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Announcing the 2014 Eater Awards for San Francisco

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This year's winner for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year and more.

It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs-to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.

To recap, Eater's local editors in 24 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose one to move forward and the braintrust got together to decide the national winners. Without further ado, here's who came out on top in San Francisco.

Head over here for the full rundown of winners across the country at Eater National.

Eater Awards 2014

Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Kin Khao, Pabu, Lazy Bear, Verbena, Kusakabe
Finalists: Kin Khao, Pabu, Lazy Bear
Winner: Lazy Bear

Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Mitsunori Kusakabe (Kusakabe), David Barzelay (Lazy Bear), Sean Baker (Verbena), Jason Berthold (Monsieur Benjamin), Lauren Kiino (Red Dog)
Finalists: David Barzelay (Lazy Bear), Sean Baker (Verbena), Jason Berthold (Monsieur Benjamin)
Winner: Jason Berthold (Monsieur Benjamin)

So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Lazy Bear, Pink Zebra, Orenchi Beyond, Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, Beso
Finalists: Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar, Lazy Bear, Beso
Winner: Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar

Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Danny Louie (Chino), Keli Rivers (Kin Khao), Thad Vogler (Trou Normand), David Gallardo & Leon Vasquez (Lolo), Ashley Miller (Alta CA)
Finalists: Danny Louie, Keli Rivers, Ashley Miller
Winner: Ashley Miller (Alta CA)

Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Pabu, Chino, Lolo, Trou Normand, Quince
Finalists: Pabu, Chino, Quince
Winner: Chino

Bonus Category: Saddest Closure
Winner: The Lexington Club

ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

3282 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 415-525-4750 Visit Website


3198 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 552-5771 Visit Website

Alta CA

1420 Market Street, , CA 94102 (415) 590-2585 Visit Website

Lazy Bear

3416 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 874-9921

Monsieur Benjamin

451 Gough Street, , CA 94102 (415) 403-2233 Visit Website