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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Commonwealth

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Frances

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Contigo

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Lers Ros Thai

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Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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Baker & Banker

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The Alembic

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Incanto

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Perbacco

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Flour and Water

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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Wayfare Tavern

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Foreign Cinema

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Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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La Taqueria

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La Ciccia Restaurant

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Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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Bar Agricole

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Park Tavern

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Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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La Torta Gorda

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Outerlands

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Zuni Cafe

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Izakaya Sozai

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Bar Crudo

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AQ Restaurant & Bar

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Cotogna

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Bix Restaurant

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Commonwealth

Aziza

DOSA on Fillmore

Nopa

Frances

Contigo

Lers Ros Thai

Bouche

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Baker & Banker

The Alembic

Incanto

SPQR

Range

Perbacco

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Flour and Water

Zaré at Fly Trap

Wayfare Tavern

Foreign Cinema

Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

La Taqueria

La Ciccia Restaurant

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Agricole