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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants

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Here, now is the Eater 38, your answer and ours 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 of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Over time, the Eater 38 will change, with new restaurants joining as others fall off, but we'll keep the total number steady at 38. The only hard and fast rule of engagement is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots. And so, without further ado—and in no particular order—here is the Eater 38.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Slanted Door

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Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. COI Restaurant

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373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. R & G Lounge

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631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Washington Square Bar & Grill

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1707 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. Allegro Romano

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1701 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

10. Big 4

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1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Canteen

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817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Turtle Tower Restaurant

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631 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

14. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

16. Sebo

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

18. Laiola

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2031 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

19. A16

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2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

20. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

22. Namu

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439 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

23. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

24. Cliff House

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1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

25. Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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1398 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

26. Zazie

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941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

27. Ocean Taqueria

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1941 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127

28. Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

29. Blue Plate

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3218 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

30. La Taqueria

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2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

32. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

33. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

34. Bar Bambino

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

35. Blue Bottle Cafe

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66 Mint St
San Francisco, CA 94103

36. AME Restaurant

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689 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

37. Town Hall Restaurant

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342 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

38. Zaré at Fly Trap

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606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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1. Slanted Door

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111
Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Tadich Grill

240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Bix Restaurant

56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133
56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. COI Restaurant

373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. R & G Lounge

631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Washington Square Bar & Grill

1707 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
1707 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. Allegro Romano

1701 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1701 Jones St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

10. Big 4

1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Canteen

817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

12. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

619 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102
619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. Turtle Tower Restaurant

631 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
631 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

14. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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16. Sebo

517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. DOSA on Fillmore

1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

18. Laiola

2031 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
2031 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

19. A16

2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

20. Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. Nopa

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

22. Namu

439 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
439 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

23. Aziza

5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

24. Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

25. Magnolia Pub & Brewery

1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
1398 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

26. Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

27. Ocean Taqueria

1941 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127
1941 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94127

28. Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

29. Blue Plate

3218 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3218 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

30. La Taqueria

2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Beretta

1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

32. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

33. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

34. Bar Bambino

2931 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

35. Blue Bottle Cafe

66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103
66 Mint St
San Francisco, CA 94103

36. AME Restaurant

689 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
689 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

37. Town Hall Restaurant

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
342 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

38. Zaré at Fly Trap

606 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107
606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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