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The New School of Late-Night Dining in San Francisco

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San Francisco is many things, but a late-night restaurant destination is not one of them. Luckily, a fresh crop of restaurants that arrived in the past year are giving night owls more options than ever. Whether you're a restaurant worker fresh off the night shift or just up late looking for a second dinner, these new spots have you covered while the rest of the city sleeps, with everything from elevated bar bites to sit-down steak dinners. Here are the best new late-night eats in town.


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ALTA CA

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This new Market hot spot may be packed at dinnertime, but with a kitchen serving food 'til 1am, it's a haven for late-night foodies and industry folks.

Trick Dog

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A Mission stand-out for their cocktails, Trick Dog is equally well-known for its better-than-bar-food menu of beef tartare, kale salad and headcheese tacos. Kitchen open 'til 1:30am.

Tosca Cafe

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Perhaps the biggest opening of 2013, Tosca's most notable change is the addition of a kitchen that caters to North Beach night owls with a menu of meatballs, bucatini and roasted chicken. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Chaparral

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The brainchild of ex-Mission Beach Cafe chef Thomas Martinez, this unconventional pop-up brings hearty California fare to Lower Haight breakfast spot Kate's Kitchen. Kitchen open 'til 11pm Thursday, 2am Friday and Saturday.

This Mediterranean standby has unveiled a revamped look and shiny new bar program, but perhaps the best part is the extensive menu of favorites like mussels, meatballs and flatbread with hummus, all available late into the night. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Bitters, Bock, and Rye

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Get a late-night fix of Texas-style BBQ along with your booze at this new spot, which serves up dishes like dry-rubbed ribs, brisket and sausage and shrimp and grits. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Proposition Chicken

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Nestled in the nexus between mid-Market and Castro, this new chicken spot hopes to help weekend drinkers fill their stomachs with fried and rotisserie chicken in sandwich, salad or dinner plate form. Kitchen open 'til 2am Fridays and Saturday.

Bergerac

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This new SOMA spot has a boho-chic feel and a bar-bites menu of sliders, tacos, wings and truffle fries to go along with their craft cocktails. Kitchen open 'til 11pm.

The Vestry

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Add the Vestry to Valencia Street's late-night roster of tacos and bacon-wrapped hot dogs: this new spot adjoins music venue The Chapel and offers dishes like Moroccan frito misto, mussels and flatbreads, plus a large heated patio. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

The Palace Steak House

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Manny Torres Gimenez made a name for himself at Mr. Pollo, and his new spot sports an affordable tasting menu of ceviche, quail eggs and steak, plus a special late-night menu that goes until midnight.

MKT Restaurant and Bar

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Who knew that the Four Season's MKT Restaurant served dishes like royal sweet scallops and Five Dot Ranch steak until midnight? Just head to the bar/lounge for this hotel's late-night options.

Noir Lounge

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This retro Hayes Valley lounge features a secret taproom, plus dishes like steak tartare, lobster empanadas and skillet brussels sprouts. Kitchen open 'til midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Naked Lunch

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With sandos like the fried chicken, teriyaki skirt steak and apple and manchego, save this spot for a late-night sandwich run. Kitchen open 'til midnight on Thursday, 2am Friday and Saturday.

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ALTA CA

This new Market hot spot may be packed at dinnertime, but with a kitchen serving food 'til 1am, it's a haven for late-night foodies and industry folks.

Trick Dog

A Mission stand-out for their cocktails, Trick Dog is equally well-known for its better-than-bar-food menu of beef tartare, kale salad and headcheese tacos. Kitchen open 'til 1:30am.

Tosca Cafe

Perhaps the biggest opening of 2013, Tosca's most notable change is the addition of a kitchen that caters to North Beach night owls with a menu of meatballs, bucatini and roasted chicken. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Chaparral

The brainchild of ex-Mission Beach Cafe chef Thomas Martinez, this unconventional pop-up brings hearty California fare to Lower Haight breakfast spot Kate's Kitchen. Kitchen open 'til 11pm Thursday, 2am Friday and Saturday.

Ziryab

This Mediterranean standby has unveiled a revamped look and shiny new bar program, but perhaps the best part is the extensive menu of favorites like mussels, meatballs and flatbread with hummus, all available late into the night. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Bitters, Bock, and Rye

Get a late-night fix of Texas-style BBQ along with your booze at this new spot, which serves up dishes like dry-rubbed ribs, brisket and sausage and shrimp and grits. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

Proposition Chicken

Nestled in the nexus between mid-Market and Castro, this new chicken spot hopes to help weekend drinkers fill their stomachs with fried and rotisserie chicken in sandwich, salad or dinner plate form. Kitchen open 'til 2am Fridays and Saturday.

Bergerac

This new SOMA spot has a boho-chic feel and a bar-bites menu of sliders, tacos, wings and truffle fries to go along with their craft cocktails. Kitchen open 'til 11pm.

The Vestry

Add the Vestry to Valencia Street's late-night roster of tacos and bacon-wrapped hot dogs: this new spot adjoins music venue The Chapel and offers dishes like Moroccan frito misto, mussels and flatbreads, plus a large heated patio. Kitchen open 'til 1am.

The Palace Steak House

Manny Torres Gimenez made a name for himself at Mr. Pollo, and his new spot sports an affordable tasting menu of ceviche, quail eggs and steak, plus a special late-night menu that goes until midnight.

MKT Restaurant and Bar

Who knew that the Four Season's MKT Restaurant served dishes like royal sweet scallops and Five Dot Ranch steak until midnight? Just head to the bar/lounge for this hotel's late-night options.

Noir Lounge

This retro Hayes Valley lounge features a secret taproom, plus dishes like steak tartare, lobster empanadas and skillet brussels sprouts. Kitchen open 'til midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Naked Lunch

With sandos like the fried chicken, teriyaki skirt steak and apple and manchego, save this spot for a late-night sandwich run. Kitchen open 'til midnight on Thursday, 2am Friday and Saturday.

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