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The Ultimate San Francisco Beef Tartare Map

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With the price of a steak higher than ever, beef tartare is a comparatively affordable luxury, particularly for restaurants that want to make the most of whole-animal butchery programs. As a result, steak tartare is breaking out of its traditionally French mold and making appearances on menus across town, including both of the big new spots (The Coachman and The Square) that opened this week. Here are 18 spots offering beef tartare around town, in versions ranging from classically Gallic to wildly Northern Californian.


Rose Garrett contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ristobar

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2300 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 923-6464
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Tartare ($16) gets an Italian twist at Ristobar, with Piemontese dry aged rib-eye, a raw quail egg, micro arugula, and parmesan crostini for scooping.

2. The Square

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1707 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 525-3579
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The Square isn't even a week old, but it's already rocking a tartare ($10), served with salt and vinegar chips.

3. The Coachman

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1148 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 813-1701
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Another brand-new entrant to the tartare stakes, The Coachman's version ($14) is topped with vinegar-based House of Parliament sauce, bone marrow, and a whole fried night smelt.
56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 433-6300
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Bix keeps it classic with an old-school steak tartare prepared tableside ($15), complete with the classic accompaniments of shallots, capers, parsley and mustard (not to mention plenty of buttery toasts for scooping).

5. Wayfare Tavern

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558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 772-9060
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American Kobe beef is at play in Wayfare's tartare ($16), which features a French mustard dressing and garlicky versions of the restaurant's beloved popovers to convey the goods.

6. Bouli Bar

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 399-1155
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The most expensive tartare on this list at $20, Bouli Bar's version boasts hand-minced Wagyu beef and Middle Eastern flavors like a sumac-marinated onion relish, urfa chili, and lemon.

7. The Cavalier

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360 Jessie St (btw 5th St & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 321-6000
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The Cavalier's very proper British tartare ($18) offers the traditional combo of shallots, capers, dill and mustard oil, but boasts all-American Angus beef.

8. Bar Tartine

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561 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-1600
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Koji, a flavor-packed Japanese rice mold (don't worry, it's safe), infuses the delicious toasts beneath Nick Balla and Cortney Burns' tartare ($19). In lieu of mustard, they use green horseradish.

9. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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Tartare in a bar? Turns out Trick Dog's version ($12) isn't quite traditional: they sous-vide their sirloin (but keep it rare), then add the old-school egg yolk, cornichons, mustard, and fines herbs. It all comes with garlic toast.

10. Café Claude

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7 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-3515
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Cafe Claude's hand-chopped French tartare ($14) has the classic quail egg and cornichons, along with capers, shallots, and parsley croutons.

11. Marlowe

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330 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 974-5599
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Marlow's twist on tartare ($14) poaches the quail egg instead of serving it raw, then adds greens and crostini to the mix.

12. Local's Corner

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2500 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 800-7945
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Some of the most unusual ingredients on this map can be found in Local's tartare ($16), which features fennel, almonds, pear, and caramelized onion along with the requisite egg yolk.

13. Bisou Bistro

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2367 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 556-6200
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Bisou sticks to the classics with hand-cut Snake River American Kobe beef ($12), mixed with shallots, parsley, cornichons and a quail egg served in its open shell.

14. Chez Maman East

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1453 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 824-7166
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Bistro fare at its best, Chez Maman's tartare features Dijon mustard, capers, shallots, quail egg & toast points. At $8 for an appetizer portion, it's the cheapest on the list.

15. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 551-1590
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Violet mustard, green apple, and red onion are among the unusual additions to Absinthe's tartare ($16), which also includes cornichons, quail egg, and of course, crostini.

16. Park Tavern

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1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 898-7300
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Carpaccio and tartare unite in one dish ($15) at Park Tavern, with thin slices of venison carpaccio accented by spoonfuls of traditionally caper-laced beef tartare. As if the double meat wasn't enough, there's also crispy bone marrow involved.

17. Mason Pacific

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1358 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 374-7185
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The leftover pretzel buns from MP's much-loved burger become crostini for this traditional tartare ($14), with quail egg and cornichons.

18. Bocadillos

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710 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 982-2622
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Spanish flavor infuses the Bocadillos tartare ($9), which boasts horseradish vinaigrette and is served with crispy housemade potato chips.

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1. Ristobar

2300 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Tartare ($16) gets an Italian twist at Ristobar, with Piemontese dry aged rib-eye, a raw quail egg, micro arugula, and parmesan crostini for scooping.
2300 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. The Square

1707 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133
The Square isn't even a week old, but it's already rocking a tartare ($10), served with salt and vinegar chips.
1707 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. The Coachman

1148 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Another brand-new entrant to the tartare stakes, The Coachman's version ($14) is topped with vinegar-based House of Parliament sauce, bone marrow, and a whole fried night smelt.
1148 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

4. Bix

56 Gold St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Bix keeps it classic with an old-school steak tartare prepared tableside ($15), complete with the classic accompaniments of shallots, capers, parsley and mustard (not to mention plenty of buttery toasts for scooping).
56 Gold St
San Francisco, CA 94133

5. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
American Kobe beef is at play in Wayfare's tartare ($16), which features a French mustard dressing and garlicky versions of the restaurant's beloved popovers to convey the goods.
558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. Bouli Bar

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
The most expensive tartare on this list at $20, Bouli Bar's version boasts hand-minced Wagyu beef and Middle Eastern flavors like a sumac-marinated onion relish, urfa chili, and lemon.
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. The Cavalier

360 Jessie St (btw 5th St & 4th St), San Francisco, CA 94103
The Cavalier's very proper British tartare ($18) offers the traditional combo of shallots, capers, dill and mustard oil, but boasts all-American Angus beef.
360 Jessie St (btw 5th St & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Bar Tartine

561 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Koji, a flavor-packed Japanese rice mold (don't worry, it's safe), infuses the delicious toasts beneath Nick Balla and Cortney Burns' tartare ($19). In lieu of mustard, they use green horseradish.
561 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tartare in a bar? Turns out Trick Dog's version ($12) isn't quite traditional: they sous-vide their sirloin (but keep it rare), then add the old-school egg yolk, cornichons, mustard, and fines herbs. It all comes with garlic toast.
3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Café Claude

7 Claude Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
Cafe Claude's hand-chopped French tartare ($14) has the classic quail egg and cornichons, along with capers, shallots, and parsley croutons.
7 Claude Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Marlowe

330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Marlow's twist on tartare ($14) poaches the quail egg instead of serving it raw, then adds greens and crostini to the mix.
330 Townsend St
San Francisco, CA 94107

12. Local's Corner

2500 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Some of the most unusual ingredients on this map can be found in Local's tartare ($16), which features fennel, almonds, pear, and caramelized onion along with the requisite egg yolk.
2500 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Bisou Bistro

2367 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Bisou sticks to the classics with hand-cut Snake River American Kobe beef ($12), mixed with shallots, parsley, cornichons and a quail egg served in its open shell.
2367 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. Chez Maman East

1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Bistro fare at its best, Chez Maman's tartare features Dijon mustard, capers, shallots, quail egg & toast points. At $8 for an appetizer portion, it's the cheapest on the list.
1453 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Violet mustard, green apple, and red onion are among the unusual additions to Absinthe's tartare ($16), which also includes cornichons, quail egg, and of course, crostini.
398 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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16. Park Tavern

1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Carpaccio and tartare unite in one dish ($15) at Park Tavern, with thin slices of venison carpaccio accented by spoonfuls of traditionally caper-laced beef tartare. As if the double meat wasn't enough, there's also crispy bone marrow involved.
1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

17. Mason Pacific

1358 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133
The leftover pretzel buns from MP's much-loved burger become crostini for this traditional tartare ($14), with quail egg and cornichons.
1358 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94133

18. Bocadillos

710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Spanish flavor infuses the Bocadillos tartare ($9), which boasts horseradish vinaigrette and is served with crispy housemade potato chips.
710 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

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