After a slowdown due to the omicron coronavirus outbreak, restaurant reservations in San Francisco are starting to rebound despite still-high case rates. Reservations are still down 63% on average from pre-pandemic levels in 2019, but OpenTable data shows an 8 percentage point increase in reservations from January 12, 2021 to January 20. Additionally, the percentage of San Francisco restaurants taking reservations on OpenTable increased by 15 percentage points between the week of January 5 and the week of January 19.
Data from the California Department of Health shows that omicron cases likely peaked in the Bay Area around January 18. With fewer cases, restaurants anticipate continued growth in customer numbers, according to Laurie Thomas, owner of San Francisco-based restaurant Terzo and executive director. of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.