Val Cantu

Val Cantu

San Francisco

About Val Cantu

Val Cantu is the chef/owner of, Michelin starred, Californios restaurant in San Francisco's Mission district. In San Francisco he spent a year as sous chef at Sons and Daughters in Nob Hill, and then quickly began working on Californios. Having fallen in love with the bounty of the Bay Area, Californios first appeared as pop-ups while he searched for a physical space. He was named one of America's Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine in 2017.


  • Contributing Chef
  • Best Chef: West Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

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$$$$, Mexican, Reservations, Mission
"Dinner here is most intriguing. Many chefs try to reinterpret traditional dishes but the chef really gets it here. The soul of Mexican cuisine is present in every bite, though visually it's a surprise. Especially the menudo—the taste is perfect but there's no tripe."