Gaspar Brasserie
Causwells
Bruk Studios
Urchin
Ferry Plaza Seafood
Joe Starkey
ABV
Hecho
Wes Rowe
Plin
Eric Wolfinger
Beso Bistronomia
Tubay Yabut
The Interval at Long Now
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1. Gaspar Brasserie 185 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Financial District)

This Parisian-style brasserie in FiDi is the kind of place you'd bring a date if you wanted that date to go on for hours. For starters, the dark wood interior, red leather banquettes, textured walls, and chandeliers practically ooze sex appeal. The downstairs restaurant serves a menu of classic French food with a Northern California twist, but there are some pure bistro staples like Croque Monsieur and steak frites. Upstairs in the Cognac Room bar, you'll find the largest selection of brandy drinks in San Francisco.

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2. Causwells Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 (The Marina)

This casual bistro from Alvin Garcia (Delarosa, Lolinda, Don Pisto's) and Tom Patella (California Wine Merchant) boasts classic American fare, like a deviled egg trio and pork belly confit, but the real star of the show is the the American Burger. The two patties have dry-aged fat in the mix, and are topped with American cheese, secret sauce (it's a mixture of Thousand Island and Worcestershire), and pickles. If that burger isn't enough to get you to the Marina, though, plan your meal around a visit to the Presidio Theater, which is located next door.

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3. PABU 101 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)

When you think of Japanese whisky bars, you think of Nihon Whisky Lounge. But Pabu is a solid surprising contender: they have a secret Japanese cocktail menu, plus traditional Japanese whisky service. Each of the 14 Japanese whiskies offered are served with a complimentary food item that's blowtorched in front of you, meant to bring out the complex flavors of the drink.

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4. Urchin Bistrot 584 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Urchin Bistrot's serving French bistro fare, but with a twist (the steak tartare comes with fried oysters, and the spaghettini is served with sea urchin and yolk). The cocktail menu is equally creative, with drinks like the Champs Elysees (Congac, Green Chartreuse, lemon, angostura, served up).

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5. Ferry Plaza Seafood 653 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

The North Beach location allows Ferry Plaza Seafood to expand their menu, but you can still rely on favorites like Dungeness crab melts to stick around.

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6. Uno Dos Tacos 595 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Soma)

Hailing from the creators of Super Duper, this taco/tequilaria is SOMA's Mexican hotspot, and Tacolicious' fiercest competitor. Their fresh corn tortilla roller is doling out delicious tacos daily, and's got delicious veggie options.

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7. ABV 3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Though ABV is more than just a great whiskey bar, its whiskey menu isn't to be forgotten. You’ll find a surprising and thorough list of rare Scotches, Japanese whiskies, bourbons, ryes, and cask-strength bottles. Its bar snacks are definitely worth writing home about too, and -- it should be mentioned -- it serves an impressive brunch on the weekends. Win!

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8. HECHO 2200 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Duboce Triangle)

The light, airy space in Duboce Triangle feels sleek serves upscale food (nine different types of fancy tacos!) and has a sizable tequila selection too. Order the Guns a Blazin' if you like your cocktails to literally come out on fire.

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9. LolĂł Cevicheria 3230 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

LolĂł Cevicheria is a colorful space that serves tacos, tapas, and ceviche. They don't have a liquor license, but they have sangria, beer, and even a margarita slushy made with wine.

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10. Plin 280 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Plin is all about the seafood, but there's not one thing on the menu that feels traditional or expected, which explains why two of the sections are named "Explore" and "Discover". Like any Italian restaurant, Plin has an extensive wine list, but there is also a focus on cocktails and a full bar.

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11. Monsieur Benjamin 451 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Hayes Valley)

The options can get a little pricey at this Hayes Valley French spot, but they're worth the price for a pleasant ambience and tastes that definitely live up to the hype, such as their "fully dressed" hamburger and steak frites.

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12. Beso Bistronomia 4058A 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Beso Bistronomia brings high-quality Catalan-influenced tapas to the Castro area. The place is decked out with large tables, perfect for sharing lots of dishes with a big group.

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13. The Interval 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Cow Hollow)

Deep in Fort Mason, The Interval is part museum, part coffee shop, and part bar. Bartender Jennifer Colliau is a straight-up cocktail geek and all of her drinks, some with quirkier names than others (Decanted Mother-in-Law, Mexican Firing Squad Special) have a story. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves make you feel like you're in someone's personal library. It's the kind of place you go to think while you drink.

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14. Les Clos 234 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Designed with an art deco aesthetic and Parisian charm in mind, this bistro and wine bar satisfies coffee shop regulars as well as wine snobs with a menu that serves both buttery pastries and dinner entrees like a caviar-topped bone marrow and oysters dish. If you identify with the latter label, note that an in-house expert ensure a top notch wine menu, which can be ordered by the glass, bottle, and to-go.