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Lazy Bear

Lazy Bear

New American Restaurant$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    Has a stamp of approval from Eater and SFGate
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    S P.
    "Michelin star well deserved, amazing food, very..."(5 Tips)
    Audrey C.
    "Cozy New American fare with dinner party vibes."(5 Tips)
    "incredibly satisfying tasting menu."(6 Tips)
    Sharon T.
    "wine pairing was awesome."(3 Tips)
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  • SFGate
    SFGateMay 27, 2015
    Lazy Bear isn’t a restaurant, it’s a dinner party. And everyone seems to want an invite. The tab, along with a service charge, is collected in advance, to enjoy Chef David Barzelay's tasting menu. Read more
  • Lucila B.heart icon on user image
    Lucila BreaSeptember 20, 2016
    Not only the food is DELICIOUS, the whole experience is a must have! 😍 Tell in advance if you are vegetarian or have any special dietary restrictions. Service is perfect! Ambience is great! ✨
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueFebruary 7, 2017
    By the time you'll have sold a kidney to buy your dinner ticket and the highly recommended beverage pairing, you'll have nothing left to do but enjoy the superb food and fun ambiance.
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    MariOctober 3, 2018
    One of the more fun tasting menu experiences I’ve had. The ambiance is great with a dinner party vibe complete with cocktail hour. Also the field books they give for for food notes is great.
  • Dan S.heart icon on user image
    Dan SohaydaSeptember 17, 2019
    Absolutely unique & delicious experience that should not be missed if you have the opportunity. Glad it’s spread across 3 hours so you can pace yourself & savor every course. Get a drink from the bar!
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MorrisFebruary 12, 2018
    Obviously they have 2 Michelin stars and are great, but I have to highlight how accommodating they were to my gluten and shellfish allergies! It was stress free for me and they customized my dishes.
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuJuly 6, 2019
    One of my favorite dining experiences! The most amazing and unique food, with great service and beautiful plating. Expensive but perhaps worth it. Love the field guides and pencils 🤪
  • Gadi S.heart icon on user image
    Gadi ShamiaOctober 15, 2017
    Great experience, tasty food and company. The chef runs a tight ship (see inside kitchen pic) and every single employee there is top notch. Highly recommended.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BergJanuary 16, 2019
    Pros & Cons: brilliant food, but introverts beware - you must talk to strangers. Reserve wine pairing beats pants off std pairing for 2/3 the dishes (reg. won 1/3 the time). Very accommodating staff.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RAugust 13, 2017
    Incredible culinary experience that deserves the Michelin stars. Who knew corn meal and black truffle work so well? The desserts and fruits were on point!
  • Christelenyheart icon on user image
    ChristelenyJune 28, 2015
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Go for a unique experience, to make some friends and for an incredibly satisfying tasting menu. Opt for drinks a la carte rather than the pairing.
  • Chris G.heart icon on user image
    Chris GoldenFebruary 10, 2017
    Extremely vegetarian friendly and the chefs do an amazing job matching the flavors to the main selections with each course. A phenomenal dining experience with top notch service.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Chefs deliver the modern American dishes to the table themselves and invite you to come into the kitchen to peer over their shoulder while they work. Read more
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    Chef David Barzelay changes the 15-course menu regularly, but one of the typical spring dishes is this savory pea custard, which comes with steelhead roe and looks like something out of an art gallery Read more
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 25, 2014
    Lawyer-turned-chef David Barzelay in 09' started hosting a series of underground dinners called Lazy Bear, which quickly blew up. Lazy Bear opened as a full-scale restaurant last night. Read more
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YSeptember 7, 2015
    Excellent food that's a bit expensive in comparison to what you can get at La Folie, Gary Danko, etc. – but the dinner party experience makes up for it.
  • Gavin S.heart icon on user image
    Gavin SchulzNovember 24, 2017
    One of the best tasting menu experiences in SF! All the courses were consistently good but the bread & butter was my highlight of the night.
  • Jingxiao L.heart icon on user image
    Jingxiao LuApril 20, 2017
    Very good dinner with good friends. the wine is fantastic with each course. highly recommend this place.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2016
    The CoCoBang cocktail is a sweet, spicy, and intensely smoky drink all at once, and each intriguing sip makes you want to return for more. Read more
  • Adrienne L.
    Adrienne LNovember 24, 2014
    Interaction with the chefs is welcomed. Take advantage of it, they are happy to talk and answer questions.
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinFebruary 25, 2016
    Certainly a dining experience to remember. Loving presentation and plenty of creative, delicious dishes, in a friendly atmosphere.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuNovember 13, 2014
    enjoy some canapés before you get seated. Also don't be shy to walk up to the chefs and ask them questions
  • Dan Z.
    Dan ZagrodnikOctober 11, 2014
    An unbelievably fun, amazing dining experience. Would recommend getting the drink pairing option
  • S P.heart icon on user image
    S PJune 8, 2019
    Michelin star well deserved, amazing food, very contemporary presentation. I sometimes felt a bit rushed, compared to european standards.
  • Andrew J.heart icon on user image
    Andrew JordanFebruary 25, 2016
    As incredible as every course is, the bread and butter might be the best thing here.
  • Vincent T.heart icon on user image
    Vincent TanJanuary 14, 2019
    New Californian cuisine served up in a dinner party. Prepare to be sociable with total strangers!
  • Bernerheart icon on user image
    BernerJune 28, 2015
    Service and food are impeccable. Top 3 meals of our lives so make it happen. Also, wear red flannel and you'll get a prize
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiDecember 10, 2014
    Expect 3+ hours for dinner. Come early to get a seat during the "cocktail" hour upstairs where you'll have your first few courses
  • Aditi M.heart icon on user image
    Aditi MishraJuly 29, 2018
    So innovative! They outdid themselves looking after my shellfish allergy.
  • SFist
    SFistApril 7, 2016
    Named by Food & Wine magazine as one of the best new chefs in America, Lazy Bear's David Barzeley is a true genius in the kitchen. Catch him soon before the magazine hits the stands in July. Read more
  • Merve A.heart icon on user image
    Merve ASeptember 17, 2017
    Outstanding dining experience. Service and food was tremendous. Definitely give the concept a try.
  • Olena M.heart icon on user image
    Olena McMurtreyMarch 29, 2022
    Great food (probably one of the best in SF), but too busy and staff is overwhelmed with work. Also pretty loud.
  • Jorge V.
    Jorge VargasJune 25, 2021
    What a beautiful homage to California produce! Beautiful and delicately thought food, wonderful pairing, and amazing hospitality to match your 180min experience.
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MFebruary 24, 2018
    One of the most unique and exciting dining experience I’ve ever had. Come hungry and ready to converse
  • James H.
    James HAugust 30, 2018
    Wagyu. Hit the jackpot. Always a delightful orchestra of food here.
  • Sharon T.
    Sharon TsaoSeptember 9, 2015
    amazing tasting menu. prepare to stay there for 3.5 hours. wine pairing was awesome.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BellowsJune 2, 2018
    Epic. A 1950’s hunting lodge motif with 20-something small courses that are face-punchingly awesome
  • Justin T.
    Justin TsuiDecember 14, 2014
    Definitely a complete dining experience. Don't be shy and talk to all the chefs!
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiOctober 13, 2014
    This place is unbelievable! Service and food are Michelin star worthy
  • Tinnitant Geoffrey “Tingle” S.heart icon on user image
    Provides the unique dining experience. The AC downstairs is a little too cold.
  • Audrey C.heart icon on user image
    Audrey ChouFebruary 2, 2019
    Cozy New American fare with dinner party vibes.
  • Karsten K.heart icon on user image
    Karsten KoehnMarch 23, 2021
    Best food in town. Unique. Experience
  • Brian W.heart icon on user image
    Brian WalshJune 11, 2016
    We had a fabulous meal at Lazy Bear. What a great night.
  • Adam R.heart icon on user image
    Adam RichJune 22, 2016
    go for the early seating so you aren't conscious of how long the meal goes
  • Trella R.heart icon on user image
    Trella RathMarch 15, 2015
    Follow them on Twitter to learn when new batches of tickets go on sale!
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Lazy Bear was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Garry T.heart icon on user image
    Garry TanNovember 5, 2018
    The reserve wine pairing brings the experience to the next level.
  • Atef C.heart icon on user image
    Atef ChaudhurySeptember 11, 2018
    The food maybe isn't at standard, but the experience makes up for it
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraNovember 1, 2014
    Good food, great atmosphere but skip the beverage pairing.
  • Sandeep M.
    Sandeep MadhurDecember 27, 2017
    For the price, the food was ok not great. The dishes were too salty and the wines were ok but we felt rushed to finish our pairings. There are better fine dining options that are more affordable.
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