.
ALX Gastro Pub
SoMa’s ALX Gastropub, located at 680 Folsom St., Suite 125 (between Hampton Place and Third Street), is New American’s hottest spot by numbers. The team pub behind Alexander’s Steakhouse is still attracting customers after opening in July.
ALX increased its review count by 17.7% over the past month, an outlier compared to the median review increase of 1.2% for the New American Yelp category. Despite high traffic for the second month in a row, its rating remained at an average 3.5 stars.
The gastropub serves up dressed versions of American comfort food, like Totes M’Goats tater tots, with goat cheese and homemade ketchup; and the Foie-Gyu burger, made with two ounces of foie gras and a 15% wagyu beef patty.
Cracked and beaten
Open since July, this American restaurant for breakfast, brunch and dinner with international influences is trending compared to other businesses rated as “American (Traditional)” on Yelp.
Across the city, traditional American restaurants saw the number of reviews increase by a median of 1.2% over the past month, but Cracked & Battered saw a 14.7% increase, maintaining a solid rating of four stars throughout.
Located at 1434 18th St. (between Connecticut and Missouri streets) in Potrero Hill, Cracked & Battered offers nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) topped with poached eggs and fried chicken; scrambled eggs with Armenian beef sausage and herbs; and Southern staples like fried chicken waffles.