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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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Ristobar

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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.

The Square

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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.

The Coachman

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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.

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).

Wayfare Tavern

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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.

Bouli Bar

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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.

The Cavalier

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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.

Bar Tartine

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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.

Trick Dog

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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.

Café Claude

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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.

Marlowe

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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.

Local's Corner

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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.

Bisou Bistro

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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.

Chez Maman East

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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.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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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.

Park Tavern

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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.

Mason Pacific

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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.

Bocadillos

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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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Ristobar

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.

The Square

The Square isn't even a week old, but it's already rocking a tartare ($10), served with salt and vinegar chips.

The Coachman

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.

Bix

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).

Wayfare Tavern

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.

Bouli Bar

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.

The Cavalier

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.

Bar Tartine

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.

Trick Dog

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.

Café Claude

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

Marlowe

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