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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.
We reserve a good portion of the restaurant for walk-in parties. We also have a small bar serving beer and wine.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Californian, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- 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: (888) 982-0150
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3rd Cousin Ratings and Reviews
It was our first time at 3rd Cousin and took a chance for a special occasion. It was a great experience. The waitress was totally into the food's construction and what the chef was going for with the dish. It was a wonderful experience for our out of town family. Look forward to going back!
Food is exceptional. Service was compromised with not enough staff that evening, but otherwise excellent. Portions are not large, so you are unlikely to overeat which is unfortunate because of the exceptional cuisine but good for your weight, cholesterol, etc. You can always order more since the prices are great value.
Overall rude service, mediocre food, and an extremely disappointing meal. They don't have Diet Coke or iced tea - ok, maybe that's not too weird not to have these things (though I think it is) but the waitress acted extremely rude and snobby without offering any alternative. she forgot to bring bread after we asked for it. Then she forgot the knife. After that she cleared wine glasses that still had wine in them and when the bottle wasn't even empty yet!
But worst of all was the end of the meal. We had a reservation at 7:45, seated at 7:50, bill came at 8:55, paid at 9:00, we were asked to leave at 9:05. I get you don't want people sitting around, but come on we weren't even there for 90 minutes and you're asking us to leave? Really unprofessional but a somewhat unsurprising end to what turned out to be a very disappointing experience.
After reading several reviews about the food being overly salted, I asked that our food to be lightly salted. We ordered the hamachi, uni cream brulee, lobster ramen and the parpadelle. They were all delicious. Our server tend to us well but it would be better if she'd service with a smile.
Eating out in SF is expensive these days, and you're always looking for places with the wow factor. There are many restaurants that make me go "meh" at the end of the meal, but 3rd cousin is happily in the other side of the spectrum. There was a wow at the end of every dish they served. Flavor, presentation and service were impeccable. Although it's on the pricier side, I would come back in a heartbeat. We ordered the burrata (unique and delicious pairing of burrata that I've had), pork belly and scallop (succulent and flavorful), uni creme brulee (very popular dish - good but probably my least favorite of the night), pappardelle (great bite and texture of homemade pasta) and wagyu Bavette steak (just fantastically prepared meat with perfect side accompaniments), and lastly the banana pudding (couldn't get enough). The meal ended with two perfect complimentary salted chocolate ganache truffles. I'm always excited to find a restaurant in this city that feels worth the price charged. Do yourself a favor and try 3rd Cousin ASAP!
Was completely wow'ed by their tasting menu with wine pairing. Treated to so many courses of decadent and perfectly prepared food, with wine pairings that truly extended and enhanced the flavor party. Will definitely be back, this is one of the best restaurants in San Francisco right now, a true gem.
Intimate, rich, and special. The somewhat sleepy street of Cortland comes alive inside this hidden gem. Greg (the celebrity chef) and his two cooks work literally feet from your table. There's no assembly line. The kitchen is the dining room. The dining room is the kitchen. As small as the space is is as big as the flavors are. The select wines are bold to cut the richness of the dishes - they pair perfectly. It's a "top 10" restaurant experience.
Had the tasting menu which was excellent. I also note they have added acoustic baffles to the ceiling which is a good thing. My first few visits last year were quite loud. The baffling has made a big difference. Also bought in one of our own bottles of wine, for a $25 corkage, which I appreciate.
I think Greg is a talented chef and deserves support for what he is trying to do all the way down at the end of Cortland Street. The tasting menu certainly showcases his talent.
I took one star off for value, since I still remember his $70 tasting menu next door at Kinfolk which really was outstanding value. At the current $89, I'm not sure you will find a better quality/value proposition in the city but that's clearly not within everyone's reach.
This place was amazing! I would go back in a heartbeat. My only complaint was that I couldn't eat most of the menu because it was very cheese heavy and I'm allergic. For a menu that notes gluten free choices I'm surprised at how difficult it was to find options without dairy. I still had a fantastic meal and can't wait to return.
Greg has done it again. From the Groveland Hotel to 3rd Cousin! Absolutely wonderful menu choices, great atmosphere... and every dish was perfect! And Greg actually likes his customers, chatting with them and greeting them. Great food, great chef/owner, great dining experience.
Three course meal for Valentine's day with my girlfriend. Very nice setting, food was pretty good, and the service was also pretty good, until they left us sitting there for about 45 minutes waiting for dessert. Honest mistake. I would still recommend it for a special occasion!
Came here for anniversary. Cute shops in the neighborhood to kill time before the meal.
We considered the tasting menu but decided to go with a la carte because there were lots of tasty sounding options already.
Uni crab creme brûlée was the right amount of decadence to kick off the meal.
Scallop & pork belly: Good
Duck confit Bucatini: it was ok, the least memorable of the dishes.
Quail with foie gras sausage: tasty! But foie gras sausage wasn't quite what I imagined. Not as smooth, more like a minced meat texture.
Banana bread pudding: Rich but fortunately a reasonably sized portion
Apple cake with candies ginger: really liked this! Ginger gave just the right amount of heat & kick which balanced out the sweetness of the cake and coolness of the ice cream nicely.
Service was good despite a little bill hiccup at the end.
Cute place, not very large. Intimate setting makes it a good date spot or just grabbing bite with friends
My friend and I stopped in for a pre-birthday celebration. The chef and staff were attentive and provided us with a series of creative bites. Every mouthful was delicious, and was paired so well w/ the interesting selection of wine. We laughed, we talked, we had such a fun time in a quaint and sweet spot. 3rd Cousin perfectly complements Bernal. We so enjoyed our meal. Was just a fantastic time all around.
Just incredible. The tasting menu is an amazing value, the wines are solid, and the food extraordinary. Everything is so savory , thoughtful and well balanced. Our favorite discovery in the bay area last year. Greg cooks up some of the best dishes around town and while I enjoy that it's never too difficult to score a reservation, I also want them to thrive as I want to keep returning for a long time!
Extremely disappointing meal on a Wednesday evening. Every single dish was off. The pork chop was rubbery and dry; the short rib was over cooked and dry; the creme brulee tasted like it had been sitting out for hours; the ramen noodles were overcooked; the hamachi was poorly butchered; the burrata was over-spiced and seasoned; every single dish was over salted. On top of all this, the bill was nearly $300 for 3 people including just one (of the least expensive) bottles of wine. After we received our final dishes, the chef went outside and remained there lounging for the next 40 minutes or so--not a good sign of a well-run or highly functioning kitchen. I hope this place fixes up its act and tries a little harder. If not, let something more high quality open in its place. Outrageously poor value with over-ambitious and poorly executed food.
Bummer bummer bummer. We had been eager to try this new neighborhood spot and were sorely disappointed. We went for New Year's Eve and they did not have their game on at all. The service was ... peculiar. The food was very good, but nothing but the pasta stood out as exceptional. This was a four course prix fix menu and they brought out my first two courses at the same time thinking one was for me and one for my husband. So I waited (at least 5 mins) for them to bring out his TWO courses at the same time (which just made us feel rushed and like it was not a special occasion) before I started eating which didn't matter with a Hamachi dish but then my scallop was cold (and kind of gross). Then came course three. I had lobster. As if the portions on the first two portions weren't laughable enough, I got about a 2 1/2 inch of lobster tail and one piece of claw meat. Really? Dessert was fine, again nothing special. We knew how much the bill was going to be as it was price fixed (total splurge at $400) and the bill only listed what appeared to be only our wine, no food charged. We said something and the waitress thanked us for our honesty, but that was it. You'd think with the mistakes that were made with our meal and the fact that we called out a $250+ shortage on the bill, they might have made some kind of nice gesture. I had heard from a neighbor that other holiday dinners came with an amuse bouche, but not this night. Anyway, wah wah waaaahhhh... Simply not worth it at all. Sorry....maybe they aren't like this on a regular night but we won't be finding out.
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