This Filipino Restaurant Was Just Named One of the Best Restaurants of 2022 by The New York Times

Abacá elevates Filipino cuisine to fine dining in the Bay Area.

If you’re in San Francisco, head over to Abacá before the lines become hours long. Because Abacá was just named one of the best restaurants of 2022 by The New York Times. The Filipino restaurant made it to the NYT’s prestigious The Restaurant List, joining the likes of other Philippine cuisine alumni, such as Chicago’s Kasama and Seattle’s Archipelago, which both made the list in 2021. 

Located inside the Kimpton Alton Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf, Abacá is known for elevating Filipino cuisine to fine dining in the city that many Filipinos, Fil-Ams, and OFWs call home. The NYT Restaurant List praised Abacá for making “every dinner feel like a party, complete with pancit and lumpia, habit-forming barbecue sticks of beef tongue and homemade longanisa, and a series of platitos that change in step with Northern California’s seasonal seafood and produce.” 

Photo by Abacá.

Abacá’s colorful menu features classic Filipino comfort food like chicken palabok, pork lumpia, and beef kaldereta, as well as their own creations like heirloom tomato and tinapay, “aristocrat” guinea hen fowl, and ube biscuit. The NYT even recommends hunting for a QR code that reveals a secret menu featuring the Ang family’s favorite snacks. 


This isn’t the first prestigious recognition for Abacá. The Filipino restaurant was named one of the four hottest restaurants in the city by San Francisco magazine and received glowing praise from Eater. Even our counterparts at Esquire US called Abacá one of the best new restaurants of 2021. Abacá was created by chef and owner Francis Ang and his wife Dian. Ang, who grew up in The Philippines, and his wife made frequent trips to the motherland to master the local styles and cuisines. Abacá, which opened in August 2021, took seven years for owner and chef Francis Ang to conceptualize and open. 

For Filipinos in the area, Abacá is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week except Sundays. Reservations are recommended to ensure you get a seat. 

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