About 3rd Cousin
Greg Lutes' new restaurant in Bernal Heights, San Francisco. New American- Californian cuisine creating a narrative with organic local produce, all natural meat and local seafood.
Californian, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Saturday- 5:30-10pm
$31 to $50
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Private in home dinners.
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3rd Cousin Ratings and Reviews
Love the perfectly balanced combinations ...
Love the perfectly balanced combinations of ingredients and preparations. A mixture of new flavors to challenge and educate with some old favorites for comfort. All of it so delicious it keeps us coming back from the opposite corner of the city!
The food was fine but, contrary to many ...
The food was fine but, contrary to many of the reviews, it is not a foodie's dream. One annoying aspect of our dinner there was the background music which really wasn't on the background so much as it felt we were in a club. They did turn the volume down after we asked, but the music still wasn't really conducive to calm and conversation.
A small restaurant on Cortland in the to ...
A small restaurant on Cortland in the top of the Bernal Heights neighborhood. There are many well established restaurants in the area, many of them quite good or excellent but 3rd Cousin by far is the best. Great decor and look (check out the lights), good view of the kitchen, comfortably spaced tables (unlike in many SF restaurants which are paralyzingly crammed).
The food is very creative, artistically presented, very tasteful. The portions are well sized for a multi course dinner. You will be well fed but will have space in your belly until the sweet end. I have tried most of the menu and liked everything. The foie gras (goose liver lovers beware: it is of duck!) is just outstanding. The "deep-fried cactus" was very unusual, surprising and very good. The "crab and millet", the "pappardelle", the "scallop and pork belly" are heavenly (albeit I would have liked more pork belly, next time I order two and will not share). However my favorites were the "gnocchi", loaded with mushrooms and the "duck breast+brat".They were creative, tasty, filling but not heavy, a cornucopia of flavors blending well yet enhancing each other. The wine selection is somewhat unusual but very good. Service was very attentive, knowledgable but not obtrusive. Eating at 3rd Cousin is like listening to a Mozart opera (but not Die Zauberflote !): each aria makes you happier and more hungry to the next one. Like Mozart, this restaurant is a classic for the people to love and enjoy.
Really delicious and inventive food, but ...
Really delicious and inventive food, but not quite worth the price. We were a table of four, without alcohol or dessert, and our bill was over $200. Portions were modest so it wasn't even like we were full.
If you're price insensitive - give it a whirl and you'll love it. I'm more in the "just because they can charge that much doesn't mean they should" camp, so I'm not sure I'll be back.
Also, when making a reservation you have to leave your CC number and get charged $25pp if you cancel less than 2 days in advance. I get that no restaurant likes slackers who make a res and don't show up, but I also have zero desire to donate $25 to a restaurant if something comes up and I have to cancel last minute.
We had the tasting menu for my girlfrien ...
We had the tasting menu for my girlfriend's birthday. It was her first experience ever with a tasting menu and she loved it. Every dish was amazing. We had no complaints about any aspect of the dishes and we both work in the food industry. Presentation, flavors, textures, and temperature were all on point. The uni cremé brulee was just something else. Chef Greg brought a few dishes out personally which really made the whole experience personal.
San Francisco is a foodie Mecca which me ...
San Francisco is a foodie Mecca which means that to stand out among the best, it takes something special, something unexpected. Chef Lutes delivers. He elevates in unexpected ways from beginning to end. Each course found ways to delight. Good food is one-dimensional flavor delivered with excellence. Great food brings an additional 2nd dimension by adding a unique presentation. 3rd Cousin adds a 3rd dimension through taste. One bite brings one flavor experience, and then a separate one, and even another one -all uniquely wonderful, yet then combining into one overall taste that elevates among even the best; all of this happening in a single bite. This is a true gem and emotionally enlightening journey in San Francisco!
We went there for my bday, and it did no ...
We went there for my bday, and it did not disappoint. The 3 of us had the prix fixe menu, and I think it was 5 or 6 courses, along with wines paired to each course. I can remember the hamachi crudo, uni creme brulee, pork belly with veggies, sirloin with foie gras, and of course, dessert. I thought it was a very good meal, and decently priced for the quality of food, and interesting wines. It's on my go to list, and I'd certainly recommend it to friends and family. ENJOY!
This is difficult: Food is outstanding, ...
This is difficult:
Food is outstanding, absolutely no doubt, but:
The portions are scandalously small in many dishes;
The prices are more unbelievable than the portions;
The noise is so loud it cancels normal volume conversation as well as the music;
The service is odd, clumsy: one waitress for the whole room & servers she calls "...my team"...
And I admittedly have a personal ax to grind about the "character":
We KickStarted them back when they were a pop-up; long before the present brick-&-mortar;
Never heard from them about the "thank-you" we were promised;
Upon inquiring was told just to mention it when we next made a reservation;
Did that; not a word was said to us the entire time we were there, but
The chef/owner had time for the extremely loud table with the $89 per person tasting menu..
Time to admit we wasted $200.00 with KickStart...
I guess we're just Red Hill Station kind of people...check them out up the block...
The reservation through OT was easy and ...
The reservation through OT was easy and we were seated promptly on Tuesday at 6:15. Our waiter was knowledgable, attentive and not intrusive. We took his suggestions for wine (Anaba Pinot Noir 2013), foie gras appetizer, and entrees, duck and pappardelle. All were great, served on time at proper temperature. Noise level was low enough for conversation, essential for dinner with friends. We sat close to another table, a little too close. I felt exposed too in one big room. These are niggles. My friend and I rated the restaurant at the top of our list.
My wife and I stumbled on 3rd Cousin las ...
My wife and I stumbled on 3rd Cousin last night, and it's our new favorite restaurant! The staff was warm and welcoming. The interior design is Informal, but with some nice style—dark grey walls and beautiful lighting fixtures. It feels like somewhere we'd like to bring our friends. We had burrata with white peach, gnocchi with morels, squash/corn gratin and pork shoulder. That sounds like it might be heavy or too filling, but everything was portioned, prepared and presented beautifully. There are several other dishes on the menu that we're eager to try. We'll be back soon!
One of the best meals I've had in the Ba ...
One of the best meals I've had in the Bay Area, particularly when value is considered. Incredible food at moderate (relatively) prices when compared with other top-notch restaurants. The service is not to the same standards of a stuffier type of place, but this is a neighborhood spot that is meant to be a fairly casual setting for extraordinary food, which I loved. Everyone was extremely nice and you couldn't find a better tasting menu + wine pairing price/value anywhere!
Fantastic restaurant - we were impressed ...
Fantastic restaurant - we were impressed with every single dish we ordered. The duck was especially fantastic - not dry and, on the other end of the spectrum, not fatty (as duck is prone to be), it was a remarkable, perfect, juicy blend of flavors. Definitely check this place out.
While the food was great it was way over ...
While the food was great it was way overpriced. A bowl of ramen for $44 is ridiculous. The restaurant is also incredibly noisy. My friend and I were practically shouting at each other across the table. The service was okay.
exceptional gem in bernal heights
worth driving across town for. but ... we live just down the street! every dish was beautiful and delicious - the new take on ramen? wow. the halibut? sublime. the fritters - light and fresh. the dessert - strawberries and cake and cream - worth waiting for. it's amazing how much great food they push out of their tiny, open kitchen.
Superb food dominates a perfectly lovely evening
We had a super-fun evening with foodie friends from Brooklyn. Everything we tried was excellent and several items were superb - hamachi, scallops, and the pasta, which was so light and yet intensely flavorful - as good as anything we've ever had in SF. Eager to go back!
I'm almost apprehensive about writing this review, for fear of it becoming too popular. Because yes it was that good! The dishes were unique, delicious, and beautiful. I'm still thinking of the uni creme brûlée, it was sublime! The restaurant was gorgeous. The staff was knowledgeable without being pretentious. The chef came out and greeted each table, which I thought was really sweet. To top it off we found parking right in front of the restaurant. This was one of the best bday meals I've ever had!!!
Sliver of Heaven
I have read about this place in blogs and how amazing the food is but the reviews don't do this little neighborhood jem justice. I kind of don't want to share with the world how amazing it is so it's not one of those tables that are impossible to reserve. It was only a five minute uber drive from SOMA. It seems a little far but it's super close and worth the trek. This was my fifth foodie restaurant in row this past week and this one by far beat and blew all the other "foodie hot spots"out of the water. What we ordered:
-Pork Belly and Scallop
-Pappardelle half order with wild mushroom, smoked mozzarella and I added guanciale
-banana bread pudding with a caramelized banana fresh out of the over
My mouth is watering just thinking back to how fantastic this meal was. I think I might have to go again next week because they are known for the pork chop and I had had one the previous night at another spot. This is by far one of the best restaurants in SF and I have dined at most of them.
Great neighborhood place.
Great new neighborhood place. Really good food and wine with excellent service...some of the best service I've ever had! Also there is a tasting menu that would be fun to check out next time.
The scallops with pork belly and a special that was foie gras with a strawberry kind of pancake were awesome!
Complex, Creative & Unique Food; great service
Amazing find behind a modest facade in Bernal. A real chef who prepares amazing and memorable food. Service was prompt and attentive, wine list was robust and the wines we selected were delicious. Restaurant is rather noisy but the food and service so excelled that it wasn't a big deal. Highly recommended! Was a really memorable time and we will definitely be back!!!!
I was really looking forward to my dinner at 3rd Cousin ... that excitement diminished from the first bite of the brussel sprouts. They were way over seasoned. Then came the pork chop, which I actually had to send back, because it was so salty. The waitress, who couldn't have been nicer (we gave her a good tip!) brought my second entree — the grilled quinoa cake. It was okay, but the veggies that came with it --- again, way over seasoned: too my garlic! The wine list was pretty good, but a bit pricey as was everything on the menu especially regarding where they are located and their environment: super minimal. Maybe they were having an off night ... the hostess (who also way delightful) said it was a new menu. Everyone was super friendly, except the person who brought the food ... she had 'owner-energy' and wasn't very friendly. In fact, I felt judged for sending my pork back. Hopefully, I hit an off night. But, with so many great restaurants in SF ... this is definitely one I'll not try again.
What a pleasant surprise!
We were blown away by the quality and creativity of the food at 3rd Cousin. I really haven't had anything that good since I ate at Saison (and of course this is much cheaper). We also found the staff to be incredibly helpful and friendly. Can't wait to go back.
Close to great
Overall a very enjoyable experience. The ambiance is cozy without feeling crowded and an open kitchen is always a bonus; definitely feels like a neighborhood spot. The servers were all very nice but it felt a bit odd that we had so many different people serve and clear over the course of the night. The food was solid in terms of likability but could have been great (praise I don't give often) with just few little tweaks. My salad was good but could have stood more dressing (it was a bit dry). The papardelle pasta was delicious with a smokey sauce but there was too much sauce so when I finished it looked a bit like soup in the bowl. I also would have preferred a wider bowl or plate for the pasta as I found the dish required a fork & knife and the knife was awkward to place in such a narrow bowl. The chocolate tart and pot de creme were more three stars than four. Not bad, just not noteworthy desserts. I'd love to go back in six months and see how things have developed at this cute restaurant.
Not as good as first visit
The service was a bit off on our most recent visit: waitress wasn't familiar with the menu, couldn't answer questions, seemed rushed and a bit off. Didn't refill water or replace empty water bottle. Made us nervous when we were ordering. The food was mostly very good; the one surprising exception was the winter greens salad with blood orange. The lettuce was generic - would have been much better with some creative greens (I make a version with purple frilly kale that is nice), and with a more appropriate dressing. This one was flavorless; I've had this type of salad (but with more citrus - more blood orange per serving, plus a little pomelo) and with a nice tangy citrusy dressing (for example, I make one with mint olive oil, pomegranate juice, and a fruity white balsamic). Also, the communal table is a little awkward for couples. The dessert was excellent. The papardelle was great - rich, but tasty. The scallop/pork belly entree was very tasty and interesting.
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