About 3rd Cousin
San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
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
Three course meal for Valentine's day wi ...
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 ...
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
Went with a group of 6 so got to try mos ...
Went with a group of 6 so got to try most of the menu. Food was just ok; the full pasta portions are pretty small. The uni was really good though. Service was slow. We often had to wave someone down to order drinks. Wouldn't make a special trip back.
My friend and I stopped in for a pre-bir ...
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 ...
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 Wednes ...
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 ...
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.
It was our Date Night and we wanted to t ...
It was our Date Night and we wanted to try 3rd Cousin because we live in the neighborhood. Fit for Foodies for sure. Presentation was beautiful and the flavors made your mouth melt. Great wine list. We forced ourselves to make room for dessert too. You won't be disappointed. Our next visit will be with the rest of our family.
Went for thanksgiving dinner, service w ...
Went for thanksgiving dinner, service was excellent. Starter was delicious and well presented, but things went downhill from there. Dinner was all lumped on the plate in huge piles and stuffing was lacking flavour and herbs. Gravy was more of a sauce than a typical gravy. Turkey itself was delicious, but clumsily served in big chunks. The dinner lacked the finesse that we expected from the starter. Dessert was fine, a sweet pie that could be had from anywhere. Ice cream was delicious.
Overall: $85 felt like a huge rip off for what we ate - it was distinctly average, with the exception of starter and service. Hugely disappointed by my first thanksgiving experience in America.
My family chose the traditional turkey d ...
My family chose the traditional turkey dinner which was a chance. Every cook has their own flavors and meal preparetion can have a total odd twist to it but... this food taste like my own home cooked meal. My family agrees, so a thumbs up!
Very pretentious...I would say I preferr ...
Very pretentious...I would say I preferred the food to the service, the waitress had an obnoxious way to tell the specials and answer our questions I find it annoying when someone constantly stop the conversation you're having to tell you about the course...in the end it wasn't t a 3 star Michelin restaurant... we had a different memory of this place when we first came a year ago...
This is my second time at 3rd Cousin and ...
This is my second time at 3rd Cousin and I have followed the chef at his pop ups. His creative and varied menu delights every time. We brought our friends and bumped into people we both knew- a great sense of community and flavorful dining.
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.
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