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“One of my favorites in SF”

State Bird Provisions
Ranked #56 of 5,922 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Temporarily closed due to renovations. Visit us in the meantime at our sister restaurant right next door, The Progress, and look for our reopening in early September!
Reviewed April 8, 2013

It takes vigilance to get a reservation here (especially prime time) but it's worth it. This is not dim sum. It is inventive small plates served dim sum style. About two thirds of the small plates on the menu are brought around on trays, you pick what you want and they mark it on a menu at your table. The remaining dishes are made to order. There are many unusual combinations and the servers typically know every detail of every dish. The warm almond biscuits with duck liver mousse are a good place to start. The garlic bread (which is like a "fry bread") with burrata is another reliable plate. Those dishes have been on the changing menu every time I've gone. The quail is also always on the menu - good but not a "must order" every time. The vegetarian and seafood dishes are also quite good. There are always new combinations that I haven't seen anywhere else. The vibe is loud, friendly, very casual and lively. it's a pretty unique concept. If you go to the web site and don't see the reservation option - a frequent occurrence - all reservations for the next 60 days are gone. However, they have walk-in seats at the counter in front where you can have first dibs on everything that comes out of the kitchen. The Fillmore area where it's located is also interesting for jazz/bars.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

For starts, it will not be easy to secure a reservation. Try for middle of the week, early in the evening (they open at 5:30) and, ideally, for 3-4 people rather than 2 as they have more tables for 4 and, understandably, they don't want to give a table for 4 to a party of 1 or 2. They also have some space for walk-ins, but be prepared to wait (again before 5:30) and be turned away to try again in an hour or two.

As others have described, this is a culinary "dim sum" experience where they continually come out with trays of amazing looking, smelling and sounding small-plated dishes. And everything we tried was delicious and unique. They also have off-the-menu items.

No use describing each of the dishes here as they may change on the night you choose to go. Suffice it to say that you should pace yourself. It will be tempting to accept every single tray that comes out. If you do that you will be full and done too quickly. One strategy is to take 2-3 dishes per person in the first while, then stop, watch the scene, savor your food, take a break, then for for another 2-3 per person.

Enjoy!!

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Thank HomeBaseSFO
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This restaurant is worth the wait. We have been here 2 times and the small plates are the most inventive we have experienced. Delicious. Amiable staff and owner. California style food served dim sum style. We love it.

Thank Lilyan C
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We wanted to dine at State Bird Provisions because of the mouth-watering descriptions of Hong Kong style dim sum offerings a local tourist publication gushed about. I had no idea that Bon Appetit had voted State Bird Provisions Best Restaurant in 2012 until trying to secure a reservation on-line (the article stated that the restaurant only accepted reservations on-line, however they DO welcome walk-ins).

The reservationist politely informed that the restaurant accepted reservations up to 60 days in advance, and that it wasn't possible to secure a reservation that week. I had three days left in the city and gamely decided to take a chance and call the restaurant. A voice mail picked up the first time. The second time a woman answered and I very nicely pleaded "our case". Very sweetly she said, "Oh, let me see what I can do for you." After a muffled background discussion, she returned to the phone and said, "Might you be able to make it at 9 tonight?" Oh boy could we! Later that night we discovered she was co-owner/Chef Nicole Krasinski and that her hospitable demeanor was echoed by State Bird Provision's youthful staff.

The crowd was noisy - an eclectic bunch ranging from middle-aged business suits to jean clad college co-eds. The servers (no uniforms) were very engaging and knowledgable about the menu. We were pleasantly surprised by the array of offerings which appealed to vegetarians and "carnivores" alike. From Hawaii, we were very happy to see that the menu also featured "Pacific-Asian fusion" offerings that night (the menu frequently changes). Altogether we enjoyed eight dishes and while we loved EVERYTHING, our favorites were:

Mushroom quinoa with toasted gomasio
Hamachi avocado seaweed crostini
Glazed pork ribs with Swiss chard tongarashi
Chocolate pistachio crunch (YES save room for dessert)

The menu had a nice wine selection and an equally lovely choice of non-alcoholic drinks. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time to insure a wonderful Pacific Heights dining experience. There is no parking. If you're from out of town, this can be tricky. We ended up in a parking building a few blocks up the street that is connected to Yoshi's (landmark jazz club and restaurant). And by the way, Yoshi's is a great place to listen to music and hang-out before dining at State Bird.

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Really delicious and different food. We were a group of four '60' somethings. We ordered off the regular menu the State Bird with provisions. Really good, but the double order at $20 gave maybe three bites per person. Also,the ribs delicious. For $16 there were exactly four ribs.
The decor is very cold, all cement-floors, ceiling etc. makes for an EXTREMELY loud place. We kind of chalked some of that up to the ages in our group, but even a couple of the YOUNG servers could not hear us when ordering from the Dim Sum style trays.
With that said, we were happy that we tried this rest., but do not think we would return. For the very steep price it should be a relaxed dining experience. Maybe we are just too old!

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