It's time to update the Eater 38, the answer to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all restaurant needs. Every few months, pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game will be added. Sometimes a still great restaurant makes way for another one, in order to keep things new and fresh.
After all, this is San Francisco — 38 restaurants are only a start to the many worthy places to dine in this city. In fact, many of them can be found here, on the Heatmap, or on the East Bay Essential 38. And keep in mind, this list is presented West to East; there's no ranking involved.
Added in July 2019: Heirloom Cafe (a neighborhood restaurant with way above average food and ambiance, Dragon Beaux (classic and modern dim sum), Nightbird (fine dining with a strong sense of place). Coming off are RT Rotisserie, Quince, and Spruce.
Added in October 2019: Mensho Tokyo (exemplary ramen in the Tenderloin), Pearl 6101 (a neighborhood dining favorite with outstanding cocktails), Sotto Mare (a seafood star in North Beach), and Brenda’s Meat & Three (a Cajun crowd-pleaser on Divisadero). Coming off the list are the still-classic Delfina, Hayes Street Grill, Octavia, and a Mano.
Rather than having a stage-four meltdown over the exclusion of a favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?Read More