Indulge In A One-Of-A-Kind Dining Experience At San Francisco's Lazy Bear

If you’re able to score a much-coveted reservation at San Francisco’s Lazy Bear, you’re not just going to dinner, you’re getting a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience.

After five years as an underground pop-up dining destination for in-the-know foodies, Lazy Bear set up permanent shop in the city’s Mission District last September, and business has been booming. The consistently sold-out spot was even recently nominated for a James Beard Best New Restaurant Award.

A retro fireplace next to leather banquettes creates a cozy atmosphere upstairs where diners enjoy snacks before dinner.

The airy, expansive layout incorporates rustic elements with a modern twist, featuring charred wood walls, exposed wooden ceiling rafters, and an open kitchen, inviting diners to take part in the preparation and process involved in creating the intricate dishes.

Squab, foie gras, roasted pear, shallot, chicories

Featuring two tables of 40 diners each, the restaurant serves a modern American, prix-fixe menu, priced between $110 and $150 per person every evening at 6pm and 8:15pm. Chef David Barzelay and pastry chef Maya Erickson curate an impressive array of ever-changing dishes sure to please every palette. Rotating monthly (and sometimes even nightly), the menu has included everything from Delta crawfish with cucumber, Delta rice grits, and celery to ginger milk curd with pluot consomme gelee, shiso, and mint. But don’t get too attached to the mouth-watering descriptions: no dish is ever repeated once it’s off the menu.

Decadent treats are prepared in Lazy Bear's open kitchen.

If you’re the type of diner who needs a solid beverage pairing to complete your evening, Lazy Bear has you more than covered. The $75 pairing menu features wine, as well as an occasional cocktail, beer, and sake. If you’d prefer to choose your own liquid adventure, there is also a curated selection of a la carte wines, cocktails, spirits, and more. Sommelier Conor Caroll stocks the wine selection with some rare varietals and regions, as well as larger format and out-of-release bottles while bar lead Nicolas Torres incorporates seasonal, local produce into the impressive cocktail program. Not imbibing? A full-time in-house barista is available to serve up specialty coffee drinks and house-dried herbal tea.

Sticky toffee pudding, fresh dates, black walnut, fermented chile, brown butter.

Visit: Lazy Bear is located at 3416 19th Street, San Francisco, 94110. For more information, or to make reservations (good luck!), visit LazyBearSF.com.

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