5 ways to dine with strangers San Francisco

THE CHEESE SCHOOL

2124 Folsom Street
Mission
+1 415 346 7530
thecheeseschool.com

Sign up for a cheese and beverages event and meet other aficionados while you’re at it. Events are held almost daily, and each is themed around wine or beer and a variety of cheese to pair them with. Check out the listings and register on their website.

NAKED KITCHEN

945 Valencia Street
Mission
+1 408 718 8000
nakedkitchensf.com

Book a seat for a spot at the table inside this purple Victorian home in the city’s Mission. Meals are either intimate in view of the chef in the kitchen, while larger events are hosted in the dining area. Contact them online to find out what events are popping up next.

EATWITH

Various locations
eatwith.com

A fun opportunity to enjoy gourmet meals prepared by established and upandcoming chefs in their home kitchen while meeting new friends at the same time. Preview menus and chefs online, then pay to reserve a spot with tip already included. The host will then contact you with final details prior to the dinner.

FEASTLY

Various locations
+1 415 885 9302
eatfeastly.com

Grab a seat at the table and mix and mingle with new friends as the chef preps your meal for the evening. Chefs vary – some may have earned their Michelin stars; others are up-and-coming. Dinners are held in their private homes or one of a few dedicated spaces. Preview dinner options in advance and book your seats online.

LAZY BEAR

3416 19th Street
Mission
+1 415 874 9921
lazybearsf.com

First, Lazy Bear is Chef David Barzelay’s last name reconfigured. Second it’s fine dining with strangers and designed to be social. Upon arrival you mingle over cocktails, then are seated at long communal tables and are encouraged to chat, move around, peek into the kitchen and take pictures. Two seatings per night and tickets are purchased online.

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