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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.

Slanted Door

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Perbacco

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Tadich Grill

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Bix Restaurant

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COI Restaurant

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R & G Lounge

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Washington Square Bar & Grill

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Allegro Romano

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Canteen

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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Turtle Tower Restaurant

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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Zuni Cafe

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Cliff House

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Ocean Taqueria

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Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Blue Plate

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La Taqueria

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Beretta

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Foreign Cinema

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Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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Bar Bambino

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Blue Bottle Cafe

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AME Restaurant

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Town Hall Restaurant

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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Slanted Door

Perbacco

Tadich Grill

Bix Restaurant

COI Restaurant

R & G Lounge

Washington Square Bar & Grill

Allegro Romano

Swan Oyster Depot

Big 4

Canteen

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Turtle Tower Restaurant

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Zuni Cafe

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Sebo

DOSA on Fillmore

Laiola

A16

Spruce

Nopa

Namu

Aziza

Cliff House

Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Zazie

Ocean Taqueria

Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

Blue Plate

La Taqueria

Beretta

Foreign Cinema

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Bambino

Blue Bottle Cafe

AME Restaurant

Town Hall Restaurant

Zaré at Fly Trap

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