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SPONSORED: This Heatmap Shows 6 Spots Where You Can Order Secret, Off-Menu Specials In San Francisco Right Now

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The coolest regulars at the coolest restaurants know something other diners don’t: secret, off-menu dishes that the chef is happy to whip up, if you know to ask. We’ve partnered with American Express — who knows how to properly reward obsessive diners* — to uncover off-menu specials at these restaurants around town. Here they are.

Head this way to watch Central Kitchen's Thomas McNaughton and Bon Marché's Mark Liberman create their off-menu delights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bon Marché

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1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 802-1700
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With its classic tile floors and brightly colored awning inside Market Square (a.k.a. “the Twitter building”), this French brasserie includes a capacious oyster bar, coffee shop, cocktail and beer bar, even a flower shop. To order a classic that is anything but simple, ask for the off-menu black truffle croque. That’s a croquet monsieur — a French grilled cheese, basically — made with cave-aged gruyere and Bayonne ham and topped with a generous sprinkling of shaved black truffle.

2. Roka Akor

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801 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-8887
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In a sleek contemporary setting awash in raw and blond wood, a centrally located Japanese robata grill fires up prime cuts of steak, seafood, and vegetables, alongside top-rate sushi, sashimi, and tempura. To order like an insider, go for the off-menu sliced diver scallop sashimi, served with lemon ponzu, ginger blossom, hibiscus, fresh wasabi, and mitsuba.

3. Tosca Cafe

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242 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-9651
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Owners Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (of NYC’s Spotted Pig) have kept the best elements of this North Beach Italian icon — like the cozy murals, tiled floors and red leather chairs — but revamped the menu to include such standouts as heirloom melon and pluots with speck Americano and ricotta. For an off-menu dose of comfort food, order the restaurant's meatballs and homemade foccacia.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 771-2216
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A16 was one of the very first restaurants in the city to serve true Neapolitan pizzas. Since then, they've continued to churn out high-quality, wood-fired pizzas with all the right char. While the pies are, of course, always a stellar choice, you can now indulge in something super special, when you order the off-menu imported smoked Burrata. Every week, the restaurant brings in its Burrata from Nochi — a little town in Puglia — smokes it in straw, and for this dish, serves it with crostini, sea salt, and olive oil.

5. La Mar

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Pier 1½
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 397-8880
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La Mar is a go-to for those who like to revel in a consistently solid happy hour, as well as equally consistent food. With a heavy emphasis on seafood, you'll find excellent ceviches and other Peruvian classics. The off-menu Trilogia Tiradito is the perfect way to sample the cuisine. An ever-changing dish, if you order it, you'll be presented with three different leche de tigre (the Peruvian term for a citrus-based marinade) and three different sashimi-style cut fish: Tai Snapper in rocoto leche de tigre; king salmon belly in sunchoke leche de tigre; cape gooseberries and rocoto chutney; and Hawaiian white tuna in aji Amarillo leche de tigre.

6. Presidio Social Club

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563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 885-1888
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Amid the former military barracks of the Presidio, this revamped vintage spot offers tweaked versions of American comfort classics including chicken noodle soup (with ginger, scallions, and cilantro), herb-roasted half chicken, and beef liver and onions. But, sometimes, a rack of ribs is all you're looking for. Order the off-menu BBQ Beef Ribs, which are smoked for 12 hours in Central Texas barbecue style.

1. Bon Marché

1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
With its classic tile floors and brightly colored awning inside Market Square (a.k.a. “the Twitter building”), this French brasserie includes a capacious oyster bar, coffee shop, cocktail and beer bar, even a flower shop. To order a classic that is anything but simple, ask for the off-menu black truffle croque. That’s a croquet monsieur — a French grilled cheese, basically — made with cave-aged gruyere and Bayonne ham and topped with a generous sprinkling of shaved black truffle.
1355 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Roka Akor

801 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133
In a sleek contemporary setting awash in raw and blond wood, a centrally located Japanese robata grill fires up prime cuts of steak, seafood, and vegetables, alongside top-rate sushi, sashimi, and tempura. To order like an insider, go for the off-menu sliced diver scallop sashimi, served with lemon ponzu, ginger blossom, hibiscus, fresh wasabi, and mitsuba.
801 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Tosca Cafe

242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Owners Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (of NYC’s Spotted Pig) have kept the best elements of this North Beach Italian icon — like the cozy murals, tiled floors and red leather chairs — but revamped the menu to include such standouts as heirloom melon and pluots with speck Americano and ricotta. For an off-menu dose of comfort food, order the restaurant's meatballs and homemade foccacia.
242 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
A16 was one of the very first restaurants in the city to serve true Neapolitan pizzas. Since then, they've continued to churn out high-quality, wood-fired pizzas with all the right char. While the pies are, of course, always a stellar choice, you can now indulge in something super special, when you order the off-menu imported smoked Burrata. Every week, the restaurant brings in its Burrata from Nochi — a little town in Puglia — smokes it in straw, and for this dish, serves it with crostini, sea salt, and olive oil.
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

5. La Mar

Pier 1½, San Francisco, CA 94111
La Mar is a go-to for those who like to revel in a consistently solid happy hour, as well as equally consistent food. With a heavy emphasis on seafood, you'll find excellent ceviches and other Peruvian classics. The off-menu Trilogia Tiradito is the perfect way to sample the cuisine. An ever-changing dish, if you order it, you'll be presented with three different leche de tigre (the Peruvian term for a citrus-based marinade) and three different sashimi-style cut fish: Tai Snapper in rocoto leche de tigre; king salmon belly in sunchoke leche de tigre; cape gooseberries and rocoto chutney; and Hawaiian white tuna in aji Amarillo leche de tigre.
Pier 1½
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Presidio Social Club

563 Ruger St, San Francisco, CA 94129
Amid the former military barracks of the Presidio, this revamped vintage spot offers tweaked versions of American comfort classics including chicken noodle soup (with ginger, scallions, and cilantro), herb-roasted half chicken, and beef liver and onions. But, sometimes, a rack of ribs is all you're looking for. Order the off-menu BBQ Beef Ribs, which are smoked for 12 hours in Central Texas barbecue style.
563 Ruger St
San Francisco, CA 94129

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