Dave Cruz

Dave Cruz

San Francisco

About Dave Cruz

Dave Cruz is a cookbook author and chef at Little GEM. He discovered his true calling when he stepped in to cover for the chef who didn’t show up for work one day. He subsequently enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America to pursue a culinary degree and honed his skills at several acclaimed dining establishments including March Restaurant, Mas (farmhouse) and Nobu in New York City.


  • 3 Stars (Ad Hoc)
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • Ad Hoc at Home (cookbook)
  • Best General Cooking Book (2010)
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Tempura shrimp, bibimbap bowl and salmon tartare
$$, Café, Gluten Free, Modern, American, Hayes Valley
"Miam miam 😋! It was great catching up with @dianesanfilippo @fullbodyfix @wellnessjess @johnedwardmiller over some delicious #Paleo #glutenfree grub @littlegem.restaurant. Notice the double portion on my side to the right. I have not had #tempura #shrimp in YEARS. I'm so happy!!! 🍤 #GoBigOrGoHome #PaleoPowWow #BibbityBop ・・・#Repost @dianesanfilippo ・・・ Lunch today catching up with friends @littlegem.restaurant - @fullbodyfix @jonesgelato @wellnessjess - one of our favorite all #glutenfree and #dairyfree restaurants here in SF. . Not pictured: the second order of salmon tartare I added to the Bibimbap bowl after I saw the portion it came with 🤣"