Food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?

We used Yelp and SafeGraph, a data set of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to investigate the question to find out which restaurants had particularly high review volumes this month.

To find out who made the list, we first looked at the San Francisco businesses by category on Yelp and counted how many reviews they received. Instead of just comparing them based on the number of reviews, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked companies that have continuously increased their review volume to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance. We then analyzed SafeGraph’s pedestrian traffic data to validate the trends.

Read on to see which spots are currently in a hot phase.


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Open since January, this Mediterranean chicken shop is trending compared to other businesses listed as Mediterranean on Yelp.

Across the city, Mediterranean areas saw new ratings rise by an average of 1% last month. Bulgara only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, it has seen strong initial popularity.

Bulgara is located at 279 Columbus Ave. (near Broadway) in Chinatown and specializes in roasted wood-roasted chicken served in half and whole servings with garnishes like rice, fries, salad, and grilled vegetables. Other options at this quick-casual place include boiled lamb, pork belly, and beef ribs. Most of Bulagara meat cuts are available in wrap form with tzatziki and house green sauce.

Bulgara is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nightingale bar

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Whether or not you’ve heard of the Nightingale Bar in Union Square, it’s a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Bars” on Yelp saw their new reviews increase an average of 0.7% over the past month, Nightingale Bar saw new reviews increase by 90.9% and maintained a solid rating over that period of 4.5 stars.

The Nightingale Bar, which opened at 239 Kearny St. in December, is the newest addition to Future Bars, the group behind Bourbon & Branch, Local Edition and Rickhouse, among others. The interior of the new spot pays homage to the “fern bars” of the 1970s and features Tiffany lampshades, whimsical wallpaper and, of course, ferns.

The cocktail list at the two-level bar includes a dozen cocktails, including a draft by Aperol Spritz, unique creations like the 100% That Bird (made from vodka, agave, and Lillet Blanc), and bowls of Disco Beat. Beer and wine are available as well as a large selection of “mocktails”.

The Nightingale Bar is open on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (It’s closed on Sunday.)


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SoMa’s palette also makes waves. The hybrid restaurant and art gallery, which opened in the old LuLu area at 816 Folsom Street (near Fourth Street) since last year, saw new ratings rise 21.3% over the last month, compared to A 1% increase in average ratings for All Businesses marked “American (New)” on Yelp. In addition, the number of reviews increased by more than 250% from month to month.

To find out more about the faces behind the business, we turned to Yelp again: “Peter J. Hemsley, a chef by profession and an artist with passion, is the head-owner of Palette. For Peter, food is a multifaceted creative medium – from composing his creations in illustration, watercolor, or ink on paper, to his modern interpretation of traditional fare and his unique approach to plating – the whole process is a living and evolving exploration. ”

What is the business known for? “Palette is a dynamic gourmet restaurant and art gallery in SoMa that playfully explores the relationship between food, art and community. Palette’s ever-evolving menu changes with the seasons to serve dishes using the freshest produce possible.” – according to his Yelp page.

Palette offers raised small, medium and large plates, as well as a rotating series of tasting menu experiences based on topics such as “dissolution” and “progression”. Last month, Yelpers received a solid 4.5-star rating.

The palette is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. (It’s closed on Mondays and Sundays.)

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