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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, July '12

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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. Every few months, we add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.

It's time to make some changes, and first off we're swapping Ryoko for a better restaurant nearby, Bouche. Although Dennis Leary's work at Canteen is still underrated, we're removing it to make way for AQ, which is single-handedly turning its SoMa block into a destination. Also off are Slanted Door and Beretta in exchange for the Lower Haight's exciting, newish Maven, and the one bank breaker that's too phenomenal to leave off: Benu.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or via the tipline.

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1. Commonwealth

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2224 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 355-1500
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2. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

5. Frances

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3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3870
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6. Contigo

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

7. Lers Ros Thai

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730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-6917
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8. Bouche

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603 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 956-0396
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9. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. Baker & Banker

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1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 351-2500
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11. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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12. Incanto

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

13. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

14. Range

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

16. Flour and Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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17. Zaré at Fly Trap

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606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

18. Wayfare Tavern

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558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 772-9060
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19. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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20. Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

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

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

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

23. La Ciccia Restaurant

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

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

25. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400
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26. Park Tavern

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1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-7300
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27. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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

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

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

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
((415) 552-2522
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31. Izakaya Sozai

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1500 Irving St
Denver, CO
(415) 681-7150
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32. Maven

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598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 829-7982
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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. Benu

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22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 685-4860
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35. AQ Restaurant & Bar

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1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 341-9000
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36. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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37. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

38. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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1. Commonwealth

2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2224 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. Aziza

5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

3. DOSA on Fillmore

1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Nopa

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

5. Frances

3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

6. Contigo

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

7. Lers Ros Thai

730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. Bouche

603 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

603 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. Baker & Banker

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Incanto

1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

13. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

14. Range

842 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

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16. Flour and Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Zaré at Fly Trap

606 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105

606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

18. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

19. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

22. La Taqueria

2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

23. La Ciccia Restaurant

291 30th St, San Francisco, CA 94131

291 30th St
San Francisco, CA 94131

24. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

25. Bar Agricole

355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

26. Park Tavern

1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

27. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

28. La Torta Gorda

2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Outerlands

4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

4001 Judah St
San Francisco, CA 94122

30. Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

31. Izakaya Sozai

1500 Irving St, Denver, CO

1500 Irving St
Denver, CO

32. Maven

598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

598 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

33. Bar Crudo

655 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

655 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

34. Benu

22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105

22 Hawthorne St
San Francisco, CA 94105

35. AQ Restaurant & Bar

1085 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

36. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

37. Bix Restaurant

56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133

56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

38. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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