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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, July 2011

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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.

This time around, after reflection and study of reader emails and comments, we're taking out Namu and Ame. In their places go the very reliable, very delicious Roam Artisan Burgers and Lers Ros, the Tenderloin Thai dive that's gotten so popular it's sprouting off a Hayes Valley branch.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list—or because you can't live without Namu's Korean tacos—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 .

October, 2010: Added: Frances, The Alembic, Nopalito, Baker & Banker, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana; Dropped: Coco 500, Zuni, Absinthe, Magnolia Brewery, Boulevard
December, 2010: Added: Mission Chinese Food, Absinthe, La Taqueria, La Ciccia, Gitane, Wayfare Tavern, Prospect; Dropped: R&G Lounge, Coi, 15 Romolo, A16, Blue Bottle Café, Tadich Grill, Sebo
April, 2011: Added: Zuni Cafe, La Torta Gorda; Dropped: Town Hall, Nopalito
July, 2011: Added: Roam Artisan Burgers, Lers Ros Thai; Dropped: Namu, Ame

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Perbacco

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230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Slanted Door

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San Francisco Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Quince

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470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Canteen

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817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Halu

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312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

11. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

12. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

14. Contigo

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. Baker & Banker

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

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

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

18. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. The Alembic

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

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

21. Range

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

22. Lers Ros Thai

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730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931-6917
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23. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

24. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

25. Bar Bambino

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

26. Flour and Water

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

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606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

28. Maverick

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3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Wayfare Tavern

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

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

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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32. Prospect

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300 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 247-7770
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33. La Taqueria

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

34. La Ciccia Restaurant

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291 30th St
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 550-8114
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35. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

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

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2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-9600
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37. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
((415) 552-2522
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38. Roam Artisan Burgers

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1785 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 440-7626
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1. Perbacco

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

230 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. Bix Restaurant

56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133

56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Slanted Door

San Francisco Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94105

San Francisco Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94105

5. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

619 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102

619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Quince

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Canteen

817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

8. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

9. Halu

312 8th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

10. DOSA on Fillmore

1700 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

11. Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

12. Nopa

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Aziza

5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

14. Contigo

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. Baker & Banker

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109

1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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16. Frances

3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

17. Incanto

1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131

1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

18. Beretta

1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

20. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

21. Range

842 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

22. Lers Ros Thai

730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

730 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

23. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

24. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

25. Bar Bambino

2931 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

26. Flour and Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

27. Zaré at Fly Trap

606 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94105

606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94105

28. Maverick

3316 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

30. Lung Shan Restaurant\Mission Street Food

2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2234 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

32. Prospect

300 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

300 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

33. La Taqueria

2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

34. La Ciccia Restaurant

291 30th St, San Francisco, CA 94131

291 30th St
San Francisco, CA 94131

35. Gitane Restaurant & Bar

6 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

6 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

36. La Torta Gorda

2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

37. Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

38. Roam Artisan Burgers

1785 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

1785 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

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