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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, March 2010

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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 month or so, 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 much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we're adding SPQR, Maverick, 15 Romolo (!), Contigo and little place called Quince. Unfortunately, the additions mean there must be the difficult decision to drop five others, so sadly: Zarzuela, Cliff House, La Taqueria, Blue Plate, and despite the great old-school sophisticated Nob Hill ambiance, Big 4, mostly because as good as the martinis are top-notch, sending someone to indulge in $40 duck breasts ain't cutting it nowadays (but to be sure, the bar there is still special).

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? Simply state your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments. Reminder: the list is numbered in no particular order, aside from a rough geographic one.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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Boulevard

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Perbacco

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Tadich Grill

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Bix Restaurant

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COI Restaurant

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15 Romolo

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R & G Lounge

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Swan Oyster Depot

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Canteen

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Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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Zuni Cafe

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DOSA on Fillmore

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Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Contigo

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Incanto

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Beretta

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Maverick

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Foreign Cinema

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Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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Bar Bambino

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Flour and Water

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Blue Bottle Cafe

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Coco500

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AME Restaurant

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Town Hall Restaurant

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Zaré at Fly Trap

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Slanted Door

Boulevard

Perbacco

Tadich Grill

Bix Restaurant

Quince

COI Restaurant

15 Romolo

R & G Lounge

Swan Oyster Depot

Canteen

Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Zuni Cafe

Sebo

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SPQR

DOSA on Fillmore

A16

Spruce

Nopa

Namu

Halu

Aziza

Magnolia Pub & Brewery

Contigo

Incanto

Beretta

Range

Maverick

Foreign Cinema

Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

Bar Bambino

Flour and Water

Blue Bottle Cafe

Coco500

AME Restaurant

Town Hall Restaurant

Zaré at Fly Trap

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