Wondering where San Francisco’s savvy crowd eats and drinks? It’s easy to spot the lines at the gate, but some underlying trends are harder to see.
We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of shopping points of interest and their visitor patterns, to find out which restaurants were talked about the most 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 places are worth exploring this spring.
Matcha Cafe Maiko
Open since December, this outpost of Chinatown’s ice cream chain is trendy compared to other businesses rated “Desserts” on Yelp.
Across the city, desserts saw a median 0.8% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Matcha Cafe Maiko, which specializes in Japanese-inspired treats and desserts, saw a 73% increase .1%, maintaining a compelling 4.5 star rating.
Interested to know more? “Matcha Cafe Maiko serves premium Uji matcha from Kyoto’s Harima garden. Our home-cooked menu features a variety of floats, Frappes, Lattes, Parfaits and our award-winning soft serve ice cream served in our freshly made waffle cones Besides matcha products, we also serve some items with different flavors like vanilla, kokuto (brown sugar) and hojicha (roasted green tea)” – this is according to its Yelp page.
Located at 754 Grant Ave. (corner of Clay Street), this is the Hawaii-based franchise’s third SF location (its other locations are in Japantown and Stonestown Galleria).
Matcha Cafe Maiko in Chinatown is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Whether or not you’ve heard of Cole Valley’s Beit Rima, the “Arabic comfort food” spot is a hot topic according to Yelp data.
While businesses categorized as “Mediterranean” on Yelp saw a median 1.1% increase in new reviews over the past month, Beit Rima saw a 52.6% increase in new reviews over the past month. period, maintaining a solid four-star rating.
There are more trends in San Francisco’s Mediterranean scene: Yasmin saw a 24.4% increase in reviews.
Open since November in a former Burgermeister space at 86 Carl St. (near Cole Street), Beit Rima serves mezze (dips and appetizers with pita) and platters of falafel, beef skewer, lamb shank braised and more.
The new restaurant, the second in the Beit Rima family, comes from Samir Mogannam, son of Burgermeister’s founder, who acquired the storefronts of his father’s burger chain and converted them into counter-service Mediterranean restaurants. The first Beit Rima opened in the former Duboce Triangle Burgermeister space in early 2019 and was named one of San Francisco’s Best New Restaurants of 2019 by Eater SF and other outlets.
Beit Rima is open for lunch and dinner every day except Tuesday.
Gentilly of Mission Terrace is also making waves. Open since November at 4826 Mission St. (near Onondaga Avenue), the New Orleans-style bar and restaurant saw a 21.3% increase in new reviews over the past month, compared to a median increase 1% reviews for all businesses tagged “American (New)” on Yelp.
What is this company focused on? “Gentilly is the gastro-loving child of San Francisco and New Orleans, with expertly crafted vintage and quirky cocktails, authentic Cajun cuisine, and a luxurious yet laid-back atmosphere” – this is courtesy of his Yelp page.
Gentilly offers an extensive menu of fine Southern dishes, such as crab cakes with remoulade, po’ boys, Cajun shrimp gumbo, maple-glazed fried chicken, and brunches like vegetarian cookies and gravy. . Over the past month, it has maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.
Gentilly is open from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
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