Everything that’s going to be hot and fresh in the near future

San Francisco’s dining world continues to turn, with a constantly growing set of restaurant openings to look forward to. This year has already unveiled hits like China Live, Robin, and Petite Marlowe, and as the summer comes to a close (or begins, depending on San Francisco’s weather patterns), more high-profile projects are set to open. Notably, several will be embedded in hotels, including Alta, Gibson, and Villon — possibly a response to the difficulty of SF’s real estate market.

Some of these newcomers have been in the works for a long time, while others have recently joined the anticipated openings beat — all will be interesting additions to the scene.

Eight Tables by George Chen
Location: 644 Broadway, Second floor of China Live
Key Players: George Chen, Cindy Wong-Chen
Projected Opening: Mid-September

China Live was one of this year’s buzziest openings, bringing an emporium of food, drinks, and retail to the heart of Chinatown. It continues to capture SF diners’ attention as chef-restaurateur George Chen prepares to open 8 Tables, a luxurious fine-dining restaurant above China Live’s ground floor. The restaurant has — wait for it — eight tables, and a total of 38 seats (and eight tables) for diners to experience a tasting menu-only dinner. It’s dedicated to the Chinese tradition of Shifan Tsai (私房菜), or “Private Chateau Cuisine,” something Chen says “has pervaded Chinese culinary history and recently revitalized in the great cities of China.” The space was designed by AvroKo (also behind Single Thread, and China Live). A front of the house team helmed by alums of Saison and other Bay Area Michelin training grounds are part of Chen’s plan for an unparalleled luxury dining experience. “We want Eight Tables to show that Chinese fine-dining can be on par with the very best restaurants offering Western cuisines,” says Chen. – Eater San Francisco (08.23.17)