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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, April 2012

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It's time to update 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. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

In this latest edition, we're axing the ever-charming Bar Bambino—a painful removal, but it had to go due to the critical mass of Mission restaurants on the list. In its place goes Outerlands, an Outer Sunset hang-out that marries Hobbit and surfer aesthetics, where everything from the lunch-time grilled cheese (on housemade bread) to dessert's salted caramel pot de creme is startlingly nuanced, given the restaurant's laid back front. It's also time to say goodbye to Spruce, because it's hard to justify a 38 restaurant where we'd only go back for a burger and a cocktail at the bar. This leaves room for Bar Agricole, where chef Brandon Jew's experimental use of farm-fresh fare, a stellar cocktail program and a strikingly modern LEED-certified design embody everything dining in San Francisco should be. Finally, Roam Artisan Burgers is off and Park Tavern is on.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? You can also state your cases for (or against) restaurants by sending a note over the tipline.

Additions and Subtractions:
· October, 2010: Frances, The Alembic, Nopalito, Baker & Banker, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, added; Coco 500, Zuni, Absinthe, Magnolia Brewery, Boulevard, dropped
· December, 2010: Mission Chinese Food, Absinthe, La Taqueria, La Ciccia, Gitane, Wayfare Tavern, Prospect, added; R&G Lounge, Coi, 15 Romolo, A16, Blue Bottle Caf&eacute, Tadich Grill, Sebo, dropped
· April, 2011: Zuni Cafe, La Torta Gorda, added; Town Hall, Nopalito, dropped
· July, 2011: Roam Artisan Burgers, Lers Ros Thai, added; Namu, Ame, dropped
· October, 2011: Bar Crudo, added; Maverick, dropped
· January, 2012: Cotogna, Izakaya Sozai, Commonwealth, added; Quince, Halu, Prospect, dropped
· April, 2012: Bar Agricole, Outerlands, added; Bar Bambino, Spruce, dropped

For more Eater 38 guides updated today across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Slanted Door

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San Francisco Comprehensive Tours, LLC, Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Canteen

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817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

10. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

11. Contigo

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

12. Baker & Banker

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1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 351-2500
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13. Frances

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3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3870
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14. Incanto

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

15. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

16. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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17. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

18. Range

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Lers Ros Thai

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730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-6917
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20. Flour and Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(212) 965-0955
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21. Zaré at Fly Trap

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606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

22. Wayfare Tavern

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558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 772-9060
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23. Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

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2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-5710
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24. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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25. La Taqueria

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2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-7117

26. La Ciccia Restaurant

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291 30th St
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 550-8114
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27. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

28. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400
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29. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-6686
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30. La Torta Gorda

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2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-9600
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31. Outerlands

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4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-6140
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32. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
((415) 552-2522
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33. Bar Crudo

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655 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 409-0679
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34. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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35. Izakaya Sozai

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1500 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 681-7150
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36. Commonwealth

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2224 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 355-1500
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37. Park Tavern

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1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

38. Foreign Cinema

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St Luke's Women and Children's Center, 1580 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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1. Swan Oyster Depot

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

2. Slanted Door

San Francisco Comprehensive Tours, LLC, Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111
San Francisco Comprehensive Tours, LLC, Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Bix Restaurant

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

4. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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

5. Perbacco

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

6. Canteen

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

7. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. DOSA on Fillmore

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

9. Nopa

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

10. Aziza

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

11. Contigo

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

12. Baker & Banker

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

13. Frances

3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Incanto

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

15. Beretta

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

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16. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

17. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

18. Range

842 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. Lers Ros Thai

730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

20. Flour and Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. Zaré at Fly Trap

606 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105
606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

22. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

23. Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

24. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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

25. La Taqueria

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

26. La Ciccia Restaurant

291 30th St, San Francisco, CA 94131
291 30th St
San Francisco, CA 94131

27. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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

28. Bar Agricole

355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

29. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

30. La Torta Gorda

2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Outerlands

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122
4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

32. Zuni Cafe

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

33. Bar Crudo

655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
655 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

34. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

35. Izakaya Sozai

1500 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
1500 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

36. Commonwealth

2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2224 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

37. Park Tavern

1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

38. Foreign Cinema

St Luke's Women and Children's Center, 1580 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
St Luke's Women and Children's Center, 1580 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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