MICHELIN Guide 2019

Lazy Bear

  • 3416 19th St., San Francisco
  • 75 - 150 USD
  • Contemporary
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Communal eating is at the heart of this fine-dining dinner party. Lazy Bear may have its origins as an underground phenom, but today anyone can try to score a seat. That is, after jumping through a few virtual hoops: buy a ticket in advance and wait for an e-mail listing house rules to be followed in earnest. Rest assured this is all worth the effort. The nightly tasting menu is dished out in a cool, bi-level warehouse and starts upstairs in the loft with aperitifs and snacks, like tempura beer-battered maitake mushrooms with a sour cream and onion dip or pig's head cheese with black truffle shavings. Then move downstairs to a dining room boasting two giant tree slabs as communal tables, each lined with 20 chairs. Diners are given a pencil and pamphlet informing them of the menu (with space for note-taking underneath) and are invited to enter the kitchen to chat with the talented cooks themselves. This leaves the young crowd dreamy-eyed with chef worship. Highlights include smoked trout on a blanket of trout roe, sorrel and brown rice, or dry-aged Sonoma County duck with a wonderful sweet and bitter yin and yang, courtesy of fermented kumquat and partially scorched broccolini.


Two Stars • Excellent cooking, worth a detour


Quite comfortable. Our most delightful places


75 - 150 USD

  • a Wheelchair accessible
  • E Establishment totally or partly reserved for non-smokers
  • N Notable wine list
  • 4 Notable cocktail list

Lazy Bear

+1 415-874-9921
Opening hours
Dinner Tue - Sat

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