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Published on June 12, 2024
SF's 7 Adams Ranked #2 New US Restaurant by Robb Report; NY, Chicago, & Houston Also Make ListSource: 7 Adams

San Francisco’s culinary scene is once again in the national spotlight as 7 Adams has been named the #2 new restaurant in America by Robb Report, a prestigious accolade that speaks volumes about the city’s still vibrant dining landscape. Among the list of the nation’s finest, restaurants from Chicago, Houston, and Nashville made the top five, with New York, Oakland, Temple City, and Seattle also feature prominently, yet Northern California takes pride of place with not just one but two establishments making the cut.

At the helm of 7 Adams are lauded chefs David Fisher and Serena Chow Fisher, who have previously earned accolades for their work at Michelin-starred Marlena. The duo departed from Marlena due to conflicts, channeling their culinary expertise and innovative spirits into their new venture. In San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights, 7 Adams offers a distinctive five-course tasting menu in the dining room and an elaborate eight- to 10-course experience at the chef’s counter notes SFGate.


This culinary debut has been met with critical acclaim, making waves in the gourmet community. Highlighting the menu’s versatility, signature dishes include the irresistible milk-bread rolls, hiramasa crudo with Shinko pear and Fresno chili, and the unique deboned Buffalo wing stuffed with sausage, bathed in a Frank’s Red Hot–based sauce as detailed by Robb Report. The restaurant’s creative yet unpretentious approach is lauded for proving “fine dining can be fun, creative, and unfussy.”

Robb Report's Top 10 New Restaurants of the Year

Rank Restaurant City Cuisine Type Featured Dish
1 Restaurant Yuu Brooklyn French with Japanese Influence Duck-and–foie gras pie
2 7 Adams San Francisco California Cuisine Deboned Buffalo wing stuffed with sausage
3 Maxwells Trading Chicago Asian Fusion Basque butter cake
4 Katami Houston High-End Japanese Omakase Experience at the Bar
5 Iggy's Nashville Inventive Italian Black truffle agnolotti in Parmesan-butter sauce
6 Le B. New York City French with 80s and 90s Influences Lobster blanquette
7 Brasero Chicago Brazilian Fusion Grilled Wagyu picanha with half lobster
8 Burdell Oakland, Calif. California Soul Food Barbecue shrimp
9 Array 36 Temple City, Calif. Chinese Fine Dining Hong shao rou (red pork)
10 Atoma Seattle Haute Cuisine Squash three ways

Earlier this year, 7 Adams also earned a coveted spot in the Michelin Guide, further cementing its status as a gastronomic powerhouse as Hoodline reports. Key dishes such as kabocha squash caramelle pasta and black cod with sunchoke confit showcase the restaurant’s dedication to combining simplicity with precise culinary techniques. Reflecting on the Fishers' pursuit of excellence, the Michelin Guide emphasizes the experience as “a truly Californian dining experience.”

Not far behind in the rankings is Burdell in Oakland, another Bay Area gem that clinched the #8 spot. Chef Geoff Davis, who was a finalist for Best Chef: California at the James Beard Awards, has captured hearts with his soul-food creations. Boiled peanuts with peanut miso and the pickle-brined fried chicken sandwich are just a few highlights from a menu that marries nostalgia with innovation reported by SFGate.

Top honors on the Robb Report list went to Restaurant Yuu in Brooklyn, renowned for its blend of French and Japanese culinary influences as noted by Robb Report. Seattle’s Atoma and Houston’s Katami, among others, also shone brightly, showcasing the diverse and inventive nature of the American restaurant scene.