The Eater 38 is our attempt to answer any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It’s a curated list that covers the entire city, spanning numerous cuisines, neighborhoods, and price points. It’s a list that tells the story of San Francisco through food, documenting the blend of taquerias, dumpling shops, and tasting menu destinations that make this city one of the most interesting places to eat in America. These are the places you don’t want to miss on your first trip to the Bay Area, and the ones worth venturing out to try even if you’ve lived here for decades.
And because we want to make sure this list reflects the ever-changing nature of San Francisco’s vibrant dining scene, we update the Eater 38 on a quarterly basis, adding restaurants that were previously overlooked, are newly eligible (Eater 38 restaurants must have been open for six months), or have stepped up their game. Sometimes a still great restaurant makes way for another one, in order to keep things new and fresh — and, importantly, to make sure that the Eater 38 is an inclusive and representative list.
To that end, we’ve added Brenda’s Meat and Three, Old Skool Cafe, Le Fantastique, Cinderella Bakery & Cafe, Breadbelly, and China Live; while the still excellent Mensho Tokyo SF, Auntie April’s, Um.ma, La Ciccia, and Dragon Beaux have been removed for now. Liholiho Yacht Club has rolled off while the restaurant is temporarily closed.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More