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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:
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: (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
Colleague and I in town for business, this was a good respite from our week. Went here based on the reviews. Nice spot. The flavor combinations are intriguing. We got the octopus, scallop and pork belly and we both got the duck entree. Beautiful meal and priced well. Can't comment on the wine selection, we stuck with beer. I would go back again.
I really wanted to hit this spot up and I wanted to like it, but honestly was left feeling pretty "meh". We had the Uni & Crème Brûlée, Pappardelle, and Maine Lobster & Crab Ramen. And for desert shared a White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding. It was all sub-par at best.
We have been going to 3rd Cousin for about a year now, perhaps 7 times and each meal and experience has been outstanding.
The chef and owner Greg puts his heart and soul into the food selection and preparation.
The service is stealth and the staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine.
Trust the tasting menu and wine pairings for a great dining experience that magically arrives at your table .
Just discovered this place in our neighborhood and been there twice in two weeks. Uni brulee is favorite. Crispy green beans. Pasta with mushrooms be sure to get with pancetta. Staff very nice. Only suggestion is to slow down the delivery of courses at small table.
Our reservation was for 8:15 and we arrived early. They had no seating available yet, which is expected. However they also have no waiting area and each staff member would tell us to go somewhere else. It felt really off-putting, like we were such a nuisance. First they told us we could go to the bar and sit. I had my elderly parents with me and In Particular my mother needed to sit. So she did, at the bar. But then after we ordered drinks, someone came in off the street and wanted to sit so they came and told us we had to leave the bar. There is not enough space by the door for 4 people and nowhere to sit. What they should do is if they offer the bar area to waiting guests, especially if those guests were by this time waiting past their reservation time due to the group eating before them, and if someone comes without a reservation they can tell them the estimated time for the guests to get their proper seats. At the point the couple came to kick us out of the bar, we were 5 mins past our reservation time and had another 10 or so minutes to go. I'm sure the couple without the reservation would've waited that long for a table. Either this or don't tell your patrons to go sit at the bar, which isn't really a bar!
The food was fun and very good. This made up for all the dancing around before being seated.
The atmosphere and service was wonderful but the food was unfortunately disappointing. I expected so much more with the execution of food. The soup was lukewarm in one bite and then hot in another. Lacked attention to detail in most of the dishes we ordered. Halibut entree was dry, one note and overall lackluster. I wanted this place to be so much better.
Third time to Third Cousin and my first impression remains as accurate as ever: this place is great! The tasting menu included uni, pasta, pork belly, scallop, and duck (and we included the extra fois gras which was well worth it!). Everything done to perfection with creative and balanced taste profiles. Just all around yum.
We on time for our reservation for 2 and waited several minutes to be acknowledged by the hostess who informed us unapologetically that our table wouldn't be ready for 15 or 20 minutes then walked away. About 15 minutes later I managed to flag her down through the curtain to inquire about the status of our table and was told that the party ahead of us was paying the check currently.
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Almost 40 minutes after our reservation time—and still with no acknowledgement that this delay was considered irregular in any way—our first interaction with our server consisted of her introducing herself to us, going over the specials and walking away without taking a drink order.
The experience did improve somewhat from there out, but fell far short of redeeming itself. Will not be returning, would not recommend.
Great find in Bernal. Loved the food, atmosphere and service. The server recommended starters (green beans, uni and hamachi), which we devoured. Entrees are on the smaller side, but tasty and sufficient for a lighter meal. Enjoyed exploring the wine list and the server had good recommendations with our dishes.
This restaurant seems to be a neighborhood spot that is trying to expand to the next level. They have a really good marketing campaign, complete with exquisite photos of some of their signature dishes. However, aside from one or two of their signature dishes, the rest of the menu has not kept up with the marketing. We tried about 10 or so dishes. Most of the dishes sounded great in theory, but fell a bit flat in the execution. Flavors didn't stand out from each other across the dish and they felt like a uniform mass of mildly flavorful stuff. They also tended to spike the flavors by overusing salt. The wagyu beef was overcooked (nearly well done).
The service was great, informed and helpful. The suggested wines were also spot on.
But, overall, they will need to focus more on the actual food in order to catch up to their marketing and their service.
We had wonderful food in 3rd Cousin and it was a quiet evening in the restaurant that I liked. I had an Open Table voucher that I was given as a gift and the staff made it very easy to use this and went out of their way to see that it was accepted. Our waiter answered our questions on the food and was very nice to speak with. The menu was wonderful, our dishes had lovely ingredients and were beautifully presented. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience to dine at 3rd Cousin in Bernal Heights - away from the crowds in more touristy parts of San Francisco.
Absolutely fantastic from the amazing food to the perfect service and personal attention of Chef Greg. Perfect for foodies and as the menu changes frequently worth getting to at least a couple of times a month! Outstanding menu with creative and fresh takes on everything. Chef Greg is still rocking it!
We had a wonderful experience dining here for our Anniversary. The staff was so generous and celebratory since it was a special occasion. We loved the many small plates we had, cleaned our plates and enjoyed the sweet, salty and herb combinations chosen as a part of each dish. The chef does very complex combinations with his food. Our mains were cooked beautifully. Loved both desserts. Terrific server, somalier trained, and in the past we've done the wine and food pairing, which we really enjoyed.
From the moment the Hostess greeted us at the door with a warm smile and a sincere welcome we were off to a fantastic evening. The service was outstanding, the waiter was polite, professional, knowledgeable and efficient. The wine was great, the appetizers, were unique and tasty. Our main entrees were done to perfection, seasoned just right and served warm and delicious. Our desserts: lemon pot de creme, and the bread pudding made us swoon in culinary delight. Every member of the staff was professional and kind.
I highly recommend 3rdCousin!
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