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Get these trending San Francisco restaurants on your radar today

As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how do you know what tastes are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of shopping hotspots and their patronage patterns, to find out which restaurants caught the eye this month.

To find out who made the list, we first 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. Next, we analyzed pedestrian traffic data from SafeGraph to validate trends.

Read on to see which spots have the momentum ahead of spring.


Picnic at the third

Photo: Picnic on Third/Yelp

Open since 2014, this well-established café and deli has recently seen a major increase in foot traffic.

While Picnic on Third tied for the median 1% increase in new reviews for new U.S. spots on Yelp over the past month, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating, Picnic’s visitor count on Third has more than tripled over the same period. framework, according to pedestrian traffic data from SafeGraph.

Curious about this company? We found this in her Yelp history section: “Chefs Natalia Bushyager and Leigh Loper have been cooking together on the line, side-by-side, for years. Picnic on Third is their first joint venture, created with the goal of unleashing their cooking creativity. and take guests with them.Their professional backgrounds include Bay Area institutions such as Chez Panisse, Quince, Foreign Cinema and Camino, but their true desire is to deliver amazing tasting food at a reasonable price every day.

That’s not the only outlier trend in the New American category: Toy Soldier saw an 8.7% increase in reviews.

Located at 493 Third St. (between Stillman and Bryant streets) in SoMa, this “culinary cafe”, as the restaurant calls itself, offers a rotating menu of daytime specials inspired by the day’s theme – it doesn’t there is never the same menu twice.

Picnic on Third is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. (It’s closed on weekends.) According to SafeGraph, people tend to visit Home Coffee Roasters on Thursdays and Mondays, and it attracts a quarter of its visitors on those two days, with a slowdown on Tuesdays.

Home Coffee Roasters

Photo: Lyba Q./Yelp

Whether or not you’ve heard of home coffee roasters in Chinatown, coffee is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses listed in the “Coffee & Tea” category on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, Home Coffee Roasters saw a 30.3% increase in new reviews over the past month. over that time, maintaining a solid 4.5-star rating.

Open at 455 Grant Ave. (near Pine Street) since last September, this is the third location for Home Coffee Roasters, which debuted in the Outer Sunset in 2015 and has since become known for its inventive coffee and tea drinks and its original latte. art. Stop by this Chinatown outpost for a bubbly Americano, a Cookie Monster or red velvet latte, or a Coke-tastic (espresso, cola and ice cream).

Home Coffee Roasters is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Phono bar

Photo: Lillian C./Yelp

The Hayes Valley Phonobar is also making waves. Open since December 2017 at 370 Grove St. (between Franklin and Gough streets), the cocktail bar has seen a 4.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, compared to a median review increase of 1 .4% for all businesses labeled “Cocktail Bars”. on Yelp. According to SafeGraph foot traffic data, Phonobar has seen visits more than triple in the past month.

There’s more than one trending hot spot in the San Francisco cocktail bar category: Wildseed saw a 20.6% increase in reviews.

Phonobar offers over a dozen different classic and signature cocktails, as well as wine, beer, and a menu of bar bites. Over the past month, it has maintained a compelling four-star rating among Yelpers.

Phonobar is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. (It’s closed Sunday through Tuesday.) According to SafeGraph, foot traffic is heaviest on Saturdays and Thursdays, and it attracts a quarter of its visitors on those two days, with a slowdown on Wednesdays.


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