A Ticket To The Far East: Onsen SF To Open In The Tenderloin Next Month

Like a serious dream come true, Onsen SF finalizes their open date and it’s literally around the corner.

When we first caught wind of the one-of-a-kind experience in SF, we were on Instagram browsing the 9 gorgeous photos on their feed thinking, “is this for real?” Happily, it was. Onsen, the Japanese-inspired restaurant and urban bathhouse in the Tenderloin, is finally set to open after years in the works. Local couple Sunny Simmons and Caroline Smith have been working to transform the former City Automotive auto body shop at 466 Eddy St. since 2013, and plan to open their doors in the first week of November.

With the city’s strict rules with massages and bathhouses (specifically in the Tenderloin district) getting this astonishing, in our opinion, work of art together was years in the making. Though with the help of Supervisor Jane Kim, she helped pass an ordinance that would allow businesses offering massage therapy an extended conditional use authorization.

The 3,200-square-foot elevated bathhouse featuring an eight-person soaking pool, a sauna, a steam room, and a cold plunge shower installation will also add a dinner service to their selection of high quality amenities.

The menu will consist of light, seasonal and Japanese-influenced food, along with tea, kombucha on tap, wine, Japanese beer, and a list of premium sake. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., but the owners hope to eventually add both lunchtime and later hours as well.

“We wanted to make a place where people can connect with each other,” Smith told Hoodline. “I like the concept of people sitting around and drinking tea, not hanging over computers or on their cell phones. We want the space to be relaxing but not insular—more of a communal experience.”

You’ve got to check out the interior design ingeniousness behind Onsen. We’d go everyday.

// 466 Eddy St., Tenderloin, onsensf.com — $25 for a 3 hour soak.


Written by Anthony Rogers, photography by Raquel Vanacio — Want to know more what’s happening in your neighborhood? Subscribe to the Bob Cut newsletter and always stay in the know.

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