The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017
Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京 is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

1. Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant 老北京

8.4
3132 Vicente St (at 43rd Ave), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante cinese · Outer Sunset · 57 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The small dining room features mostly communal seating, and is ideal for feasting on Mandarin cuisine, including the crowd favorite cumin lamb, Beijing-style hot pots, and crunchy tofu. Leggi tutto.

2. Outerlands

9.0
4001 Judah St (at 45th Ave), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante americano · Outer Sunset · 243 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Chef Yoni Levy together with pastry chef Brooke Mosley are continuing the traditions of amazing bread, gorgeous fog-friendly food and a laid-back beach vibe. Leggi tutto.

Spruce is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

3. Spruce

9.2
3640 Sacramento St (btwn Spruce & Locust St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Presidio Heights · 124 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Nestled deeply in Presidio Heights, Spruce is a refined neighborhood restaurant. White tablecloths, a fantastic wine list, and great service are hallmarks. Leggi tutto.

Zazie is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

4. Zazie

9.4
941 Cole St (btwn Parnassus Ave & Carl St), San Francisco, CA
Posto per la colazione · Cole Valley · 328 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The brunch lines here are truly absurd, but once you're facing a plate of gingerbread pancakes, eggs Benedict, and perfect home fries, the annoyance of the wait will recede. Leggi tutto.

La Ciccia is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

5. La Ciccia

9.2
291 30th St (at Church), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · Noe Valley · 67 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Not so much San Francisco Italian, as pure unadulterated regional Italian, this family-run sparkler is free of pretension and full of love. Don’t miss the sea urchin pasta. [Eater 38 Member] Leggi tutto.

Aster is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

6. Aster

7.7
1001 Guerrero St (at 22nd St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Dolores Heights · 44 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Brett Cooper offers dishes a la carte, as well as a very reasonably priced four-course tasting menu at $65; brunch is another easy point of entry, offering a selection of house-baked breads and more. Leggi tutto.

La Taqueria is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

7. La Taqueria

9.5
2889 Mission St (at 25th St), San Francisco, CA
Posto da burrito · Mission District · 426 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: It wouldn’t be San Francisco without The Mission’s squadron of gut-busting taquerias. This one continues to lead the pack with unwavering rave reviews for its sublime, spot-on Mexico staples. Leggi tutto.

Beretta is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

8. Beretta

9.4
1199 Valencia St (at 23rd St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · Mission District · 472 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: This Mission hotspot is always packed, with good reason. The menu is rife with antipasti, pizzas, pastas, risottos, and rotating daily specials like cioppino and short ribs. Leggi tutto.

Californios is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

9. Californios

9.1
3115 22nd St (btwn Capp St & S Van Ness Ave), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante messicano · Mission District · 34 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Chef Val M. Cantu (Sons & Daughters) has created a stylish prix fixe menu that offers a Mexican-inspired take on the traditional tasting experience. Leggi tutto.

Foreign Cinema is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

10. Foreign Cinema

9.4
2534 Mission St (btwn 21st & 22nd St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Mission District · 340 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: With North African and Mediterranean menu leanings and a deepened wine program, it's one of the city's most romantic restaurants, with staggering decor and engaging food. Leggi tutto.

Lazy Bear is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

11. Lazy Bear

9.0
3416 19th St (at San Carlos), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Mission District · 64 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Chefs deliver the modern American dishes to the table themselves and invite you to come into the kitchen to peer over their shoulder while they work. Leggi tutto.

Namu Gaji is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

12. Namu Gaji

8.9
499 Dolores St (at 18th St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante coreano · Mission Dolores · 173 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Menu standouts include the KFC (chicken wings), stonepot rice, okonomiyaki, and dumplings. It's worth going in early for happy hour, the only time gamja fries and Korean tacos are served. Leggi tutto.

Nopalito is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

13. Nopalito

9.1
306 Broderick St (btwn Oak St and Fell St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante messicano · Panhandle · 254 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: From the addictive totopos con chile to the comforting tortilla soup to the killer carnitas, there's something for everyone here. Leggi tutto.

Zuni Café is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

14. Zuni Café

8.9
1658 Market St (at Rose St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Civic Center · 297 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: It's the utility belt of restaurants: good for brunch, for late-night dining, for oysters and a cocktail at the bar, or for a lovely sit-down meal with a date. Leggi tutto.

Rich Table is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

15. Rich Table

9.1
199 Gough St (at Oak St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Lower Haight · 169 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Don't miss the sardine chips, porcini doughnuts, seasonal salads, and pastas. Leggi tutto.

Souvla is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

16. Souvla

9.3
517 Hayes St (at Octavia St), San Francisco, CA
Negozio di Souvlaki · Hayes Valley · 215 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Order their rotisserie roasted lamb, chicken, pork or sweet potato in pita or salad format (or order it Greek-style, which means fries on or in it). Leggi tutto.

Petit Crenn is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

17. Petit Crenn

9.1
609 Hayes St (at Laguna St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante francese · Hayes Valley · 38 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Inspired by the cuisine of Brittany, chef Dominique Crenn's neighborhood spot offers a dinner party vibe, with impeccable, family-style dishes. Leggi tutto.

State Bird Provisions is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

18. State Bird Provisions

9.3
1529 Fillmore St (btwn Geary & O'Farrell St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · Fillmore District · 197 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Whether it's savory pancakes stacked with local cheese, delicious crudos, or a new take on tofu skin, the flavor profiles are always eye-opening. Leggi tutto.

SPQR is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

19. SPQR

8.8
1911 Fillmore St (btwn Bush & Pine), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · Lower Pacific Heights · 164 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Try to score seats at the chef's counter and don't miss the exceptional wine list, curated by award-winning sommelier Shelley Lindgren. Leggi tutto.

Swan Oyster Depot is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

20. Swan Oyster Depot

9.1
1517 Polk St (btwn Sacramento & California St.), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante di pesce · Polk Gulch · 209 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Open only for lunch, Polk Street’s 100-year-old gem still churns out the best crab, oysters and sourdough in town. Leggi tutto.

House of Prime Rib is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

21. House of Prime Rib

9.1
1906 Van Ness Ave (btw Jackson & Washington), San Francisco, CA
Bisteccheria · Polk Gulch · 282 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: There is no more accurate way to describe House of Prime Rib than by its apropos name — it serves one thing and one thing only on its menu, and it does that roast beef very, very well. Leggi tutto.

Stones Throw is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

22. Stones Throw

9.2
1896 Hyde St (btwn Green & Vallejo), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante americano · Russian Hill · 93 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Smart but unpretentious small plates like octopus okonomiyaki and puffed potatoes with egg and cauliflower mousse, and one of the city's most engaging, descriptive, and smartly curated drink lists Leggi tutto.

Liholiho Yacht Club is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

23. Liholiho Yacht Club

9.5
871 Sutter St (btwn Jones & Leavenworth St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante hawaiano · Lower Nob Hill · 129 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The Hawaiian-Indian-NorCal cuisine results in dishes like poppy seed steam buns with beef tongue and kimchi that are uniquely Kapur's, and it's all in a high-energy space. Leggi tutto.

Del Popolo is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

24. Del Popolo

8.8
855 Bush St (btwn Taylor and Mason), San Francisco, CA
Pizzeria · Lower Nob Hill · 47 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Followers of Darsky's Neapolitan-inspired pizzas line up for beautiful antipasti like farrotto with wild morel mushrooms, sweet corn, prosciutto and egg yolk. Leggi tutto.

Kin Khao is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

25. Kin Khao

8.8
55 Cyril Magnin St (Ellis St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante thai · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 149 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Don't overlook the selection of unparalleled curries — all cooked from spice pastes that are made fresh daily in house. Leggi tutto.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

26. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

9.3
1570 Stockton St (at Union St), San Francisco, CA
Pizzeria · North Beach · 416 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani's Neapolitan is an award-winner and his on-site pizza school attracts students from across the country. Leggi tutto.

Original Joe's is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

27. Original Joe's

8.3
601 Union St (at Stockton St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · North Beach · 91 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: From baked lasagna to calf’s liver with bacon and onions, the classics are all here, plus a secretly great burger and fries, for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Leggi tutto.

Cotogna is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

28. Cotogna

9.4
490 Pacific Ave (at Montgomery St), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · Jackson Square · 201 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Cotogna is the casual Italian restaurant of your dreams, an easy E38 pick. Good luck getting a table, though. Leggi tutto.

Tosca Cafe is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

29. Tosca Cafe

9.0
242 Columbus Ave (at Pacific Ave), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante italiano · North Beach · 108 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Now owned by NYC restaurateur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, the food and cocktails are top-notch. Best of all, it serves food til 1 a.m., and drinks til 2 a.m. Leggi tutto.

Z & Y Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

30. Z & Y Restaurant

8.9
655 Jackson St (btwn Cooper Alley & Wentworth Pl), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante Szechuan · Chinatown · 161 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Though it's known for the spicy "Chicken with Explosive Chile Peppers," Z & Y has a deep bench of dishes from mushu pork to ma-po to frog in flaming chile oil. Leggi tutto.

Leo's Oyster Bar is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

31. Leo's Oyster Bar

8.8
568 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA
Ristorante di pesce · Financial District · 29 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Leo's opened with a retro splash, immediately luring diners to its petit dining room and bar for oysters, clams, lobster rolls, and classic cocktails. Leggi tutto.

Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

32. Akiko’s Restaurant & Sushi Bar

9.2
431 Bush St (at Mark Ln.), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante sushi · Downtown San Francisco-Union Square · 155 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Our rec? Tell your server what kind of meal you're in the mood for and what price you'd like to pay, and just put yourself into the hands of those experienced chefs. Leggi tutto.

Yank Sing is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

33. Yank Sing

8.8
101 Spear St (inside Rincon Center), San Francisco, CA
Ristorante dim sum · Financial District · 218 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: It's expensive for dim sum, but you pay for what you get at Yank Sing. Here, flavors are cleaner than you'll find anywhere else, and the xiao long bao and custard tarts are exemplary. Leggi tutto.

Mourad is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

34. Mourad

9.2
140 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA
Ristorante marocchino · SoMa · 66 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Choose from a la carte options like duck basteeya and family-style, large format dishes of lamb and short rib, or go for the tasting menu. Leggi tutto.

Benu is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

35. Benu

8.1
22 Hawthorne St (at Howard St), San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · SoMa · 91 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: A unique mix of East and West flavors bring Corey Lee's French technique, California produce, and Korean heritage into focus, with dishes like foie gras xiao long bao. Leggi tutto.

Saison is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

36. Saison

8.7
178 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · South Beach · 61 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: The nightly dishes change often, achieving the artsy, evocative heights chefs of Josh Skenes' ilk aspire to, but — most importantly — they are damn delicious. Leggi tutto.

Cockscomb is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

37. Cockscomb

9.0
564 4th St, San Francisco, CA
Nuovo ristorante americano · SoMa · 68 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: Beef heart tartare, foie gras deviled eggs with chicken skin, and an entire roasted pig head with a gold leaf-adorned snout are just a few of the memorable dishes here, backed up by solid cocktails. Leggi tutto.

Deli Board is one of The 38 Essential SF Restaurants, Winter 2017.

38. Deli Board

9.4
1058 Folsom St (at Russ St), San Francisco, CA
Paninoteca · SoMa · 249 consigli e recensioni

EaterEater: This SoMa deli doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to heaping finely-crafted meats onto its pillow rolls. The menu changes daily, but it always includes Romanian pastrami. Leggi tutto.