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The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants, October 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 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 lots of deep thoughts and reader reflections, we're dropping Coco 500—charming indeed, but not an essential fixture any longer—Zuni—been there, done that— and Absinthe as we wait for new chef Adam Keough to get his sea legs. Also Magnolia Brewery because its more of a stellar beer spot than a place we’d recommend for its cuisine and Boulevard as it’s just not indicative of what’s vital in San Francisco right now. Who's in: new neighborhood charmer Frances, Upper Haight cocktail den with ever-more-impressive food, The Alembic; Nopa offshoot and clutch Mexican sit-down spot, Nopalito; Baker & Banker because it embodies the glorified yet honest style of dining that’s making our city tick right now and the San Francisco pizza mover that keeps evolving, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana.

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 in the tipline.

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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. Tadich Grill

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240 California St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Bix Restaurant

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56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

4. Slanted Door

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Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Quince

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470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. COI Restaurant

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373 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

7. 15 Romolo

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15 Romolo Pl
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. R & G Lounge

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631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Swan Oyster Depot

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1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

10. Canteen

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817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

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619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. Sebo

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517 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

13. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

14. DOSA on Fillmore

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1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

15. A16

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2355 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

16. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

17. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

18. Namu

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439 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94118

19. Halu

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312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

20. Aziza

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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

21. Contigo

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1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

22. Frances

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

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1550 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94131

24. Baker & Banker

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1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 351-2500
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25. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

26. Range

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

27. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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28. Maverick

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3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

30. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

31. Bar Bambino

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2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

32. Flour and Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

33. Blue Bottle Cafe

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66 Mint St
San Francisco, CA 94103

34. AME Restaurant

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689 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

35. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

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1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

36. Nopalito

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306 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 437-0303

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 94107

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1. Perbacco

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

2. Tadich Grill

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

3. Bix Restaurant

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

4. Slanted Door

Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg, San Francisco, CA 94111
Ferry Bldg, 1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Quince

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
470 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. COI Restaurant

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

7. 15 Romolo

15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133
15 Romolo Pl
San Francisco, CA 94133

8. R & G Lounge

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

9. Swan Oyster Depot

1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1517 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

10. Canteen

817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
817 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

11. Ryoko Restaurant & Bar

619 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102
619 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. Sebo

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

13. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

14. DOSA on Fillmore

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

15. A16

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

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16. Spruce

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

17. Nopa

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

18. Namu

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

19. Halu

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

20. Aziza

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

21. Contigo

1320 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114
1320 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

22. Frances

3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
3870 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

23. Incanto

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

24. Baker & Banker

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109
1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

25. Beretta

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

26. Range

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

27. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

28. Maverick

3316 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

29. Foreign Cinema

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

30. Delfina/Pizzeria Delfina

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

31. Bar Bambino

2931 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

32. Flour and Water

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

33. Blue Bottle Cafe

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

34. AME Restaurant

689 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
689 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

35. Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

36. Nopalito

306 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117
306 Broderick St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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 94107
606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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