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

We took a data-driven look at the question and, using Yelp, derived which restaurants were on everyone’s lips this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at the San Francisco businesses by category on Yelp and counted the number of 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.

Read on to see which spots are trending right now.


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Open since December 2019, this Mexican restaurant is trending compared to other companies rated “Mexican” on Yelp.

Last month, an average of 1% more new reviews were given in the Mexican spots. Cocosueño only recently appeared on Yelp, but while many new businesses are struggling to get reviews, it has seen strong popularity initially.

Here’s more about the business from its history section on Yelp: “Cocosueño is an irrepressible expression of our time traveling through Mexico and Central America, annual visits to our family and friends back home, and a deep desire to Bringing you the heart of those moments from places we know and love. We look forward to offering you authentic food, friendly service and top quality cocktails in a transporting atmosphere and, yes, in the most unlikely part of town. “

Located on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Center (865 Market St.), Cocosueño serves Mexican home-style cooking, including vegetarian pozole, enchiladas de nopales, and 11 types of tacos. The full bar offers beer, wine and a selection of tequila-based cocktails.

Cocosueño is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lupulandia brewery

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The Mission’s Lupulandia Brewery is also making waves. The cocktail bar and brewery has been open at 2243 Mission Street (between 18th and 19th streets) since November 2019 and is relatively new to Yelp 1.3% for new reviews in the last month.

The Lupulandia Brewery is an offshoot of the Tras Horizonte brewery and restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. It offers house beers and at least a dozen craft cocktails made with tequila, mezcal, and rum. There is also a full menu of bar options. Last month, this spot dropped its Yelp rating from 4.5 to four stars.

The Lupulandia Brewery is open Wednesdays to Fridays from 12 noon to midnight and on weekends from 11.30 am to midnight. (It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)


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Western Addition’s Izumiya is numerically the busiest Japanese spot in town.

The sushi bar and Japanese restaurant at 1581 Webster Street, Suite 270 (between Post and Geary) increased their number of new reviews by 45.5% in the last month, an outlier compared to the average number of new reviews of 1 , 1% for the Yelp Japanese category. It outperformed the previous month by receiving 3.3 times more reviews than expected based on past performance.

This recently-owned “shokudo” or informal Japanese restaurant specializes in Japanese staples, from ramen and donburi to okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), bento boxes and sushi rolls.

Izumiya is Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and 11 a.m. Open from 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. At 30 o’clock on the weekend. (It’s closed on Monday.)

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