If you’re looking for a change from the typical fixed-menu, candlelit dinners, you need to check out Lazy Bear. Located in the Mission District of San Francisco, Lazy Bear does not have any signs or logos outside of its restaurant - just a plaid banner symbolizing a lumberjack’s flannel. There are only two sessions every night, one at 6:00pm and another at 8:30pm. The way you get reservations here is not by calling in or through OpenTable. Instead, you must join their mailing list and reserve prepaid tickets. Once you’ve made reservations, they send out a quick form for you to fill out so that they can better tailor your dining experience.
Lazy Bear is not like any dinner experience I’ve had before. Upon arriving, they start by serving you 5 “snacks” which include whipped scrambled eggs, crispy maitake mushrooms, king salmon tartare, miyagi oysters from Marin and a cape gooseberry soda as a palate cleanser.
You spend about 45 minutes upstairs enjoying your snacks and drinks until you start noticing small groups slowly get directed to make their way down stairs. Think, Thanksgiving Dinner at your house but multiplied by 10.
OYA (Oh yea and): You can add the beverage pairing before you are seated downstairs so if you basically want to go wine tasting while you eat, this is a great option! You’ll be at least 7 drinks in by the end of the night.
Lazy Bear sets up their dining experience with an open kitchen and an interactive ambiance. As each dish arrives to your table, the cook explains what you are eating, where they’ve foraged it from and how it’s prepared. They encourage you to go up to the kitchen and ask questions throughout your dinner.
At the end of my night, I had met a couple who travelled from LA to San Francisco just for Lazy Bear and was invited to join a FaceTime call with the lady next to me and her friend who she was chatting with in Europe
October 2017 Menu
The last two dessert dishes included a play on peaches and cream that included a cheesecake with poached peaches and another dish with a raspberry red pepper gummy bear, lavender macaron and fig jam cream puff. They were meh so I didn't even take a picture.