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Cat Cora’s Kitchen

Tapas Restaurant, American Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco
  • Has a stamp of approval from The Wall Street Journal and Eater
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Eater
  • Katie T.
    "Great place to stop for cocktails and tapas before a flight!"(7 Tips)
    Joey G.
    "It's all about the delicious lobster mac n cheese and chardonnay!"(10 Tips)
    Steve L.
    "Outstanding lamb meatballs- just enough for a snack."(6 Tips)
    Sean M.
    "The Grilled Cheese and tomato soup, the sliders and or skewers."(3 Tips)
87 Tips and reviews
  • flight
  • lobster mac & cheese
  • cocktails
  • tomato soup
  • cucumber martini
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  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 12, 2013
    Offering travelers upscale comfort in the form of oysters, lobster mac and cheese, steak tacos, and stiff seasonal drinks. Bonus for opening at 5 a.m. and offering biodegradable utensils to go.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJanuary 23, 2015
    Cora's SFO post is fresh and sophisticated-a lounge feel with an eye-catching menu. There are elevated takes on simple dishes like, Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup or Grilled Cheese with farmhouse cheddar. Read more
  • Genny B.
    Genny BJuly 24, 2014
    Really enjoyed the Grilled Avocado Salad. Cherry AND sundried tomatoes were a pleasant surprise. Avocado was cooked just right--completely creamy. High quality "bacon" strips. Great dish.
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnSeptember 6, 2013
    The fresh tomato soup and grilled cheese is just the right portion and simply scrumptious. A little on the salty side, but good.
  • g
    gAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth going if you aren't in a rush. Fresh Catch Lettuce Wrap is a mini nicoise salad. Nice flavor. Lobster Mac 'n Cheese sounds like a great idea, but the lobster flavor is lost in the rich cheeses.
  • Mel B.
    Mel BSeptember 15, 2015
    Chimichuri chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries paired with a Royal C2 cocktail and Eric as your waiter transforms the airport to a foodie nirvana moment. Live piano music ties it up with a bow!
  • Luke P.
    Luke ProfancikMay 10, 2011
    Must try the Housemade Chips and Dip. The blue cheese dipping sauce is awesome. Small plate so, it's only good for 1 to 2 people maximum. Enjoy and you can thank me later.
  • Chad C.
    Chad CohenJuly 18, 2013
    Chips and warm blue cheese dip is solid. Great beers. Sandwiches, fresh salads and everything on the menu very solid. Great airport food.
  • Gary S.
    Gary SchochAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in any airport I can think of - awesome service, open late - great pours, andy bar tender was fun and made my flight delay go by um-noticed!!!
  • Jana
    JanaApril 6, 2012
    Leisurely service, lobster Mac-n-cheese very good, beet salad dressing drowns sweet beet taste & goat cheese on bread a nice touch.
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster Mac & Cheese.......who would have expected that @ an airport....terminal 2 is the best....worth being early for a flight....real early..almost like a layover
  • Jule L.
    Jule LMay 2, 2012
    Great customer service! Took my order despite the kitchen not being open just at table the minute they opened! I made my flight easy.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 16, 2014
    The stellar grilled cheese features a gooey blend of cheddar and feta cheeses on grilled sourdough. It's well worth the $10. Read more
  • Sam R.
    Sam RamjiJuly 24, 2014
    Great Bloody Mary. Tell the server what time you board before you order so they can guide your food choices.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 31, 2016
    Lobster Mac & Cheese and Grilled Cheese w/ Tomato Soup travel aboard well. Polished both off before they even closed the cabin door! ;)
  • Sean M.
    Sean MorrisseyOctober 29, 2011
    The Grilled Cheese and tomato soup, the sliders and or skewers. Delicious food, great service. Not your typical airport grub.
  • Tim W.
    Tim WhiteJuly 8, 2012
    Try the Cat Cora Pale Ale - SFO has mad class. Both Tyler Florence and Cat Cora at the Virgin America Terminal! This is a very good beer, btw.
  • Annie
    AnnieOctober 18
    The staff is very friendly and the crinkle cut sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had!!
  • Tiffany B.
    Tiffany BukowskiAugust 19, 2012
    Angela is a fantastic waitress. She lent me her charger, served me with a smile and made my delayed flight a total pleasure.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    You can get good food at an airport thanks to CIA alumnus Cat Cora! Learn more about this stellar chef: Read more
  • Steve L.
    Steve LeVineSeptember 21, 2013
    Outstanding lamb meatballs- just enough for a snack.
  • JJ V.
    JJ VenturiniOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster Mac & Cheese plus Chili Lime tacos. Damn good! Especially for any airport
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBAugust 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Very tasteful lobster mac....but no lobster....maybe 3 good size morsels...pasta was andante, sauce had good flavor but the lobster...adonde????? Sad
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerApril 27, 2011
    Dishes are small and somewhat pricey but yummy. Try the Mac & cheese with lobster and the flank steak tacos.
  • Courtenay B.
    Courtenay BirdAugust 4, 2011
    Generous pours. Great bartenders. Outlets under the bar. Open late. What more can you ask for?
  • Lance C.
    Lance ClevelandNovember 24, 2016
    Food was great! Oysters were small but good. Service was led than attentive. We weren't in a risk but we were not checked on once we got our food.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CullerSeptember 22, 2012
    Tried to get snacks and drinks, but waited 25 min for two cocktails then just cancelled them. Being ignored by the bartender so she can pour continuous shots for the three ppl at the bar is lame.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineJanuary 11, 2012
    Help support Chef Cat Cora’s charity Chefs for Humanity through FOOD & WINE’s “Chefs Make Change” program! Click to donate
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerApril 27, 2011
    If you are by yourself sit at the rear bar - it has great view and power plugs
  • Eli T.
    Eli TuckerAugust 6
    The non traditional clam chowder was quite good.
  • James H.
    James HJune 24, 2011
    Lobster Mac n Cheese, Sliders (Sloppy Joe), Cat Cora ale, is worth getting to the gate early for.
  • Chase T.
    Chase TurnerSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the grilled cheese and tomato soup. Perfect airport snack and doesn't taste like airport food.
  • Katie T.
    Katie TDecember 19, 2012
    Great place to stop for cocktails and tapas before a flight!
  • Benny T.
    Benny ThomasJanuary 31, 2013
    Get the burger with jalapeños and sriracha aioli. Great bartender.
  • Brittney C.
    Brittney CampbellDecember 19, 2012
    Good service and nice selection, the lobster Mac n cheese is overrated tho!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BuchananMarch 3, 2012
    Piano gave it nice ambiance that reduced the pre-flight jitters. The beer also helped a little.
  • Megan Allison
    Lamb meatballs and 🍷 before a ✈️
  • Kyson
    KysonJanuary 7, 2015
    Lobster mac and cheese was great!
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBApril 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster Mac.....kicking. They don't do much wrong here. Bright, clean...for an airport?????
  • Mitch R.
    Mitch RothenbergOctober 20, 2012
    Lamb meatballs with a Pinot noir. Love this terminal.
  • John I.
    John IrvineAugust 17, 2012
    The Cucumber Martini at Cat Cora's is to die for.
  • Ashish
    AshishDecember 5, 2013
    Lamb meatballs!! Just get them. Trust me.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BauerAugust 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They make a good scotch on the rocks for the Gate 58 folks
  • Sue R.
    Sue ReddelJanuary 23, 2013
    Piano player is awesome. Makes it very relaxing.
  • Jymmi J.
    Jymmi JamesFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the lamb meatballs. Delicious!
  • Joey G.
    Joey GJune 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    It's all about the delicious lobster mac n cheese and chardonnay!
  • David M.
    David McMillianJune 18, 2011
    Ask for Collete to make the best drinks and get the bakliva
  • Armin M.
    Armin MolaviJuly 25, 2013
    Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup was delish!
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SalzbergDecember 23, 2014
    Nice cocktail list, but slow service
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBAugust 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster mac.....that's all ya need
  • Jule L.
    Jule LMay 2, 2012
    Great burger! Super juicy with REAL cheese! Thanks, Cora!
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.March 2, 2014
    Grilled cheese with tomato soup is delish.
  • Justin Y.
    Justin YoungOctober 28, 2011
    Yummy beer and wine selection for an airport restaurant.
  • Bradford S.
    Bartenders know a few things about cocktails. Best you'll do in an airport!
  • Samba S.
    Samba SowJune 26, 2013
    if your flight is delayed, go there. your food will be on time!
  • B. Nuttz
    B. NuttzMay 8, 2011
    You can charge your electronics underneath the bar!
  • julie r.
    julie rajagopalNovember 22, 2012
    Feels like a hotel bar that caters to business conventions.
  • Sanketh S.
    Sanketh ShettyDecember 30, 2015
    The lamb meatballs are good.
  • Bonnie B.
    Bonnie BurtonOctober 10, 2013
    It's worth it just for the Piano Guy!
  • Reggie S.
    Reggie SparksApril 9, 2011
    Try the pork sloppy Joe! This is not your depression era grama's sloppy Joe...
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica L. Y.July 18, 2011
    Check in on yelp for 3 free oysters!
  • SalsaLoca
    SalsaLocaFebruary 24, 2012
    Cucumber martini - so refreshing
  • Larry H.
    Larry HallJuly 1, 2013
    It's freaking cat cora - need I say more?
  • Simon D.
    Simon DavisonMay 12, 2012
    The 'Big O' cocktail is great!
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzOctober 28, 2011
    Don't try any substitutions as certain waiters become rather difficult and will be surly the rest of your meal
  • Ben L.
    Ben LascellesApril 9, 2012
    Outlets along the perimeter seating.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SOctober 29, 2014
    Love the seafood stew.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MeekerNovember 17, 2016
    Convenient for a brink near American Airlines gates
  • ValleyGirl
    ValleyGirlFebruary 14, 2012
    Love chocolate souffle cake!
  • Sherry K.
    Sherry KenzMay 11, 2012
    Try the chocolate bundino...amazing!!
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBAugust 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Check this out.....
  • SOBistro S.
    SOBistro SOBApril 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Hope you have time between flights...worth it...
  • JJ V.
    JJ VenturiniJuly 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster Mac & Cheese. Damn!!
  • pretz
    pretzApril 24, 2011
    Cucumber Martini is a must!
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BrownJuly 13, 2013
    #fail. Waited 30 minutes to try and order. No acknowledgement. Asked waitress. Got the hand. Worst. Customer. Service. Ever.
  • Erin
    ErinDecember 10, 2011
    Friendly service.
  • Himatee P.
    Himatee P.August 7, 2011
    Don't eat here unless you have oodles of time to waste. It took 20 mins to get a menu! Slow service, not good for an airport bar.
  • jeffrey a.
    jeffrey arnoldAugust 19, 2016
    Decent for airport food.
  • Barbara N.
    Barbara NessieJuly 1, 2011
    Great bloody Mary!!!
  • Mark Z.
    Mark ZoecklerJuly 10, 2014
    Airmail drink is not very good
  • Giles D.
    Giles DouglasMay 14, 2011
    Service on food is kinda slow, don't gobhere if you're in a hurry
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithSeptember 16, 2015
    Service has gone down hill this year.
  • Leyla F.
    Leyla FarahApril 18, 2011
    Transcendent tomato soup.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenMay 17, 2011
    Lagunitas I.P.A. !!
  • Denise R.
    Denise RemhofJanuary 21, 2012
    Skip it...watery booze and 45+ minute wait for food when the place wasn't crowded
  • Gina G.
    Gina GibbsJuly 29, 2011
    Fun waitress
  • Meredith L.
    Meredith LavertyMay 27, 2012
    don't eat here.
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