Wondering where the insiders eat and drink in San Francisco? It’s easy to spot lines coming out the door, but some underlying trends are harder to spot.

We used Yelp and SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial attractions and visitor patterns, to research the question to find out which restaurants received special attention 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 2019, this popular Mediterranean spot is trending compared to other companies listed as “Mediterranean” on Yelp.

In the Mediterranean spots in the Mediterranean basin, the new ratings rose an average of 1.1% last month, in Noosh by 5.5%, with the solid four-star rating being maintained throughout. In addition, the number of Noosh reviews increased by more than 180% month over month. According to SafeGraph data, the number of visitors to Noosh more than tripled in the past month.

Located on 2001 Fillmore St. (on the corner of Pine Street) on Western Addition, this elevated Mediterranean bar and restaurant serves small plates like falafel, lamb meatballs, and a selection of classic spreads and dips. The menu also includes pita sandwiches with chicken, fried calamari, or hummus. Turkish flatbread with sujukwurst; and kebabs with pork, beef and lamb shoulder. This cashless place also offers a full list of beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as private dining and catering services.

Noosh is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is usually busy on Mondays and Sundays, according to SafeGraph, and draws a quarter of its total visitors on those two days. When planning your visit, be sure to try the slower periods on Tuesdays.

Big gold

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Whether or not you’ve heard about the Mission’s big gold, the Italian spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While companies rated “Italian” on Yelp saw their new reviews rise an average of 0.7% over the past month, Great Gold saw new reviews rise 15.9% over that period and kept a solid four -Star rating at. It significantly outperformed the previous month by receiving 1.2 times more reviews than expected based on its previous performance.

Great Gold has been open since last August in the former Foxsister area at 3161 24th St. (between Shotwell Street and Van Ness Avenue) and, according to the Yelp page, offers its guests “modern American Italian comfort food paired with incredible wines in a casual atmosphere” . Visit classic pasta dishes like stuffed mussels with homemade ricotta and butternut squash ravioli with sage butter butter sauce or antipasti spreads, orders for chicken or eggplant parmesan, and traditional meatballs (there are also vegan-friendly Impossible meatballs). Great Gold’s selection of California and Italian wines is available by the glass and bottle. The restaurant also offers a family-style feast for $ 49 per person.

Great Gold is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm and Sundays from 5pm to 9pm.

Gioia Pizzeria

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The Gioia Pizzeria in the Hayes Valley is also making waves. Open since June at 579 Hayes Street (between Octavia and Laguna Streets), this New York-style pizzeria saw new ratings increase by 13.5% last month, compared with an average rating increase of 0 , 6% for all tagged companies. “American (Traditional)” on Yelp. In addition, the number of reviews of Gioia Pizzeria increased by more than 250% from month to month.

Gioia Pizzeria opened a store in Berkeley back in 2004. In addition to Gioia’s full selection of classic and specialty thin crust cakes, this new outpost, Gioia’s second, also features slings slices and subs. For the past month, it has maintained a strong 4.5-star rating among Yelpers.

The Gioia Pizzeria is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bamboo asia

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Bamboo Asia’s location in the financial district is numerically the busiest Asian fusion spot in the city.

Opened at 311 California St. (in California and Battery) since last spring, this Bay Area fast-casual mini-chain outpost has increased its new reviews by 20% in the last month, an outlier in comparison for the middle new test number 1.2% for the Yelp category “Asian Fusion”. It topped the previous month by receiving twice as many reviews as expected based on past performance. In terms of pedestrian traffic, Bamboo Asia saw nearly twice as many visits in the past month, according to SafeGraph data.

Bamboo Asia offers salads, sandwiches, and bowls inspired by the cuisines of Japan, India, and Vietnam. Check out the Tokyo Trouble Bowl (teriyaki chicken, tempura shrimp, seaweed salad, and avocado), the tandoori roti sandwich (with tandoori chicken and eggplant chips), the sari salad (with palak paneer and tamarind chutney occupied) and the Barbecue Pork Banh Mi. This counter service spot also features full-size games like Connect Four and a foosball table.

Bamboo Asia is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (It’s closed on weekends.) According to SafeGraph, pedestrian traffic is strongest at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., as well as Mondays and Tuesdays. So go on Wednesdays if you want to avoid the rush.

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