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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, January 2010

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To mark the new year, 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 month or so, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion), or have stepped up their game.

This month, after reflecting upon the usual holiday dining out adventures and poring over reader emails and comments, we're dropping the shuttered Laiola for obvious reasons, plus Zazie and Turtle Tower. That's the bad news. The happy wonderful news is the triumvirate of newcomers to the Eater 38: Loretta Keller's Coco500, Russian Hill tapas standby Zarzuela and the Richmond's eclectic Japanese joint Halu. Welcome to the show, kiddos.

Are you shaking your fist in hellbent fury because you think your favorite restaurant deserves to be on the list? Has one of the below spots slipped and needs to be dropped? Put down the fist and simply state your case in the comments or drop us a line.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Slanted Door

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Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Boulevard

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1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. COI Restaurant

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373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. R & G Lounge

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631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Zarzuela

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2000 Hyde 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. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

15. Sebo

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

16. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

17. A16

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2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

18. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

19. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

20. Namu

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439 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

21. Halu

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312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

22. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

23. Cliff House

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1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

24. Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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1398 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

25. Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

26. Blue Plate

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3218 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

27. La Taqueria

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2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

28. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Range

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

30. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

32. Bar Bambino

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

33. Flour and Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

34. Blue Bottle Cafe

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66 Mint St
San Francisco, CA 94103

35. Coco500

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500 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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 94105

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1. Slanted Door

Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Boulevard

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. Perbacco

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

4. Tadich Grill

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

5. Bix Restaurant

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

6. COI Restaurant

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

7. R & G Lounge

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

8. Zarzuela

2000 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
2000 Hyde 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. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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

14. Zuni Cafe

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

15. Sebo

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

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16. DOSA on Fillmore

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

17. A16

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

18. Spruce

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

19. Nopa

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

20. Namu

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

21. Halu

312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

22. Aziza

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

23. Cliff House

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

24. Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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

25. Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar

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

26. Blue Plate

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

27. La Taqueria

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

28. Beretta

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

29. Range

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

30. Foreign Cinema

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

31. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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

32. Bar Bambino

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

33. Flour and Water

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

34. Blue Bottle Cafe

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

35. Coco500

500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
500 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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 94105
606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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