About 3rd Cousin
Chef/Owner Greg Lutes has created a stylish, elevated neighborhood gathering spot serving up California Cuisine that is ingredient and seasonaly focused. Relaxed and polished the service is warm welcoming. Beverage program has new and old world gems that pair well with Lutes' cuisine.
Californian, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Saturday- 5:30-10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private in home dinners.
Private Party Facilities:
Hold your company dinner or private event at 3rd Cousin!
From 10-40 guests we can customize your event just for you.
Private Party Contact:
Greg Lutes: 8889820150
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3rd Cousin Ratings and Reviews
The food was fantastic! We had heard the ...
The food was fantastic! We had heard the uni brûlée was wonderful but it was better than imagined. The meat was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth and food I normally don't order out (like pasta) was fought over. We left so full because we couldn't stop eating because the food was so good.
So glad that Chef Greg has opened this r ...
So glad that Chef Greg has opened this restaurant! We were fans of his pop ups, going as often as we could. The food is outstanding, with unexpected ingredient combinations leading to great flavors. Service is wonderful too, casual but professional. Well done sir!
We came on a Saturday evening, a bit bef ...
We came on a Saturday evening, a bit before the rush, I'd say, because there were a few empty tables throughout our meal. We were looking to eat fairly light, and we totally scored. The room is lovely, the service was casual but expert, and the food was sensational. We had the uni creme brulee, topped with three types of fish roe. The portion was tiny (it was on the appetizer menu), but every morsel was delicious, with just a hint of the brulee at the rim of the wee dish. We also had the nopales fries, which were lovely (hey, they were fries!). But the showstopper was the insanely good ramen with lobster, bacon, and, if memory serves, oyster mushrooms. It was heaven in a bowl. If we had a complaint it was the portion size. Yes, we were sharing and yes, we ordered the smaller of two portion sizes, but for $22 it seemed a bit skimpy no matter how you looked at it. We feel lucky to have this resto in our neighborhood and will definitely be back for more of that fabulous ramen.
The chef came around for table visits--and seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say. I always like that.
I thought the portions were very small f ...
I thought the portions were very small for the price. We arrived early for dinner, but our wait person seemed to push us even though the place was still pretty empty. She had no personality. The rest of the staff was pretty nice.
I would not go back for dinner. I might try brunch, but that's not likely. It was not over the top in my book.
As always, the food was delicious at 3rd ...
As always, the food was delicious at 3rd Cousin. Our server was great, too! She poured a bunch of wines for my wife to taste to go along with her main course and brought us a second round of the wonderful bread.
My only issue with 3rd Cousin is the portion sizes. Sometimes the 'small' portion is very generous and a good value, and sometimes the 'large' portion is small and leaves me hungry. There does not seem to be a lot of consistency on this issue.
Nice place, but service was super weak. ...
Nice place, but service was super weak. There were three tables in the whole place w/ people. Server and expediter could not figure it out. Again, food was good, but not sure we'll go back as it seemed like a bit too much work.
Randomly came across 3rd Cousin on OpenT ...
Randomly came across 3rd Cousin on OpenTable and was so happy I booked a table for a date night with my fiance. From the moment we walked in everything was perfect! The host was great, our waiter was great and the food was delicious! I will definitely recommend this place the next time someone asks me where to go in the city.
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.
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